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Iv had more bikes than I can remember, and none come close to my current cbr600f4i for doing everything.
Its got a "center Stand" remember those ? Damm usefull things, very easy to slash 30kilos of a bike, just throw away all the usefull things. Proper seat for the pillions you "will" eventually take.
Enough power to keep up with all but the top spec latest tackle, and if its well ridden, quick enough to simply "keep up" period.
Really good handling when fully loaded as mine is often. Take my kids everywhere on it as I hate sitting in traffic and so do they.
I also have a cbr600 fx track bike which looks like a banger.....is is a banger, still keeps up in the fast group providing its not the day before a race (hem hem).
They hold their price better than most bikes, had mine from new in 04 and its still worth about £3000.
Reliability is simply a given ! not let me down once, I take it to get serviced and it just keeps going in return.
Wish it had the same performance and did 60mpg but you can't have everything.
I occasionally lust after a big twin again like a sp2, but I simply would end up as a toy or track bike.
Toured spain 3 times on mine, its an easy bike to rack up the miles on and be reasonably comfy on, funny though whilst going through twisty mountain roads its blissfully comfy for hours, and on motorways about a tank full is enough.
hi there, im a 20 year old female, frm the birmingham area.
i passed my full test in july 2010, however i had already purchased my bike feb of that year, i had only started riding in august 2009... (even though my passion for bikes goes back a lot further) when i began on my 125, i reaalised that it wasn't enough to satisfy my hunger for motorcycling.. so i decided to take my full test, i was shopping around for a bike (i didnt want to pass and be dissapointed at having no bike.....) and found myself in CMC cannock (highly reccomeneded)..(although, not for any service work...)
after looking around aand a number of return trips, i finally settled on a yellow cbr 600fi 2001. with only 9.000 miles on the clocks, and hardley a mark on her, i couldnt fault it. i knew i wanted a honda but i wasnt sure what size, model... the only problems i encountered were the height and at times the weight of the bike (i am 5.2) :) however CMC lowered and toned the bike for me (excellent) and my freinds have removed the centerstand, installed an alarm, and generally made it perfect for me...
6 months on, and i still get excited to go out and ride (bumble bee)-(its yellow with black stripes.. can you blame me?)
i love that in the bends she performs well and can handle the speed, i love to try and push it further everytime i ride... little bit twitchy in wet weather, and on a frosty morning, i'd suggest walking. however in the ssummer months i can only imagine what kind of kick ass fun im going to have!
deffo reccomend this for a beginner big bike, and deffo for any women who think they cant own a bigger bike, im small and dont have a lot of muscle... if i can do it, anyone can,!
The Honda CBR was and still is my first bike, after 2 years of passing I still have the same CBR only because it has never let me down. It gets ridden to the redline every time its out and it never fails.
I passed my direct access 2 Julys ago, 3 days later a group of friends and I went a light hearted run, and it turns out I wasn't up to scratch and I crashed shattering my left elbow and doing the same to my right wrist, but the bike... had a grand total of a broken wing mirror and a cracked side fairing from the crash. Now I have to admit I was expecting more damage to the bike but these bikes are so well built and so sturdy that's the reason its still here with me and still runs like the first day I bought it.
Performance wise the bike is excellent gives other bikes in the same league a thrashing; I've raced r6s and thunder cats both of which the CBR was quicker.
The bike has a very comfortable riding position which is what actually attracted me to the CBR in the first place. I had ridden R1's and ZX9Rs both the riding position was very sore on the arms and wrists on long trips where as on the CBR your further back behind the bars instead of right on top of them, which means its able to be ridden longer without your arms hurting and also that the steering isn't as twitchy as the other bikes because your not directly above the bars.
The CBR 600F is as you'd have guessed a 599cc bike with an inline four cylinder engine, producing around 100bhp and 50ft/lb of torque. Which for a bike of its size is pretty good, the only down side is the CBR weights in at 189kg which is pretty heavy compared to some of the newer bikes on the market. The bike is rated at having a top speed of 155mph but I've seen more than that on a few occasions on track days.
Overall very good learners bike and beginners bike, but even after that it's a very good comfortable sports bike, which I would recommend to anyone.
