Honda CBR600RR Track Riding Highlights
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Earlier in the week I had the chance to escape the office and spin some laps at Northern California’s Sonoma Raceway with Z2 Track Days
at the helm of our long-term Honda CBR600RR. It’s been months since I’ve spent anytime aboard our trusty street bike but from the moment I rolled onto the circuit every reason why I adore Honda’s CBR came flooding back.
This is the primary area that the CBR excels at. With remarkably logical and well-thought-out seating position it is a sportbike that doesn’t take a lot of seat time to acclimate to. It has a very balanced feel and steers exactly where you want it to. Even though it still uses an older-style undertail exhaust the center of gravity remains low helping it transition from side-to-side more easily than other Supersports in its category. It also doesn’t hurt that it remains the lightest 600 and/or middleweight sportbike currently built (see weight chart sidebar in the 2013 Middleweight Supersport Shootout X
). Another big plus is its stability at speed with it resting the urge to headshake excessively over road rises and bumps with the throttle mashed.
While it’s true that the Honda’s engine lacks a degree of acceleration, especially at high rpm (see the horsepower comparison chart
), its Inline Four generates decent propulsion at low rpms and through the midrange which help mask its top-end shortage. Although it lacks adjustable throttle and/or power modes, the throttle response and engine mapping are so well perfected that you’ll never miss it. This allows you to focus on the road ahead instead of worrying if the bike is going to spit you off.
And therein-lies the beauty of the CBR—just fill it up with premium unleaded, and go. With its well-rounded and easily accessible performance it is that motorcycle you can jump on and burn lap upon lap
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