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"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  108 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

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 From this point on, two Honda CBR600s would run concurrently: the Honda CBR600F and the Honda CBR600FS (now superseded by the Honda CBR600RR).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

Value & Running Costs 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

79 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.

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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 4.0 out of 5
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.

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

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

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

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

Miss 90%

10 November 2011 by Anonymous

I'm in Australia. Bought this thing (the split seat F4i version, equivalent to the FS in the UK) at 30,000km early in 2010; been riding this thing for 15,0000km since, with just about zero problems. For a sports bike, it is very comfortable... Read more posture-wise - leaning forward enough for sports corners, but still upright enough when cruising; it's probably the last of the 600 supersports that was comfortable (I'm 175cm, 80kg). Tall riders (6 foot or more) may find this bike small, but if you're medium like me, it's a great fit. Most of my riding is 200-300km outside metro areas, on weekends. Reliability wise - it's been almost bullet proof. I installed a set of Oxford Hot Hands and cigarette lighter power point (under the seat) - mechanically it was typical Honda - easy to install a relay to control the items I installed above. The fairings are quite easy to remove and reinstall (a service manual off the Internet helps a great deal), giving easy access to most things. Servicing of the bike is quite sraightforward - the fuel tank does have to come off to access the spark plugs, but once there it's fine. I changed my cam chain tensioner (a well known issue on CBR600's in general, but does not affect every bike) once, but the old one was still working fine. The engine "rattle" may just be more a characteristic noise than a problem. Touring wise - it's not as comfortable as a genuine sports tourer, but for a sports bike, it's quite comfortable - I've done 300-500kms a day and not felt sore on my bum or my back. Fuel consumption is around 5-6L per 100km, depending on how you ride it - city use is generally good (5L/100km), on the highway at 110km/h thanks to poor aerodynamics for any bike, it's closer to 5.5L/100km. Still gives a comfortable range of 250km before the reserve light comes on, which is quite a good range if you're in a country like Australia where servos are not necessarily every 10kms ... Engine performance is again very solid - not the torquiest of engines under 3000rpm, but ample enough for general acceleration. Engine spins from 2000rpm smoothly, gets wild at 6000rpm, before going dangerously ballistic at 10,000rpm (redline is about 14,500rpm). If you complain about not having enough power after riding this bike, you need to question your riding, not the bike ... All in all, it's an incredibly fine all rounder, with a good array of features(the dashboard has ample info), such as fully adjustable suspension on the front and back. I fitted an excellent (read affordable!) Renntec sports rack and top box; soft panniers also wrap around the pillion seat quite snugly (I use generic ebay ones; the branded ones I think will work very well too). My last ride was just last week, to the Snowy Ride in the Snowy Mountains - a total 1500kms and the bike did not miss a beat (weather was generally fine, with the odd shower). I felt very comfortable all the way through; the bike took in the long cruising roads very comfortably, but handled the tight roads in the alps just as brilliantly. The biggest test the bike had was a 12-hour ride in unrelenting and blinding storms on the way to the Philip Island Moto GP in 2010 - the bike again did not miss a beat, and the Oxford Hot Hands are STILL working till this day! All in all, if you're after a do-it-all bike that will last almost forever - there's a couple of American riders on the CBR Forum who've been touring on the F4/FS's to beyond 250,000 MILES with no major engine rebuilds ... this is one bike you will not regret. Yes it was "bland" when new, but people forget it was a Honda, which means it's "ideal" now. Find a well serviced one, and go for it.

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

CBR600F-5

17 March 2011 by thatrick

Bought this as my first bike after passing DAS. Have loved every second on the thing; use it daily as a commuter all year round (yes, even at -20°C) as well as weekend blasts around the Scottish scenery. Has performed faultlessly for over 20k miles,... Read more and would be a 5* bike if only it didn't suffer from Death-rattle - cam chain tension lifter has been replaced 5 times now. Wish I could afford a new one.

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

600F

26 August 2010 by davidstowe358

I have a 1997 Cbr 600 f and to honest I use it all year round and treat it like a bitch I leave it outside all year.It starts and gets to the places i need to go, good solid engine regular servicing is the trick. Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

CBR-FS2 First Big Bike

27 May 2010 by blinding

Purchased my FS2 "2002 FSport" as my first step off of the 125 :D wow what a machine. I use this for my daily commute. It looks like a racer but is still comfy, show it some bends and it feels so agile. Point and Squirt is great fun, I still havent... Read more red lined it mainly through fear of sliding of the back, lol. A truely amazing and great handling machine with plenty of power on tap.

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

CBR 600FX

17 October 2009 by lil' biker dude

As my first big bike i couldn't of made a better choice to start with, it's comfy and easy to ride like a tourer but get the tacho needle up above 8-9 thousand rpm and you'll be able to keep up with it's rivals i.e. the R6, ZX6R and the GSXR600.... Read more Althought it is extremely easy to handle i would recommend a steering damper if you live in a village surounded by pot hole covered roads because as soon as you hit the power band you get some god aweful steering wobbles but the damper accompanied with a good set of tires and there shouldn't be anything in the way of giving you a superb ride and because it's honda the bike should be able to keep it's performance long after any of it's rivals!

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

600 fy

13 October 2009 by nippinon

my cbr 600f gets me to work round the track fun need down sundays anything you want. I admit i want a bigger powered bike but my cbr 600 is not going to leave my garage! it might just get a few friends. Read more

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

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2007
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
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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