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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

When the Honda CBR600F got fuel injection, it also had its personality split. From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR). One a sporty all-rounder, the other, a full-on sportsbike. The Honda CBR600F was, and remains, a brilliant motorcycle with real power and excitement but with the added practicalities to make it a contender for just about anyone’s garage.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Some reckon the Honda CBR600F’s engine is very slightly lacking in midrange but, for the average rider, there’s a lot of very useable power. The fuel injection can make for juddery starts on cold mornings but, once up to temperature, it’s as smooth as a baby’s bum. To coin a massively-used but highly appropriate (in this instance) cliché: it’s bullet-proof.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Fully adjustable suspension means customising the ride to your needs is a doddle. As it is, the Honda CBR600F handles beautifully. It lacks the razor sharp edginess of the Honda CBR600RR or other rivals but it’s still an absolute corker. Loads of power, plenty of torque but forgiving of the odd wrong gear or rider hiccup: it’s a ball to ride. The brakes are ok but may be a bit spongy on older models.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Dual seat, grab rail, centre stand… It sounds like a roll call for a big, dull tourer but the Honda CBR600F has them all, running alongside its sportier credentials. The dash is clear and clean with a fuel gauge, clock and digital speedo. Mirrors are good and there’s enough room under the seat for some waterproofs. Extras available include luggage and heated grips.

Honda CBR600F (2000-2007)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,390 (2000) - £4,560 (2007)
Private used prices
£1,800 (2000) - £4,100 (2007)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 108 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Great finish and legendary reliability mean Honda CBR600F owners spend more time riding their motorcycles and less time covered in oil in their garages, trying to fix the bloody things. Even older models, well kept, look pretty spotless and the engines just keep on going.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There’s no shortage of Honda CBR600Fs around, in all their guises, but they last and last well. They also hold their value fairly well, which is pretty unusual for a ubiquitous machine. The Honda CBR600F is a lot cheaper than rival 600s and, although it lacks their utterly balls-out performance, its everyday usability works in its favour for many buyers. Find a Honda CBR600F for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1987: First Honda CBR600 introduced. Numerous subsequent changes.
1991: Major overhaul of Honda CBR600 with new chassis and updated engine.
1994: Update including addition of ram air and larger carbs to provide more low down power.
1996: New ignition set up and updated ram air system plus numerous bodywork mods. The Honda CBR600F is now claimed to have a top speed of over 160mph.
1998: Complete model update. Changes include new aluminium frame to replace steel one to reduce weight, new aggressive styling and bodywork.
2000: Honda CBR600F and CBR600FS launched with fuel injection and minor frame modifications.
2003: Honda CBR600FS model superseded by RR model. Honda CBR600F continues with colour changes only.

Other Versions

Honda CBR600FS: Introduced at the same time as the CBR600F version, with fuel injection, it was the sportier model which had a two-piece seat, no centre stand plus engine and suspension modifications.
Honda CBR600RR: All new model launched in 2003 with new frame, engine, styling and an underseat exhaust.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Weight 170 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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£4,750

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£1,550

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£1,650

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£3,495

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£4,999

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

  • cbr 600 fy

    rudders1074

    Average rating rating is 4

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    ive had my cbr 600 for a few months now and i don't think i could have picked a better bike,i've only been rideing big bikes for a few years so my expeiriance is ltd its not as quick as its rival sports tourers, but they are certainly a better ride than most,equipment choice is more varied,handling is brilliant,economy is good and the power is just right.In fact the only thing that i could possably pick up on, is when i go to put the indicators on, sometimes i catch the horn, but that could just be my sausage fingers!

    05 December 2008

  • Great Learn your skills bike

    ninjachica

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I had 2 CBR 600's. Excellent bikes to hone your skills on. Honda's are forgiving, smooth and reliable. Make a mistake, and you get the chance to correct it. Fall off, and you can replace the broken bits! A good machine for any one of any age.

