Classic Sportbike on the Cheap: 1987 Honda CBR600
For Sale: 1987 Honda CBR 600 Hurricane
Are you a little tired of seeing overpriced unobtainium? Are you looking for something “classic” but a little more realistic on the price? Devoted CSBFS readers, this post is for you! What we have today is a decidedly average (by today’s standard anyways) Honda sportbike: a 1987 CBR600 “Hurricane.”
So what is so special about a 24 year old sportbike? Well, this one introduced a number of firsts for Honda, and became the foundation for a top-tier middleweight model that continues to this day. Not too bad for something that you can pick up for less than the cost of a major service or refurb on one of those collector Ducatis…
The Hurricane was introduced during a period of massive sportbike development by the industry: Kawasaki knocked the world’s collective socks off with their 900 Ninja a few years earlier, and Suzuki rolled out the iconic GSX-R series during the same period. But the Hurricane was very special indeed, for it brought legitimate performance to the middleweight class – something that was lacking until it’s release. Here is a great Honda advert from this era (even the Ninja fears a hurricane), courtesy of a fantastic Honda resource, The CBR Forum
From the seller:
UP FOR SALE IS A WHITE WITH RED STRIPES 1987 HONDA HURRICANE 600. IT HAS ~20,000 MILES AND RUNS EXCELLENT. THERE ARE SOME SMALL COSMETIC BLEMISHES AND A FEW SMALL CRACKS IN THE PLASTIC. IT HAS NEVER BEEN DOWN JUST DROPPED BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER. SINCE I HAVE HAD IT, I HAVE NOT HAD ANY ISSUES. I PUT ON BRAND NEW TIRES TWO YEARS AGO THAT HAVE ~1000 MILES ON THEM. I AM SELLING SINCE I HAVE A NEW BIKE. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THE AUCTION EARLY SINCE I AM TRYING TO SELL IT LOCALLY.
With the Hurricane, Honda created their first liquid cooled, inline four cylinder mid-sized sportbike. The CBR offered 750 performance (first 600 to break into the 12s bracket on the strip), top level components such as triple disk brakes and twin spar frame, and fully enclosed bodywork. This is still a striking motorcycle today.
This bike is not perfect; it has lived a relatively easy life, but shows some signs of wear. The mileage is not a concern (after all, it is a Honda), and the bodywork pieces – while not cheap – are still readily available. The Micron pipe is a nice addition, and I’m sure it helps the little 600 howl a bit at RPM.
The good news in all of this is the price: the opening ask is only $1,000, with reserve still in place. There is no telling what the reserve is set at, but the bike also has a BIN of $2,200. Somewhere between the two you will find a very well-priced piece of Honda history that can be ridden and enjoyed today. Now that is MY definition of a classic! For more information, . Good Luck!