2011 Honda CBR600RRA ABS
The 2011 Honda CBR600RRA ABS is truly an unconventional sports motorcycle in its combination of race track performance with every day commuter bike practicality. Although the deeply hunched over rider position necessitated by the clip on type handlebars does limit maneuverability and plunks too much weight on the wrists at low speed, as soon as highway speeds are reached the wind takes the pressure off the lower arms and the CBR600RRA ABS becomes an utter delight to toss around the freeway lanes.
The extremely willing 599 cc liquid cooled inline chain driven DOHC four valve per cylinder four banger features a bore and stroke of 67 mm by 42.5 mm. Given the horsepower generation capacity of this mighty little motor, the soaking wet weight of 432 pounds is hardly a factor at all in reaching warp drive speeds anytime and anywhere. This aspect is especially "fascinating" when you gaze at the tach and realize that you can spin this engine to 14,999 rpm and still be below the redline. Heck, why not? After all the 1963 Honda RC114 racing bike had a redline at 20,500 rpm and it was noted by the factory that "short excursions" to 23,000 rpm could be tolerated! Spin, Little Honda, Spin!
Those highway sudden stops when some blue haired old lady ahead of you in her 1976 Cadillac stomps on the brakes because she thought she saw Elvis are going to be effectuated with poise and aplomb by the CBR600RRA ABS' spectacular Electronically Controlled Combined ABS. The CBR600RRA ABS system links the front and rear brakes and combines them with the anti-lock ABS functions by measuring rider input on the brakes and various other sensors to apply the maximum possible braking force short of lockup.
The CBR600RRA ABS even features a system which automatically provides a conventional "braking feel" at the brake lever and pedal. This device is called a stroke simulator, perhaps because Honda engineers fear that by generating this level of G force during braking volumes of blood would suddenly accumulate at the front of the rider's brain causing a stroke. (Ok, that's a stroke joke and strokes aren't funny.)
Whether or not your cerebellum is going to survive going from 120 mph to zero in nanoseconds, the braking performance of the CBR600RRA ABS certainly has to be acknowledged to be record-setting. Stroke or not, it is strongly advised that even though you may be wearing a full coverage helmet with a visor, it's a great idea to strap goggles on before you hit the 2011 Honda CBR600RRA ABS's brakes hard as the eyewear will help keep your eyeballs from plopping out.
2011 Honda CBR600RRA ABS At A Glance
Base MSRP: TBA
Engine Displacement: 599 cc
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled inline-four
Bore & Stroke: 67 mm x 42.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Valve Train Type: Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission Type: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive Type: #525 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Tire: 120/70ZR - 17 radial
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR - 17 radial
Wheelbase: 1,370 mm (53.9 in.)
Saddle Height: 820 mm (32.3 in.)
Curb Dry Weight: 196 kg (432 lb)
Fuel Capacity (US): 18 litres
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released