– Official | NEW 2021 Honda CBR600RR Released with New Changes Explained in Quick Review of Specs / Features + Pictures! –
We’ve already talked about all of the leaked 2021 CBR600RR info for quite some time but now it’s all official, we have the 2021 Honda CBR600RR unveiled! There’s some bad news though… This isn’t the “official” USA spec 2021 CBR600RR as Honda of America hasn’t officially made the announcement yet for the North American market – it has only been released by Honda of Japan. What does that mean? We don’t have official pricing for us here in the states but we can check out some of the major changes etc to the 2021 CBR600RR versus the 2020 CBR600RR. Honda might be releasing the 2021 CBR600RR information for the USA market in October so that we know the 2021 CBR600RR official release date and price / MSRP etc. If I was a betting man, I’d say the 2021 CBR600RR MSRP will come in around the $13,300-$13,800 mark for us on this side of the pond once you do the Japanese yen to USD conversion but I’ll keep you guys updated as more information is “officially” released from Honda for this side of the pond.
We’re not going to do a deep-dive just yet on this model, I’m just going to go over some of the highlights for changes on the 2021 CBR600RR and we’ll dive deeper into it all shortly.
The first big change I want to mention on the 2021 CBR600RR is that it has now moved into the 21st century with an electronics package. A lot of people have been waiting for this as the CBR600RR has went unchanged for quite some time now and when I say that, I’m not exaggerating in the least bit haha. Don’t get me wrong, I love the bike – I have owned four CBR600RR bikes over the years but they have become quite stale to put it nicely as of late but things have now changed! Back on topic though, the 21′ CBR600RR now has an IMU based electronics package and a ride-by-wire system which unlocks many new electronic goodies like: selectable power modes, wheelie control, engine braking adjustments, traction control and the best ABS setup possible where you can adjust rear lift angles and more.
Next up is the 2021 CBR600RR engine as it had a few changes thrown its way too in an effort to raise the redline up to 14,000 RPM from the original 13,500 RPM. In order to achieve the higher rotation speed safely, the materials were changed on the camshafts, valve springs, and crankshaft.
Improved intake efficiency thanks to new larger inlet ports and the throttle body has been bumped from 40mm to 44mm.
Honda also touched the exhaust system on the 2021 CBR600RR. The catalyzer required to purify exhaust gas has been made larger but to minimize the weight increase Honda had to optimize the plate thickness for each part of the exhaust pipe as well as the overall piping size.
Honda is also offering an accessory quick-shifter with up and down functions on the 2021 CBR600RR just like its bigger brother, the CBR1000RR.
The 2021 CBR600RR also receives a new slipper clutch design benefiting both performance and overall feel at the lever.
Multiple chassis tweaks were made to make this the best 600cc supersport bike on the market for 2021 and the swingarm is just one of the many things Honda attacked to shave off weight in any location they could. Squeezing out 150 grams.
The 2021 CBR600RR sees quite a few tweaks in the aero department with Honda spending a lot of their focus there which in the end made this new CBR600RR bring home the lowest drag coefficient in the supersport class. Of course you can’t mention the new plastics and aero without bringing up the new winglets that Honda claims will improve downforce for improved corner entries and corner acceleration. The top of the fuel tank shelter is now 10mm lower than the previous CBR600RR model and the front projection area is also reduced by lowering the rider’s helmet position in the racing position. In addition, the cooling efficiency of the radiator is maximized by managing aerodynamics from both aspects of the flow velocity and pressure of the air introduced into the tire house inside the middle cowl, and the improvement of exhaust air efficiency on the outlet. The lower cowl is also extended toward the rear tire to let air flow downward, reducing the amount of air that directly hits the rear tire.
All-new TFT display for the 2021 CBR600RR to help you toggle through all of the new electronics.
The 2021 CBR600RR has LED lighting from front to back.
There’s a lot more 2021 CBR600RR information for me to go over, this is just some of the highlights but keep an eye out for another update coming soon with more of a deep dive…
- 2021 CBR600RR Engine Specs:
- Type: Inline-4
- Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
- Displacement: 599cc
- Horsepower: 119 HP @ 14,000 RPM (89 kW)
- Torque: 47 ft-lbs @ 11,500 rpm
- Compression ratio: 12.2:1
- Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
- Transmission: Six-speed constant mesh
- Clutch: Assist and slipper
- Final drive: Chain
- * Japan spec.
- 2021 CBR600RR Chassis Specs:
- Front suspension: Fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Front Fork
- Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted fully adjustable shock
- Front tire: 120/70 x 17
- Rear tire: 180/55 x 17
- Front brakes: 320mm discs
- Rear brake: 220mm disc
- ABS: Standard
- * Japan spec.
- 2021 CBR600RR Dimensions / Misc Specs:
- Wheelbase: 54.1 inches
- Rake: 24.1 degrees
- Trail: 3.9 inches
- Seat height: 32.3 inches
- Fuel capacity: 4.8 gallons
- Curb weight: 428 lbs
- Colors: Grand Prix Red
- * Japan spec.
2021 CBR600RR HRC
Want to take your new 2021 Honda CBR600RR to the next level? Check out some of the HRC performance parts available for the baddest 600cc CBR sport bike that Honda has built to date. Honda has named this 2021 CBR600RR model with HRC parts as the “CBR600RR race-based vehicle”, running away from it’s road-spec version with unnecessary safety parts removed and equipped with HRC Kit parts: ECU, harness, front and rear suspension, front brake caliper / disk and cowl etc. If you’re lucky enough to live in select countries, you can buy the bike a complete turn-key race bike. HRC will also sell racing KIT parts for the 2021 CBR600RR and they start releasing in January 2021. Honda hasn’t released pricing at the time of writing this, here are a few other notes worth mentioning for this special race bike:
- * Limited number of reservations will be sold.
- * The “CBR600RR race-based vehicle” is a circuit-only vehicle and cannot be used on public roads.
- * You cannot register for a number.
- * This product is not covered by the warranty.
2021 Honda CBR600RR HRC Pictures / Photo Gallery