HONDA CBR600RR (2007-2008) Review

Published: 12 December 2006

"Now the lightest in the class and has much more midrange and razor sharp handling"

Honda CBR600RR motorcycle review - Riding

"Now the lightest in the class and has much more midrange and razor sharp handling"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  118 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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


 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

12 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR600RR (2007-2008) 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 5 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.9 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

The best, even now...

15 June 2012 by brmoore

This is still the best 600rr out there, I own the 2008, it has the best power even still years later because they reduced the power 09+, it's fast, it's built well, I ride every single day all year round commute/fun/everything, I've ridden newer... Read more GSXR750's/modified GSXR600's etc honda wins everytime, Mine is running a power commander, heated grips, good tyres, got a honda optimate charger, double bubble screen, braided brake lines, R&G crash bungs, original toolkit, full history dyno'd by a dynojet centre, and have a list of £4000 more of modifying to do including leo vince exhaust, it'll sound like a ferrari and go even faster than them than it already is when i'm done with it! I WANT A CBR800RR THOUGH, MAKE IT HONDA!!!!!

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

CBR600RR Perfect

29 September 2009 by Hondavfr800

I purchased this bike new in September 2008, after test riding both my more favoured choice, the GSXR600 and the CBR600RR. The trouble was the CBR was so much better, it felt so planted on the road, a roomier riding position, mid range felt cleaner... Read more and what appeared to be better build quality. Head won, heart lost. A year later, I still love the CBR and during that time I have added a few minor tasteful extras like a puig double bubble screen and some carbon effect pieces but to stop me from selling the bike I needed more comfort. I changed the clip ons for Helibars as I suffered from achy wrists and a strange neck problem which felt like I was craning my neck to see the road head. The heli bars have made a huge difference, whilst you are slightly more upright, it makes the usual traffic queues and two up riding bearable and not painful. This hasn’t turned the CBR into a tourer, it still loves the twisties but now it can also do the dull bit of riding easier. It has been said that this is an easy bike to ride and it can flatter your abilities through corners and I can’t disagree with that comment, it really is a doddle to ride and I’ve never felt the need to change any of the suspension settings. Like all 600’s sports, the CBR isn’t lightening quick off the mark unless you’re that way inclined, but this just makes it easier for novices not to feel scared. For me the mid range is ample, even two up, to over take without having to go berserk through the rev range. Not something most people care about but the mirrors are brilliant and Honda really do know how to make a quality machine, the finish is still superb. Economy, another thing people don’t usually mention, I get around 45mpg on my varied rides and insurance costs can be reasonable with the right circumstances. I guess my only minor gripes are the exhaust note circa 3k, it feels like your ears are about to burst, it’s that bad, the vibes through the bars at low revs and the low standard screen which impedes the view of the speedo.( Puig screen looks good! )

Overall Rating 4 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

The best 600 you can buy

09 February 2009 by hafidk

I brought my CBR600rr new in January 2008. I ride it every day come rain or shine. I have taken it on 3 track days, 2 trips into Europe, including France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the awesome Nuburgring. To date I have covered almost 15,000... Read more miles in a year so this isn’t your standard review of a bike that’s done a couple hundred dry miles. The handling is sharp and the steering damper is first class, suspension firm but it gives you great confidence in the bends and the riding position is good for a sports bike and much better than any other sports bike I have ridden. The power is strong way down in the taco so you don’t have to rev it hard to get it going. If you’re looking for a bike that can live in the real day to day world but also a bike that you can take to the track and ride like Rossi then this is your bike. Believe me nothing comes close, the bike is awesome. However there are a couple things if only Honda had listened to their customers they would have made this bike perfect. 1. A slipper clutch. 2. Gear indicator. Without these two things the bike scores 9/10. H

Overall Rating 4 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

Honda = Build Quality 2

01 February 2009 by blusta

I purcha....sed this bicycle back in sept and love it, I missed riding for a couple of weeks but when I got back on, it felt smaller then I remember almost like I now swamped it. Any way great bike man, I'm always smiling an thats all that count... Read more right...

