Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I Ride: '16 ZX-6R 30th Anniversary
I want to start by saying I love the 600 class. As a mostly street rider I think it's the best package you can get for spirited street riding. That said I love many of the 600-1300cc nakeds, 1000cc SuperBikes and other categories that are detracting from the 600 market. Aside from my constant complaint that none of them are as engaging on the road, and being a huge fan of the I4 which few of them utilise, there is a huge concern about those bikes in Britain: cost.
£15-20k to buy. £1-5k/year to insure. Way more £££ to run. Way more £££ to mod. It will drive many riders to stop, or keep older bikes running. It will keep most new riders to the 300cc class, or drive them straight for the stupid expensive models which will inevitably get stolen or crashed and then won't be replaced. It's not financially viable.
I want to buy bikes in these other classes, but I think the long term (and I do mean 10-20 year term) will see the demise of both the 600's and the number of riders (real riders, not kids/commuters on scooters or other such numbers added to make it look better) on the street and track. For me, it's a short game being played to make more cash and ignore core issues. It's not 100% about the class really, but what it stands for financially.
2016 ZX-6R 30th Anniversary
Akrapovic slip-on, ASV Shorty Levers, Radiator Grille, Bobbins, Micro LED Indicators, R&G Tail Tidy, Silver Indicator Bulbs