HONDA CBR600F (2000-2007) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A brilliant motorcycle with real power and excitement but with the added practicalities to make it a contender for just about anyone's garage"

Honda CBR600F motorcycle review - Riding

"A brilliant motorcycle with real power and excitement but with the added practicalities to make it a contender for just about anyone's garage"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

85 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR600F (2000-2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CBR600F (2000-2007)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
4 out of 5

cbr600fy

29 January 2016 by shug

rectifier's a problem/fitted 1 from an R1 as honda ones are bad,and got manual camchain tensioner fitted,for the hassle ive had i might have been better gatting a yamaha thundercat, have owned a R1 5pw previously and it never let me down, bought the... Read more honda to commute, so hopefully it will be more reliable

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
use everyday in all weathers, would say its good quality but yamaha just as good
Engine
4 out of 5
seems good, only common problems the camchin tensioner
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
yes, rectifier problem
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
not the nicest dash, prefer digital as easier to read,but it does the job
Buying experience

private,1700 pounds june 15 black/red decals, full delkevik exhaust,new chain/sprockets,dbl screen 14k miles, needed tyres at 200 cost mitchelin 2ct's, and i got it full service and cam tensioner250 cost

5 out of 5

Fast, nimble, robust and reliable.

29 January 2016 by CrbHuman

Lovely all rounder, working well on two trips to Europe, and carrying me 15 miles each day to work. The F-Sport is fast as hell, suprisingly easy to master and very nimble, both in heavy traffic or the motorway. Bulletproof and cheap enough to... Read more service (maybe apart from plugs) Only problem I had was the charging system overheating, when on my last trip to Europe, during a week-long heatwave. Another thing I am not happy with, it's the pillion's accommodation. The seat is properly tiny, and the grab rail was replaced with a leather strip, which does not provide any meaningful grip for the passenger, forcing her/him to hold on to you rather than the seat. Ok if you're riding with your lady of choice, a bit awkward when you're giving your mate a lift from the pub. Due to being made mostly out of alloy, the bike ages gracefully, and even now, being 14 years old is still a looker, and I get people complimenting her looks. The F-Sport version, being a predecessor to the CBR 600RR, has a nicer narrower saddle, with a separate pillion seat, looking way better than the standard "banana" seat version. One of the last CBR's which had some character in the looks. Modern CBR 650F is left in the dust by this modest old lady. The engine lacks torque in 1-4k revs, but over 6k it pulls like a train, and accelerating above that RPM will rip your hands out. The bike is relatively small, which makes it great in traffic, but myself being a 6.2, 16st bloke look a bit silly on it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Very light and responsive, adjustable suspension (compression and rebound) makes configuring the bike easy for your riding style and weight. It's a bit of a granny, so no traction control and ABS, but this is standard for the bikes of that era, and frankly I do not like any electronic aids. Riding a bike is a test of skill, not computer programs. Brakes are very decent. I recommend upgrading to sintered pads on front and semi-sintered pad on rear for extra stopping power, even with my 16 st. weight the bike's brakes are amazingly crisp and sharp. Pillion ride on the other hand is uncomfortable and awkward due to lack of the grab rail, but the F-Sport version wasn't meant to handle pillions, it was meant to provide relative comfort for a single rider during an adrenaline-fueled frenzy on the tarmac, so no points deducted.
Engine
4 out of 5
Real power delivery starts from 6k RPM, and the engine is very happy to get there really quickly. Amazing kick over 8k RPM. 1-5k RPM range is perfect for heavy traffic, the bike is very docile and friendly. The early Honda injectors are not clockwork, but they are very robust, and even if the engine lacks culture, it's very predictable and smooth. The gearbox seems clunky and loud, but provides great feedback, is VERY precise and flexible, even allowing you to potter along in 6th gear, doing 18 mph.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
When bought 2nd-hand, had to replace cam chain tensioner and the pressure regulator. Had charging system overheated, when touring during a 40C heatwave. Otherwise 12k miles of daily usage without a hiccup.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The bike is mostly alloy, so there is little rust and it looks way younger than it really is. Doing about 9k this year, I've spent money on a new set of tyres (used up a lot on German autobahn) 3 oil changes, 3 oil filters and a set of break pads. As for fuel economy, this is definitely not a scooter. Usually, a tank lasts me to about 120 miles, and this is dynamic commuting on short routes (14 miles/day) in heavy traffic. When cruising on the motorway with average speed of 85 mph, range jumps up to 180 miles. When speeding between 120 to 150 mph range drops down to barely 80 miles, as expected from a 110 BHP engine.
Equipment
2 out of 5
Well, you get side mirrors. And all the switches, and a redline warning light. Hurray! That's it. But jokes aside, the mirrors are OK - if you like the view of your own elbows, but this is a common fault of all super-sports. The dashboard is crisp, with an analogue rev counter and a digital speedo/information dash. Lack of petrol gauge is noteworthy, petrol meter only shows up when you hit the bottom of the tank, and is not by any means related to how much petrol is left in the bike. The top of the reserve lasts for a long time, but when it starts descending it's going from full reserve to empty in a matter of 3-4 miles. The bike seems to be able to go on for ages with the reserve bar depleted. Strange. My recommendation for accessories would be.. don't get any apart from the exhaust and the windscreen. The bike has what it needs. I have used an USB charger, but this can put too much pressure on the charging system, especially during very hot days in heavy traffic. Another thing is the exhaust, the original is very heavy, huge and quiet. After installing an aftermarket Scorpion end can, the bike benefited from lost weight, and it now sounds like hardcore porn. Remember, loud pipes save lives! On the motorways I was not happy that when going over 90 mph I had to bury my head in the tank bag to avoid the windblast. An aftermarket Powerbronze windscreen solved the problem. I use Michelin's Power Pilot tyres. They are quality, last for about 10k miles a set, and are dirt cheap.
Buying experience

