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Used Motorcycles: Honda CB900F Hornet buyers guide

By MCN -

 14 August 2009 09:51

Used price: £2,100 - £4,600
Engine: 919cc 8v inline four, 6 gears
Power: 110bhp
Top speed: 135mph
Weight: 194kg    

The CB900F Hornet might not of been the naked Fireblade everyone was hoping for, but it is fun and reliable workhorse that'll get you to work all week and still raise a smile on Sundays.  

The Hornet 900 features a detuned version of the 918cc CBR900RR Fireblade motor. It's the best thing about the bike - smooth, torquey and 110bhp. The gearbox is a joy to use too.

The ride isn't particulaly sporty though, which isn't helped by the non-adjustable forks. It's more easy-going than sharp. That's not to say its unpleasant and it performs well at sensible speeds - the Hornet 900 would make a great commuter.

The CB900F is a basic looking motorcycle and certain details (such as the mudguards and mirrors) lack class, but overall it's a reliable and well made Honda that's easy to service and maintain.

When new, the Honda's somewhat dull looks and lack of excitement meant that it couldn't really compete with more harcore naked competition like the Aprilia Tuono. But because it was so overlooked, used prices are low and today it makes a lot of sense for someone looking for a bargain do-it-all bike.

When buying look for bikes with the optional Honda screen, hugger and crash bungs. A centre stand was an optional extra too, so watch out for those as it'll make your life a lot easier. Check for notchy head bearings too.

MCN verdict

Handling

3/5

Engine

4/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

3/5

OVERALL

3/5

 

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