It may look like a shrunken Fireblade at first glance, but a closer look reveals some interesting details
There’s been a lot to complain about in 2020, but Honda recently gave us cause for celebration by announcing an all-new CBR600RR for 2021. This is a bike that hasn’t seen an update for the better part of a decade, so obviously we thought it was on its way to the grave, but it’s going to be back with a bang for next year.
Resplendent in the HRC colours and inspired by the Fireblade, the new 600 sports a minimalist front end with thin slit-like headlights and its signature front-and-centre air intake. That being said, the rest of the bike looks quite similar to the old model, with a conservative approach for the side fairings and tail section.
Another area where the CBR600RR has been inspired by its bigger sibling is in the aerodynamics department. While it doesn’t quite sport the winglet pods seen on the CBR1000RR-R, it does have a winglet appendage on either side. Also note the unorthodox placement of the turn indicators.
To keep costs in check, suspension will not be an electronic affair. Nevertheless, as you can see here, the upside down fork will be adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping, and we expect the linked rear monoshock to get the same freedoms.
Electronics is a department where the little CBR is expected to make big strides. This snazzy TFT display will be used to control rider aids like power modes, traction control, wheelie control and engine brake control. All this indicates to us that the new 600RR will feature an IMU and probably cornering ABS as well.
The bike retains its underseat exhaust system and the engine casings look quite similar to the old bike as well, so we suspect the motor will be carried over largely unchanged. This means a 599cc inline-four mill that produces 120PS and 66Nm in the current model.
Other bits that seem to have been left alone are the frame, which continues to be a twin-spar design, and the front brake setup: twin 310mm discs bitten by Tokico 4-piston calipers.
It’s not yet clear whether the engine will be updated to meet Euro 5 emission norms, but if it is, then we might just see this bike on sale in India sometime in the future. Would you want one? Let us know in the comments below.