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2015 Honda CBR 600RR – First Look

The Honda CBR 600RR is one of the most popular middle-weight supersport motorcycles available in the international two-wheeler market. For 2015, the CBR 600RR brings some minor updates that improve the bike even further, making it a strong contender for leadership in this highly competitive 600cc class.

The 2015 CBR 600RR is still a great looking bike all around, although I prefer the previous front end compared to the new design. Yes, the dual-stage ram air is the reason for the design change, but come on Honda, it could have looked better. The overall body was also tweaked for an improvement of 6.5% in aerodynamic efficiency. The under-seat exhaust is still one of the best in the market and I prefer it over the side mounted exhausts.

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On road, the CBR feels super refined: Excellent fuel mapping and throttle response work in concert with a broad spread of power. Honda’s Dual-Stage Fuel Injection system provides precise and smooth fuelling with two injectors per cylinder, which improves response at high and low rpms. The centrally located 18 litre fuel tank is now positioned in the centre of the chassis which helps in mass centralization, making it easier to lean-in and stand-up the motorcycle through corners. The clutch and transmission are incredibly slick and provide very light shift action. The chassis is quite good, too; hats off to the BPF for providing a taut and responsive ride for carving apexes that never feels harsh while droning along on the freeway.

No matter how you say it, everything on the 600RR is highly refined; you’d be hard pressed to find a motorcycle on the market with better fit, finish and build quality. From an ergonomic standpoint, the CBR 600RR provides a comfortable position for the everyday commute, but is well layed out when you really want to haul on the track.

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As for the suspension, Honda’s Multi-Action System Inverted Fork is designed to reduce internal pressure via the greater surface area of its damper piston, which improves oil flow for better bump and rebound response. The result is more precise suspension performance, especially over smaller surface irregularities. And to make this legendary bike even better, you can opt for one with Honda’s revolutionary Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS), the first ever on a production supersport motorcycle. Other unique features of the bike include the Line-Beam headlights, radial mounted front brake calipers, Honda Electronic Steering Damper (HESD), the Unit Pro-Link Suspension.

I’ve been a fan of the CBR600 motorcycles ever since Josh DuHamel rode his “Smokin Joe” series on the pro circuit. They are amazing bikes and for 2015, the latest CBR 600RR is still a blast to ride. It strikes a perfect balance between performance and handling. The bike offers state-of-the-art technology in a package most riders may find just about perfect. The 2015 Honda CBR 600RR retails for $12, 599 and is available in black and tricolour.

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