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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.  

Watch the Honda Hornet take on Triumph's Street Triple, Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, Suzuki's GSR600, Kawasaki's Z750 and Ducati's Monster

 

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
£3,610 (2007) - £6,140 (2012)
Private used prices
£2,980 (2007) - £5,530 (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)

  • Inspired by Hornet

    mike4bike

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike is superb, road tested a lot of makes and models but had to have this one as soon as it felt right after covering only a number of miles on it. The handling is spot on and the engine is fantastic throughout the rev range. Honda have got this hornet bang on, excellent

    28 June 2007

  • hot hornet

    TERRY MAXWELL-SHORT

    MALAGA , GS

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    just bought 2 for the bike tours the wife and me are doing the first few km on them to get to know them, i must say well impressed found the seat a bit hard on a long run,need more padding!,the wife said that was the only moan she had with it ,she loves the handling,and and the chimney!!it will suit the women and not so experienced, rider, but us pros will love it for its fun factor.!!

    22 May 2007

  • Awesome so far...

    Sind

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well, I picked up the bike this morning and its awesome! Still have to ride it in, so I've kept it under 7000rmp. Maneuverable, sounds great and built damn well. I'll have to ride it some more to make sure I'm happy with ratings I've given it...and well get it up to speed, but I can't imagine my mind changing.

    31 March 2007

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Lewdavies

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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

markovich88says

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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