Honda Hornet Set for a Comeback in the Near Future

Even though the Hornet 600 is no longer a part of the 2014 Honda line-up, and many thought that it was replaced by the CB650F, Italian sources mention that the Japanese manufacturer (which has a very sizeable operations and production base in the peninsula) says that the model is only “resting” for one year.
2014 Honda CB650F 1 photo
Photo: Honda
That is, the 2014 CB650F should not be considered a replacement model for the Hornet, but a rather individual machine slotting in the upper-middleweight segment to offer even more choices to new customers.

In case this is true, we might see a new Hornet unveiled at the EICMA this fall, announcing a 2015 model with quite a lot of improvements over what it used to deliver in the past years. A very successful model which was maintained almost unchanged during the past years, the 600cc-class Hornet might be offered in a much more potent, larger-displacement trim in the future.

The competition is not idling either, as Kawasaki shelves the Z800 machine, Yamaha provides even more choice with the MT-07 and MT-09 bikes, Suzuki has the GSR750 and most likely only a few would be surprised to see KTM making a move in the segment.

So seeing traditional middleweight displacement figures go slightly up over the years, hints us that we might get to see 800cc-class Hondas once more. Wonder where does the CB900F go if all this plays out like the rumors say…

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