Honda CBR600RR

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Honda CBR600RR
2006HondaCBR600RR-001.jpg
ManufacturerHonda
Production2003-present
PredecessorHonda CBR600F4i
Classsuper sport
RelatedHonda CBR1000RR
Honda RC211V
Honda RC212V

The Honda CBR600RR is a 599 cc (36.6 cu in) Honda super sport motorcycle that was introduced in 2003 as a race replica version of Honda's CBRFx series motorcycles. It has won every world supersport title since its introduction in 2003.

History

Racing roots

The CBR600RR was developed from and inspired by the Honda RC211V MotoGP bike. The similar physical appearance of the CBR600RR and RC211V is intentional. Underneath the looks lie MotoGP technologies that were made available for the first time on a production motorcycle such as the Unit Pro-Link rear suspension and Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI). Both were taken directly from Honda's MotoGP bike. While it's not uncommon for street bikes to utilize racing technology, this was the first time totally new technologies found their way to the production line the same year they made their way to the professional racing grid. The bike receives the "RR" designation for "race replica" because of its emphasis on racing characteristics such as an advanced braced swingarm, center-up exhaust system, and more aggressive riding position. The 2003 model carried over to 2004 technically unchanged, but with new color schemes.

2005 revision

2006 CBR600RR 2006 CBR600RR
2006 CBR600RR
Unit Pro-Link swingarm

In 2005, the CBR600RR received a major revision with new body work, fully adjustable inverted front forks, a set of track-inspired disc brakes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers, and an entirely new aluminum frame, swingarm and rear shock. The midrange power was also increased. These changes along with additional refinements to the engine and exhaust system all came together to bring CBR600RR's weight down nine pounds, although Motorcycle USA.com measured the 2005 model as being 22 lb (10.0 kg) lighter than the 2004 model.[1] MSRP for the 2005 model was US$8,799. Except for new color schemes, the 2006 model was unchanged from the 2005 model and had an MSRP of US$8,999.

2007 total redesign

2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show
 
2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show
2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show

On 6 September, 2006, Honda revealed an all new CBR600RR for the 2007 model year.[1]

The CBR600's most radical redesign since the introduction of the RR in 2003 is highlighted by a whole new engine, frame, and bodywork that results in a smaller, lighter, more-powerful CBR600RR with a class-leading power-to-weight ratio and unparalleled performance.[2]

Honda's middleweight sport bike underwent a complete and total redesign for 2007 with reducing the CBR600RR's weight as their primary focus. The result was a 20 lb (9.1 kg) reduction in dry weight over the 2006 model, from 361 lb (163.7 kg) to 341 lb (154.7 kg).

In redesigning the CBR600RR for lighter weight and increased performance, Honda's R&D engineers started with the engine. The completely new engine is the smallest and lightest powerplant in the super sport class by a significant margin - its designers having used careful positioning of all internal components to achieve significant 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. While the new engine is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, it also offers increased performance, to the tune of a manufacture claimed Template:Convert/hp at 13,500 rpm. At speed, that figure is increased significantly by the highly efficient centrally-located ram-air duct in the bike's nose.

2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show
 
2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show
2007 CBR600RR at the International Motorcycle Show

Wrapped around this tiny but powerful engine is an all-new frame, significantly lighter, slimmer, and more compact than that of the 2006 600RR. The frame is produced using what Honda calls Fine Die-Cast (FDC) technology, which allows them to build a lighter frame without compromising strength or rigidity. The reflexes of the new bike are 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 is actually 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 is carried over almost unchanged from the 2006 bike, with the same 41 mm (1.61 in) inverted fork in front, and Honda's unique Unit Pro-Link rear suspension configuration damping the rear wheel. The 2007 machine's lighter weight and better chassis configuration allows the carry-over suspension to perform much better than it did on the old model. The new three-spoke cast aluminum wheels are also lighter than those on the 2006 bike, which further contributes to the enhanced performance of the suspension. The brakes feature dual radial-mount 4-piston calipers clamping twin 310 mm (12.20 in) discs up front, and a single-piston caliper squeezing a 220 mm (8.66 in) disc at the rear. Hidden below the steering head is an updated version of the Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) system, which is also available on the CBR1000RR. This latest iteration of the HESD offers faster response and more seamless operation than ever before.

