The Honda CBR600RR which was once immensely popular in international markets has slowly started losing is importance in Europe. Not because it has gotten long in the tooth but because the mid-weight super sports category, in general, has fallen out of vogue.
The motorcycle which has been one of the highly preferred sportsbikes in the old continent for 30 years is now suffering from dwindling sales.
Diminishing popularity means it won’t make sense for Honda Europe to upgrade the CBR600RR to meet Euro4 standards. MCN reports that the sportsbike will be discontinued in Europe once the Euro4 norms come into effect on January 1, 2017. After that deadline, a limited number of units could be sold in Europe under derogation rules but an updated version is certainly not in the pipeline.
The publication also reports that Honda is not keen on developing a full fledged successor to the CBR600RR since the current global motorcycle market conditions favour other segments. The current version would continue to be sold in non-Euro4 markets, including the US, untill it gets too old to be feasible.
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The spiritual successor to the sharp and focused CBR600RR could have completely different positioning and displacement. The stringent Euro4 emission norms is expected to end the lives of several similar motorcycles like the Yamaha R6, Suzuki GSX-R600, etc.
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Via – Motorcyclenews.com