CB600F Hornet reborn
13 February 2007 15:09
How does it ride?
Although the majority of our test in Portugal was spent riding in the wet or mountain fog and mist, from the first twist of the throttle it becomes immediately apparent the Hornet is very user-friendly and it still feels like a Hornet.
It’s light, all the weight is low down and it takes no time to get used to.
Helping this is the fact that the fuelling is faultless, which is just what you need in tricky conditions, plus the fact that there’s a decent amount of mid-range grunt.
OK, it’s still a four-cylinder 600, so if you want to raise a smile you need to rev it.
But if you want to relax there’s enough mid-range to let you be lazy with the gearbox.
The standard brakes are more than strong enough with plenty of feel in the tricky conditions. And the non-adjustable forks work well, too, although they are slightly on the soft side if pushing really hard.
In all honesty, however, in the tricky conditions it was difficult to push the Hornet to its handling limits.
That said it was clear the new Hornet it going to be a favourite amongst inexperienced riders due to its ease of use, but this doesn’t make the Hornet boring.
Far from it.
I’m really struggling to find a fault with the new Hornet, although the conditions didn’t allow me to push it to its handling limits.
At just over £5000 it’s a lot of bike for the money which can live in almost any situation. It will be interesting if it can match the sporty new Fazer, plus Kawasaki’s new Z750…