Honda CB750 Hornet

Submitted by Jo on Tue, 10/04/2022 - 20:48

The original 1998 CB600F Hornet became a hugely popular motorcycle in Europe for many reasons.

Its compact, naked shape was great around town, and it had the power and handling to attack corners enthusiastically.

Several versions of the Hornet moved toward sporty touring and — in the hands of Hornet Cup racers — a straight-up racing engine.

The all-new 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet, which takes inspiration from its ancestor, but brings the celebrated Hornet brand all the way up to date.

With styling led by the latest generation of creative minds at Honda's R&D facility in Rome, the Hornet has been developed to attract younger riders looking for a serious step up.

The completely new two-cylinder engine delivers a lot of power and torque, and is equipped with an extensive electronics package.

The high-quality Showa suspension works together with a new, lightweight steel frame that allows the rider to exploit all the potential available to the rider.

And an uncompromising minimalist look defines a sharp, modern streetfighter style.

The engine is a two-cylinder in-line of 755cc that delivers 92 horsepower at 9500 rpm and the maximum torque of 75Nm at 7250 rpm.

The latest Hornet 600 delivered 102 horsepower at 12.000 rpm and 64 Nm at 10.500 rpm.

The new twin-cylinder, with 25% more displacement, will therefore have a more favorable torque and a power, albeit lower, more easily exploited in road use.

The distribution, as on the Africa Twin engine, is of the Unicam type: single shaft and 8 valves. That is, with the intake valves operated directly by the camshaft and with the exhaust valves operated by rocker arms.

The crankshaft is at 270 °, also identical to the Africa Twin engine, which gives a more distinctive noise and better torque. A balancer shaft keeps vibrations at bay.

The electronic equipment is based on the Throttle By Wire electronic accelerator which includes four Riding Modes, one of which is customizable, that operate with the three levels of the HSTC traction control (Honda Selectable Torque Control) and three levels power adjustment and engine braking.

The frame is a diamond structure in tubes and steel sheet, in the same material is the swingarm. The suspension uses the 41mm Showa SFF ‑ BPTM upside-down fork with 130mm travel and Showa monoshock with Pro-Link progressive linkage and 150mm wheel travel.

The dual 296 mm front disc has a wave profile and radial-mount four-piston calipers. The 17-spoke light alloy wheels are fitted with tires in 120/70 and 160/60 sections.

With a wheelbase of 1,420mm, seat height of 795 and a 15.2-liter fuel tank, the CB750 Hornet has a declared curb weight with a full tank of 190kg.

A 5-inch color TFT display forms the instrumentation, allows you to manage all control systems and provides Honda Smartphone Voice Control connectivity for Android and iOS devices.

The lighting is based on full LED headlights, the direction indicators are automatically deactivated and also integrate the emergency braking signaling system.

  • All new 755cc parallel twin 8 valve unicam engine
  • Maximum power – 67.5 kW at 9,500 rpm
  • Max torque – 75 Nm at 7,250 rpm
  • 270° crankshaft and uneven firing order for maximum engine character
  • Patented Vortex Air Flow channels for optimal airflow
  • Assist/slipper clutch provides a light lever feel and prevents rear wheel jumping when downshifting
  • 4.3 l/100 km fuel consumption with a potential fuel range of 340 km

To make it easy for the owner, there are 3 packages that neatly group the accessories together:

Sports package

Quickshifter, windshield, passenger seat cover and rider footpegs.

Style Pack

Bar end weights, handlebar top clamp, tank pad, wheel stripes and crash pads.

Tour package

Side bags, tank bag and saddle bag.