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To many enthusiasts, Honda's middleweight, street fightin' CBR600F4i is the perfect physical incarnation of the term "sport bike." The bike certainly has history on its side; after all, Honda redefined the class way back in '87, with the CBR's predecessor, the original 600 Hurricane, and the competition has been forced to follow in its smoking tire track ever since. This year, the CBR ditches its bank of carburetors in favor of fuel injection (resulting in a 5 percent increase in power at the engine's screaming 12,500 rpm peak), gets sleeker bodywork, and adds a no-BS go-ahead-punk-make-my-day black-on-silver paint option. Note to the competition: Stock up on smoke masks.