For the second year running, Honda's incredible CBR600F3 righteously spanked the competition in the
600 Supersport class. And for 1997, the F3 is better in every way imaginable. More power. More comfort.
Even better handling. More aerodynamic. In short, since the competition doesn't stand a chance of
keeping up, we've started competing against ourselves, and you're the winner.
A glance at the F3's bodywork will show the more streamlined rear tail section, along with a front fender designed to improve downforce and steering precision at high speeds. And because not everyone spends their life at the track, the most user-friendly real-world 600 in the class gets a new seat that's been re-profiled to make it even more comfortable.
|engine||599cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|bore and stroke||65 x 45.2 mm|
|final drive||O-ring sealed chain, 15/43|
|front suspension||41mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping|
|rear suspension||Pro-link Hmas single shock with 7-position spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping and compression damping|
|front brakes||dual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers|
|rear brakes||single disc with single-piston caliper|
|front tire||120/60ZR-17 radial|
|rear tire||160/60ZR-17 radial|
|ground clearance||5.1 inches|
|dry weight||405.6 pounds|
|fuel capacity||4.5 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve|
|colors||purple/yellow; black/red/white; red|