Honda launches refreshed CB1000 Hornet

Introducing the new and refreshed Honda CB1000 Hornet

At the recent EICMA show in Milan, Honda unveiled its complete 2024 model line-up, featuring four new model names and significant upgrades to a further four models. Headlining the unveiling was the introduction of the flagship of Honda’s growing Hornet family, the CB1000 Hornet as well as a middleweight CB500 Hornet.

All-new Honda CB1000 Hornet

The all-new Honda CB1000 Hornet will be powered by a retuned version of the in-line four-cylinder powerplant that did duty in the 2017 Honda CBR10000R Fireblade, which delivers astonishing performance thanks to a power output of 110kW and more than 100Nm of torque. The engine includes an assist and slipper clutch and Honda’s HSTC traction control system to help riders put this healthy helping of power down.

The engine is housed in an all-new steel twin spar frame that offers a unique blend of dynamic cornering performance and stability, via Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) suspension, which is adjustable for both compression and rebound and matched to a Pro-link setup and Showa rear shock and a dual sided swing arm. Radial four pot brakes clamp 310mm rotors and the tyres are 17-inch front and rear.

Electronic aids are made possible thanks to the Throttle by Wire technology, and this includes the ability to choose from three riding modes, displayed on the five-inch TFT colour display. Connectivity is available for both Android and iOS devices via Honda RoadSync.

The styling is pure and aggressive. At the forefront is a super-compact dual LED projector headlight. The hornet signature fuel tank with wings folded forward is broad shouldered up front but tapers radically to the rear, mirrored by a minimal seat unit that underlines the traditional narrow waisted Hornet look.

While the new frame forms part of the aesthetic design it is subtly blacked out as is the tubular trellis-style rear subframe.

A third member added to the Hornet family

The introduction of the CB500 Hornet sees Honda cover all its bases with a trio of Hornet models. The smallest of the three features the same aggressive styling and aerodynamic performance as its older siblings.

The 471cc engine offers 35kW and 43Nm while updated fuel injection settings ensure improved acceleration from low down in the rev range. The CB500 is also fitted with Honda’s HSTC traction control system, ensuring added peace of mind for less experienced riders.

The high-quality chassis specification includes 41mm Showa SFF-BP upside down forks, a Showa rear shock and dual discs up front along with four-piston calipers. The same five-inch TFT screen facilitates smartphone connectivity via Honda RoadSync.

Local availability

The local launch date of the Honda CB1000 Hornet and CB500 Hornet is yet to be confirmed.