Many of you will remember Honda’s pre-RR middleweight sport bikes: the original CBR600F Hurricane introduced in 1987, through to the 2006 CBR600F4i.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, Honda is bringing back the CBR600F for 2011, though you won’t see it in Canada, at least not yet.
This is a less focused, more street-worthy machine than the track-oriented CBR600RR, and instead of being a re-engineered 600RR, the 600F was designed from the ground up.
The machine was conceived at Honda’s design studio in Rome, Italy, where the CB1000R originated. It uses a single-backbone aluminum frame and a detuned 599 cc engine sourced from the current-generation CBR600RR, claiming 100 hp at 12,000 rpm. The riding position is more relaxed than on a supersport machine.
A 41 mm inverted fork and linked rear shock provide the suspension duties, using lighter compression damping, heavier rebound damping and softer spring rates than the RR for improved road comfort. Rebound damping and preload are adjustable at both ends.
The CBR600F will be available with and without combined ABS.