2018 Honda CBR600RR

Honda CBR600RR

The 2018 Honda CBR600RR does not officially exist in many  parts of the world. The main reason is that it does not meet EURO4 emissions, of course there is a 2 year period where unchanged older models can still be sold but they are clearly for the diehard enthusiast. Of course as mentioned in prior 600cc sport bike reviews I’ve done, the class is suffering a lack of popularity.

In terms of looks the Honda CBR600RR is still a good looking motorcycle. Admittedly I argue that the 600cc have gotten so small and light that they look like the 250cc motorcycle which is not a good thing in the eyes of many relatively new motorcycle riders. The obsession with light weight and racing or track focused suspension is also another key factor in the all in desirability. They should have promoted road suspension as standard and a button to stiffen it. Instead of wasting their (all manufacturers) development money on a dozen new models of intermediate engine capacities.

Like the other 600cc super sports bikes it has all the latest engine technology but nothing really revolutionary that many people can understand. Sure it’s great that the CBR600RR uses relatively exotic materials and construction techniques but the things that riders need to see is the aforementioned push button suspension settings, flashing instrument panels and mobile connectivity rather than just engine modes.

As a motorcycle the 2018 CBR600RR is a great contemporary super sports motorcycle. Even the selling price is reasonable at around $15000 AUD.

Honda CBR600RR Key Specifications
Engine: IL4 cylinder 16V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 599cc
Power/Torque: 88Kw @ 13,500RPM 66 Nm @ 11250RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 184Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 18 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 829 mm
Dimensions: L2100 x W683 x H1105
Recommended Retail Price: $14,990 (2017)


2016 Naked motorcycles

After checking out adventure motorcycles I decided to see weather there where any naked or un-faired motorcycles I found interesting. The final list includes the Honda Grom, Honda CB400, Ducati Monster, Kawasaki Z1000, Yamaha MT-07, Yamaha XJR1300. Naked motorcycles are models that don’t have a fairing or covers and they represent the original design of motorcycle that truly allows you to enjoy the motorcycle ride.

Since I’m looking for a new motorcycle for 2016 I decided to compare the various naked models that are currently available. So over the next few weeks I’m be doing my own reviews and notes on the various models.

Like other lists I’ve done it is not all inclusive as there are many other models to choose from, these select motorcycles just catch my eye a little more and worth a decent look.

Honda Grom

Yamaha MT-09

Yamaha XJR1300

Kawasaki Z1000

Ducati Monster

Honda CB400

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