2015 Honda CBR600RR ABS Review
The Balance Only A Honda Can Achieve…
If ever there was a perfect balance between man and machine, it has to be this. Just a thought, and it changes direction. Another thought, and it launches you into the next turn. Think again and it slows, and just about finds the next apex itself.
Honda’s incredible CBR600RR is the machine of champions, of course. But it’s much more than that. It’s a stellar streetbike, maybe the best ever built. Because it’s just as happy to take you to class, to your job or on a weekend ride as it is to carve a corner at Laguna Seca or Road Atlanta. That balance between performance and handling continues all throughout this machine: engine, chassis, suspension, brakes. And speaking of brakes, you can opt for a special version with Honda’s revolutionary Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), the first ever on a production Supersport motorcycle.
CBR600RR – Track or street
A modern sportbike can be an uncompromising thing. Tuned for maximum performance, things like comfort, ease of use and everyday practicality tend to go out the window. Not so with the CBR600R, from the beginning these very traits were carefully included in the overall concept. There’s no arguing the CBR600RR’s performance credentials have been at the front of the battle for 600 class race supremacy since its introduction; in fact, it is a 3-time consecutive winner of the Canadian National Championship. But perhaps even more impressive than its long list of race and championship wins is its reputation on the street as a completely functional everyday bike with excellent durability. Perhaps it’s this reputation for durability that lead to the CBR600’s engine being selected as the basis the Moto 2 World Championship racing machines.
Middleweight Is The Right Weight
The CBR600RR is a perfect example of typical Honda industry-leading innovation. Combining tons of power, refined, responsive handling and light weight with amazing styling, it’s equally at home carving your favorite canyon as it is collecting wins on World Supersport podiums. That’s the CBR600RR—the ultimate middleweight sportbike experience.
Options & Pricing
Honda’s 600-class sportbikes are one of the best choices a rider has ever had. They’ve always offered a near-magical combination of handling, power, compact size and overall performance. And the CBR600RR is clearly the best 600 we’ve ever offered, especially since you can get one with our revolutionary Combined ABS. There’s no room for second-best in this class, and the CBR600RR is a standout performer both on and off the track.
CBR600RR ABS ABS
Base MSRP $12,490
•599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
•Honda Electronic Steering Damper
•Electronic Combined ABS
2015 Honda CBR600RR ABS – Key Features
•Superior power-to-weight ratio for outstanding acceleration and handling.
•The Intake Air Control Valve (IACV) minimizes torque reaction and smoothes response to small throttle changes through gradual reductions of air and fuel intake when the throttle is opened and closed.
•Smooth-shifting close-ratio six-speed transmission is closely matched to the engine’s powerband.
•The Showa Big Piston fork features a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback, and a more solid feel during hard braking.
Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD)
The compact HESD helps maintain predictable high-speed handling and low-speed maneuverability. Way more sophisticated than a simple fixed-rate damper, it’s one of the keys to the CBR600RR’s extraordinary handling.
The CBR600RR’s Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS) is the first of its kind on a Supersport machine. Even the most critical motorcycle testers rave about how well they work. Find out what the experts have to say about this revolutionary feature.
The CBR600RR has been honed to perfection on racetracks all over the world and has impeccable racing credentials—in fact, its engine was chosen to be the basis of the Moto2 class in Grand Prix racing.
2015 Honda CBR600RR ABS – Features and Benefits
With their consistent rigidity and balance, these sharp-looking 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels work with the fork and enhance suspension feedback to deliver real handling improvements.
Radial Mounted Front-Brake Calipers
The CBR600RR uses radial-mounted monoblock front-brake calipers. This construction makes the caliper stiffer, and that means you get better brake feel for more linear, powerful stopping. Each caliper also uses four chromium-plated aluminum pistons for smooth, friction-free operation.
Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) Inverted Fork
The HMAS cartridge fork features an exclusive internal piston construction. The innovative design employs smaller-diameter pistons to keep oil velocity high for improved damping characteristics and an expanded range of adjustability. The result: you get more precise suspension performance, especially over smaller surface irregularities.
Line-beam headlights feature a two-piece reflector design that utilizes two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution and unique compact design. The result: the headlight helps you see better and also helps make you visible to traffic.
Dual-Stage Fuel Injection
Two sets of injectors per cylinder ensure both low- and high-rpm performance. You get near-instantaneous high-rpm response, along with great low-rpm metering and clean running.
Unit Pro-Link Suspension
By eliminating the frame-mounted top shock mount, Unit Pro-Link isolates the chassis from bumps, resulting in more precise handling and better traction. Developed on Honda’s championship-winning MotoGP bikes, it’s a perfect example of the CBR’s superior engineering.
