Over the years, when Honda produced the Hurricane or CBR600 motorcycle, many cosmetic but few engineering changes altered the design. Honda's CBR series still has many fans today. Dedicated websites keep this motorcycle in the forefront for collectors and Honda lovers alike. If you're rebuilding a CBR600 to its original condition, you need to know the factory specifications.
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A 599-cc, four-stroke, inline cooled engine came standard on Honda's CBR600 F3 model in 1998. The four-valve engine produced 105 horsepower at 12,000rpm. Ram air intakes were introduced in this model year for the first time on the CBR series.
The 1998 version features better engine response and increased compression over earlier models. The addition of the ram air intakes increased the midrange power and produced a smooth producing engine without any major power losses through the speed and rpm ranges.
Tested at zero to 60mph in 3.2 seconds, this bike easily reaches 140mph and still produces an excellent comfort ride at recommended speed limits with the power to pass and accelerate out of dangerous situations. Top end speed maxes out at 160mph.
Honda also re-tweaked its ignition wiring for this model year, adding to the improved engine performance.
The six-speed transmission with a chain-driven driveshaft came standard. Honda also improved its suspension system during this year, adding to the smooth handling and ride.
The 1998 CBR600 F3 brake system consisted of a 296-mm disc, dual-piston caliper brake up front with a 220-mm disc single, piston caliper brake in the rear.
Seat height from the factory stood at 31.9 inches with a wheelbase of 55.3 inches. Dry weights, without oil, gas or other fluids, came in at slight over 181kg.
Overall, the CBR600 F3 could carry two for short touring trips or handle a racetrack.
By 1998, Honda had created a sleek look with this sport-class motorcycle. Early models featured a steel grab bar. In 1998, Honda reshaped the bar to blend with the bikes aerodynamics and changed from the steel to a flashier alloy.
The 1998 tail light increased in size over previous year versions, adding to better visibility to motorists.
These two differences make up the obvious visual signs of changes.
Honda maintained the same sport-class aerodynamic lines it had in previous years. The red, white and blue colour combination with racing stripes of previous year models continued into this year's models.
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