2004 Honda CBR Review


The MSRP for the Honda CBR 600 F4i is around $8,200, the Honda CBR 600RR is around $8,600 and the 1000RR MSRP is closer to $11,000. The 2004 Honda CBR 600 F4i features a one piece seat while the 600RR and 1000RR models feature a two piece seat. All of the seats are made of vinyl and meant to accommodate two people. Riders praise the handling capabilities of the CBR 600 F4i but also warn that this makes it easy for novice riders to overextend themselves and get in over their heads at high speeds.

The bike has exceptional balance and comes equipped with foot pegs for the driver and passenger as well. This is an ideal choice for a fun starter bike because its handle, requires low maintenance and has good brakes as well. The CBR 600 F4i has a smooth ride that makes it easier to accelerate up to high speeds without realizing it. The performance, handling and design are some of the most impressive things about Honda’s CBR 1000RR sport bike. For most riders, the 1000RR is comfortable, has a responsive throttle and is just as easy to handle as the CBR 600RR.

Many riders love the cornering ability of the 1000RR and feel it’s one of the best sport bikes to own. Many riders love the suspension and handling adjustability, making this is a great bike to take on the track. Riders typically feel that the 600RR absorbs bumps on the road just as well as any sport bike currently on the market. The CBR 600RR gets around 45 mpg on average for many riders. Some complain that riding on the 600RR for more than a few hours at a time can result in back and rest pain at times. There are several people that still use these sport bikes as a daily rider, underscoring the durability and reliability of Honda’s 2004 CBR series.

New For 2004

  • For 2004, Honda reduced the number of CBR trim levels from five down to three.
  • The 2003 CBR 600 F and 600 FS were replaced with the 2004 Honda CBR 600 F4i.
  • The 2003 CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird and the 900 RR Fireblade were replaced with the 2004 CBR 1000RR. The CBR 2004 600RR was carryover from the previous year. Overall, riders have indicated that they prefer the 2003 models over those released the next year.
  • The 2004 Honda CBR models were still preferred substantially over the majority of the bikes currently on the market.
  • The New additions on Honda's 2004 CBR 600 F4i included a silver painted frame and a more comfortable one-piece seat.
  • The racing capabilities of the 2004 CBR 1000 RR is the only thing riders prefer over the performance from the 1000 XX Super Blackbird model.
  • Riders indicated that the 2004 CBR 600RR had lower maintenance costs, was a better value for the money and was safer on the road than the 2003 model as well.
  • Riders attributed lower maintenance costs, superior touring capabilities and lowered accidental risk to the 2004 CRB 600 F4i over the 2003 600 F model.

2004 Honda CBR Specs

  • CBR 600F4i, 600RR, 1000RR
  • Engine Type: 599 cc, 998 cc 4-cylinder 4-stroke horizontal in-line
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.64 inches x 1.67 inches, 2.96 x 2.23
  • Compression ratio: 12:1,11:9:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, 0.9 gallon reserve; 4.8 gallons, 1.06 gallon reserve
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: n/a
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork, Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 54.4 inches, 54.7 inches, 55.6 inches
  • Rake: n/a, 24.0°, 23.8°
  • Trail: n/a, 3.7 inches, 4 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.7 inches, 32.3 inches, 32.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 370 pounds, 396 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR17, 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/55 ZR17, 190/50 ZR17


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  • Cycle Cover
  • Tank Pad
  • Black Magnetic Tank Bag

Key Competitors For The 2004 Honda CBR

  • The 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
  • The 2004 Triumph Daytona 600
  • The 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600
  • The 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Mladin Replica Edition
  • The 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
  • The 2004 Yamaha YZF R6