It was May 2005, one of the warmest, driest summers was just around the corner. Soft, sticky tarmac beckoned, it was time for me to trade in my tired old 400 bandit for something a bit newer and quicker.
So I was faced with the decision of the many sports 600's available. The R6? Bit too revvy for the sort of road riding I do. The ZX6-R? Likewise. Which left me with the rather tacky feeling GSX-R600, or the CBR600 catagory. No contest really.
The CBR's at that time came in a variety of different guises. The standard F model is the one I opted for. It was red, white and blue, and had a nice comfortable seat and riding position, in comparison to the F-sport and the recently introduced and now superceeding CBR600RR.
So the CBR600F it is then. The first thing you notice when you cock a leg over the CBR is that it's not quite as racy in ride position as it looks. It's comfortable, perhaps it doesn't quite have the all day comfort of the VFR, but it comes pretty damn close. My weight was spread evenly through seat and bars, so after a few hours in the saddle there were a few generalised aches and pains, but no severe pressure points. This means that on a long tour, after a quick rest for a coffee you can get back on and do it all over again.
Thumb the starter and the CBR is remarkably civilised. Mine had a Remus exhaust on, but even with that it ticked over with a nice quiet burble, just hinting at what the bike's capable of. The first thing I noticed was the lack of vibration. Honda's 598cc inline four is so unbelievably smooth that if it weren't for the noise, you'd hardly know it was running.
Once you get going at a steady pace, you realise how comfortable the engine is with just cruising around in what is most likely the wrong gear. You can trundle along in 4th quite happily at 25-30mph and still just about have the torque to get a shift on without having to change down. It's great round town, the clutch is light and the fueling is spot on, resulting in expert-like throttle control, even for those of a ham-fisted disposition.
It really is a bike that anyone can ride smoothly. It'll help out and nurture those just starting out, and at the same time it'll flatter an expert rider. If this thing could go off road (and it probably could if I didn't get sticky tyres on it), I really think it'd be the best motorcycle ever built. Honda's build quality is second to none, and the bike just oozes quality. Yes it seems rather plasticy on appearance, but at least it's good quality Honda plastic! There were no rattles to speak of, and the bike really just does the job it was intended to do, and rather well. It's even got a reserve fuel gauge, nestled in the digital speedo, just next to it's nice clear rev counter.
But enough of that. Reading that first part would make anyone think that this is just some sort of all rounder. A Fazer or a bandit of some description. But no. Oh no. Don't let that comfy riding position and gentle throttle control fool you, this is a sports bike.
OK so the power and revs are rather linear, but there is still a noticable boost in performance once you get over the 6000 revs mark. The bike goes from being a comfy sport tourer to being somewhat of an all out racer. The engine gets so lively that it'll get the front wheel up in no time. It's beautifully controlled by that fueling again, but it's just got a sense of urgency to it, and while I don't like to admit to such tomfoolery, I never really found another rider who could keep up! If you so wish, this bike will do 70mph in first gear. It'll go on to well in excess of 160mph too.
So it's fast. At over 100bhp of course it will be. The thing weighs about 180kg dry, it flies. But that's not all. That 180kg is carried so well, the bike is perfectly balanced. All the weight seems to be held right in the center of the bike, both in height and length. Cornering is effortless, however still involving enough to never get tiring. You'll be dragging knees and toes on every dry roundabout if you feel so inclined, and thanks to that perfect balance, beautiful suspension and hopefully a decent set of tyres (I found Contisport attacks to be brilliant), you'll be giggling like a schoolgirl every time you go out on the thing. Oh and even if you go too far, just lean it over and hope for the best. The CBR will handle it, seriously.
Of course, what's a decent bike without good brakes. These things will quite happily pull your face off given half a chance. There's loads of feel there too, but if you need to stop in a hurry, those big twin discs on the front will do that without a worry. The only brakes I've found that are better are on the servo assisted BMW's, and bear in mind that the Honda's not servo assisted.
So overall then, it's wonderful, for beginner and expert alike. Damn, I'm actually quite smitten. Why oh why did I ever get rid of it. I want my CBR back! That'll be me looking through the MCN classifieds this afternoon then.
Well i passed my test in March 2008 through the DAS course. I had already purchased the bike a week before my test and was eager to get going.
