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Honda CBR600F (2000-2007)



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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

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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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.

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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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

  • 1997 CBR600

    Paul Brown

    Nottingham

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just got one of these, and already am so impressed. Such a massive jump up from 400cc sports bikes, comfortable riding position, superb vision in the mirrors. The build quality is absolutely first class, mine is a 1997 bike, and the fasteners and paint finish still looks great, the switchgear works perfectly. This is the first Honda I've owned but I am already won over by their build quality reputation.

    21 May 2007

  • Cbr600FX 99

    Carlo19

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought this bike just over a year ago and it aint let me down. It is my first bike and i have used it all year round. I found it to be an excelent all rounder doing well at every thing. The build quality is superb its lasted all through the winter with out missing a beat. The only thing i thought it needed was better handling but i suppose you could fix that with a bit of adjustment. I loved it so mutch that i am now getting a cbr600rr hopefuly its just as good as the FX

    03 April 2007

  • Best all-rounder ever made??

    MarkLG

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my 600Sport new in 2002 and did 20,000 miles in the 3 years I owned. I did 3 European tours on it, and just couldn't fault it -totally reliable, superb build quality, handles well, more than fast enough for road use and comfortable enough to tour on. A better all-round bike than the VFR800 I had before - cheaper, lighter, quicker, more fun and just as comfortable on a long trip. Honda do a good touring screen if you do longer trips. Bridgestone BT020's are a good tyre for road use and last very well.

    22 March 2007

  • Brought in 2002, it's TOP DOG!!

    nessychris

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is all you need. An all day ride or a flick-it about blast, it does it all. You can get a faster R1 or a better handling super-moto but nothing does it all like a CBR. I had one prob, the rectifier went and it died at trafic lights (Embarasing!). Otherwise the Bike's been a dream. I change pads at about 7000mls and tyres as and when, 'tween 4 & 6k but choice can make a big difference especialy on front end feel. Much to my surprise Dunlop D204's brought as a cheap pair from Busters have been the best so far. I am lucky that (now) ex road racer Tony Moss has his bussiness near, and he services it for me.. What he's forgotten abuot CBR's etc etc. Can cost £100 to £200 but every time I get it back it goes just a little bit better!! Cleans up great with the old elbow stuff but as mentioned elswhere the paint can chip (front guard) so dollop on the polish. Strengths: Best mid range sports-tourer by far. Weaknesses: Lack of storage/side panels off to get at tools.

    05 November 2006

  • 1998 Honda CBR600F

    cnewbold

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Just passed my test in July and wanted a sports bike. A CBR600 seemed like the best of both worlds, sportsbike performance but not to much for a first big bike. A few people told me it would be too much, but I've been pleasently suprised, although its a massive step up for me (last bike was a CBR125!!!!) It's really user friendly. The performance is more than enough for me at this stage and the handling is superb. It's also very versitile, plenty of fun on a Sunday blast but I also do a 3 hour journey on a Sunday and back again on a Friday and apart from a slight wrist ache, the bike is excellent for distance. The only things that seem to let it down are a low screen and a short tank range. Despite being 8 years old the finish seems to be bullet proof, and so far mechanically it seems sound. I would definetly recommend this bike to anyone just passing a test and wanting a sports bike, not to aggresive, cheapish insurance, still looks good and will feel unbeleivably fast for a new rider. Strengths: Ease of riding, Finish, Versitility. Weaknesses: Clunky Gearbox, Tank Range.

    25 October 2006

  • Great alround bike!

    nigeltoon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had ccm604 before this my first sports bike,l ove it to bits. Tank range is some times only 128 miles before fuel light come on if you push it hard, but have got 160 miles before it comes on! Done 138 miles with out stopping and comfort was ok. Fitted rentec rear rack, crash bungs, end can, DOUBLE BUBBLE SCREEN. Strengths:
    Easy to ride, Great confidence, looks and styling, handling, speed, the handlebars just about right, not like on the rr6,gsxr6 or r6 -  you dont feel as if you're being thrown over the front end. Weaknesses: No grab rail, no rear Hugger, tank range ?

