There was a time when middleweight sportbikes lived and died by the checkered flag. Sales were directly tied to success in production-based roadracing. Comparison tests reflected this ultra-competitive atmosphere, with overall winners closely wedded to lap times, dragstrip ETs, peak engine performance, and, yes, the Wow! factor. The Honda CBR600RR enjoyed many race victories and championship wins, yet it has always offered a rider-friendly jump-on-and-go demeanor with excellent engine performance and stable, predictable handling that instills instant confidence. That was true when the CBR600RR debuted in 2003 and it remains true today.