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2013 Honda CB600F
2013 Honda CB600F

2013 Honda CB600F Review

2013 Honda CB600F

The CB600F Hornet is undoubtedly one of Europe's most influential middleweight Naked motorcycles. Originally launched in 1998, it has close ties to the race-winning CBR600RR, but has always presented its own unique package of sporty performance and light, user-friendly handling. Its versatile power, comfort and convenience make it popular among riders who want a practical motorcycle that's both easy and enjoyable to ride, while its contemporary Naked styling ensures its popularity among fashion-conscious riders. Affordability, reliability and low running costs add to its all-round appeal.

Updates to the Hornet have always been closely based on rider feedback. In 2000, it received a larger 17" front wheel and in 2003 the fuel capacity was enlarged. It received a complete makeover in 2007, with updated styling plus technology, safety and environmental protection technologies that brought it right to the top of the mid-displacement Performance Naked class. Since then the Hornet has continued to set the standards in a growing midrange motorcycle class, staying ahead of the game with styling updates and the addition of adjustable suspension systems in 2009.

In 2011 and 2012 Honda again responded to customer feedback with impressive styling updates and new colours. The meter cover was redesigned to integrate the headlight and instrument panel in one sleek unit that enhances the smooth, aerodynamic front profile. A new instrument panel with a digital tachometer added to the bike's usability as well as its sophisticated image. The compact rear was reshaped with a higher, thinner tail that increased its lightweight, sporty look.

For 2013 the CB600F's contemporary streetfighter image will again be enhanced with a stylish new Matt White colour version.




2013 Honda CB600F Key Features

- New Matt White colour version.

- Sporty rear styling features a high, defined tail that emphasises its aerodynamic look of speed.

- Sleek meter cover design brings the instrument panel and headlight together in one unit.

- Stylish integrated instrument panel features a hi-tech digital LCD bar graph tachometer, speedometer, dual trip meters, bar graph fuel gauge and a clock.

- Compact engine, originally developed alongside the 2007 CBR600RR powerhouse, is tuned for strong midrange power and torque combined with a high-revving top end.

- Advanced PGM-FI electronic fuel injection provides instant throttle response and precise control as well as helping to minimise harmful exhaust emissions.

- Combined ABS version offers extra braking confidence over slippery or unpredictable surfaces.

- 41mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork with tension adjuster provides 120mm of smoothly damped wheel travel and adds to ride comfort and control.

- Monoshock damper with 7-step adjustable preload plus tension adjuster and 128mm axle travel adds to the smooth, confident ride feel.

- Gravity die-cast aluminium Mono-Backbone frame with basic diamond configuration incorporates engine as central stressed member for the most effective balance of rigidity and light weight.

- Dual bulb multi-reflector headlight features eye-catching low and high beams behind a protruding polycarbonate lens.

- Seat height of 800mm provides easy reach to the ground for all riders.

- Chassis is conceived for maximum mass centralisation with weight of engine and exhaust system precisely balanced by slim, light rear and lightweight front end.

- Wide, low-profile Super Sports-derived tyres, mounted on lightweight aluminium 5-spoke wheels, add to aggressive streetfighter image and ensure precise cornering control.

- Low-slung exhaust system is positioned beneath the engine for low centre of gravity and maximum mass centralisation.



2013 Honda CB600F Features and Benefits


True to the fundamentals of streetfighter performance, the styling of the CB600F is lean and sharp with an aggressive predatory edge that advertises its sporting background.

Flowing aerodynamic lines define the muscular bodywork, converging in a sharp, high tapered tail that's set off by a brilliant LED tail-light. At the front, a dual bulb multi-reflector headlight offers excellent visibility as well as emphasising the sharp, focused lines of the minicowl.

The compact instrument panel has been graphically redesigned in keeping with the bike's ultramodern styling and clean, functional ethos. Lightweight and fully electronic, it features a hi-tech digital LCD bar graph tachometer, speedometer, dual trip meters, bar graph fuel gauge and a clock.



The 2013 CB600F will come in four colour versions, including a sophisticated new matt white. Each colour is highlighted by its striking contrast with the solid, mechanical look of the CB600F's Axis Grey Metallic wheels and prominent engine.

- Matt White
- Mat Cynos Grey Metallic
- Pearl Pacific Blue
- Pearl Cool White


The CB600F engine is known for its responsive delivery and powerful, torquey drive. It was originally developed alongside the engine for the CBR600RR, giving it sporty acceleration and precise response. The CB600F engine is tuned for strong midrange power and torque to deliver fast acceleration out of the corners, combined with a high-revving top end that creates its exhilarating streetfighter character.

Developed with the advantages of race-bred technology, the CB600F engine is designed for both versatility and reliability. Durable and requiring little maintenance, it adds to the easy ownership that is essential to the very spirit of the Hornet.

Advanced PGM-FI electronic fuel injection provides instant throttle response, precise control of the engine's power and smooth, predictable changes in speed. Combined with Honda's oxygen-sensing catalytic converter system it also helps to keep harmful exhaust emissions to a minimum.

Short and compact, the engine is positioned for an ideal balance of weight, which combines with the bike's chassis characteristics to create nimble, responsive handling. The exhaust system is low-slung and positioned for a low centre of gravity and maximum mass centralisation.


The CB600F's nimble handling characteristics and comfortable ride position make both seasoned and less experienced riders feel at home immediately. The seat height provides easy reach to the ground, and its suspension systems enhance comfort and confidence while also enhancing the machine's sporty performance.

The 2009 Mono-Backbone frame features a diamond configuration that incorporates the engine as its central stressed member, creating a highly effective balance of light weight and rigidity. Its lightness and narrow profile add to the bike's sharp, smooth handling and quick response to rider input.

