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Honda CBR600F
Honda CBR600F Hurricane /Honda CBR600F-1 (for UK
Also calledHonda Hurricane (US, 1987–1990)
  • 1987–2006
  • 2011–2013
PredecessorHonda VF500F
ClassSport bike
RelatedHonda CBR600RR

The Honda CBR600F is a CBR series 600 cc (36.6 cu in) four-cylinder sport bike made by Honda. The first model of the CBR600F was offered from 1987 to 1990 and is known in the US as the Hurricane. In Austria and Mexico, a smaller version, called CBR500F, was offered. The subsequent models are designated as CBR600F2, F3, F4 and F4i respectively[citation needed]. In 2011, Honda released a more modern model with the same name.[1][2]

The original CBR600F along with the CBR750F and CBR1000F was Honda's first inline four-cylinder, fully-faired sport bike. The style was said to be influenced by a brief European trend toward a smooth and completely enclosed fairing such as in the Ducati Paso.[3]


CBR600F2 (1991–1994)[edit]

Honda CBR600F2

The CBR600F2[citation needed] was made from 1991 to 1994. It was introduced to replace the original CBR600F Hurricane and was considered one of Honda's most modern and innovative sport bikes.[citation needed] Development of the CBR600F2 began in early 1989. Hurricane LPL Ishikawa led the development of the new bike, known internally as MV9 but also called the F2[citation needed], an alphanumeric that led to its official[citation needed] name: CBR600F2.

The F2's development began with meetings to discuss concepts and sketches for the new bike. A few months later, an F2 prototype was produced. Painted black, the bike looked faster and sleeker than the more blocky first generation bike and test results were superior: few motorcycles in the 1990s had the performance ability of the F2.[4]

CBR600F3 (1995–1998)[edit]

Honda CBR600F3

The CBR600F3[citation needed] is the third generation of the CBR600F series. It replaced the F2, and was produced from 1995 to 1998. It had a modified engine, ram-air intake and cartridge forks. The 1997 and 1998 models also came with a deeper oil pan, sleeker tail fairings, seat and taillight, and a revised engine head netting about a 3.7 kW (5 hp; 5 PS) gain over 1995–1996 models. The CDI and ram-air system were also revised to allowed for smoother throttle curve over the 1995–1996 models, which could sometimes be jerky. The last made 1998 models came with another revised engine head which resulted in a slight power gain. In 1999, it was replaced by the CBR600F4[citation needed].

In 1996 and 1998, the F3 was also sold in "Smokin' Joe's Replica" versions in the US, Canada and Australia (1998 only).

Cycle World tested the F3's acceleration from 0–97 km/h (60 mph) at 3 seconds and 0–402 m (14 mi) at 10.9 seconds at 201.62 km/h (125.28 mph).[5] Motorcycle Consumer News recorded a 0–97 km/h (60 mph) time of 3.7 seconds and a quarter mile time of 11.03 seconds at 199.66 km/h (124.06 mph).[6]

CBR600F4 (1999–2000)[edit]

Honda CBR600F4

The CBR600F4[citation needed] was produced between 1999 and 2000. It is the last of the CBR600 series of Honda sport bikes to be carbureted. An aluminium twin-spar frame which reduced frame weight was used and the engine crankcase was designed to share swingarm pivot. Through a reduction of internal friction and weight, combined with larger valves, shorter stroke and a bigger bore, higher revs were enabled. The spark plug caps had ignition coils built into them. Slightly larger carbs were added and the oil cooler was now located by the oil filter. A new suspension had larger 43 mm (1.7 in) forks and used Fireblade parts. The front brakes were upgraded and the rear wheel increased to 140 mm (5.5 in) with new 3-spoke wheels. The F4 is fitted with Honda’s HISS engine immobilizer system.

The phrase "Dedicated to Super Evaluators Dirk Vandenberg and Josef Boyd" are embossed in raised letters on the inside of the F4's upper fairing;[7] the dedication to two of Honda R&D's senior product developers who were killed during the final testing of this model.

CBR600F4i (2001–2006)[edit]

Honda CBR600F4i
Honda CBR600F4i Sport

The CBR600F4i[citation needed] was produced from 2001 to 2006. The upgraded F4i is a modified F4 with numerous engine, chassis and bodywork changes.

