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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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

  • My Review

    logan7

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Not had the bike to long but its great. It's so good at doing it all, what more do you need. The one thing I don't like, is the vibs through the bars. But I have fitted foam grips and they help.

    21 August 2002

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    fogcity

    Average rating rating is 3

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    After a few problems locating an electrical fault, the bike now runs well, apart from a bit of piston rattle! In my opinion it is a superb bike, ideal for your first 600cc,  Bring on the rain 'n sleet, a fantastic ride in the wet !


    04 July 2002

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    GWEEV

    Southampton

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My first bike. Had it about a year now. Looks fantastic in Purple/Yellow Smokin' Joe's colours. Handling is fine. Likes to be revved. Only use it once or twice a week and the battery keeps flattening even though its only 6 months old! Otherwise reliabilty has been excellent. I'll probably keep it another year, then change it...for a newer CBR.


    26 June 2002

  • My Review

    Dempsey

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I had a Cbr600fx before this and although it's very similar, the FS feels smoother, turns quicker, loves to be revved high. At first it felt slower but I think that's the smoothness. I do like the handling, gives lots of confidence to lay it down further than you have before!



    14 June 2002

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    mcbagr

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Got the CBR6 when I moved to Asia and got back into biking. Chose it for its all round ability....is great for flinging around the islands many excellent roads. Been good too for my first couple of trips up to the mighty race tracks of central Malaysia. Just come back from an incredible weekend with the local bike club (www.sbr.com.sg) at Shah Alam and Sepang. Felt a bit out-gunned by the standard issue GSXR1000 and R1's on the F1 track. The bike is also a tad small for me (I'm 6'3) so I found moving myself across the bike pretty tough on the track.....or maybe I'm crap and looking for excuses. The limited range showed itself too on the ride up. Ragged the bike to stay with my pal on his Blade and only just made the fuel refill as a result. Incredibly well put together and a storming engine. Probably move up to a GSXR750 now though....insurance here is dead cheap so be a shame not to have a bigger bike while I'm out here.

    13 May 2002

  • My Review

    skippy8it

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love the bike to bits! It's comfy, fast, it's never let me down, handles well even with a 16 stone tubby like me on it! Build quality is great apart from the chips in the rear wheel and pitting on the fork legs, but it has been used in the winter and still washes up lovely. Does every thing I want from mad dashes round the countryside to commuting to work. The only problem is what to buy after this........oh well it will have to be another one!!!!!!


    09 May 2002

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    Ferryman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Back on a bike after 14 years. Things have changed a lot, my last bike was a RD350YPVS. Machine very solid and quick. Build quality has improved greatly over the year.


    08 May 2002

  • My Review

    robprest

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love it! My first 'proper' bike, can't imagine wanting anything else! Still trying to work out best suspension fsettings for a 14 stone tub, but enjoying trying them all! Would love to fit braided hoses to improve braking & other poserablility stuff (black screen etc). Absolutely love the black & grey colour scheme & among all those other CBRs out there it seems to be the least common.

    27 April 2002

  • My Review

    HOS1966

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Have had four Blades over the years but had to move down a class after being involved in a hit and run and had to claim of my own insurance. Very impressed with bike overall, could do with a bigger fuel tank and keep missing second but my main gripe is the condition of the nuts and bolts that are exposed. Most have some form of corosion. I know winter salt is probably the cause but I never noticed it on the Blades I have owned. PS. Bike only cost £5399 after £200 back from Honda and it was delivered to my door!



    25 April 2002

  • My Review

    topchef

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Well impressed when 1st got it and 3 years later, sorry to see it go. It was my 3rd 'real' bike and although I didn't realise at the time, I learnt how to ride properly. Soon got to my limits on the bike but the CBR never reached its limit no matter what I threw at it or mistakes I made. Excellent in the wet with 020's but must be warmed up first. Throttle was a bit 'grabby' but you get used to it, as with everything. Can't not mention the build quality ~ it's a Honda, 3years/22000 miles later and I still got £2300........from a dealer!! Not bad for an 8 yr 40k miler. Get a rear mudflap thingy if you buy one though, always got well covered in rain and mud on my back in crap weather, or take the missus! better still, take mine! It never let me down apart from a crap fuel tap that needed the diaphram supergluing down. Finish is good, speed is excellent, still shows some more modern (and bigger!) stuff the way to go, but braking hard shows a need for braided lines. Ripped through a few chains too, 3 in 14 months! Got an X ring Didi next, and should still be going strong now. I had it for 4 months and never adjusted it, unlike the others that seemed to need doing as soon as I got home! I've only given 60% for ease of working on cos I did nothing but very, very basic work. Leave it all to the pro,s I say. Thanks Gav (GBH) If I ever could afford more than one bike at a time, the CBR would be there for when you really NEED to thrash the nuts off something. Farewell Honda, I'm seeing Kawasaki now.

    09 March 2002

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