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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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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
£2,340 (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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£3,495

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£1,795

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£5,795

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£3,999

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£5,795

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(78 reviews)

  • My Review

    Hsing I

    Average rating rating is 3

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    This bike has served me admirably for the last year, I commute 20 miles a day to work in all weathers. Take it to the track, do some limited touring and go out for a blast for the hell of it! The only thing I would really like to change is the rear shock - It's a bit soft for regular pillion work. I can't fault the handling, I still run out of bottle before the bike does.


    28 May 2001

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    shayabusa34

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    All the accessories serve a purpose, and all perform a decent job. Since the Dynojet and filter, the bikes making 102 BHP at back wheel before RamAir comes in, and the HUGE flatspot has gone. Bubble screen excellent, no more wind blast! Hugger and extender keep the sh*te off as I ride all year round. Traded my Busa in for this bike, and love it to bits! (fed up with replacing a tyre a month in summer on busa...)

    23 May 2001

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    Steve Boreham

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Couldn't have chosen a better machine. Love the looks. Have had total reliablity. Enjoy the great handling that suits my riding style. Real-world, effective, powerband between 7000 and 13000 RPM, rather than something very narrow in the pursuit of a few more horsepower. Wife finds the pillion seat comfortable, and the peg-height spot-on. Dislikes are few: Relatively wooden brakes work well if used hard enough, but lack feel. Addressed on later machines. Short range (100 miles and start looking for a petrol station) Clunky gearbox is used lazily. Solution is to be positive! The 'comfort' score below is that with the new TCP fairing fitted. Without, it would have been 80%.



    27 April 2001

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    theebgbs

    Average rating rating is 3

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    The Bike is excellent. Not what you would call a master, but sufficient to take a novice into 9/10s of all situations. Once the bike was set up (which is a must) then the willing rider can really exploit the beast lying inside. The bike just needs a few tweaks and an understanding owner who is willing to learn. The bike is a true all-rounder but makes a mean grin from the short to long trips out.

    28 February 2001

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    kennygibson

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    As a first bike it was easy to ride and improve on. I think the usual CBR600 comments apply-rider friendly enough power until rider gains experience. Can give hairy moments if pushed.

     

     

    28 February 2001

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    bilko

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike handles like a dream. I used to ride with 207GPs and I didn't think they could be beaten, but the Konkordes are ace and I feel confident with them from the word go.

    28 February 2001

  • My Review

    wessie

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I thought that I would require an osteopath after the trip to Slovenia - wrong. Fit some long lasting tyres (mine were Pirelli Dragon GTS) and you can easily cover vast distances. 100 mph cruising, with luggage on German autobahns. Or fit some Michelin HiSports (OE on my bike) and you have a very good Sunday scratcher. Confirmation then that the CBR600 is an excellent all rounder. Gripes: prefer a proper reserve instead of yellow light, headlight beam dispersed too much, underseat space only fits a poor value Honda U lock.

    28 February 2001

  • My Review

    BOW

    Average rating rating is 3

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    IN 1991 I BOUGHT MY FIRST CBR600 FM RED & WHITE, OVER THE YEARS I ADDED BITS,CAN, DYNOJET, SHOCK, FORK SPRINGS. I KEPT THAT BIKE UNTIL 1999 IT NEVER ONCE LET ME DOWN 20000 MILES, ALL NEW CBR COMES ON THE MARKET MUST HAVE ONE OF THESE SO I BOUGHT ONE. £4000 LIGHTER IN POCKET AND A MONTH LATER I WISHED I HAD KEPT MY OLD CBR AND SAVED MY FOUR GRAND FOR OTHER VENTURES.THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO BIKES WERE MINIMAL IN MY JUDGEMENT AS FAR AS EVERYDAY RIDING AND OWNERSHIP. SO ITS TRADE IN TIME, A NEW £7200 CBR OR ZX12 FOR £6799 IMPORT?


    28 February 2001

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