2013 Honda CBR600RR

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Posted: 12 November 2012
by Visordown News
Putting on a brave face

BEAUTY, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. So some will look at the shovel-faced (as in, 'hit by a...') new CBR600RR and drool. But others will look and ask: “Why did they take inspiration from a snow-plough?”

The face is, after all, what this bike is really all about. After ten years of minor visual tweaking – yes, it's been a decade since the original CBR600RR made its appearance – Honda has given the bike the facelift to end all facelifts. Gone are the sloping headlights with twin air intakes beneath, in comes a new central air intake splitting a pair of lamps that make the CBR600RR nothing if not distinctive.

Behind that bold new look, though, the changes are less radical. As the bike's Large Development Project Leader Hirofumi Fukunaga says: “The new CBR600RR, building on the platform of the previous model, has taken its performance to a new level. It delivers an awesome ride on the circuit, but is even easier than before to ride on city streets. It sounds contradictory, but the natural fusion of these two aspects of the bike’s character is what makes this model even more attractive than its predecessor. What’s more, we developed the bike with an eye to making it available at an affordable price. As the overall project leader, nothing could give me greater pleasure than for this new CBR600RR to stimulate the Supersports mind of the rider new to the class.”

“Building on the platform of the previous model” is the key phrase – since the chassis and engine are basically carried over. The motor gets revised ECU maps but still makes 118bhp at 13,500rpm and 49lbft at 11,250rpm – exactly the same numbers as the old bike. The big news, handling-wise, is the adoption of Showa's Big Piston Forks – a move said to reduce dive on the brakes and improve stability.

The bodywork, headlights aside, is a development of the earlier shape. Despite its bluff new nose, the shape now creates 6.5% less drag with an upright rider, and 5% less with the rider tucked in. New wheels are a huge visual step forward compared to the old three-spokers, but despite their light looks the new bike's kerb weight is 193.4kg in ABS-equipped form, just 0.6kg less than the previous model.

Paint options include black, Repsol-rep and a rather nice retro-styled take on the traditional red-white-blue 'tricolour' scheme.

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Did somebody say yamaha 2005 r6?

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 19:31

meh il stick with my 08 graffiti ;)

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 19:31

Looks like a 2003 CBR600RR, still a great looking bike though.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 19:40

I agree with Mobus. 2005 R6 but with a honda paint scheme.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 20:37

Huhhh! is that it!
After all the talk of Moto 2 inspired performance and styling I'm very disappointed.
This was an opportunity for Honda to challenge the likes of Triumph who incidentally have just released images of the new 675 Daytona and Kawasaki's new 636. Both the bikes have been notably changed and styled.
This is just a "parts bin" face lift Same old, Same old.
In fact yes it does look just like an 03 CBR
Too safe and very lazy Honda

Must try harder C minus
See me after class!

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 00:47

yeah its look a like 05 R6

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 03:55

Consumers don't by enough 600cc sportbikes for Honda to invest in R&D and a ground up redesign. Still though, their offerings are getting pretty stale. No new technology really. Kawi has been using that fork since 09.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 16:39

the bike is perfect and the market/competitors are shy to develop too... better keep the legend.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 19:03

It looks awful. The front end is like a remodel by your dad and his tools in the shed. I am totally shocked.

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 21:20

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