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Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay

Two minty CBR600F1s on eBay

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Here’s a chance to jumpstart your vintage sportbike collection with not one, but two VERY clean first generation Honda CBR600s.  The CBR600F1 debuted in 1987 and was Honda’s first fully faired inline 4 cylinder sportbike so there’s definitely some historical significance here.  Dubbed the “Hurricane,” these CBRs featured a 598cc engine pushing out approximately 85hp.  Honda certainly sold plenty of Hurricanes, so they weren’t really rare, but finding a pair in this condition certainly is.  Considering that they both appear to be completely stock, down to the exhausts and even rear mudguards, they would make a nice addition to any collection.

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The seller gives some good details on the condition of both bikes, in his eBay auction seen here: two CBR600F1s on eBay

I am cleaning out the shop and have decided to part with my two Honda Hurricane 600 CBRF1 bikes.  I have a 1987 and a 1988 model.  Both are in excellent running condition.  The white (’87) has a little rash on the right side from a standing still drop but the black (’88) in absolutely MINT condition.  Both are all original stock bikes, and I just had both carbs totally rebuilt with OEM Honda parts by Opie Caylor of CaylorMade Motorsports.  Would prefer to sell both together but would consider splitting up the pair.  These are both very nice classic bikes and are in perfect running condition.  Non-ethanol gas used since carb rebuild so no problems at all.  Clean clear Georgia titles in my name.

These weren’t garage queens, with almost 50k miles combined showing on the odometers, but from the looks of them (and the seller’s garage) they would appear to have been very well maintained.  Collectable classics that you don’t have to feel guilty about riding on sunny days are always a good thing in my book!

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5 Comments

  • I remember when these came out, they really launched the sportbike craze in the us. Then when the next generation came out (the F2 series) everything just went nuts….these will probably appeal to a nostalgia rider, assuming the havent gotten too fat 😉

  • I owned a couple of Hurricanes and they were, and still are, great little 600s. Softer, and much more day-to-day user friendly than and less focused than any of today’s 600 race replicas. Look underneath the controversial bodywork and you’ll find a rock solid and stabile steel perimeter frame and bulletproof motor (except for the occasional Honda cam chain tensioner issues). I’d have no problem owning one today as change of pace 80’s retro ride. I’m a fan.

    It’s amazing how original they are- I only see an aftermarket sprocket on the white one. Here’s the deal to me: first: instead of “considering” splitting them, just do that. I know it’s easier to get rid of them together, but how many people need two of them? Second: if you rebuilt the carbs, why didn’t you bother to take pictures showing what’s underneath the plastic? That’s THE biggest thing with Hurricanes- the bodywork hides everything. You’d have to see these in person to really determine the actual condition, and remove as much as possible to look. Do all of the plastic panels line up as originally, are the seam gaps consistent around the gauges, seat, and other body panels? That’s what really tells you crash history on these bikes, and you can’t tell by the pictures. Why waste two of them just to show us the keys? Are the steering stops undamaged, or not- do the clip ons come too close to the gas tank at full lock on either of them? If not, and they’re factory correct, tell buyers- it’s a real selling point on a 28 year old 600.

    Again, they appear to be nice original survivor examples, and seller states “perfect running condition”, but experience tells me that you’d never actually know without much more information and spending time inspecting them closely and looking in the right places.

  • I’d say that the buy it now price is more than fair. If I was some kind of big fan of these I’d jump on it.

  • Well folks, I bought them. Interestingly enough I owned both of these bikes as a high school kid, The white one I wrecked when I was run over by a lady in a left hand turn. The black bike I purchased with the insurance money from the first. I am thrilled to have these two bike in my collection!

  • Nice purchase. I bought an all original survivor two years ago. White with the red stripes. 47k kms and I paid $1900 cdn.
    In college I had a 1988 hurricane 600 that was red with white stripes. I never see them for sale often. Was it just a canadian colour?

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