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Old 11-01-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

So I just sold my '07 ninja 500r an hour ago. I won't be buying a bike till early next year and right now I've narrowed my choices between the gixxer 600 and cbr600rr. I've sat on the gixxer and it fits like a glove (im only 5'4"). Its also cheaper than the cbr, but the cbr is more tighter and nimble and also has a higher seat height. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

All depends on what kind of ride you want. They both have their pro's and cons. I would say for casual street use the cbr might be a better option. In stock form it has a smoother throttle and is better down low in the rpm's. It also feels lighter up front than the gsxr. At least thats my take after riding one for a few hours. I have no regrets on the gsxr as I keep the rpm's up higher anyways. Unfortunately I didnt push the cbr too much as it only had 115 miles on her and the owner is a puss about breaking in his bike. so cant say too much about the top end performance.

One of these days we'll swap again and I can give her a good run. Too bad temps are dropping already
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
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they are bolth great bikes ...the only thing that i could think of that would be a differant would be the cbr is a little lighter... nomater you would be happy with eather one.. the profomance is going to be close... one will do something better then the other my vote would be for the gixxer
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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the gixxer u can have HID headlight from projector... but the with the CBR you can have HID 6k on 1 side and HID yellow on the other side, looks bad ass... both look bad ass....

um, with cbr its... and with the gixxer you can... yeah basically both bikes are sick... im surprised you didnt throw an r6 into the mix...
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:45 PM   #5
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the gixxer u can have HID headlight from projector... but the with the CBR you can have HID 6k on 1 side and HID yellow on the other side, looks bad ass... both look bad ass....

um, with cbr its... and with the gixxer you can... yeah basically both bikes are sick... im surprised you didnt throw an r6 into the mix...
I sat on an '09 R6 at the dealership today and I can barely tiptoe, lol. With the cbr being lighter it would definitely be a great advantage.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:11 PM   #6
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

CBR is a better choice unless you go for 750 Gixxer. CBR 600 It is a better product; lighter, nimbler, excellent torque. It won most of comparisons both last year and this year.
But if I was you I would go for 750 GSXR.
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:23 PM   #7
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

ignore the previous post.. lol

The cbr has better brakes, just a bit.

The gixxer has a slipper clutch (which is a huge upgrade).

There is no clear "Best bike". The gixxer is the shortest, and the weight difference is minimal.

The r6 has no steering damper.
The cbr has no slipper clutch.
The Kawasaki is... a kawasaki.

The gixxer has the most real features.

The r6 is close behind. Being on your tip toes doesn't really matter.. throw an ass cheek off the side when you stop.

I probably would have bought an r6, was just concerned about the #3 crank bearing issue and that not fully being resolved yet.

The honda is a distant 3rd (maybe even 4th) around the track. Plus, FWIW, they pay basically no contingency.

05 1000rr was their peak IMO.

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Old 11-01-2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

The GSXR is a GSXR. Being a great bike is in its bloodline. But when it gets in competitions (for 08s) it allways finishes middle of the pack. The biggest praise they give is the Bridgestones on the GSXRs being so good.

The honda for lack of a better quote "will make you a better rider". I can believe that with the way that bike is. I would love a 750 but the dealership here is no about working with you and the 750 is priced more then im willing to pay.

Either way their both great bikes youll enjoy tremendously. Pick the one you think looks better and go with it.
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:48 PM   #9
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

being a honda man myself, (dirt bikes, wifes car, lawn mower, I was really suprised when I bought the suzuki. the fit and finish was way better than the honda. It looks like it is better designed in so many areas. It kind of shocked me because honda is usually first class. just my opinion.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:31 PM   #10
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

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maintainance wise though i HEARD the CBR is way harder to work on. the gixxer's simple to wrench... i know that much. might be something to think about if you plan on doing your own maintainance
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:05 PM   #11
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im in the same boat i just bought my first bike a few months ago (cbr F2) and before i bought it i was set on my first new real bike eventually being a gixxer

but recently ive been going back and forth between the double r and gixxer
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:53 PM   #12
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

Did you say you are coming off a Ninja 500? Is so then either the Gixx or the CBR will be more than enough bike for you. I say go out and get a Gixx 750 instead, you can find leftover 08's for $8500 OTD in some states. As long as your not in CA, you should be able to register it in the state of your choice. But if you want a 600, I like the Gixxer better, but I never rode the Honda. Not much of a fan of Hondas in general.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:58 PM   #13
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find a cool dealer, and do test rides...
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:57 PM   #14
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

