Wednesday, 30 January 2013 9:32 AM
Whether you're planning on getting a supersport bike for the first time or have ridden them for several years and fancy buying a new model, Honda is one brand of motorcycle you should consider purchasing. For years, the Japanese company has been at the forefront of the motorcycle sector and has produced a wide range of fantastic supersport models.
With a vast array of Honda motorcycles to choose from (including adventure, cruising and touring models, as well as supersport), deciding which particular one to purchase can sometimes be difficult. When making your choice, you ought to consider things such as your level of riding experience and the amount of money you have available to spend to obtain the model that's best suited for your needs. Here is a guide to some of the company's models that may be worth looking at.
Powered by a liquid-cooled 250 cc engine, the CBR250RA may prove a good choice for those keen on getting a high-performance, yet easy to handle, motorcycle. Indeed, it has a dry weight of just 162 kg and an efficient single-cylinder, four-stroke engine -something that is certain to appeal to motorcyclists keen on getting a stylish-looking supersport bike that is fun to ride at the weekend but also enables them to manage the daily commute with ease.
The bike also comes with 17-inch cast wheels and an anti-locking braking system (ABS), with the latter designed to offer riders firm control even when riding over particularly challenging surfaces. Other features include a multifunction digital instrument panel that incorporates a speedometer, engine temperature display, odometer and fuel gauge, while the 13 litre fuel capacity provides a cruising range of around 200 miles.
The CBR600F could also prove a great choice for supersport enthusiasts, not least of all because it has a lightweight 599 cc engine. This feature alone perhaps makes the bike a more suitable option for those wanting a powerful vehicle to take to the roads with, in comparison to the CBR250RA.
Indeed, the CBR600F also comes with a PGM-FI electronic fuel injection carburetion system, six-speed transmission and has a maximum torque of 64 Nm, so there should be plenty of scope to enjoy high-performance riding.
The inverted front fork and aluminium swingarm, meanwhile, are designed to improve handling, with the presence of ABS ought to ensure riders remain in full control of the bike at all times. While the rear brake features a hydraulic disc with a single-piston calliper, the front brake consists of dual-piston callipers and floating rotors.
Another Honda supersport bike that is certainly worth considering buying is the CBR600RR. With the 2011 incarnation of the model available in a range of colours – including a graphite black version and a special edition design consisting of metallic grey and orange, there's plenty of scope to get something that offers fantastic aesthetic appeal.
Of course, there is much more to the CBR600RR than just great looks and it also provides plenty in the way of performance. Indeed, it has a four-stroke 16-valve engine and a dual-stage fuel injection system, so you don't need to worry that it'll be lacking in terms of power. The bike also has an 18 litre fuel capacity that is perfect for those who use their bike to commute and/or go on long road trips.