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Kurtis Roberts lays down another hot lap on the new CBR600RR.
Performance First
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Why should you Ride Red™? In a word, performance. You see at Honda, Performance First™ is a
philosophy that is the very DNA of everything we do, from our RC211V™ MotoGP Champion to
the sportbikes on these pages. And performance means more than just power. Handling, dependability, the way your motorcycle is built, how long it will last, the attention to fit and finish—at
Honda, we think all that and more are part of your new sportbike’s performance, and it shows.
We strive for excellence—for Performance First—in each and every one of those areas. It’s the
philosophy we’ve always had. It’s the philosophy that’s always set Honda apart. And it’s the most
important reason why you should Ride Red.
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Honda’s latest, exclusive Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension.
The upper shock mount is contained within the swingarm
itself rather than being attached to the frame. With no
top-frame mount, the rear suspension doesn’t upset the
chassis. How does it perform? Ask World Champion
Valentino Rossi, who’s used his RC211V to positively wax
the best talent the MotoGP world can bring to the start
line. Another part directly inspired by the RC211V is the
CBR600RR’s new aluminum swingarm.
Bottom line? The new Honda CBR600RR is, without a doubt
and without a challenge, the highest-performing, most
track-ready middleweight sportbike we’ve ever produced—
CBR600RR
truly better in every way than the machines that already
have won so many championships and have come to define
It’s the day that sportbike
riders have dreamed of.
The day MotoGP technology
comes to the 600 class.
And the result? It’s better
than anyone ever dared hope.
CBR600RR
what the 600 class should be. Will there be one in your
future? There can be—if you move fast.
Never, ever, have the performance and design concepts of
one of our true Grand Prix racebikes crossed over to one of our street-legal
machines in such a short time. Of course the bikes we’re talking about are Honda’s
world-beating RC211V five-cylinder MotoGP Champion and the all-new Honda
CBR ®600RR—the new performance and technology leader in the 600 class.
Just a simple look will show you exactly how serious this new bike is. Designed to
The Unit Pro-Link rear suspension
dominate at the track, it’s truly new from the ground up.
is patterned right off our worldchampionship-winning
Let’s start with the engine: It’s shorter top to bottom and front to back compared to
our own compact CBR600F4i, even though it displaces an identical 599cc. That gives it
greater mass centralization—hard to see, but one of the keys to superior performance.
RC211V
MotoGP bike, with no top-shock
mount on the frame to influence
handling on bumpy roads.
The new Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) features two injectors per cylinder: one
upper and one lower. The lower injector—downstream from the throttle body—
enhances ridability at low engine speeds, while the upper injector—located in the
airbox—improves top end. Together, working with the 40mm throttle bodies, they
help the CBR600RR deliver optimum power, performance and response at every
engine speed and throttle opening.
The CBR600RR’s cylinder head uses a two-spring-per-valve design, again designed
to deliver high performance at high rpm; the redline is a stratospheric 15,000 rpm,
and the powerband is wider and features more overrev.
Shim-under-bucket valve adjustment reduces valvetrain weight and maintains that
performance when the valves are opening and closing 125 times per second. And the
RR gets lighter pistons, piston pins and connecting rods.
For power and response, the Dual
One of the new CBR600RR’s most revolutionary concepts has to be its chassis, and
Stage Fuel Injection features two
especially its suspension. Up front, a stout 45mm cartridge fork is fully adjustable
injectors per cylinder: one above
for compression- and rebound damping and spring preload. But at the rear, things
each velocity stack, and one in
get really interesting.
each throttle body.
Like our RC211V, the new CBR600RR features a new, center-up exhaust, and uses
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It looks so simple, but it’s one of the F4i’s
most complex pieces: The blacked-out aluminum twin-spar Pro Frame® chassis has
been
refined
for
consistently
sharp
response. Running the swingarm pivot
through the frame and the engine cases
ties everything together.
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CBR600F4i
Without a doubt, one 600
stands out as the ultimate
do-everything sportbike in the
world: the Honda CBR600F4i.
CBR600F4i
As far as middle-displacement sportbikes designed to be ridden in
the real world, Honda’s stellar CBR600s have always led the way. And along that way, they’ve
collected plenty of racetrack championships, too. Check out these credentials: 2002 World
Supersport Champion. Winner at Daytona in 2000 and 2001. Eight-time AMA 600 Supersport
Champion. The number-one-plate holder in 2000 and 2001. Cycle World’s pick as Best
Middleweight Streetbike.1 And still comfortable enough to serve as a sport tourer, a commuter
or an everyday rider.