They are all very good get what you like and can get a good deal on.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:59 PM   #15
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They are all very good get what you like and can get a good deal on.
True, I agreee go for what looks better and what tickles your fancy your not going to ride it to its full potential to notice the differences.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:25 PM   #16
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Re: 2008 GSXR-600 vs 2008 CBR600RR

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I've narrowed my choices between the gixxer 600 and cbr600rr. I've sat on the gixxer and it fits like a glove (im only 5'4"). Its also cheaper than the cbr, but the cbr is more tighter and nimble and also has a higher seat height. Decisions, decisions...
I have both the 07 CBR & the 08 gixxer and here's my 2 cents. I don't race or do track days, just street. My feeling is the CBR is slightly more technical than the Gixxer. Here's why I say that. I'm 5'2" and it basically came down to the CBR being more difficult with the extra height (even after shaving the seat; which can't be shaved much) and touchy throttle. Getting the CBR into my shed over an uneven gravel drive & up a 2-3" wood incline was tricky. Getting on the throttle so it didn't kill but enough to get it up into the shed, then braking quickly was a bitch. I thought I was going to have to lower it, but was really concerned about messing with the suspension. Once I saw & sat on the '08 gixxer, it was all over with, and I sold the CBR to my husband (who has the same problem getting it into the shed, but has a little extra leg length to catch it if it kills). I've never regretted it! The Gixxer is more user friendly. I LOVE the stock gixxer tires. I never felt the difference in the weight between the 2 bikes. I like the extras with the Gixxer like some tools (even if the usual crap) and the rear seat cowling. The gixxer mirrors have more vibration, but it didn't bother me that much and I like the looks of integrated turnsignals. The gixxer takes regular unleaded, but I got better mileage with the CBR. The gixxer headlights are fabulous, I really like the gear indicator, and the emergency flashers. After market parts for the gixxer came out much sooner than the CBR. Tons of gixxers out there for used parts. The CBR left me anxious (granted, a lot of it at my driveway). The heat from the undertail exhaust is noticable in hot temps (but I do love the looks). The turnsignals are rather old-fashioned looking IMHO, but those are easy to change.

The comfort is about the same on the 2 bikes. I can go about 3 hrs before needing a stretch. Their ergos are very similar, although I don't think the gixxer seat matches a woman's butt very well, so I'm having a friend reshape it (the seat, not my butt ).

So far as mechnical, I was really unhappy when the seat screw on the CBR wouldn't come out. Fortunately I checked the forums & didn't completely ruin it before finding out about the problem. But that was on a 2007, and it's probably fixed now. On the gixxer, I had the bad O2 sensor & have the water in the headlight assembly that needs fixed, but I still prefer the Gixxer for me. I've been very happy with Suzuki's warranty response.

Going from the 500 to either of these bikes, you'll feel a HUGE difference. I went from the Ninja250 to Suzuki GS500F to SV650S to CBR to the gixxer. I know now that tiptoes isn't enough for me, I need the balls of my foot on the ground to feel okay. That's just my personal limit & allows some room for the unexpected. I ride to have fun, not to be anxious. With the '08 gixxer I feel like I have the bike I've always wanted.

Okay, maybe that's more like my $2 worth, but hope it helps.

Good luck with the decision! You're going to have a blast whichever way you go!
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:42 PM   #17
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im in the same boat i just bought my first bike a few months ago (cbr F2) and before i bought it i was set on my first new real bike eventually being a gixxer

but recently ive been going back and forth between the double r and gixxer
what year f2??/ and do you have any pics
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:09 PM   #18
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the seating on the 07 cbr is more upright compared to my 06 750 gix. it almost feels like i'm standing up. i bet the cbr is very comfortable in long rides though (ive only rode my buddies for like 4 miles). overall very awesome bike. the 07's r almost a completely different machine compared to my previous 05 cbr.

gix's comes stock with pretty much everything... damper, slipper, flushmounts, tail lights. the 07 cbr however doesnt (asides from the damper). if u r not tracking, the cbr has this big ugly rear fender that holds the brakes & turn signals on it & most after market FE kits r just plain fugly. just some things to consider before u buy.

height wise the gix has always been the most comfortable to sit on since the seats r very narrow. i can almost flat foot my gix. but i wouldnt let height sway u from buying any 600. hope this helps
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:17 PM   #19
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Thanks for the replies - i might actually be purchasing the bike within the next month or so. I'll keep ya'll updated on my decision.
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:19 PM   #20
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the gixxer has way more personality, and the front end is absolutely stuck to the road.

they are all good though.
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