The 2003 CBR600RR was based on technologies used in the Honda RC211V MotoGP bike, and was given a similar appearance. It was the first Honda to use Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, a variant on the single rear shock absorber with the upper mount connected to the rear swingarm subframe to help isolate undesirable forces transmitted to the steering head. It also was the first to use Honda's Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI): both were taken directly from the RC211V. Honda said that the use of its new 'Hollow Fine Die Cast' frame technology, in which sand casting molds were given a ceramic interior coating, made it possible to reduce the thickness of the five-piece aluminum frame from 3.5 mm to 2.5 mm.
In 2005, the CBR600RR received a major revision with new bodywork, fully adjustable inverted front forks, disc brakes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers, and a 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 brought CBR600RR's wet weight down by 10.0 kg (22 lb), and dry weight by 4.1 kg (9 lb). The 2006 model was unchanged from the 2005 model.
The frame was lighter and more compact than the 2006 CBR600RR. The handling of the new bike was 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 was 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, brakes and chassis all appear to be carried over from the existing machine; with the 41mm manually-adjustable Showa big piston forks now protruding through the yokes a further 15mm for a more naturally sporty stance and 150g shaved off the weight of the rear swingarm.
Away from the new front end, the bike retains its under-seat exhaust, which has been a staple of the CBR600RR since its inception in 2003. Alongside similar exhausts, the wheels, frame and swingarm also appear to be taken from the current model, visible in a number of clips both on track, as well as static imagery.
Drawing upon knowledge from its RC212V MotoGP race bike, Honda used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to study airflow around the CBR. Changes to the bodywork have resulted in a 6.5-percent reduction in aerodynamic drag. Compared to its predecessor, the new bike has more sculpted curves and fewer sharp edges, with distinctive new headlights that help guide air into the central ram-air intake. With fewer high-pressure areas on the bike, Honda claims that handling is more agile, and EPA fuel economy has increased from 40 to 44 mpg (I recorded 35.4 mpg during about 100 miles of mixed riding). So impressive were the results that Honda R&D incorporated what it learned into the design of the new RC213V MotoGP race bike.
2013 Honda CBR600RR ABSBase Price: $11,490Price As Tested: $12,490Website: powersports.honda.comEngine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line four, DOHC, 4 valves per cyl.Displacement: 599ccBore x Stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mmTransmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated wet clutchFinal Drive: O-ring chainWheelbase: 53.9 in.Rake/Trail: 23.5 degrees/3.9 in.Seat Height: 32.3 in.Claimed Wet Weight: 432 lbs. (as tested)Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gals., warning light on last 0.9 gal.Average mpg: 35.4
There are plenty of reviews of this bike but I wanted to add mine as I'm a lighter rider so might add something for others in a similar position.So I'm 30 years old, 5'8" on a good day but I weight 50kg or 8 stone. The seat height is on paper higher than my 98 fireblade but a better profile so easy to get boots on the ground. Pushing it around works up a sweat but it's not overly difficult when resting it against your hip.With my curvy wife on the back, we are talking over 400kgs. I'm planning on throwing some camping gear in the 3 boxes so that will take that to as close as makes no difference half a ton. On the move the bird is a real peach but after 2 weeks I do have to think about junctions a little more with the wife on the back due to the weight. The hydraulic clutch which is extremely smooth but removes all feeling doesn't help. Time and miles will remove this minor issue I'm sure. 4 stars because the game has moved on since this thing was new but as an affordable, wife friendly motorbike to explore Scotland on, there isn't much better.
i have had 36 road bikes in 19 years of riding ....in this i have had an NSR250 gull arm ..my first proper bike....it stands out...i have had every incarnation of the fireblade except the current tiny model....i have had a Hayabusa and 3 GSXR1000....loved them all K6 is a stand out one but the paint quality was pretty bad...have had 3 R1's...the o6 model was simply beautifull....but at 40 i have worked my way back onto my 2nd Blackbird....they are super smooth and comfortable...i do trackdays on mine and take my son on the back...i have 2 teeth up on the back so it goes like a bullet from the off...its raised 6mm at the rear has an upgraded rear shock and ohlins internals in the front .....ok i know purests maybe wont like this but its my bike and now it does everything fantastically...well maybe not the brakes but its heavy and well i am 6ft 4 and 19 stone so it aint mr hondas fault ....but what else is there?..nothing does the job of this bike as well.....yes there are bikes a lot faster but lets be honest we dont need to be doing more on the road than 176mph really lol....yes there are maybe more comfortable and better kitted....but mine in 2001 with 38000 miles and cost me £2350.....thats what i used to spend each year just to have a new model....so there i love mine and wish Honda hadnt ditched the inline 4 super tourer....i had a 2010 white and black vfr...great bike but its vibey it has very little guts and i had no feel of the front end....so give us a 2013 Blackbird please ....