Sound too good to be true? It would be, if any other bike were making those claims. But the
CBR600F4i isn’t any other bike. Dry weight? Just 370 pounds. That means the F4i flicks
through the esses at just about the speed of thought. Fuel injection? That means the CBR’s
throttle response is crisp and instantaneous at every engine speed and throttle position.
Take a look inside the 600’s engine bay. The liquid-cooled four-cylinder powerplant features
aluminum-composite cylinder sleeves originally developed for our factory superbikes. Ram air
works in conjunction with the high-pressure fuel injection to make the F4i’s engine both
responsive and powerful.
The twin-spar aluminum chassis is finely tuned for optimal stiffness, and the swingarm pivot
runs through both the frame sideplates as well as the rear of the engine cases, tying the
engine, chassis and swingarm together into one structure. And at either end of that frame,
you’re going to find one of the best suspensions in the class. Up front, a 43mm Honda MultiAction System™ (HMAS ™) cartridge fork is fully adjustable for preload as well as compression
and rebound damping. At the rear, a 40mm shock assembly with remote reservoir, Honda’s own
Pro-Link single-shock design, and again full three-way adjustability lets you set up your
CBR600F4i just the way you want it.
CBR600F4i
The awesome Honda CBR600F4i. It’s one of the best 600s ever, both on the track and on the street.
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Jake Zemke shows why the CBR954RR is a Formula Xtreme powerhouse.
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It’s small and hidden away, but it’s a
revolutionary development, and another great example of Honda technology:
The Honda Titanium Exhaust Valve
(HTEV™) changes the exhaust system’s
scavenging characteristics for optimum
Roger Lee Hayden and his favorite bike: the CBR954RR.
power in the three key rev ranges: low
end (idle to 3000 rpm), midrange
The bike that revolutionized the
open class is still the bike all
others aspire to: the CBR954RR.
(3000 to 7000 rpm) and top end (7000
rpm to redline).
CBR954RR Until Honda’s original CBR900RR burst upon the
swingarm uses technology directly from our HRC ® racing efforts, com-
scene, sportbike riders had to choose between open-class power and mid-
bining extrusions, pressings and castings, all assembled into a strong,
dleweight handling and maneuverability. Then, in one revolutionary
unified piece.
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stroke, we combined the best of both worlds. And since then, we’ve simply made the world’s best open-class sportbike better and better.
A 43mm inverted cartridge fork handles suspension matters up front,
while an HMAS damper takes care of the rear; both are adjustable for
The CBR954RR weighs a feathery 370 pounds—exactly the same as our own
compression and rebound damping as well as spring preload. Brakes?
light CBR600F4i. Yet its engine pumps out an unheard-of 154 horsepower at
Huge 330mm rotors up front, gripped by four-piston calipers, with a
10,500 rpm, and features an 11,650-rpm redline. When you’ve got perform-
220mm disc out back.
ance like this on tap, you’d better have a machine that’s absolutely dialed
in every respect—and you can rest assured that the 954 is, as only a Honda
can be.
The Honda CBR954RR. We started this revolution. And you can bet we’re
going to finish it—in first place.
The engine—a DOHC liquid-cooled four-cylinder design—features
four valves per cylinder. Forged pistons are strong, and because
they weigh only six ounces each, the engine revs like you won’t
believe. Twist the throttle, and it’s performance time—right now.
To help ensure long engine life, our engineers direct oil jets to
the underside of each piston, cooling them and enhancing power.
Like our RC51,™ the 954 gets our 12-hole fuel injectors for precise
fuel atomization. A large-capacity curved radiator makes short
work of power-robbing heat, the starter motor is light and compact, and an ultra-lightweight titanium muffler shaves close to
another pound off the exhaust system.
One ride will tell you that the 954’s chassis is nothing short of
perfection. Built around a box-section perimeter twin-spar
design, a special steering-head casting increases torsional rigidity, while steering-head ball bearings allow smooth, precise
input—even under hard braking or cornering loads. The aluminum
CBR954RR
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Miguel Duhamel and the RC51: Both ready to win.
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On the track, only one
Superbike wears the numberone plate. And that bike is
the Honda RC51.
