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Title: 600RR long distance touring
Post by: Austin007 on February 16, 2004, 12:18:21 AM
I really hope this hasn't been posted too many times, it's my first post cause I'm thinking of getting either an RR or an 02 F4i.  Please post a link to the thread if this has been answered before.

How's the comfort level on the RR after 2 or 3 days of long riding?  How does the RR compare to the F4i for comfort/touring benefits?

Both bikes are slightly used, the RR being an 03 and the F4i an 02.
Thanks for any info.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: laubin on February 16, 2004, 12:35:04 AM
I have a friend with an f4i and we both go for about 500 miles in a sitting before the arses are too sore...seems to be about the same...really... the bars are higher on the f4i...and it feels slightly more meaty in the midrange...but from there on the RR ripps thef4i's lungs out....this years f4i has the dumpy euro seat on it...its probably nice and squishy....takes your ass about 2000 to break in on the RR...just pop asprins and you'll be fine....oh yeahmuuu ah aha ah
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Marsh on February 16, 2004, 12:40:12 AM
If you want a tourer get a BMW :P
out of the 2 you have posted id take the rr (i have had both) as it seems to be a few steps up on the F4i in every aspect (not too far behind it in the comfort)

they both have hardish seats and unless you are doing 200k's plus a day on it it wont bother you.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Black600ee on February 16, 2004, 12:56:44 AM
comparing f4i and the 600rr is like apples and oranges.

The F4i wins the comfort contest with out a doubt.  The Bike it self is made to be more streetable  its sits in a more upright position with a nicer seat. Also the bike has a good amount of midrange so you dont have to be up in the powerband to make a decent amount of power.

The 600rr is.... Well just sit on one... Needless to say no one here bought one for comfort
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: rjh200 on February 16, 2004, 10:36:02 AM
F4i will be better for mostly touring type riding.  
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: cpchillin on February 16, 2004, 11:54:42 AM
I guarantee you that not a single owner of the RR has even had a sliver of a thought of touring with it!! There is no way in hell that someone could make it more than 200miles in a straight line on the RR. Yeah we might lie to ourselves and say that the seat is comfortable enough but we all know the seat SUCKS! Forget the RR and the F4i both of them aren't good for touring. Now the best Honda for touring and being able to rock through the twisties is the Interceptor. Comfort is great and you can get hard saddlebags for it, but they are expensive around $1000. I myself almost got the Interceptor instead of the RR. Have fun with whatever you get.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: 1FSTOLDGUY on February 16, 2004, 01:17:21 PM
If you really want something that is comfortable but still fun on a occasional twisty day. Look for a clean used Yamaha YZF600 (not the R6) or an  Kawi ZX-6E(new ZZR-600) both are very good street bikes tuned for midrange and are significantly less expensive than the Hondas.  Between the two you mentioned the guys are right. F4i for street comfort, RR for pure performance.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Austin007 on February 16, 2004, 01:19:19 PM
They're really that different?   I do like the tricked out features of the RR though.  The VFR was on my short list but not sure yet if I want one.  Nice ones are a little pricey too right now. Thanks alot for the replies.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: DaBeachBum on February 16, 2004, 02:57:29 PM
After 300 miles your ass will be screamin!! ;D That's my max for one day, seriously. All I can think of is being uncomfortable and getting home.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: desertcbr on February 16, 2004, 07:10:04 PM
I don't agree with not thinking about taking a long trip, I have but I do know that after 40 miles of hwy driving I am numb! Reality is this bike was not designed to be comfortable, so if you are looking for that I would look elsewhere, unless you are a masochist.

I would like a bike to tour with someday, but this bike is not the one for so many reasons. Someday when I can afford it I will probably get sport tourer, something like a Honda ST1300.

My $.02

D
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: grendelkhan on February 16, 2004, 08:42:28 PM
First off the F4i is the better touring bike. That said it is a couch compared to the RR but I've done over 2000kms in less than 24 hours and didn't feel any more cramped on it than any other supersport model fo this type. While the F4i is more comfortable initally it will still get sore eventually. I would determine which bike I would buy, by how many touring miles i'm going to rack up compared to just some Sunday rides and trackdays. I'm doing a 1000 mile in 24 hour iron utt run this summer on it. I'll be sore after, for sure but I wouldn't want another bike in the twisties.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: alby on February 16, 2004, 09:39:16 PM
I guarantee you that not a single owner of the RR has even had a sliver of a thought of touring with it!! There is no way in hell that someone could make it more than 200miles in a straight line on the RR. Yeah we might lie to ourselves and say that the seat is comfortable enough but we all know the seat SUCKS! Forget the RR and the F4i both of them aren't good for touring. Now the best Honda for touring and being able to rock through the twisties is the Interceptor. Comfort is great and you can get hard saddlebags for it, but they are expensive around $1000. I myself almost got the Interceptor instead of the RR. Have fun with whatever you get.



