Honda has chosen the first day of the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show to unveil the Hornet-derived 2008 Honda CBF600 and 2008 Honda CBF600S.
The two machines were unveiled alongside the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade and 2008 Honda XL700V Transalp.
Although the styling of the unfaired 2008 Honda CBF600, and the faired 2008 Honda CBF600S stays fairly close to the original motorcycles launched in 2004, almost everything is new. The engine is taken from the Honda CBR600RR and CB600F Hornet; which is lighter, smaller, and tuned for stronger low and mid-range.
The Honda Hornet was also the inspiration for the chassis; as the innovative cast aluminium Mono-backbone frame has been adapted to the more relaxed riding position of the 2008 Honda CBF600 and CBF600S.
The half-faired 2008 Honda CBF600S gets a sleeker and lighter front fairing; both motorcycles get a larger 20-litre fuel tank, shorter gear ratios to aid acceleration, smoother and narrower seats, and a new combined-ABS version with three-piston front brake calipers.
The 2008 Honda CBF600 is available in Pearl Nightstar Black, Pearl Sienna Red, or Quasar Silver Metallic. The 2008 Honda CBF600S comes in Pearl Nightstar Black, Pearl Sienna Red, Quasar Silver Metallic, and also Dolphin Grey Metallic.
The other Honda 2008 motorcycles launched at the same event were the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, and the 2008 Honda XL700V Transalp.
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