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A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME

In 2001, Honda tested the water with a sportier version of the CBR600F…

UsedBikeGuide 2001-2002 HONDA CBR600F SPORT

A golden oldie…well, technically it’s yellow.

In many ways the CBR600F Sport signified the beginning of the end for the supersport class. Honda certainly didn’t intend it to be the pivotal model that eventually led to the demise of a class they themselves effectively started way back in 1987 with the original ‘jelly mould’ CBR, but that’s the way it worked out. How did the Sport topple an entire class of motorcycle? Technically it was the first homologation special and it started the ball rolling for ever more sports-focused supersport bikes that compromised road manners for lap times…

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While supersport bikes have always had a degree of sporting ability, what made them so popular in the 1990s was the fact they were jacks of all trades. Yes, they could be enjoyed on track, but they were also super workhorses that were cheap to buy and run. And in this role, none were better than the mighty CBR600. But Honda wanted a taste of podium champagne and that led in 2001 to the arrival of the CBR600F Sport.

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In this month's issue of Fast Bikes ... - Top 10 UK Blasts 11 pages of listed mapped & rated rides - BSB preview the teams, the bkes, the drama - Ducati V4 First UK road test - Hone your riding senses - Buy a used CBR600F sport - Making sense of fork legs - Master Oulton park - Middleweight Maestros KTM 790 Duke and Yamaha Mt-07 - Win helmet & gloves