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Hey folks. I'm looking to get a litre bike this year and have some questions to ask the people who know the bike. I am favoring the CBR over the R1 or ZX10 as it just seems to be a great bike. I know the power will be ample, as I will be stepping up from a Daytona 675. I had a 955 Triumph in the past, but even though it was a lot of fun, it just felt a bit underpowered and slow handling.
Here are some of my question:
Are the pegs on '08/'09 models adjustable?
Is HESD any good?
How does the bike deal with street conditions (suspension compliance, cross wind, longer rides).
I just can't believe that the '09 R1 at 12k+ is that much better than the current generation Blade fpr the price.
Thanks for your help!
 

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Are the pegs on '08/'09 models adjustable?- no
Is HESD any good?- works great for street application, I've never had a problem with mine.
How does the bike deal with street conditions (suspension compliance, cross wind, longer rides).-great on the street; handles nice, light and flicks right into a twisty with ease, set the suspension for you, and if you dont like the piece of wood they use for the stock seat the eCushion is really nice and comfy
 

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what are you doing with the bike?

track only, track/street, track/street/commute, street/commute, street???

too many variables not knowing these facts.

675 underpowered? lol
 

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I think he was waying the 955 seemed underpowered not the 675.
 

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Stop looking..start buying! :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks for the info! I will be riding all street, no track. Yes, I did find the 955 somewhat underpwered and overweight for this class bike. Not that it didn't have enough power to get into trouble on the street. The 675 is very quick but I get tired of downshifting even with the triple to get the job done.
I love the Honda and it seems pretty cozy for me at 5'10". All the suspension capabilities mean to me is that I can get it set up perfectly for me on the street and leave it alone after that. Looking for a hyper all rounder. This may be the place.
 

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i had ride all brand, r1,cbr,zx,gsx...
the best for street is gsx and cbr
but the cbr ergonomic is a little killing our wrist and back
gsx a bit better ergonomic
 

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Love my 2008 CBR1000. I have only had it for a few weeks, but I can say that crosswinds don't seem to be a problem. It was very windy out today; so much so that I thought about not riding, but I barely noticed the wind while riding. Suspension on mine is stiff at the moment. I'm still working on that.
 

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I have had my 08 1KRR since July and currently have 4600 miles on it. I drive it frequently, no matter the weather. For me, it's one of the best handling bikes I've ever owned. The HESD works well on the street; I've never experienced steering shake at any speed. The bike feels light, tractable and responsive, with good power above about 2k rpm. We get pretty strong winds here in NM and I've never felt nervous about being on the bike in any condition, even when the dust is blowing around. The bike feels rock steady at street legal speeds and well beyond - it just feels glued to the road. Now that the suspension is broken in, it's a very supple, compliant ride - it felt a little stiff in the beginning.

About the only things I'd change are the ugly tail that everyone removes and the difficult to remove passenger pegs. Otherwise, it's a great bike.

-- mike
 

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I own both a Daytona 675 and an '08 CBR 1000. If you are doing lots of trackdays than the 675 is awesome, however, the 1000 is a great overall bike. It is so light, handles great and I love the slipper clutch! To answer your questions though, the '08 pegs are not adjustable. The front end got a little squirly once when I really got on it but HESD seems to work well. Suspension works well but its always great if you can get it adjusted specific to you. I live in the desert in extremely windy conditions and haven't had a problem yet. Longer rides are not the greatest because the seat was definitely an afterthought. I am one of the unfortunate ones that experienced the oil consumption problem so thats a bummer but I still love my bike! I have had it since May, have 17,000 miles on it and have had the engine rebuilt and the clutch replaced (recall). It's unfortunately had some problems but it's still the most fun bike I've ever ridden!!
 

