If you like going fast on a motorcycle, then you want a supersport-class motorcycle. These are the bikes you can trash to their limits day in, day out, on a fairly reasonable budget. Here’s how this seemingly too-similar class actually differs.
The Bike: 2013 Honda CBR600RR
What It Does Best: Comfort.
What It Does Worst: Sex Appeal.
Why: Like going fast and can only/want only one bike? Then the CBR600RR is for you. You can ride it all day, then still be fresh enough to attack a good series of corners. It’s just as fast as any of the other bikes listed here, handles just as well, but works in more environments, more of the time.
Who Should Buy One: Anyone interested in the sport of motorcycle riding.
The Bike: Suzuki GSX-R600
What It Does Best: Smoothness
What It Does Worst: Image
Why: Sweet Gixxer Bro! Is there any other bike more saddled with the weight of squidliness than the GSX-R? Blame zero percent APR. It’s a shame, because along with the CBR600RR, it’s the most complete bike here.
Who Should Buy One: Gym rats, wannabe thugs, chin straps, undercover New York police detectives, Hollywood Stuntz, helmet mohawk wearers.
The Bike: Yamaha YZF-R6
What It Does Best: Win races.
What It Does Worst: Comfort
Why: Want to race supersport? Buy an R6 and call it a day. Seriously, we’re not exaggerating, doing anything else is counterproductive. This bike was built to do one thing only — win races — and has developed a huge aftermarket as a result.
Who Should Buy One: Racers, canyon carvers, speed junkies, track day enthusiasts, you get the idea.
The Bike: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
What It Does Best: Flexibility
What It Does Worst: Design
Why: Turns out that 36 extra ccs really does make a difference. The ZX-6R will pull a gear higher than anything else and it’s the only 600 with both TC and ABS, meaning you can ride it harder more safely. But, you’ve really got to want a lime green bike to own one.
Who Should Buy One: People inflicted with high-side related anxiety. People who ride in the rain. People who are just plain tired of shifting.