Blake Conner, Associate Editor
I must admit, in the past I never would've considered racing a CBR600RR. Since the '03 bike came out, it's simply been too heavy to be competitive against the Yamaha YZF-R6 and Kawasaki ZX-6R, both of which I've raced the past couple of seasons. Every time I ride a new 600 at a press introduction, the selfish side of me kicks in. I quit worrying about what you the reader wants and start wondering: How good a racebike would this make?! I do care about you at times, but sometimes these intros become the ultimate test ride for, um, me. So there I was, spinning laps on the new '07 RR, and all I could think about was, "How would it work at Willow Springs?" I've owned Hondas in the past. One an '87 Hurricane, which I totalled into the side of a car on Mulholland Drive above Hollywood, and a '93 CBR900RR that I shouldn't have sold, but I never bothered racing them. Could this new RR be the bike for me? Guess I'll wait for our shootout results and see.