Modified Supersport Shootout Final Stage – For My Money
Adam Waheed (Road Test Editor) –
For his very own dollar bills, Road Test Editor Waheed would be visiting his local Honda dealership.
If my own dollar bills were on the line for a new high-performance street/trackday 600, I’d have to go with the Honda
. The thing just handles so unbelievably and I would go so far as to say that it is one of the best handling sportbikes
I’ve ever piloted—unreal! The only thing I would change is the rearsets; just bolt some stockers right back on, as I don’t really need the additional cornering clearance.
Corey Neuer (CT Racing Owner/Fast-guy Club Racer) –
My first pick would be with the Kawasaki
as I felt the most at home on this bike. The bike flat out ripped! It was the fastest and it was set-up very well. Jett Tuning did a great job on the Honda and I really had no real complaints about the CBR. I feel that both the Kawasaki and the Honda were very close and they were both much better than the Yamaha
. This test really brought out the true colors of all the bikes and really added performance making these bikes track ready. Like I have said in the past the only thing these great motorcycles are missing is a manufacture contingency program.
Chuck Sorensen (3-time AMA 250cc GP Champion) –
For my money I think the Kawi could make a great trackday bike. Its awesome power, great suspension and easy ergonomics make it tough not to choose. Now if I was racing the ZX-6R
I would have to require that Joey Lombardo be my personal mechanic; I’m sure I could figure out the set-up without him, but he is just so fun to have around. Anyhow, around Big Willow the bike shone with its brute power and compliant suspension, easily winning the top time. As for the Streets of Willow, the Kawi took a bit of set-up work to get behaving correctly, but in the end it once again prevailed. And there’s a lot to be said for a bike to come out on top of a group like this despite having an off-day.
Steve Atlas (Executive Editor) –
When it comes to my hard-earned dollars I would have to go with the Kawasaki, but it wouldn’t be an easy choice. That Honda brings back some memories, visions of Daytona’s high-banks and one awesomely-long race dancing through my mind as I fly through Turn 8 at Willow, flat-out in top gear without even breaking a sweat. But where the Honda is great, the Kawasaki is amazing.
It has taken everything about the Honda that we like – quick-steering, huge levels of rider feedback, perfect power delivery – painted it green and pumped it up to 11! The bike has 750-like power, delivered in a smooth and seamless, yet equally hard-hitting manner, one which lets you know it has some get-up-and-go under those plastics. Combined with a chassis on train-track-like rails at any and all times (once well set-up at least) and one has a middleweight that is just ever so slightly more capable than any of the competition, which considering the company it keeps in this quartet is a compliment of the highest order. Speaking of order, where was it that it finished in Superpole?