Honda’s CBR600RR used to sell like hotcakes in dealerships. Big Red’s supersport has always been the perfect blend of agile, sure-footed handling, and high-revving inline-four excitement. Despite the fact that the middleweight 600cc sportbike segment’s popularity has waned, the 2020 CBR600RR remains a viable option for daily sport riding enjoyment.
The CBR600 is one of the more versatile and well-rounded 600s in the class, having been refreshed for the 2013 model year (read the “2013 Honda CBR600RR First Look” article). Its ergonomics kit isn’t too rough, and for a 6-foot-tall rider, it’s a pretty comfortable mount. Yes, the windscreen should be higher, but apart from modern touring-specific mounts, this could be said of virtually any bike produced. The big, well-supported rider and passenger saddles are a plus.
As the race-replica market cools in favor of more naked, streetfighter-style bikes, the new generation began with a big redesign in 2013 and saw little improvements all the way through the 2016 model year. The 600RR’s resemblance to the bike Michael van der Mark rode to win Honda’s 10th Manufacturer title in the Moto2 class in 2015 would undoubtedly appeal to race fans.
Honda starts with an all-aluminum, twin-spar frame that keeps things light and flexible in all the right ways, allowing for fast flicks and reversals. With Honda’s own Electronic Steering Damper, the steering head is set for 23.5 degrees of rake and 3.9 inches of trail for canyon-carving agility. The ESD adjusts itself automatically based on bike speed to help keep tank slappers from cutting your ride short, or at the very least scare you.
The front end is supported by a pair of 41 mm Big Piston Forks, while the rear is supported by a Pro-Link mono-shock. Adjustable spring preload, as well as tune-able compression and rebound damping, are available on both ends of the suspension — with 4.3 inches of travel up front and 5.1 inches at the rear axle — for maximum control over the trip. The 17-inch hoops are mounted on cast rims and are 120/70 in the front and 180/55 in the back.
To fully benefit from the pressurized air in front of the bike, the bike must be moving, and it does not develop maximum strength before that happens.
The 600RR is powered by a 599cc inline four-banger engine with chrome-plated Palphos M1-style pistons. They handled the con-rods and wrist pins for low friction action, which they then passed on to the Africa Twin to give it a boost in the adventure lineup. The 600RR mill uses liquid cooling to meet emissions requirements, and the water jacket dampens noise emissions from inside the engine.
Overview of the Honda CBR600RR motorcycle
On Auto Trader, the Honda CBR600RR is one of the most popularly searched motorcycles. It’s a replica of the 600F race car. Honda, on the other hand, has halted the development of this motorcycle because it no longer complies with the current Euro4 noise and emissions regulations, which took effect on January 1, 2017.
You may be able to find this bike for sale under ‘derogation’ rules if you’re lucky. Otherwise, you would have a hard time finding one of these bikes in the UK, and there isn’t going to be a European alternative. The Honda CBR600RR comes standard with fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes, and an electronically controlled, speed-sensitive steering damper. It’s also a lightweight bike that handles well around corners and reacts quickly to the rider.