I was out on my CBR600F (2000) within the hour after a quick phone call to the insurance company. Although i was taking it easy i found the bike excellent to ride in town and on the country roads.
Now I've got 4 months experience and i'm still loving this bike although i did lose out for 3 weeks due to an exhaust problem. The downpipes were rusty (original mild steel exhaust) and so i then bought a set of stainless steel ones. I thought this would be an easy job for a mechanic removing 8 header bolts and fitting the new one but the bolts were stuck solid into the engine block. Managed to get 5 out but 3 sheared off which resulted in drilling them out and re-tapping the holes. My point is beware of buying a second hand CBR with rusty downpipes.
Now that's behind me i've now got my bike back on the road and loving it!! It's sounding better than ever and riding great. I've never heard anyone say a bad word about the performance and handling of a CBR600 yet. The bike is also well suited for passengers. Would recommend it to anyone...but watch out for the downpipes on a second hand model!!!
I passed my DAS in July 2007 and researched bikes based on looks performance rideability and cost. I finally came to the conclusion that the CBR 600F was the only bike for a new rider who wants to safely ride with street cred.
I had never rode a bike before my 7 half day lessons which equates to about 28 hours of riding and at leaset 6 of those hours was on a 125cc moped with no gears. The point being I am (was) a novice when I was looking for a bike after passing my test and I was advised not to get a sports bike by most non riders, however i read magazines and reviews which all said the CBR 600F was a good learner bike so I went with my gut instinct and brought a 2005 silver model.
I did all the HPI checks, drove over 275 miles from london to Newcastle to pick it up and was too scared to test ride it when I got there, nerves got the better of me, but still purchased it with good faith from the seller that it was a good ride.
I was loaded into th van and i kept stopping to open the back because the datatool alarm kept going off and I hadnt asked how to disable it. i read the manual to put it in service mode and 3 and a half hours later finally got it home.
The next day I couldnt wait to try it out my excitement and nervs were mixed but i knew i had to concentrate on the road.
I turned the ignition on and watched in ore as the digital speedo went from 0 - 165 mph at the same time as the rev counter flicked to maximum and back. I pressed the ignition start switch and flicked the accellorator and just listened in ore as the counter went up to 5k revs and back in a split second.
The engine warms and the display indicated that the engine was at 35 degrees, it steadily rose as the engine got warmer.
I was ready to ride and the moment of truth had arrived.
I was not disapointed the engine noise through the exsaust was awsome the clutch and accellorator worked together to transmit the power to the finely balanced gearbox.
The bike rides like a dream. I was too scared to give it too much revvs however the sense of power was there> wasent even trying and I was catapullted from 0 - 50 in about 4 seconds.
I have read that the official 0 -60 is 3.1 seconds.
I have been riding for 4 months now and can say that the bike is the best thing I have ever brought. It looks stunning, its power is breathtaking and monouverability nimble.
My advise to any exprienced or new rider is, get one they rock!
So at 35 i decided to do my direct access course. Passed it in Nov '06 (what a rush) and immediately started looking for a bike. Now any other prospective bike hunters out there beware, it ain't nothing like buying a car. Take someone with you, the first bike you see might look great but have been thrashed to death by it's previous owner.
I digress, this is about the CBR600, which i bought over the ZX6R purely because it was a) near mint b) standard c) cost less. Now i've only had this bike for 2 weeks and i've been out on it twice, but to any 'newbie' riders it's a great first big bike and ticks all the right boxes. I find it very forgiving.. admittedly i haven't thrown it in any corners (because the weathers crap) but i have tried pulling away in the wrong gear and it happily will. It's reliable, cost next to nothing to fill up and makes you feel young again (unless you already are of course). Insurance is ok.. i pay £275 TPFT, Zero no claims and an SP30.
I was very concerned about riding height. I'm 5'6" and can touch the floor with my toes.. but DONT WORRY about this. Don't forget you'll be covering the rear brake at the lights so can put more of your left foot down. The bike's fine for me.
Performance..? Well i've read loads about this. The specs quote 3.1sec to 60. All i can say is i haven't opened it up yet. I did try, the rev's hit about 7k bike lurched forward and i shat myself and let off the throttle. Just in case you think i'm not used to a bit of speed, i do drive a Nissan Skyline!
