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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

It’s been a long time coming, but thankfully Honda has given us a new Honda CB600F Hornet for 2007. The only similarity to the old model is the name; it’s an entirely new bike running the same engine as their current CBR600RR. It shares the old Honda CB600F Hornet's qualities, it's easy to ride; great handling and fun. The new Honda CB600F Hornet should appeal to wide audience with its new Italian funky styling.

- Check out hondahornet.co.uk for a forum chock-full of info, knowledge and advice on all things Hornet.  

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The new Honda CB600F Hornet uses the same new engine from the Honda CBR600RR, obviously slightly detuned for this market. The revised motor actually produces more torque than the CBR and is user friendly. However it’s a four cylinder 600 therefore you still have to rev it to get the most out of, thankfully it sounds a peach on the Honda CB600F Hornet when you do.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CB600F Hornet is so damn easy to ride and should appeal to new riders, yet at the same time has sporting potential if the mood should take you. The new Honda CB600F Hornet is incredibly light and agile thanks to its slimfast plan over the last few years, however there is only pre-load adjustment on the rear suspension and the front is slightly on the soft side.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

For a few hundred pounds you can chose the combined linked ABS braking Honda CB600F Hornet model, ideal in tricky conditions and especially for new riders. The Honda CB600F Hornet fuel tank has increased in size and there is a long list of genuine accessories to personalise the bike. As with most Honda there’s the HISS immobiliser security system available for the Honda CB600F Hornet.

Click here for the 10 best parts for the Honda Hornet 600, as recommended by real owners at hondahornet.co.uk.

Honda CB600F Hornet (2007-2013)

Detail Value
New price £6,999
Dealer used prices
£3,600 (2007) - £6,070 (2012)
Private used prices
£2,990 (2007) - £5,460 (2012)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Considering the price Honda hasn’t let the build quality of the Honda CB600F Hornet drop. Like the old Honda CB600F Hornet it feels solid and secure and should last, the old Hornet was renowned for its reliability as couriers in London proved. The new design Honda CB600F Hornet looks funky and really stands out from the crowd.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At just over £5000 the Honda CB600F Hornet is exceptional value for money, it can commute, tour, the jack of all trades if you like. Compared to the competition the Honda CB600F Hornet is competitively priced and as it’s a Honda should hold its value, when it comes to trade in for a larger or newer model. Find a Honda Hornet for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2007: New Honda CB600F Hornet launched.
2011: CB600FA Hornet [£6,805]

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Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.7 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Weight 173 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 67 x 42.5mm four stroke inline four. Six gears
Frame Aluminium backbone
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes 2 x 296mm front discs with twin piston caliper (three piston ABS)
Rear brake 240mm disc with 1-pot caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 X 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(23 reviews)

  • hornet buzz

    macrobe

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I picked up a snow white Hornet June 1st last year, since then i added 120km to its counter each day, except for when it is raining - which does not happen a lot, as i live in Southern Spain. I had a small color matching fairing and a rear hugger mounted to it - a matter of taste. In the white skin i have it, it is a true looker. The response i had with this bike is unlike anything i ever experienced. Passer by's just stopped and circled around it when it is parked in the street. Anyway, about the ride, after 8 months and 17000km on the clock i can say this: the new Hornet is truly a great ride. Comfortable, agile and swift in acceleration, no a lot of traffic has passed me by i have to say. The combined abs is superb on sudden straight stops and makes the bike drift sideways when braking heavy in sharp bends, but is always keeping the bike in perfect control. One thing that i have experienced a couple of times - and consider a downer just for happening - was the gearbox jumping out of gear between 5th and 6th gears, causing the engine to rev in the red zone. besides this i give this bike a five star rating.

    13 January 2009

  • Test Ride by newbie

    DeeWunnaWunga

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Firstly you should know where I'm coming from: This is the first 'proper' bike I've tested in my search since passing my test just recently, and I come from a CBR125. I've got little to compare it with therefore though there may be those in similar situation who may appreciate my feedback so here goes: I gave it a good long ride, including Junc 23-17 and back! Really easy to ride, plenty of speed and great delivery, sounds fantastic, looks great I think. Delivery is smooth yet veeery aggressive if you want it to be. Steering is light at very low speed, I was able to do some very controlled manoevres easily in a quiet narrow street. (I tried to test everything.) My only complaints, which are important to me is Motorway riding. Of course, I've got nothing to compare it to, least of all other nakeds, but I got well blasted by the wind and could only cope with short bursts of high speed. However please note I wasn't wearing leathers and my lid is a Multitec pull-up. The other complaint is Mirrors. These seem ok when you're sitting on it in the shop but out on the road I couldn't see squat, and wasn't able to adjust them favourably. On the motorway at speed this is even more of a problem as you're leaning forward to cope with windrush and theyr're obviously not mounted on any frontal fairing. Take it or leave it, this is my review - discount it if you like re. my experience but don't get me wrong - I think it's an awesome bike!!!

    12 October 2008

  • What an engine!

    Marco33

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I recently purchased a new Hornet after selling my 02 CBR 600 F-Sport. I do a lot of commuting and was after something practical, good-looking but still sporty enough to be exciting to ride. And the Hornet is all of these things and more. It's sooooooo easy to ride, it looks and sounds great, and the engine is fantastic. Decent amount of grunt low down where you need it, but with it being the CBR 600RR engine it has loads of top end power too. Im really, really pleased with it.

