(Bear in mind I have a RS 125, a scooter, a CBR600, and a GS500E with this Honda)
I bought mine a year back, after its previous owner discovered bikes and diesel don't mix.
It is a happy little bike that was one of the first in the country, registered in early January 2004. and covered 17,795 miles.
Cheap to fix, as replacement plastic is 500 quid for everything. Clutch lever is £7.50, compared to 37.50 for my CBR600.
Brilliant little bike. As good as, or better, than the 600 through corners. Really lives up to the CBR tag, despite being on two different tyre manufacturers.
Straights less so, then again it was over geared at some point, as it achieves top speed in 4th gear, not 5th as it should.
Insurance is cheap, at £230 in lincolnshire, and £730 in Coventry (18 years old, 1 years no claims, test pass) definately compared to a RS 125, which wants £400 to insure in lincolnshire. ( Even when restricted. Engine lasts longer that way.)
Goes for ages on a tank, provided you keep below 8k rpm, as consumption mounts up beyond then. Does over 100mpg in a city.
Pulls from low revs in 3rd with ease.
Mine does not like national speed limits.
Vibration can be a problem beyond 9k rpm.
2T like powerband between 9k and 11k.
Happiest at 50 - 55 odd mph in 6th. It chugs along forever. Your whole body will ache before the tank runs dry.
You will feel like your holding people up if you don't want to rev it hard.
Is as good as a CBR600 when road is twisty.
If the road isn't twisty, take the 600.
Don't go out in windy conditions, though that is said about every 125, 2T or 4T.
The footpeg grounds out first. (after your knee is down)
Starts first time, even after 6 months storage.
Would be good as a first bike. Makes you remember mirror - signal - manover as you go along. Mirrors good, but vibrate slightly at high revs.
Squeezes into gaps that just aren't there.
Would I buy another?
Yes, without question.
As good as a CBR600 overall? Almost.