1997 Honda CBR600F3 Motorcycle
1997 Honda CBR600F3

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.

engine599cc DOHC liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
bore and stroke65 x 45.2 mm
compression ratio12.0:1
transmissionclose-ratio six-speed
final driveO-ring sealed chain, 15/43
front suspension41mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping
rear suspensionPro-link Hmas single shock with 7-position spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping and compression damping
front brakesdual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers
rear brakessingle disc with single-piston caliper
front tire120/60ZR-17 radial
rear tire160/60ZR-17 radial
ground clearance5.1 inches
seat height31.9
wheelbase55.3 inches
dry weight405.6 pounds
fuel capacity4.5 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve
colorspurple/yellow; black/red/white; red

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