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Hey guys...yesterday I finally put the insurance on the bike and was out all day. Put about 80 miles on my 06 CBR 1000RR, trying to get a feel for it and break in the tires.(The guy before me prolly just bought a liter bike to say "i have a liter bike"...chicken strips were ridiculous on it.) Anyway, I hit some twisties, did some highway, and here are my impressions as compared to my previous 04 GSX-R 750. (Just so you know, I loved my 04 750, and went into yesterday not expecting to be too impressed with the CBR.)

Power: Incredible. I could pull up the front wheel at 4K in first and around 7-8K in second. That's crazy considering I needed to tach that much to pull it up in FIRST on the 750. It's got a shit load of torque down low and pulls all the way to redline. I'm not overly impressed with the top end of it, but the meaty low end grunt will keep me happy and it's way more usable on the street. The 750 pulled like a freight train about 11K rpm, and that's the way the 1000rr feels all the way up. But the CBR doesn't have that whoa factor like the 750 when you get to the higher rpm. Remember, the 04/05 had the low end grunt to them, unlike the 06+. I road my bike, then my buddy's 07 750, I almost laughed. But then again, even when I had my 04, the 07 was kinda soft down low.

Handling: This is what I'm most impressed with. Like the 750, I set the CBR up for my weight and messed with the rebound and compression a little. The CBR is great, very stable, just like the GSXR. However, the turn in on the CBR is better! Much more flickable. Even tho the ergos are about the same, tank shape, bar reach, and rider position. The transition was pretty minimal b/c of the similar feeling better the two bikes. Remember, the 04/05 750s still had the bigger bike feel. I had her leaning over pretty well for the first day out. Nothing too crazy, but I wore down the strips on the left to about a 1/8" and on the right to about 1/2". (Pics are coming soon btw...I was too busy riding to snap pics yesterday) On the highway is where the difference really was. The CBR was quicker in switching lanes and recovering at higher speeds. I thought it would be a handful at the higher rpm b/c of the engine inertia, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Braking: The brakes are much more effective on the 1000rr. I think it has 4 piston calipers in the front, same as the GSXR...but there are much more grabby. Could stoppie at will. The rear brake is more more forgiving, gotta really stomp on it to lock up the rear tire. The GSXR needed some serious modulation or the rear tire would be skidding. However, I was disappointed that the rear brake squeaked just like it did on the GSXR. Supposedly, the design of the rear brake (on the bottom part of the rotor, as opposed to the top part of the rotor like on the GSXR) was suppose to eliminate noise, but that isn't the case.

Overall: The sound, even though I have the stock pipe on right now, is great. Real good sounding. Everything runs very smoothly on it, especially the clutch. However, I'm not a fan of hydraulic clutches. I love the way this bike looks. Split headlights and the undertail exhaust. Functionally however, the bike is very similar to my 750. The ugly front/rear blinkers and mirrors are the sorry same. Only the undertail fender is terrible. I'm still currently trying to figure out where to mount the plate b/c the undertail exhaust is limiting my options. I have a integrated signal ready to be thrown on. It's got no slipper clutch or gear indicator, which I'm used to, but it would've been nice. I am the least impressed with the build quality. Everyone rips GSXR saying they're junk, but the Honda may even be worse in my opinion. I put my helmet on the mirror, while it was parked, and somehow scratched the plastic, even my fingernail left a mark. The windscreen cowl shakes at idle, it looks like i could snap it off at the corners. Removing the plastics is a HUGE pita. The GSXR's fairings were very simple to take off, 5-6 bolts, 6 clips and it's off. The CBR is way more stressful to mess with. Everything fits so tightly that I have to hold my breath and hope not to break off any clips or tabs. I put no cut frame sliders on the CBR, and the fairings are not lining up perfectly at the bottom. I gotta take a look, but I'm putting it off until I have to change the oil. The engine makes even more noise than the GSXRs, if you can believe it...and the throttle is kinda choppy. Like i said before, these two bikes are very comparable. But the ride is very smooth on the CBR, definitely slightly superior to the GSXR.

