This high-winding yet smooth-running inline-Four took up where the CBR600 tailed off. The CBR600F4 released the same year might’ve been a better all-rounder, but the R6 was lighter, wilder and racier, making it the new lust object for aficionados of hardcore middleweight sportbikes. And even though it was the quickest 600 around a racetrack, it was also a fantabulous sportbike you could ride every dang day. MO wadded one spectacularly at the Phillip Island coming-out party, off the super-high-speed Turn 1.