Honda CBR600RR Makes a Return As Markets Shifts Towards Middleweight Superbikes!

The Honda CBR600RR boasts an illustrious racing history, securing FIM World Super Sports championship victories from 2003 to 2008 and again in 2010, 2012, and 2014. 

It also clinched the Asia Road Racing championship from 2012 to 2016, the All-Japan Road Race championship ST600 class from 2003 to 2011, and in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2019. Notably, its engine also powered Moto2 from 2010 to 2018. 

The 600RR left Honda’s European showrooms in 2017 as the industry shifted toward naked and adventure models. However, the middleweight sports category’s resurgence prompted its reintroduction in Japan and Thailand for the 21YM.

Now, the time has come for the purest road-legal sports bike to make a return. The new 2024 Honda CBR600RR is a rare gem, featuring cutting-edge MotoGP-inspired electronics and aerodynamics, embodying a class of its own.

Model Overview:

Honda’s iconic supersports machine re-enters Europe with its 599cc, inline four-cylinder engine producing 120hp @ 14,250rpm, equipped with an assist/slipper clutch and a standard-fit quickshifter.

The electronic package, derived from the RC213V-S and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, includes Throttle By Wire control, 9-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Wheelie Control, Rear Lift Control, and Cornering ABS, all managed by a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The chassis boasts a twin-spar aluminum frame, aluminum swingarm, 41mm Showa Big Piston USD front forks, and a Unit Pro-Link Showa rear shock.

The full-color TFT screen features Street, Circuit, and Mechanic modes, along with a Shift Up indicator and lap timer. Safety features include Honda’s Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) and Honda Ignition Security System (HISS). The 24YM CBR600RR is available in Matt Ballistic Black Metallic and Grand Prix Red HRC TriColour.


The CBR600RR’s 599cc engine underwent significant upgrades, enhancing camshafts, valve springs, and the crankshaft for optimal performance and durability. Intake, combustion, and exhaust systems were meticulously refined, with a focus on smooth throttle control through a 44mm throttle body and improved intake flow capacity. Valve timing adjustments and a 4-2-1 exhaust system contribute to increased efficiency and Euro5 homologation.

Engine Electronics:

The Throttle-by-Wire system, derived from the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, ensures natural throttle feel and control. The electronic package includes 9-level HSTC, 3 default riding modes, and 2 User modes for personalized settings. The quickshifter facilitates rapid gear changes with 3-level adjustment.


Honda’s engineers focused on weight savings and performance enhancements, incorporating a Bosch 6-axis IMU for precise control of systems like HSTC and Cornering ABS. The chassis features a hollow twin-spar aluminum frame, adjustable Showa suspension, and a Honda Electronic Steering Damper for added stability.

Styling & Equipment:

The CBR600RR’s sleek design not only offers stunning aesthetics but also improves aerodynamics, boasting the lowest Coefficient of Drag in class. Winglets contribute to cornering stability and turning ability. The flexible riding position, LED lighting, and a full-color TFT screen with multiple modes add to the bike’s appeal.

The 2024 Honda CBR600RR marks the return of a legend to global roads, embodying the essence of a true road-legal sports bike with its powerful engine, advanced electronics, and captivating design.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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