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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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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
£2,330 (2000) - £4,560 (2007)
Private used prices
£1,790 (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

    saddlebags

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just traded up from a Fazer, and love it.  It feels like I've had it longer than 4 weeks. Fast, confidence inspiring, comfy. The build quality is excellent and it sounds the dogs with a Quill on. The only down side is the fuel range 105-110 miles and you get the reserve bars up, but I will live with that just for the smile I get every time I throw my leg over it. Nuf said.


    26 October 2001

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    seebeearr

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Cost is for 4000 service, no oil change. Slight snatchiness apparent at low speed when new, I don't notice this now, possibly due to fuel injection. Very smooth throughout the rev range. Some cam chain noise developed around 3000 miles, but seems to have disappeared. I have left all settings standard and the bike handles/corners exteremely well. You really have to nit pick to fault this bike.

    05 October 2001

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    NICK

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Cam chain tensioner failed at 1600 miles. Again at 3500 miles. No new tensioner's left in the country. Good job winter is coming because it looks like I won't be able to ride it. Time Honda admitted the fault. ( owner ) Rob Hudson.

    08 September 2001

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    waddell

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had CBR600FX before this bike - totally different. I love it. Other than when I first got the bike, noticed loud rattle between 4500 and 6000 revs, went back to dealer to have a listen he said it's OK. it seems to be getting worse - it sounds like the camchain or the blades or just something loose. I'm going to take it back again. Has any body else had this problem?

    02 August 2001

  • My Review

    brianrhodes

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Three months in and the gears have bedded and are much smoother. A few irritations though, there is a rattle from the front end, the next person who says "excuse me but do you know one of your lights is'nt working" is going to get a slap and for gods sake, dont call out Hondacare Assistance. I was still waiting after 2 1/2 hours for them to fix a puncture to my rear tyre.


    24 July 2001

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    Alexandra

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Found the standard bike didn't quite measure up performance wise, but is otherwise superb. Brakes are brilliant and I can't fault them. I replaced the rear shock with an ohlins unit and fitted an akropovic race can. These mods have made the bike a joy to ride. Also fitted uprated springs and changed the fluids on front forks. I ride very hard and the bike has done 11,000 miles in 4 months and hasn't let me down once . I service the bike myself and change the oil and filter every 4,000 miles. Found the bike very easy to work on ( this is my first bike). Recommend Honda workshop manual. Also as a female rider I found this bike easy to move and get on the centre stand.


    22 July 2001

  • My Review

    gezzs

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    As my first real bike, this is a dream. It commutes to Birmingham daily without a problem, but is just as happy blasting around the twisty lanes...


    11 July 2001

  • My Review

    kb33

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love this bike to bits!  Had a go on the new model last week and mine felt faster ! But this has a lot to do with the end can, worth every penny and the best mod you can put on this bike!  It's just soo easy to ride fast , a disadvantage sometimes ! Any owner cannot be dissapionted with this bike , highly reccomended!

    23 June 2001

  • My Review

    parnell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my first sports bike. I passed my DAS 8 weeks ago, and having not ridden a powerful bike for over 8 weeks and was full of anticipation when I collected the bike. Once becoming familiar with all the controls I rode the bike away and instantly impressed with the seemingly total reassurance given by the bike. The potential seems to be unbelivable, once everything has bedded in I look forward to realising it.

    11 June 2001

  • My Review

    in2webs

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    The good: great ride, fast, responsive, turns like its on tracks. The bad: 1 cam chain tensioner at 3500 miles. complete engine rebuild at 4000 miles. apparently this is a design flaw that honda have known about since last year but have not done anything about it anyway. 

    10 June 2001

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