Of course, the 600 class is the most competitive street bike class there is, and Honda now has fierce competition from all of its Japanese rivals, as well as Triumph. These bikes have to be Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — competent street mounts and race-winning supersport mounts at the same time. Few people would argue against the fact that Yamaha’s brilliant R6 has moved the 600 class toward the sports end of the spectrum, and away from the street comfort end. Honda has always tried to strike a balance that gives the street rider a reasonably comfortable ergonomic package and decent wind protection, without sacrificing too much on the sporting end of the scale. For 2001, Honda has perhaps reacted somewhat to the R6 by moving its 600F4i slightly towards the sports end of the spectrum, while still maintaining a reasonably comfortable, streetable seating position.
The F4i has also addressed the “bland styling” issue with a striking new design (that is particularly attractive in the black/silver combination of our test bike). The F4i is, of course, fuel injected. It is the third bike to be released in this class with fuel injection, following Triumph and, in the same model year, Suzuki.
While we have not sampled the Triumph 600, we have already congratulated Suzuki for its superb fuel injection in each of its GSX-Rs, in part credited to its unique, secondary butterfly-valve design. Honda, of course, has tremendous experience with fuel injection, primarily in the automotive world. The fuel injection on the F4i is absolutely superb. The throttle response is crisp and instant, without suffering from the off/on abruptness of some prior fuel injection systems (including some systems from Honda itself). Mitsubishi Mm55sr Manual. Although we still love Suzuki’s fuel injection in its GSX-R600, we have to confess that Honda’s F4i system is even better (although slightly so). Claiming a five percent increase in horsepower, Honda’s fuel injected 600 is an excellent street tool. With very strong mid-range for a 600 (probably, the best in the class — even better than Kawasaki’s excellent ZX-6R), the F4i pulls smoothly and with authority from 6000 rpm upwards.
Throttle response is even smooth and predictable at much lower rpm, but, like most 600s, you will need at least 6000 rpm to generate significant thrust. The torque-rich motor of the F4i makes street riding a pleasure. Combined with this year’s stiffer chassis, the F4i feels bullet proof, predictable and stable. Honda has beefed up the headstock and other portions of the frame to create a better package for supersport racing. Generac 296 Engine Parts Manual more. Although the bike is slightly heavier than the competition, Honda focused a great deal of attention on losing weight where it counts most, i.e., in the rotating wheels and brakes.
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