The Honda CBR600F is among the nice bargains within the motorcycling world. It’s quick, dependable, and superbly engineered—and in a position to deal with the every day commute in addition to a spirited lap across the native racetrack.
A tidy instance will be had for between $2,000 and $three,000 within the USA. On your cash you get conventional Honda construct high quality, sharp and failsafe dealing with, and a peachy liquid-cooled DOHC inline 4 that pumps out 109 bhp.
The styling of the CBR600F is maybe its weakest level as of late, until you’re into sportbike plastics. Which makes the Honda the proper candidate for slightly customized work.
This lovely 2001-spec CBR comes from Italy’s North East Customized, run by brothers Diego and Riccardo Coppiello. They’ve given the Honda a extra retro taste, with out compromising any of the qualities that make it such an awesome street bike.
In keeping with Diego, the construct tied in with their consumer’s lifetime ambition—a go to to the Isle of Man TT.
This chap is 62 years outdated, and lives in Padova—in order that’s a trip of virtually 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) from his hometown to Liverpool, the place the ferries go away for the island. It’s a three-day journey, so the Honda wanted to be snug in addition to fashionable.
It’s value noting that the proprietor already has an enviable assortment of basic sportbikes—together with a Suzuki RFV250, a Honda CBR900RR, an Aprilia RSV1000, a Laverda SF and a Ducati 996.
However for the dream journey, he selected his CBR600F. “It’s not lovely, and it doesn’t have historic worth,” says Diego. “But it surely’s snug for a sportbike, and ideal for our venture.”
“We took inspiration from the Honda RC racers of the 1960s,” Diego provides.
“However the silver isn’t paint on this bike: it’s actual aluminum. We made the fairing utilizing conventional metallic shaping strategies and zero.9 mm sheet. It’s very mild.”
Below the pores and skin is a tiny metallic body, and main the way in which is the headlight from a Yamaha FZR. The neat entrance fender can also be in aluminum, and it’s exhausting to imagine that North East have by no means labored with the fabric earlier than.
“That is our first experiment with aluminum,” says Diego. “It’s unbelievable—malleable and really mild.”
The again finish of the CBR600F is all new, together with the subframe, saddle and tail unit. The geometry hasn’t modified although: the wonderful rider ergonomics are inventory, and Diego describes them as ‘vacationer geometry, snug for lengthy journeys.’
On the Isle of Man trip, the bike apparently had a bag on the gasoline tank and one other strapped to the rear.
The brand new tail unit isn’t only a styling train although: it incorporates a part of the electrical system, together with relays and the fuse field. And for additional consolation, there’s a gel layer underneath the suede seat.
The exhaust system under comes from Akrapovič, however it’s modified: North East shortened the muffler for a greater visible match with the rear finish.
Sportbikes from the flip of the century don’t often get our motors working, however this Honda ticks all our bins. And we guess it attracted loads of consideration, even surrounded by the unique equipment you discover parked up on the Isle of Man presently of 12 months.
Anybody else feeling the urge to scan the classifieds for an inexpensive, low-mileage CBR600F proper now?
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