As the saying goes "when everyone else is walking out, walk in". Once the most exciting and lusted after bikes in the showroom, 600cc sportbikes have become increasingly unpopular over the past few years and that means some incredible bargains are up for grabs. Here's our pick...
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As the GSX-R cup in the UK has proven, the new K8 makes a formidable track/race motorcycle with only a few modifications. It turns in lovely and feels very much like a 250 in fast corners - just stay tucked in and fire out the other side. On the road the suspension takes everything you can throw at it, its not too hard which makes the Suzuki a good road bike as well as race bike.
The 2006 Yamaha R6 was the most high-tech, track focussed motorcycle you could buy when it was released. Technology to put Yamaha’s own R1 of the day to shame, reinforcing that 600cc motorcycles are no longer a budget option but for many, simply the best choice. Rapid, gorgeous and sometimes frustrating on the road but still easy to fall in love with.
The Honda CBR600RR is a track biased missile – and an excellent one. On the road, the ‘F’ version is a better bet for most with a more roomy riding position, stable handling and a less revvy engine but get the Honda CBR600RR on the track and it’s in its element.
The ZX-6R of 2003 marked a dramatic return to form for Kawasaki. At its launch this machine was the hardest, most technologically advanced 600 of all time, boasting radial brakes, upside-down forks and fully digital clocks alongside fuel-injection, a lap timer and all wrapped up in a tiny, tight chassis and plastics. Gorgeous.