2008 Honda CBR Review


In 2008, the Honda CBR came in two models, the CBR 600 RR and the CBR 1000 RR. Both motorcycles are comfortable to ride and handle well, especially on corners. While the 1000 RR certainly garners its share of praise, owners heap endless compliments on the 2008 CBR 600, with new riders applauding it for being very easy to ride for beginners. If reviews by motorcycle journalists are to be believed, the 2008 Honda CBR 600 RR is far and away the best middleweight sport bike on the market. It is slightly behind its competitors on track tests, but reviewers say it blows the competition away on street tests. One top motorcycle magazine crowned the Honda CBR 600 RR its Supersports champion in 2007 and 2008, rating it ahead of Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki. Others proclaimed it the best middleweight bike of 2007. Reviewers give credit to its fuel injection and rear suspension systems, and electronic steering damper, among other qualities. This motorcycle takes its inspiration from the racing version of Honda’s RC 51 and the bodywork of Formula One cars. The styling is smooth and sleek, with an aggressive look.

The CBR 600 has been around since 1987, when it was a Hurricane model. It was a lightweight bike, with upgrades and other versions introduced over the years. Honda completely redesigned it for the 2007 model year, creating a stand-out in the motorcycle world. In 2008, the CBR 600 RR came in silver, graffiti, red/black, and orange/black.

New For 2008

  • Not applicable. The 2008 CBR is a carryover from the 2007 model year.

2008 Honda CBR Specs

  • Model: CBR 600 RR
  • Engine Type: Horizontal in-line four, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 67.0 mm x 42.5 mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
  • Valve Train: Double overhead cam
  • Induction: Denso 12-hole fuel injectors
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with three-dimensional mapping
  • Transmission: Manual, six-speed
  • Final Drive: #525 O-ring chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: Not available
  • Brakes (Front): Double disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc
  • Suspension (Front): 41 mm Honda Multi Action System (HMAS) cartridge fork, with adjustable pre-load and rebound damping
  • Suspension (Rear): Unit Pro-Link HMAS single shock, with adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping; aluminum
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake: 23.6°
  • Trail: 3.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 410 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR17 tubeless
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/55 ZR17 tubeless


  • Carbon fiber knee pads
  • Carbon fiber tank pad
  • CBR racing cover
  • Passenger seat cowl

Key Competitors For The 2008 Honda CBR

  • 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6
  • 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 6R
  • 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600
  • 2008 Fischer MRX 650
  • 2008 Hyosung T650R