    13 August 2008

  • Wicked bike

    Rodrigo De Faria

    Kingston Upon Thames , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Got mine back in September, wrote a comment on the day I've purchased. Bike is really fun.Sometimes I enjoy just going to my garage and turning on just to hear the noise. Looks great, aggressive, easy to ride, fast,beautiful piece. Yeah it needs a flyscreen for motorway and the one from honda it is quite small and it doesn't look nice. As matter of fact can't find a nice one yet.Have 5000 miles so far, change the tires from the Bridgestone for a sweet pair of Michelin Pilot Power 2ct and I am loving it. and FYI, I always clock my mileages and I have been riding 150 miles in the city with one tank,and because the tank warning starts flashing at 120 miles I am always afraid of wait for longer before I stop.But when I top up my tank can't get more than 16/17 liters so I reckon I may be able to ride 160 with the 19 liters tank. :)

    06 June 2008

  • Chav education

    BurnR

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    When I was looking for a new bike I spent ages looking for reviews from people who have actually owned and ridden the bike they were pimping, and to be honest good reviews are hard to find. So I decided that as soon as I could write a review that was useful, I would ……. So hear we go. Bought it back in Nov 07 Red / ABS, and have covered 5000 miles so far. My last bike was a Honda CBF 500 (we all have to start somewhere). I have had no problems with the bike at all (well it’s a Honda what else would you expect?). It’s good points are, as mentioned before it’s a Honda and it looks cool and I mean cool. It’s so easy to ride (easier than the old man bike I had before), I have never had the feeling it was going to bite me for making small mistakes. Its got a clock. It has a proper size fuel tank (19l). It’s narrow, so whipping through traffic on he A12 is actually a pleasure (BMW bike owners please pull in and let us pass). I have no idea what the fuel economy is like and with the way that I ride it at the moment I don’t want to, so sorry I can’t be of help on that point. It has just the right engine range that you need i.e. if you are commuting and need to get from A to B it will deliver all you need with good power output at low revs so you don’t have to change gear every 30 sec. Like wise if you are commuting, sat at traffic lights and a chav in a Honda civic R decides that he owns the road, with very little effort at all you can show him the true meaning of ‘power to weight ratio’ and still have room for as smug glance backwards. Oh did I mention that it sounds as cool as it looks when employing the ‘educating chav mode’. Combined ABS well what can I say wet / dry / icy, when you press on the brakes ….. the bike stops …. I don’t think that needs any more said about it except this, on two occasions this amazing invention has prevented me from a trip to the local A+E department, and being that this is Queens in Romford its not a bad thing. Bad points, the mirrors, as you have seen from other reviews you need to move your shoulders to use them. It needs the optional extra rear hugger to protect the underside from all the salt, grit and dirt on the road. So all in all this is a top bike with great reliability and all the performance you need for the commute and the weekend. Oh did I mention it looks and sounds cool. R

    17 April 2008

  • Great Bike!

    Jo Parker

    UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Just got my new Hornet 10 days ago and I am very very happy with it, sorry but no faults (maybe I am easily pleased?).

    12 March 2008

  • Lethal bike..the dogz!

    mrmoses

    BELFAST , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is first proper bike and just getting used to it. Really can't fault it at all, would advise the ABS version for the weather we have, though I got a good deal on the non-abs version so went for it. Love the acceleration on the open road and its really nimble when in town, buy one- you won't regret it..and looks great to..

    15 January 2008

  • Top bike

    richard_b

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Hi all. Done 1500 miles on my new hornet now and it's been great so far. No problems (just the weather!) Increased rear preload 2 notches to take account of my weight (15st) and handling feels better to me. only complaint is struggling to get the mirrors in a nice position. Otherwise, brilliant. Have fun!

    06 January 2008

  • I'm loving it

    Rodrigo De Faria

    Kingston Upon Thames , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just got my one, so can't go to fast. But the engine is so sweet and I am really enjoying.Looking forward to buy a fly screen once I have some spare cash.

    27 September 2007

  • My First Bike

    Roger Ramjet

    SOUTH OCKENDON , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    It may be my first bike, so you can take this with a pinch of salt, but I love everything about this bike. The power, brakes and handling seem amazing and now the first service is out of the way the extra revs are astounding. I find this bike easy to ride both around country lanes and filtering through London and i've not had a single 'moment' where I felt the bike didn't like me. I bought this bike because I felt I could learn to ride properly on it and so far it feels like the best purchase I've ever made. PS If you get stuck behind me filtering on the A13, Sorry, but not for long

    22 August 2007

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WICKED

Had mine for 1 year now, and used it most days for work and the odd weekend ride outs with mates. Changed the exhaust can for a Leo Vince SBK, and it sounds much better. Changed the hideous standard levers for some black shorty levers with span adjusters. New rear tyre after 5000 miles, recommend the michelin pilot power 2ct. Sticks like glue to the corners, love it.  Going to have a go on a track day this summer, but as it is my first ever, wont be pushing it too far. This bike has everything you could want, power, torque, top end, good brakes, lightweight, low seat height, comfortable riding position, good fuel economy, fantastic cornering ability and looks wicked too.

16 June 2009 18:41

pistonhead

pistonheadsays

Hornet

I've placed an order for mine and should be collecting it on the 6th September.  The days can't pass quick enough and really looking forward to geting out on the road.  The 600 miles run in should take not time at all.

Hopefully we will see a few more sunny days too.

28 August 2008 14:15

markovich88

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fabulous

brought mine in May, my second Hornet as i had one back in 2002. Have ridden every day since and love the ease of use, build quality and reliability. Only wish it was a bit louder but i'm sure there will be after market systems available soon to change all that

26 October 2007 20:35

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