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First Look: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR

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2008 even more hohum than 2007

Typical. The 600 the people should be buying is dropped. As if even 1% of the buyers could tell the difference between the F4 and the RR.

On the other hand I'm pleased to see that Honda has made their lineup even poorer than ever. Just as I expected. No new Adventure Tourer. Oh no. That might be taking a risk. Let the other manuacturers build up the market so that Honduh can show up with one in a few years while pretending they invented the entire class. And having an even more "improved" CBR1000 (which surpassed the abilities of anyone except pro riders over a decade ago) certainly fires up my enthusiassszzzzz.........
 

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Looks nice. I like the redesigned look. At least they moved in a different direction than the other three. All the other sportbikes have a pointy, sharp look about them. This one has a more organic look.

Would I buy one? As a fourth bike I guess. But I would say that about any sportbike. I'd buy a standard, a DP, a motard, a cruiser, or a touring bike before a sportbike. So I am not their target market.

And if I did buy a sportbike it would be something with more forgiving ergos.
 

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Dude!

Looks nice. I like the redesigned look. At least they moved in a different direction than the other three. All the other sportbikes have a pointy, sharp look about them. This one has a more organic look.

Would I buy one? As a fourth bike I guess. But I would say that about any sportbike. I'd buy a standard, a DP, a motard, a cruiser, or a touring bike before a sportbike. So I am not their target market.

And if I did buy a sportbike it would be something with more forgiving ergos.
The bars are 6.5mm higher now! And there's that great new tank badge. That really makes it irresistible!
 

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Haven't you guys got...

anything better to do than bash old Honda for being content to grind out reliable, decent handling stuff to the masses? Who's next on the hit list? I don't see anyone dissin' Moto Guzzi for producing THE SAME OLD THING over and over and over...I mean, compaired to Honda Mototo Guzzel is...like Studebaker right before they went under. I expect to see tailfins on a Grisso any day now. Pshaw, fie and feh.
 

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anything better to do than bash old Honda for being content to grind out reliable, decent handling stuff to the masses? Who's next on the hit list? I don't see anyone dissin' Moto Guzzi for producing THE SAME OLD THING over and over and over...I mean, compaired to Honda Mototo Guzzel is...like Studebaker right before they went under. I expect to see tailfins on a Grisso any day now. Pshaw, fie and feh.
Well, Honda USED to actually lead the industry. Now they just see what everyone else is doing. If we just wanted reliable, decent handling stuff, they wouldn't have made anything after the CB 750. Too bad Honda's best days seems to be behind them. They are fat, dumb, and happy. "Profits first"!
 

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anything better to do than bash old Honda for being content to grind out reliable, decent handling stuff to the masses? Who's next on the hit list? I don't see anyone dissin' Moto Guzzi for producing THE SAME OLD THING over and over and over...I mean, compaired to Honda Mototo Guzzel is...like Studebaker right before they went under. I expect to see tailfins on a Grisso any day now. Pshaw, fie and feh.
If Honda was selling air cooled CB750s, I'd be buying.
 

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If I could order one new 2008 Honda motorcycle, it would be the half-faired CB600F, great for every day commuting. But if it ever comes to the U.S., I'll probably already have bought something else. I really like the 2007 CBR600RR from a size, weight and ergonomics standpoint (but not from an insurance standpoint). Can't really blame Big Red for discontinuing (or not even offering) poor selling models. I love my experience with Honda reliability, so I'm not going to complain, since I have a Honda motorcycle (among others) ready and waiting in the garage whenever I'm home.
 

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They sold the Nighthawk for about 1000 years. I'm sure you could get one in practically new condition.
I found one in CycleTrader, a 750, in FL for about $4k. Not bad, I guess.

While I was browsing I came across this mint condition RD350. Wow, is it nice, as original as it can be. Too bad it's going for almost $7k...but what a bike! I'm going to email the guy and see if he's interested in a trade. This was my very first bike.

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I found one in CycleTrader, a 750, in FL for about $4k. Not bad, I guess.

While I was browsing I came across this mint condition RD350. Wow, is it nice, as original as it can be. Too bad it's going for almost $7k...but what a bike! I'm going to email the guy and see if he's interested in a trade. This was my very first bike.

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I'll seel ya my RD for half of that!
 
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