HONDA CBR600RR (2003-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A track biased missile; and an excellent one"

Honda CBR600RR motorcycle review - Riding

"A track biased missile; and an excellent one"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  115 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  135 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

13 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR600RR (2003-2006) 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 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Cbr 600RR Hannspree

30 July 2009 by Morri

Bought the bike new.good fun bike would recommend Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres for fast riders standard tyres are borin power ok really need to work it keep the revs high fun bike It really puts a smile on your face. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 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 600RR Hannspree

30 July 2009 by Morri

Bought the bike new.good fun bike would recommend Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres for fast riders standard tyres are borin power ok really need to work it keep the revs high fun bike It really puts a smile on your face. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 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

5000miles in....

24 June 2009 by steveullyatt

rr5 bought from new, engine pulls in all gears and revs, brakes good and forgiving if you get out of shape. surprisingly good mpg 50+ if you don't go mad. Front page of The Sun speeds are seriously easy to achieve. Would have liked to see a self... Read more cancelling indicator like my 20 year old YPVS as well as a gear indicator if only for top. Wrists can ache after only short distances but better technique helps. Great bike overall, can't see anything out there i'd rather be on at the mo.

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

Movistar 600RR '06

17 December 2008 by singh600rr

Cracking bike - my first big bike after years on a 125. The bike is nimble and light and easy to ride at low revs. Twist the throttle and she comes alive - needs high revs for top end power. If ridden well the bike can easily compete with 1ltr bikes.... Read more Looks good, simple dash, easy to maintain, reliable and very very quick.

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bad Wrists

13 February 2008 by whitesox

and a sore arse are the main faults to this bike but apart from that put on some decent tyres such as the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa, find a nice twisty smooth road and eat those miles up with a big grin on our face! 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

06 600RR - Loved it!

11 April 2007 by andyh2

Spent a year with a 06 600RR and loved it! It really puts a smile on your face. It looks great and the unit pro suspension really gives confidence to get on the gas early… really it does! The engine is a peach, smooth as silk but with a naughty side... Read more which makes you want to play with the rev counter flicking around 10k! It is also comfy (for a supersport) and is put together better than the 1000RR I now have. Any weaknesses? Er, there is not much wind protection unless you duck down but this was not bad enough for me to do anything about it!. For me the 05/06 600rr looks better than the 07 and there are elements of the 600RR that are better than the 1000RR. Highly recommended!

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 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Black 53 CBR600RR

11 April 2007 by mansk1

Bought this bike last summer for a scratch under £4k and as my first 'big' bike, its incredibly easy to ride with enough power to do some serious damage. Fantastic handling, acceleration and most of all, looks.. Inspires bags of confidence and as you... Read more would expect from a honda, virtually bullet proof. On the down side, anything over an hour on it requires a massage, zero storage, and i mean zero - if you want to take anything bigger than a credit card take your backpack. All in all though, an awesome bike.

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

a joy to ride

09 February 2007 by phil73

Bought from new in april 2004. No probs as yet whatsoever! Covered 12000 miles in the first year alone, lovely & a joy to ride. Strengths: Easy to ride. Awesome brakes. Looks. Weaknesses: lack of Underseat storage. Slight lack of midrange Read more

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

53 plate bike in black, blue flame carbon can, black double bubble screen, rear seat cowl 3500mls

09 February 2007 by Anonymous

I had a CBR400rr before this and that was a great bike!! Roadtested the 600RR on it's release and thought WOW!! Unfortunately I couldn't stretch to one, as I was buying another house at the time. Decided I had to get a 600 this year, tried the GSXR,... Read more and the 636 Kwaka, but the bike for me on looks and handling was RR all day long!! I love it!! Strengths: The handling is fantastic, you think it, the bike does it. Smooth and responsive on the throttle and great brakes. It's a fantastic all rounder!! Weaknesses: I can't really find any faults, apart from its a nightmare to clean, without removing the fairings. But hey, I don't take it out in the wet!!

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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bought new in February 2006

09 February 2007 by Anonymous

A great all round bike. After getting used to riding here on a 400, this is the best thing I have done. Had the option of going for a Fireblade. No regrets. Strengths: A very user friendly bike that has no trouble keeping up with the big guys. All... Read more round just perfect. Weaknesses: No gripes. But the one thing I have a problem is storage space. But then on sport bike, is storage a problem?

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 4 out of 5
Read all 13 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued 2006
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v, in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 163kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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