Yamaha FJR1300AE And Honda CBR600RR-ABS

Doin' Time - Staffers' Rides

Photography by Scott Darough, Joe Neric

Honda CBR600RR-ABS
Joe Neric
MSRP (2009): $10,799
Miles: 128
Average Fuel Mileage: Na
Accessories & Modifications: None yet

It's finally here! I'll take the key, thank you very much. Moving up from a 650cc twin to a 600cc four is the natural progression, is it not? I could have made the big jump to a 1000cc sportbike, but with my current riding experience I feel more confident on a 600. I feel the big bikes ride me, whereas on the middleweights I have some say.

Why the CBR600RR? There is the bloodline of Honda excellence and reliability. Plus the CBR scored well in our "Class of '09" comparison (MC, July). Both good reasons, but quite simply, it's the only bike I really wanted.

I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks in the saddle of a non-ABS CBR, and was hooked instantly. The 600 has tons more power than my old Suzuki SV650, razor-sharp handling and it looks awesome! I'm also sold on Honda's Combined ABS technology. If something as simple as anti-lock brakes is going to keep me from dumping it, count me in. Winning the "Best New Technology" category in our 2009 MOTY Awards helped too.

As far as plans go, I learned a lot from my first long-term testbike. I now know to start with adjusting the suspension to suit my weight and riding style. I overshoot the stock setup by almost 100 pounds, so some suspension work will be in order. Before I get carried away and start modifying the CBR, though, I'm going to put some miles on it. Get to know the bike first; then start fiddling around with simple changes.

I plan on hitting our 10K-mile long-term goal within the next year, commuting to work and joy-riding on weekends. Track days are not on the agenda, but Ari is trying to talk me into it. It could happen-we'll see.

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