Accommodating the longer swingarm was another reason the CBR1000RR power plant shared nothing with the 954. Shortening the engine compared to the 954 meant rejecting the conventional in-line layout. Instead, engineers positioned the CBR1000RR's crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft in a triangulated configuration, with the countershaft located below the main shaft, dramatically shortening the engine front to back, and moving the swingarm pivot closer to the crankshaft. This configuration was first successfully introduced by Yamaha with the YZF-R1 model in 1998 and inspired superbike design in the following years.
Positioning this compact engine farther forward in the chassis also increased front-end weight bias, an effective method of making high-powered liter bikes less wheelie prone under hard acceleration. This approach, however, also provided very little space between the engine and front wheel for a large radiator. Engineers solved this problem by giving the RR a modest cylinder incline of 28°, and moving the oil filter from its frontal placement on the 954 to the right side of the 1000RR engine. This allowed the RR's center-up exhaust system to tuck closely to the engine.
An all-new ninth-generation RR (SC59), the CBR1000RR was introduced at the Paris International Motorcycle Show on September 28, 2007 for the 2008 model year. The CBR1000RR was powered by an all-new 999 cc (61.0 cu in) inline-four engine with a redline of 13,000 rpm. It had titanium valves and an enlarged bore with a corresponding reduced stroke. The engine had a completely new cylinder block, head configuration, and crankcase with lighter pistons. A new ECU had two separate revised maps sending the fuel and air mixture to be squeezed tight by the 12.3:1 compression ratio. Ram air was fed to an enlarged air box through two revised front scoops located under the headlamps.
1987: First Honda CBR600 introduced. Numerous subsequent changes.1991: Major overhaul of Honda CBR600 with new chassis and updated engine.1994: Update including addition of ram air and larger carbs to provide more low down power.1996: New ignition set up and updated ram air system plus numerous bodywork mods. The Honda CBR600F is now claimed to have a top speed of over 160mph.1998: Complete model update. Changes include new aluminium frame to replace steel one to reduce weight, new aggressive styling and bodywork.2000: Honda CBR600F and CBR600FS launched with fuel injection and minor frame modifications. 2003: Honda CBR600FS model superseded by RR model. Honda CBR600F continues with colour changes only.
I bought this bike as my first bike after passing my test, it's a good solid all rounder but I have found after 5 months and 2500 miles of hard riding that I need more power. There is a definite flat spot about 6k rpm but keep it in the power band and I can keep up with the guys I ride with who have litre bikes. The handling is well balanced and I find I can throw it around the twisties with confidence.
I have this bike for 1 year and a half so far. Im very impressed how "all around" she is. Very very good at everything but not perfect at a single section. I mean sure there are much more powerful machines out there, much better commuters, much greater tourers, bikes with far more greater fuel consumption BUT...CBR600F is 85% of everything! end of story! Thats the advantage of this bike. Excluding off road use (off course) you can do eve-ry-thi-ng! Go to work everyday, travel, race on track, wheelies, burnouts, you name it. Perfect riding position and passenger's too. your girlfriend won't regret traveling with you.
This is a phenomenal bike, the Ultimate machine. But just to be fair lets start with the bad. (There's not much)If not used the battery will go down. When starting the engine revs high for a few mins.The turning circle could be better when weaving through stationery traffic.That's all I got, (And that took some serious brain racking).Now the good. (I'd make yourself comfortable if I were you!!)This is a beautiful bike, stunning to look at, a real head turner.It can suit any style of riding, if your commuting, keeping your revs low and sitting upright with straight arms its perfectly happy and if you choose to bend your arms put your head down and rev the pants out it, it will reward you total power and excitement. Very comfortable for any size rider (and passenger) with loads of leg room. (I'm 6"5)Clear displays with digital speedo/trip comp/reserve fuel gage/clock and clear rev counter and engine temp gage.Both centre and side stand and decent under seat storage makes this bike so practical for everyday use. But its an animal when unleashed with amazing handling. Great security with remote alarm and immobiliser.Stunning reliability and solid body, with servicing this bike will go on forever.
