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Honda June 9, 2015 posted by

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F

Sometimes known as the Hurricane, the Honda CBR 600F broke a lot of ground in 1987 when it was introduced, and led to a long line of successors.  Borrowing a chapter from the Ducati Paso design book, the CBR bodywork envelopes the frame and engine, but where Ducati had an air-cooled engine inside, the water-cooled Honda primarily needs to cool the radiators.

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1989 Honda CBR 600F for sale on eBay

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Returning to an inline four from the more complex V-4 in the Interceptor series, Honda hid all manner of structure, plumbing and electrical inside the CBR’s soap bar and used the money they would’ve spent on making the parts beautiful on engineering, producing one of the best balanced, most refined, and accessible sportbikes of any displacement or price.

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The over-square 598cc engine generates 93 hp at 9,500 rpm, along with 45 ft-lbs of torque.  Visible outside of the Tupperware are the 276mm drilled front disks and 218mm rear.  Semi-hidden are the air-adjustable forks ( with TRAC anti-dive ) and Pro-Link monoshock rear.  Harder to locate is the magic, the refinement and smoothness that made Cycle World call the 1988 model “The best Japanese motorcycle we have ever tested”.

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Showing almost 22K miles, the years have been kind to this 600F, appearing un-restored.  Plastics look tight and correct, a surprising lack of wear for that many miles.  From the eBay auction:

-ALL original body panels

-NEVER painted

-NOT sunbeaten

-COMPLETELY stock

-1 year ONLY and the most desirable paint scheme produced

-Motorcycle originated in Northern California

-Has a clean, clear California title

-Few little nick here and there but obviously NEVER been down

-Minor imperfections pictured

-NO disappointments here, she is a true & beautiful survivor!!

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Though it’s hard to call any Honda 600 sportbike rare, not so many are over 25, surprisingly original, and well cared for.  The auction is from a Florida dealer, the owner stating that the CBR is his personal bike.  Upgrades to the 1989 model year include 8 horsepower more than the 87-88 models, and the pearl-white with red and blue paint was new in 1989.

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F
Honda October 28, 2011 posted by

Minty ’87 Hurricane 600! (CBR 600 F1)

Location: Bradley, Illinois

Mileage: 8,105

Price: Auction, starting at $5,500

This bike brings back some memories. The Hurricane 600 was my first motorcycle. I bought one used in college with my mom’s nervous blessing (not sure what she was thinking). Mine was an ’88 and I got it cause my buddy had one too, and I learned to ride a full size real bike on his. Without a doubt, the bike was special. It had comfort, performance, looks and refinement. As has been written on RSBFS before, the Hurricane 600 started the middleweight class fight. When it was introduced the Hurricane 600 raised the bar, and other companies, particularly Kawasaki, were forced to respond. Whatever the case, I miss that bike and it was an article about the Hurricane 600 and subsequent CBR line that got me back into riding after a break that was much too long.

Here’s some more photos of this clean machine-

And the description from the seller-

For sale; showroom new condition 1987 Honda CBR 600 Hurricane. One owner. Always stored in a climate-controlled garage, covered and meticulously maintained. Never raced or dropped and fanatically cleaned after every ride. Has never seen rain.

The bike is completely stock with the exception of a few things that I will elaborate on.

The F1 all-aluminum silencer is probably the first thing that will be noticed. I do not have the original silencer anymore. Tires have been changed only once since the removal of the stock rubber and Pirelli Sport Demons were installed which now have approx 500 miles on them. Photos will show the manufacturing cast tips on the tires to give you an idea of how new they really are.

The stock air filter has been replaced with a K & N product.

Passenger footrests were removed shortly after the purchase of the bike to streamline the look in the rear. The original brackets that supported the passenger  foot rests were taken to a body shop and a friend of mine at the time did the work himself by cutting them off and smoothed all the roughness away and repainted both with a high gloss black finish. The end result is a look that turned out factory perfect.

The front fairing has a small crack directly to the lower right of the headlight as you face the front of the bike. (See photo of headlight area) This crack is a factory defect and it was on the bike when it sat on the showroom floor. The seat is in perfect condition without a single flaw. The tank and rest of the bodywork has not a scratch or dent in it…  All of the bodywork pieces have the original fasteners and tabs that secure it to the frame and all bodywork and paint is ORIGINAL.

The actual mileage is 8105

Every gauge on the dash works perfectly including speedometer and tachometer. All lights work and switches too. There has never been any electrical issues.

Brakes and calipers are in perfect working order.

All exterior surface areas of the engine and frame are completely oil and dirt-free.

This year I installed new float bowl gaskets; OEM float valves and an OEM petcock. Absolutely no oil or radiator leaks. Shocks and forks are original equipment and never an issue with either. Also note; the plastic housing on the rear view mirrors has discolored slightly simply due to age and the inevitable breakdown in plastic properties through the years, which is, sadly, unavoidable. Not a show stopper but it still needs to be mentioned because the photos won’t be able to show the hue difference compared to the color of the fairing they’re attached to.

The rear 42-tooth sprocket was replaced with a 44-tooth sprocket and I still have the original.  

Original owners manual and Honda Service manual is also included with the bike ,,and a copy of Cycle World magazine as the Hurricane being its feature article . All pieces in the tool kit are also intact. Bike is available for pick up at my location only. Meaning, I will not transport it to any shipping agency. No warranty is ever implied or offered in the sale of this motorcycle.

Questions? Feel free to send any and all inquiries. 

Preferred payment is a certified bank cashier’s check. Any and all payments must clear my bank before the release of  the bike…

The seller gives thorough information on the condition of the bike. It does have some replaced parts and modification as highlighted. All of that does come into play on a bike like this. Outside of those changes, the bike looks to be incredibly clean. It also has very low mileage for its age. All good stuff.

Now on to the price. At $5,500 starting, this seller is looking for a premium price. And granted it is a premium bike in many ways. But it is not 100% bone stock, as any collector would be looking for. So we have a situation again where the market will be tested on what people are willing to pay.

But if you are simply looking to go back in time and have something fun to ride, then maybe this bike fits your desires. If so, get on your rain gear and check this Hurricane out!

-RN