Reader Josh Atkins re­veals his highs and lows on year-old CBR

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‘I’ve al­ways liked su­per­sport bikes. They’re just cool, fast and sleek. They’re the bikes you see in movies; the cool guy will al­ways have the best bike, which is pretty much al­ways a su­per­sport ma­chine.” It’s fair to say that Josh Atkins is a sports­bike fan, so it’s lit­tle won­der that he went for this all-black Honda CBR600RR af­ter pass­ing his test. Josh also has a car, but says he uses two wheels pretty much every day, un­less it’s “piss­ing down”.

Josh told us: “Af­ter I passed my full test last June, I was split be­tween the Suzuki GSX-R750, Tri­umph Day­tona 675 and the Honda CBR600RR as a first big bike. What made me go for the Honda was its shape.

“I was up­stairs in the show­room at Wheels Mo­tor­cy­cles in Peter­bor­ough and I looked down on the Honda and all I could see was its curves. I bought it and then it sat there for two months while I ac­tu­ally took my bike test. That prob­a­bly wasn’t the smartest move in the world, but it gave me an in­cen­tive to pass my test quickly and grad­u­ate from my A2-friendly CBR500R.

“The GSX-R and the Day­tona are very small and they’re both quite thin. I like bikes with a bit more pres­ence and, although I liked all three of them, the shape and stance of the Honda are some­thing else. It’s also black, which is per­fect for me. “An­other thing that drew me to the CBR was the si­lencer. I love a bike with an un­der­seat ex­haust; they guar­an­tee no sticky-outie bits at the sides and they help the lines to flow. “I also looked at re­views from all sorts of places and vis­ited var­i­ous Peter­bor­ough deal­er­ships to have a browse of dif­fer­ent bikes. There was a Tri­umph 675 at Webbs of Peter­bor­ough. There’s no deny­ing it looked re­ally nice, but I still pre­ferred the CBR.”

But it’s not all about looks. Josh was also drawn to the prac­ti­cal side of the Honda’s na­ture: “Be­cause the seat is quite wide, it’s quite com­fort­able. I’ve rid­den for five to six hours straight be­fore and it’s been fine. Yes, you get a lit­tle bit of bum ache, but noth­ing that I can’t han­dle.

“Be­cause I ride al­most ev­ery­where, I’ve done a lot of mo­tor­way miles as well as more twisty stuff, es­pe­cially when I’ve for­got­ten to set my sat­nav for the most di­rect route.

“At the end of May, I’m rid­ing to Wales and I have trips to see friends planned too. If I’ve got any spare time, then I’m out on the CBR.”

Josh bought the CBR be­fore he’d passed his test

Josh didn’t get on with the orig­i­nal grips

Josh is a big fan of the un­der­seat can

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