First launched back in 2003, the Honda CBR600RR went on to define the modern era of supersport/lightweight road & race bikes; the 600RR is effectively the closest to a full on race bike for the road that you can get. No, it doesn’t have hundreds of horsepower, but that would be missing the point – the 600RR is all about lightweight, pin sharp handling and enough power to make things interesting.
You’d have to say that over the decades, Honda have dominated the motorcycle racing scene, taking wins and championships in pretty much every series they compete in, even when run as a privateer team – there is no getting away from the fact that Honda know how to design and screw together a race bike.
The CBR600RR is the culmination of that knowledge and experience, all wrapped up in beautiful red and black bodywork.
2017 Honda CBR600RR Release date
The 2017 Honda CBR600RR is available and in your local Honda dealership right now; book a test ride and learn what we mean when we say ‘sharp handling’.
2017 Honda CBR600RR Price
OK, so the CBR600RR is a little more expensive than some of the competition, but you’re buying race quality parts, not just an image. Full retail price for the CBR600RR is $11,799, which is actually a few hundred dollars cheaper than the R6, the Yamaha equivalent.
2017 Honda CBR600RR Changes
Not much has changed between the 2016 and 2017 model, but it was top of the pile to start with, so as the old saying goes; ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
The new color scheme (just one solitary color in the U.S.) is Black & Red for 2017. The design of the bike takes inspiration from the RC213V MotoGP racer, and when you see them side by side, you definitely see the family resemblance; Honda claim that it is race tested and aerodynamically designed.
As part of the race inspiration, there is a HESD system fitted; Honda Electronic Steering Damper, much more accurate than the steering dampers of old, which only had one setting. This new damper works in conjunction with the smart electronics on the bike, the system monitors such things as throttle position, gear and even lean angle to select the best setting at any given time, and it works.
2017 Honda CBR600RR Specs
Powering this little 600 is a 599cc inline four, which pushes out 113 BHP, certainly enough to get you out of (or in to!) trouble. It uses the technically advanced PGM-DSFI fuel injection system to give an even spread of power throughout the rev range.
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