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Honda March 30, 2019 posted by

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

When the original “jellymould” CBR600F Hurricane was introduced in 1987 the enclosed, sleekly aerodynamic fairing hid a dark secret: a steel frame. While racier competitors had switched to lightweight aluminum construction, the simple, effective CBR600 F3 stuck with the less expensive material until the CBR600 F4 was introduced in 1999. Although the styling was hyper-modern, it also helped Honda save money on manufacturing and development costs. Instead of a finished frame and engine cases, or carefully routed wiring and hoses, the whole functional mess could all just be hidden behind relatively cheap, sleek plastic. So while pragmatism may have driven the design and the ingredients were, on their own, not very exotic, the complete package was a world-beater when it was introduced.

Produced between 1995 and 1998, the F3 was an evolution of the earlier CBR600 F2. Compared to that bike, it offered adjustable cartridge forks, a Pro-Link rear, and and ram-air to feed the engine. The result was a few more ponies from the 599cc inline four and a 454lb wet weight. That might sound heavy for a 600, but it was just a couple pounds heavier than a ZX-6R or GSX-R600 of the same period, and actually a good bit lighter than the aluminum-framed YZF600. At a claimed 105hp, peak power wasn’t best-in-class either, but the CBR offered a smooth spread of power with no real dips or flat spots, the perfect balance in a road engine and pretty handy on track as well.

The CBR600 was always pitched as a more versatile mount than competitors from Suzuki and Kawasaki, a bike that was at home in the canyons, in the city, and could even do a bit of commuting or light touring. The CBR600 was never really about the numbers, it was about the complete package, a sort of Goldilocks solution to the Supersport problem. It didn’t make the most in-class horsepower. It wasn’t the lightest. It didn’t have much in the way of headline-stealing innovation. It didn’t even have any acronyms plastered across the fairings!

It also made a perfectly good foundation for a racebike, winning multiple AMA SuperSport Championships, and didn’t seem to suffer at all for its relatively ordinary underpinnings. Eventually, the entire class became more and more track focused, and led to the development of the CBR600RR that was sold alongside the CBR600 F4i as a direct alternative to the high-strung offerings from Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha. But for a while, Honda’s versatile CBR meant you really could have your cake and eat it too.

This particular machine needs a bit of maintenance before it time-warps you back to your youth, but the miles are shockingly low for such a practical machine, and it looks to be in exceptional cosmetic condition. It may never be as desirable as a CBR900, but I these are certainly functional classics and much more attainable, since prices for the bigger machine are currently spiraling upwards and nice examples are hard to find.

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale

Hello, up for sale is my 1997 Honda CBR600F3 with 2,916 orig miles.  Clean title in hand in my name. Bought it 4 years ago and spent lots of time and money trying to make it near perfect (it’s the same model, year and color as what I had in college so it was me trying to relive my youth). Sadly, my bad back in combination with it being too dangerous for a slow, fat guy like myself to ride in Vegas forces the sale.  I have all receipts and replaced parts baggies/boxes for every OEM part I put on it. I saved the old parts to prove it wasn’t wrecked. Feel free to contact me to see it in person 850-five 86-38two8.  Not showroom perfect but damn nice for a 1997! PS: front chock included!

The bad: carbs need to be cleaned. Ran fine in 2014 and I did drain bowls before tear down but no luck in getting it started. Needs battery too as no point in buying one and letting it rot.

The good: over $1,000 in brand new parts. No cracked fairings at all!

  • Brand new oil and filter
  • Brand New Dunlop Q3s with not 1 mile on them – $285 mounted
  • New Ariete 90degree valve stems in gold – $29
  • Powder coated rims in gold – $175

The following all new OEM parts

  • Front lower chin – $35
  • Left side lower fairing – $374
  • Alternator cover and gasket – $69
  • Parts below over $400
  • Various OEM decals still new in OEM packing for spares – $149

The CBR600 may have been anything but exotic, but that was exactly the point: it was an everyman sportbike, and it was damn good at being that. The shape has aged pretty well I think, and the non-standard gold-painted wheels really flatter the Erion Racing-inspired colors. It’s a shame that this attempt to capture the seller’s youth has been put up for sale, but his loss is your gain! Can you really put a price on reliving the dreams of your youth? Apparently you can, and those dreams are going to cost you $3,950.00. That Buy It Now price is obviously on the high-end for an F3, but if this one is as nice in person as it looks in pictures, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example with so few miles.