I feel compelled to add to this list of fine reviews because I have to add that it is possible to pick up a £2500 Bird with low miles and it feel better than a £11000 2010 Blade. Now these are just my humble opinions so please no one get upset, and I do love fireblades, I had a 97 model.I booked a test drive on a 2010 Blade last August and rode the Bird to the dealers. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and I had the Blade for as long as I wanted. I did about 80 miles on fast A and B cornish roads (no speed cameras)I had a great time. Took the Blade back, got on the Bird to ride home on the same roads.The Bird felt better, faster, punchier, more stable and had more room, could still get my knee down and has better tank range. I couldn't contain my delight knowing I was riding the best bike in the world.Tip: The best mod for a Bird is to dump the original exhausts and fit a 4-1 titanium system, this loses 23 kilos overnight, this along with a 6mm riser on the rear shock utterly transforms the Bird and brings it bang up to date.
i bought a 1997 blackbird 5 yrs ago and absolutly loved it, the trips to the shops or the runs across uk and europe where an absolute pleasure, the riding position is great for me and the power WOW its there when you need it just twist the throttle and the speedo will soon fly up past 100mph, unfortunalty a nameless idiot ie my brother decided to reverse his van uff the drive and trash my bird, ( we still talk just lol )i am now the owner of a 2000 fi bird and again she is faultless absolute pure riding and adrenaline building machine, i have just finished her winter clean up, NEW BEARINGS ALL AROUND, FULL SET OF GOODRIDGE BRAKE AND CLUTCH LINES, CALIPERS RECONDITIONED, VALVES AND SHIMS CHECKED, NEW PROGRESSIVE FORK SPRINGS, NEW REAR SHOCK, NEW CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, NEW BRIDGESTONES, NEW BRAKE DISCS ALL AROUND, AND A SNAZY NEW LED TAIL LIGHT WITH BUILT IN INDICATORS, AS WELL AS A NEW HM PLANT REPLICA PAINT JOB, AND A FEW OTHER BITS,my bird now rides and handles like a brand new one fresh from the factory and i look forward to many thousands of miles on her and many more trips to the tt and europe, all parts where from david silva spares , all brand new genuine honda parts, total cost of work was £2000, money well spent ,my bird is a legend ......
I bought a sweet looking mat black 2004 model about 5 months ago and after riding a 1200 Bandit for 5 years I felt that it was time to step up to hyperbike status. Hyperbike just about sums this machine up, but the amazing thing about the XX is just how user friendly it is for everyday riding. You can pootle about at 30 mph no problem at all, and you could be forgiven for thinking you are riding a 750 commuter as it hides all its mass so well. Pull onto a motorway slip road however, and let the revs run up over 5k and all of a sudden you are the only thing in the universe that is moving. There is a moments blur as the fluids in your eye balls try to adjust to the sudden gee forces and then you are half a mile away from where you last blinked. I had read reviews that described the XX as being 'comfortable' but unfortunately I suffer from a permanent shoulder injury and the riding position is just on the wrong side of sporty for me. 2 hours riding leaves me in agony, but this is due to my condition and not the bike itself, but I'd recommend anyone over 35 who has even the slightest back or shoulder twinges to make sure they go on a long test ride first. Don't just go once around the block and happily throw all your cash at the dealer like I did, as this bike needs to be actively ridden at all times, you can't just sit back and enjoy the view as that would mean riding no handed (which this bike can do quite well it's so stable).Alas for me the pain in my shoulder tempers the joy of riding this machine, so I am trading it in for brand new 1250 Bandit, but such is the snail-like depreciation of this bike that I only had to hand over a few hundred quid to swap a 4 year old bike for a brand sponner. 2b1af7f3a8