Honda CBR600F Bike Overview
The Honda CBR600F is a sporty all-rounder and a brilliant motorcycle with real power behind it. Many experienced riders say about the excitement this bike brings, but are also impressed with the added practicalities it has to make it a real contender in the market.
The fully adjustable suspension is sublime on this bike. It also handles beautifully, but does lack the sharpness of the Honda CBR600RR. It does give you loads of power though, as well as plenty of torque. The brakes are spongy but OK and sufficient in most weathers.
The fuel injection which has been added to this bike, separating it from its previous model version, will make your ride smooth – although on colder mornings you may find it is a little jumpy to get going. You’ll find a dash with a clear fuel gauge, clock and speedo.
The finish on this bike is what you’d expect from Honda. You will find that even older models keep delivering, with little engine problems. They also hold their value fairly well. The Honda CBR600F is a lot cheaper than rival bikes of the same kind and you’ll probably find this bike lasts a lot longer, too. You can get a few extras on this bike – like luggage and heated grips.
Honda CBR600F Bike Spec
- Top speed155mph
- Engine16v inline four
- Average fuel consumption38mpg
- Seat height810mm
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For a sports styke bike the position is quite neutral. You can tuck in if you want to open it up but it's easy to sit upright around town. Pillion seat is roomy and not too high that the passenger feels perched up there.
It's a Honda so it's solid. Plastics are a little brittle, especially front mudguard.
Brakes can feel a little light when decelerating from high speeds but ABS system works well when required.
Very smooth as it's an i4. usable power at low revs and lots of torque in the mid range. Feels very light in the bends and corners well with a new set of Michelin Road 5 tyres fitted.
It's a 600 so not going to beat an R1 but it pulls well in any gear and can easily do over 160mph.
Yeah, likes a drink, especially if your riding is "spirited".
Exhaust (noisy silencer) :)
Being my first big bike I only have the NC750 to compare it to that I used for my test. I took some getting used to initially as the seating position is more Super Sports than an upright. In terms of ride, its very comfy, the speed through the gears is delivered smoothly and it accelerates nicely through all gears. Im not sure what the kerb weight is, but ive never had a problem moving through corners, roundabouts or just the occasional negative steering to get some heat in the tyres. Very manageable.
For my first bike this had plenty of grunt. Shes 18 years old but is still going well! Honda are renound for build quality and this is no exception. I believe the book BHP is about 120. Im note sure what mine is but I dont thing it would be far away from this after the service she had.
The fairing! Mine has minor age related damage and im sure its gone over at some point in its life. The fairing is a sod to buy cheaply in good condition. I need to replace the 3 rear pieces due to a knock by the last owner, and its very hard to find matching fairing. The easiest option is buying the Chinese Copies that are around for about £500 delivered, but ive heard that sometimes they dont fit correctly. Lot of ebay searching, or may consider a respray!
So far I have given it a full service, and not had any problems stripping her down. Im a novice when it comes to bikes, but with a little help from a friend who is a qualified bike mechanic with a lot of experience, I picked things up very quickly and only had to be shown once or twice. Since the initial service, I have replaced by myself the rear pads, airfilter, oil and oil filter, Plug Leads, and the idle cable with no real problems.
What can i say, she stops! She stops well at slow speed and slows down well at high speed. Front Discs will probably need replaceing this year.
I'm happy with the brakes, as I am with the bikes overall performance. But I haven't rode anything else than a Yamaha 600 at the training school, and it was heavy, slow and unresponsive.
Get it set up, renew the rear shock and fork kit for the front and you're sorted
For a 600 it pulls nice and cleanly
Nothing l can truly think of
It's a Honda, that really speaks for itself
Nice progressive feel to the brakes, not really snatchy just nice feel
Battery drains quickly due to the alarm.
Brilliant ride quality, very smooth and very easy to ride compared to a supersport. It is heavy compared to the RR but a much more neutral and relaxing ride. Very good in the corners.
