Secondhand Honda CB600F Hornet, Toughest Bike

The engine from the old model Honda CBR600 sportbike, detuned via smaller carburetors for more midrange, in a new steel backbone frame but with wide, flat bars and no fairing. It has budget clocks and basic specifications. Early models had a 16 inch front wheel this was later switched for a 17 inch. A 5mm increase in the wheelbase tamed the Honda Hornet's manic nature a little. Later on there was a half-faired option. The Honda Hornet was revamped in 2003.

Early models of the Honda Hornet CB600F can be twitchy. The engine's great, but the 16 inch front wheel and bouncy suspension can make it a handful on bumpy roads, though the wide bars help you keep it pointing in the right direction. Fuel efficiency and poor range spoil the picture 12.5km/l. And 145km to reserve is typical, so don't try touring on a Honda Hornet CB600F. And forget throw-over panniers with that high-level exhaust. In late 1999 it got a 17 inch front wheel to improve handling, with a 120 section tyre in 2000 to sweeten the steering.
For the people thinking about quality of the Honda CB600F. This is one of the toughest motorcycles ever built – and it's detuned to boot. Keep the oil changed and it won't break. The one weakish spot is the camchain tensioner, which may stick – listen for a rattle on start-up that goes away as the engine warms. Unbolting the tensioner unit from the back of the block and fitting a new one is a 15-minute job and the unit costs not that much. Enthusiastic wheelie merchants might break second gear and will certainly nadger the steering head bearings, but that's it.

The Honda CB600F Hornet is somewhat of a cult bike, so holds its value quite well. Yamaha's old-model FZS600 Fazer is the obvious rival: similar performance, better economy and range, excellent throttle response, comes with a centrestand and top fairing but without the Honda Hornet's lunatic edge.
History: The Honda Hornet CB600F was launched in 1998 in silver, red, blue. 1999 17 inch front wheel; color changed (blue, yellow, and red). 2000 remapped ignition, updated brakes, silver engine; fairing S model launched, colors blue, black and silver. 2001 color changed to naked model(yellow, blue and black). 2002 colors changed only silver, black and blue.

What to look for when buying a Honda CB600F Hornet second hand?

Clutch, all Honda CB600F's rattle at idle, and it's no cause for concern. Some owners suggest balancing the carburetors may alleviate it but it will creep back. The engine, is basically a stock mid-1990s Honda CBR600 sportbike engine, with smaller carburetors. Easily tuned – with no loss of reliability either. Clunky gearbox comes as standard. The brakes, in keeping with the budget image, they're basic by today's standard. Steel brake hoses are a near-universal modification. Final, check the head bearings for notches in the straight-ahead position and general clunking. If has problems the repair cost is about 5000 Baht for a mechanic to replace them. TIP: If you're worried you'll out-grow the Honda CB600F Hornet, don't be. Being a popular club race bike means there is a wealth of tried and tested, reliable upgrades available.Tag: Honda CB600F Hornet All-Round Naked-Bike Performance 600cc Inline-Four Carburetor
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