Honda Hornet 1998-2006 history...

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With the introduction of the all-new for 2007 Honda Hornet CB600F we thought it only right to celebrate the history of this fabulous machine from it's introduction in 1998 through to the present day.

The bike that started motorcycling’s ‘streetfighter’ phenomenon - the Honda Hornet. The Hornet CB600F was introduced to the Honda range in 1998. It's aggressive 'streetfighter' looks were coupled with a tweaked CBR600F motor optimised for low to mid-range torque making it a real fun ride both around town and on winding A-roads. With one of the most impressive power-to-weight ratios in its class, not to mention its light and responsive handling and racer-look wheels and tyres, the ever-popular Hornet lets the whole world know it’s loaded for high-spirited thrills and the ultimate in riding fun. Is it any wonder that the Hornet rules the streets as one of Europe’s best loved mid-sized smile machines?

Honda Hornet History : 1998-2006

1998 Model Year Honda Hornet CB600F

  • CB600F Hornet debuts.
  • Aggressive, clean and lightweight ‘Streetfighter’ image.
  • Powerful 599cm3 engine borrowed from the CBR600F and tuned for a stronger balance of low-to-midrange punch.
  • Integrated air induction system meets Euro-1 exhaust regulations.
  • Stainless steel canister-style silencer positioned high under right-side of seat cowl.
  • Simple, diamond-configuration frame features large rectangular-section Mono-Backbone and seat rail.
  • 41mm front fork offers aggressive handling and compliant ride.
  • Monoshock rear suspension supports large rectangular-section aluminium swingarm.
  • Lightweight triple-spoke wheels mount wide-section Z-rated tyres (same as used on CBR900RR FireBlade).
  • Dual floating 296mm front disc brakes with dual-piston callipers.
  • Compact single-piston calliper 220mm drilled rear disc brake.
  • Large 3-litre underseat carrying compartment.

2000 Model Year Honda Hornet CB600F

  • Hornet-S debuts with new frame-mounted half fairing.
  • New engine modifications and digital computerised ignition system result in stronger midrange to high-end performance.
  • New 17" front wheel.
  • Sharper braking performance.
  • New wheel dampers enhance gear change smoothness.

2003 Model Year Honda Hornet CB600F

  • New second-generation CB600F Hornet debuts.
  • Engine retuned and equipped with new carburettor and catalyser systems for full Euro-2 compliance.
  • Suspension systems modified for sharper, more responsive handling.
  • New design fuel tank and recontoured seat.
  • Innovative, new round twin-bulb headlight.
  • New high-accuracy, fully electronic instruments.
  • New HISS immobiliser system.

2005 Model Year Honda Hornet CB600F

  • New inverted front fork for a more impressive look and feel of high performance.
  • New, more compact and sharply designed fully electronic instrument panel.
  • New two-piece visor surrounds upper headlight and instrument panel.
  • New, dual-texture seat material features low-slip finish in both rider and passenger seating areas.
  • New hazard lights with hazard-light position on ignition switch that turns off headlight and all other electrical functions.

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