And they wonder why 600's dont sell anymore. I mean really Honda, think about what you just did. You went back in styling, you gave us a different wheel, which is probably heavier? and a BPF fork, well I say BFD I will for sure keep my better looking 2008. I will tell you what they will do too. You guys ready here it comes for their 2 year update they will enclose the fairing and say its better in the wind tunnel for transitioning from high speed corners. Wow you also gave us a LED tail light wow big seller. That all red one looks like a VFR from the 90's. I am so glad I bought the Kawasaki 636 this year. Big let down....
I have to admit that showing the engine again is nice (unlike my 09) which also probably means that Honda went to some lengths to reduce the size of the C-ABS modules which also probably means lower weight (the old system added around 20 pounds to the weight of the bike if I remember well enough) which is all well and good but I can't help thinking that the engine showing and the tail vents are detailed and while they add to the whole package they can't make up for things like the all red colour scheme on the ABS model, at least not for me anyway!
I was just thinking that, where are they hiding the C-ABS? Maybe there is a reason for the redesigned subframe and they are hiding the motor underneath the seat?
It reminded me more of the older R6s. Honestly, I'm not really digging the looks. I think it's funny though that they brought back the vents and in tail taillight though. I thought for sure the center up exhaust would be gone and we would have seen a 1000RR tail and low sung exhaust. Now Honda is all alone in that aspect.
The front looks far to tame, for me the newer R6 has the best looking front, (looks like an evil insect) If they had added a slipper clutch they would have said.
Its not a bad looking bike and there are some positives for me, i like the fact that they have kept the tail pipe where it is, i like seeing a little engine and the vents on the rear are great but i really was expecting something that was going to blow me away and it hasn't...
Are you guys blind? That front looks NOTHING like an r6. Not even close.
You like it or not that's a different story. I'm not even sure if I like it yet but I applaud them for making it unique. It looks NOTHING like any other bike now.
If anything it looked more like an R6 in the previous year cause of the seperated headlights with a sharper nose.
This goes to show that whatever they do with styling doesn't matter for so many people since they can't even see the design or perceive it right
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pretty sure the old r6 is what we were getting at hell thats exactly what sin said.
as for the bike its self its still a honda and im sure it will still perform well. i think most are just disappointed at all the hype of it being all new for 2013 and being relatively unchanged as far as the mech side of the bike goes.
well kinda what i thought i guess, just an update
"Honda’s CBR600RR has long been heralded as the best all-around 600-class sportbike the world has ever seen. A winner both on and off the track, it offers a perfect balance of high-revving power, precise handling, light weight, and a compact overall size.
And for 2013 the best just got a whole lot better. We’ve given the CBR600RR some major updates, including new 12-spoke wheels, revised ECU settings, and a fine-tuned ram-air system to increase torque. Best of all, the CBR600RR gets a new “Big Piston” fork and retuned rear shock. And it’s all wrapped up in some sharp new bodywork. There’s even a version with Honda’s revolutionary Electronic Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), the first ever on a production Supersport motorcycle."
not overly impressed to be honest. Glad the can stays put, we'll have to wait and see how it fairs in the market? for me buying a new six, id be serioulsy looking at the new Kawi 636
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I'm going to give that bodywork some time to grow on me before I make a statement.
So very very happy that they are keeping the undertail exhaust.
Love the integrated tail light, upgraded suspension and wheels.
If only Honda had thrown in a 675 triple... Since that's where everything is headed these days... I hope Honda does like Porsche and upgrades motors on their existing platforms halfway through model years....
That said, I am glad Mr. Strife lived up to his name.
Turn her out until she turns on me. I'll never be the one to weigh the cost of these dreams.
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Same turn signals, same swingarm, same engine, same headlights-only they're horizontal? Same tail from 03-06, taillight is back to where it originally was, after "briefly" being put in a stupid place. Same red/blue from the 90's.
Half of this "new" bike is 10 years old.
Of course, the 600rr has always been the standard. But that standard is getting old now.