The race-focused middleweight is another Euro4 emission casualty.
From January 1st, 2017 the new European emission standards come into force and that means that there’ll be very little hope of the much-loved 600cc supersport surviving.
Despite no official word from Honda themselves, MCN are quoting ‘Japanese sources’ that have stated/whispered that there will not be a European replacement for the bike.
We’ve written before about the costs of development for Supersport machines – we interviewed Lee Johnston about that specific class of motorcycle before this year’s IOM TT – and with the sales of these ‘small’ sportsbikes diminishing year-on-year, there’s little cause for manufacturers to invest in developing new engines to fit with new regulations.
Just 150 of the Honda CBR600RR were imported into the UK in 2015.
So, despite stating that the existing model could still be around for sale in markets not affected by the Euro standards, and even with the UK having voted for extraction from the European union, it’s safe to say that the British roads aren’t going to be troubled by any new CBR600RR’s from next year.