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The Honda CBR600RR is a 599 cc (36.6 cu in) sport bike, part of the CBR series that was introduced by Honda in 2003 as a race replica version of Honda's CBR600F series. It won every Supersport World Championship title from 2002 to 2008, and again in 2010 and 2014.

Honda CBR600RR
Honda CBR 600 RR vr.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Production Since 2003
Predecessor Honda CBR600F4i
Class Sport bike
Related Honda CBR1000RR
Honda RC211V
Honda RC212V


Revision historyEdit


The CBR600RR was introduced in 2003 as race replica alternative to Honda's more street oriented 600-class sport bike, the CBR600F4i. [1] It was based on technologies used in the Honda RC211V MotoGP bike, and was given a similar appearance.[1] It was the first Honda to use Unit Pro-Link rear suspension and Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI), both were taken directly from Honda's MotoGP bike. Honda said the use of its new 'Hollow Fine Die Cast' frame technology, in which sand casting molds were given a ceramic interior coating, made it possible to reduce the five-piece aluminum frame thickness from 3.5 mm to 2.5 mm.[2]

The 2003 model carried over to 2004 technically unchanged, with only the addition of an oxygen sensor.


2006 CBR600RR
Unit Pro-Link swingarm

In 2005, the CBR600RR received a major revision with new bodywork, fully adjustable inverted front forks, disc brakes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers, and a new aluminium frame, swingarm and rear shock. The midrange power was also increased. These changes along with additional refinements to the engine and exhaust system brought CBR600RR's wet weight down by 10.0 kg (22 lb), and dry weight by 4.1 kg (9 lb)[3][4][5] The 2006 model was unchanged from the 2005 model.


2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show

On September 6, 2006, Honda revealed an all new CBR600RR for the 2007 model year.[6]

Weight was the primary focus of the redesign. The result was a 9.1 kg (20 lb) reduction in dry weight over the 2006 model, from a claimed 163.7 kg (361 lb) to 154.7 kg (341 lb).[5][5][8] Tested weights without fuel were 182–182 kg (401–402 lb).[9][10]

In redesigning the CBR600RR for lighter weight and increased performance, Honda's engineers started with the engine. The completely new engine was smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the designers having used careful positioning of all internal components to achieve reductions in the motor's length, width, and height, as well as reducing weight by 2 kg (4.4 lb) compared to the 2006 model's powerplant. Horsepower increased to about 105 hp (78 kW) measured in independent tests.[11][12]

The frame was lighter and more compact than the 2006 CBR600RR. The handling of the new bike was sharpened by its 22 mm (0.87 in) shorter wheelbase, as well as by the designer's focus on strict mass centralization. Despite the shorter wheelbase, the 2007 model's swingarm was 5 mm (0.20 in) longer than that of the 2006, made possible by the more compact dimensions of the new bike's engine.

The suspension of the 2007 model was carried over almost unchanged from the 2006 bike, with the same 41 mm (1.6 in) inverted fork in front, and Honda's Unit Pro-Link rear suspension configuration damping the rear wheel. The new three-spoke cast aluminum wheels were also lighter than those on the 2006 bike, which further contributed to the enhanced performance of the suspension. The brakes had dual radial-mount four-piston calipers and twin 310 mm (12 in) discs at the front, and a single-piston caliper and a 220 mm (8.7 in) disc at the rear. Hidden below the steering head was an updated version of the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) system, which was also available on the CBR1000RR.

The smaller, sharper-edged new front upper fairing was dominated by the large central ram-air duct which fed the airbox through an opening in the steering head section of the frame and was separated from the sides of the fairing by a large gap which Honda said was for air management purposes. The tail-section was similarly smaller and sharper-edged, riding atop a heavily restyled under-seat muffler.

Combined ABS prototypeEdit

On June 9, 2008, Honda revealed a CBR600RR prototype that had an all new braking system branded as Combined ABS which integrated combined braking, anti-lock braking, and brake-by-wire systems.[13] Combined ABS used a computer control unit to ensure the correct balance of front and rear brake use and also controlled when the ABS should engage.[14] The system was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible by delaying the engagement of the ABS until the last possible moment. Combined ABS was not made available on the production 2008 CBR600RR.[15][16]


2010 Honda CBR600RR
2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS pulser that signals the wheel speed sensor[17]

On September 5, 2008, Honda introduced a revised CBR600RR for the 2009 model year.[18] Combined ABS became available as an option. Other changes included updates to the engine such as changes to its pistons, cylinder head and exhaust that Honda claims will increase torque delivery between 8,000–12,000 rpm with a 3.5% increase in torque at 10,000 rpm. The CBR600RR’s engine also received a new high resistance valve lifter and a popup valve system inherited from the CBR1000RR. looks were the same as last year apart from some extra mouldings added to the fairing mid sections that enhance stability and reduce noise emission levels by now totally enclosing the clutch and gearbox . Although all of these changes involved the addition of some materials, the overall weight of the 2009 CBR600RR remained the same as the 2008 model. This was achieved through weight savings in the engine, exhaust, and the chassis.

The CBR600RR carried over for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 model years.