Now, most of my gripes with the CBR would have been non-existent if I got the k6 1000, that I got hosed on. (like the slipper clutch, gear indicator, blinkers etc) And also I believe that everything that I liked on the CBR 1000RR would have been evident on the K6 1000, and maybe all liter bikes(power, handling, brakes etc) Should I have waited for another K6 1000 to come around for a good price?...maybe. But I'm not disappointed, by any means, with the Honda. Especially, after that recall by suzuki on the k5/k6. Either way, I'm very happy with my bike and it's gonna be a fun fun summer with it. The smile factor was too much. The first ride through the reservation by my house, I must have been smiling ear to ear the entire time. Am I a CBR convert?...definitely not. But I do like my new machine, especially at the price I got it for w/ a factory warranty. I am very satisfied with Honda's liter bike for 06. The 08 may be lighter and faster, but wwaaaaaayyyyyyy uglier...and I don't have to worry about my bike consuming oil like the 08s are prone to do. Hope you're still awake and enjoyed reading my honest review of my machinery for summer '09. Pics to come...
 

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Fuckin Hilarious!!

Here are the few pics that I snapped of my Blade: (Cell Phone pics btw)







And here are pics of my GSXR 750:







I gotta take some nice pics of the blade, but gimme a break, just got on it two days ago
 

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any pics of the aprilia ?
Lol good eye...Here are some pics of my buddy's RSV Factory...




And my bro's last Vette in the background...oh and my White Z

So honestly what do you guys think of my rides...I know i know, they can't compete with my boy's Aprilia. But shit, I paid a quarter to a third the price of that fine piece of machinery for my "jap" bikes. Whatever, I'll take em all day. One day, maybe one day ["Our Day Will Come" plays in background] lol
 

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Hahaha, I knew someone would chime in with it. I do love the blade tho. It's gonna be fun
 

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You should have got the k5. That bike was the best liter bike in till the 08 blade came out. Hell you would have been better off with a 04-05 zx 10. Those years honda's i was never impressed with the power!
 

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You should have got the k5. That bike was the best liter bike in till the 08 blade came out. Hell you would have been better off with a 04-05 zx 10. Those years honda's i was never impressed with the power!
Well thanx for raining on the parade...lol.

I'm not sure if it was evident in the original post...and I don't mean to be blasphemous but I was a cunt hair away from taking home an k6 1000. I went to give the guy a deposit (i had like $4k on me) But he didn't wanna go to the house and write me a receipt. So I was like, why the hell would i leave you a dime without a receipt to prove i gave you the money...ya dig? So, i arranged a u-haul and everything, he called me on my b day, Jan 2, and told me he sold the bike for $7k. I was gonna pick it up for $6700...so i guess i can't blame him but whatever, fuck em. It was a k6, silver and black, 900 miles. The exact color/year/model I wanted too, lol.

I might have mentioned it before but whatever. I got a pretty good deal on my blade, so I'm not upset at all. But we'll see about the k9, cuz I've had my eye on that since October...if i only had the funds:sad010:
 

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Well thanx for raining on the parade...lol.

I'm not sure if it was evident in the original post...and I don't mean to be blasphemous but I was a cunt hair away from taking home an k6 1000. I went to give the guy a deposit (i had like $4k on me) But he didn't wanna go to the house and write me a receipt. So I was like, why the hell would i leave you a dime without a receipt to prove i gave you the money...ya dig? So, i arranged a u-haul and everything, he called me on my b day, Jan 2, and told me he sold the bike for $7k. I was gonna pick it up for $6700...so i guess i can't blame him but whatever, fuck em. It was a k6, silver and black, 900 miles. The exact color/year/model I wanted too, lol.

I might have mentioned it before but whatever. I got a pretty good deal on my blade, so I'm not upset at all. But we'll see about the k9, cuz I've had my eye on that since October...if i only had the funds:sad010:
I would have bought that if i could have found a deal that sweet lol. I paid 9600 for my 08 blade and i love it. But i dont think it was worth the extra coin if i could have found a k5 with that low milage. You might want to check out gixxer.com a couple of the forum members have the k9. So far from what i read its a more refined bike than the k7-k8.
 

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both bikes

I have an 07 repsol(street) and an 04 gsxr 750(track).The 750 has ohlins fork internals with a penski rear shock OZ forged wheels and a host of other race goodies.There is a big difference between the 2 IMO.The 750 is like an old hot rod kinda ruff around the edge but handles AWSOME.The cbr is civilized and smooth much more suited for street riding.To keep an kind of pace,you have to keep the revs up on the 750.The throttle on the 750 is not as smooth as the cbr.Both great but def different.
 
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