Hornet returns! Honda revive legendary naked bike name for surprise concept at Eicma

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Honda have announced plans to revive the iconic Hornet name - revealing a surprise naked bike concept at the Eicma trade show, in Milan.

The Japanese firm delivered the announcement at the end of their annual news conference at the beginning of the first day of the show, confirming that the name would return for a future model year.

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Sitting alongside this bold statement was a new, raked out naked concept on their stand, which lays the foundations for the new machine.

Honda Hornet concept engine diagram

There are no official details on the bike at this stage, however we can tell you that it will be powered by a combustion engine, with accompanying sound effects around the stage suggesting it will be a revvy, mid-sized parallel-twin, complete with a quick shifter.

Outside of that, the front nose piece bears a good resemblance with KTM’s 890 Duke range – a likely rival for the new bike when it arrives. We'd expect it to produce in the region of 100bhp to 115bhp, too.

Also visible are aggressive shoulders on either side of the petrol tank, which appear more pronounced than the ones found on the existing CB naked roadster range.

A new Honda Hornet could rival a KTM 890 Duke

Completing the look is a wide, flat tail reminiscent of the Honda Fireblade superbike. No official sources were available at the event to pass further comment at this time.

The new Honda Hornet will be the first bike to use this name since the second-generation naked produced between 2007 and 2013. The name itself stretches back to 1998, with the launch of the original four-cylinder CB600F Hornet.

Keep an eye out on MCN for more details soon.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade