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KPaul the Great Motorcycle Prophet makes a prediction.

The FZ-6looks like a great concept on paper and it was going to validate a prediction I have. I like the looks and the half fairing. Too bad the execution was bad One could see manufacturers developing a family of bikes based on the same 600 ccc engine:

[*]A hard core sport bike

[*]A softer sport tourer, lower pegs, higher bars, larger fairing

[*]A half faired standard

[*]A naked standard

Currently, manufacturers hang on to there old supersports for the softer sport tourers Katana and Yamaha FJ600 come to mind. If I was a bike maker it seems one could dramatically reduce the cost of parts, maintenance etc. by going to a family based on a same engine. A 1000cc family could be built in the same way.

Longride will probably tell me its been done before. Buz will say I need V-Twin to build a family like the SV650 and SV650S.

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I really enjoy MO reviews and wish you guys could find a way to do more.



In the past year and a half I've gone from a Bandit 1200 to a ZR7S to a recently-purchased YZF600R. After reading your latest shootout...I'm glad I bought the 600R. I think it's a shame that Yamaha chose to build a budget bike from the ground up and settle for the compromise that is the FZ6 rather than make a few modifications to the excellent 600R platform. I think a Yamaha version of Triumph's Sprint RS package based on the 600R platform would be unbeatable.



I've wanted a SV650 for some time but fit has always been an issue for me (36" inseam). Now that Suzuki's finally lowered the pegs I may be tempted if my 600R experience disappoints.

 

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I really enjoy MO reviews and wish you guys could find a way to do more.



In the past year and a half I've gone from a Bandit 1200 to a ZR7S to a recently-purchased YZF600R. After reading your latest shootout...I'm glad I bought the 600R. I think it's a shame that Yamaha chose to build a budget bike from the ground up and settle for the compromise that is the FZ6 rather than make a few modifications to the excellent 600R platform. I think a Yamaha version of Triumph's Sprint RS package based on the 600R would be unbeatable.



I've wanted a SV650 for some time but fit has always been an issue for me (36" inseam). Now that Suzuki's finally lowered the pegs I may be tempted if my 600R experience disappoints.

 

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Uhh, Honda Has...

CBR600-RR: Hardcore supersport

CBR600-F4i: Supersport with better ergonomics

Hornet (faired): 1/2 faired standard

Hornet (unfaired): unfaired standard

CB600: 1/2 faired 600cc tourer, complete with available ABS

Different GENERATIONS of the same engine/family to do the different roles. Of course, the 1/2 faired horent and the cB600 are europe, not US.
 

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Re: It was the 600S

I do believe the bike you're talking about was sold as the Fazer 600S in Europe. It was just replaced by the Fz-6 (something about EU emissions.) If you pick up any of the British mags they're still lamenting the loss of the old bike. Reviews of the old Fazer sounded a lot like the MO review of the 599, a "greater than the sum of its parts" sort of thing.
 

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Re: Great story guys!

I won't bash the sportster, but the 883 should have been the motorcycle that was included in this comparo. How can you call a 1200 cc motorcycle a middleweight? Maybe if you title the article "Middle Power" it would be more appropriate.

All in all, very good story and I would really like to take a Honda 599 out for a spin. It sounds like a great bike.
 
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