Written on: 20/07/2006 by jonathan kelly (110 reviews written)
handling ride feel looks acceleration
only got a side stand, small petrol tank
The Honda Hornet 600 is a watercooled four cylinder machine. It is a most popular motorcyle of the past few years. A machine that Honda has made in two versions for years all to great success. The Hornet is available with body work a fairing or without I would recommend it with for high speed riding.
They were both dark blue and both had a nice blue instrument panel light. It had a brilliant feel about it a good point compared to some bikes the CX500 is very poor in comparison it feels better than an XJ600. Getting on a GT550 after riding was a 'shock' the GT felt like it had no suspension or power in the engine wheather this was because it was faulty or because the Hornet is so much better I did not find out as I got back on the Hornet and never want to ride a GT550 again.
It is then very easy to drive as it is light has excellent suspension and feel to it. Fitted with a 6 speed synchronic gear change and with plenty of power at a claimed 85hp this all means it is a very pleasent easy machine to use.
It's 4 stroke engine really moves when pushed. It does not use much petrol at 45mpg and flat out 120 mph was possible 0-60 is around 5 seconds I guess.
It has, however, a very small petrol tank and no center stand is fitted so it fell over a lot when parked on anything but the flattest smoothest road. Parts were expensive to replace £120 was the cost of it falling over when parked.
This is quality product and the main feature over other 600cc bikes I have ridden are the excellent performance and handling in comparision to the others.