2009 Honda CBR Review


In 2009, famed Japanese manufacturer Honda released four different CBR motorcycle models to meet the various riding needs of its consumer base. But, while each variation has specifications that make it unique from the others, the 2009 Honda CBR 600 RR ABS is undoubtedly the most popular of the four.

With a 429-pound curb weight and 44.7-inch height, the 2009 Honda CBR 600 RR ABS is a solidly built bike, but also one that is stylish, with a sleek plastic sporting body type and aluminum frame. Adjustable vinyl seats provide comfort to a bike that already has plenty of class, while a passenger seat allows for a companion to enjoy the open road alongside the driver.

The signature feature of the 2009 CBR 600 RR ABS is undoubtedly its top of the line anti-lock brake system. The bike’s 12.2-inch front dual disc and 8.7-inch rear disc brakes serve multiple purposes. Not only do they keep the wheels from locking, but they also allow for smooth stops, even under less than ideal riding conditions.

Speaking of the wheels, the Honda CBR 600 RR comes with two aluminum tubeless wheels, which measure 17 inches in diameter and 5.5 inches in width. Combine them with a pair of Dunlop ZR17 tires, and they create a smooth drive for riders, regardless of ability level. With a back tire measuring slightly larger (180) than the front (120), the bike has a balanced ride, as well.

In addition to the wheels and tires, top-of-the-line suspension and steering also help make the 2009 Honda CBR 600 RR ABS one of the most easy to navigate bikes on the road. It comes equipped with a 1.6-inch inverted fork front end suspension, as well as adjustable fork pre-load, and front adjustable rebound damping as well. The bike’s rear is slightly different and features a twin-sided swing arm suspension.

But what wins out on the Honda CBR 600 RR ABS, above all, is its powerful engine. The bike has an impressive fuel-injected, four-cylinder, horizontal in-line engine, with an electric starter and DOHC valve configuration. The bike also has a six-speed manual transmission and a 4.8-gallon fuel capacity, proving this motorcycle is not only powerful, but efficient with gas, too.

Furthermore, the Honda CBR 600 RR also comes with a number of extra features that make it competitive with any other bike on the road. It is aligned with standard exterior covers and guards, in addition to both driver- and passenger-side foot pegs. Unlike some of its competitors, this motorcycle also has a standard speedometer, temperature warning light, and fuel gauge as well. Standard under-seat storage allows the rider and passenger to carry extra supplies for especially long trips.

Finally, if the Honda CBR 600 RR ABS doesn’t seem like the bike for you, the manufacturer came out with three other models in 2009, which may better suit a rider's needs: the 600 RR, the 1000 RR, and the 1000 RR ABS. The key difference between the bikes lies in the fact that the 600 RR and 1000 RR don’t come with anti-lock breaking systems, while the 1000 RR and 1000 RR ABS come with a slightly more powerful engine. The 600 RR ABS and 600 RR have a 40 mm fuel injector, while the 1000 RR and 1000 RR ABS are both 46 mm.

New For 2009

  • In 2008 the bike was 184 kg with fluids, but it got 10 kg heavier in 2009.

2009 Honda CBR Specs

  • Model:CBR 600 RR ABS
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.64 x 1.67 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel Injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 32.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 429.9 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/70 ZR17


  • Speedometer
  • Fuel Level Gauge
  • Fuel Tank Cover
  • Hand Grips
  • Under-Seat Storage
  • Trip Odometer

Key Competitors For The 2009 Honda CBR

  • Yamaha YZF-R6
  • Suzuki GSX-R600