 The most I've done was about 160 miles and that was draining.
If I was gonna do a long ride, I'd need a new seat and something that allows
me to relax my legs and stretch while I'm riding.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: hondatech on February 16, 2004, 10:17:50 PM
They're both good bikes, and damn near the same as far as performance goes. If you're track riding, the RR is better, but the F4i is a better street bike, hands down. If you plan on doing mostly touring, the VFR would be a way better choice.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Austin007 on February 16, 2004, 11:15:58 PM
Hey thanks for all the input!  I bought 2 new bikes last year cause I wasn't happy with them and I don't want to do it again.
I didn't really want to go for a VFR right now mostly  because I think I can still fool myself into thinking I'm young enough (29) to ride a sportier bike full time.  I probably wouldn't do many track days with it tho.
Can you believe the dealer here is giving me a cash price of $9500 for a 2003 600RR with 2200km on it!?  And he KNOWS Honda is selling new leftover 03 RRs for $9999.  I still have to get a trade in price for my 919 from him before I start haggling.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Tufelhunden on February 17, 2004, 12:11:56 AM
Man no one mentioned the ultimate sporttourer.  CBR1100XX.

Smooth as silk and fast as hell with all day comfort, with only a handle bar mod.  Just a thought.  Also, as you seem to be in Canada it appears that you can get a brand new 2004.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Austin007 on March 01, 2004, 01:45:40 PM
...a brand new 2004...what?

ANyways,  what do you Canadians think of this: do I get a slightly used 03 600RR for around $9000 or less (I haven't dealt a price out yet but I'm sure $8500-$8750 is acceptable),
or
a brand new 03 for $9999?
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Endless on March 01, 2004, 02:05:59 PM
On Saturday, we rode for about 3.5 hours, and man man ass felt like a brick by the end of the day.  Ever look at the Interceptor?  Good looking bike, and it's a sport tourer, i think.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: jezterr on March 01, 2004, 02:07:56 PM
that $9000 is $6750 in US money. sounds like a good deal to me. if it's the used one with only a couple thousand miles on it and no major flaws, i'd get it... but if you wanna fork over an extra $1k for a used one, i'd do that, too... dunno. all depends on what you think you'll benefit from a brand new bike as opposed to one that's broken in. got mine new because i wanted to know for sure that nothing's ever happened to it...
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: vidoprof on March 02, 2004, 02:19:04 PM
So I guess this is where I chime in.  I use this bike strictly for touring.  I take roughly 100-300 mile trips on the bad boy.. yeah my ass is sore as hell but I love the thing.. and it looks sweet as hell..  


I don't mind at all how uncomfortable I am on it, which isn't much except for my ass, as long as the thing looks sweet... and the RR sure does.

I bought my bike based on style, then performance, and then comfort.. of course I am 28 years young and can afford to do this.  :)

Ryan

Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: DaBeachBum on March 02, 2004, 02:23:16 PM
I think most riders here in Cali would say that 100-300  on a jaunt isn't technically "touring". I would say you're "touring" if you spend at least 2 days riding over 1000 miles or something more like that. Bikes built for that kind of comfort are "touring" friendly.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: tpstyles on March 02, 2004, 02:49:45 PM
I plan on taking a cross country trip this summer on my RR (Alabama to Arizona and back).  I know it will be a painful trip, but I was wandering if anyone has any experience with a Corbin seat and how much difference it made?
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: rjh200 on March 02, 2004, 03:01:38 PM
I have one and it makes a big difference.  I love it.  I also have lower back problems and the seat helps me ride for longer without my back bothering me.  
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: desertcbr on March 02, 2004, 03:22:12 PM
I plan on taking a cross country trip this summer on my RR (Alabama to Arizona and back).  I know it will be a painful trip, but I was wandering if anyone has any experience with a Corbin seat and how much difference it made?

I would not recommend "touring" in AZ in the summer unless you are ready to fry! It's one thing if you're in a AC vehicle, but remember you will be riding on your bike in temps well above 100 degrees! If you do plan to drink like a fish, more than a gallon a day for sure.

D
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: Austin007 on March 02, 2004, 05:12:30 PM
All good stuff guys, thx.  But the dealer now told me they want $9600 for the used one (1500km on it)!  He then offered me a new 2003 for $9900.  Told him to shove the used one.  I dunno what I'm gonna do, didn't want to get over 11 grand again after taxes.  Starting to look at an R1 now anyway.
Title: Re:600RR long distance touring
Post by: trd2000 on August 01, 2017, 01:45:53 AM
I guarantee you that not a single owner of the RR has even had a sliver of a thought of touring with it!! There is no way in hell that someone could make it more than 200miles in a straight line on the RR. Yeah we might lie to ourselves and say that the seat is comfortable enough but we all know the seat SUCKS! Forget the RR and the F4i both of them aren't good for touring. Now the best Honda for touring and being able to rock through the twisties is the Interceptor. Comfort is great and you can get hard saddlebags for it, but they are expensive around $1000. I myself almost got the Interceptor instead of the RR. Have fun with whatever you get.

LMAO....  i know this thread is ludicrously old but i wonder if this guy ever re-thought his "guarantee"? i did 30,000km (18,000 miles) within 3 months of buying my RR back in 08. I'm actually looking at how to set it up for a round australia ride next month (which is how i found the post) .... and theres plenty who have adventured further and wilder than me.