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Review of the Legendary HONDA CB750 Hornet: A True Icon of Motorcycling

HONDA CB750 Hornet

Review of the Legendary HONDA CB750 Hornet: A True Icon of Motorcycling

Review of the Legendary HONDA CB750 Hornet: A True Icon of Motorcycling



The HONDA CB750 Hornet is undeniably one of the most iconic motorcycles ever produced. With its powerful engine, sleek design, and exceptional performance, it has captured the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. In this blog post, we will delve into the various aspects of the CB750 Hornet, exploring its history, features, performance, and why it has become such a beloved machine.

Basic parameters

  • All new 755cc engine
  • 4 selectable ride modes
  • Assist/slipper clutch
  • Inverted Showa Forks
  • Nimble 190kg kerb weight

A Brief History:

The CB750 Hornet was first introduced by Honda in 1969 and quickly gained popularity for its revolutionary features. It was the world’s first production motorcycle to feature a transverse four-cylinder engine, which provided an unprecedented power output for its time. The CB750 Hornet became an instant success, setting the benchmark for future motorcycles in terms of performance and reliability.

Design and Styling:

The design of the CB750 Hornet is timeless and has stood the test of time. Its muscular and aggressive stance, coupled with its sleek lines, gives it a distinctive look that commands attention on the road. The motorcycle features a comfortable seating position, allowing riders to enjoy long rides without feeling fatigued. Additionally, its dual exhaust system adds to its overall aesthetic appeal.

Engine and Performance:

The heart of the CB750 Hornet is its powerful four-cylinder engine. It boasts a displacement of 748cc, allowing it to deliver impressive power and torque. With its smooth power delivery and responsive throttle, the CB750 Hornet offers an exhilarating riding experience. Whether you’re cruising on the highway or carving through twisty mountain roads, this motorcycle effortlessly handles any situation with precision and ease.

All new 755c parallel twin-cylinder engine

The newly developed 755cc parallel twin-cylinder engine showcases Honda’s impressive engineering expertise in a compact design. It delivers a peak power of 67.5kW at 9,500rpm and torque of 75Nm at 7,250rpm. This engine is designed to be fully utilized by riders, offering both thrilling power output and accessible low to mid-range performance. The 270° crank and uneven firing order result in a distinctive pulse feeling characteristic of a twin-cylinder engine.


The Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) inverted forks enhance sports handling performance and improve braking by dividing the functions between the two legs. One leg contains the Big Piston pressure separation damper, while the other leg houses the spring mechanism. This setup maximizes reaction to changes in road surface and overall ride quality. The rear shock absorber operates through the steel swingarm via Pro-Link. It features 5-stage preload adjustment, and the spring rate and damping settings are optimized to match the forks.

New steel diamond frame

The Hornet’s steel diamond frame weighs just 16.6kg, making it lightweight. An advanced technological process has created a highly durable platform with balanced rigidity that delivers excellent feel and agility. This frame is perfectly suited to complement the impressive power-to-weight ratio of the all-new engine.

Handling and Comfort:

One of the standout features of the CB750 Hornet is its exceptional handling capabilities. The motorcycle features a well-balanced chassis that provides stability at high speeds and nimbleness in tight corners. The suspension setup offers a comfortable ride while still maintaining excellent feedback from the road. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, the CB750 Hornet’s handling inspires confidence and allows you to fully enjoy the ride.

Technology and Safety Features:

While the CB750 Hornet may be a classic motorcycle, it is not lacking in modern technology and safety features. It comes equipped with advanced braking systems such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) that provides enhanced stopping power and stability. Additionally, it features a comprehensive instrumentation panel that includes a digital speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, and more, providing riders with all the necessary information at a glance.

Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS)

The Honda Smartphone Voice Control System (HSVCS) allows riders to connect their smartphones while on the move and manage phone calls, messages, music, and navigation using voice commands. The smartphone connects to the dash via Bluetooth, and riders can also use buttons on the left switchgear to control HSVCS.

TFT digital display

The 5” full-color high-visibility screen offers four types of speed/rpm display options: analog or bar, depending on rider preference. It also provides information on fuel gauge/consumption, riding mode selection/engine parameters, gear selection, and a customizable shift-up point on the tachometer. Riders can manage these features using the screen and switchgear on the left handlebar.


Dual front 296mm discs and Nissin radial-mount, 4-piston calipers provide impressive stopping power with excellent progressive feel through the lever. The rear brake consists of a 240mm disc.

Maintenance and Reliability:

Honda motorcycles have always been known for their exceptional reliability, and the CB750 Hornet is no exception. With proper maintenance and regular servicing, this motorcycle can provide years of trouble-free riding. Its robust build quality and durable components ensure that it can withstand daily use and still perform at its best.

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Community and Customization:

The CB750 Hornet has developed a dedicated community of enthusiasts who appreciate its timeless design and performance capabilities. This community provides a wealth of knowledge and resources for owners, making it easier to find support and advice when needed. Additionally, the CB750 Hornet is an excellent platform for customization, with numerous aftermarket parts available to personalize your ride and make it truly unique.

Pricing and Availability:

As a legendary motorcycle, the CB750 Hornet holds its value well in the market. While prices vary depending on the model year and condition, it is generally regarded as a worthwhile investment for motorcycle enthusiasts. Availability may vary depending on your location, but with some research and patience, you can find well-maintained CB750 Hornets for sale.

How much is the Honda Hornet 750 in Australia?

What does the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet cost? From $12,099 plus on road costs (approx $13,450 ride away) the 2023 Hornet is priced sharply to compete with the popular Yamaha MT-07 HO ($14,449 ride away), and the Suzuki GSX-8S ($14,190 ride away) which should be available later this year.