-tad

Low Tech, Big Fun: 1997 Honda CBR600 F3 for Sale
Honda December 21, 2018 posted by

Eye of the Storm: 1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane

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.

1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane for sale on eBay

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!

MI

Eye of the Storm: 1987 Honda CBR600 F Hurricane
Honda March 1, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda CBR600F Hurricane for Sale

Update 3.17.2018: The seller has notified us that the transaction is now complete for this Hurricane and in fact sold quickly after being posted for just 4 hours. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

If Suzuki’s GSX-R codified the sportbike formula for the masses, the Honda CBR600F Hurricane represented the next evolution. Introduced in 1987, and known in the UK as the “Jelly Mould” due to the smooth, aerodynamic bodywork, the bike featured a steel frame that persisted up until the introduction of the CBR600RR, but that was somehow never much of a handicap. Sure, it meant that later iterations of the bike were at a technical disadvantage when compared to aluminum-framed rivals, but the CBR always had that user-friendly quality for which Hondas are justifiably famous. And at around 440lbs full of fluids, the original Hurricane was still a good bit lighter than its contemporaries and it handled beautifully, rivaling the Yamaha FZ600 but with a far more refined engine.

Mechanically, the Hurricane signaled a shift for Honda away from the V4 engine configuration. It still made sense for more focused racing machinery but, for a mass-produced motorcycle like the CBR, an inline four was easier to package and less complicated to manufacture. That inline engine displaced 598.5cc and was much more oversquare than generally seen at the time, with a bore and stroke of 63mm x 48mm, something that was allowed by the bike’s liquid cooling. It produced 85hp with the help of a 4-into-1 exhaust and could push the slippery machine to over 140mph, with triple disc brakes that could pull the bike down quickly and safely from those speeds.

The impressive top speed was made possible by the bike’s sleek styling: after Ducati pointed the way towards the future with their fully-enclosed Paso, Honda took the ball and ran with it, taking advantage of the aerodynamic and manufacturing advantages, since the bike’s mechanical parts could also be conveniently hidden out of sight without concern for tucking wires and hoses out of the way or a need to “beautify” the mechanical parts. And, while Ducatisti resisted the Paso’s modernity, Honda fans embraced the future and the new Hurricane sold in droves.

Today’s Featured Listing is a low-mileage survivor with just 12,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $3,750. It appears to be in very nice, original, unmolested condition, excepting a Yoshimura exhaust the seller claims has been on the bike since new, so it may not be OEM, but is at the very least period-correct.

From the Seller’s original Craigslist post: 1988 Honda CBR600F Hurricane for Sale

Up for sale is my 1988 Honda Hurricane! She runs and rides fantastic.

If you are looking at this ad, you know how rare these are to find in this condition and this color scheme with low mileage.

It has an original Yoshimura complete exhaust system that was installed when new. She is ready to go with a new battery, fork seals, new OEM chain, fresh oil change, re-built master cylinder and re-built carbs. She is mostly original except I did replace the brake lines with braided ones when the brakes were rebuilt. She has a couple minor blemishes in the decals and tank but it has never been dropped or laid down.

The title is clean and in hand. I do not need any help selling the bike and ask that only serious buyers reach out to me. I am not in a hurry to sell her so no low ball offers and no joy rides. I am happy to send additional pictures and or video upon request.

Thank you for looking!

Certainly, Honda sold plenty of their seemingly simple, but still revolutionary Hurricane when they were new. But, like so many older Japanese motorcycles, they were used and abused, raced and thrashed and ridden hard, then put away wet. At some point, as values decreased and they were sold on down the line, they needed some sort of maintenance the owner couldn’t afford or justify, and they were left to rot. But a few are still around and have been restored or cherished by their original owners, and they may still be affordable, but that can’t possibly last.

-tad

Featured Listing: 1988 Honda CBR600F Hurricane for Sale
Honda May 31, 2015 posted by

One Owner 1988 Honda CBR1000 Hurricane with less than 4500 Miles!