RC51 It started in Daytona in 2002. From qualifying on, there was never any question which company had done its homework over the winter, and was bringing the best
Superbike to the track. And when the checkered flag fell, just as it fell all season long,
the Honda RC51 showed that this open-class V-twin Superbike has what it takes to whip
any other Superbike out there. Want more proof? Just ask Nicky Hayden or Colin Edwards
who, respectively, rode their RC51s to the AMA National and World Superbike
Championships.
Watch an RC51 at the track, or sit on one at your local dealership, and it’s easy to see
why. Because here is a machine that combines power, refinement, compact size and
awesome performance all in one package like no other machine out there.
Just to refresh your memory, the RC51 still uses a 999cc 90-degree V-twin engine, liquid-cooled with twin gear-driven overhead cams, four-valve heads, ram air and direct
shim-under-bucket valve actuation with a 16,000-mile service interval. Its aluminumcomposite cylinder sleeves are lighter and transfer heat better than conventional steel
liners. The twin side-mounted radiators let our engineers move the engine closer to the
front wheel, as does rotating the engine back in the frame. High-pressure, programmed
fuel injection features injector bodies drilled in a manufacturing technique that lets us
give each injector 12 nozzle holes for super-fine fuel atomization and consistency. Two
of these injectors feed each throttle body, and the throttle bodies themselves measure
a huge 62mm—that’s bigger than a 500 Grand Prix bike’s cylinder bore!
The all-aluminum chassis and swingarm are light, strong and stiff. The frame uses forged
RC51
engine hangers and incorporates a swingarm pivot that joins the swingarm, the frame
and the rear of the engine in one rigid structure. A long swingarm improves rear-wheel
power delivery. The steering head features a unique cast-in ram-air duct for increased
efficiency while slimming the RC51’s already slippery aerodynamic profile. Both front and
rear suspension are fully adjustable—and that includes spring preload, as well as
rebound and compression damping.
It’s this combination of engine, chassis and suspension that makes the RC51 just so
right: It’s narrow, agile and powerful. It tracks flawlessly through a turn, but lets you
change direction with just a nudge of the clip-ons. You can cruise all day at 3000 rpm—
enjoying the fat torque curve V-twins are famous for—but slice through an apex, crack
the throttle and spin it up and you’ll see what liter-bike performance is all about. The
RC51 is simply incredibly responsive, in every way you choose to measure. Not only how
it makes its power, but in the way it handles. Around town, it’s fun. On a winding mountain road, it’s a blast. And on the track, there’s nothing that can touch it.
You bring the talent and the skill—and a tank or two of gas—and we’ll show you what
all the fuss is about.
RC51
Big twins can be notoriously fussy when it comes to throttle response.
Not this one. Why? We gave the RC51 new fuel injectors with 12 laserdrilled holes each. That lets them atomize the fuel charge perfectly,
and that means no hesitation or stumbling—ever.
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S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
RC51
CBR954RR
CBR600RR
CBR600F4i
RVT1000R
CBR954RR
CBR600RR
CBR600F4i
999cc DOHC liquid-cooled 90º V-twin
954cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline fourcylinder
599cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline fourcylinder
599cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline fourcylinder
100.0 x 63.6mm
75.0 x 54.0mm
67.0 x 42.5mm
67.0 x 42.5mm
10.8:1
11.5:1
12.0:1
12.0:1
Close-ratio six-speed
Close-ratio six-speed
Close-ratio six-speed
Close-ratio six-speed
43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork
with springpreload, rebound- and
compression-damping adjustability
43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork
with spring-preload, rebound- and
compression-damping adjustability
45mm HMAS cartridge fork with
spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
43mm HMAS cartridge fork with
spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
Pro-Link HMAS single-shock with
spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
Pro-Link HMAS single-shock with
spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
Unit Pro-Link HMAS single-shock with
spring-preload, compression- and
rebound-damping adjustability
Pro-Link HMAS single-shock with
spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
Dual full-floating discs with
four-piston calipers
Dual full-floating discs with
four-piston calipers
Dual discs with four-piston calipers
Dual discs with four-piston calipers
Single-disc with single-piston caliper
Single-disc with single-piston caliper
Single-disc with single-piston caliper
Single-disc with single-piston caliper
120/70ZR-17 radial
120/70ZR-17 radial
120/70ZR-17 radial
120/70ZR-17 radial
190/50ZR-17 radial
190/50ZR-17 radial
180/55ZR-17 radial
180/55ZR-17 radial
55.9 inches
55.1 inches
54.7 inches
54.5 inches
Seat height
32.3 inches
32.1 inches
32.3 inches
31.7 inches
Dry weight
430 pounds
370 pounds
370 pounds
370 pounds
4.8 gallons, including 1.2-gallon
reserve
4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon
reserve
4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon
reserve
4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon
reserve
Red/Metallic Silver
Metallic Titanium/Black; Black/Red
Pearl Yellow; Black; Red/Black
Metallic Silver/Black; Metallic
Silver/Red
Tank pad, magnetic tank bag
Tank pad, magnetic tank bag, seat
cowl, cycle cover
Model
Engine
Bore and stroke
Compression ratio
Transmission
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Front brakes
Rear brake
Front tire
Rear tire
Wheelbase
Fuel capacity
Colors
Honda Genuine
Accessories™
WHAT’S IN A NAME? When you choose a new Honda sportbike, you’ve done
more than just pick a great way to enjoy life on two wheels. You’ve become a member of the
Honda family. And that means your fun is just beginning. On the next page, we’ve listed some
of the programs available to you as a Honda owner, each one designed to help you enjoy your
new Honda as much as possible. Just ask your Honda Dealer for more details. And welcome
to the Honda family—we look forward to riding with you.
