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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Honda has given its supersports weapon subtle tweaks for 2009, designed to give it more mid-range oomph and a smoother power delivery. New pistons, cylinder head and exhaust system have bolstered torque between 6000-10,000rpm, which makes the engine more flexible on the road. Luckily for us, this has been done without sacrificing any top-end power. The big news, though, is the optional electronically-controlled Combined ABS system, which is a world-first for a supersports machine. A new-style bellypan now covers the whole engine and the C-ABS valve unit for the front brake.
The C-ABS version doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of riding MCN’s supersport 2008 machine of the year, and it feels just the same to ride as the standard Honda CBR600RR, even on the track. The C-ABS stays in the background until you get into a difficult braking situation, then the ‘brake-by-wire’ kicks in and will save your bacon, so sportsbike purists need not worry about the system getting it the way.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Honda didn’t really need to tweak the 107bhp, in-line-four-cylinder 599cc motor as it’s a gem in the first place, with a powerful, screaming top-end and a decent dollop of mid-range. The engine is especially effective at delivering incredible performance, thanks to the Honda’s lack of all-up weight (it’s the lightest of all the 600s). The Honda CBR600RR’s motor is already more flexible than the ’08 Kawasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki GSX-R600 K8 and ’08 Yamaha R6, but the tweaks to the engine and exhaust have made it even nicer to live with.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There are no changes to the 2009 Honda CBR600RR’s chassis: this is no bad thing as, like the engine, it’s class-leading. Stability in a straight line and through the corners is absolute, the suspension action and control is as fluid as pukka race kit and the standard model’s brakes are full of feel and power. This is a machine that loads you with confidence and flatters your riding like a Ducati 1098R. Honda’s optional electronically-controlled Combined ABS system is a thing of genius. In normal conditions the CBR works the same as a conventional machine, but in an emergency it takes over and stops the wheels from locking. It also distributes the braking between front and rear calipers to give maximum stability in all conditions.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CBR600RR comes with everything you need to hammer round the racetrack, including radial brakes, fully-adjustable suspension and an electronically-controlled, speed-sensitive steering damper. The only toy it’s missing is a slipper clutch. Add the C-ABS into the mix and it’s the complete package. Compare and buy products for the Honda CBR600RR in the MCN Shop.

Honda CBR600RR (2009-current)

Detail Value
New price £9,799
Dealer used prices
£5,420 (2009) - £9,890 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,640 (2009) - £8,900 (2014)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 107 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The CBR600RR is as rugged as a Tonka toy and built with the breathtaking precision of the finest Swiss watch. The build quality is superb, and the paint finish deep and flawless.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

This is a lot of beautifully-built, high-performance machine for your money and worth every penny. The C-ABS system adds another grand or so to the price, but when you know it could save your life, can you afford not to have it? Find a Honda CBR600RR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2003 – CBR600RR launched
2005 – CBR600RR receives minor updates, including upside down forks, a new swingarm and bodywork.
2007 – Second generation, all-new model CBR600RR launched.
2009 – CBR600RR gets C-ABS as an option. A new exhaust, cylinder head and pistons are fitted for more mid-range power.

Other Versions

Standard and Combined ABS versions available.
2011: CBR600RA [£9,255]

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.92 secs
Max power 107 bhp
Max torque 44.6 ft-lb
Weight 194 kg
Seat height 820 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 127 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame Aluminium twin-spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(8 reviews)

  • Simply awesome

    Kevster84

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I can't believe how good my 2010 600RR is. Engine is so flexible/useable for a 600 and it gives so much feedback and confidence in the wet or dry and being a comfortable riding position. I tried a lot of bikes like the triumph daytona 675 and the honda 600rr blows them away IMO. Don't hesitate just buy one.

    30 April 2014

  • What A Shame

    davidharmon1973

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I bought a brand new CBR600RR with C-ABS. This bike is great to ride, very fast, and perfect handling, great torque. BUT i have had problems, the black powder coating is comming off the rear swing arm, so the silver is showing through. My local dealer Branson Honda will not help, and have no interest. Honda UK will not help so my warranty is worth nothing. I am gonna have to buy a new rear swing arm, very expensive. The fairing is very flimsy, with many silly clips, the paintwork is so thin, that any small chipping will remove the white paint work and leave a black mark. Any owners of the 2006 CBR600F will be dissapointed with the quality, but the ride is good. Do not buy, thinking a Honda is reliable, because if it isn't Honda will not be interested. Anymore info i will be happy to pass on much more information!!!

    28 July 2011

  • Not for tall riders!

    Retiredbiker

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I had a short test-ride last week just to see how it compared with a CBR600FV that I bought in 1997. I can only say it's got smaller, so much so that for a tall lad over 6 foot after 10 mins I couldn't wait to get off. Everything hurt - ankles, back, wrists, neck. Nice little bike, mind. Goes where you point it. Ride's not bad for such a track-focused bike. Really good engine too. So tall blokes - forget it.

