Honda CBR600F (1993 - 2007) review

Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 6445
Overall
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Honda build quality and panel fit, comfortable and solid handling.
Lacks excitment.

Want it all? You're not alone. The CBR600F is Britain's best-selling motorbike of all time and not without good reason: it really is all things to all men (and women). Plenty of people overlook it in favour of its racy stable-mate, the newer 'double-R' CBR600RR. The truth is most of us would be better off with the 'F', even if it is considerably less glamorous. It's a totally practical bike but it'll still put 160mph on the clock and before Honda concentrated their efforts on the RR, it was beating plenty of R6s and GSX-Rs in World Supersport racing too.

The 600 class went a bit doolally in 2003. Kawasaki launched the ultra track focussed, all new ZX-6R, Honda released the equally race biased CBR600RR, the Yamaha R6 took a step in that direction too while the GSX-R600 was already a full-on head banger. What had been a class with some genuinely versatile all-round machines became full of cutting-edge race reps almost overnight.

Okay, sporty bikes sound great in theory. Massive power outputs, rapid steering and ultra strong brakes sound like a recipe for shenanigans aplenty. And on a race track that's generally the case. But the fact is that most of us spend the majority of our time riding on the road where crippling riding positions and incredibly revvy engines are just plain annoying - even if we pretend that's not the case on the day.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/features/second-chance---honda-cbr600f/11542.html#ixzz0xclNvAZM

Want it all? You're not alone. The CBR600F is Britain's best-selling motorbike of all time and not without good reason: it really is all things to all men (and women). Plenty of people overlook it in favour of its racy stable-mate, the newer 'double-R' CBR600RR. The truth is most of us would be better off with the 'F', even if it is considerably less glamorous. It's a totally practical bike but it'll still put 160mph on the clock and before Honda concentrated their efforts on the RR, it was beating plenty of R6s and GSX-Rs in World Supersport racing too.

The 600 class went a bit doolally in 2003. Kawasaki launched the ultra track focussed, all new ZX-6R, Honda released the equally race biased CBR600RR, the Yamaha R6 took a step in that direction too while the GSX-R600 was already a full-on head banger. What had been a class with some genuinely versatile all-round machines became full of cutting-edge race reps almost overnight.

Okay, sporty bikes sound great in theory. Massive power outputs, rapid steering and ultra strong brakes sound like a recipe for shenanigans aplenty. And on a race track that's generally the case. But the fact is that most of us spend the majority of our time riding on the road where crippling riding positions and incredibly revvy engines are just plain annoying - even if we pretend that's not the case on the day.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/features/second-chance---honda-cbr600f/11542.html#ixzz0xclNvAZM

Honda build quality and panel fit, comfortable and solid handling.
Lacks excitment.