Friday, September 08, 2006

2007 Honda CBR600RR breaks cover!

Sharper, lighter, faster - the 2007 CBR600RR

Honda have unveiled the 2007 CBR600RR, and yes, it’s lighter and faster than ever. Thanks to reduced-weight components, the CBR600’s engine is now lighter and can rev all the way to 15,700rpm. It’s been revised to shorten the crankcase by about 30mm, which results in a more compact unit. The compression ratio has been bumped up to 12.2:1 and forged aluminum pistons are now shot-peened for greater durability. There’s a new knock sensor that maintains optimal spark advance and compensates for lower-octane fuel.

Honda claim 118bhp@13,500rpm for the new CBR600RR, which should put it in contention for the ‘top dog’ title in the forthcoming 2007 600s track scrap. Honda have also incorporated a new intake air control valve (IACV) in the airbox, which is said to smoothen throttle response. And while we’re not sure if the new CBR has a proper slipper clutch, there’s a new ‘no-lash’ transmission that helps reduce driveline lash between accelerating and slowing down repeatedly, at lower speeds.

In the chassis department, the wheelbase is shorter than last year’s model by about 22mm, though the swingarm is 5mm longer. The new chassis also uses just four die-cast sections instead of the 11 sections for the last year’s model. The bike is now fitted with an updated version of the CBR1000RR's electronic steering damper, to make sure it stays stable at higher speeds. Suspension and brakes remain unchanged (41mm USD fork at front, Unit Pro-Link at the back), but given Honda’s focus on weight reduction, the new bike is lighter than the ’06 CBR600RR by eight kilos.

Now that Honda have fired the first salvo, and Kawasaki have shown the 2007 ZX-6R Ninja, let's see what Suzuki and Yamaha do with their 600s…!

Styling is not hugely different from the 2006 model, but the white/blue graphics on the '07 model are a bit dubious...


sac said...

gah! looks like the CBR125R with a sniff of wannabe R6. :(

Anonymous said...


Keep those comments for yourself, anyways if you don’t like Hondas why r you commenting on them, ru a R6 Wannabe rider?

:) Looks cool and have nice new technology like the valve that allows the engine to breathe better when you close the throttle



2WD AC Schnitzer AJS Akrapovic all-wheel-drive Alpinestars AMG Aprilia Ariel Audi Avinton Bajaj Barry Sheene Benelli Bianchi Bimota BMW Bosch Brammo Brembo Britten BSA Buell Bultaco Cagiva Campagna Can-Am Carver Casey Stoner Caterham Chinese bikes Classics Concept Bike Confederate CRandS Custom-built Dainese Derbi Diesel Ducati Eddie Lawson EICMA 2008 EICMA 2009 EICMA 2012 EICMA 2013 EICMA 2014 EICMA 2015 EICMA 2016 Electric Ferrari Fischer flying machines Freddie Spencer Giacomo Agostini Gilera Harley-Davidson Helmets Henderson Hero Motocorp Hesketh Honda Horex Husqvarna Hybrid Hyosung Ilmor Indian Intermot 2012 Intermot 2014 Intermot 2016 Interviews Isle of Man TT Jawa Jay Leno Jeremy Burgess Kawasaki Kevin Schwantz KTM Lamborghini Lambretta Laverda Lazareth Lotus Mahindra Malaguti Markus Hofmann McLaren Mercedes-Benz Mick Doohan Midual Millepercento Mission Motors Mondial Morbidelli Morgan Moriwaki Moto Guzzi Moto Morini Moto2 Moto3 MotoCzysz MotoGP MotoGP-2007 MotoGP-2008 MotoGP-2009 MotoGP-2010 Motorcycle Design Motus MTT MV Agusta MZ News Nissan Norton NSU Peraves Petronas Peugeot Photography Piaggio Porsche Quad Renard Renault Riding Impressions Roehr Ronax Ronin Rotary Royal Enfield Scooters Segway Shootouts Short Films Skills Specials stunt riding Supercharged Suter Suzuki Toyota Travel trike Triumph Turbo TVS Two-stroke Ural V10 V12 V4 V6 V8 Valentino Rossi Velocette Vespa Victory Vincent Volkswagen Voxan Vyrus Wakan Wayne Gardner Wayne Rainey Wunderlich Yamaha Yoshimura Zagato