this bike does exactly what it says on the tin,very well made,faster than you expect and comfortable over long distance-it's a sports tourer rather than a super-commuter.
There are a couple of flies in the ointment from my point of view,though.Firstly,this is my first 4-cylinder bike and I can't get used to the way it screams at me all the time,it seems to be undergeared doing just on 13mph per 1,000 rpm in top.Secondly,I know this is a detuned cbr600rr engine but did they have to retain the close ratio gears? I find myself changing up two gears at a time as a matter of course,why bother with the ones in between? You'll only spend your life tapdancing on the gearshift and not go anywhere any quicker. Lastly,the original screen on the 's' model is worse than useless,the battering I took from the turbulence was criminal,I fitted an MRA vario screen which,although not noticeably larger than the original,is sooooo much better,it's still very windy but it's a constant rush of air,no turbulence.If all this sounds negative,don't get me wrong it's a great bike,the linked abs brakes are fantastic and the gear ratios make sense on the motorway,at 80mph it's turning over at about 6000 rpm and there's no need to change down to overtake,just check your mirror,look,and twist the throttle,it charges forward with the kind of acceleration you'd expect from a 3 litre car and if you're not careful it'll go straight over the ton before you realise it.But who wants to ride on the motorway? If Honda had spread the first 5 ratios and given it an overdrive 6th it would be a much more enjoyable bike.I going to try a smaller rear sprocket but I have a feeling I'll just spend a lot of time in first gear,compared to a twin there is virtually zero torque below about 3000 rpm.If you've had 4-cylinder bikes before,you'll love this,I can't make my mind up whether to sell it or get used to it.