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2009 Honda CBR 600 RR Preview

Updated on October 13, 2008


With all the success the of the 2007 & 2008 Honda CBR 600RR, there is quite an anticipation to see what the new generation is going to bring to the table. The 07/08 CBR 600RR was unanimously voted as the "best middle weight sports bike" by every magazine on the planet. As an owner of a 2007 CBR 600RR I can tell you that it is truly a work of art, and a giant of race engineering. Having a reputation like that will garner much fanfare and even greater expectation.

Honda like most other motorcycle companies remain secretive about their up coming releases, they keep everything under wraps almost until the day of release, then suddenly bombard you with all the new info you need to know.

..But here is what we know thus far-

ABS part-1

ABS part-2

ABS part-3

ABS, yup that's right. It's not just for your car any more, like much of the advances we see on our modern street bikes, this is another trickle down gift from HRC (Honda's MotoGp Team). The new ABS system will be an option for the new 2009 line of CBR's and it will add 21 lbs. of weight to the over all bike. That is quite a bit of weight to ad to a bike, but you also have to keep in mind that the Honda CBR 600RR is the lightest 600cc sports bike out there, by almost 40 lbs. So it will still be considerably lighter than its competition even with the new ABS system. The new ABS system is going to work in conjunction with "fly by wire" technology that was originally developed for military jets. That means in essence that all the actually braking for is going to be generated from the bike itself. The bike with sense brake level input from he rider, and transmit that signal to a hydraulic pump which in turn with engage the brake calipers. Another aspect of the system that the computer controls is rear to front braking delivery ratio. With the new system, when ever the rear brake is applied, the computer will relay information, and will also engage the front brakes as well. This is only the case when applying pressure to the rear brake, and this is done and controlled completely by the computer on the bike. The computer controls two power units, one at the front, one at the rear. It detects how the wheel is spinning under braking while how much force is being exerted on the brakes through the hydraulic lines through a couple of valve/sensor setups, and uses the power units to control the valves to apply as much braking pressure can be applied without actually locking up the wheels. Honda's has stated that there will be an internal override switch, and that when the is not running the brakes revert back to a conventional hydraulic system.

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New Color Makeover

Besides the new braking system, the other obvious change to the CBR 600RR is the new colors available. Honda will continue to make the CBR in the flagship "Honda Red" scheme, there are a few new (interesting to say the least) paint schemes for the new 2009 CBR 600RR. It seems that "throwback" is the name of the game these days, from sports jerseys and hats, to even movie remakes. I guess sport bikes are not excluded from the trend either. Honda has released the new neon blue pain scheme with decals to boot. It's reminiscent of the old sport bike look of the late 80's and early 90's. I suppose for some of the riders who have been around for a while it will inspire a sense of nostalgia. Also Honda is offering its classic race colors, the tri-color red, white, and blue paint scheme as well, we have not see that color scheme in over a decade either. Even more on the odd side of things is the new forest green for the new 2009 CBR 600RR, it will either repulse you, or indulge your taste for the eccentric.

Along with the new colors come, a few minor fairing changes, with some more sweeping lines, and two tone pattern the bike looks essentially the same. The front turn signal indicators, have remained in there original place, but have been slightly reworked into a smaller design.

The Honda team is always delivering new and exciting features for the CBR 600RR series, and this year they have taken a giant leap into the dark with the new braking system. Early reports have confirmed it as a success, but we will have to wait and see how the general public feels about the system and its usability. If it hailed as a landmark of technology, you are sure to see the other manufacturers fall inline with the new concept.

What do you think about the new colors?

What do you think about the new colors?

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      Sidickardian 6 years ago

      Nothing special with honda cbr 600 ever.

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      Aftermarket Fairings 7 years ago

      I like the color scheme in this motorcycle. However, the one my brother has is slightly better in shape and its maroon in color.Looks gorgeous!

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      Dean 7 years ago

      I've owned my 09 black/green cbr for a year now. Still looks brand new. People constantly lust after its looks.

      Such a beautiful, precise piece of machinery to operate over the roads of NZ. Especially the Rimataka Ranges & the Waiarapa. Very tasty!!

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      priyankara 7 years ago

      i like 2009 cbr bike........... soooooooooooooo beauty

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      priyankara 7 years ago

      i like 2009 cbr bike........... soooooooooooooo beauty

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      james nixon 7 years ago

      got the red,pearl and blue,have not seen another with the colour scheme here in Dallas.Its a great bike,way smoother than my GSXR-75O even if its not as fast.

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      larnex thapa 7 years ago

      abnueeeeeeeeeeee bala raeicha hoa yo bike ta./.............. drive hanu jasto lagyo tara k garne paisa china kinneaaa.........................

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      Komodo Gear 8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Absolutely DELICIOUS!

      The new CBR's are exceptional machines. Easy to ride in town and easy to ride fast. Honda has always made quality bikes. Nice job, Honda.

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      The O 8 years ago

      I was looking at the Lime Green and black model. Unfortunately when seen next to a ninja it all looks to much the same.

      So I decided to buy the red and black. Honda color as it should be. AWESOME bike. There is no compromise and after riding you sit with this huge goofy grin on your face.

      Can definetly recommend to any prospective buyer.

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      Information Ninja 8 years ago from Canada

      This bike kicks ass. It is the perfect size. Anything more is just way too much power.

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      Dr.B 8 years ago

      I think that there is only so much they can do the the motor as you can see it is pretty much flawless... It's a great idea to move towards style in a color theme and not just a body theme. KEEP IT UP!!!! Oh yeah... the pheonix is mine!

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      how much it si? 8 years ago

      i like but how much it is?

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      Nishaan 8 years ago

      The Black Green is Wicked. Most awesome!

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      tech 8 years ago

      love to have one, but colors are not that great this year.

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      Troy Mills 8 years ago

      I have an 08 600 rr with 298 miles on it & Love it.

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      primoz 9 years ago

      i like green and black one. I am 100% sure that i will buy it next year.

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      Sheinen 9 years ago

      I'm definitely getting one at launch! I love the Black and Green Scheme, it's totally different and just a little bit crazy! Very me!

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      jenice 9 years ago

      love it love it!!im first in line when its in south africa!

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      rick motley 9 years ago

      i like the new colors, i think they look great and plan on buying one

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      A.J. 9 years ago

      Would have bought a 2008 last week but think the colors for this year are not good. the red on the 1000 is 100 times better than on the 600. Also the graffiti is not near as sleak as the all jet black bike from previous years.

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      Michael 9 years ago

      I like the bike i would prefer to have an all black option too

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      richard 9 years ago

      I'll buy one as soon a they come out. I like the black and red model though i do like the past years graffiti better.

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      aeron 9 years ago

      well i didn't like the blue color but the new design of red and black verison look very impresing but the blue one looks like it has been stolen degisn from suzuki

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      DuqueDupre 9 years ago from North Carolina

      I don't think the new color scheme is going to help honda here. Most people are brand loyal and they should mess with a good thing

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      It was the first time I saw the new CBR 600 colors and I like them but unfortunately I know I´ll not buy one. Nice hub DuqueDupre ;)