The second generation CBR600F2 was a giant step forward for the middleweight, with a sharp eye on the invoice’s bottom line. This example has somehow been protected from the overuse and outdoor life of so many bargain sportbikes, with just over 12,000 miles and lovely cosmetics.
Updates started with the engine architecture, significantly more oversquare than the F, with flatter valve angles and flow-optimised heads to claim a nice round 100 hp. The twin-spar chassis was executed in steel tubing, holding the engine from top and rear, and containing cost. Conventional forks had been upsized to 41mm, and the adjustable monoshock supported a Pro-Link swingarm. Brakes were mid-sized at 276mm, with weight and yen-saving slide calipers ( dual pistons on the same side ). Wheel sizes were also bumped up from the F, and the cast alloys were RC lookalikes. The full fairing presented fresh if not ram air to the airbox, and was closed in the knee area, sending engine heat overboard.
Coming out of Vegas-based Eurocycle, this CBR doesn’t come with any history, but does have rarely seen turn signals, reflectors, and the tail has been tidied up just a bit. The color saturation had me thinking re-paint, but nothing else about this bike has been updated. A one-liner from the eBay auction:
100% FACTORY ORIGINAL AND UNDAMAGED.
The Honda 600 regularly appeared at the top of magazine review “shootouts”, and later showed up on best used bike compendiums. With many riders thinking lighter weight and better skills, these mid-size bikes are coming into a re-newed focus. By model number it’s not rare, but with so many run into the ground, a really nice one might be a thing.