The first thing you want to know about the 2007 Honda CB600F Hornet is that it’s now on sale – you can buy one from your local Honda dealer right now. And the second thing is, it’s fitted with the CBR600RR’s engine. Keeley Hazell in a nun’s garb, eh? Though riding the new Hornet, with its UJM-style ergonomics, might actually be a bit easier than mounting Ms Hazell…
…but seriously, the new Hornet, with its MotoGP-inspired four-into-one exhaust (which also ensures Euro 3 emissions compatibility) and freshened-up styling, could be just the ticket for those looking for a relaxed, comfortable, all-around capable sportsbike. Here, the CBR600RR’s engine gets different cams and intake valves, which results in a lower peak power output figure (102bhp), but the power is available over a wider rev range.
The six-speed gearbox is slick, Bridgestone BT012 rubber is said to offer lots of grip, and 41mm USD Showa front forks (non-adjustable) and preload-adjustable Showa monoshock are firmly sprung and work well for a wide variety of riders. The Hornet also gets a new aluminium mono-backbone chassis and a new aluminium swingarm, which help keep the kerb weight down to 198kg. ABS is available as an optional extra, though standard brakes are not too bad on their own.
The Hornet can’t really be hugely exciting we suppose, but if race-rep CBR, GSX-R and ZX-R 600s are not for you, then maybe this CB600F is what you’ve been waiting for.
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