    23 October 2006

  • The bike that does nearly everything?

    ukuleleking

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is F5i is my second CBR (I previously owned an FY carburetted model). I've also owned a Thundercat, 600 Hornet and an R6, and other non-600 bikes. The CBR is the one that does most things best: fine for long-haul trips (e.g. to Berlin in 2 days) or long commutes (to Suffolk and back to Brighton in a day); great for short, fun rides; even capable of camping trips if you add a Renntec rack. The only things I haven't done are track days or off-road riding. They're very comfortable compared to other sports 600s, at least for anyone up to 6' tall, which is what I am (the comfort is relative: there's quite a bit of weight on your wrists). The riding position gives great forward vision and stops you wriggling about too much, but is still aerodynamic. Of the 2 CBRs I've owned, the FX/FY models are better value. I think they're slightly more comfortable/less vibey; less thirsty than the fuel-injected ones; and they're way cheaper (£3,000 for a bike with less than 10k on the clock). Strengths: Do-it-all nature; comfort; can be ridden restfully under 6,000 revs and with a lot more go over 7,000 revs; build quality/Honda dealer backup. Weaknesses: Fuel economy isn't great (150 miles to reserve); slight vibes through right-hand handlebar can put your hand to sleep on long runs (they all do that, sir: my 2 both have, and a friend's does the same to him. It does seem to depend slightly on which gloves you wear, though not sure why this would be).

    26 July 2006

  • A cracking allrounder!!

    geordiemark

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the FX (nice anniversary colours) off a mate when it was 3 years old. Really easy bike to ride. Smooth on the road and great for the track if you firm up the susension a tad, drop the front cog a tooth and get some risers on the footpegs for the more twisty circuits (burned a hole through the front of my boots at Rockingham due to lack of ground clearance). Copes well commuting with bags and a top box. Not convinced the finish is as bullet proof as reputation suggests. Didn't clean it massively well before storing for the winter but even so would have expected the finich to have lasted better than it has. Strengths: Easy to ride as a first bike and equally at home thrashing round circuits with a few tweaks. Rewarding - you have to work it to stay with the big bikes but the thrill when you get it right is tremendous!
    Weaknesses: Once you've dropped the gearing for more acceleration , raised the footpegs and you still tear off the hero blobs and start wearing down the footpegs, consider removing the main stand before it digs in and gives you cornering problems. Finish - don't think it's particularly better than any of the competition.

    10 June 2006

  • CBR600F, 26,000 miles, Double Bubble Screen, Scottoiler, Starcom, Meta M357T, Braided Hoses

    saitnm

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The CBR was my second bike. When I began riding a few years ago I drooled over a Red, White and Blue, CBR600 at the local Honda Garage but at that time could only afford a Fazer 600. Though not a Fazer review, it was a great bike, did 25,000 hard commuter miles through all weathers, and was a hoot to ride. But, like us all, there's always something else you think is going to be better than what you have. Faster, better looking, more flattering to your skills, etc, so a year ago I bought a Red, White and Blue F1. Initially I was disappointed. Where had that lovely mid-range gone I had come to enjoy with the Fazer. I was pretty fed up and thought I'd bought a dud. Of course I had tried the other 600's (6R, GSXR, 600 & 750, plus a VFR800), but I let my heart rule the decision. Anyway, there wasn't a fault with the bike, it was a fault with the rider. To get the most from these bikes, you have to ride them way up in the rev range which tends to mean going everywhere too fast, but.... Strengths: OK, so it's not the greatest 600, my new ZX6-R is, but, what a bike. Re-tune your attitude and get the thing revving and it's fast enough. The suspension is compliant over bumpy roads and adequate on the track and when the pace picks up in the corners. Reliability is incredible, as is it's dual purpose ability. Through on some luggage and a pillion, dial in the MP3 and off you go. The bike is comfy like the ZX6-R wouldn't believe. It's a great package and good value for money 2nd hand. Weaknesses: Spark plugs are hidiously expensive for a 600. The feel from the brake lever is so-so, although the breaks are quite strong. Other than that, it's all good!

    09 May 2006

  • Superb bike, finish still exccellent, still looks good - even though 9 years old!

    steve burrows

    Wymondham , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned this from new, now 9 years old. Apart from consumables, only header pipes have been changed to stainless steel. Makes 93bhp on dyno, and does 12 second quarters at santa Pod, so not much slower than newer ones. Have done trackdays, mostly ridden hard on sunny days, no breakdown in 9 years. Still on original battery, clutch, brake lines and shocks. Strengths: Cheap running cost, even the insurance is £75 a year. superb reliability, build quality is excellent. Weaknesses: Lots about, but being this good its to be expected.

    25 April 2006

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