Hey guys, I took the 08 600RR for a 40 minute test ride yesterday around some of my favourite local roads. It was fun. First things first. This thing is light. 250cc light. 155 kg's dry. It's also small. At first I thought "this could be uncomfortable". Surprisingly its not too bad for my 6' frame. The bars are lower than im used to. The longer I rode it the more I got used to the ergonomics. Now onto the motor. This bike has a surprisingly good mid range. Its actually pretty similar to my 900RR in its characteristics (the mid range that is). Then you get to the demonic top end. The motor opens up and begins screaming. As others have said gear selection is more important than on a litre bike. Not that much more important though surprisingly. Its a little more challenging but more rewarding. It feels like a race bike and sounds like one. The handling is obviously superb. You can feel the road surface perfectly. You think about turning and this bikes already on its side. Very flickable. It seemed the faster I went the easier it was. The brakes are excellent as would be expected on a bike of this class. Great feel and stopping power. The transmission is beautiful. I plain love it. There is no clunkiness whatsoever. It is silky smooth. It's so easy to change gears quickly. I love the steering damper. In bumpy sections where my 900 would normally start headshaking the 600RR front end is completely stable even under hard acceleration. Overall its an excellent bike. Every component works perfectly with the other. It just feels like a complete package right out of the box. The thing that makes me smile is how innocent this bike looks. It's innocence is lost right away once you ride the thing and realise how rediculously powerful it is. :demon: Your left thinking 'how the hell did they fit that much power into a bike so small?' Next I will ride the 07 GSXR 750. See how that stacks up.