Fascinating little survey there, thanks!
Much like Kawasaki and their apparent desperate need to name all their bikes "Ninja", I strongly dislike Honda's absurd clinging on to the CBR prefix.
IMHO CBR should be reserved for strictly inline-4 sport motorcycles, with an RR added if it's really a race replica bike, not just some extra letters tacked on every bike that rolls off the assembly line.
125's, 250's, singles/twins/whatever need not apply. I think it's silly to have a CBR125R (and I own one, LOL) and even more bizarre to have a (modern) CBR250R that has literally nothing in common with CBR's but looks like a shrunken VFR.
Mind you, with 99% of all bikes nowadays being uselessly stylized and negating abilities to actually perform such a simple task as to even carry a litre of oil under their seats, it's no wonder their poofy name games are a hit with modern fashion victim riders.
Would agree with cbr250 being a cbr if they kept to how they made them in 80s and early 90s.
Inline 4, revving to the moon pocket rockets.
"Honda = Boring, Suzuki = Wannabes, Yamaha = Poser, Ducati = Overated, BMW = Compensating, Aprilia = Insecure, Buell = BCIT business... go faKOffee." - PUREVIL
Agreed. IMO the 125 and 250 versions should be called CB's, to at least differentiate them from the I4's.
A modern CB400"F" I4 (styled like the mid 70's CB400F) would be awesome. I loved those bikes.
Who cares what the names are. People that know what the names are are usually riders. People that don't know the names usually don't ride and can't remember the names.
People that ride but don't know a lot of bike names, well, they're either:
2) don't care enough and just want to ride their own bikes
As for me, I ride an SV650SA. I think it's a lovely little package. But man.. how often do people ask me what bike I have, then to have no idea what it is when I tell them. Mostly I just say I have a Suzuki. Then they say, "Gixxer?" And I say, "no, an SV650." And they say, "what's that?" And I say, "wait a minute, if you're a Carter Motorsports salesman really pushing me to buy a supersport literbike the moment I walk into your dealership, shouldn't you know a few things about motorcycles, instead of telling me how fast you can pass your buddies in a straight away on a literbike by going into on-coming traffic and say that once you go 1000 you can't go back?"
But anyway, I think Kawasaki is smart by naming their bikes Ninjas. People remember that and that's a selling point imho.
Well I would've just asked you, "thumper or twin"?
Ya I might as well just tell them I ride a girl's bike.
Exxxaccttlllyy. Similarly, 'CBR' has a connotation of awesome performance, but applied to gutless 125s and 250s, it's merely a mockery of where the CBR name originally came from.
I have no problems calling a 1989 Honda CBR 250 a CBR. I do have a problem with them calling current crop of slow bikes CBRs.
Confuses me. Makes me think the base model started unfaired, then makes me think I should buy the F cause there are fairings on it. Slow performance... FZ6 kinda. This name alone destroys any performance connotations for the REST of the CBRs
Proper name for the F4i... amiright?
A detuned standard or girl version.
Long distance touring version of the CBR 600.
to me it sounds like the GSF 500, gutless, but fun to ride.
R=Race to me
RR= Road Race to me
CBR600S A detuned standard or girl version. <pretty much agree with you there.
sounds like something off road, cross country riding