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

The 2007 Honda CBR600RR was made available in U.S. dealerships in Spring of 2007 at an MSRP of US$9,499. The motorcycle carried over with only color scheme changes for the 2008 model year.

"Combined ABS" prototype

On 9 June, 2008, Honda revealed a CBR600RR prototype that featured an all new braking system branded as Combined ABS which integrates combined braking, anti-lock braking, and brake-by-wire systems.[3] Combined ABS uses a computer control unit to ensure the correct balance of front and rear brake use and also controls when the ABS should engage. The system is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible by delaying the engagement of the ABS until the last possible moment.

The prototype was the first ever super sport motorcycle to feature ABS. Although Combined ABS is not available on the 2008 CBR600RR or any other Honda motorcycle, Honda plans on rolling out the new braking system across its production machines over the next two years.[4][5]

2009 redesign

On 5 September, 2008, Honda introduced a revised CBR600RR for the 2009 model year.[6] Following the "Combined ABS" prototype, the new CBR600RR will have an available option of "Combined ABS". Other changes include updates to the engine which improved torque from 8000 rpm to 12000 rpm, improved fairings that enhance stability and reduce noise emission levels, and new color schemes which were designed to attract a wider range of riders. Although all of these changes involved the addition of some materials, the overall weight of the 2009 CBR600RR remains the same as the 2008 model. This was achieved through weight savings in the engine, exhaust, and chassis and continues to remain the lightest bike in the super sport class.

Competition

2007

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. 2007 shootout comparisons from major motorcycle media organizations consistently claimed the CBR600RR to place first in the super sport bike class.[7] Major print and online publishers praise the bike for its powerful engine and class-leading lightweight.[8]

2008

For the 2008 model year, the CBR600RR continues to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, a revised Suzuki GSX-R600, the Triumph Daytona 675, and a revised Yamaha YZF-R6. Even with no technical changes from the 2007 model, the CBR600RR is continuing to win middleweight shootouts including Sport Rider's middle weight shootout,[9] Motorcycle-USA's middleweight comparison,[10] and Motorcycle.com's middleweight comparision.[11]

Specifications

All specifications are manufacturer claimed.

2003/2004[12] 2005/2006[13] 2007/2008[14][15][16] 2009[17]
Engine
Engine Type 599 cc (36.6 cu in) liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore/Stroke 67.0 mm (2.6 in) x 42.5 mm (1.7 in)
Compression Ratio 12.0:1 12.2:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion 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
Drivetrain
Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive #525 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis/Suspension/Brakes
Front Suspension 45.0 mm (1.8 in) HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 in (119 mm) travel 41.0 mm (1.6 in) inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7 in (119 mm) travel
Rear Suspension Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 in (119 mm) travel Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.1 in (130 mm) travel
Front Brakes Dual four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.2 in) discs Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.2 in) discs Dual radial-mounted Monoblock four-piston calipers with 310.0 mm (12.2 in) discs, Honda electronic Combined ABS on CBR600RR ABS only
Rear Brakes Single 220.0 mm (8.7 in) disc Single 220.0 mm (8.7 in) disc, Honda electronic Combined ABS on CBR600RR ABS only
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial
Dimensions
Rake 24.0 degrees 23.8 degrees 2007, 23.55 degrees 2008 23.55 degrees 2009
Trail 95.0 mm (3.7 in) 97.7 mm (3.8 in) 97.7 mm (3.8 in)
Wheelbase 54.7 in (1,389 mm) 53.9 in (1,369 mm) 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
Seat Height 32.3 in (820 mm)
Dry Weight 370 lb (167.8 kg) 361 lb (163.7 kg) 341 lb (154.7 kg)
Other
Colors 2003: Red/Black, Black, Pearl Yellow
2004: Red/Black, Black/Silver, Blue
2005: Black, Black/Tribal, Metallic Silver/Black, Red/Black
2006: Black, Pearl Orange/Black Tribal, Light Silver Metallic, Red/Black
2007: Pearl White/Silver, Ultra Blue Metallic/Silver, Red/Black, Black
2008: Red/Black, Pearl Orange/Black, Metallic Silver, Graffiti
2009: Red/Black, Black/Bright Green Metallic, Metallic Black, Phoenix, Pearl White/Pearl Blue/Red
2009 ABS: Red/Black, Metallic Black
Model ID CBR600RR
Warranty 1 year: Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Awards

