Honda CBR600F2 Review
|✓||Handling, engine, reliability, parts|
|×||Exhaust, drop protection|
What Is It?
The 1991 Honda CBR600F is a mid-range sports bike which was originally launched in 1987 with updates in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2011.
Engine: 599 cc Inline Four, 100 bhp
Economy: 40 mpg, 150 miles
Seat Height: 810 mm
Wet Weight: 206 kg
What Is It Like?
Where do I start with this little beauty!? I have had a full license for only 4 months now and this is my first big bike.
The CBR 600 F2 is perfect for a first big bike, it's not too high or too heavy and as a young woman of 5ft4 and not much upper body strength I can certainly vouch for that!
It's extremely forgiving, corners very well and is excellent even in the wet! (I'm an all year rider so I've been caught in a few downpours..not so much as a slight slide!).
The engine appears bullet proof and has so far lived up to its reputation of a spectacular motorcycle, even at the ripe old age of 25 years.
There is only but one down side to this beautiful machine!! That would be the exhaust, it's huge and looks like it belongs to the cannons section of a castle museum!
Apart from the exhaust the bike is stunning and I am madly in love with it.
- Stacey, 2018
Year shows signs of appreciation
The Second Opinion
It's cheap to run with lots of aftermarket and secondhand parts. Can be turned into super a WHEELIE Machine by changing both sprockets!
General reliability is as high as you can get for a 23 year old bike in my view and I love the looks. To buy it's only £1000-£1500 depending on condition and maintenance is cheap because it just keeps on going.
In terms of faults I fitted a manual cam chain tensioner (just be careful to adjust it correctly), a rectifier due to a burn out and four carbs to balance it (lots of messing about to balance them but the later models have fuel injection). Just be careful not to drop it as the sides have no protection and damage potential is high.
How Long will it last? Mine has done 29,000 miles in 23 years, runs perfect and has many more miles in it. These bikes were used by high commuter people as a daily hack and can take it! If you are old and worn out like me, get a sit up bike, that's why mines up for sale! Just a comfort thing!
A perfect (old) 600cc sports bike on a small budget:
- Handling: 8/10
- Power: 8/10
- Reliability: 7/10 (see faults)
- Comfort: 4/10 (I'm old so it my problem)
- Long distance: 4/10
- Two up: 4/10
- Commuter: 6/10
- Bob, 2017