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Cycle News 2013 Issue 15 April 16

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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FIRST RIDE P72 2013 HONDA CBR600RR THE CN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEVIN WING F or the first time since the economy highsided in the late 2000s, things are beginning to rumble again in the middleweight sportbike category. The once hugely popular class, which was hit hard by the recession and then pretty much ignored by all of the manufacturers so they could design and produce more efficient, practical and economical motorcycles, is showing signs of life again, first with Kawasaki's re-introduction of the 636 and now with Honda sprucing up its CBR600RR. Unfortunately, we can't quite call the CBR600RR "all-new," but the latest edition is somewhat new and it's definitely enough to warrant some much-needed excitement. The CBR600RR, which made its debut in 2003, has not seen a lot of love since its last makeover in 2007. In a normal world, that would be an eternity in what is normally a highly competitive class that often defined the term cutting-edge. Obviously, times have changed. Honda was careful about what it did to the 2013 CBR600RR After all, it was already a muchloved machine and Honda wanted to keep it that way. While it might not be considered by many as the number-one 600cc track bike of late, no one denies that it is already one of the best everyday middleweight sportbikes out SPRUCE HONDA HAS DONE SOME WORK TO IT

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