It has same engine as 2007 600rr but tuned down a touch. Over a 100bhp so plenty of power. Relaxing to ride below 6k revs, rides much like the RR when you take the revs up above that
Insurance is half what my supersport bikes were so great in tha respect. Great on fuel. Ridden relatively low revs gets over 200 miles to the 22l tank and maybe 160-180 if ridden more playfully
It is a Honda so build quality is great. Never broken down. Never had any issues whatsoever
It has abs joint braking system which is fantastic. Maybe lacking in feel a bit but certainly gives me confidence to use them harder even in the wet
Soft enough to be forgiving and deals with the odd pothole well, hard enough to be aggressive in the corners.
Beautifully revvy and has plenty of low down grunt for around towns, again build quality is fantastic on these, to use an over used quote 'bullet proof'
About 50mpg tax is not the highest so i would say reasonable
Typical Honda build quality, second to none, had no issues in six years.
Brake well in all situations but due to age does not have abs or other electrical aids
Quick bike for 600cc
Very economical but could use a fuel guage
Strong and reliable
Disc brakes very good
Great in the corners, smooth on good surfaces. On bad surfaces can be a bit bumpy
600 engine is great but real performance is above 7500 rpm
Fairly cheap to run
Very reliable in the 4 years I've owned it
Standard brakes no abs, seems to wear pads quite quickly, could be a bit sharper in my opinion
It's handling and road holding is superb. I've had a lot of bikes over the years and this beats all of them, hands down.
Bullet Proof! Great power and delivery, very forgiving even with a novice riding.
Costs are fairly cheap for me but then I'm 55!
It's a Honda! Best build quality of any company. I've had 3 cbr 600s and 2 fire blades. Never had any problems, except when I first bought this one (2nd hand). There were some electrical problems which took time and money to sort out. It's a looooong story.
Brakes are good but no abs. Adequate but could be better.
At the curb weight of 200 short wheel base cornering is very intuitive and comfortable. The engine itself has 3 points of power 1-4 just about enough power to move through a slow moving traffic, 4-9 good for cruising and 10-12 you can rock and roll, keep up with the big boys.
The engine has 100 hp and 62 Nm, which is slightly less then sports 600 but the difference is so small you will notice it when hitting 140 mph and the question is where are you going to hit that speed.
On the budget bike, parts are cheap.
It never broke down on me, this bike has a reputation of being bombproof. Mine has sled a couple of times and there was a theft attempt and it is sitill working flawlessly.
Standard, they work as they should, never let me down.
Smooth riding and good fuel economy
Faster than a lot of mates’ newer bikes
Cheap to run in terms of fuel, insurance
Japanese build quality, speaks volumes really.
A little heavy on the handling
Bounces around the road like a kangaroo.
Very rarely a problem
Feels like stopping a freight train
For the age, she rides like a dream, nice and smooth and fast!!
More than enough power for road legal use
I wouldnt change anything
Exceptional, everything fits where it should and is easy to remove
Had to do a few emergency stops and never been let down
Easy to ride around town to low revs but very fast with a twist of the throttle
Perfect for what it is but would like something bigger for longer tours
Rock solid bike
Stops well but no ABS
The lights could be a bit brighter.
Just got some EBC HH pads
The ride is great definitely a great bike to start learning your craft. Corners beautifully and it feels fairly light at slow speeds too.
Great power but needs a little more grunt down in the low RPM
Low end torque could do with a little boost
It's a Honda need I say more?
Dual disc at the front with plenty of stopping power!
Perfect for a relative novice/ first sports bike. Real confidence giver, light and agile.
Plenty of power for me, considering my experience and general road riding, lots of power I haven't tapped into yet.
Lighter, but I'm a girly wimp!
Seems pretty good to me, no flimsy bits and no problems yet
Love the combined ABS, not let me down yet.
Very smooth and glides over most road surface imperfections
Bulletproof 599cc engine, timing chain driven, mines covered 19600 miles and has been very well serviced at correct intervals by myself with the very best of oils and filters and everything
Perhaps as self lubricating chain , maintenance can be a messy affair .
Reliable robust steel frame, very well painted. No rust after 19 years
Twin disc front brakes and single disc rear brakes which are very very efficient. Slight application brings you to a halt as required.