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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 329 > RR-EVOLUTION IN RED


Honda’s first fully track-focused CBR600 remains a hell of a weapon.

Used Bike Guide 2003-2004 HONDA CBR600RR

Honda’s RR was so non- Honda it got the top bods bricking it.

Honda’s CBR600 range was always the sensible supersport, as capable of turning its hand to the race track as it was for popping out to do the shopping on. In 2003 this perception changed as the first all-singing, all-dancing, track-focused CBR arrived – the CBR600RR. With the RR standing for Race Ready. And Honda meant it.

Unveiled with lots of images of the RC211V MotoGP bike to accompany it, the RR was a totally new CBR and took the brand in a brave new direction of total track-focus. Which caused a bit of concern to Honda and for that reason the more relaxed CBR600F was kept in the model range. Why were Honda’s top brass slightly worried about the RR? This new CBR was nothing short of a full-on race bike with lights and could possibly have been a step too far for Honda’s traditionally conservative buyer. As it turns out they needn’t have worried, the RR was a smash hit and supersports fans the world over lapped it up.

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Welcome to the Summer 2017 issue. This month, a digital exclusive... Watch 10 videos from our massive Sportsbike of the year feature. 8 of the best but only 1 winner! Plus, Honda CBR600RR Buyer's guide, BMW HP4 race, Ponies for pennies, Wanna race the TT? Know your suspension, The two-stroke comeback, best used bike investments. Fast Bikes is home to the best sportsbike tests on the planet and is packed with new bike launches, technical insight, hardcore action, masterclasses, racing, reviews and loads more.