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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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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
£2,350 (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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£4,295

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£7,995

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£7,495

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

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    lou71cbr600fs

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my first bike and I think it was the right choice. It's looks and styling are great, in my view anyway. It's not too heavy either, which is a plus for me as I'm female. I'd recommend this bike as a first bike for anyone, only thing is the brakes don't seem that good, but as I've only ever ridden a zx7r about a mile up the road I have nothing to compare it with. Strengths: Handling, looks, speed. Weaknesses: Brakes.

    12 April 2006

  • Spot on

    Rooster32

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Brought the cbr after my triumph was stolen. Comparing the two, the only thing the triumph wins on, is exhaust noise, but then you can buy an end can for that. Like the tt600, love the cbr f sport. My friend has an 600rr and I can keep up with him, spot on bike! Strengths: Handling, speed, style. The fact that you don't feel as if your being thrown over the handlebars like on the rr and r6. Weaknesses: Brakes not as good as the rr.

    01 April 2006

  • CBR600F3 with Honda double bubble and datatool from new.

    ducatis

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had not ridden any sort of bike for some years went on a test ride on the FS model and was hooked. It has got to be the easiest bike I have ever ridden. A few weeks (and lots of research) later, back to the same dealers (Dobles),  a new bike was bought - very surprised wife. I did squeeze them on the bike price, but I bought a lot of kit. I've added a hugger and mini indicaztors. Here I am now a Honda convert. Any way bike only done 4K miles or so, but refuses to use oil or anything else. I've ridden it 'on the throttle stop' until a full tank of fuel used, lots of two up riding, dodging the dispatchers (and everyone else) in London, and just lazy riding - it just does everything. Strengths: All round ability and quality product. To be honest, a very good first bike. Weaknesses: You will probably out grow it eventually. I need something capable of long distance two up touring - it will do this job well, but there are just better suited bikes out there.

    01 March 2006

  • Bought this bike less than a week ago, so far im really pleased!

    Robert_1985

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I wanted one since I was about 15 when I got a shot on the back of a 1993 model and I'm am not in the least bit disappointed. Strengths: It's a bit early to say what it's strengths are, but I think it looks so cool, mine has a red black and white color scheme. My last bike was a cbr 400 ,so you can imagine how pleased I am with how this bike performs. Weaknesses: The only thing I dont like, is the fact that you have to take the side panels off to get under the seat!  I'd rather just open it up with a key, but its no big deal.

    20 February 2006

  • Bought 2nd hand for first bike, 11000 miles and in mint condition 3 years ago.

    DellsBells

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike is so far been fantastic. Looks and drives gr8 too. Havent driven any other bikes apart from a cb500, so I guess it ain't no comparison. Strengths: Reliability, looks, comfort, and acceleration. Weaknesses: No petrol gauge or clock, brakes are sufficient but could be a lot sharper.

    25 July 2004

  • My Review

    Gizmo1967

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well what can I say, it's my first bike. It's fast, comfortable over long distances, good solid & reliable. It's only just let me down once just recently, with a defective speed sensor, which I have been told is a rare fault,  but expensive to repair £200! inc. vat & labour. All in all I think I'll be having another one shortly when Honda get some more in stock!

    05 September 2003

  • My Review

    JohnMarks

    Average rating rating is 4

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    What a peach of a bike. It's bullet proof! I commute to work on it every day and tear around tracks at silly speeds. What other bike would fit both roles so well? Also looks and sounds the business in black and silver with race can.


    18 July 2003

  • My Review

    onders

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It's a Canadian import in purple and yellow.Quite unusual as I don't see too many around. I love the way I can through it into corners and it sticks to the road as a sports bike should.

    06 July 2003

  • My Review

    biker2dude

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A bit tall for me so have had to lower front and rear. bike handles like a dream and is well sorted in Liverpool heavy traffic. Out on the motorway I clocked 161.75, mate followed with a busa and show wot u done fitted. Side pods and fairings easy to remove to service the bike. Hugger still lets crud fling up and makes a mess. Pitted forks on the paint is a pain, other than that I love this bike. People say look at the cbr wow. a superb powerful all rounder and is my best mate.

    05 May 2003

  • My Review

    Curver

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love the handling and friendliness - it has got me out of scrapes that other machines would have slid me off the road. The engine is a peach,  despite all the damning evidence, mine doesn't have the 5000 flat spot. The tyres are going for bridge 010's soon, as the hi-Sports have way too much movement in the wet. Don't plan any changes as it does it all and keeps the grin in place.



    22 January 2003

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