  • 2007 Sport Bike of the Year, Motorcyclist
  • Machine of The Year 2007, Bike Magazine[18]
  • 2007 Supersport Shootout Winner, MotorcycleUSA.com[19]
  • 2007 Best Middleweight Sportbike, MotorcycleUSA.com[20]
  • 2008 Middleweight Smackdown Winner, Sport Rider Magazine[21]
  • 2008 Supersport Shootout Winner, MotorcycleUSA.com[22]
  • 2008 Supersport Shootout Winner, Motorcycle.com[23]

References

  1. 2007 Model Preview from official Honda Motorcycles site
  2. 2007 Honda CBR600RR Features article from HondaNews.com
  3. "Honda Announces World's First Electronically-Controlled “Combined ABS” for Super Sport Bikes" (in English) (HTML). Honda. Honda World News. 2008-06-09. http://world.honda.com/news/2008/2080609Combined-ABS/. Retrieved on 2008-06-12. 
  4. "Honda Intros Combo ABS for Supersports" (in English) (HTML). MotorcycleUSA.com. 2008-06-10. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=6587&Page=1. Retrieved on 2008-06-12. 
  5. Purvis, Ben (2008-06-10). "First look at Honda's ABS CBR600RR" (in English) (HTML). motorcyclenews.com. http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/mcn/2008/June/9-15/june1008honda-cbr600rr-abs-prototype/?R=EPI-100991. Retrieved on 2008-06-12. 
  6. Farrell, Steve (2008-09-05). "2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS - First official pictures" (in English) (HTML). motorcyclenews.com. Motor Cycle News. http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/mcn/2008/september/1-7/sep0508-honda-2009-cbr600rr/?R=EPI-102724. Retrieved on 2008-09-05. 
  7. "Best 600s Test". SuperBike Magazine: 56. May 2007. http://www.superbike.co.uk. Retrieved on 2007-04-02. 
  8. Duke, Kevin (2007-03-24). "2007 Supersport Shootout" (in English) (HTML). Motorcycle U.S.A.. 6. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=4514. Retrieved on 2007-04-02. 
  9. 2008 600cc Sportbike Comparison Test - Balancing Act
  10. [http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=6413 2008 Supersport Shootout VI]
  11. 2008 Supersport Shootout: CBR600RR vs Daytona 675 vs ZX-6R vs R6 vs GSX-R600
  12. 2003 Honda CBR600RR Specifications article from HondaNews.com
  13. 2006 Honda CBR600RR Specifications article from HondaNews.com
  14. 2007 Honda CBR600RR Specifications article from HondaNews.com
  15. 2007 Honda CBR600RR UK Specifications article from Honda.co.uk
  16. 2008 Honda CBR600RR Specifications article from HondaNews.com
  17. 2009 Honda CBR600RR Specifications article from HondaNews.com
  18. Gas, Gary (2007-07-14). "Honda CBR600RR – Bike Magazine’s Machine of The Year 2007" (in English) (HTML). London Bikers. http://londonbikers.com/news/1203/honda-cbr600rr-bike-magazines-machine-of-the-year-2007. Retrieved on 2008-12-10. 
  19. Duke, Kevin (2007-03-24). "2007 Supersport Shootout V" (in English) (HTML). MotorcycleUSA.com. 6. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=4514. Retrieved on 2007-08-28. 
  20. "MotorcycleUSA's Best of 2007" (in English) (HTML). MotorcycleUSA.com. 2008-01-07. 6. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=5743&Page=2. Retrieved on 2008-01-09. 
  21. 2008 600cc Sportbike Comparison Test - Balancing Act
  22. 2008 Supersport Shootout VI - MotorcycleUSA.com
  23. 2008 Supersport Shootout: CBR600RR vs Daytona 675 vs ZX-6R vs R6 vs GSX-R600

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