Honda CBR600F4




Magazine Reviews and Comparisons

Magazine Articles Database:
I've developed a database of magazine articles that can be used to find articles instead of having to thumb through the actual magazines. Here is a sample list.

BikeNet:
Honda CBR600F '99 - Road Test  December 1998. http://www.bikenet.com

Cycle News On-line:
http://www.cyclenews.com/

Honda Motorcycles:
Official Web Site for Honda motorcycles, in English. http://www.hondamotorcycle.com/

Interactive Motorcycle
The Fantastic F4? http://www.activebike.com/

Motorcycle Online:
1999 600cc Supersport Shootout / First Ride: 1999 Honda CBR600F4  /     http://motorcycle.com


MotorCycleWorld:
New for '99 600cc Shoutout  / 1999 Honda CBR600  /  10 Years of the CBR600  /     http://www.erack.com/mcw/

Two Wheeled Fun (2WF) 
Honda CBR600F4   /  http://www.2wf.com/  
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~john/vfr/

 


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CBR FAQ page:
Rookie Tips, Lower Fender "Hugger" for the F4 review, Phuzzy's Guide to Wheelies, Phuzzy's Guide to Burnouts, Phuzzy's Guide to Stoppies, Phuzzy's Guide to Evading the Law, Phuzzy's HIGH speed ride.

 


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CBR600F4 Problem Reports

CBR600F4 Cam Problems:
Source: Motorcyclist August 1999, p. 29

Motorcyclist has learned that Honda's '99 CBR600F4 may be subject to partial cam-bearing seizures due to improperly torqued camshaft caps—surprising news given Big Red's stellar reputation for reliability and quality control.

Motorcyclists' sister publication Motor Cycle News broke the story in its April 28th edition, reporting that an improperly torqued cam cover (a new, single-piece unit for '99) could be pushed sideways and lead to a pinched bearing on either the exhaust or inlet camshaft. According to MCN, a Honda U.K. rep said, "The bearing doesn't exactly lock solid; the engine just gets very noisy…"

American Honda admits it's seen about a half-dozen of these partial-seizures (out of 2500-3000 units sold), and that, according to PR Manager Pete terHorst, "it appears that none of them were racing, all of them were low-mileage, and our initial determination is that the camshaft holders may have been improperly torqued-down… The process for installing the camshaft holder is critical in terms of the torque sequence and the amount of lubrication that's used on the journals. If it's excessive it could actually cause a little bit of a problem."

The fix? Honda told us that the few U.S. customers who've experienced the problem have "gotten all-new parts… whatever they needed," and that dealers have been alerted to the proper torquing procedure. "We don't think it's a major issue." says terHorst.

We'll wait and see how it all plays out; in the meantime, F4 owners should check with their dealers for any updated information. –G.V.M.

 


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