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2004 CBR1000RR v.s. 2005 CBR600RR

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 07, 2005
These are really the only two bikes available to me in my area (a small island in Asia) that I have to choose between in the next 2 weeks. From what I've read I'm leaning towards the 1000 but just barely. The 1000 has under 3000 miles and is being sold for just a little cheaper than the new 600. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.............travis

Small island in Asia? Where? Ashley had a CBR150RR in Thailand...

..but passed on anything bigger because they're too hard to get parts for, too big to whip through traffic and don't get 85+ mpg like the small motorbikes there do. And the CBR150 was made in Thailand so you don't have to pay the Thai 32% import luxury tax -- that is, if you import something (such as computers, TVs, any motorcycle beyond the limited 100-125cc scooter "motorbikes") that doesn't have a similar Thai-made item available, you have to pay the tax. She traded it in for a Honda Sonic 125, and had that converted to a trailbike -- and that's our recommendation for buying in Asai. Get a DP bike! Then you can blast around the zillion dirt roads/trails that crisscross Asia, split lanes with abandon -- Sonic 125s (and the CBR150RR sportbikes) are extremely narrow compared to an inline-four machine. The roads tend to be so poor, traffic so bad and petty theft so high (as a broad generalization, you personally will be safe from major harm in most Buddhist Asian countries but your posessions won't be -- get used to it or don't go) that it's best to get something smaller that you can actually ride, fix in a timely manner and replace without breaking the bank if stolen.

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