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Honda's race-bred CBR600RR in SA

2013-05-13 14:13

HONDA’S MOTOGP DNA: The new CBR600RR gives SA riders access to track performance derived from Honda’s MotoGP expertise.

The Honda CBR600RR represented a great leap forward for the 600cc Supersport class when it was launched in 2003. Now it's been updated...

"Building on the MotoGP-specced the RC211V," Honda SA says, "the CBR600RR not only redefined performance parameters on the road with its flexible, yet high-revving engine and pin-sharp handling, but also went on to win the FIM World Supersports championship six years in a row."

According to Honda the 2013 CBR600RR has “improved race-track performance for riders of all experience levels".


The new bike's styling is a blend of Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP race bike with aerodynamic cues taken from the 2011 RC212V.

The front suspension has had the lion’s share of the improvements as Honda bolstered the bike’s handling with an adjustable, inverted front fork with a 41mm diameter inner tube. This larger-diameter piston gives a 3.5 times larger pressure-bearing area for precise damping without delay from the initial phase, resulting in a more comfortable ride.

According to Honda: “Riding on ordinary roads is more comfortable than before and when the bike is taken to the limit on a track, there’s an improved sense of connection with the tarmac when braking.”

The rear suspension has no shock top-mount on the frame, a system unique to Honda. The shock mounts to the upper part of the swingarm and the lower link, operate independently of swingarm movement. This allows for better stability when cornering and delivers more traction and turning ability.

Continued development of the Unit Pro-Link system has resulted in much better low speed performance, Honda adds.

The CBR600RR’s frame is constructed of twin aluminium tubes, the wheel rims are the same 12-spoke design as those on the CBR1000RR, twin 310mm front discs with four-pot calipers and a lightweight single-piston caliper and 220mm rear disc have braking covered.

Its aerodynamic package, Honda says, draws on Honda’s MotoGP machines. The result is 6.5% less drag than the previous model in a normal riding position and 5% less when prone.


Powering the bike is a 599cc, liquid-cooled DOHC quad-valve four-cylinder engine capable of 88kW at 13 500rpm and 66Nm at 11 250rpm. Honda’s engineers focused on throttle response across the entire rev-range rather than improved power and torque.

The DAIS (direct air induction system) channel air directly through the intake situated in the middle of the front fairing (the area subjected to the greatest air pressure) and into the airbox via the steering head duct.

New ECU mapping upgrades the PGM-DSFI (programmed dual sequential fuel-injection system) to optimise power and torque output characteristics.

Honda CBR600RR - R119 900

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