2010 Honda CB600F Hornet
Since it first shook up the streetfighter
scene in 1998, the CB600F Hornet has become one of
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
With its versatile power, comfort and
convenience, it quickly became a firm favourite among
riders of all levels of experience who want a motorcycle
that’s both practical and enjoyable to ride.
Its timeless Naked styling has a neat, contemporary
edge which lends itself easily to any environment,
ensuring its popularity in fashionconscious circles.
The Hornet is also both affordable and easy to own.
Its build quality is flawless, its reliability is
well on the way to becoming legendary and its fuel
consumption is as lean and mean as its distinctive
Impressive as the 1998 debut was, owner
feedback indicated two possibilities for improvement.
Honda responded with a larger 17-inch front wheel,
and in 2003 the size of the fuel tank was increased
to 17 litres, both innovations adding to the bike’s
These updates were the only major changes
to the CB600F in the first nine years of its production,
in 2007 Honda decidedthe bike’s many fans deserved
a totally new model. The 07YM CB600F underwent
a complete makeover. Brimming with Honda’s newest
developments in technology, safety and environmental
protection, it was restyled to reflect its prestigious
position at the forefront of the mid-displacement
Performance Naked class. The resulting sharp, sporty
and hugely popular model reaffirmed the Hornet’s
popularity among a vast and loyal following all over
Europe. It also set new standards for its Performance
Naked competitors in a growing midrange motorcycle
Without straying too far from the basic
elements that built its remarkable popularity, the
2009 CB600F improves even further on the 2007 model’s
ride comfort, performance, controllability and ownership
Again, Honda has been guided by rider
and customer feedback and made changes only where
order to maintain the motorcycle’s near-perfect
balance of power, build quality and value for money.
The carefully chosen improvements include new adjustable
suspension, chic styling updates including
black metallic parts, a new meter panel and a brand
new and exciting colour range to reflect its ever-widening
With fuel prices rocketing and city
arteries congested with cars, a motorcycle like the
CB600F Hornet takes on new relevance. Its speed and
versatility, plus the pure pleasure to be gained from
just owning and riding such a desirable machine, mean
that it has huge potential for enhancing a wide range
of lifestyles. It has already proven its value as
a reliable commuter and swift way of getting around
town. Its fun factor, both in the city and on the
open road, is also renowned. This means that, for
the steadily growing number of people who are looking
for a cheaper, more reliable and more enjoyable way
of getting around on their weekday business, and a
stylish and exciting bike to play with at the weekends,the
CB600F is a natural choice.
The 2009 CB600F Hornet is Honda’s
response to this growing section of the motorcycling
public and is aimed at improving the precise characteristics
that are so appreciated by these riders. The styling
designed to appeal to discerning and fashion-conscious
riders of all ages, who will enjoy the prestige of
classic Naked styling brought right up to date with
stunningly contemporary colours and features. The
updates add to its sporty appeal, matching the engine’s
impressive performance with slick and confident handling
that’s a perfect complement.
In the 2009 CB600F, the original streetfighter
is back – strong, sultry and seductive as ever,
still master of its
territory, and more ready than ever to conquer new
When seeking direction for the CB600F’s
chic new look, Honda’s R&D department took
their cues from
the finest of Italian design, in everything from furniture
to sports clothing. The result is a stunning response
contemporary trends which is guaranteed to turn heads
in any setting. True to the fundamentals of streetfighter
performance, it’s lean and sharp with an aggressive
predatory edge that advertises its sporting tendencies.
The message is clear. Step up, or get
left behind! The aerodynamic lines of the distinctively
bodywork flow back to integrate the bulging fuel tank
and converge in a sharp, tapered tail that’s
set off by
a brilliant LED tail-light. Up front, a dual bulb
multireflector headlight adds to the bike’s
dynamic appeal as
well as offering superior visibility. Eye-catching
low and high beams behind a protruding polycarbonate
adorn the sharp, focused lines of the minicowl, augmenting
the overall sense of movement and integrating beautifully
with the bike’s sleek but basic image.