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
5 out of 5

best bike for new riders to 600+

14 December 2008 by tripitaka1

ok i begain on cb500 for 2 years i thought i better start with a bike that will not break down easy to work & ride on. the cb was all that then after 2 years i thought time to get bigger bike but nothing silly as i`ve still not got my knee down.i... Read more looked at a cbr600f was thinking about £2,000.then the wife (love u loads hun) got me a cbr600rr 2007 from stratstone clay cross (thankyou for all your help)well where to start.over all its 5/5 its great when you get on it start up you are 1.ride & handling is great it goes along at 30mph in town but you know it doesn`t want to it says let me go!you open it up in the blink of an eye you doing 70+ but it doesn`t seem like it!it wants to go 70 and a lot faster but the faster you go the easyer the bike handles.i still haven`t got my knee down but im takening bends 50+ where on cb500 i wouldnt dream of it but this bike makes you feel so alive.equipment4/5 theres no under seat storage!!the own thing u can put under it is you cash cards!!!the 1 thing that is a pain in the bum are the mirrors!! my god you see half your arms in them .so if say you would think of going faster than may be you should you can`t really tell whot car is behind you if say you would like to open it up!!quality & reliabilty well ive just got it so all i can say its well nice.value the wife got it for £5511 2007 4500 on clock with alarm datatool s4-c1.i would say it`s the best thing she ever got me. engine well i don`t rev it as i wouldn`t like to pull a wheelies.but you can ride it in high gear round town easy then open it up there`s no down power its just there waitting for you

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

Cant get any better!

15 March 2008 by jdavies123

Absolutely cracking bike. Cant fault it at all. Power and handling are amazing. Takes the micky out of the other 600's in its class. Read more

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
5 out of 5

Honda CBR600RR Review

02 March 2008 by liquidles1

Fantastic bike. Riding position is spot on. Not cramped like my old Yamaha R6, or to "wristy". I could ride it all day. The mid range is so good that you don't feel the need to wring it's neck at all. The steering damper is brilliant, I can't... Read more believe they don't fit them to all sports bikes, it holds the front so well that laying it over is much easier, it allows for really quick cornering. the quality is also brilliant. I love it. I may even keep it in my front room, next to the fire ha ha.

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
5 out of 5

Inspires confidence

09 February 2008 by Robin

Light and agile. Great handling. Quick (for a 600). Could sound better though, too quiet and no induction noise. Also tried a 2007 Fireblade and bought the 600. 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 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Better than an RR5/6?

12 June 2007 by natwebber

Got knocked off my RR6 in Feb by some dozy female driver, but it was the best thing that could have happened. I cannot believe the difference between the RR6 (already a good bike) and the new RR7. The mid range on the new bike is so strong that if... Read more you did not know better you would think Honda had finally produced a competitive 750. The handling is also improved and inspires Rossi like cornering, (or at least it feels like it!). The only down side after 1500 miles of ownership is the luggage hooks which are positioned forwards of the rear seat so effectively pull and luggage forward and off the seat. Overall a five star. I tested it back to back against a 07 Fireblade and still chose the 600!

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

Titchy and quick

21 May 2007 by timtech

Got one of these to replace my 2006 CBR600F - instantly I'm carrying 10-20mph extra into very corner such is the confidence in the machine. Very light and chuckable and the exhaust sounds great - best of all you don't have to keep really high revs to... Read more get anywhere. Would have liked a gear indicator and the Honda tool kit won't fit on the bike...but I don't think it will break down ;-)

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
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2008
Original price £7,200
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 118 bhp
Max torque 48.7 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v liquid cooled four cylinder, fuel injected, 6 gears
Frame type Twin spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Honda CBR600RR launched.

Other versions

None.

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