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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Honda have hit back hard with the track focused CBR600RR. They want their 600 crown back and after our first initial ride it seems they’ve done it. They’ve rectified the old motorcycle’s weak points, namely lack of midrange and weight. The Honda CBR600RR is now the lightest in the class, and has much more midrange and razor sharp handling.

 

Watch the Honda CBR600RR take on the Yamaha R6, Triumph's Daytona 675, Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R.

Watch the Honda CBR600RR take on the Yamha R1, Ducati's 1098 and Suzuki' s GSX-R750 in our 2007 sports bike of the year test


 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The old Honda CBR600RR really lacked midrange between 7000rpm to 10,000rpm but the all-new 2007 model Honda CBR600RR has had an injection of midrange which makes it punchier. You really notice the extra drive out of slow to medium corners. At the top end Honda have only managed to strain a few more bhp, that should bring it up to speed with the competition.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Honda has shortened the wheelbase and tightened up the steering to make the Honda CBR600RR far sharper. Combine that with the reduction in weight and it all makes the new Honda CBR600RR a formidable track tool. It steers so well, you can really flick the motorcycle around and there so much feedback from the front tyre you can carry loads of brake into the turn.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda CBR600RR's MotoGP styling is sleek in the flesh and typical Honda build quality runs all the way through. The suspension is fully adjustable front and rear and you can feel every half turn or click. Unfortunately you don’t get a slipper clutch as standard on the Honda CBR600RR, unlike its Japanese competition.

Honda CBR600RR (2007-2008)

Detail Value
New price £7,200
Dealer used prices
£4,620 (2007) - £5,260 (2008)
Private used prices
£4,050 (2007) - £4,780 (2008)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 118 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Hondas means quality and the older Honda CBR600RR seemed bullet proof. Even slightly tuned, poorly maintained race motors seem to last, even when they are thrashed week in and week out. We can’t see any reason why the new Honda CBR600RR should be any different.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At just under over an estimated £7,500 the new Honda CBR600RR is not a cheap motorcycle. Suzuki’s GSX-R600, for example, is considerably cheaper. But out of all the 600cc supersports motorcycles the Honda CBR600RR always seems to hold its money and due to the high standard of components and general build quality. The Honda CBR600RR will still look like new in a few years time and should make it far easier to resell, too. Find a Honda CBR600RR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2007: Honda CBR600RR launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.1 secs
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 48.7 ft-lb
Weight 186 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v liquid cooled four cylinder, fuel injected, 6 gears
Frame Twin spar aluminium
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 310mm radial four pot
Rear brake 220mm disc single pot
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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£5,495

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(12 reviews)

  • Top Class

    Grassbagc

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Saving already.

    16 May 2007

  • Wow!

    rs8eq

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After two test rides I just had to have one, so I upgraded from my 1998 CBR600F. Awesome handling and 'flickability' a great bike.

    14 April 2007

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