2012 Honda CBR600RR revealed

Well, the colour is new...

Posted: 28 September 2011
by Visordown News

UPDATE: 2013 Honda CBR600RR revealed

IT'S been three years since Honda's once best-selling CBR600RR got an upgrade and even then it was a minor tweak and the addition of an ABS version, so there's no substantial difference between the current CBR600RR and the one launched in late 2006.

And going into 2012, Honda has once again left the CBR600RR unaltered. A couple of new colour schemes (red-and-white or all-black) are the sum total of the changes for the next model year.

Sure, sales of 600cc sports bikes have fallen through the floor since the financial crisis began three years ago, but with nothing new to offer, it's hard to see Honda's latest machine doing much to reverse that trend. With sub 10,000 mile 2007-spec CBR600RRs on the market for as little as £4000, and 09 machines on offer at around £5000, it's hard to imagine too many buyers opting to spend £9k on a 2012 version that has no upgrades over its immediate predecessor.

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Have Honda just given up? Maybe Yamaha, too? In the meantime, Kawasaki have launched the blinding ZX-6R and Suzuki's newest GSX-R is meant to be ace (haven't tested it yet as another magazine totaled Suzuki;s press bike).

Kudos to Suzuki and Kawasaki.

Posted: 15/12/2011 at 01:35

Honda ftw. I'm all for getting better but change for the sake of change?? Honda IS losing out in sales because as the author said the smart buyer can buy an 09 and it will be the same bike for much cheaper but at the end of the day . . . If it ain't broke . . .

Posted: 17/12/2011 at 13:07

tut tut

Posted: 27/12/2011 at 18:50

If Honda would make a 600 V4 , they surely take back the 600 class !

Posted: 21/03/2012 at 10:07

But, how do you improve on perfection !

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 12:53

...and maybe some character.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 12:15

It's vintage a 2009 CBR at 2012 prices. Come on Honda. Usually better than this.
Mind you top of the Supersport championship and winners for the last three rounds.....and it still looks good.

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:02

This bike is great but it's criminal it hasn't got a slipper clutch,rear wheel locks going down the box quickly quite often. Also better brakes with much more bite would be a bonus.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 08:06

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