To summarise, i highly recommend this bike to anyone. Adjustable suspension, MPG my car wouldn't achieve on idle, probably frightening performance (for a newbie), and reliability.. what more do you want?
Ride safe though !
First bike after passing my test and most certainly not a disappointment. I bought a low milage 96 model and have been amazed with its versatility and ability to cope with an absolute novice !! There is plenty of power when you need it and stops on a sixpence . The bike is low maintenance and easy to do the basics at home if you are even the most inexperienced machanic.I will give it a year and then look at replacing with a newer CBR.
I no longer have my CBR. I just don't have the time for bikes anymore - if I had one it would sit in the garage unused week after week, month after month - so there's no point owning one. But I used to have a CBR600FS that, in the days BC (Before Children), was second in my affections only to my now wife. That bike taught me how to ride fast AND safe. It showed me how much fun you could have by yourself(!!!!!). It took me to places that I would never have seen if I had not had it. I'm not sure that I would have another one, even if I had time for it - I think I've outgrown sportsbikes anyway. Maybe something like a V-Raptor or a Monster would be more fitting. But I'll never regret buying that bike, and I'll never forget the fun I had with it and the places I went on it, nor the company I kept at the time. If you are under 40 and want a bike that'll do virtually everything and do it well, you won't go wrong with a CBR6. Which model you ask? Any of 'em'll do!
on march 1st i traded my boyhood dream haley davidson in for a brand new 2003 cbr600f3. i was fed up with sitting on a vibrator and going slow, if you wanted looks, fantastic wanna get p****d off with getting overtaken by scooters buy one. anyways, i toyed with the idea of getting a cbr, i had never really had a "supersports" before, so decided to go for the cbr. all i can say is....WOW! im no tech head or anything like that nor am i what you would call an experienced rider, but with this machine is a dream come true. i have just come back from a ride where i went over the 300 mile mark, i can now open the beauty up! the noise, the acceleration is just a dream. the breaks most importantly are fantastic. i just have to "run myself in" with getting used to bein in a more sporty position...after 60-70 miles..my wrists do suffer a bit..but as im nearly 40...i put it down to me gettin old!!!!..if anyone is considering buying a cbr600...i would say go for it. it is so forgiving...looks absolutley stunning (mines all black with silver decals), and will give you miles and miles of sheer fun!!!i got off the bike 30 mins ago...i'm still grinning!!!!!!!
In the late 70's I owned a Suzuki GS750DB which was a pretty awesome bike in 1977. Like all good things it came to an end. Many years later 1998 to be exact I bought a second hand Aprilia 650 Pegaso, which I thought was everything I wanted in a motorcycle, wrong. Two test rides round the block before purchasing proved to me you don't know what you want in such a short ride. This bike was nice but wasn't for me. Enter the Honda. I traded the Pegaso in against a CBR600F-Y (2000 model) I should have got one years back. This bike is everything I wanted. Although I've only owned her for two weeks I feel I've known her all my life. I have been able to tootle round town (something the Pegaso didn't like) and open her up in the country. One problem I encountered was the handling. The Michelin tyres were squared off at the back and had a series of flats on the front. This caused the bike to weave on straights as it picked up longditudinal ripples in the tarmac, a sort of white lining effect. On Tuesday I had her re-shod with a new pair of Bridgestones. On leaving the garage the bloke told me to let the tyres scrub in over at least 100 miles. I unfortunately gave the bike a bit of welly over a steel manhole cover 20 yards from the garage. The back end of the bike shot round from under me, it was like coming off on black ice. I was totally caught out and ended up skidding up the road after the bike. I'm on crutches but can't wait to get out and on the Honda again, it's that good. Purchase one, I'm glad I did.
