Motorcycle Honda Hornet CB600FA

Since it first shook up the street fighter scene in 1998, the CB600F Hornet has become one of the most influential middleweight Naked motorcycles. A close blood relative of the race-winning CBR600RR, the first CB600F presented an unprecedented package of sporty performance and light, user-friendly handling.

Note: I am a happy owner of a 2001 Hornet CB600.

The 2012 CB600F will come in three color versions, including a sophisticated new matt grey metallic and a vibrant new pearlescent blue. Each color is highlighted by its striking contrast with the solid, mechanical look of the CB600F’s Axis Grey Metallic wheels and prominent engine. 

  • Pearl Cool White
  • Mat Cynos Grey Metallic
  • Pearl Pacific Blue
  • Gloss Black

Base MSRP €6500

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The CB600F engine is known for its responsive delivery and powerful, torque drive. It was originally developed alongside the engine for the CBR600RR, giving it sporty acceleration and precise response. The CB600F engine is tuned for strong midrange power and torque to deliver fast acceleration out of the corners, combined with a high-revving top end that creates its exhilarating street fighter character.
Developed with the advantages of race-bred technology, the CB600F engine is designed for both versatility and reliability. Durable and requiring little maintenance, it adds to the easy ownership that is essential to the very spirit of the Hornet.
Advanced PGM-FI electronic fuel injection provides instant throttle response, precise control of the engine’s power and smooth, predictable changes in speed. Combined with Honda’s oxygen-sensing catalytic converter system it also helps to keep harmful exhaust emissions to a minimum.
Short and compact, the engine is positioned for an ideal balance of weight, which combines with the bike’s chassis characteristics to create nimble, responsive handling. The exhaust system is low-slung and positioned for a low center of gravity and maximum mass centralization.

Technical Specification





Engine Type

Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4

Engine Displacement


Bore & Stroke

67 x 42.5mm

Compression Ratio

12: 1


PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Max. Power Output

75kW/12,000min-1 (95/1/EC)

Max. Torque

63.5Nm/10,500min-1 (95/1/EC)


Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Starter Electric


Gearbox   6-speed
Final Drive 525 O-ring sealed chain

Dimensions and Weight

Length x Width x Height 2,090 x 740 x 1,095mm
Wheelbase   1,435mm
Seat Height 800mm
Ground Clearance   135mm
Fuel Capacity 19litres (including 4-litre LCD-indicated reserve)
Dry Weight 177kg

Wheels, Suspension and Brakes

Wheels Front Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Front  120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyres Rear  180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Suspension Front 41mm inverted telescopic fork, 120mm axle travel
Suspension Rear Monoshock damper with 7-step adjustable preload, 128mm axle travel
Brakes Front  296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with three-piston callipers, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 240 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

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