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 bike 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.
The new Honda CB600F Hornet uses the same new engine from the Honda CBR600RR, obviously slightly detuned for this market. The cylinder head has been reworked and there are different pistons and camshafts. The fuelling map is different, too.
What's more, the new engine produces 5bhp more than the old lump, too, and is considerably lighter. It also offers more torque than the sporty CBR, making it considerably more user friendly.
That said, it’s still a four cylinder 600 and therefore you still have to rev it to get the most out of it. Thankfully, when you do wind it on, it sounds an absolute peach.
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.
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.
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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 also increased in size and there is a long list of genuine accessories to personalise the bike. Up front, the clocks are taken directly from Honda’s Fireblade, although the instrument panel arrangement is very similar to Kawasaki’s ER-6.
As with most Hondas, there’s the HISS immobiliser security system available for the Honda CB600F Hornet.
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