World Supersport Comparison Conclusion

Steve Atlas | January 11, 2010
And The Winner Is…

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So, what is the best 600cc racebike on the planet? Talk about a loaded question…

Yamaha’s factory R6 has unquestionably one of the best middleweight chassis I’ve ever had the pleasure of flogging, with a screaming top end that is nothing short of amazing. Yet the Parkalgar Honda’s chassis is also an all-time great and its mid-range put the Yamaha to shame. One can’t forget the Yami’s seriously-addictive self-blipping ECU. (OEs, if you are reading, add this to your next street-legal sportbikes. PLEASE!)

Honda has its TC settings nailed compared to the Yamaha, which was far too restrictive, though this could have easily been a so-jurnos-don’t-crash feature. Wider bars made the R6 more flickable than the Honda and the Ohlins suspension, while stiff for my featherweight self, featured well-tuned action and amazing levels of feel and feedback. Nevertheless, the Honda featured equally as impressive action, feel and feedback from its Ohlins units, but suited

Coming from a 250cc GP background in recent years  Lavertys Honda was set up for loads of mid-corner speed.Flickability and an uncanny ability change direction with little-to-no rider input were shining points of Crutchlows factory Yamaha YZF-R6 World Supersport bike.
By virtue of the quickest lap time we gave the World Supersport Comparison crown to the Parkalgar Honda (top), but only just slightly.

my weight far better. I never did quite get my head around the 250cc GP-feeling handlebar position. The Yamaha is a cleaner built and engineered motorcycle, with superior fit and finish and crazy cool electronics. Though the Honda is a more visceral and pure experience, much more involving. In fact, the only complaints I have about the two machines (the Yamaha’s TC settings and the bar position on the Honda) could easily be changed in a matter of minutes.

These are two amazingly involving, exhilarating and utterly glorious things of racetrack beauty, in another league compared to any 600 I’ve ever ridden. In fact, I lapped quicker on both the Supersports than any of my Superbike times. Thus, due to the sheer closeness of this test, I’m going to have to let the winner be decided by the lap times and lap times alone: Honda – 1:49.901. Yamaha – 1:50.333.

There you have it: The World’s Ultimate Supersport Bike is Eugene Laverty’s Vodafone Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR – yet only by a hair. These two bikes are that close… But in total honesty, the real winner in this shootout was yours truly, as my time aboard these mini-missiles defined two-wheeled racetrack fun! Santa, can I have one? Please?

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Steve Atlas

Contributing Editor |Articles | Professional-grade speed and an attitude to match, Steve Atlas has AMA racing creds that are even more extensive than his driving record.

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