Honda CBR600RR R165 000**
The CBR600RR’s stunning and very clean new styling is a blend of Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP race bike, with aerodynamic lessons taken directly from the 2011 RC212V. Fittingly, for a motorcycle that shares DNA with one of theworld’s ultimate race machines,aRepsolcolour will now be available on the CBR600RR.
The CBR600RR’s extremely compact 599cc, liquid cooled DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder power plant makes a great contribution to the bike’s superb handling.Featuring a compression ratio of 12.2:1,it produces 88kW @ 13,500rpm, with torque of 66Nm @ 11,250rpm. In this stage of the engine’s development improved power and torque were not the focus; instead, throttle response and feel across the entire rev-range were targeted
Handling is everything- Forks
The CBR600RR’s front suspension was targeted as the main area from which to find improved levels of handling. Honda’s development engineers noted in testing that there has been a slight tendency (a result of improvements in both bike and tyre performance, plus much more efficient brakes) for the front suspension on recent Supersports bikes to dive quickly when the brakes are applied, a phenomenon which has a de-stabilising effect on control.
Improved damping function was key for the new CBR600RR, so a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston inverted front fork, with an exceptionally rigid 41mm diameter inner tube, has been used. Compared with the previous fork, the larger diameter piston results in a 3.5 times larger pressure-bearing area. This ensures that precise damping force is generated without delay from the initial phase, resulting in greater smoothness, a more comfortable ride, and greater stability when braking hard. Transient damping force characteristics are also improved. Riding on ordinary roads is more comfortable than before and when the bike is taken to the limit on the racetrack, there’s an improved sense of connection with the tarmac when braking. Adjusting the rebound and compression settings has been made easier by consolidating the functions for both on the upper part of the front fork.
Handling is everything- Shock
The CBR600RR’s Unit Pro-Link rear suspension uses no shock top mount on the frame, and is a system unique to Honda. The shock mounts to the upper part of the swingarm and the lower link, effectively operating independently of swingarm movement. This stabilises behaviour under hard cornering and delivers superb traction and turning ability, plus improved shock absorption and much more consistent damping.
Continued development of the Unit Pro-Link system – refinement of the pressure-bearing surfaces in the piston and optimisation of valve rigidity – has resulted in much better low speed performance and greater feedback in the initial phase of operation, giving superb stability and controllability. The swingarm itself employs an “eye-shaped” cross-section and is manufactured using conventional cast aluminium for the pivot, pressed aluminium for the right-hand section and extruded aluminium tubing for the left-hand section. This has resulted in a lightweight component with an exquisite rigidity balance.
Specifications – CBR600RR
|0 — 100 km/h (sec)
Dimensions & Weights
|Claimed KERB weight (kg)
|Seat height (mm)
|Rake/trail (°/ mm)
||41mm fully adjustable inverted Showa Big Piston Fork, 120mm axle travel
||Unit Pro-Link with gas-charged remote reservoir damper, adjustable spring preload and compression and rebound damping, 130mm axle travel
|Tank capacity (l)
||Electronic fuel injection
||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
|Valves Per cylinder
||88KW / 13,500 RPM
||66NM / 11,250 RPM
||(f) 310 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with radial-mount 4-piston calipers, floating rotors and sintered metal pads (r) 220 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
||Diamond; Fine Die-Cast aluminium
|Tyres ( r)
||Hollow section 12 spoke cast aluminium