    22 April 2010

  • Seriously Fantastic

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I was lucky/daft enough to purchase a new 600RR10 in March. This followed on from a 600RR7 which was a superb machine to own. As you will no doubt know the changes are miminal with slightly re-designed lower fairing panels covering more of the engine, different indicators and more mid range grunt. I wasn't too sure if the extra grunt was noticeable but now the bike is run in, I would say yes, it has more mid range grunt but I was very impressed with the RR7 so this is even better. Having hand/wrist issues, I had the helibars transferred from the RR7 to the RR10 so upon delivery the bike felt no different from the old one. This was the first time that I had just updated to a newer model, usually I have a total change but the 600RR is such a great bike to ride, it's not often I don't have a smile on my face whilst I'm on it. MCN have pretty much said all you need to know about this fantastic bike and I'd agree with the lack of slipper clutch but that's a small issue that most of us probably don't need in every day use. The economy seems similar to the RR7, around 45mpg for me and the ear bleeding exhaust note that I suffered with at 3000rpm on the RR7 whilst driving through the local roads seems to have been muffled on the RR10. Overall a great machine that I highly recommend you try and see how easy and fun they are to ride. Was it worth moving from a RR7 to a RR10? Well financially probably not but the classy tricolour version I have is even more stunning than the blue and white version it replaced.

    19 April 2010

  • You can never go wrong with a HONDA

    zoeed

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought the 2009 honda from Al-futtaim Dubai on the 5th of November, got it delivered to my address in Pakistan on the 27th. From that day on, i have ridden its bike daily, for work, for 1000km trips and for general blast around the city. The bike will never disappoint you. Its fast and if driven responsibly, its too much joy for the money. On the downside, after riding it 8000kms in 4 months, is the wrist pain. Every time you brake in traffic and you'll have pain with in the first half hour, and because of that i give the handling and ride 4*. But none the less i'm hoping that a stompgrip and helibars will get rid of this problem for me. i love the bike and want to tour as much on it as possible. So if Mr. Honda hears his customers then how about adjusting the seat angle to make it more rider friendly. 9 out of 10 (1 away because of the wrist pain)

    10 April 2010

  • What a...

    twicky999

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Cracking looking bike!! My dream bike!

    14 December 2009

  • The Best All Round 600 by Far

    jimisking

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have just purchased the 2009 CBR600RR in the Black/White/Blue Limited Edition colours also. What a bike. Just finished running it in and its booked in for its first 600 mile service. Then I can start giving it some full beans. Everything about it is fantastic. The way it leans into bends is better than all the 2009 600's. Yes I did test drive them all. Some might have marginally more power at the top end. But the Honda has significantly more mid range which makes it so much better as a road bike. To add to this fabulous brakes and a cracking riding position make it a sure fire winner from me.

    10 April 2009

  • David F

    Davidf2230

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got this years limited edition, love the paint job as it stands out. The Bike feels more comfortable leaning into bends than my 2007 zx6r.

    19 March 2009

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mihaink

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REPLY TO FUEL ECONOMY

Don't worry,

Here is my experience riding up to 160-190 more then 6 times, 2-3 times 220 km/h, mostly 120-140 km/h commuting, riding in city traffic (İstanbul) also in very hard traffic with stop and go over half hour, the mix of that kind of riding consumption is 5,03 lt/100 km . Nearly 45 mpg. including 1st and 2nd gear redline reving / speedng on high way 3 times.

By the way mostly I tried to be easy on the gas and try to switch to sixth gear as early as I can.

The bike is 2010 3000 km all stock no slip-on

 

 

 

17 August 2011 19:47

zoeed

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FUEL ECONOMY REPLY

I believe in my country, the fuel grade is of an inferior quality.. yet after 16500 kms, and a broken wrist from fall, all i can say is that my bike gives me around 20kms to a liter on motorway steady speads...and around 15-17 kms to a liter in the city. So that should be around 50mpg on highway speeds and around 42.5 mpg in city. I'm assuming all japense bikes give almost the same mileage.

however, in the fueling department, the beemers are far ahead of the game. But still i love my honda bike! never ceases to put a smile on my face!

14 October 2010 19:03

zoeed

zoeedsays

FUEL ECONOMY REPLY

I believe in my country, the fuel grade is of an inferior quality.. yet after 16500 kms, and a broken wrist from fall, all i can say is that my bike gives me around 20kms to a liter on motorway steady speads...and around 15-17 kms to a liter in the city. So that should be around 50mpg on highway speeds and around 42.5 mpg in city. I'm assuming all japense bikes give almost the same mileage.

however, in the fueling department, the beemers are far ahead of the game. But still i love my honda bike! never ceases to put a smile on my face!

14 October 2010 19:03

chrisgold

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Fuel Economy

Can someone tell me why the current Honda CBR 600RR does 35 mpg, when the current Yamaha 600 R6, of which has a little more power achieves 45 mpg?

26 February 2010 21:32

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