The entire chassis is designed for optimal mass centralisation, with the weight of the engine and exhaust system precisely balanced by the slim, light seat and tail cowl and lightweight front end. This reduces inertial mass at the machine's most extreme points, contributing to quick, confident turning and cornering control.

The suspension systems are designed to contribute to the CB600F's smooth overall handling and ride satisfaction. The tapered dual box-section aluminium swingarm is lightweight and contributes to the overall balance of rigidity. A Monoshock damper with 7 positions of adjustable preload plus a tension adjuster and 128mm of axle travel, adds to the overall feeling of ride comfort and positive, reassuring control. At the front, a 41mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type front fork further increases handling confidence.

The CB600F features wide, low-profile Super Sports-derived tyres, mounted on lightweight aluminium 5-spoke wheels. These add to the bike's aggressive street-fighter appearance while also ensuring precise cornering control at high speeds. High-performing brakes match the bike's strong all-round performance. At the front a pair of dual-piston calipers grip wide 296mm drilled floating discs, while at the rear a responsive and compact single-piston caliper slows a 240mm disc. The CB600F Hornet is also available in a Combined ABS version which pairs the balanced operation of a linked braked system and the precise, confident control provided by an ABS.

Optional equipment

Honda Access Europe provides an extensive range of optional equipment for the CB600F Hornet to enhance styling, comfort and security. These include:

A stylish undertray for your CB600F Hornet will add a smooth colour accent to the standard rear mudguard. It's matched to the rest of the model's colour-scheme to create the perfect finish.

Honda also offers a hugger for the Hornet, which protects the shock absorber from dirt and splashes from the tyre. The unit is dual-coloured, with the hugger part matching the bike, and the lower, chain guard in stylish black.

Rear seat cowl
For those rides when you're not carrying a passenger, a genuine Honda seat cowl will add a more purposeful look to your CB600F Hornet. It's installed quickly and easily on to the seat unit without sacrificing any access to the under-seat storage area and is, naturally, colour-matched with the rest of your bike.

Tail pack
For those weekend escapes, a tail pack offers an easy and convenient way to travel light. It fixes easily to the passenger seat area without compromising on comfort or rider manoeuvrability. The tail pack utilises a four-point fixing harness and includes a rain cover for wet weather. It offers a capacious 19L capacity and features the Honda Racing logo to complement its streamlined design.

Meter visor
Honda's CB600F Hornet is also available with a meter visor - 20 mm higher than the standard visor - to keep wind blast off your chest at higher, motorway-type speeds. It complies with European homologation regulations and comes in stylish mat ray silver.

Heated grips
Warm up those cold winter mornings and make your fingers more responsive with genuine Honda heated grips for your CB600F. The grips control is fully integrated for ease of use, even with gloves, and a three-step sequence for different heat levels and status indication - the system even self-monitors to ensure there is no drain on the battery. The grips themselves are manufactured in an ultra-slim design and feature smart heat allocation through asymmetric, 360° distribution of the heating element, which ensures that there is minimum waste and the heat is directed to the fingers. A second-type heated grip system offers a 180° heating area, featuring five adjustable levels and an integrated circuit design to prevent battery drain.

Other Honda CB600F Hornet accessories:
- Alarm
- Crank-case ring and cover set
- Wheel sticker set
- Cargo net
- U-lock
- Outdoor and indoor cycle cover
- Rear paddock stand
- Various tank pad and fuel lid pad sets




2013 Honda CB600F - USA Specifications/Technical Details
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2013 Honda CB600F - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
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2013 Honda CB600F - UK Specifications/Technical Details
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Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4

Displacement 599cc

Bore Stroke 67 42.5mm

Compression Ratio 12 : 1

Max. Power Output 75kW / 12,000min-1 (95/1/EC)

Max. Torque 63.5Nm / 10,500min-1 (95/1/EC)

Idling Speed 1,350min-1

Oil Capacity 3.5L

Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Throttle Bore 36mm

Aircleaner Dry, cartridge-type paper filter

Fuel Tank Capacity 19L (including 4-litre LCD-indicated reserve)

Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance

Ignition Timing 10° BTDC (idle) ~ 60° BTDC (13,500min-1)

Sparkplug Type CR9EH-9 (NGK); U27FER-9 (ND)

Starter Electric

Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH

ACG Output 316W

Headlight 12V 55W 1 (low) / 55W 1 (high)

Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs

Clutch Operation Mechanical; cable-actuated

Transmission Type 6-speed

Primary Reduction 2,111 (76/36)

Gear Ratios 1 2,750 (33/12)
2 1.938 (31/16)
3 1.556 (28/18)
4 1.348 (31/23)
5 1.208 (29/24)
6 1.095 (23/21)

Final Reduction 2.688 (43/16)

Final Drive #525 O-ring sealed chain

Type Mono-backbone; rectangular-section gravity die-cast aluminium

Dimensions (L W H) 2,150 x 740 x 1,075mm

Wheelbase 1435mm

Caster Angle 25°

Trail 99mm

Seat Height 800mm

Ground Clearance 135mm

Kerb Weight 200.4kg (F: 100.2kg; R: 100.2kg),

Max. Carrying Capacity 188kg

Loaded Weight 388.4kg

Type Front 41mm tension adjustable inverted HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork, 120mm stroke

Rear Monoshock damper with 7-step adjustable preload and 128mm axle travel

Type Front Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium
Rear Hollow-section 5-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size Front 17M/C MT3.5
Rear 17M/C MT5.5

Tyre Size Front 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)

Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa
Rear 290kPa

Type Front 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with dual-piston (*three piston) calipers, floating rotors (*ABS) and sintered metal pads

Rear 240 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads

* ABS Version
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.


2013 Honda CB600F - Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: $TBA AU

Model may not be available.