Supersport motorbikes are great to ride but with so many companies producing such models, it can often be difficult to know exactly where to start looking when deciding what to buy. Choose to get a Honda, however, and I think you’re almost guaranteed to find a vehicle for you.
Of course, that isn’t to say that each supersport bike will be suitable for everyone. Indeed, you’ll have to consider how much riding experience you have, the kind of bikes that you have owned in the past and how much you can afford to spend in order to establish which particular model will prove best.
To make your decision about buying a Honda motorbike that little bit easier, I’ve put together some information about a few of the Japanese company’s top supersport models.
As it comes with a powerful, yet lightweight, 599 cc engine, I think the CBR600F is a fantastic choice for those seeking a high-performance model. If its engine size alone hasn’t convinced you about the level of muscle the bike offers, the fact it has a maximum torque of 64 Nm and features a PGM-FI electronic fuel injection carburetion system certainly ought to.
With the bike having such much raw power, you’ll require plenty of handling in order to remain in full control when on the road. Luckily, the CBR600F more than delivers on this front and it comes with an inverted front fork and anti-locking braking system (ABS) that is designed to ensure you can ride over the trickiest terrain with ease. Other features of the bike include a six-speed transmission, 36 mm throttle bore and a cable-actuated clutch.
If you’re looking for something slightly less powerful, you might want to take a look at the CBR250RA. This comes with a 250 cc four-stroke engine, so, although it won’t offer the same level of torque as the CBR600F, it should have more than enough to enable you to manage the daily commute, as well as longer road trips.
I think this is one bike that is definitely worth considering if you’re after a lightweight model that offers plenty of aesthetic appeal, as it has a dry weight of just 162 kg. In addition, the 2011 model comes in two colours – pearl blue tricolour and an asteroid metallic black – and features striking 17 inch cast wheels.
Whichever colour you select, you’ll get to make use of a 13 litre fuel capacity and utilise a multifunction digital instrument panel that incorporates an engine temperature display, fuel gauge and speedometer, among other charts.
Last, but by no means least, Honda’s CBR600RR is a great choice if you want a supersport for commutes. As the bike has an 18 litre fuel tank and a 16-valve engine, I’m confident it will be more than adequate for those who regularly take long journeys.
If you’ve ridden supersport bikes before, you’re probably all too familiar with the fact these models tend to have a short wheelbase something that can result in pitching, and by extension a loss of rear traction, when brakes are applied suddenly.
This, however, isn’t a problem you need to worry about when riding the CBR600RR. As it features Honda’s unique electronically-controlled Combined ABS system, you can be confident of maintaining stability and control when decelerating severely.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a Honda supersport bike, let us know which models you are most interested in by leaving a comment below.