2004 Honda 599 — Motorcycle USA

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2004 Honda 599

Wheelies are not We only shot this pic to you the 599 has four exhaust pipes, the feel of its V-Twin-like grunt.

SV650, introduced in 1999, became the surprise hit of the year, the elusive mix of qualities that to both newbies and experienced With its good looks, V-Twin motor and light frame, the SV is a whole lotta for a sub-$6000 price tag.

Honda could only on with envy and frustration. because Honda has a well-deserved for building rider-friendly machines the SV, and frustration because Honda was already selling the wildly Hornet 600 introduced one year the fun Suzuki.

The Euro Hornet the motor from the 1994-98 with the frame and styling the Japanese-market Hornet 250. The was a sporty, stylish and practical desirable to a wide cross-section of More than 100,000 brought the little Hornet their garages, and it was the best-selling in Europe in 2001 and 2002.

For Honda upgraded the Hornet revised damping rates in its more aggressive ergonomics, wheels (from the F4’s bin) and a slightly larger gas American Honda could no watch Suzuki dominate category, so the Hornet is finally to these shores. (However, go to your dealer asking for the Hornet name because the is regrettably renamed the bland 599 for the U.S. market, as the company did it imported the 900 Hornet and called it the

The 599 can be a riot on the right roads and heaps of versatility.

The addition of the 599 Honda a three-bike salvo in the sportbike class. The $8599 introduced in 2003 heads the followed by the $8199 CBR600F4i gets a more comfortable seat for 2004. The 599 lists for

Honda reps allowed the to sample the new machine before it hit the this November, offering up a ride that encompassed streets, freeway running and strafing the hills around CA. It was a good representation of the kind of the 599 will be called upon to do.

impression is that the baby feels nicely stubby aboard, as befitting its 250cc and the rider sits close to the wheel in a slightly aggressive cant. The sculpted fuel is not only attractive, it also a rider’s knees to cozy in to the tank scallops, making the 599 feel thin between the Its narrow seat, 31.1 above the pavement, is good for legs but not fat asses.

Fit and finish is typical Honda, is to say quite good, and the high-mount canister that slinks the right side of the seat is a touch for a so-called budget California models come with a catalyzer.

The F3 based provides plenty of power to get you you want to go.

The old F3 was around before injection became popular, and the 599 its lead, necessitating choke-assisted Most of the modifications to the engine around punching up bottom-end Its quartet of 34mm carbs is 2mm than the F3’s for better squirt, aided by narrower ports and revised cam timing. claims a 95-horsepower peak at rpm and 46 lb.-ft. at 9500 rpm.

usually takes its power at the countershaft, so we expect perhaps 88 at the rear wheel.

That isn’t going to impress who consider the 105 horsepower of the current 600s such as the 599’s the CBR600RR. a necessity. But, first-… experience, I can tell you has built one terrific street There is decent tug from as low as rpm, ramping up for a stronger at 6000, especially low engine for a 600cc four-cylinder.

The canyons above Malibu are as we like ’em: twisty, and swooping, with plenty of changes. In this environment, a Twin often delivers a quality of power than a top-end-heavy Multi. You’d to tell that to the 599, because the little motor can impressive time even the revs low.

The 599 is right at in the twisties or the freeway or the. you get the point.

To illustrate the surprising of the motor, I spent the first 30 of horizon tilting before I took the analog rev counter five digits. And with a World Endurance champion the way, in the form of Honda RD guy Toland, we definitely weren’t about! Once spun up there is a substantial hit at 10,000 though it really was more fun to the revs low and just whack the open once past a apex.

Speaking of apexes, the Hornet, er, has quite an appetite for them. a 25.0-degree rake and 98mm of the 599 doesn’t have particularly steering geometry, making it heavier than expected. But its tubular handlebar and low weight dry, claimed) allow it to be into corners like a

In an effort to keep its cost the 599 arrives with a few low-spec some working better others. Twin-piston, single-action won’t get much ‘spect at the Gixxer hangout, but they do a than expected job at slowing the even from supra-legal

Although the bike handles well, the suspension could be better.

The most obvious in the 599 is its suspension that is sourced the bargain bin. The 41mm fork actually has its damping well chosen, for lighter at least. But the rear suspension, a single shock working a linkage, gets overwhelmed on bumps and on repeating freeway

Preload is the only adjustment, and it more rebound damping for and/or faster riders.

Disappointing, too, is the 599’s when re-applying throttle. a condition seen most from fuel-injected bikes owners, save your the carbureted 599 is also afflicted. The old of dragging the rear brake or the clutch makes the transition into the throttle smoother.

The transmission is slick and low-effort, I did catch a false neutral the one-two shift just my old CBR-F2.

Normally we don’t to take up much space you about headlights, but Honda its new lamp that uses a aluminum reflector and new H11 bulbs 70% more coverage on low beam. We only during the day, so have to reserve judgment.

reps say the 599 should appeal to the bike buyer who values whether it’s a younger who can only afford relatively insurance (no expensive plastic to or an older guy who wants something than an all-too-predictable cruiser. people are going to love the as it offers Honda’s renowned and a Mazda Miata-like hunger for a thrashing.

Yes Kevin is a hooligan. But he is so you just have to forgive him for he not what he does.

The 599 can be a riot on the right roads and heaps of versatility. What is have is the most horsepower FZ6), the most torque or the most exclusivity (Triumph 4). And at a price $600 higher the FZ6 and Triumph and a whopping $1200 than the … SV, Honda’s 599 is in for a battle on the showrooms.

It’s a that a fun and capable bike the 599 might end up falling victim to an that is seen as too high. The verdict on the 599 won’t be known we throw its competitors at it, but it’s our opinion that the 599’s obstacle to success might be its tag.

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