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Honda CB600F Hornet


Year of specifications 2005
Engine 599 cc, 4 cylinder
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed 134 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 84 hp @ 12,000 rpm
Weight 178 kg
Seat height 790 mm

The Honda Hornet CB600F was originally inspired by a Japan only 250cc version. The Hornet is Honda's entry into the hotly contested, budget naked middleweight market. It competes directly with the Bandit GSF650 from Suzuki and the Yamaha FZ6 for sales.

The CB600F Hornet is powered by an in-line 4 cylinder 16 valve water-cooled engine from the CBR600 sportsbike. The engine is de-tuned with smaller carburetors giving it a larger mid range but less peak power than the sportsbike version. It is still however a competent and useful engine with plenty of available power.

The exposed engine is mounted under a steel tube backbone frame. The suspension is basic but effective, with 41mm conventional forks used up front and a cantilever type rear monoshock for the rear. Twin piston caliper front brakes are also courtesy of the CBR600. The pads are intentionally slightly less effective than the CBR's to make braking smoother for novice riders.

When compared to the Bandit most consider the Hornet to be slightly superior in build quality and performance, but the CB600F Hornet is usually slightly higher in price.



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