HONDA CBR600RR (2009-on) Review

Published: 18 December 2008

"The big news is the optional electronically-controlled Combined ABS system"

Honda CBR600RR - knee down

"The big news is the optional electronically-controlled Combined ABS system"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  107 bhp
  • 32 mpg  -  127 miles range
  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • £9,799

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 5 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR600RR (2009-on) 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 4.1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Simply awesome

30 April 2014 by Kevster84

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... Read more honda 600rr blows them away IMO. Don't hesitate just buy one.

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
3 out of 5

What A Shame

28 July 2011 by davidharmon1973

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... Read more 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!!!

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
1 out of 5

Not for tall riders!

22 April 2010 by Retiredbiker

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,... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 1 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
4 out of 5

Seriously Fantastic

19 April 2010 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

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

You can never go wrong with a HONDA

10 April 2010 by zoeed

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... Read more 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)

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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

What a...

14 December 2009 by twicky999

Cracking looking bike!! My dream bike! 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

The Best All Round 600 by Far

10 April 2009 by jimisking

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... Read more 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.

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

David F

19 March 2009 by Davidf2230

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. 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 8 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued -
New price £9,799
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 107 bhp
Max torque 44.6 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.92 secs
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 127 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16-valve, in-line-four
Frame type Aluminium twin-spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 194kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

History & Versions

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]

Photo Gallery

  • Honda CBR600RR - knee down
  • Honda CBR600RR - class-leading chassis
  • Honda CBR600RR - suspension action and control is as fluid as pukka race kit
  • Honda CBR600RR - Combined ABS system is a thing of genius
  • Honda CBR600RR - The C-ABS stays in the background until you get into a difficult braking situation
  • Honda CBR600RR - side view
  • Honda CBR600RR - head on
  • Honda CBR600RR - brakes
  • Honda CBR600RR - under the fairing
  • Honda CBR600RR
  • Honda CBR600RR - side on
  • Honda CBR600RR - pushing the C-ABS
  • Honda CBR600RR - pushing the C-ABS
  • Honda CBR600RR - knee down
  • Honda CBR600RR - class-leading chassis
  • Honda CBR600RR - suspension action and control is as fluid as pukka race kit
  • Honda CBR600RR - Combined ABS system is a thing of genius
  • Honda CBR600RR - The C-ABS stays in the background until you get into a difficult braking situation
  • Honda CBR600RR - side view
  • Honda CBR600RR - head on
  • Honda CBR600RR - brakes
  • Honda CBR600RR - under the fairing
  • Honda CBR600RR
  • Honda CBR600RR - side on
  • Honda CBR600RR - pushing the C-ABS
  • Honda CBR600RR - pushing the C-ABS
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