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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.

Honda CBR600RR (2003-2006)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,220 (2003) - £4,520 (2006)
Private used prices
£2,880 (2003) - £3,910 (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

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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£3,695

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£5,990

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(13 reviews)

  • Sold my Fireblade to go back down to a 600

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great handling good brakes build quality as you would expect from a Honda plus the reliability this bike actually fills me with so much confidence its unreal,also find riding position better than the blade. Strengths: To be honest the whole bike the midrange on up through the rev range to the red AWESOME. I really love this machine no need for bigger bikes. Weaknesses: Servicing and cleaning is a nightmare no room to work at all. Just a little notchy at low revs

    (Written by: lewie)

    09 February 2007

  • Race track manners for the road

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this for £5000, after dropping back to an Aprillia RS125 2 stroke for the last year. Obviously it is vastly quicker, but for a heavier bike, the handling and turn in is actually better on the CBR. I haven't had any problems with low torque at low revs, but then maybe this is coming back up from a small 2 stroke! Opened up in 6th at 60mph, and in the blink of an eye she was doing 120 - what lack of torque ? Typical quality honda build, surprisingly easy to ride in traffic and round town, but livens up considerably when on the open road. Even pretty good with pillion, although my wife is less than 8 stone, probably harder with a heavier passenger. Bought this in (narrow) preference to a Ducati 748R, no regrets though. Strengths: Handling, brakeing and 'rider friendlyness', Covetous looks from other riders (plus my 17 year old brother and his mates!) Weaknesses: A driving ban is just a twist of the throttle away !

    (Written by: Molesk)

    09 February 2007

  • A bike to put a grin on your face

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike a couple of months ago and its been great fun. I had an old CBR600f which was great and could do anything, but this bike is a big step on. The acceleration, braking and handling are superb. It is a little bit stodgy in the lower revs, but this bike is designed to be revved and once you do its like being strapped to a rocket. Cleaning is a pleasure - pain thing. Its nice when its done but getting into all the nooks and cranny's is a pain. Strengths: Superb through the bends..good build quality. Weaknesses: The seat. Its like sitting on a park bench..and is only good for about 40 miles. Thinking of changing it for a Corbin..

    (Written by: skelter)

    09 February 2007

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