Honda CB600F Hornet

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Honda Hornet 600 (3rd generation)

The naked model 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). 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).

This model may have the following names:

  • Honda CB 600
  • Honda CB 600 F
  • Honda Hornet 600
  • Honda CB600F Hornet

Major generations of the Honda CB 600 Hornet:

  • Honda Hornet 600 (1998-2002) - 1st generation.
  • Honda Hornet 600 (2003-2006) - II generation.
  • Honda Hornet 600 (2007-2012) - III generation.

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

Main modifications of the Honda CB 600 F Hornet:

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

Honda Hornet Series Lineup:

The main competitors of the Honda CB600 Hornet in the class:

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:

GenerationsHonda CB600F Hornet (1998-1999)Honda CB600F Hornet (2000-2002)Honda CB600F Hornet (2003-2006)Honda CB600F Hornet (2007-2012)
Motorcycle typeRoad (street, naked)
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume599 cc cm.
Bore / stroke65mm x 45.2mm67mm x 42.5mm
Compression ratio12.0: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 4x 34mm Keihin CV (flat throttle)electronic injection PGM-FI
Ignition typefully transistor
Maximum power94.69 hp at 12000 rpm94.00 hp at 12000 rpm96.50 hp at 12000 rpm102 hp at 12000 rpm
Maximum torque62.76 Nm @ 9500 rpm61.78 Nm @ 10,000 rpm63.00 Nm @ 10,000 rpm63.50 Nm @ 10,500 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size130 / 70ZR16 61W120 / 70ZR17 58W
Rear tire size180 / 55ZR17 73W
Front brakes2 discs 296 mm, 2-piston calipers2 discs 296 mm, 2-piston calipers (opt. C-ABS - 3-piston)
Rear brakes1 disc 220 mm, 1-piston caliper1 disc 240 mm, 1-piston caliper (ABS opt.)
Front suspension41mm telescopic fork, 112mm travel41 mm telescopic inverted fork (since 2005), 109 mm travel
Rear suspensionswingarm with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 127 mm
Length x Width x Height2080 x 740 x 1055 mm (2100 x 740 x 1070 mm - 2005-2006)2085 x 760 x 1090 mm
Saddle height795 mm (790 mm - 2005-2006)800 mm
Wheelbase1420 mm1435 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h3.3 sec
Maximum speed225 km / h
Fuel tank capacity16 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.