Winter is upon us with its stormy moods. A perfect time to sit inside by the fire and reflect. What better time to take a look at a pretty cherry CBR600F model Hurricane and revel in its ability to survive. Sure, I know what you're thinking: there is no way that a UJM that was mass produced in the tens of thousands will ever be rare. And I can see the point. The whole crux of the laws of supply and demand move us to a place where demand outstrips the supply - this is difficult to do with a commodity product. But this was a commodity more than 30 years ago. Today to find a well preserved CB600F model is not all that easy. It may not be Supermono or Tesi scarce, but certainly no easier than finding a clean Ducati "R" model, Superlight or the odd Bimota SB/YB series example. Today's Hurricane has traveled fewer than 500 miles per year of its life, and is looking spiffy for it's existence of relative relaxation. Let's dig deeper.
The bikes we covet today are direct descendants of the 1980s, that watershed era when manufacturers experimented like hippies in the 1960s. Trying any number of cylinders in a variety formats, different types of induction, liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder, mass centralization, full fairings and air flow management, tire and wheel sizes, brakes and exhaust, the Big Four went crazy with bringing new ideas to market. Honda in particular exhibited A.D.D. during this period, offering air cooled, V-4 and inline four models with varying performance characteristics. But it was the Hurricane that open the door to the fully-faired repli-racer look that continues to this day in the 600RR line. That is a pretty amazing run for a very capable machine.
From the seller:
1987 Honda CBR-600 F Hurricane - Only 15K Miles - Also CBR 600 F - CBR600F
Mechanically this bike is a 9.9 Out Of 10 And Cosmetically It's a 9.8 out of 10
Excellent condition for a 32 year old ICON in the Motor Cycle World.
It'd be nice for it go to a collector who understands what it is and appreciates it's excellent condition. I just rode it yesterday for 15 miles out in the country and the bike pulls clean and runs - idles perfectly. Please note in the pictures & the video that some of the angles the sun makes the red color look faded out. It is all bright RED as it was when new.
Before this ignites a storm of another kind, we have seen this seller before. The consensus is that the bikes represent themselves better mechanically than cosmetically - but that doesn't mean everything offered is in the same condition. This bike looks very clean and in far superior shape to most any of the vintage Hurricanes we have seen. 15k on the clocks is higher than many would consider, but aside from some minor cosmetic damage if the bike is as stated mechanically what you have here is an excellent rider. Check out the pictures and video. And as alwasy, RSBFS recommends that you do your homework. Look closely, research the model, and ask the seller questions if any data or detail is unclear. This holds true regardless if you are buying a RC30 or a YSR50.
If you've weathered the storm thus far, you have seen a clean example of a 1987 CBR600F. And while this is definitely not everyone's cup of tea, this No Reserve auction has shown some decent action. There is no gold-plated Buy It Now option here. $100 bought you the first bid in this game, and the price has quickly climbed over $2k. How high will it go? There are lots of watchers on this one, but from the looks of things the price is still firmly in the bargain basement territory. I don't see really see this above the $5-6k mark, but there may be someone out there that just has to have a vintage Hurricane. Jump in if you're nostalgic for the bike you couldn't afford in high school, but don't expect to be making a brilliant investment. There will always be a market for a clean, older bike - even one that isn't in high demand - but the value appreciation will be slow at best. But who really cares? The value is in what you see, and who doesn't see something cool in a well-preserved sport bike artifact? Check it out carefully, and bid with gusto - after all, Christmas is just around the corner! And be sure and jump back to the Comments and share your memories of the Hurricane - because I know you have them. Good Luck!