Honda CB600F Hornet

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Honda Hornet 600 (3rd generation)

Naked bike Honda CB 600 Hornet was first introduced in 1998 and since then has won a huge army of fans around the world. The model was based on the engine from the sports version of the Honda CBR600F3, which was slightly deformed (by changing the profile of the camshafts, reducing the diameter of the carburetor diffusers and changing the ignition system) and reconfigured to increase traction at low and medium speeds, as a result, the engine began to produce 94, 69 h.p. power and 62.76 Nm of torque, while remaining quite speedy (the maximum performance of the motor was reached at 9500-12000 rpm).


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Over time, the engine underwent improvements and changes that affected both the engine itself and the intake system, thanks to which the power of the modern Honda Hornet 600 increased to 102 hp. (The key point was the use of the engine from the sports version Honda CBR600RR).


  • Honda Hornet 600 (1998-2002) - I generation.
  • Honda Hornet 600 (2003-2006) - II generation.
  • Honda Hornet 600 (2007-2012) - III generation.


  • Honda Hornet 600 - regular naked version of the motorcycle
  • Honda Hornet 600 S - version with front fairing (produced from 2000 to 2003)

In more detail, the differences between each generation of the motorcycle are described in the subsection Brief History of the Model.

2012 was the last year the Honda CB 600 F Hornet was produced. Since 2014, the Honda CB650F model has been introduced as the official successor.


Comparative technical characteristics of different generations of the Honda CB 600 Hornet:

Generations Honda CB600F Hornet (1998-1999) Honda CB600F Hornet (2000-2002) Honda CB600F Hornet (2003-2006) Honda CB600F Hornet (2007-2012)
Motorcycle type Road (street, naked)
Frame steel aluminum
Engine type 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 599 cc cm.
Bore / stroke 65mm x 45.2mm 67mm x 42.5mm
Compression ratio 12.0: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 4x 34mm Keihin CV (flat throttle) electronic injection PGM-FI
Ignition type fully transistor
Maximum power 94.69 hp at 12000 rpm 94.00 hp at 12000 rpm 96.50 hp at 12000 rpm 102 hp at 12000 rpm
Maximum torque 62.76 Nm @ 9500 rpm 61.78 Nm @ 10,000 rpm 63.00 Nm @ 10,000 rpm 63.50 Nm @ 10,500 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 130 / 70ZR16 61W 120 / 70ZR17 58W
Rear tire size 180 / 55ZR17 73W
Front brakes 2 discs 296 mm, 2-piston calipers 2 discs 296 mm, 2-piston calipers (opt. C-ABS - 3-piston)
Rear brakes 1 disc 220 mm, 1-piston caliper 1 disc 240 mm, 1-piston caliper (ABS opt.)
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 112mm travel 41 mm telescopic inverted fork (since 2005), 109 mm travel
Rear suspension swingarm with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 127 mm
Length x Width x Height 2080 x 740 x 1055 mm (2100 x 740 x 1070 mm - 2005-2006) 2085 x 760 x 1090 mm
Saddle height 795 mm (790 mm - 2005-2006) 800 mm
Wheelbase 1420 mm 1435 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 3.3 sec
Maximum speed 225 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 16 l (including reserve - 3 l) 17 l (including reserve - 2.6 l) 19 l
Motorcycle weight (curb) 196 kg (200 kg - 2005-2006) 198 kg (205 kg - versions with ABS)

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption of the Honda CB 600 Hornet is declared by the manufacturer as 5.75 liters per 100 km. The actual value of gas mileage depends on the driving style of the driver and the technical condition of the motorcycle.