2002 Honda CB600F Hornet from New Zealand
Near perfect all rounder that is utterly reliable
No faults at all - just normal maintenance.
This bike is very, very easy to ride. I came off a VTR250 after a long time of not riding, and have never needed more power. The handling more than makes up for any power that other bikes may have over this one. Over the winding roads it is hard to touch, even with my 6'3" 95KG frame. I have had frantic superbikes in the distant past, but I have no need to live on the edge now. I think the CB600 would be fine as a beginner bike, or just as an all-rounder as I use it.
Incredibly unstressed and reliable, but still surprises other bikes at times. Others who have tried it, including owners of high-performance Triumphs and Ducatis are surprised by it, but think the lack of edginess and danger is a negative. I don't.
The gearbox is silky smooth, and it is just all-round competent. As with all bikes - good tyres make it very different. I have thought about mods from time to-time, but in the end preferred to keep it as Honda intended.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th March, 2011