It was quite a number of years since I had been biking to any great extent. All my old Pals were still or back into bikes, so what to get? It needed to be quick enough to get the adrenalin flowing, safe enough for an old fart and reliable. I looked at all the current "sports" 600's. Yamaha's R6, Kawasaki's ZX6R, Suzuki's GSXR600 and the Honda CBR600. I almost forgot, it needed to be comfortable to ride. I didnt bother with test rides, just sitting on these pocket rockets was enough. The only one that felt right straight from the beginning was the Honda. Fabulous reliability, my Dealer was so helpful and professional it made the buying experience trouble free. The bike turned out to be all I expected and more, most reports say there is a flat spot around 5,000 rpm, not on my bike. Just seamless smooth power, fantastic acceleration and brakes that were good but I always thought they could have a bit more bite. Handling was excellent balancing a good ride with roadholding, easy to wear out those hero blobs on the foot pegs. I did a few long rides and was pleased to have made the right choice. One long ride did show up what I consider to be a major fault, the lights. Mine were appalling. Particularly on dip beam. I wasn't able to keep up with my friends once the sun had set. I did buy a special Piaa bulb from Demon Tweaks and that improved matters considerably, but night time riding was always severely hampered. 2002 and time for a new bike, what did I get? Another CBR600 but a new sport version this time. If I have another comment on the CBR600 FX, its that it looks boring, compare it to all the other supersport bikes and it doesnt look half as sporty. I think the new sport version fixes that, I hope the new twin headlights are better too. So if you are 'young' get an R6 but if you are more mature with that stiffening in the joints get the CBR. Although on the road theres not much in it. So when the Sport gets on
to the road after March, I'll write a report on that. This is just a brief opinion from an actual owner, that I would hope gives a prospective buyer some small idea of whether people who have owned one liked it or not. If you need full specs on height, width, length, bulb wattage, tyre pressures etc then please get a brochure from your Honda Dealer. A complete professional road test can be obtained from MCN. They even compare it on a joint test with other 600's something I couldnt do.
I bought my CBR600F brand new 5 months ago, so far it has impressed me with every single ride, I'm relatively new to bikes, having only passed my test 1 year ago, i rode a SV650s for 7 months then thought it was time for something a bit sportier and a bit quicker, and boy is it quicker, this bike is astounding, i couldn't believe the performance of it, I thought performance like this only came with R1/Fireblade on the side, the handleing is amazing to. I choose the 600f as I wanted a bike with performance and handleing, yet could do the mile munching in comfort, it does both with the greatest of ease, another thing that impresses me is the fact its the only bike in its class with a centre stand, a god send when changing tyre's or adjusting the chain. I have also found it to be very good on tyre's i managed over 4000 miles on the original Bridgstone's. If anyone out there wants a do everything bike you have to look no further than this bike, its composed over long distances yet can keep up with the big boys when on a blast. This bike is economical to, returning 42mpg general riding or 35 when on a blast. Am i impressed with this bike i sure am, can I have another
Its no wonder the CBR600 is one of the best selling motorbikes ever made. The bike is so easy to ride - either as a commuter or as a weekend sports bike. It certainly holds its own on track days. The perfect bike for a relative novice who wants to start getting quicker. There are no nasty surprises, very neutral steering and smooth power. It could be described as a bit boring if you're after the top end rush of a narrow power band but the CBR6 is deceptively fast because it is so smooth. Reliability is the usual Honda standard - ie better than the rest - and the finish is very good quality. As there are so many around, you can always repair them cheaply as there are plenty of spare parts at the breakers. Despite recent changes, the CBR6 has never been the sexiest looking bike and that is probably the biggest crticism of it over the years. If you're racing one, make sure you drain the water if its outside in the cold. I know of three bikes that have required new engines after they froze over night. They could be especially Susceptible to this.
