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24 November 2023
By the time the CBR600RR had got to the early noughties, it was downright good-looking.
It had also evolved to become one of the best-performing machines in its class.
Then, a number of years ago, the bike was discontinued.
Nobody really knows why, but it’s been missed ever since.
Thankfully baby’s now back – and back with a bang!
The new middleweight machine still has the same capacity, 599cc engine. This one, however, would be unrecognisable in any of the original CBR 600s. It puts out 119bhp and delivers 63 Newton metres of torque.
Getting all of this power down is made easier via the standard slipper clutch and quickshifter.
Everything else on the new bike leans heavily on Honda’s MotoGP experience.
It comes, as standard, with a pair of 41mm Showa Big Piston USD front forks on the front and a Pro-Link Showa rear shock.
The all-new chassis incorporates a well-proven twin-spar aluminium frame married to an aluminium swingarm.
The bodywork is beautiful.
While it’s available in a number of different colour options, the HRC-inspired blue, white and red leans back on the bike’s heritage.
The sharper headlight shape sits above a pair of MotoGP-derived winglets. These look really cool!
Nostalgically, they’ve also kept the exhaust end can under the seat cowl. Indeed, the bike’s overall styling keeps true to its forebears.
It comes with a reg plate carrier, pillion seat, pillion pegs and a set of indicators. Not to worry though, all of these can be removed and safely stored for the next owner!
But all the 2024 technology is put to use in the new CBR600RR. It uses a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which is the same as the one used on the mighty Fireblade.
There are no fewer than five riding modes, a choice of nine torque control settings, wheelie and stoppie control, plus an electronic steering damper as standard.
Talk to any Honda dealer about delivery dates for next year.