I'm in Australia. Bought this thing (the split seat F4i version, equivalent to the FS in the UK) at 30,000km early in 2010; been riding this thing for 15,0000km since, with just about zero problems.For a sports bike, it is very comfortable posture-wise - leaning forward enough for sports corners, but still upright enough when cruising; it's probably the last of the 600 supersports that was comfortable (I'm 175cm, 80kg). Tall riders (6 foot or more) may find this bike small, but if you're medium like me, it's a great fit. Most of my riding is 200-300km outside metro areas, on weekends.Reliability wise - it's been almost bullet proof. I installed a set of Oxford Hot Hands and cigarette lighter power point (under the seat) - mechanically it was typical Honda - easy to install a relay to control the items I installed above. The fairings are quite easy to remove and reinstall (a service manual off the Internet helps a great deal), giving easy access to most things.Servicing of the bike is quite sraightforward - the fuel tank does have to come off to access the spark plugs, but once there it's fine. I changed my cam chain tensioner (a well known issue on CBR600's in general, but does not affect every bike) once, but the old one was still working fine. The engine "rattle" may just be more a characteristic noise than a problem.Touring wise - it's not as comfortable as a genuine sports tourer, but for a sports bike, it's quite comfortable - I've done 300-500kms a day and not felt sore on my bum or my back.Fuel consumption is around 5-6L per 100km, depending on how you ride it - city use is generally good (5L/100km), on the highway at 110km/h thanks to poor aerodynamics for any bike, it's closer to 5.5L/100km. Still gives a comfortable range of 250km before the reserve light comes on, which is quite a good range if you're in a country like Australia where servos are not necessarily every 10kms ...Engine performance is again very solid - not the torquiest of engines under 3000rpm, but ample enough for general acceleration. Engine spins from 2000rpm smoothly, gets wild at 6000rpm, before going dangerously ballistic at 10,000rpm (redline is about 14,500rpm). If you complain about not having enough power after riding this bike, you need to question your riding, not the bike ...All in all, it's an incredibly fine all rounder, with a good array of features(the dashboard has ample info), such as fully adjustable suspension on the front and back.I fitted an excellent (read affordable!) Renntec sports rack and top box; soft panniers also wrap around the pillion seat quite snugly (I use generic ebay ones; the branded ones I think will work very well too).My last ride was just last week, to the Snowy Ride in the Snowy Mountains - a total 1500kms and the bike did not miss a beat (weather was generally fine, with the odd shower). I felt very comfortable all the way through; the bike took in the long cruising roads very comfortably, but handled the tight roads in the alps just as brilliantly.The biggest test the bike had was a 12-hour ride in unrelenting and blinding storms on the way to the Philip Island Moto GP in 2010 - the bike again did not miss a beat, and the Oxford Hot Hands are STILL working till this day!All in all, if you're after a do-it-all bike that will last almost forever - there's a couple of American riders on the CBR Forum who've been touring on the F4/FS's to beyond 250,000 MILES with no major engine rebuilds ... this is one bike you will not regret. Yes it was "bland" when new, but people forget it was a Honda, which means it's "ideal" now. Find a well serviced one, and go for it.
Purchased my FS2 "2002 FSport" as my first step off of the 125 :D wow what a machine. I use this for my daily commute. It looks like a racer but is still comfy, show it some bends and it feels so agile. Point and Squirt is great fun, I still havent red lined it mainly through fear of sliding of the back, lol.A truely amazing and great handling machine with plenty of power on tap.
As my first big bike i couldn't of made a better choice to start with, it's comfy and easy to ride like a tourer but get the tacho needle up above 8-9 thousand rpm and you'll be able to keep up with it's rivals i.e. the R6, ZX6R and the GSXR600. Althought it is extremely easy to handle i would recommend a steering damper if you live in a village surounded by pot hole covered roads because as soon as you hit the power band you get some god aweful steering wobbles but the damper accompanied with a good set of tires and there shouldn't be anything in the way of giving you a superb ride and because it's honda the bike should be able to keep it's performance long after any of it's rivals!
my cbr 600f gets me to work round the track fun need down sundays anything you want. I admit i want a bigger powered bike but my cbr 600 is not going to leave my garage! it might just get a few friends.
ive had my cbr 600 for a few months now and i don't think i could have picked a better bike,i've only been rideing big bikes for a few years so my expeiriance is ltd its not as quick as its rival sports tourers, but they are certainly a better ride than most,equipment choice is more varied,handling is brilliant,economy is good and the power is just right.In fact the only thing that i could possably pick up on, is when i go to put the indicators on, sometimes i catch the horn, but that could just be my sausage fingers! 2b1af7f3a8