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Honda CBR 600 HistoryCompiled from Honda.

1987 Hurricane (CBR600F) Debut’s

Honda's 1st CBR600 was a breakthrough machine in a number of ways. To start, its unique full bodywork allowed designers to forego the usual engine and frame cosmetics, and instead devote development dollars to pure performance. The result was 83 bhp from the CBR's liquid cooled inline four, superb handling, and a dry weight of 396.8 pounds making the Hurricane the lightest, most powerful 600 available. Such performance alone blew away the competition; with versatility no other 600 could match, the CBR was irresistible.

Honda's Hurricane 600 makes its debut the same year the AMA introduces the 600 SuperSport class. The 2 make a perfect match, with Honda's newly minted 600 sweeping to victory in all 9 races. DOUG POLEN, the 600 SuperSport class 1st champion, wins 7 races in a row to set the class 1st record.

1988 Hurricane (CBR600F)
For the 2nd year in a row, the Hurricane blows away the competition, with 6 race wins of the 9 race series.
Honda's 600 wins the prestigious season-opener at Daytona, and finishes the year 2nd overall.

1990 CBR600F

Renamed the CBR600F, the Hurricane's successor featured revisions to the engine that yielded an additional 10 horsepower. Revised porting and cam timing, plus recontoured pistons and combustion chambers, increased compression ratio, recalibrated carb and ignition settings, and a new stainless steel exhaust system made the CBR's inline-4 even more muscular.
Competitors had to try that much harder to keep up, whether on the street or on the race track.

1991 CBR600F2

A total redesign for Honda's best-selling middleweight produced the CBR600F2. Horsepower leapt to an astonishing 100 bhp, thanks to more oversquare cylinder dimensions, larger carburetors,
higher compression and a near-obsessive campaign to reduce internal friction. To provide handling to match its newfound horsepower, the more compact and lighter engine bolted to a new,
stiffer frame with revalved suspension, more powerful brakes and RC30 type wheels. The CBR600F2 was again the lightest, quickest and most powerful middle-weight money could buy.

Honda's 2nd generation 600 the CBR600F2 is successful right from the start. Just like the Hurricane, the F2 wins all 9 races in the series. MIGUEL DUHAMEL takes his 1st 600 SuperSport class championship with 7 victories, including 5 in a row.

1992 CBR600F2
The F2 scores the 3rd class championship for Honda, with 8 race wins in the 9-race 600 SuperSport class series. TOM KIPP wins the title, and 3 races.

1994 CBR600F2
In the final year of its production, Honda's CBR600F2 shows it can still deliver the goods, as MIKE SMITH rides his F2 to 6 race wins out of the series 10 events. Smith finishes the series 2nd overall.

1995 CBR600F3

The 4th revision of Honda's middleweight champ sees more compact combustion chambers and computer-controlled 3D-mapped ignition ensure more power, to go along with a higher compression ratio, a new Dual-Stage Ram Air intake system. The chassis also benefits, with recalibrated suspension rates and stronger brakes sharpening the F3's handling edge.

History repeats again. A 4th generation CBR600F3, totally dominates the 600 SuperSport class and wins the championship, Honda's 4th. Keeping with tradition, F3s sweep the series, winning all 11 races. Class champ MIGUEL DUHAMEL scores his 2nd 600 title, and starts his historic streak of 10 straight race wins, with 8 in a row in 1995 alone.

1996 CBR600F3
MIGUEL DUHAMEL and his F3 continue to dominate the 600 SuperSport class. He storms to his 2nd consecutive title, the 4th in his career, and Honda's 5th. F3 pilots fly to 8 race wins in the 11-race series, with Duhamel winning 6.

1997 CBR600F3
Unstoppable that's MIGUEL DUHAMEL and his F3 Honda. He takes his 3rd consecutive class championship, and the CBR's 6th. Duhamel has 5 wins,
including 3 consecutive victories.

