|Also called||Honda Hornet (Europe and Brazil)|
Honda 599 (United States)
|Engine||599 cc (36.6 cu in), liquid cooled, inline four|
The Honda CB600F (known as the Hornet in Europe and Brazil and 599 in the U.S.) is a standard motorcycle manufactured by Honda. It is powered by a 599 cc (36.6 cu in) liquid-cooled inline-four engine, originally a detuned version of that in the Honda CBR600 sport bike, which currently produces around 102 bhp (76 kW). The 'Hornet' name was not taken to North America as AMC, and its successor, Chrysler, had trademarked the name with the AMC Hornet.
The Honda CB600F Hornet was introduced for Europe in 1998. It was based on the CB250F that was restricted to 250 cc (15 cu in) at its home-market (Japan) because of local laws (this bike was released only in Japan from 1996 or 1997 until 2015, when it was succeeded by the CB300F). The bike has a six-speed transmission. Its suspension consists of a single shock in the rear and a conventional telescopic fork in the front until it was succeeded by an upside-down fork in 2005. Its brakes are dual-disc, Nissin twin piston in the front and single-disc, Nissin single piston in the rear. It was given the 16 in (410 mm) diameter front wheel and 17 in (430 mm), 180 section rear wheel setup from the Fireblade.
In 2000, Honda updated the Hornet, changing the 16 in (410 mm) front wheel for a 17 in (430 mm) to help corner stability and increasing the strength of the brake pass-over system on the front, making the brakes stronger. However, Honda did not increase the size of the fuel tank. A faired version, the CB600FS, was also introduced in 2000.
In 2003, Honda gave the CB600F version a make-over, with a larger fuel tank (17 L or 3.7 imp gal or 4.5 US gal as opposed to the former 16 L or 3.5 imp gal or 4.2 US gal), and 'sharper' styling. The CB600S faired version was discontinued.
In 2005, the instrument cluster was modernised, and more importantly, it was fitted with inverted front forks, to improve road-holding and cornering stability.
Honda took the Hornet to the United States and Canadian market for the 2004 and 2006 model years. It was called the 599.
The highly revised CB600F model came out in April 2007. The engine of the new motorcycle is a detuned version of the engine available in the 2007 CBR600RR giving a maximum output power of approximately 102 bhp (76 kW).
In 2011, the model got a facelift. The headlight assembly was changed and the instrument cluster uses LCD display. This bike shared many of the same components – swingarm, fork, frame, engine – as the Honda CBR600F that was reintroduced in 2011.
In 2022, Honda announced the new Honda Hornet (CB 750 S) as the successor to the CB600F Hornet in Europe.
|Model ID||Europe (CB600F Hornet)||Europe (CB600F Hornet) & North America (599)|
|Engine Type||599 cc (36.6 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4|
|Bore/Stroke||65.0 mm × 45.2 mm (2.56 in × 1.78 in)||67.0 mm × 42.5 mm (2.64 in × 1.67 in)|
|Max Power Output||94.69 bhp (70.61 kW) at 12,000 rpm||94 bhp (70 kW) at 12,000 rpm||95 bhp (71 kW) at 12,000 rpm
80.4 hp (60.0 kW)(rear wheel)
|102 bhp (76 kW) at 12,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||46.3 lbf⋅ft (62.76 N⋅m) @ 9,500 rpm||45.6 lbf⋅ft (61.78 N⋅m) @ 10,000 rpm||46.5 lbf⋅ft (63 N⋅m) @ 10,000 rpm
41.7 lb⋅ft (56.5 N⋅m) (rear wheel)
|46.8 lbf⋅ft (63.5 N⋅m) @ 10,500 rpm|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Carburetion||Four 34.0 mm (1.34 in) slanted flat-slide CV||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital with electronic advance||Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance|
|Final Drive||#525 O-ring-sealed chain|
|Front Suspension||41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork; 125 mm (4.9 in) travel||41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel||41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork;
110 mm (4.3 in) travel
|41 mm (1.6 in) inverted telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock with seven-position spring-preload adjustability; 128 mm (5.0 in) travel|
|Front Brakes||Dual full-floating 296 mm (11.7 in) discs with twin-piston calipers.||Dual full-floating 296 mm (11.7 in) discs with twin-piston calipers. ABS optional.|
|Rear Brakes||Single 220 mm (8.7 in) disc with single-piston caliper.||Single 240 mm (9.4 in) disc with single-piston caliper. ABS optional.|
|Front Tire||130/70ZR16||120/70ZR-17 radial|
|Rear Tire||180/55ZR-17 radial|
|Rake||25.5 degrees||25 degrees|
|Trail||96.0 mm (3.78 in)||99.0 mm (3.90 in)|
|Wheelbase||1,419.86 mm (55.900 in)||1,424.94 mm (56.100 in)||1,420.0 mm (55.91 in)||1,425.0 mm (56.10 in)||1,435.1 mm (56.50 in)|
|Seat Height||795 mm (31.3 in)||795–790 mm (31.3–31.1 in)||800 mm (31 in)|
|Dry Weight||176 kg (388 lb)||176–181 kg (388–399 lb)||401 lb (182 kg)||404 lb (183 kg)||173 kg (381 lb)|
|Wet Weight||202 kg (446 lb)||198 kg (437 lb), ABS: 203 kg (448 lb)}|
|Fuel Capacity||16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal)||17 L (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal)||19 L (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)|
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