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2013 Honda CBR600RR First Look

Monday, November 12, 2012
2013 Honda CBR600RR Specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled 599cc Inline-Four, 16-valves
Bore and Stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Fuel Delivery: Dual Stage Fuel Injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate clutch; Cable actuation
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: Chain 16/42
Frame: Twin spar aluminum
Front Suspension: 41mm Showa inverted Big Piston Fork; 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link equipped Showa gas-charged shock; 3-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound; 4.7 in. travel
Front Brakes: 310mm discs with radial-mount Tokico four-piston calipers
Rear Brake: 220mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Curb Weight: TBA
Wheelbase: 53.9 in.
Rake: 23.5 deg. Trail: 3.86 in.
Seat Height: 32.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
MSRP: TBA
Colors: Red; Repsol; White/Blue/Red
Warranty: One year unlimited mileage
After a five-year run, Honda’s middleweight CBR600RR sportbike gets a re-fresh for ’13. The 2013 Honda CBR600RR features new front suspension, wheels, and quite literally, a facelift in effort to keep up with new models from Japan and Europe.
 
Over the years we’ve logged thousands of miles on Honda’s CBR600RR and it’s really hard to find any fault with the way it performs on the street or track. In fact, in our most recent 2011 Supersport Shootout IX Track test, the CBR finished runner-up in spite of being one of the oldest bikes in the contest. Still Big Red aims to fine-tune the handling performance by fitting Showa’s current generation Big Piston Fork technology.
 
The suspension technology is similar to what’s used on the 2012-plus CBR1000RRs employing larger diameter pistons in each fork leg. The increased piston surface area allows damping pressure to be reduced yet still retains an equal level of force. This reduces initial dive under load (braking) and permits smoother, more controlled action, especially in the initial part of suspension travel. Furthermore the BPF uses fewer components which reduces weight. The fork continues to offer three-way adjustability for spring preload (now adjusted at the bottom of the fork leg via a hex key) while compression and rebound adjustment are located atop the blue anodized fork caps. New 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels complement the suspension update however it’s unclear if the wheels are any lighter than the three-spoke rims they replace.
 
The face of the CBR is also new and said to be derived from Honda’s factory MotoGP team. The front fairing has a flatter nose and the halogen headlamps have been positioned more closely together. The windscreen is claimed to be smaller and the shape of the tank was also tweaked for improved rider interaction during braking. The bottom and tail cowls were also tailored for better air flow. Lastly a new LED-style taillight was fitted.

For the most part the drivetrain is unchanged with the exception of updated intake and fuel-injection tuning aimed at improving bottom-to-mid-range engine performance. Aside from that the 599cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four engine is unchanged.

The new CBR will be available in three colorways (Red; Repsol Edition; White/Red/Blue) and will be available in U.S. dealerships March, 2013. An ABS-equipped version will also be available (in Red only) at an upcharge. As of this post the prices haven't been announced but expect it to be well above this year’s model ($11,540).
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Comments
GixxerDude   December 2, 2012 01:32 AM
That is the ugliest CBR ever.
SBKMike   November 27, 2012 06:32 AM
"mi2tom November 20, 2012 09:00 AM
I'll say it again and I hope somebody from honda read this. IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT!"

You're certainly entitled to your opinion mi2tom, but I have to disagree. I think Honda has taken a DEFINATE step in the right direction!

mi2tom   November 20, 2012 09:00 AM
I'll say it again and I hope somebody from honda read this. IT LOOKS LIKE SHIT!
bradvanhorn   November 16, 2012 11:43 AM
From my prior readings on this bike, it seems to me all Honda really needed was to coax more top end power from the motor, maybe add a slipper clutch, and maybe bring the brakes up to the same level as the current crop of Brembo equipped competitors, and they'd have a class leading 600 again. Sadly, it appears they did none of those things.

Road tests and comparisons always praised the CBR for excellent mid-range power and handling. So instead of the aforementioned changes we get suspension changes and mid range fueling changes. At least they also made some low end fueling changes, an area which has in fact been noted as a minor weakness. Overall, this doesn't sound like a great improvement to me.

On a lighter note, Yamaha should sue Honda to get their R6S upper styling back. I didn't think it looked all that good on the Yamaha but apparently Honda thought it'd look better if it said 'Honda' instead.
PBR600RR   November 15, 2012 11:26 AM
I love the way this new bike looks! I still ride and love my 2003 CBR600RR. I think the latest sportbikes have gone too far in making them look like something from a Transformers movie - front ends look alien-like. With this new redesign, I'm think of finally upgrading or adding this model year to my lineup. If the wife agrees to it!
SBKMike   November 14, 2012 03:18 PM
I personally LOVE the way this bike looks. I've had a lot of different bikes over the years and none of the recent bikes (last 5-7 years) have done much for me in the looks department. Iā€™m actually thinking of buying one of these. Just goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
RENDELL   November 12, 2012 07:12 PM
I hope it looks better in the flesh because this is the ugliest sport bike I have ever seen. I currently ride a CBR 1000RR and my last 4 bikes were Honda's so I'm a fan. But, visually... the front end is disturbing to my vision. Sorry Honda, but it is true.
HokieRider   November 12, 2012 11:25 AM
Talk about going the wrong way in terms of aesthetics. It looks like they grafted on '04 R6 front end onto the '04 CBR600RR. They must have depleted their mojo working on the new 500cc bikes.
Rucuss54   November 12, 2012 10:51 AM
They really screwed the front end up, rest of it still looks dated. Still no slipper clutch and turn signals from the 1980's? It's like they don't care about their most famous bike. Better be cheaper than the Kawi-ZX636.