The 2001 US F4i had a new subframe which raises the seat by 5 mm (0.2 in) that allows for more storage room and improved two-tier seat.[8] The new tail unit has less padding and a higher perch for the passenger. The F4i's taillight is smaller with a new dual-bulb configuration. The F4i had a new dash layout with a large analog tachometer. The new LCD digital display had a speedometer, odometer, clock, engine temperature read-out, amber shift light and trip meters. The single largest change aside from the styling is the addition of high-pressure 50 psi (340 kPa)[9] PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection) system — thus the model designation "F4i". In a number of countries, the bike was sold in both the "normal" and "Sport" variants, the Sport having a two-part seat, no grab rail and no main stand (though the main stand mounting holes remained). Fuel injection allows for more precise fuel metering and delivery over a wider rpm range, while providing better throttle response and reducing emissions. The injectors reside one per cylinder and work with 38 mm (1.5 in) throttle bodies. Each injector has four nozzles, and together the injectors add up to 3.7 kW (5 hp; 5 PS) over the F4.

The weight of the wheels was reduced.[10] The rotor carriers moved out closer to the brake calipers to reduce weight and to improve rigidity. But stopping power still was not on par with other bikes in the class. There is additional bracing on the steering head for more response, better feedback and feel from the front end. The suspension has also been tweaked with less high-speed damping and a little more low-speed damping with the shock and fork being more street-bias.[11]

Additional engine changes include a lighter camshaft sprocket and increased valve spring pressure (two springs per intake valve) which allow for higher revving. There are new piston rings that slide with less friction and increased internal engine oil flow. Redline is now 14,200 rpm,[10] 700 rpm higher than the previous year's F4.[12] To increase the bike's pulling capabilities at high speeds, the fifth and sixth gears have been shortened slightly and the rear sprocket was enlarged from 45 teeth to 46, also adding one clutch plate for greater durability to now making 8.[12] The oiling holes in the camshafts have been enlarged by 0.5 mm (0.02 in) (to 2.5 mm (0.10 in)) and piston ring friction has been decreased to aid cooling at the higher rev ceiling.[12] Spring pressures on the intake and exhaust valves have been increased to avoid valve float. Also, there are now two valve springs (inner and outer) on the intake side instead of the single item that resides on the exhaust side.[13]

The F4i's new bodywork carries a more racy look and provides a 3% reduction in drag. It also houses a new dual headlight front cowl design which uses 40% brighter H7 bulbs compared to the old H4 bulbs.[12] The headlights are dual multi-reflector units covered by a one-piece flexiglass lens. The turn stalks are shorter and the mirrors are now positioned higher and closer to the rider. The elimination of carburetors allowed for a slightly larger air box and a larger 4.8 US gal (18.2 l; 4.0 imp gal) fuel tank. And a fuel consumption of 36.7 mpg‑US (6.41 L/100 km; 44.07 mpg‑imp).[14]

In 2001 and 2002, in recognition of Honda's association with MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi and its 500th motorcycle Grand Prix victory, the CBR600F4i was also released in Europe and Australia (2002 only) in two "Rossi Replica" versions.

CBR600F (2011–2013)[edit]

2011 Honda CBR600F

In 2011, Honda released the new CBR600F model built in Italy for the European markets that was not released in America. It continues the legacy of the CBR-F line.[15] To honor the German rider Stefan Bradl, Honda Germany launched a special edition of the CBR600F, called CBR600F LCR. It featured an Arrow titanium exhaust, Progrip handlebar grips, a rear hugger, single seat cover and an LCR sticker kit as well as combined braking and ABS.[16] The CBR600F shares most of the components with the CB600F Hornet naked bike such as inverted fork though longer by 50 mm (2.0 in) and aluminium mono-backbone frame.[17][18] It is wrapped in a multi-layered full fairing that lowers drag and protects the rider from windblast as well as new instruments, bars and tank. It also retains a similar relaxed seating position to minimise rider fatigue.[19] The 2011 CBR600F also shares the engine of the highly revised CB600F model that came out in April 2007. This engine is a detuned version of that which is available in the 2007 CBR600RR giving a maximum output power of approximately 76 kW (102 hp; 103 PS) at 12,000 rpm and 65 N⋅m (47.9 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 10,500 rpm.