The 2013 CBR600RR includes new 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU settings, and a fine-tuned ram-air system to increase torque. It also gets a new Showa "Big Piston Fork" and retuned rear shock in a new bodywork.[19] The model continued unchanged through the 2017 model year. said that while the CBR600RR's performance specifications, particularly the horsepower, were "pretty tame even for the middleweight class", and it lacked the newest technologies like cornering ABS, traction control and mobile apps, it remained a comfortable and good handling sport bike for the street.[20]

According to Motor Cycle News, an unnamed Japanese source at Honda said that CBR600RR sales in Europe and the UK will end after the 2016 model year due to the redesign costs necessary to comply with Euro4 emissions regulations, which will come into effect on January 1, 2017.[21] Sales of 2017 model year CBR600RRs in other markets are unaffected.[22]



For the 2007 model year, the CBR600RR competed with the Ducati 749, a completely redesigned Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, the Suzuki GSX-R600, the Triumph Daytona 675, and the Yamaha YZF-R6. Shootout comparisons by motorcycle magazines consistently awarded the CBR600RR first place in the super sport class.[23] Major print and online publishers praise the bike for its powerful engine and class-leading light weight.[24]


For the 2008 model year, the CBR600RR continued to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, a revised Suzuki GSX-R600, the Triumph Daytona 675, and a Yamaha R6. Even with no technical changes from the 2007 model, the CBR600RR continued to win middleweight shootouts including Sport Rider's middle weight shootout,[25] Motorcycle-USA's middleweight comparison,[26] and's middleweight comparison.[27]


As of 2015, in the Supersport World Championship, the CBR600 has claimed eight out of twelve titles since its introduction in 2003, whilst also helping Honda to ten manufacturers crowns since 2003. Michael Dunlop holds the supersport lap record at the Isle of Man TT.


2003–2004[4] 2005–2006[5][8] 2007–2008 2009–2012[28][29][30][31] 2013–2016
Model ID (s) CBR600RR CBR600RR
CBR600RA (combined ABS)
Engine type 599 cc (36.6 cu in) liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore × stroke 67.0 mm × 42.5 mm (2.64 in × 1.67 in)
Compression ratio 12.0:1 12.2:1
Valvetrain DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Fuel delivery Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) with 40 mm (1.6 in) throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with three-dimensional mapping
Power Crankshaft
88.1 kW (118.1 bhp) @ 13,500 rpm[32]
Rear wheel
79.9 kW (107.2 hp) @ 13,500 rpm[33] 74.9–78.7 kW (100.4–105.6 hp) @ 13,250 rpm[34][10] 78.7 kW (105.5 hp) @ 14,100 rpm[35] 72.85–74.28 kW (97.7–99.61 hp)[30][35] 75.0 kW (100.6 hp) @ 12,500 rpm[36]
Torque Crankshaft
66 N⋅m (49 lbf⋅ft) @ 11,250 rpm[32]
Rear wheel
61.6 N⋅m (45.4 lb⋅ft) @ 11,000[33] 60.7–65.2 N⋅m (44.8–48.1 lb⋅ft) @ 10,750[10][34] 62.5 N⋅m (46.1 lb⋅ft) @ 12,400 rpm[35] 56.81–58.31 N⋅m (41.9–43.01 lb⋅ft)[30][35] 60.7 N⋅m (44.8 lb⋅ft) @ 10,600 rpm.[37]
Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
Final drive #525 O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension Front 45.0 mm (1.77 in) Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel 41.0 mm (1.61 in) inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel 41 mm (1.6 in) inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability
Rear Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 130 mm (5.1 in) travel
Tires Front 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear 180/55ZR-17 radial
Brakes Front Dual four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.20 in) discs Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.20 in) discs Dual radial-mounted Mono-block four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.20 in) discs Dual radial-mounted Mono-block four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.20 in) discs Honda electronic Combined ABS
Rear Single piston caliper with220.0 mm (8.66 in) disc Single piston caliper with220.0 mm (8.66 in) disc, electronic combined ABS
Rake 24.0° 23.9°
Trail 95.0 mm (3.74 in) 97.7 mm (3.85 in)
Wheelbase 1,390 mm (54.7 in) 1,370 mm (53.9 in)
Seat height 820 mm (32.3 in)
Dry weight 170 kg (370 lb)[4] 164 kg (361 lb)[5][8] 156 kg (345 lb)[38]
Dry weight 182–182 kg (401–402 lb)[9][10] 173–175 kg (381–385 lb)[11][39][40][41] 175 kg (386 lb)[12]
Wet weight 202 kg (445 lb)[42] 195–195 kg (430–431 lb)[10][42] 187–188 kg (412–415 lb)[40][43] 190 kg (410 lb)[28]
187 kg (412 lb)[11]
196 kg (432 lb)[28]
197 kg (435 lb)[30]
189 kg (417 lb)[44]
0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) 3.1 sec. (2005)[34]
3.0 sec.(2006)[9]
0 to 14 mi (0.00 to 0.40 km) 10.98 sec. @ 204.90 km/h (127.32 mph) (2005)[34]
10.7 sec. @ 206.88 km/h (128.55 mph) (2006)[9]
10.52 @ 211.47 km/h (131.40 mph) [45]
10.80 @ 207.28 km/h (128.80 mph) [45]
10.96 @ 205.67 km/h (127.80 mph) [45]
Top speed 251 km/h (156 mph)[9][34]
Fuel economy 6.84 L/100 km; 41.3 mpg‑imp (34.4 mpg‑US)[9][34]


  • 2003 Best Sportbike, Motorcyclist[46]
  • 2003 Machine of the Year, Motor Cycle News[47]
  • Machine of The Year 2007, Bike[48]
  • 2007 Supersport Shootout Winner,[49]
  • 2007 Best Middleweight Sportbike,[50]
  • 2008 Middleweight Smackdown Winner, Sport Rider[25]
  • 2008 Supersport Shootout Winner,[51]
  • 2008 Supersport Shootout Winner,[27]
  • 2009 Best Sportsbike under 600cc: Honda CBR600RR C-ABS, Motor Cycle News[52]


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