Honda has further listened to customers’ desires in the middle-weight class and reintroduced an all-new version of the much-loved CBR600F. In 1987, Honda defined the middleweight sportsbike category with the launch of the CBR600F-H, a bike renowned for its ability to satisfy most riders’ needs, being both sporty in feel and practical in nature. This machine was developed over the years with a number of different ‘versions’ right up to the CBR600F Sport, although the ‘F’ models ceased production in 2006 as customer focus turned more towards the CBR600RR territory.
More recent feedback however has shown that customers want a machine that carries the performance capabilities of a sports bike but also a do-it-all, practical and versatile attitude. The new for 2011 CBR600F re-injects the ‘all-round’ DNA into the CBR600 family along with a modern and sleek design. The chassis is an aluminum backbone that starts at the swingarm pivot, running up and over the powerplant to the headstock. The motorcycle features the Hornet’s suspension. This uses partially adjustable 41mm USD forks at the front and a partially adjustable monoshok at the back. However, the components have been reworked to deliver a sportier handling.
The motorcycle uses the same engine as the Hornet. This means that the powerplant that is derived from that of the CBR600RR, produces 100 hp at 12,000rpm and a peak torque of 47 lb-ft at 10,500rpm. Braking is the latest technology – Honda’s Combined Anti-Lock Braking System or C-ABS – perfect for giving peace of mind for novice riders or the more experienced. As with the Crossrunner, a number of official Honda accessories will be released with the CBR600F, and launch colours will be Pearl Cool White/Hyper Red, Pearl Cool White/Moody Blue Metallic and Pearl Nightstar Black/Matt Cynos Grey Metallic.