Got the bike privately, it had 6k miles and a knackered cam chain tensioner, otherwise mint. Price was £1500 - knocked down to £1400. I still believe this was the bargain of the century.

4 out of 5

2001 CBR600 F Sport

21 October 2015 by Knightider

I bought this bike as my first bike after passing my test, it's a good solid all rounder but I have found after 5 months and 2500 miles of hard riding that I need more power. There is a definite flat spot about 6k rpm but keep it in the power band... Read more and I can keep up with the guys I ride with who have litre bikes. The handling is well balanced and I find I can throw it around the twisties with confidence.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Gets sore after a few hours on the bike but could be because I'm 6ft2. Brakes are fine and progressive
Engine
4 out of 5
The mid range is weak but after 9k revs it's a rocket, when riding out with the guys I keep it in the power band and ride it hard which the bike seems to love! Very loud too with the shorty exhaust with battle removed, sounds like a F1 car.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Occasionally won't start if I turn it off when the engine is very hot. Have to jump start it to get it going again. Also had the exhaust manifold bolts loosen a few times which means removing fairings to tighten back up.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Easy to service myself, did oil and filter change and various other mods including after market exhaust and mini clear indicators
Equipment
4 out of 5
Nice LCD display and HISS immobiliser as standard. No driver aids like abs or traction control
Buying experience

I bought the bike privately in May 2015, a 2001 F Sport with 22k miles and 2 prev owners for £1600. Feel it was a great buy and have spent a few hundred quid updating it with new exhaust and new rear tyre. Looks very modern for a 14 year old bike and gets plenty of looks in the red and black colour scheme.

5 out of 5

Excellent overall bike

09 July 2015 by ViceGR

I have this bike for 1 year and a half so far. Im very impressed how "all around" she is. Very very good at everything but not perfect at a single section. I mean sure there are much more powerful machines out there, much better commuters, much... Read more greater tourers, bikes with far more greater fuel consumption BUT...CBR600F is 85% of everything! end of story! Thats the advantage of this bike. Excluding off road use (off course) you can do eve-ry-thi-ng! Go to work everyday, travel, race on track, wheelies, burnouts, you name it. Perfect riding position and passenger's too. your girlfriend won't regret traveling with you.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Powerful brakes for it's class and the c-abs system works without even noticing it. The exhaust is very quiet you will think you are on a scooter.
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine is really flexible and it has enough midrange power to move you without frequent gear changes. The power distribution is very linear with mild punch at 10.000rpm. Top speed is around 240kmh. i hoped for something more to be honest.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Excellent build quality, solid feel,
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
the annual service is Oil change and oil Filter. Add chain maintenance sprays and you spend around 100 euros. The fuel consumption is average. You can make 300+ km with a single tank. 16lt + 2,4lt reserve
Equipment
3 out of 5
Not much here. The main disadvantage is that there is no rear fender and the undertail is always dirty. you can buy one but it is very expensive. Mirrors are a little bit cheap-ish too
3 out of 5

01 June 2015 by pixie225

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Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

CBR600F quality bike.

