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Honda Hornet RR Concept

MD First Ride: 2007 CB600F Hornet

Tor has just from the Honda Hornet 600 intro. before you read his take a look at our announcement of European model on October 10,

The Hornet has been around for a few now, the inaugural model a 16-inch front wheel and the previous-gen CBR600F motor. For Honda has launched a brand new Hornet with the latest engine. Never mind the though; it’s the chassis and that really impress.

my leg over the Hornet, I immediately into a comfortable position, the 800mm (31.5 inch) height and relaxed ergonomics me to go for a ride. The seat is comfortable and I enough room for my legs this being a small The widened fuel tank now 19 litres of fuel, and I get a good with my knees on the edges.

The tank is the most obvious this is the Hornet model. It true to the original shape, but two extra litres of fuel added. Despite the extra the CB600F feels quite when you pick it up off the side or move it side-to-side while

The most obvious change previous models is the striking new layout – the 4-into- exhaust terminating in a fashionably stubby, under-peg muffler. Not exactly anymore, but we still think it good, and it’s certainly functional than the previously under-seat mufflers. We are still a bit Honda did not use this mass-centralized on the top dog RR as well.

Riders planning to use Hornet for touring duties appreciate the new exhaust layout for than just fashion – the of the high-mount silencer that was on the ’06 model opens up far greater as far as mounting aftermarket luggage. The old prevented the use of decent saddlebags and the new exhaust now allows for all sorts of solutions.

Hidden to the left of the exhaust underneath the engine is a catalytic converter that sure the new Hornet breezes Euro 3 emissions standards and comes next from Whether you like the new stubby trend or not, it makes the stand out from the … 600 and that’s not always the case new Hondas.

The small 599cc four engine wakes to in an unintimidating manner. We shall not that it comes directly the new 2007 CBR600RR supersports, but different cams and intake for a broader range of power. The new is a full 5 kilos (11 lbs.) than the one it replaces.

The nature of these engines can not be easily to suit a … sportsbike such as the Hornet, but has done their best and the is useful enough in the lower rpm

There’s very little when accelerating with throttle in sixth gear low rpm. However, what I expect? It’s a small with four tiny in a row and not a big twin. So revs are still but perhaps less so than on the ’06

The fuel injection is a gem and only when transitioning off-on around 3000rpm did I notice a small hiccup. It was so small I shouldn’t really have mentioned it. For comparison, the fueling is a better than Suzuki’s brilliant GSR600.

The 07 Hornet class leading horsepower beating both the GSR, and the FZ6. Indeed, it is and only horsepower short of the new Kawasaki (106ps) with the claimed 102 engine. But all that power is in 10K+ territory, which has a lot to do the sporty character of the new Hornet.

The six-speed gearbox is as smooth as be expected and the ratios suit sports riding and short

Through the twisties, the new CB600F is a dream to ride. The wide make turn-in effortless, and the seems as eager as any sport to carve on the edges of its Bridgestone tires. I can almost describe the as creamy smooth, but sharp at the time – if that makes any

The Hornet always steers I want it to go, and the line can be changed without a hassle.

As far as chassis the new aluminum mono-backbone frame and swingarm keep everything in on a hot lap, and also contributes to the weight down. Even the aluminum wheels are new and designed to reduce weight. At 173kg dry lbs.) the new Hornet is the lightest in its

Mass centralization was a design and along with the stubby the new slim seat and tail is said to contribute to mass

The inverted 41mm fork Showa gives plenty of from the front despite its of adjustable damping. The setup is too soft nor too hard, and suited to slow uneven roads and freeway riding equally The rear shock is also Showa and features a 7-step preload collar.

Honda Hornet RR Concept

The brakes for the new Hornet are very conventional in today’s world of radial-mounted items, but the 2-piston front provide more than power and feel for the job at hand. I liked the way they felt slow stop-and-go scenarios, as around-town riding. The Hornet is available in an ABS version that linked 3-piston calipers 4kg of weight).

We did have rain for half the day on the launch in Portugal. previous experience I expected wet grip from the Bridgestone and the Hornet was no exception. I know how to use the in the wet too, but in panicky situations, say if an angry dog runs into path, the ABS brakes definitely sense. Honda is aiming the new at people looking for their motorcycle, and with that in the ABS option might be a good

However, as an experienced rider I personally not have gone for ABS on the as I feel I might lose the feedback offered by the standard

On the motorway the wind blast gets noticeable. The small cowling gives scant The seating position is very and to crouch forward for any length of does not feel natural for the riding or my back.

But the new Hornet has got serious top end speed for a 600 …, and it was fun to use of that ability. I wouldn’t be touring at high speed all day though! The new instrument panel a large analogue rev counter a big digital display showing clock, coolant temperature and consumption.

To the far left is the trip

Honda has modeled the design of the cowling and headlight on a medieval helmet. I personally see similarities the old Cagiva V-Raptor too. It was dark enough to properly the new headlight, but the new convex, dual-bulb features low beam positioned high beam.


again Honda has got it right away – new engine, new aluminum new lightweight wheels and contemporary The 07 Honda CB600F Hornet has got all you need to tackle urban with ease and enough top end to do track days and motorways. The is stronger than before, as and might just beat of the competition on the street.

Of course, the high-revving, inline-four beat a twin for midrange but Honda has done everything in power to make the midrange as as possible, and for a small in-line the result is good. The ’07 Honda is not only a safe bet, it just be this year’s big

Weight reduction and mass handling

Honda Hornet RR Concept
Honda Hornet RR Concept
Honda Hornet RR Concept
Honda Hornet RR Concept

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