It is hard to believe that the Honda CBR600RR will turn five-years-old in 2013, but the Japanese supersport has long been neglected in the Honda line-up. Actually, the phonomenon has not been limited to the 600cc sport bike, as the Honda CBR1000RR has also been left to whither in the sun for far too long. With the 1,000cc superbike getting a makeover for 2012, it looks like the CBR600RR is finally getting its turn, as well.

As such, the 2013 Honda CBR600RR gets a set of new fairings, which we must admit are rather fetching (the bodywork is good for a 6% reduction in drag, according to Honda). The Japanese company also says that the revised front section improves RAM-air, and thus midrange torque. We won’t being to tell you what’s wrong with that statement, but suffice to say the design helps the 599cc motor breath better.

Other changes include a revised ECU package, 12-spoke wheels, Big Piston forks (BPF), and re-tuned rear shock. Honda is even throwing its “Electronic Combined Anti-Lock Braking System” (C-ABS) on the 2013 CBR600RR. Wowzers. Colors are Red, Repsol Edition, & White/Blue/Red. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, which surely means a price increase is headed the Honda CBR600RR’s way.

2013 Honda CBR600RR Technical Specifications:

Engine Type 599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke 67mm x 42.5mm
Induction Dual Stage Fuel Injection (DSFI) with 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio 12.2:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive #525 O-ring chain
Front Suspension 41mm inverted Big Piston Fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; TBD inches travel
Rear Suspension Unit Pro-Link® HMAS™ single shock with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front Brake Dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
Rear Brake Single 220mm disc
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial
Rake 23.5 degrees (Caster Angle)
Trail 97.7mm (3.9 inches)
Wheelbase 53.9 inches
Seat Height 32.3 inches
Curb Weight 410 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Miles Per Gallon TBD*
Model Id CBR600RR
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Red, Repsol Edition, White/Blue/Red
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Note *Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

Source: American Honda

  • Gutterslob

    It may be 5 yrs old, but it’s still good enough to win TTs and be in the top 3 of most supersport championships.

    But I agree, Honda and Yamaha need to completely update their sportbikes soon.

  • David

    I’m wondering if the 600/1000 bikes have reached their technological limit.

    Is there really anything that can be changed?

    All the motor/frame configurations have been tried and maxed out it seems like.

    I would love to see a new fresh idea in motorcycling. I just don’t see it happening.

    Other than new repackaging with new bodywork and paint.

    It just goes to show how great the bikes are today that they can’t be improved upon except by slight incremental changes.

  • sburns2421

    I would bet money that the US won’t get the cool red/white/blue colors shown above. Instead there will be tacky tribal crap for d-bags in Tapout t-shirts.

  • sideswipe

    Need to see some more angled pics to see better but the new skins look very Moto2 inspired.

  • Ken C.

    I would love to see new bodywork and paint. This bike looks ancient. That huge tail is soooo last decade. ;)

  • sburns2421, you would be losing money on that bet.

  • alex

    the pictures in including side and forward views are available in the source link – there are no tribal options and it would be a cruel trick for them to flaunt the new bikes on my local back road and then greg them up with meathead graphics.

  • Joe

    it looks like Bender from the front.

  • joe

    hasnt really changed much since it first came out in 03.

  • bukbuka

    Wow… honda usually makes great looking bikes but this looks like crap.

  • MrGone

    Honestly to me it just looks like a 2003-ish R6, and I really doubt this meh styling update will spur sales much.

  • I guess I’m the odd man out here; I like the way it looks, especially in the Repsol colour scheme.

  • Paul McM

    KTM’s new stuff is way more interesting. As for the ergos, I think even the brain-dead, racer-wannabe 20-somethings who buy 600s are getting fed up with the crouching cricket origami seating position… not to mention hearing their girlfriends justifiably refuse to ride on perfectly useless pillion. I say punch it to 700 cc, tune for torque (LOTs of torque), raise the bars, and do something–anything–about the funky back end. Overall this styling looks less interesting than a 1998 VFR and that bike is what, 14 years old already.

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  • Clay

    First mod I would do is change out the seat unit for a 1000rr unit, and bang on a side mount pipe ala moto2!!

  • 404namenotfound

    Congrats Honda you turned the best looking 600 to the worst!!! Seriously wtf is wrong with you guys? As if discontinuing the s2000/Nsx and make your cars boring and ugly as hell wasn’t enough of an EPIC FAIL!!!