Sales have collapsed in the 600cc supersport market worldwide, virtually halting development. The R6 is now seven years old, this year's new ZX-6R might have TC and 636cc, but is otherwise just a facelift of the old version and the GSX-R is over half a decade old too. For its sixth birthday, Honda is giving the CBR600RR new headlights and BPF forks. ...

Sales have collapsed in the 600cc supersport market worldwide, virtually halting development. The R6 is now seven years old, this year's new ZX-6R might have TC and 636cc, but is otherwise just a facelift of the old version and the GSX-R is over half a decade old too. For its sixth birthday, Honda is giving the CBR600RR new headlights and BPF forks.

Straight from Big Red's mouth, updates to the CBR are: - Redesigned, centrally located ram-air intake system and improved ECU and PGM-DSFI setting deliver more power in the midrange and enhanced throttle response in the high-rpm range. - New 41mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) features a larger damper piston that generates damping forces at lower internal pressures to allow for smoother, more responsive fork action. Adjustable for spring preload plus compression and rebound damping adjustability. - Unit Pro-Link® rear suspension features a revised shock with new damper settings for improved overall performance. - Using knowledge gained from the Honda RC212V MotoGP race program, aerodynamic improvements were made to this newest CBR600RR, which shows a 6.5 percent decrease in drag over the previous model. The development and testing used with this all-new CBR600RR bodywork, in turn, led to aerodynamic advancements that have been incorporated into the current RC213V MotoGP racing machine. - This newly found aerodynamic efficiency lends itself to more agile handling and improved wind deflection for enhanced rider comfort. - Repsol Edition racing colors available for the first time ever on the CBR600RR (standard model only). - Standard model available in Red, Repsol Edition or White/Blue/Red. C-ABS model available in Red only. In-person, the new lights and more abrupt fairing actually look stunning. Those lights slant inwards, helping direct air into the central ram-air intake. The overall look is aggressive, but clean and has a distinct air of SciFi too it. I could easily see the 600RR playing an evil-natured robot in some dystopian future. gallery link