Honda CBR600FY Reviews from United Kingdom

2000 Honda CBR600FY

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZZR600

Summary:

Superb rapid surefooted all rounder

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Absolutely well impressed with my Honda. Power delivery is smooth and progressive. Very quick at higher revs.

Handling feels sure footed and confidence inspiring. I tried taking corners I previously took on the ZZR600, and the Honda was superior in every way. It followed the road perfectly and allowed me to enter faster!

Everything on the Honda just feels right (upper market), from the fantastic finish (black) to the ergonomics to the neat and tidy cockpit. Top speed is up with the other newer 600s, although I don't ride that fast preferring to cruise around, and in that department the relaxed seating angle and comfy seat suit me perfectly.

The bike, weighing in at 170kgs, is light and nimble on the move, allowing for rapid line changing. My only gripe would be the wind blast, as the double bubble screen is too small. Never mind, I don't plan on sustaining high speeds for long if at all. Love my Honda!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2008

2000 Honda CBR600FY

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR600FY

Summary:

Probably the best middleweight sports bike ever

Faults:

The cam chain tensioner needed replacing by 5000 miles. This is a well known fault on FX and FY models. Given this, I asked the Honda dealer to change the tensioner for free - they contacted Honda UK, who authorised them to do the job at no cost to me, so top marks to Honda as my bike was already five years old at the time.

General Comments:

Apart from the tensioner, nothing else has gone wrong with the bike.

It is very comfortable (much better than the Yamaha Thundercat I had before). Doing a few hundred miles in one day is no problem. The bike does need a double bubble windscreen though. I am six feet tall and the wind blast with the standard screen hits the bottom of my helmet - the wind turbulence makes things very noisy.

The handling (especially with Metzeler Sportecs) is superb. It is a very quick steering bike that you can flick from one corner to the next, but is also very stable in corners. It is very confidence inspiring. When the back end does start to slip at extreme lean angles, the slide is very progressive; I haven't had any scary moments on it yet.

I did think about "upgrading" to a bigger bike, and had test rides on a new Yamaha R1 and the new Triumph Sprint ST. The Triumph felt no faster than the CBR, and definitely wasn't worth the extra money to me. The R1 had explosive power, but was much, much slower steering than the CBR, and took a lot more effort to ride fast - it just wasn't as fun through the twisties as the CBR. Having tried a litre bike, I don't think you need more power than a 600 gives you for road use anyway. The R1 is a lot quicker over 100 mph in a straight line, but not so in the corners, where it counts.

So overall I'll keep the CBR for its excellent mix of comfort, power and handling. It also looks pretty good, too with the matt black lower fairings with gloss black tank & upper fairings.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

4th Sep 2007, 10:18

I had a FY. Blue, red and white. I kept it for 2 years and clocked up around 14,000 miles. I rode it to Germany where I was working for 3 months. Also to Spain and France.

I bought an R1 in 2003 because I got a great deal on one. I still have the R1 but I miss the CBR. A brilliant handling motorbike, and I am sure I could ride it faster on a given road that the Yamaha.

It was very forgiving, and even loaded up with a heavy tail pack while riding through very twisty roads in Spain, it remained composed and let me get away with some sloppy riding :o).

I saw one on the Honda stand at the NEC, which prompted me to buy mine. I still think they look great in this colour scheme.

Several issues which Honda sorted: warped front disks replaced twice, mudguard cracked around mount holes, the usual cam-chain tensioner and oddly a rear wheel bearing.

If I could find one in excellent condition now, in blue, red and white, I would snap it up. I don't care what anyone says, this was a great CBR.

10th Mar 2012, 18:15

Hey there. I own a CBR600FY in blue, white and red. I also love this bike.

Was wondering, my odometer is in kilometers, even though my bike is UK registered. Does anybody know why this is??

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews