Honda CBR600RR launched worldwide

After five years, Honda have finally given a comprehensive update to their middleweight supersports CBR600RR this year. The  2013 Honda CBR600RR gets new front suspension, wheels, Combined ABS (C-ABS) and  a comprehensive styling makeover that is closely in line with its siblings, both bigger and smaller. Although all visible body panesls have gone under the scalpel, the first thing that strikes you is the front fairing. Gone are the sloping headlights with twin air intakes beneath, replaced by a new central air intake splitting a pair of lamps that is bound to divide opinions over its aesthetic appeal.

As tasty as the ’13 iteration of the world’s favourite supersports bikes is, we don’t reckon the CBR600RR will be making its way to our shores anytime soon, thanks to our import policy on big bikes. Still, it never hurts to dream, which is why we have appened Honda’s official press release and spec sheet below:

Press Release:

The lineage behind the CBR600RR boasts ongoing track-tested, championship-winning advancements in form and function that have kept this machine at the forefront of the 600cc Supersport class. This newly redesigned CBR600RR delivers stronger engine output for an elevated level of performance, a brand-new front suspension featuring Honda’s 41mm Big Piston Fork for exceptional handling and supple action, plus all-new MotoGP-inspired bodywork that’s a product of race-tested aerodynamic design. It all adds up to a sportbike that leads the way, whether it’s at the track or just a fun afternoon ride on your favorite backroads.

New for 2013

  • Redesigned, centrally located ram-air intake system and improved ECU and PGM-DSFI setting deliver more power in the midrange and enhanced throttle response in the high-rpm range.
  • New 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) features a larger damper piston that generates damping forces at lower internal pressures to allow for smoother, more responsive fork action. Adjustable for spring preload plus compression and rebound damping adjustability.
  • Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension features a revised shock with new damper settings for improved overall performance.
  • Using knowledge gained from the Honda RC212V MotoGP race program, aerodynamic improvements were made to this newest CBR600RR, which shows a 6.5 percent decrease in drag over the previous model. The development and testing used with this all-new CBR600RR bodywork, in turn, led to aerodynamic advancements that have been incorporated into the current RC213V MotoGP racing machine.
  • This newly found aerodynamic efficiency lends itself to more agile handling and improved wind deflection for enhanced rider comfort.
  • Repsol Edition racing colors available for the first time ever on the CBR600RR (standard model only).
  • Standard model available in Red, Repsol Edition or White/Blue/Red. C-ABS model available in Red only.
  • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories

  • Sportscreen, Color-Matched Passenger Seat Cowl, Carbon Fiber-Look Rear Fender, Carbon Fiber-Look Exhaust Pipe Cover, Carbon Fiber-Look License Plate Frame, Carbon Fiber-Look Tank Trim, Carbon Fiber-Look Fuel Lid Cover, Racing Sticker Kit, Racing Cover
  • WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.

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Engine Type

599cc Liquid-Cooled Inline Four-Cylinder

Bore And Stroke

67.0mm X 42.5mm

Compression Ratio


Valve Train

DOHC; Four Valves Per Cylinder


Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) With 40mm Throttle Bodies, Denso 12-Hole Injectors


Computer-Controlled Digital Transistorized With 3-D Mapping


Close-Ratio Six-Speed

Final Drive

#525 O-Ring-Sealed Chain

Suspension Front

41mm Inverted Big Piston Fork With Spring Preload, Rebound And Compression Damping Adjustability; TBD Inches Travel


Unit Pro-Link HMAS Single Shock With Spring Preload, Rebound And Compression Damping Adjustability; 5.1 Inches Travel

Brakes Front

Dual Radial-Mounted Four-Piston Calipers With Full-Floating 310mm Discs


Single-Caliper 220mm Disc;

Tires Front

120/70ZR-17 Radial


180/55ZR-17 Radial


53.9 Inches

Rake (Caster Angle)



97.7mm (3.9 Inches)

Seat Height

32.3 Inches

Fuel Capacity

4.8 Gallons, Including 0.9-Gallon Reserve

Estimated Fuel Economy


Colors CBR600RR

Red, Repsol Edition, White/Blue/Red



Curb Weight

410 Pounds (CBR600RR) / 432 Pounds (CBR600RRA)

Aninda Sardar – who has written posts on Bike India.

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