In front of the tank nestles the compact
and attractive instrument panel which has been graphically
in keeping with the bike’s ultramodern styling
and clean, functional ethos. Lightweight and fully
features a large, race-inspired analogue rev counter
in central position, surrounded by a digital LCD
speedometer, dual trip gauges, a multi-segment fuel
gauge and a clock.
The new CB600F’s distinctively
European styling is accentuated by five stunning colour
choices. The most
daring is a striking pearlescent Acid Yellow that
stresses the bike’s sporty performance characteristics
muscular profile, creating a vibrant impression of
fastmoving vitality. It’s a youthful and dynamic
right at the forefront of street fashion.
The shimmering Pearl Night Star Black
also creates a look that’s at home on the streets,
the prowling streetfighter image and creating a menacing
presence that asserts its ownership of urban
The Pearl Siena Red is chic and sporty,
making the sharp lines of the bike’s bodywork
even more vibrant
and creating an acutely memorable impression. The
Pearl Cool White and Quasar Silver Metallic shine
with a classic and understated sophistication, emphasised
by the addition of new contrasting stripes on the
sides of the headlight, tank and seat. It’s
a subtle but striking feature that cleverly expresses
the bike’s superior design and attention to
The rich finishing of all colours presents
a striking contrast to the solid, mechanical look
of the CB600F’s
Axis Grey Metallic wheels and prominently displayed
engine. Meticulously chosen and stunningly executed,
the new colours bring the Hornet’s image right
up the minute without straying away from the understated
power, capable functionality and classic undertones
that have made it a Naked icon.
- Pearl Acid Yellow
- Pearl Nightstar Black
- Pearl Siena Red
- Pearl Cool White (with stripes)
- Quasar Silver Metallic (with stripes)
Engine - Sports-derived
Short, lightweight, compact and amazingly strong,
the CB600F engine’s performance is characterised
responsive delivery and powerful, torquey drive.
Originally developed alongside the 2007 CBR600RR’s
powerhouse, its race-ready tendencies are evident
in its sporty acceleration and precise response. Its
performance is tuned for strong midrange power and
torque that deliver fast acceleration out of the corners,
combined with a high-revving top end that creates
exhilarating sporty excitement and thrilling streetfighter
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.
The complete exhaust system is low-slung and positioned
right beneath the engine for a low centre of
gravity and maximum mass centralisation. The engine
itself is also positioned for an ideal balance of
which combines with other chassis characteristics
to create nimble, responsive handling. Response to
steering inputs is quick and gratifying, adding even
more enjoyment of the machine’s power and stability
confidently executing quick or tight turns.
The Hornet’s solid reliability is one of its
trademarks. Its overall build quality is impeccable
and its engine is no exception. Developed with the
advantages of race-bred technology, it is designed
for daily, extensive and varied use. Durable and requiring
little maintenance, it adds to the carefree and pleasurable
ownership that is essential to the very spirit of
As well as requiring little in the way of maintenance,
the CB600F Hornet’s engine is also extremely
fuelefficient, delivering an impressive range from
its 17L tank.
As a result,the Hornet 600 offers a balance of performance
and value for money that is quite simply
unrivalled in its class.
The new CB600F is set to build on the Hornet’s
already renowned easy handling characteristics. Its
behaviour and comfortable ride position make both
seasoned and relatively inexperienced riders feel
immediately. Its relatively low seat height provides
easy reach to the ground for riders of all proportions
and new suspension systems enhance comfort and ride
confidence while complementing the machine’s
Light, rigid frame
The 2009 CB600F retains the previous model’s
Mono- Backbone frame. Its basic diamond configuration
incorporates the engine as its central stressed member
to create the most effective balance of rigidity and
weight. The frame is constructed of three sections,
cast in gravity die-cast (GDC) aluminium. Its light
weight and narrow profile contribute to the bike’s
sharp, smooth handling and instantaneous response
to rider input.
Also in line with the CB600F’s sporting tendencies,
the chassis is conceived for maximum mass centralisation.
The weight of the engine and exhaust system is precisely
balanced by the slim, light seat and
tail cowl and lightweight front end, reducing inertial
mass at the machine’s most extreme points. As
cornering control and directional changes are both
quick and confident.
