The Honda CBR600RR, the benchmark for modern middleweights. For years, we've rambled on about why Honda Thailand didn't sold the Honda CBR600RR in Thailand, it now seems that this will change soon.
From an international view there's nothing new on the 2010 Honda CBR600RR – unless you count details in the paint job. Our model is orange/black, not black as or red as we where hopping. Honda's control feel is excelled; it's as though Honda's R&D engineers examined every man/machine interface and fine-tuned them for maximum ergonomic efficiency. Probably because they did. The fuel tank is a bit fat if we compare it to the Yamaha YZF-R6 – the only other real sport bike available in the same class, spreading the rider's legs farther apart than on the Yamaha; and the seat is high, the handle bars and windscreen low. But aside from those nitpicks, life is good on the Honda CBR600RR on the street.
The Honda CBR600RR also does quite well on the racetrack, thank you very much. Benefiting from some weight saving in the engine, exhaust system, and chassis – the Honda CBR600RR continues to remain the lightest bike in the super sport class.
And thanks in part to the 41mm inverted HMAS cartridge front fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability and dual radial-mounted Mono-block four-piston calipers with 310mm discs front brakes, the CBR600RR now handles much more like a sport machine: solid and stable, with neutral but slightly heavy steering. It definitely turn-in quicker than any other motorcycle.
On the Honda CBR600RR you sit closer to the handlebars than on most other sportbikes, though, and more on top of the motorcycle rather than down inside. The CBR600RR is a tidy package that traces its layout to the MotoGP racers.
The 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine, with 40mm throttle bodies PGM-DSFI (Dual Stage Fuel Injection) performance is remarkable. The Honda engine is a screamer, making peak power at higher revs (13,500rpm) than most other sport motorcycles. Power then tails off to the 15,000rpm redline...
Honda just revealed its price, and if our information is correct, the Honda CBR600RR will be the cheapest real sportsbike in Thailand. Lets all keep our fingers crossed...