What own­ers say…

RiDE (UK) - - Used Buying Guide -

THERE’S A REAL range of own­ers, from young to not so young, and from newly qual­i­fied to gnarly, ex­pe­ri­enced track­day hands. And the ages and ex­pe­ri­ence don’t al­ways cor­re­spond... Us-based Randy Brown is just 22 but he’s been rid­ing for many years. He’s got 14,000 miles on his 2008 RR. “I grew up rid­ing Honda dirt bikes, so then I just stuck with Honda. The RR is very, very fast. The ’08 is the fastest year they made. I guess start­ing in 2009, they had to im­ple­ment a load of new en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, killing off some of the per­for­mance. I still have a slip-on Two Broth­ers ex­haust and love it. It’s a very bal­anced bike and is su­per-easy to do main­te­nance on. I will usu­ally just ride around my city (Buf­falo, New York) with a bunch of friends. At my col­lege, I’m in a mo­tor­sports club, and we took a trip to ‘Tail of the Dragon’, lo­cated in North Carolina. It’s one of the hot spots in the coun­try to go to for curvy, windy roads.”

Jon Baud’s twice Randy’s age but he’s only been rid­ing for four years. He’s packed a lot in though, and now he’s a track­day reg­u­lar on his 25,000-mile 2008 RR: “My first bike was a Ban­dit 600 but I re­ally liked the look and spec of the 600RR. It is a good bal­ance of power and af­ford­abil­ity. On the whole, it’s been very re­li­able; no ma­jor me­chan­i­cal is­sues what­so­ever, con­sid­er­ing I’ve done high mileage and rid­den on road and track pretty hard. It’s a quick bike with good looks, plus there are a whole host of mod­i­fi­ca­tions pos­si­ble. For track use, it’s good as it’s light and is also pre­dictable, though it loses out on the straights to big­ger bikes. It’s very sim­ple to work on your­self too - buy a Haynes man­ual, watch tu­to­ri­als on Youtube, there’s a lot on in­for­ma­tion out there. Most jobs are very straight­for­ward, though for any­thing more tech­ni­cal, I would tend to use a garage.”

Bel­gian-based Quentin is an­other fairly new rider who’s also gone down the track­day route with his heav­ily mod­i­fied 2008 bike, which he chose in pref­er­ence to a Tri­umph Day­tona: “What swung me

“It’s like a tank - never bro­ken down on me” Quentin Honda CBR600RR owner

over to the Honda was its re­li­a­bil­ity, com­fort, and the read­ily avail­able mods and spare parts. It’s built like a tank - it’s never bro­ken down on me. The rid­ing po­si­tion isn’t as ag­gres­sive as an R6. I re­ally like the un­der­tail ex­haust, stock steer­ing damper, the way it looks, etc. Love the bike. Sus­pen­sion is on the soft side, es­pe­cially the shock. Even so, it isn’t the most com­fort­able of bikes to com­mute on. I’m think­ing of mak­ing it into a full-time track bike.” You can see all the mods to Quentin’s bike on his In­sta­gram ac­count (@Nuithari) or on his build thread on the ex­cel­lent fo­rum at www.600rr.net.

Buf­falo, Usa-based Randy Brown grad­u­ated from off-road to sealed sur­faces on his CBR600RR

Jon Baud is an avid track­day user and loves the com­bi­na­tion of use­abil­ity and fun

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