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sanaga, you do realize there is a gixxer forum right? i mean, this is for HONDA...spell it with me...H...O...N...D...A...and i dont think he was asking for a comparo 'tween the geezer...oops, gixxer...and cbr but just asking a few questions about the cbr...oh and incidentally, my bro has an 08 gixxer 1k and my cbr eats it for lunch in the real world...he MAY get me on top end, if we ever had a place to try, but in the real world of everyday riding and commuting, no comparison...cbr kicks ass...and brooksie...buy the 08 cbr...you will love it...some say its ugly, but i like the styling...it always gets approving looks from people as they walk by it at a restaurant, mall, etc...and to me it just "fits"...after sitting on and test riding every 08 liter bike including a 1078 Ducati, the cbr just felt "right" to me...i am 5'11" 180lbs...factory suspension settings working well foe me...even with a passenger...just watch those third gear power wheelies...they can sneak up on you :) ...now if i can just get home to ride mine some more.........
 

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Moved up from 2007 CBR600RR to 2009CBR1000RR(REPSOL)last tuesday evening,commuted to the weekend,and rode from Azusa to Mt. Baldy and back down to Glendora at a pace(break-in)far above my skill level.
Putted up and back on Angeles Crest sunday.
This bike has no negatives!(ok,so i coughed up the cash for the E-seat because i read the warning about the stock seat on a forum("300 dollars!,39 dollars more than a Corbin!":rode on it:ahhhhhh!,what seat!?)GO BUY IT NOW!
OH,chased a sqiud down on a gixxer on the freeway(shorts) by rolling on the throttle while he downshifted and fouled my helmet with the small cloud that came out of his exhaust.This model is effortlessly fantastic!
It goes,stops,turns,is unnaffeted by wind(suspension adjusted immediatly after pickup at coffeeshop down the street with tools i brought),It's a big stable platform that will take you as close to warp speed as you can handle with complete confidence.The only thing lacking will be the riders skills level.
 

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Which Bike?

I talked with someone who apparently road several of the sportsbikes including the CBR and R1. He said that the R1 is best suited for the race track whereas the CBR is a better street bike. Don't know if he is right or wrong. I'm just the messenger.
 

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Skidmike: So true about the tailsection! I think the fender eliminator is the way to go.

Infideltarget: The style of the bike is definitely different. I get lots of compliments on mine too. Get home safely so you can ride that awesome bike!
 

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i had ride all brand, r1,cbr,zx,gsx...
the best for street is gsx and cbr
but the cbr ergonomic is a little killing our wrist and back
gsx a bit better ergonomic
The GSX has also come up. Very good prices on 2008's. Nice bike. Thank you. I have just heard too many bad sotries about warranty from Suzuki.
Love my 2008 CBR1000. I have only had it for a few weeks, but I can say that crosswinds don't seem to be a problem. It was very windy out today; so much so that I thought about not riding, but I barely noticed the wind while riding. Suspension on mine is stiff at the moment. I'm still working on that.
Great info. Thanks!
I have had my 08 1KRR since July and currently have 4600 miles on it. I drive it frequently, no matter the weather. For me, it's one of the best handling bikes I've ever owned. The HESD works well on the street; I've never experienced steering shake at any speed. The bike feels light, tractable and responsive, with good power above about 2k rpm. We get pretty strong winds here in NM and I've never felt nervous about being on the bike in any condition, even when the dust is blowing around. The bike feels rock steady at street legal speeds and well beyond - it just feels glued to the road. Now that the suspension is broken in, it's a very supple, compliant ride - it felt a little stiff in the beginning.

About the only things I'd change are the ugly tail that everyone removes and the difficult to remove passenger pegs. Otherwise, it's a great bike.

