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In the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Kawasaki has built a race ready 600 which is road legal, just. Everything about the ZX-6R is track focused, the more you thrash it the more fun you’ll have. The Kawasaki ZX-6R is easily the most fun 600 on track.
The 2008 E8F Kawasaki ZX-10R scores an easy five out of five; it is surely the fastest production 1000cc bike of its generation. But this ZX-10R was not all about Kawasaki’s blistering engine and head-banging attitude, it’s controllable and handled much better than its predecessor. And despite the blistering pace it is actually easier to ride, too. Not for the faint hearted, the 2008 ZX-10R is a true superbike for the road.
Compared to the SRAD this example is Slimmed down, firmed up and with power and torque figures to raise front wheels as well as eyebrows, the Suzuki GSX-R600 is an absolute storm for the money.
Kawasaki raised the bar again when releasing the 2013 ZX6R with KTRC (traction control) as standard the set up created really makes for a sharp super sports that has to be ridden to appreciat the agility this bike has.
The Yamaha MT-07 is proof you don’t need big power, expensive suspension or fussy electronics to have fun. This is a simple motorcycle. It’s an inspired machine, designed cleverly and built impeccably. It’s one of a rare breed of machine in any class that mixes lightness with an easy to manage engine, making it smooth, fun and easy to ride. t’s light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be. For everyday use and shorter-distance riding it’s actually better than the bigger, more expensive, Yamaha MT-09.
Take Triumph’s superb Sprint ST and make it more adept at touring and also pillion friendly and what do you end up with? A Triumph Sprint GT. Sounds easy enough but in practice Triumph had to revise the Sprint’s chassis in a major way. So with a longer swingarm and steel subframe the GT becomes uber-stable when decked out with 117 litres of luggage, a pillion and 20 litres of juice. It goes further than that, though. Lower seat height, a wider, more comfortable pillion seat, built in grab rails on the topbox mounts and revised footpeg positions… and more. It is comfy for pillion and rider – good enough for Triumph’s claimed 200 miles between fuel stops – the engine is flexible and grunty, steering is agile but stable and it can carry a week’s worth of clothing with ease.
It was never the most powerful in the supersports class of ‘04 and ‘05, but the Suzuki GSX-R600 was easily the most fun, especially on the track. Boasting the lightest weight of all its contenders, the most track-focused chassis and the most evil sounding engine note, the Suzuki GSX-R600 is the 600 for dedicated hardcore riders. <br>
The Triumph Daytona 675 has put Hinckley firm back on the shortlist of many UK sports motorcycle riders, who previously rated the 600 and 650 Daytona models as being OK, but no real alternative to a Japanese four cylinder 600cc sportbikes. Silky, compact handling, allied to kick-ass engine power and a howling exhaust note, make the Triumph Daytona 675 a real winner on the road, or track.