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Unusual color and condition: 1989 Honda CBR600F

Honda’s first fully faired sportbike with inline 4-cylinder engine, the CBR600F began the generation.  Built from 1987-1990, it’s one of the best balanced and lightest 600’s of the time.  This example has unusual pearl white/silver paint with matching seat, tank protector, wheels, and mirrors.

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1989 Honda CBR600F

Honda’s first City Bike Racer, the CBR was meant to commute and win races.  The seriously oversquare ( and reliable ) 598cc four puts out 85 hp and 44 ft-lbs. of torque.  Nissin 4-piston calipers grip 3 drilled rotors to provide great braking.  Frame design was an evolution of the VFR750, the air adjustable forks and monoshock rear provided agility with enough stability to achieve the 12-second 1/4 mile and 140 mph the soap-bar fairing make possible.

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20150310 1989 honda cbr600f centerline

Showing color-matched seat and tank protector, in the eBay auction the owner says:

Good condition, a few minor scratches and one tiny ding on gas tank however did not scratch or break paint. All original comes with matching tank bag and saddle bags. I am the 2nd owner my mother in law is the original owner.

20150310 1989 honda cbr600f speedo

20150310 1989 honda cbr600f rear tire

20150310 1989 honda cbr600f front tire

Though not high resolution, the photos show no obvious flukes, appearing adult-owned and garage-kept.  Without much detail about current use or maintenance, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a tune-up, fresh tires and brake pads.

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After 4 successors ending with the CBR600F4i in 2006, the CBR600F was re-introduced in 2011 as the Hornet.  But the smooth handling and slippery bodied 1987-89 model was the beginning of a great run.

-donn

 

5 Comments

  • I had one of these a couple years ago. Body was in ok shape. Very difficult to find proper body panels though! Always loved this color, behind the red/white/blue which I also owned a few years ago and was even featured on this site 😉

  • Thats a good looking color scheme and for sure much more rare than the red/ white/ blue. Although to be honest I personally prefer the more popular r/w/b.

    Also something to keep in mind the 1990 was the last of that body style and also received quite a few upgrades including about a 10 hp increase which was pretty noticeable in keeping the CBR/ Hurricane in the hunt with the fresher (at the time) FZR 600 and Ninja ZX6. The 1990 would be the one to have for a bike that you wanted to ride. The CBR was the best balance of all of them- not as fast as the Ninja but better handling, and much more comfortable than the FZR but not as nimble.

    Then again if I wanted a classic 600 CBR, I would look for a 1991 F2 model or even1994 (upgraded suspension).

  • Remember that while the CBR-F was a ‘new shape’ for North America and Europe, in 1987, this enclosed Aero CBR bodywork had debuted in 1986 as a 400 and 750 in Japan. Making the 600 the second fully faired inline 4 sport bike 😉

  • I had this exact same model and colour scheme and I sold it in 2011 to Kim hybrechts. I regret selling this bike. It was a true favourite of mine. I understand Kim eventually sold it to steven bunting.

    • Sounds like the CBR600 really hit the bulls eye for you blokes…

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