Honda has unveiled the 2024 CBR600RR, a new version of its iconic supersport motorcycle that combines racing performance with street usability. The CBR600RR is one of the most successful bikes in Honda’s history, winning multiple championships and awards since its debut in 2003. The new model aims to continue this legacy by offering a powerful engine, a lightweight chassis, and a sophisticated electronics package.
Engine and Transmission
The heart of the CBR600RR is a liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four engine that produces 120 horsepower at 14,000 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque at 11,500 rpm. The engine is based on the one used in the RC213V-S, a street-legal version of Honda’s MotoGP bike. The engine features dual-stage fuel injection, titanium valves, and a close-ratio six-speed transmission with an assist and slipper clutch. The clutch reduces the lever effort and prevents rear-wheel hop during aggressive downshifts.
The engine also has a quick shifter that allows the rider to change gears without using the clutch or closing the throttle. This feature enhances the acceleration and reduces the lap times on the track. The quick shifter can be adjusted to three sensitivity levels or turned off completely, according to the rider’s preference.
Chassis and Suspension
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR has a light and rigid twin-spar aluminum frame that provides balanced handling and responsive feedback. The frame is paired with a pro-link swingarm that reduces the unsprung weight and improves traction. The suspension system consists of a 43 mm inverted Showa fork at the front and a Showa shock at the rear, both fully adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound damping. The suspension settings can be customized to suit different riding styles and road conditions.
The new CBR600RR also has a single-sided muffler that reduces the weight and improves mass centralization. The muffler has a variable exhaust valve that optimizes the engine's flow and performance. The muffler also has a catalytic converter that meets the Euro 5 emission standards.
Electronics and Safety
The CBR600RR has a full-color TFT LCD that shows the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, and other information. The display also has a lap timer and a shift light that the rider can configure. The display can be switched between two modes: street mode and circuit mode. The street mode shows the basic information, while the circuit mode shows the lap time, the best lap, and the difference from the best lap.
The CBR600RR also has a Honda Smart Key System that allows the rider to start the engine and unlock the seat and the fuel cap without a key. The system also has an answer back function that flashes the indicators and sounds the horn when the rider presses a button on the key fob.
The CBR600RR has a Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system that controls the engine output and the rear wheel slip. The HSTC system has nine levels of intervention, from minimal to maximum, or can be turned off completely. The HSTC system also has a wheelie control function that prevents the front wheel from lifting off the ground during hard acceleration.
The CBR600RR also has a Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) system that adjusts the steering damping according to the speed and acceleration. The HESD system helps maintain the bike's stability and agility at high speeds and corners.
The CBR600RR also has a dual-channel ABS system that prevents the wheels from locking up during hard braking. The ABS system has two modes: sport mode and track mode. The sport mode provides a balanced braking performance for street riding, while the track mode reduces the ABS intervention for more aggressive braking on the track.
Design and Aesthetics
The 2024 Honda CBR600RR has a sharp and aggressive design that reflects its racing DNA. The bike has a dual LED headlight and an LED taillight that enhances visibility and style. The bike also has a large windscreen and a compact fairing that improves aerodynamics and wind protection. The bike also has a MotoGP-inspired winglet on each side of the fairing that generates downforce and improves stability at high speeds.
The new Honda CBR600RR is available in two colors: Grand Prix Red and Matte Black Metallic. The Grand Prix Red color features a tricolor scheme that pays homage to Honda’s racing heritage, while the Matte Black Metallic color features a stealthy look that emphasizes the bike’s muscular lines.
The CBR600RR also has a premium finish and high-quality craftsmanship that showcases Honda’s attention to detail. The bike has a carbon fiber front fender and a titanium fuel tank cap that add a touch of sophistication and exclusivity. The bike also has a Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) logo on the fuel tank and the tail section that signifies its connection to Honda’s racing division.
Price and Availability
The CBR600RR has a suggested retail price of $12,799 in the US and €14,990 (about $17,500) in Europe. The bike is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2024. The bike also comes with a two-year warranty and a roadside assistance service.
The CBR600RR is a limited edition model that will be produced in small quantities. The bike is aimed at enthusiasts and collectors who appreciate the performance and the heritage of the CBR600RR. The bike is also a homologation special used as a base for the World Supersport Championship.
Comparison with Competitors
The CBR600RR is one of the few remaining 600 cc supersport bikes in the market, as most manufacturers have shifted to larger displacement or smaller displacement categories. The main competitors of the CBR600RR are the Yamaha YZF-R6, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, and the Triumph Daytona 765. Here is a comparison table that shows the key specifications and prices of these bikes:
|599 cc inline-four
|120 hp @ 14,000 rpm
|47 lb-ft @ 11,500 rpm
|410 lbs (wet)
|599 cc inline-four
|117 hp @ 14,500 rpm
|45 lb-ft @ 10,500 rpm
|419 lbs (wet)
|Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
|636 cc inline-four
|130 hp @ 13,500 rpm
|52 lb-ft @ 11,000 rpm
|430 lbs (wet)
|Triumph Daytona 765
|765 cc inline-three
|128 hp @ 12,250 rpm
|59 lb-ft @ 9,750 rpm
|363 lbs (dry)
As the table shows, the CBR600RR has a similar power and a lower torque than its rivals but has a lower weight and a higher price. The CBR600RR also has a more advanced electronics package and a more exclusive status than its competitors. The CBR600RR is a niche product that appeals to a select group of riders who value the racing pedigree and the refinement of the Honda brand.
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