-- mike
Very helpful! Thanks!
I own both a Daytona 675 and an '08 CBR 1000. If you are doing lots of trackdays than the 675 is awesome, however, the 1000 is a great overall bike. It is so light, handles great and I love the slipper clutch! To answer your questions though, the '08 pegs are not adjustable. The front end got a little squirly once when I really got on it but HESD seems to work well. Suspension works well but its always great if you can get it adjusted specific to you. I live in the desert in extremely windy conditions and haven't had a problem yet. Longer rides are not the greatest because the seat was definitely an afterthought. I am one of the unfortunate ones that experienced the oil consumption problem so thats a bummer but I still love my bike! I have had it since May, have 17,000 miles on it and have had the engine rebuilt and the clutch replaced (recall). It's unfortunately had some problems but it's still the most fun bike I've ever ridden!!
Thanks for the great input. I don't worry too much about reported isolated problems, especially with a Honda.
Moved up from 2007 CBR600RR to 2009CBR1000RR(REPSOL)last tuesday evening,commuted to the weekend,and rode from Azusa to Mt. Baldy and back down to Glendora at a pace(break-in)far above my skill level.
Putted up and back on Angeles Crest sunday.
This bike has no negatives!(ok,so i coughed up the cash for the E-seat because i read the warning about the stock seat on a forum("300 dollars!,39 dollars more than a Corbin!":rode on it:ahhhhhh!,what seat!?)GO BUY IT NOW!
OH,chased a sqiud down on a gixxer on the freeway(shorts) by rolling on the throttle while he downshifted and fouled my helmet with the small cloud that came out of his exhaust.This model is effortlessly fantastic!
It goes,stops,turns,is unnaffeted by wind(suspension adjusted immediatly after pickup at coffeeshop down the street with tools i brought),It's a big stable platform that will take you as close to warp speed as you can handle with complete confidence.The only thing lacking will be the riders skills level.
Great info. Seems like the generally opinion by the owners of this bike agree with the great reviews I have read. I think I'll search one up and see if I can get a deal.
Thanks for all your help gang. Hope to report in soon!!
 

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i had ride all brand, r1,cbr,zx,gsx...
the best for street is gsx and cbr
but the cbr ergonomic is a little killing our wrist and back
gsx a bit better ergonomic
am i taking crazy pills or is there a member with only a gixr on the 1000RR forum? :shrug:
 

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Agree with Sanaga on the ergo thingy.....I don't care what people say...this bike is tiny for folks over 5'9" riding it on the street. On the track that doesn't matter so much as some new rear sets and clip-ons will alter this a bit.

The steering damper is probably the best of the business as far as an oem part.
The plank of a seat is typical Honda....not good...Honda Energy seat needed.
I think the bike is a bit of a bitch to work on.
The clocks are dull and misses the gear indicator

Other than that it is an awesome machine with best stoppers, the best flickability and now with an engine that has some sorts of a character/personality to it :thumbsup:
 

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Agree with Sanaga on the ergo thingy.....I don't care what people say...this bike is tiny for folks over 5'9" riding it on the street. On the track that doesn't matter so much as some new rear sets and clip-ons will alter this a bit.

The steering damper is probably the best of the business as far as an oem part.
The plank of a seat is typical Honda....not good...Honda Energy seat needed.
I think the bike is a bit of a bitch to work on.
The clocks are dull and misses the gear indicator

Other than that it is an awesome machine with best stoppers, the best flickability and now with an engine that has some sorts of a character/personality to it :thumbsup:
Too bad about the gear indicator. On the whole, the bike sounds very positive. Thanks!
 

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Agree with Sanaga on the ergo thingy.....I don't care what people say...this bike is tiny for folks over 5'9" riding it on the street.
I'm 6'2" and have no problems with the ergonomics.

The plank of a seat is typical Honda....not good...Honda Energy seat needed.
Agreed. First mod needed.

I think the bike is a bit of a bitch to work on.
Ehh.

The clocks are dull
I don't spend any measurable time staring at the gauges ... just a quick check every now and then.

and misses the gear indicator
Relatively cheap and quick fix ... as opposed to trying to lose 20 lbs. with the competitors.

it is an awesome machine
Yes it is.
 
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