Electronic Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS)
The electronically controlled C-ABS distributes brake force over both wheels, helping to maintain braking confidence in less-than-ideal conditions. The system electronically measures rider input on the brake lever and pedal, and applies only the front or rear brake in some cases or combines both brakes in other situations.
Honda Electronic Steering Damper
Superior power-to-weight ratio for outstanding acceleration and handling..
Liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 599 cc four-stroke inline four-cylinder engine features oversquare bore and stroke of 67 mm x 42.5 mm..
High-revving engine redlines at 15,000 rpm..
Oil jets beneath the piston provide additional friction reduction and cooling..
Iridium-tip sparkplugs improve fuel combustion and performance..
The Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) system features 40 mm throttle bodies and two injectors per cylinder — one upper and one lower — controlled by an electronic control system (ECU) that senses rpm and throttle opening. Lower injector enhances rideability while upper injector improves top-end horsepower..
Denso 12-hole injectors deliver finely atomized fuel mixture for optimum combustion efficiency and power..
The Intake Air Control Valve (IACV) minimizes torque reaction and smoothes response to small throttle changes through gradual reductions of air and fuel intake when the throttle is opened and closed..
Auto enrichment system is integrated into programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) module, eliminating the need for a manual choke..
Non-resonance knock sensor maintains optimum spark advance while constantly monitoring combustion performance during mid- to high-speed operation..
Two-stage ram-air system provides high volume of cool air to the airbox for linear power delivery and incredible engine performance..
Cylinder head features angled valve insets to improve airflow..
Cylinder head features two springs per intake valve and one spring per exhaust valve for optimum high-rpm valve operation and durability..
Direct shim-under-bucket valve actuation ensures high-rpm performance and durability..
Lightweight forged-aluminum pistons incorporate special shot peening for added toughness..
Lightweight magnesium head cover..
Lightweight stainless steel four-into-one exhaust features an inline-exhaust valve to control exhaust pressure for maximum performance..
Double-pivot tensioner for cam-chain durability..
Right-side starter gears allow increased lean angle..
Smooth-shifting close-ratio six-speed transmission is closely matched to the engine’s powerband..
MotoGP-style centre-up exhaust system..
Fine Die-Cast (FDC) frame uses four large castings for light weight..
The Showa Big Piston fork features a larger damping volume to effectively reduce the hydraulic pressure generated as the fork legs compress and extend. The result is more precise action during the initial stroke and smoother damping action for improved handling, enhanced front-end feedback, and a more solid feel during hard braking..
Unit Pro-Link rear suspension system is patterned after RC213V MotoGP racer. In this two-piece shock system, the upper shock mount is contained within the swingarm rather than the frame. With no top frame mount for the shock, this unique system reduces negative suspension energy from being transmitted into the frame, allowing optimum frame rigidity and improved rideability out of corners..
Small and light Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD) enhances stability..
Braking system features twin four-piston radial-mounted front calipers, dual 310 mm front discs and a single 220 mm rear disc for optimum stopping power..
Vertical-piston master-cylinder system produces superior leverage ratio at the front brake lever for higher braking efficiency with excellent feel and controllability. This layout permits the use of a longer brake lever, which means more braking force with less effort from the rider..
Slim turn-signal indicators and fairing design..
Industry-leading ergonomic design features maximum rider comfort for minimum fatigue in all riding conditions..
Centrally mounted fuel tank is positioned low in the frame, increasing mass centralization and allowing a more compact design..
Plastic tank shell cover protects tank and airbox..
Line-beam headlights feature three-piece reflector design utilizing two H7 bulbs for optimum light distribution and a unique compact design..
Instrumentation is very compact and features LCD panel with tachometer, odometer, twin tripmeters speedometer, fuel gauge and clock..
Attractive 12-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels feature race-spec 3.5 x 17-inch front and 5.5 x 17-inch rear dimensions..
One-piece fan assembly for maximum cooling efficiency..
Optional seat cowl..
Compact rear cowl storage compartment for U-type locking devices (lock not included) under the passenger seat..
Pivoting, aerodynamic mirrors..
Integrated ignition-switch/fork lock for added security..
Convenient push-to-cancel turn-signal switch..
1 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty..
2015 Honda CBR600RR ABS – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $12490 USD
599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke
67mm x 42.5mm
Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) with 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
DOHC; four valves per cylinder
#525 O-ring chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
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
Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 310mm discs; Honda Combined ABS
Single-caliper 220mm disc; Honda Combined ABS
23.5° (Caster Angle)
97.7mm (3.9 inches)
410 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Miles Per Gallon
Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
*Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.