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We test the fastest 600cc bike in the world

Published: 18 November 2003

Updated: 19 November 2014

MCN has ridden the fastest 600cc bike in the world, Ten Kate’s World Supersport championship-winning Honda CBR600.

And you can find out exactly what we think of the machine which helped Chris Vermuelen claim the WSS title in MCN, November 19. The bike clocked 179.4mph at the Monza round of the championship, but with the right gearing 185mph should easily be in reach.

Ten Kate have boosted the power of the stock bike by over 30 per cent at the rear wheel while retaining the usability of the road bike with ample torque and power, and a smooth drive from 3000rpm to the redline.

The result is a user-friendly race bike which is only four seconds slower than Neil Hodgon’s 999 around Valencia.

You can also find out more about the Dutch Ten Kate team, who will run the new Honda Fireblade in WSB in addition to their two-man WSS squad in 2004. And you can also discover how to build your own Ten Kate CBR600RR. See what parts the team uses and find out how much they cost.

Plus, also in MCN this week, see how to get a retro-styled Ducati with modern power and reliability. There’s a guide to some of the best off-road bikes for new riders. See the new Aprilia supermoto which will rewrite the rules of the series. And find out what Rossi’s new boss is thinking, how Shane Byrne feels about his Aprilia MotoGP deal and see biking’s biggest myths exploded in a free eight-page supplement.

All this and more is in MCN, out November 19. Discuss the paper on the News message board by following the link on the right. Overseas subscribers can sign-up for an E-Subscription to the print edition by following the appropriate link.

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