In 2014, it is succeeded by the CBR650F that sold globally.


Specification CBR600F CBR600F2 CBR600F3 CBR600F4 CBR600F4i 2011 CBR600F
Engine & transmission
Layout 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-four
Capacity 599 cc (36.6 cu in)
Bore × stroke 63 mm × 48 mm (2.48 in × 1.89 in) 65 mm × 45.2 mm (2.56 in × 1.78 in) 67 mm × 42.5 mm (2.64 in × 1.67 in)
Compression ratio 11.0:1 11.5:1 12.0:1
Cooling system Liquid-cooled
Carburation Carburetor PGM-FI fuel injection
Starter Electric
Maximum power 64 kW (85.8 hp; 87.0 PS) @ 11,000 rpm (claimed)[20] 63 kW (84.5 hp; 85.7 PS) (rear wheel)[4] 67.3 kW (90.3 hp; 91.5 PS) (rear wheel)[14] 78 kW (104.6 hp; 106.1 PS) (rear wheel)[14] 81 kW (108.6 hp; 110.1 PS) @ 12,500 rpm (claimed)
67.2 kW (90.1 hp; 91.4 PS) (rear wheel)[14]
76 kW (101.9 hp; 103.3 PS) @ 12,000 rpm (claimed)
Maximum torque 60 N⋅m (44.3 lbf⋅ft) @ 8,500 rpm (claimed) 64 N⋅m (47.2 lbf⋅ft) @ 10,500 rpm (claimed) 58.3 N⋅m (43.0 lbf⋅ft) (rear wheel)[14] 67 N⋅m (49.4 lbf⋅ft) (rear wheel)[14] 62 N⋅m (45.7 lbf⋅ft) @ 10,000 rpm (claimed) 65 N⋅m (47.9 lbf⋅ft) @ 10,500 rpm (claimed)
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive Chain
Cycle parts & suspension
Frame Steel twin-spar Aluminium twin-spar, box-section Aluminium mono-backbone
Front suspension Conventional 37 mm (1.5 in) telescopic fork Conventional 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork Conventional 41 mm (1.6 in) HMAS telescopic fork, preload and rebound adjustability Conventional 43 mm (1.7 in) HMAS fully adjustable telescopic fork Inverted 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork
Front tyre 110/80–17 120/60–17 120/70–17
Front brakes Dual 276 mm (10.9 in) disc with 2-piston caliper Dual 296 mm (11.7 in) disc with 4-piston caliper Dual 296 mm (11.7 in) disc with 2-piston caliper
Rear suspension Swingarm, preload adjustable monoshock with Pro-Link Swingarm, fully adjustable HMAS monoshock with Pro-Link Swingarm with preload adjustable monoshock
Rear tyre 130/80–17 160/60–17 180/55–17
Rear brakes Single 218 mm (8.58 in) disc with single-piston caliper Single 220 mm (8.66 in) disc with single-piston caliper Single 240 mm (9.4 in) disc with single-piston caliper
Length 2,050 mm (80.71 in) 2,010 mm (79.1 in) 2,055 mm (80.91 in)
Width 685 mm (26.97 in) 695 mm (27.36 in) 685 mm (26.97 in)
Seat height 770 mm (30.3 in) 810 mm (31.89 in) 805 mm (31.69 in)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.51 in) 1,405 mm (55.31 in) 1,400 mm (55.12 in) 1,390 mm (54.72 in)
Rake, trail 25.2°, 94 mm (3.70 in) 24°, 96 mm (3.78 in)
Dry weight 180 kg (397 lb) 170 kg (375 lb)
Wet weight 204 kg (450 lb) 213.18 kg (470 lb)[4] 206 kg (454 lb) 197 kg (434 lb)[14] 200 kg (441 lb)[14] 193 kg (425 lb)
Fuel capacity 16.5 l (3.6 imp gal; 4.4 US gal) 16 l (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal) 17 l (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal) 18 l (4.0 imp gal; 4.8 US gal)


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