|Honda Announces Launch of Hornet 600 Slim-Profile Naked Sport Model Incorporating a Powerful Liquid-Cooled Inline 4-Cylinder Engine|
|Tokyo, February 10, 1998 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of the new Honda Hornet 600 motorcycle, which will go on sale on March 6. Designed to look like a pared-down road racer, the Hornet 600 has a light, compact frame. Its liquid-cooled 4-cycle inline 4-cylinder 600cc engine provides plenty of power in all gears to give a very smooth ride.
It was first displayed at the 32nd Tokyo Motor Show in 1997, and with its impressive class-beating look, is expected to appeal to sport bike riders. The frame is that of its little brother, the Hornet 250cc, yet even with a 600cc high-performance engine, it still has excellent balance. The engine is a liquid-cooled 4-cycle DOHC inline 4-cylinder 600cc engine, also featured in the CBR600F. Whether riding city streets or cruising the highway, the Hornet 600's power makes it a delight to handle. For the sports user, it will also prove a pleasure to own.
Honda Hornet 600
Domestic annual sales target: 1,500 units
Main features of the Hornet 600
Smooth power shifts through all gears thanks to the same highly-reliable liquid-cooled 4-cycle DOHC inline 4-cylinder 600cc engine, the same as found in the CBR600F. Easy to handle, its different intake and exhaust settings give it higher maximum torque than the CBR600F, an increase of 0.2 kgm to 5.3 kgm at 7,500 rpm. The extra Power is especially evident at low and midrange engine speeds.
Frame is based on the Hornet 250cc mono-backbone frame. Front engine hangar has been adapted for the 600cc engine. While keeping the chassis rigid and well balanced, the bike is very responsive for enhanced safety. The tires are wide radials (front: 130/70ZR16; rear: 180/55ZR17), giving excellent cornering and further increasing its massive appeal.
From the fuel tank to the rear fenders, the Hornet features glamorous curves. The muffler is raised higher in the rear to give a larger-than-life feel that is further boosted by a super wide rear tire.
Candy Mythos Magenta or Heavy Gray Metallic available.