The CBR600F is probably one if not the most enduringly popular motorcycle on sale in Britain today and over the last 10 years or so. I rode the 92 model for a number of years and found it to be the most versatile bike I had ever ridden. This bike is perfect for those long hot summer days when you just want to blast through the open countryside, or spend a day at the track getting your knee down, or for those who want to commute it behaves wonderfully in traffic. The thoughtful guys at Honda have even put a decent size seat and well-positioned grab rails so you can carry a passenger in comfort. History The CBR600 was launched in 1987 and underwent a face-lift in 91 to a sleeker more racey look. Since then minor revisions in 94 and 96 bought it up to date with a major overhaul in 1999 to increase the power and give it tighter handling for the track this included ditching the steel frame and adding a twin duct ram air system even added a few more hps. The Bike The CBR600F is a race styled bike its smooth lines giving it a more rounded shape than equivalent bikes in the range. The wide variety of colours available will satisfy the most picky of riders but beware the faring is only surface painted and the slightest ding results in a nasty white gash. The riding position is designed to suit all styles of riding allowing the rider to lay flat over the tank for those racing moments or to “sit up and beg” for the more sedate touring ride. The faring and screen provide little protection in this position so when it rains get low and stay drier! The bike is a fairly big bike the seat height standing at 810mm and weighing in at 170kg it is not suited to the smaller rider but the alternative is the CBR400 which provides a lighter smaller solution but still as much fun. As I have already mentioned the seat is big and comfortable enough to carry two and the grab handles and rear pegs ma
ke for a comfortable passenger position. With a tank bag and rear pannier style bag attached I managed to use mine on several occasions for weekend touring, although the then girlfriend moaned about lack of room for her hairdryer!!!! The Mechanics The engine is a liquid cooled 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valve fuel injected unit. Delivering a top speed of 130 miles an hour although this has been increased in more recent models and I read somewhere the 2000 model has a top speed of 162mph. The throttle is highly responsive but there is a lull around 5000rpm although this can be cured with some minor modifications including a Dynojet kit and modified carbon silencer, which also allegedly adds some HP to the top end. Maximum performance is gained around 7000rpm and I defy anyone not to have the biggest grin riding this bike! The gear change through the 6 speed box is very slick with none of the clunking associated with some of the competitor models on the market. The bike is bought to a stop with 296mm front dual hydraulic disc and a 220 mm hydraulic disc at the rear. A word of advice, when wet hitting the brakes hard can result in the rider sliding forward on the seat and making contact with the tank, with somewhat painful conclusions as I found much to my regret one Sunday morning. Alas walked like John Wayne for a few days! The suspension provides a smooth ride but is tight enough to push this bike to the riders limit. There is nothing this bike cannot handle when ridden hard and there is never a feeling of discomfort even the rear wheel sliding out when cornering hard feels controlled and is easy to recover….please note I only ever tried that on a track and would never suggest riding the bike to that limit on the road. The 140 mile range on the petrol tank provides enough scope for those who love touring, my only criticism being that like most sports bikes there is no fuel gauge, many riders will n
ot agree with me on this point but my personal preference is a gauge rather than the obligatory peering into the tank at the start of the journey. Apparently this has been voted the most reliable bike of the decade by the trade publication CAP Green Book. Buying Expect to pay around £5000 for a good low mileage 99 model. Earlier models such as the 92 are still priced around £3500 for a clean low mileage bike but do check them over carefully. Look under the faring and check for touch ups and spraying. The ram air ducts are prone to blockage so check the filters. Check also the radiator and ensure it is water tight as these are prone to this from stone chips. The weakest part of this bike is the front mudguard that splits if the nuts are over tightened, this is covered in the Honda warranty on later models but can be very annoying on earlier bikes. These bikes are rarely used for courier work but it is still best to buy from a Honda Dealer or get a professional check carried out before you buy. A check for outstanding finance from a company such as HPI is also advisable. MCN offer this service also. Please check out the insurance before you buy these are no longer cheap bikes to insure nor are spares particularly cheap although with the Honda reliability requirements for spare parts are negligible unless you crash!!! Conclusion This bike is amazing I loved it to pieces alas it had to be sold when I bought my flat and I feel lost and lonely without it. Versatile enough to cope with all riding styles and conditions yet fast and responsive enough to outperform most other bikes in its class. Its performance and handling are just grin inducing. Its looks turn heads and the roar from the tuned engine is perfection. My advice get your leathers on get your leg over and feel this bike if you area not smiling after 5 minutes on this bike then call the Samaritans!!! <br> WARNING A friend of mine has just had his bike stolen so I thought I would advise those of you thinking of buying this or any other bike. Get it data tagged or a tracker device fitted along with an alarm and auto arming immobiliser. This is going to add about £500 but may just stop your bike going for a ride without you. The other thing is to chain your bike to something using a very thick chain to stop the thieves putting into the back of a van. It is a shame we have to go to these lengths but hey better your bike is still with you at the end of the day <br>