The 1991 CBR came in one of two color schemes: Ross White
with Fighting Red or Black with Real Blue, Light Blue and Pink.
The bike had
"60" series radial tires and rated 100 hp (up from 7 hp from 1990).
The engine and chassis had a new design, the engine was a 599cc DOHC 16 valve
liquid-cooled inline four cylinder linked to a 6-speed transmission, The serial
number began JH2PC250*MM000008.
When Honda's 600 Hurricane debuted in 1987, it was a revelation. Not only was it
the quickest and most powerful middleweight ever made, but it also perfectly
satisfied the disparate needs of street riders and racers alike, with a finesse
no other sportbike had ever achieved before.
Four years later, when it was time to revamp the CBR600, Honda adhered to
exactly the same formula to create the CBR600F2: class-leading performance, but
with the same uncanny balance that characterized the original. Indeed, the F2
took over right where the Hurricane had left off, setting new class standards
for peak power, acceleration and handling as well as comfort.
In its first two years, 1991 and 1992, the F2 won every 600-class comparison
test in enthusiast magazines, even taking the laurels in two magazines as the
best sportbike money could buyperiod. The F2 took the AMA's 600 SuperSport
title as well, even duplicating the original Hurricane's feat of winning every
600 SuperSport race on the calendar in 1991.
While the formula and the subsequent results were identical to the Hurricane's,
the F2 was completely redesigned, from the wheels on up. The 599cc powerplant
was six pounds lighter, considerably more compact and boasted an astonishing 100
horsepower, thanks to more oversquare cylinder dimensions, 2mm larger
carburetors, a higher compression ratio and significant reductions in internal
That more potent engine bolted into a stiffer, shorter-wheelbase frame that was
composed of rectangular-section steel. And virtually every piece of unsprung
weight was made lighter, yet more effective, from the brakes to the suspension
components to the RC30-style U-spoke wheels and low-profile radial tires. Just
as the F2's power and acceleration was a quantum leap over its predecessor, so
was the F2's handling. And yet it still managed to balance those qualities with
a comfort that marked the first CBR600 and still characterizes the current F4
To say the enthusiast press liked the F2 understates the
"... the CBR600F2 ... combines a new standard of middleweight performance with
the greatest comfort and versatility in the class." Cycle, July 1991
"The CBR has, above all, balance." Cycle World, July 1992
"Comfortable ergonomics, agile handling, and more horsepower than anything else
in the class make the CBR600F2 the machine to beat." Motorcyclist, June 1992
"... the CBR600F2 takes a middleweight's inherent virtues and amplifies them
into almost unassailable advantages." Sportbike, 1992
Over the course of its four-year tenure, the F2 remained virtually unchanged, a
clear testament to the bike's inherent rightness. The F2, just as every CBR600
before or since, rewrote the rules of performance plus practicality, not only in
the 600 class, but in all of motorcycling. Honda's CBR600F2 was a generation
ahead of its competitors, and once again struck the perfect balance of poise and