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In terms of what collectors look for, this one ticks most of the boxes: one owner, never modified, and low miles. The question mark for me on this one is the styling, which to my eyes hasn’t aged terribly well compared to the next generation CBR1000 to follow it. Nonetheless for the right Honda enthusiast collector, this one should find a new home without too much trouble.

dc

1988 Honda CBR1000 for sale on eBay

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from the seller (converted to lowercase):

THE LAST OF THE HURRICANES.

HONDA EXECUTIVE PURCHASED NEW,IT IS A TRUE ONE-OWNER BIKE. THIS IMMACULATE MACHINE IS VIRTUALLY INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM NEW. STARTED AND USED LIGHTLY ON A REGULAR BASIS TO KEEP THE SEALS AND RINGS LIVE, COMPLETELY STOCK AND UNMOLESTED, IT HAS NEVER BEEN DROPPED NOR IN AN ACCIDENT AND HAS BEEN GARAGED ALL ITS LIFE. ITS NEVER BEEN IN THE RAIN.

3 COLLECTABLE “HURRICANE” HELMETS INCLUDED-SEE PICTURES (FOR DISPLAY ONLY- TOO OLD FOR USE AS PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR.)

ALL NUMBERS MATCH. FACTORY SERVICED ALL ITS LIFE AT AMERICAN HONDA HEADQUARTERS IN TORRANCE, CA.

THE RARE ACCESSORY SEAT COWL IS INCLUDED AND MAY BE REMOVED FOR TWO-UP RIDING.

THIS BIKE WAS FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2006 EDITION OF RIDER MAGAZINE (INCLUDED-SEE PICTURES).

FAST AND COMFORTABLE, IT NEEDS NOTHING AND IS ROAD READY WITH GOOD PERIOD TIRES THAT ARE JUST A FEW YEARS OLD. INCLUDED IS THE ORIGINAL (UNOPENED) TOOL KIT, OWNERS MANUAL AND SHOP MANUAL. THERE IS SOME MINOR SCRATCHING ON THE RIGHT-SIDE EXHAUST COVER. YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOOK FOR IT TO FIND IT,

I LOVE RIDING THIS MOTORCYCLE AND ALTHOUGH I HATE TO PART WITH IT, I HAVE TOO MANY BIKES AND NEED SOME ROOM IN THE GARAGE. YOU’LL LIKELY NEVER SEE A HURRICANE 1000 IN THIS SHAPE UNLESS YOU KNOW OF ONE IN A CRATE SOMEWHERE.

One Owner 1988 Honda CBR1000 Hurricane with less than 4500 Miles!
Honda April 2, 2015 posted by

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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Hurricane Season – a pair of mint CBR600 F1s on eBay
Honda September 23, 2014 posted by

Beautiful time capsule: 1990 Honda CBR600F

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Even the Ninja fears a Hurricane. Classic advertising from a quarter century ago. The Hurricane was Honda’s answer to the liquid cooled, inline four, middle weight sport bike question. Competing against the ultra-successful Ninja 600R, the CBR600 held its own. While styling was a bit pudgy when compared to the edgy look of the Kawasaki, this is a form that has held up over time. There is no question that this is not a modern bike – yet it has a very classic shape that shows purpose and sporting intent. It looks every bit as good as more modern machinery, and at least in my eye surpasses the current trend of bug-eyed asymetrical organic design. Sure, it is nearly 25 years old, but in the hands of a decent rider this will transport you through canyons quite efficiently. If you have even a hint of nostalgia, read on. This one looks sweet!

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1990 Honda Hurricane for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
This bike is practically brand new …The miles are original 5123 …not a typo …. It had had been ridden very little …. up until it s last 5 years where it sat idle .. I just had the entire bike gone through… All carburetors , fluids, oils changed, new tires , I have all receipts ..It rides incredible …. And looks brand new …. ! This is a true find …. The only flaw is that the side mirrors are discolored … But I have the paint and will include in the sale …. See photos .. This bike is a gem …..If you love this styling like I do .. You will not be disappointed …

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Special thanks to RSBFS reader Erik who not only made us aware of this bike, he penned the title of the article as well. This is indeed a beautiful time capsule. It may not be a rare model, but finding a bike this age in this condition is a rare happening. We *expect* to find Ducati MH900e examples with zero miles, but coming across a gem like this really makes me smile. This one will find a good home in someone’s collection I am sure. The best part: You can buy this one out of the auction for a scant $3,500! The auction still has days to go, so chances are good someone might ride it off for even less. Hmmm, Erik. Maybe you should have called that a Beautiful *bargain* time capsule. Good Luck!!