1999 CBR600F4

Honda redesigns its middleweight star from the contact patches up, using the latest in design and manufacturing techniques. An all-new engine features significant reductions in internal weight and friction, more oversquare bore and stroke dimensions and a redesigned Dual-Stage ram-air system to push horsepower to an incredible 110 bhp. An aluminum Pro Frame complements the engine revisions, complete with Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) rear suspension components, Honda-sponsored Erion Racing's NICKY HAYDEN wins 5 races on his way to the 600 SuperSport class title. F4 riders win 6 of the 12 races, including Daytona.

2000 CBR600F4
Erion Racing sweeps to the class championship for the second year in a row. This time KURTIS ROBERTS is in the saddle, and he makes it a nail-biter, winning the title with a pass in the last corner of the last lap of the last race in the series. Riders on F4s win 4 races. Roberts' championship is the 8th for Honda's CBR600s they've won more than half the titles since the class was introduced.

2001 CBR600F4i

Programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) puts the i suffix on the CBR's designation. Along with a new electronic digital ignition, a revised and larger Dual-Stage Ram Air intake tract and airbox, and a redesigned exhaust, these changes account for a 5 % increase in peak power from the CBR's inline-4. A stiffer aluminum Pro Frame chassis keeps the F4i's reflexes sharp and confidence inspiring. A 370-pound package that's the lightest, most powerful middleweight Honda's ever made. MIGUEL DUHAMEL pads his reputation as the winningest 600 SuperSport rider in history, takes 3 race victories, pushing his total in the class to 40, and he finishes the season 3rd in points.

2003 CBR600RR

The remarkable RR uses breakthrough MotoGP technology to completely rewrite the rules for the 600 class. Using technology from the 2002 MotoGP champion RC211V, the RR is the most advanced Honda production motorcycle ever. The compact inline-4 engine uses the RC211V's center-up exhaust and Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI) technology
to produce record horsepower for a Honda 600. The chassis features a massive 45mm fork and Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, another RC211V breakthrough that allows maximum mass centralization and unheard-of design freedom for the all-new aluminum frame. Result: the most tightly focused CBR in history.
2005 CBR600RR

New for 2005
Radial-mounted front brake calipers.
41mm inverted front fork.
New intake port shape and redesigned exhaust for lighter weight and increased mid-range power.
New piston surface treatment for reduced friction.
Fuel injection flow increased to match intake and exhaust system changes.
Frame and sub-frame redesigned for lighter weight while maintaining superior handling characteristics.
New bodywork more closely resembles RC211V and reduces weight.
Redesigned top triple-clamp allows for lighter weight.
New swingarm assembly redesigned for lighter weight.
New two-piece shock design for improved performance and lighter weight.
Colors Red/Black, Black/Tribal, Metallic Silver/Black and Black.
2007 CBR600RR

Class-leading power 2 weight ratio for outstanding acceleration and handling. Smaller, lighter, more compact inline four-cylinder engine.
Improved midrange performance and enhanced peak power. •Significant weight reduction in engine and chassis.
Repositioned transmission shafts within crankcase allow for shorter engine. •New lightweight, forged-aluminum pistons incorporate special shot peening for added toughness.
Lightweight magnesium head cover. •New, single exhaust valve springs. •Smaller, lighter neodymium-magnet ACG. •New transmission gear ratios. •Smaller, lighter clutch. •New front-brake vertical-piston master-cylinder system. •Lighter-weight stainless steel four-into-one exhaust features new inline-exhaust valve to control exhaust pressure for maximum performance. •New intake-air control valve (IACV) minimizes torque reaction and smoothes response to small throttle changes through gradual reductions of air and fuel intake when the throttle is opened and closed. •New non-resonance knock sensor maintains optimum spark advance while constantly monitoring combustion performance during mid- to high-speed operation. •New nose-mounted ram-air induction directs fresh, cool air to a higher-volume airbox. •New smaller and lighter Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD).
•Newly designed Fine Die-Cast (FDC) frame uses four large castings for lighter weight. •Improved mass centralization. •Redesigned radiator with compact dimensions improves cooling capacity. •All-new bodywork enhances handling and performance. •Handlebars raised 0.7 inch for improved rider comfort. •Center of gravity revised for more neutral response and easier side-to-side flickability. •New, compact instrument design.

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Excellent write up. A must read.

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I guess it is now time to update this and I think this should be moved to the FAQ section for permanent residence, before it is lost forever.
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