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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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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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£1,975

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28000 miles

£2,499

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18929 miles

£2,999

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5716 miles

£4,999

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24500 miles

£2,150

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

  • My Review

    GARRY HONDA

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Poor tank range, fuel inj. not the smoothest (can & dyno needed), cam chain tensioner noisy. forget the above the handling & power make up for it.


    14 February 2002

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    chronus

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I moved up to the CBR from a tatty old Diversion 600 and it has been fantastic. 18 months on the CBR have improved my riding no end. It's been on three track days and helped me get my knee down. It's toured all over France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy without missing a beat. I ride it all year round except in the snow and through it all it has been nothing but amazing. In 18 months, nothing has gone wrong or cused any hassle whatsoever. My official Honda dealer has been great with advice, help and anything else I could ask of him. The braided hoses have been fantastic and I can't wait to try them on the track this year. I'm even considering entering a local hill race in october with it. Fantastic machine. Even the security chip in the key has done its bit preventing my bike getting nicked despite a destroyed lock and barrel. What more can I say? PS. As I'm in Switzerland, all prices and mileages are converted from Swiss Francs and kilometres.


    02 February 2002

  • My Review

    CBR6

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I dont like its weight... too bulky.. I dont like the lack of adjustment on the forks either. The forks bend too easy when I cartwheeled it thru' gerrards (mallory) graveltrap. The bike is awesome on the road tho'... hits 170+ on the clock and corners well. Outdoes most things in the right hands. The tyres r chosen for allround grip (wet and dry) and are excellent in the wet.... just right for sliding the bike around. In the dry they're enough to run the bike round gerrards at 130+. The brakes are wicked now  I've added braided hoses and EBC HH pads. Needs clearance as standard tho'. Needs handling improving tho'. But safe and stable as anything! You dont need a steering damper on this bike... all it does it shake its head a little. I love this bike, but its not quite quick enough. It's good enough for me to consider racing this year.... I don't want to coz its in good nick... but it's a very predictable and safe bike. The dealer Ii went too was shite tho' and reckoned I got ripped off. Oh.. it's NEVER EVER broken down tho'.

    25 January 2002

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    stevejacko

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike is the "dogs"! Had a vfr750 previous to this, cbr knocks spots off it and that was a very good bike. So easy to ride. Build quality is by far the best of any other manufacturers. Black & yellow 2000 f4. Very smart. PROBLEM - what do u have next?


    23 January 2002

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    fireblade6964

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Never let me down so far, and I can keep up with my friends on their GSXR750, R1 and a couple of 929 on twisty road. The max speed that I have ever tried is only 262km/hr in stock condition. Worth buying for those sport orientated yet want a practical bike to run. Your girlfriend will like the pillion seat.

    21 January 2002

  • My Review

    CBRkneeScraper

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had it Pretty done up with Full Race Two Brothers X-metal exhaust System, Factory Stage 1 Jets and K&N Box filter and 4deg ign. Adv. But went with a turbo setup to hang with the big boys. OverAll I'd say I'm pretty happy with the bike from stock through all the mods but it's a bit buzzy at HWY speeds but there is a sweet spot about 5500rpm where it's silky! During Mid Corner braking she likes to stand up, causing you to correct or go wide... much better with Pilots though! Drop the triple clamps about 13mm on the forks and her steering wakes up nicely! Sprockets...Best Bang for the Buck!!! Hands Down! Awesome First Bike! I'm still exploring her talents.


    15 January 2002

  • My Review

    cooke

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Beautiful handling, fantastic brakes, good midrange, good looks, and reliable. very poor tank range (100miles), when very hot after thrash sometimes struggle to pull away, noisy cam chain tensioner (1 fitted at 3000 miles) again!!

    11 January 2002

  • My Review

    ash1e

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    First sports bike owned. Extremely confidence inspiring as only recently passed test. Very highly recommended and very comfy in comparison to other bikes in the same league (or not maybe). GET ONE!!!


    10 December 2001

  • My Review

    Danholden

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just wrote off ZX6R J1 and thought that was the best 600 but realise that I was wrong, got the FX at the moment but will trade it in once the ZX6R is repaired and buy a FY. Unrivalled quality. WILL NOT fit an alarm as have had nightmares with the Datatool Evo not disarming.

    05 December 2001

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    PATRICK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    THE BIKE'S GREAT FOR MY DAILY 94 MILE ROUND TRIP COMMUTE TO WORK. THE BIKE'S IDEAL FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF, RETURNING TO BIKING AFTER A LONG BREAK, WHO WANT SOMETHING WITH PERFORMANCE, BUT IN AN EASILY CONTROLLABLE PACKAGE. AS FOR THE TANK RANGE, I GET TO APPROX 135 MILES BEFORE THE FUEL WARNING BARS APPEAR. GRIPES, THE SAME AS EVERYONE, THE CLUTCH LEVER CABLE OBSCURES PART OF THE DIGITAL DISPLAY.


    30 November 2001

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