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Honda CBR600RR (2003-2006)



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Engine size 599 cc
Power 115 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Barely related to the long-running all-round Honda CBR600F – the Honda CBR600RR is a track biased missile – and an excellent one. On the road, the ‘F’ version is a better bet for most with a more roomy riding position, stable handling and a less revvy engine but get the Honda CBR600RR on the track and it’s in its element.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

A 599cc in-line four is the staple lay out for a sports 600, with good reason – it works brilliantly. The Honda CBR600RR needs revving to extract all its 115 claimed bhp and with the red line at 15,000 rpm you’ll feel like a MotoGP rider as you do it. Like so many fuel injected Hondas, the Honda CBR600RR doesn’t manage many MPG.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Clever rear system mounts the Honda CBR600RR shock in the swingarm like a MotoGP bike. While not the lightest in its class, the Honda CBR600RR’s a superb handling motorcycle. Quick steering yet pretty stable on a smooth track with huge angles of lean achievable. Brakes are hard to fault too. But Honda CBR600RR can be slappy on the road.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CBR600RR's clocks are incredibly comprehensive for a track biased machine. Under seat storage space on the Honda CBR600RR is almost nil thanks to the exhaust system. Comfort’s ok in short bursts and better at speed when wind pressure takes the weight off your wrists. Honda CBR600RR Pillions had better be brave.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CBR600RR's no match for the Hondas of 15 years ago (when less environmentally friendly but more durable paints were in use) but still a well finished motorcycle. ’05 onwards Honda CBR600RRs have stainless downpipes. Honda recalled some 2003 and 2004 motorcycles to correct a fault which might have caused the rear brakes to seize. Official UK Honda CBR600RR should have been done but check parallel imports.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Competition’s hot in this class. Two year updates and four year major overhauls are common on the sportys 600s. When you buy your Honda CBR600RR dictates exactly what you pay. If you’re buying a Honda CBR600RR new, don’t pay full list price unless it’s spring and you’re getting an all-new Honda CBR600RR. Find a Honda CBR600RR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003: Original Honda CBR600RR model launched.
2005: Updated Honda CBR600RR with USD forks, 6kg less weight, radial brakes, suspension mods and more.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 163 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v, in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm 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 4.5(13 reviews)

  • Cbr 600RR Hannspree

    Morri

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought the bike new.good fun bike would recommend Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres for fast riders standard tyres are borin power ok really need to work it keep the revs high fun bike It really puts a smile on your face.

    30 July 2009

  • Cbr 600RR Hannspree

    Morri

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought the bike new.good fun bike would recommend Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres for fast riders standard tyres are borin power ok really need to work it keep the revs high fun bike It really puts a smile on your face.

    30 July 2009

  • 5000miles in....

    steveullyatt

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    rr5 bought from new, engine pulls in all gears and revs, brakes good and forgiving if you get out of shape. surprisingly good mpg 50+ if you don't go mad. Front page of The Sun speeds are seriously easy to achieve. Would have liked to see a self cancelling indicator like my 20 year old YPVS as well as a gear indicator if only for top. Wrists can ache after only short distances but better technique helps. Great bike overall, can't see anything out there i'd rather be on at the mo.

    24 June 2009

  • Movistar 600RR '06

    singh600rr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Cracking bike - my first big bike after years on a 125. The bike is nimble and light and easy to ride at low revs. Twist the throttle and she comes alive - needs high revs for top end power. If ridden well the bike can easily compete with 1ltr bikes. Looks good, simple dash, easy to maintain, reliable and very very quick.

    17 December 2008

  • Bad Wrists

    Shaun Paterson

    County Durham

    Average rating rating is 4

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    and a sore arse are the main faults to this bike but apart from that put on some decent tyres such as the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa, find a nice twisty smooth road and eat those miles up with a big grin on our face!

    13 February 2008

  • 06 600RR - Loved it!

    andyh2

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Spent a year with a 06 600RR and loved it! It really puts a smile on your face. It looks great and the unit pro suspension really gives confidence to get on the gas early… really it does! The engine is a peach, smooth as silk but with a naughty side which makes you want to play with the rev counter flicking around 10k! It is also comfy (for a supersport) and is put together better than the 1000RR I now have. Any weaknesses? Er, there is not much wind protection unless you duck down but this was not bad enough for me to do anything about it!. For me the 05/06 600rr looks better than the 07 and there are elements of the 600RR that are better than the 1000RR. Highly recommended!

    11 April 2007

  • Black 53 CBR600RR

    mansk1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike last summer for a scratch under £4k and as my first 'big' bike, its incredibly easy to ride with enough power to do some serious damage. Fantastic handling, acceleration and most of all, looks.. Inspires bags of confidence and as you would expect from a honda, virtually bullet proof. On the down side, anything over an hour on it requires a massage, zero storage, and i mean zero - if you want to take anything bigger than a credit card take your backpack. All in all though, an awesome bike.

    11 April 2007

  • a joy to ride

    phil73

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought from new in april 2004. No probs as yet whatsoever! Covered 12000 miles in the first year alone, lovely & a joy to ride. Strengths: Easy to ride. Awesome brakes. Looks. Weaknesses: lack of Underseat storage. Slight lack of midrange

    (Written by: phil73)

    09 February 2007

  • 53 plate bike in black, blue flame carbon can, black double bubble screen, rear seat cowl 3500mls

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had a CBR400rr before this and that was a great bike!! Roadtested the 600RR on it's release and thought WOW!! Unfortunately I couldn't stretch to one, as I was buying another house at the time. Decided I had to get a 600 this year, tried the GSXR, and the 636 Kwaka, but the bike for me on looks and handling was RR all day long!! I love it!! Strengths: The handling is fantastic, you think it, the bike does it. Smooth and responsive on the throttle and great brakes. It's a fantastic all rounder!! Weaknesses: I can't really find any faults, apart from its a nightmare to clean, without removing the fairings. But hey, I don't take it out in the wet!!

    (Written by: cus27)

    09 February 2007

  • Bought new in February 2006

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A great all round bike. After getting used to riding here on a 400, this is the best thing I have done. Had the option of going for a Fireblade. No regrets. Strengths: A very user friendly bike that has no trouble keeping up with the big guys. All round just perfect. Weaknesses: No gripes. But the one thing I have a problem is storage space. But then on sport bike, is storage a problem?

    (Written by: manoj99k)

    09 February 2007

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