New, adjustable front and rear suspension
The CB600F Hornet’s tapered dual box-section
aluminium swingarm is also lightweight and plays an
important part in the chassis’ overall balance
of rigidity. Between the swingarm and the rear frame
rests a new Monoshock damper with 7 positions of adjustable
preload plus a tension adjuster and 128mm axle travel,
adding to the overall feeling of ride comfort and
positive, reassuring control. At the front,a 41mm
inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork keeps bumps
under control and adds to a plush, comfortable ride.
With its new tension adjuster, it provides 120mm of
smoothly damped wheel travel. These new suspension
systems will make an invaluable contribution to the
bike’s overall handling and ride satisfaction,
making it even more versatile and enjoyable for everyday
Sporty wheels and premium braking systems The CB600F’s
wide, low-profile Super Sports-derived tyres, mounted
on lightweight aluminium 5-spoke wheels, are an important
part of the bike’s aggressive streetfighter
appearance. They also provide the performance to back
up the image, ensuring precise cornering control at
high speeds. The brakes are designed for the ultimate
stopping power to match the bike’s strong performance.
At the fronta pair of dual-piston callipers grip wide
296mm drilled floating discs, while at the reara responsive
and compact single-piston calliper slows a 240mm disc.
The CB600F Hornet is also available in a highly
advanced Combined ABS version. The Combined Brake
System links smoothly progressive rear braking action
with strong, responsive front brake control, matching
the Hornet’s sporty capabilities. The precision
braking control of ABS offers the extra confidence
braking activity over slippery or unpredictable surfaces.
The system’s computerised electronic control
unit (ECU) manages a compact modulator that controls
the operation of both brakes. The ECU monitors a pair
of sensors on the front and rear brake calliper mounts,
which constantly compare the rotating speeds of small
louvred pulsar rings attached to the centre of each
The sensors detect even the slightest hint of tyre
slippage so that just enough brake pressure is applied
to provide smooth, steady deceleration. The activation
happens too quickly for the rider to notice and effectively
prevents slippage and loss of control before they
Honda Ignition Security System (HISS)
The CB600F is equipped with the Honda Ignition Security
System. The system prevents the engine being
started by anything other than the motorcycle’s
two original keys, effectively protecting the bike
from rideaway theft. Totally disabling the ignition
system, HISS cannot be bypassed by hot-wiring the
exchanging the ignition switch module.
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
In 2007, the CB600F Hornet was the first mid-sized
Performance Naked streetfighter ever to be equipped
with ABS. The system greatly enhances confidence by
minimising the risk of tyre slip when braking on uneven
or slippery road surfaces.
To expand the new Hornet’s range of riding
enjoyment, Honda Access Europe will provide an extensive
range of optional equipment, including:
- A compact and easy to install AVERTO alarm unit
that deters potential thieves with a powerful siren.
The kit features 8 sensitivity settings and a ‘sleep
mode’ that prevents the battery from draining
when not in use.
- A colour-matched crankcase decoration set that
allows you to add a personal touch to your Hornet’s
- A colour-matched rear wheel hugger which enhances
the bike’s elegant look and protects the rear
damper from dirt.
- An aggressively styled snap-on, colour coordinated
rear seat cowl that covers the pillion seat section
emphasise the Hornet’s sporty solo image and
leave easy access to the underseat carrying space.
- A set of chrome 3D Hornet and Wing stickers.
- A set of colour-coordinated wheel stickers with
optional Honda Racing logo.
- A tailor-made 3D-shaped gold tinted meter panel
that gives a more focused look. A matching tank
pad with a Wing badge is also available.
- A black cargo net that secures luggage to the
rear carrier and pillion seat.
- A tilting tubular steel paddock stand that lifts
the motorcycle by the end of its swingarm to facilitate
cleaning and rear wheel maintenance.
- A U-lock designed to fit into the compact space
located under the pillion seat pad or optional rear
- A carbon print tank pad and fuel lid cover set
that protects the paintwork from scratches. Features
- A stylish black-tinted WVTA approved fly screen
which reduces the blast of wind to the chest area
at higher speeds.