05 CBR600RR first test

Published: 24 November 2004

MCN’s Michael Neeves and Marc Potter are at Estoril, Portugal, today (Nov 29) for the world’s first test of the 2005 CBR600RR.

The new bike has close to 150 changes including the introduction of upside-down forks, radial brakes, new bodywork and 6kg less weight.

Our full first test report is in MCN out on Wednesday this week.

Neeves first impressions are that the CBR600RR was good enough as it stood - with the tweaks for 2005 it's lighter, more responsive, sharper - and going to be even harder to beat.

It's as brilliant as ever and even more fun. The finish is superb and the handling perfect.

Perhaps only the new ZX-6R with its slipper clutch, wavy brake discs and big-bore engine has a realistic chance of offering serious competition.

Neeves will be learning more about the bike througout today as he rides lap after lap of the Estoril circuit. Read his full verdict in Wednesday's MCN (Dec 1)