Competing in every discipline of motorcycle racing possible, when he isn't mastering his skill of social networking, the new kid will do just about anything to throw his leg over a bike and ride it until he simply cannot hold on anymore.
Ride along as MotoUSA takes the significantly revised 2013 Honda CBR600RR for a spin not only on the street but at the track as well.
Fourth gear wide open just before hitting the rev limiter, I click down a gear and throw the bike sideways into a 180-degree corner. Then I mash on the throttle and spin the rear tire on the exit. Honda’s revised 2013 CBR600RR may not be a ground-up redesign like some of its rivals, but it’s still a potent weapon at the track.
MotoUSA sampled the revised CBR in all of its elements. First, we tore up Mulholland Drive in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California for the street test. After that we headed down to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the track portion to really give the mid-size CBR some heat.
The new CBR600RR is available in three colors: solid red, which also comes in an ABS version, tri-color red, white and blue, and, for the first time on a CBR600, a Repsol edition. For 2013 Honda keeps the same baseline model CBR600 that has been on the market since 2007. The same frame and 599cc liquid-cooled engine are used but much else has been changed. Some may think the time is ripe for an all-new CBR, but the updates made to the RR are so significant they bring the bike close enough to new, especially in the cosmetics department.
Honda has tweaked its existing CBR600RR for a drastically improved final product. The bike looks all-new and outperforms the previous model.
The 2013 Honda CBR600RR is available now at local Honda dealers with a base price of $11,490 (Red non-ABS, tri-color). The Repsol Edition comes with a price tag of $500 extra ($11,990) while the ABS model (red only) can be picked up for $12,490. The CBR stacks up about $200 less than the all-new 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R at $11,699 for the base model and $12,699 for the ABS version.