18 May 2015 by Daz

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Now 5/5 after new RHF Disc and both front sets of pads renewed.
Engine
5 out of 5
Loads of torque and shifts when you open the throttle.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Had a Renthal grab rail and rack which I've kept, however fitted a grab rail too. Just fitted Oxford Performance 5 way sports grips....excellent. Enough room under seat to leave a set of waterproof's, disc lock, tool kit and stand pad.
Buying experience

Dealer, had to return to sort Front Brake judder and a new set of tyres.

5 out of 5

great bike.

16 November 2014 by jinx20001

Had the bike only a few months now. i brought a 2000 cbr 600f for 1800 Pounds. it has full service history and its in excellent condition. i was fortunate enough to be able to spend a bit more than average for a cbr of this age and reason being the... Read more massive amount of upgrades it has and work that has been done. heated grips, real carbon front and rear guards, fully adjustable levers. uprated cam chaon tensioner, full upgrade exhaust system, upgraded double bubble, blah blah you get the picture. a great great bike. i cant comment too much on reliability. my bike has 16k miles and im very comfortable knowing they clear 50k on a regular basis with no big issues so the honda reliability is proven. the handling is great. my tyres are not the best and probably are due replacement if im honest with myself but the bike still handles stunning in the dry. i do lose a bit of balls in the wet with these tyres tho. the engine is lively. my bike has excellent pick up. could do with a hint more torque down low but typical 600 is lively up top. my bike has a full beowolf system and pipercross filter and it sounds stunning. brakes are good but my bike has braded lines front and back and ive just changed the discs and brakes so i expect it to brake a little sharper than it does but im still bedding the pads in so im not grabbing them by the horns yet. this bike gave me my first real wheelie! I opened it up and i didnt even realise i was doing a wheelie until the feont touched down and it made complete sense to me why the front felt light. yes it wasnt a big wheelie but i cleared the ground for a few seconds and it was a brilliant feeling. ove been riding for 4 years and had a yamaha xj600 before this and yeh it was heavy and boring but reliable. great great bike. i cant even imagine upgrading it ever right now its truely making me very happy.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

1999 cbr600fx

30 March 2013 by oldthing

now had it for 6 months,bought for £850 in a scruffy state, had been used as a track bike for a while so came with brokern plastics and plenty of scuffs and scars, but was all straight and despite its 44000 miles runs and rides really well does not... Read more use any fluids and starts on the button every time, great feed back from brakes and chassis, light and nimble trundle to the shops commute or weekend blast it seems happy do either.im getting mid 40s mpg but the weather has been shit, overall very happy with it,stepping down from a 900 you do notice the lack of grunt but you soon adapt your riding style to suit.recommended.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

2 years on very happy

09 November 2012 by cbr9429

Bought a 2003 with 17,000. Now 22,000 on the clock. Very nice, smooth engine, fuel injection makes easy winter starts. Only issue is the camchain tensioner has gone a couple of times, this is a known issue though. Cheap to replace. Lack of fuel gauge... Read more abit annoying - I tend to reset the mileage counter after each fillup. A little juicy on petrol - about 105 miles before the reserve light comes on. But do i care? No, its very light, makes turning circle and commuting through london a doddle. Engine is smooth and bullet proof. Centre stand very useful. Good feedback through the bars, breaks are nice and reassuring. Suspension not too hard and absorbs what are the british roads. Manages luggage / pillion without issues. Sometimes I wonder if I am better off with a VFR800, but this is possibly better? lighter, cheaper to run, and the fairings are better than you think down a motorway. Highly recommend this bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Ultimate all-rounder. Perfect Bike

19 December 2011 by BikerMif

This is a phenomenal bike, the Ultimate machine. But just to be fair lets start with the bad. (There's not much) If not used the battery will go down. When starting the engine revs high for a few mins. The turning circle could be better when... Read more weaving through stationery traffic. That's all I got, (And that took some serious brain racking). Now the good. (I'd make yourself comfortable if I were you!!) This is a beautiful bike, stunning to look at, a real head turner. It can suit any style of riding, if your commuting, keeping your revs low and sitting upright with straight arms its perfectly happy and if you choose to bend your arms put your head down and rev the pants out it, it will reward you total power and excitement. Very comfortable for any size rider (and passenger) with loads of leg room. (I'm 6"5) Clear displays with digital speedo/trip comp/reserve fuel gage/clock and clear rev counter and engine temp gage. Both centre and side stand and decent under seat storage makes this bike so practical for everyday use. But its an animal when unleashed with amazing handling. Great security with remote alarm and immobiliser. Stunning reliability and solid body, with servicing this bike will go on forever.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2007
Original price -
Used price £1,600 to £4,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost £220
Performance
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 170kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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