CBR600 mini-revew; pillion passenger mini-review and CBR tech question

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Gyp, Sep 20, 2005.

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    Gyp Guest

    Girl [1] at work is doing direct access and despite failing, bought a
    used 4,000-mile 02 CBR600HOM (I don't know what they call it but it's
    the one that's not the CBR600RRRRRRRR-R)

    So the bloke that sold it to her delivered it to her house, and she
    wanted to go out on it so, to cut a long story short, we leathered up
    and I took her for a ride[2] on her own bike.

    I was expecting the non-RRRRRRRR-R version to be a little flat, but to
    be fair it isn't. There's a reasonable amount of power at the bottom end
    - very tractable - and quite a lot more at the top end, but there seems
    like 40,000 revs betwixt the two places. It's all very linear, but by
    7,000 the engine feels like it's at it its red-line so going the rest of
    the way takes a concerted effort.

    Handling very predictable and braking good, even when set up for one.

    As far as pillions go though, she was excellent. At the suggestion of
    our Gixxer K4 mounted chaperone, she held on round me, and did so like a
    limpet the entire time. I wasn't sure if she was terrified but I felt
    happy to open up the bike because there was no risk she wouldn't lean as
    she was welded to me. OK, that didn't help the *riding* experience, but
    it certainly helped the *experience* :)

    In terms of the tech question; the engine had a bit of a rattle; not
    enough to stop me riding it, but enough to make me mention it after we
    got back. Almost sounded valvey. It was noticeable under power or
    neutral throttle, but quiet on the over fun. What say the spanneristi?
    Cam-chain tensioner? If so are they simple bolt-on like the VTR (paging
    Andy Bonwick and Champ the tool thief just in case)

    [1] Mid 20's and very slim but Scottish.
    [2] Slad road, if Messers Champion or Mike are reading
    Gyp, Sep 20, 2005
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    Christofire Guest

    Christofire, Sep 20, 2005
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    Beelzebub Guest

    Hey, what's with the "but" ??
    Beelzebub, Sep 20, 2005
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    Beelzebub Guest

    That's how it read to me, but I can't really believe it.

    Beelzebub, Sep 20, 2005
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    Pip Guest

    No, she's Derbyshireish - an ex-wannabe plastic Jock with an
    unfortunate accent. That's all.
    Pip, Sep 21, 2005
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    Donald Guest


    No wonder, compared to a BMW R80 or the Harley Davidson XLH1200 it's
    bound to feel like it's doing 40,000 revs. If I remember correctly my
    R80 topped out at 6.5K. Optimal point for these 600s is about 9000 rpm
    but you really have to be wanting to make progress. Wouldn't care to do
    it with a pillion on board mind you.

    First six months with my RR didn't see it going above 6K very often.
    Once I realised it wasn't going to explode I started to explore the full
    15K. Although I'm still not completely at home with the high revving
    nature of these bikes, there is something about it that makes we want to
    keep it.

    I'm sure she'll enjoy it.

    I'd probably ignore the rattle, I'm pretty sure they all sound like that.
    Donald, Sep 21, 2005
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    Gyp Guest

    Whilst in principle I agree, I've got a reasonable experience of
    "proper" motorcycles that rev lots. It's just that with this one it
    seemed an inordinately long band.

    Perhaps it's because most of my recent "proper" big bike experience is
    solo on higher performance litre (ish) machinery, that this one, despite
    being responsive didn't rev up that quickly.

    Perhaps it was because it was so tractable lower down that I was using
    the lower rev range rather than just keeping it above 7000 and playing.

    Or maybe it was because there were 2 of us on it.

    Probably all three of those things

    Rest assured though that once wound up, it was happy to play to the
    red-line, pillion and all
    Oh I'm sure she will. I still think it's mad that someone can do direct
    access and then jump straight onto something like this, but what do I
    know. As you so rightly point out I ride and R80RT and XLH1200...
    You may, I won't if that's ok ;-)
    Gyp, Sep 21, 2005
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    Donald Guest

    You can reach terminal velocity at the next corner on just about any
    bike going.

    Riding back from the test centre after just passing the DAS I overcooked
    it on the first corner. The adrenalin rush of passing was surpassed by
    the feeling of relief at not binning it, but it was a very close thing.

    Did I say my first bike was a nice sensible R80RT. I'd have one again
    now that I've got the sports bike thing out of my system.
    Donald, Sep 21, 2005
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