The CB900F Hornet is a fairly basic uncomplicated machine. It
does what it does, and it does it well. It offers no frills,
reliable transport in a big-bike package.
One of the fundamental ideas behind the Hornet 900 was to tailor
the bike more toward those who enjoy city riding rather than
all-out assaults on inter-city highways and winding backroads.
Honda calculated that riders seem to be the most comfortable
with a power output range of between 90 and 110PS (or 66 to
81kW), especially for a smaller and lighter machine like that
envisioned by the Hornet's development team. More important
than maximum power output is a strong feeling of torque
and acceleration almost the instant the throttle is opened.
Another primary goal in the development of the Hornet was achieving
smooth, reassuring rideability, with instantly responsive yet
linear torque output, which required fine-tuning its throttle
response. Therefore, Honda's PGM-FI fuel injection system was
selected and modified to deliver strong yet smooth power delivery.
course, the Hornet's chassis is largely based on the same
Mono-Backbone frame configuration used in the Hornet and Hornet-S,
but strengthened in line with its engine's higher power output.