This is just a follow up to my long winded review. After breaking this bike in and letting her run a little bit I can tell you that she truly is all you would ever want and more. I had the chance to ride every bike in the class except for the new BMW and I can tell you that the CBR truly is a work of art and should be the Ferrari of bikes! You owe it to yourself to sit on every Litre to see for yourself. The Honda's and Suzuki's will feel about the same in the seat and the Yamaha's and Kawi's are about the same. With that said Honda is the lightest, most flick-able, rider friendly bike out! And by rider friendly I do NOT mean weak, slow or docile. What I DO mean is that the CBR will do exactly what you want her to when you want it! There are no unexpected surprises with this machine! Ok so I lied, there is 1 unexpected surprise with this bike. On the left side under the panel for rear seat removal there is a wire, this is your prewired connection for your battery tender. It is nicely tucked under so you can buy your tender and plug it right in right away with out taking apart your battery connection! Great Idea Honda! This bike taunts you to press her in every aspect. She is super sticky and just rolls through the curves! No matter what kind of rider you are, whether you are Mr bike night, track and street, everyday commuter, or Mr I just want the chicks red light captain. This bike is the one machine that does it all. She will make good riders great and 1st time Litre owners confident. To recap- 1 Lightest Breaking system that will stop you right quick. 2 Best slipper clutch in the business 3 Electric steering Dampener that eliminates head shake, wobble, and vibration keeping you on the ground with super confidence. 4 The best slipper clutch in the business, say goodbye to rear wheel hop! 5 A finely tuned engine that will keep you comfortable in everyday traffic and mean enough to make a fool of anyone that dares to test you. In my professional opinion I recommend this bike over the 600's because the new 600's are wicked fast too, and they are actually very dangerous because most people underestimate them. I am not saying but this bike the day you pass your BRC, but I am saying if you have some miles under your belt and are thinking about a new 600 or this machine, Buy this for the extra cash! 600's are track bikes, very light and fun but so is the HONDA cbr 1000rr! She is a 600 on steroids! And the best part is...She KNOWS IT!