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MI

Beautiful time capsule: 1990 Honda CBR600F
Honda August 21, 2013 posted by

It Was Fun But Not Real Fun: 1379 Mile 1988 Honda CBR600F Hurricane

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Back in 1988 someone must have had a nice summer ripping around on their brand new Hurricane. Then, just like a real Hurricane, it was time for this one to fade away.  Lucky for us, someone took the time to tuck it way in a safe place.  All too often bikes like these end up behind the shed with barely a tarp on them.

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Walk into a Honda dealer today and say you are looking for a 600 Hurricane and see if the salesman has a clue what you are talking about.

Here is the story on it:

All original except for Supertrapp muffler, The preferred Red with White, Needs carbs cleaned and battery to run, engine has good compression and turns over fine, tires have zero rot and are not hard all rubber and seat cover are nice and pliable, paint has zero fade not even the mirrors that are known to fade easily if left outside much, this bike has been stored properly. Absolutely beautiful, please know all the black pieces are all original and have not been treated with back to black or any restoration product. Same with the red and white painted pieces

 

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Danger!  Looks like all the fun factory stickers have survived.

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Does the odometer lie?  I sure don’t think so, it is one nice example.

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This one is residing down south in Atlanta and the asking price is $3,350.

Click for the Craigslist ad.

Ian

It Was Fun But Not Real Fun:  1379 Mile 1988 Honda CBR600F Hurricane
Aprilia July 19, 2013 posted by

Month in Review: June 2013 Sales Report

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Welcome back to our latest sales report, where savvy buyers and sellers keep an eye on market values. We blogged a record 60 bikes in June and readers purchased 14 bikes in total.

Lowest sale price: $2900
Highest sale price: $19800

Congratulations to June’s buyers and sellers!

dc

Let’s get it started with this 1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 that had a buy-it-now of $3600 and sold after one relist for $2950.

1996 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


This Yamaha YZR500 replica build in the UK was first listed for about $22,600 but ended up selling for $20,500 after two relists.

Yamaha YZR500 replica


In Arizona this 2002 Aprilia RS250 MKII sold for a shade over $9k.

2002 Aprilia RS250


This red-headed Moto Guzzi V11 Rosso Corsa sold for a very reasonable $5500.

2003 Moto Guzzi Rosso Corsa


Here was a sharp 1997 Yamaha YZF750R that sold for a mere $3700.

1997 Yamaha YZF750R


Next is this 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane that sold for $3950.

1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane


A cult favorite, this 1985 Yamaha RZ350 sold for just $5000.

1985 Yamaha RZ350


This 1982 Ducati 900 Supersport pulled in $17,100!

1982 Ducati 900SS


After being relisted once, this 1996 Bimota BB1 is going to sell for $5444.

1996 Bimota BB1


With one relist, this Yamaha FZR400 sold for $3450.

Yamaha FZR400


Combining items in a single auction almost never works, but in the case of this lot with a 1986 Suzuki GSX-R1100 and 1987 GSX-R50 sold for $13,100.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100


Here’s an ugly duckling that sold for just $2900.

1996 Yamaha FZR600


In the Pacific Northwest, this 1990 Honda NSR250R (MC21) sold for a mere $4825.

1990 Honda NSR250R


While not a Formula, this 1999 Laverda 750S sold for just $4550.

1999 Laverda 750S


And this nearly new 2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss sold for an astonishing $19,800!

2002 Ducati 998S Bayliss


At the other end of the spectrum, this 2001 Ducati 996 with just 1100 miles sold for $7500, which I think might be the best Ducati of the month.

2001 Ducati 996


Another 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100, and this one sold for $5400.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

Month in Review:  June 2013 Sales Report