I think you misunderstand the physics you require to maintain connection with your peers. Tyre selection, pressure and damping are very important. I know the CBR1000F is heavy. I have an FL ('90) model. Once you understand the physics, tune it up, have confidence and you'll be overloading the horn to get past in no time (mine don't work no more). It's all in the physics of which the CBR is fully capable. I'm nearing 40 years old with a 20 year old bike. New machines tremble at the sight of me.
Shiny side up!
In addition to the physics, understand that the 1000F is harsh on front tires. Ridden correctly (hard as hell) the sides will wear *much* faster than the center. When this happens, the turn-in will require progressively more body english to the inside. Suggestions 1) try new tires 2) sneak a cheek to the inside of the seat during curves.
I'm the original writer. I finally retired the CBR to a good friend who still loves it! I now ride an R6; it's incredible what you can do moving from a heavy 18 year old bike to something much newer! Now no one can keep up with me!
10-4 on the R-6! I had an 04 R-6 with a Yoshimura pipe and a power commander on it, and that's it, and it would run 217
MPH!! I've never seen a bike... or anything, in my 50 years of living, that would turn 18,200 RPM!! I also have a 99 Hayabusa and it's spooky!
I'm trying to give my Honda CBR1000F a tune up now. The reason I feel it needs a tune up is because when I lay off the acceleration, my bike starts to make a popping sound from the pipe. I went and bought new plugs, and the part store had the gap at .035. Now it does not idle. The manual said .031 to .035. What do I do? Could it be the coils?
Your comments are much appreciated. I just purchased, a 1993 CBR 1000F showing 20,000 miles on the clock. It is being shipped in from Wisconsin. This bike replaces the Concours I destroyed a few weeks ago. I hope it tours like you fellas say, comfy and 2 up. My FZ1 is not what I call comfortable, and 2 up is a joke. I will install Givi sidecases on it, then ride the wheels off the bad boy. I am looking to cover some miles here in the "GREAT STATE of TEXAS.." Hard to believe a bike that big gets mid 40 mpg.
If there are upgrades that will make this scoot better, please post them.
Thanks a million, EP.