Buyer Guide: Honda CBR600RR

The ultimate buyer’s guide to the CBR600RR written by the people who actually own the bike...

Posted: 15 October 2010
by Visordown
2003 Original model launched: It was heavier than the competition as it met EURO III emissions regs even though they weren’t compulsory at that time. But it was still arguably the class leader thanks to sublime race track handling. All of a sudden the 600cc class wasn’t a budget option – the 600RR was a viable alternative to 750s and 1000s for many.

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Double R. It doesn’t sound much. Two little letters replacing the ‘F’ at the end of  the well established CBR600. But they mean everything. RR means double spiteful, track focused, GSX-R600-eating bad boy with some mean looks to go with it.

Honda’s CBR600F had been a relatively rapid, competent, all-round machine which had sold well for years but it was bland and wouldn’t offend your Granny. In 2003 Honda launched the CBR600RR after testing the water with the CBR600F Sport. The RR was part breath of fresh air and part poke in the eye with a sharp stick. It had an air of HRC quality about it.

The RR is a machine designed to win races and it’s incredibly fast on the road or track. It exudes an aura of calm at silly speeds when other machines would be bouncing and flapping and generally terrifying their rider, which means you can go quicker still. The down side is the bike’s neither practical nor comfy but Honda make the Deauville if that’s what you’re after.

Owners of the RR quickly get used to revving the balls out of the motor, slipping the clutch and generally riding it like a two-stroke. Yes, it isn’t as gutsy as the ZX-6R with its 636cc engine, but if you want every ride to be a triple espresso shot of revs, lean and high speed thrills, look no further than the CBR600RR. And it’s a Honda, so it’s reliable.

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Honda CBR600RR Specifications

2003

Engine 599cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 16v, in-line four Power 115bhp @ 13,000rpm Top speed 160mph
Torque 49ftlb @ 11,000rpm Dry weight 169kg Seat height 820mm Fuel capacity 18L

2005

Engine 599cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 16v, in-line four Power 115bhp @ 13,000rpm
Torque 49ftlb @ 11,000rpm Dry weight 169kg Seat height 820mm Fuel capacity 18L

2007

Engine 599cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, 16v, in-line four Power 118bhp @ 13,500rpm Top speed 160mph
Torque 49ftlb @ 11,250rpm Dry weight 156kg Seat height 820mm Fuel capacity 18L



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