    03 October 2008

  • cbr600fv

    Rory Milton

    Average rating rating is 4

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    brilliant bike, does everything thats asked of it. i can comfortably commute, go long distance and go for a quick blast on it and it always brings a smile to my face.

    27 April 2008

  • all round great

    simonheatman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i am now on my second cbr 600f and consider it to be the best all rounder on the market. How some people can call it bland is beyond me. I,ve tried the R6, GSXR600, ZX6R and allthough they may be marginally quicker on a track,they just dont match up as an everyday machine. The bike is allday comfy, quick enough for most, as well built as they come and an easy bike to ride quickly ( very forgiving). I would recommend this bike to the most experienced of riders and as a first big bike

    17 February 2008

  • angel

    r6angelbaby

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    i thought of buyibg a cbr600f but couldnt fit on it as it is 2 big! had to lean way over the tank to reach handle bars plus my feet barely touched the ground! Was gutted as i really love honda

    06 February 2008

  • Tam

    Tam01

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought my CBR600F in September 07, so not had that long in riding it, but for the small amount of miles i have done on it i wouldn't swap it. It is just a perfect ride, a very good bike for my first. It has been in the garage for ages now, i go out occasionally to start it up and it always starts first time no problems. I just think it's a good all round bike, good handling, comfy ride, and is a good looking bike! It will be my bike for many years to come just love it!

    02 January 2008

  • Faultless

    lisa8369

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I bought mine in 2002 - CBR600F-1.Kept it for just under 5 years during which I rode the 60 mile round trip to work in to London most days,did 2 track days and went around Europe on a 2000-miler every summer.This bike is the complete package.It's really comfy,light and fast with excellent protection from the weather.Commuting I was filling up every 130 miles but the tank gives you 150+ on long trips.I added a longer screen,hugger and blue flame end can.Rode woth Oxford soft luggage -this bike gives you anchor points galore,a centre stand and grab rail.Brakes good,engine faultless,quality and reliability never an issue.I'm looking for another one as I've looked around and can't find anything that compares.

    31 December 2007

  • Gas Guzzler

    pch1

    St Helens , UK

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Bought new in 2006, had it for two years now and no problems. On the plus side it's comfy and capable of keeping up with my mates more sporty bikes on the road. On the minus side the brakes are ok but not brilliant, the engine only gets lively in the upper rev range, but worst of all is the fuel consumption - I get about 110 miles to a tank, with a worst of 90 miles. The newer bikes from 2006 onwards no longer have fully adjustable suspension, only the rear spring can be adjusted for precompression.

    28 November 2007

  • CBR600 TOP BIKE

    mitch05p

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    On my third cbr6 now the FS model,Got it new in 2002 for £5200 and it's never missed a beat,look's the same as the day I bought it with very little TLC and can just about hang with the bigger 07 bikes and that's not bad for a 02 600 but that's the cbr6 for you, Top bike!!

    07 June 2007

  • Fast and Comfy

    Txbone

    Edinburgh , UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have had one of these for 5 years now and I still love it!! It was the first bike I got on after a big accident in which I broke my back and basically was paralysed down my right leg by. I was desperate to get back on a bike, as well as scared witless, and this is the first one I went for. I rode a ZX6R before my accident and I have to say they are entirely different while staying kinda the same. If that made sense?? There is comfort in abundance (for a sporty anyway) it has a solid engine that pulls right through the range, apart from that really annoying blip at 5000-6000 revs! The power delivery is smooth, where the Kwaker could be a bit fierce at times, all this adds up to some serious confidence, which is what I REALLY needed at this point. After the initial bimble, crapping myself at the sight of every car, I settled down and began to actually ride the bike, from that moment till now I fell in love! It has everything you could want, power, handling, and a bit of comfort and it handles 2 up brilliantly! Bearing in mind I also own a GSXR1000 and a GSXR600, both of which are all about revs and screaming speed, I still love my 'plodder'. Comfy and fast says it all about my blue girl!!

    31 May 2007

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