Honda Hornet CB750 (2023) Technical Specification

New price £6,999
Torque 75Nm / 55.3ft lbs @ 7250rpm
Top speed 127mph
Transmission 6-speed manual
Average fuel consumption Claimed: 65mpg / 4.348 l/100km

Is CB Hornet good for long drive?

If you aren’t looking for rash driving it, Hornet gives you one of the best on road experience. Its very good and comfortable. I covers 600km in one day. Overall trip I drove 1200km with in 4 days.

Where is Honda CB750 Hornet made?

Although produced by a Japanese motorcycle company, the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet is a product of Honda R&D Rome
There’s a new naked upright street bike coming. The 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet features an all-new powerplant in a chassis with numbers similar to the Honda CB500F. The initial announcement is for a European model. Fortunately, what we have seen in Europe has been known to wash up on American shores, though we’re still waiting for the NT1100 to appear on Honda showroom floors. Regardless, it’s an exciting motorcycle, and we’re going to tell you about it. The powerplant for the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet is a parallel twin with Honda’s Unicam top-end and a 270-degree crank. It’s a short-stroke engine—even shorter than the CB500F’s motor. As you’d expect, there are four valves per cylinder, and it’s liquid-cooled. Despite being solidly oversquare and having downdraft air intakes, it’s not a particularly high-revving engine. The peak output of 91 horsepower comes at just 9500 rpm, with torque maxing out at 7250 rpm, with 55 ft-lbs churning. Those numbers are good for a top speed of 127 mph. Fuyuki Hosokawa, the Test Project Leader at Honda R&D Japan, had this to say about the all-new powerplant: “To get the kind of performance and lightweight handling we wanted, we knew we had to develop an all-new short-stroke twin-cylinder engine, with a 270-degree crankshaft. This would not only deliver that top-end rush but also the sporty low-down torque, ideal for riding in urban environments and powering out of corners on the open road.” Electronics are up-to-date, with ride-by-wire as part of the package. Threes are wild on the Hornet—three preset ride modes, three traction control levels, three engine-braking levels, and three power output levels. ABS is standard, though nothing fancy. All the settings are monitored on a five-inch TFT display. The dash also connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone. Honda Smartphone Voice Control is standard. HSVC is an app that allows you to make specific verbal commands that the app will carry out, with the results displayed on the dash. Commands range from looking up addresses to navigation to sending pre-written responses to text messages. The 755cc powerplant is in a chassis that reminds us of the CB500F. The Hornet uses a Showa SFF-BP 41mm fork, as does the CB500F. The difference is that the Hornet’s version has 0.8 inches more fork travel, and the Hornet also gets more rear wheel travel; fortunately, seat height is only up 0.2 inches. The Hornet’s wheelbase is just 0.4 inches longer than the CB500F, with the rake tucked in a half-degree and the trail 0.1 inches shorter; wheel and brake sizes are identical. Fuel capacity is cut by a half-gallon on the Hornet compared to the CB500F. On the scale, the CB750 is just three pounds heavier than the CB500F. Honda positions the 2023 CB750 Hornet as a multi-purpose motorcycle. Three different packs can be added.


  • Panniers
  • Tank bag
  • Seat bag


  • Quickshifter
  • Flyscreen
  • Seat cowl
  • Upgraded footpegs


  • Frame sliders
  • Bar end weights
  • Upgraded handlebar clamp
  • Tank pad
  • Wheel stripes
  Although produced by a Japanese motorcycle company, the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet is a product of Honda R&D Rome. According to Giovanni Dovis, the Leading Styling Designer at Honda R&D Rome, “Honda’s design philosophy is to create something pure and functional in an uncomplicated way—models that are both beautifully simple and emotionally appealing. Our strap line to guide the form of the new Hornet was Sensual Dynamism. It had to be a straightforward streetfighter design – just like the original, but we wanted much more aggressive angles and proportions. The silhouette and sinuous muscularity of a cheetah at full speed inspired us with its potency, driven by the obvious power of the new engine.”

Selectable riding modes

There are three default riding modes to choose from, as well as a customizable USER mode. “SPORT” mode delivers maximum performance with minimal intervention. “STANDARD” mode provides a well-balanced setting for everyday riding. “RAIN” mode offers a less aggressive power delivery for added reassurance on wet or slippery surfaces. “USER” mode allows riders to customize the settings according to their preferences and save them for future use.  

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet Specifications


  • Type: Parallel twin w/ 270-degree crank
  • Displacement: 755cc
  • Bore x stroke: 87.0 x 63.5mm
  • Maximum power: 91 horsepower @ 9500 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 55 ft-lbs @ 7250 rpm
  • Maximum speed: 127 mph
  • Compression ratio: 11.0:1
  • Valvetrain: SOHC; 4vpc
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate w/ assist and slipper functions
  • Final drive: Chain


  • Frame: Steel diamond
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable Showa SFF-BP 41mm inverted fork; 5.1 inches
  • Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload adjustable Showa shock; 5.9 inches
  • Wheels: 5 Y-spoke cast aluminum
  • Front tire: 120/70 x 17
  • Rear tire: 160/60 x 17
  • Front brakes: 296mm discs w/ radially mounted Nissin 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Standard


  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
  • Rake: 25 degrees
  • Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat height: 31.3 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.0 gallons
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 54 mpg
  • Curb weight: 419 pounds


  • Graphite Black
  • Pearl Glare White
  • Matte Iridium Gray Metallic
  • Matte Goldfinch Yellow

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet Price: £6999 MSRP


The CB750 Hornet remains an iconic motorcycle that continues to captivate riders even decades after its initial release. Its combination of timeless design, powerful performance, and reliability make it a true legend in the world of motorcycling. Whether you’re a collector or an everyday rider, the CB750 Hornet is a machine that will bring joy and excitement every time you hit the road. Facebook




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