At Honda, we also believe in performance and leadership, and that’s why we’re
taking a leadership position when it comes to the environment. We continue
to develop low-emission technologies for our current and future motorcycles,
ATVs, scooters and personal watercraft. We already produce models that exceed the stringent
2008 CARB emissions requirements years ahead of schedule. And that’s the kind of performance everybody can appreciate.
Tank pad, magnetic tank bag, cycle
cover
BE A RESPONSIBLE RIDER. Riding a motorcycle is an exercise in responsibility—to yourself, to others, to the environment and to the sport. So remember, wear a
helmet, eye protection and protective clothing whenever you ride. Never ride under the
influence of drugs or alcohol, and never use the street as a racetrack. Inspect your motorcycle before riding, read your owner’s manual, and see your local Honda Dealer concerning
reimbursement through the Honda Rider’s Club of America™ for Motorcycle Safety Foundation
(MSF) rider training.* Always obey local laws, use common sense, and respect the rights of
others when you ride. Make sure you have a proper license when riding on public roads, and
never modify your motorcycle’s exhaust system.
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Programs That Perform
You chose your new Honda XR or XRL because it has so many great features.
But there’s more—a lot more. Like all of the programs available to you as a
Honda owner. Take the Honda Protection Plans, for example.** They let you
extend virtually all of your Honda’s great warranty coverage. Then there’s the
Honda Rider’s Club of America.† Open to all Honda owners,†† the benefits
alone make it a bargain. Just call 1-800-847-HRCA.® Interested in some accessories to make your XR even more fun? Make sure you check out our selection
of Honda Genuine Accessories. Time for service? Be sure to ask for Pro
Honda™ Oils and Chemicals. And if you’re looking for a way to pay for your
new Honda XR or XRL, we’ve got two great suggestions. First, ask about the
American Honda Finance Corporation.‡ If you’re a qualified buyer, your dealer
can set everything up for you right in the showroom. Another easy way is to
put it on the Honda Card ™ revolving charge card.‡‡ You can use the Honda
Card to purchase Honda parts and Honda Genuine Accessories too. And make
sure to ask your Honda Dealer about MSF rider training, because sooner or
later Stupid hurts.® Hey, we think our family of Honda off-road motorcycles is
the best there is. And we think you deserve the best programs and support to
go with them.
Specifications, programs and availability subject to change without notice. See your Honda Dealer for
details on all programs. All specifications in this brochure—including colors, warranty terms, HRCA,
etc.—apply only to models sold and registered in the United States. *Maximum reimbursement $75.
**The Honda Protection Plans are administered by the American Honda Service Contract Corporation in
the state of Florida. †One-year complimentary membership for new, unregistered motorcycles purchased
from participating dealers. ††Excludes personal watercraft (PWC). ‡Financing available on approved credit by AHFC. ‡‡Financing available to qualified customers subject to credit approval from Conseco Bank,
Inc., on the Honda Card program at participating dealers. California versions may differ slightly due to
emissions equipment. Ride Red,™ Performance First,™ XR,™ RFVC,™ Pro-Link,® Honda Genuine Accessories,™
Honda Rider’s Club of America,™ HRCA,® Pro Honda,™ Honda Card™ and Stupid hurts® are trademarks of
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Showa is a trademark of Showa Mfg., Inc. Kayaba is a trademark of Kayaba Industry
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