Honda CBR 600 F 1988

It is not the one who announced the wind but it will certainly be the one who will make the most known this emerging category that are the 600 sports. These new machines which appear very slowly make it possible to bridge the gap between the 400 (very popular in Japan) and the sporty 750.

Today only the Yamaha FZ 600, Kawasaki GPZ 600 R and this Honda CBR 600 are competing on the roads – a reduced offer which is just waiting to be expanded. These motorcycles are derived from the 400 models so popular in the land of the rising sun; and there are a lot of models in gestation which should soon land in France with 200 cm3 more.

But for the lover of beautiful mechanics, there will be only the technical sheet to rinse the eye. This CBR, like its big sister 1000, inaugurates a new kind of design, very enveloping, almost too modest, with a fairing which covers all the parts of the machine. Fluid, soft, light lines characterize this machine. Its elegance does not let you imagine how convincing its technical arguments are. In the 600 featherweight challenge, the CBR beats the FZ 600 by only 1 kg but pulverizes it in terms of power. At the same displacement, the 4-cylinder Honda spits 10 hp better, ie 85 nags – a truly impressive figure. However, this block, which claims a performance of 142 ch / L, does not call for extraordinary technologies. Just an optimization and an excellent use of recognized techniques to result in a compact, powerful engine, with 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooling, huge 32mm carbs, big valves and a very polished intake. Extensive work on the shape of the ducts, the inclination of the mill (at 35 °), and the position of the carbs allow the gases to access the combustion chambers via a very direct route. But the generous dressing of the CBR does not let it see.
Nor does he discover the Diamond frame made of steel structure. Strange; for a machine of this type, we expected the use of aluminum, especially since the 400 uses this material … Improvement of the Pro-link system for the rear suspension, TRAC anti-dive at the level of the fork, 17 wheels "In aluminum foundry, thinned brake discs and homogeneous weight distribution (50/50), the CBR 600 does not bring any spectacular innovation. But the right dosage of all these ingredients results in a device that is called the best.

We expected a little ball of nerves; we discover a motorcycle of astonishing ease. It only takes a few km to tame it … no, to know it as if we had always driven it. Impeccably installed, with onions on the controls and a reactivity of the chassis very faithful to the orders of the pilot, the machine welcomes you with kindness. What a pity that the engine is so discreet in its developments. A boiler, we like it when it lives, when it reacts with character, when it rants. The Honda unit, even if it is very flexible and lends itself readily to daily use, does not trigger passion. It is hollow in low revs and releases its power with a lot of progressiveness. In this game, the Kawa GPZ-R’s mill, less powerful, is much more demonstrative. But the 4 legs of the CBR hides its game well. On the clock, the bike achieves a superb 11"8 to cross the 400 m DA. For a 600, it’s more than bluffing. Nearly 220 km / h peak and times at the top of the category – this bike is not impressive but proves devilishly efficient. To fully exploit these canassons, the 6-speed gearbox is of excellent handling and precision. Going up the towers, playing the selector, twirling by swinging this featherweight from one angle to another, the pleasure of piloting quickly sets in and the CBR pilot quickly adopts a smile. Quickly, confidence sets in and the qualities of the bike are expressed without restraint. Without being as lively as an FZ or GPZ-R, but extremely precise and particularly stable, the CBR can boast very rigorous road handling. The suspensions are effective, healthy and call for no reproach; or only 2 small disappointments: the rear shock absorber lacks adjustment and the fork requires some monitoring of its air pressure, under penalty of steering under certain conditions. The only really annoying point comes from the disagreement between the front brake and the anti-dive. The discs are powerful, biting and tough, but the "TRAC" does not support this work and the front may start to wriggle under heavy braking. Too bad !

Braking that cannot be exploited enough and an engine that is too smooth, these are the only flaws in the new Honda 600 CBR. For everything else, this little sports car deserves a lot of praise: pleasant in the city, easy, manoeuvrable, efficient (it rivals the 750), discreet but elegant, preserving comfort and protection (for a sportswoman), the CBR will be certainly a name. When choosing, she will seduce you more by her efficiency than by her temperament.

M.B – (internet photos)

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    Honda CBR 600 F 1988
    CBR 600 F 1987

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    Max speed:
    about 220 km / h

  • Consumption
    medium: 7.70 l

The technical aspect

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

  • Frame
  • Tank: 16.5 liters
  • Dry weight: 182 kg
  • Operating weight: 206 kg
  • Train before

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

  • Transmission
  • Final chain drive
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 598 cc
    (63 x 48 mm)
  • 85
    at 11,000 rpm
  • 6.10 mkg
    at 9,500 rpm

Detached pieces


chain kit



Honda CBR 600 F 1988

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

Honda CBR 600 F 1988

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