This newest addition to the nest complements the original 1998 CB600F Hornet – known for her punchy power and great handling – as well as other models sporting everything from sport touring, to flat-out, race-ready DNA.
Every Hornet model boasted two things: a fun scoot, and a great bang-for-buck pricetag; we’re told this piece of pretty is no different, so let’s dig in and see what Honda gave us for the coming riding seasons.
As per the 2007 RR-derived variant, Honda’s 2023 CB750 Hornet sports aggressive styling, with the bike herself having been “developed to attract younger riders looking for a serious move-up” (via Honda’s press release).
A 755cc, Unicam cylinder head punts out 67.5kW/90.5hp of peak power @ 9,500rpm with 75Nm of yank @ 7,250rpm, driving a 419lb/190kg package on an ultra-lightweight, 16.6kg steel frame with full Showa suspension, Nissin calipers and enough high-spec running enough gear to pay rent AND complement the landlord.
For electronics, the Hornet carries three default rider modes (RAIN, STANDARD and SPORT), as well as three different levels of Engine Power, Engine Brake and HSTC (with integrated Wheelie Control) – all with customisation options between the three levels for the ultimate scoot.
One of the main perks of this particular Hornet, though, has got to be that she carries zero excess mass and follows a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 0.48hp/kg, or 4.6lb/hp (compared to the 2022 Yamaha MT-07’s 5.4lb/hp).
“Before starting this project, we thought long and hard about what kind of performance we wanted to give to the rider,” explains Mr, Fuyuki Hosokawa, the Test Project Leader of Honda R&D.
“We knew that it was essential to keep the classic Hornet top end power ‘hit’ and at the same time, as a new generation Hornet for modern times, we wanted the engine to have a really strong torquey feel and ‘throbbing’ sensation at low to mid rpm.”
“To get the kind of performance and lightweight handling we wanted, we knew we had to develop an all-new short-stroke twin-cylinder engine, with a 270° crankshaft…[delivering] that top-end rush [and] also the sporty low-down torque, ideal for riding in urban environments and powering out of corners on the open road.”
Here’s the full nitty-gritty specs list you can ex-’spec’-t from Honda’s newest Streetfighter concept:
Liquid-cooled OHC 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Bore x Stroke (mm)
87mm x 63.5mm
Max. Power Output
67.5kW @ 9,500rpm
75Nm @ 7,250rpm
Noise Level (dB)
Lwot – 77.5; Lurban – 73.5
PGM-FI electronic injection
Fuel Tank Capacity
CO2 Emissions WMTC
23km/l – 4.35l/100km
Wet multiple, Assisted slipper clutch
6 speed Manual Transmission
2,090mm x 780mm x 1,085mm
Showa 41mm SFF-BPTMTM USD, 130mm travel
Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 150mm travel
5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium
5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium
Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial mount 4 piston calipers
Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Auto Winker Cancel
ESS, 4 Riding Modes
No indicator has been yet given on the debut date of the Hornet’s production fleets, though we have been told that the price tag will be a very comfy £6999 (via MCN); stay tuned for updates as they come trickling down the proverbial pipeline – we’ll make sure to curate the best of the latest and toss it at you twice a week in our newsletter (make sure to subscribe to that).
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*Media sourced from Honda’s relevant press release*