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The 2017 Honda CBR600RR – It Lives!

The 2017 Honda CBR600RR Is Here And Proves The CBR600RR Isn’t Going Anywhere

Updated August 16, 2018

Despite rumor after rumor about the Honda CBR600RR being discontinued, it seems that the supersport dream isn’t over for! Granted, we did help perpetuate this rumor a little, but with all of the confusion of the new Euro4 laws and a steady decline in sales, we thought the demise of the CBR600RR was inevitable. However, Honda USA had something to say about the whole thing, and it looks like the CBR600RR will ride again…for 2017 at least.

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Keep in mind that Honda has a strange way of raising cash for their R&D department – each region invests money into a global pot that Honda’s R&D nerds spend appropriately. Since the CBR600RR has already been effectively discontinued in Europe, it means that North America would have to invest all of the money required to keep developing new CBR600RR models in the future…a tall order for a motorcycle that can only be sold locally, and has declining sales figures. We might have a new model for 2017, but anything beyond that is “uncertain” at best.

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A New CBR600RR?

So, it’s here…but do we care? Of course, it’s great to see the 600 stick around for a little longer, but in terms of innovation and development, not a lot has gone on. At the heart of the CBR, the 599cc inline four has been relatively untouched, the frame is identical to the last iteration, and in terms of on-board technology, there’s not a hell of a lot on offer. In the tech department, you can opt for Honda’s Combined Anti-Lock Braking System as an optional extra, but despite the addition of a comprehensive ABS package, the 2017 CBR600RR still lacks a slipper clutch and many other riding aids that Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha have long since had on offer. It does come with the same electronically controlled steering damper from 2016 too.

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Playing a game of spot the difference between the 2016 and 2017 models will be difficult, even for CBR600RR aficionados. Having said that, the CBR600RR has always been a nice and compact package that’s suitable for weekday commuting, weekend ride outs, and track day fun. Perhaps Honda were thinking: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” with their approach to the 2017 CBR600RR model?

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Whether you’re pleased that the CBR will live on for another year or not, you’ll be happy to know that it comes with a new color option for 2017 – at least that’s something, right? The 2017 Honda CBR600RR now comes in the standard black and red, bringing it in line with the rest of Honda’s CBR family. As for pricing and availability: the price hasn’t officially been announced yet, but most sources are speculating that it will have an MSRP of $11,799 (or $12,799 with ABS). As for availability, expect it to arrive in US dealerships by March 2017.

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If you’re in need of some specs of the 2017 CBR600RR, here they are:

ENGINE

Engine Type 599cc Liquid-Cooled Inline Four-Cylinder
Bore And Stroke 67mm x 42.5mm
Induction Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) with 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder

DRIVE TRAIN

Transmission Close-ratio six speed
Final Drive #525 O-ring chain

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

Front Suspension 41mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and    compression damping adjustability.
Rear Suspension Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload, rebound and    compression damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front Brake Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with full-floating 310mm discs
Rear Brake Single-caliper 220mm disc
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial

DIMENSIONS

Rake 23.5° (Caster Angle)
Trail 97.7mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase 53.9 inches
Seat Height 32.3 inches
Curb Weight 410 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gallons
Miles Per Gallon TBD*

OTHER

Model ID CBR600RR
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Red/Black

FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION

One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Note *Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

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