CB600F Hornet reborn
13 February 2007 15:09
The old CB600F Hornet was showing its age, primarily due to an engine that can be traced back the mid-’90s.
Which is why for 2007 Honda has given us an entirely new bike.
They say it had three goals: It had to look cool, be easy to ride and have class-leading performance. They’ve almost scored a hat-trick.
It can’t all be new?
Yes it is. Nothing remains of the old bike. At its heart is the latest CBR600RR motor, but detuned to make it more user-friendly.
The cylinder head has been reworked, there are different pistons and camshafts and the fuelling map is different, too.
Even so, the new engine is still 5bhp up over the old lump and considerably lighter.
The chassis is now aluminium not steel, and the suspension front and rear is all-new, though there is still only preload adjustment on the back.
Interestingly, regarding brakes, there are two options available, with a combined linked system with ABS available for extra cost.
If you choose the ABS option you’ll run three-piston calipers up front.
Style was a high priority, hence the dramatic lines. Personally, I love the exhaust, which is reminiscent of the old 400-4 from the mid-’70s – and also reduces weight.
The new duel bulb headlight replaces the dated single headlight from the old bike.
The clocks are stolen from Honda’s FireBlade, although the instrument panel arrangement is very similar to Kawasaki’s ER-6.