1991 NIGHTHAWK CB750: A CLASSIC RETURNS
As proof that a good idea never goes out of style, the air-cooled 750 inline four-cylinder is born once again, this time under Honda’s Nighthawk® moniker. An entirely new engine displaces 747cc, but the cylinder head still incorporates double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters simplify maintenance chores, as does an automatic cam-chain tensioner, solid-state ignition and a spin-on oil filter. Cast in a traditional mold with touches of hot-rod styling, the new Nighthawk 750 soon proves to be a favorite among people who simply enjoy being out on two wheels. And an eminently affordable price makes the Nighthawk 750 accessible to just about anyone with an urge to ride.
1993 CBR900RR: LIGHT MAKES MIGHT
Power-to-weight ratios make interesting bench-racing fodder. But in 1993, hypothetical concepts crumbled under the irresistible force of the CBR900RR’s new math. This brand-new machine weighed in at an inconceivable 408 pounds, packing liter-class horsepower into a package that weighed a whopping 80 pounds less than its next-lightest rival. This was truly liter-class power in a 600-sized chassis, the Holy Grail of sport bike enthusiasts.
Powered by an ultra-sophisticated four-cylinder 893cc DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled engine, the aluminum-frame CBR900RR embodied the perfection of cutting-edge sporting performance, earning a wealth of awards, including Motorcyclist magazine’s motorcycle of the year in 1993 plus four appearances on Cycle World’s coveted 10 Best List. For the ultimate in sport performance–and race track performance as proven by Erion Racing–the CBR900RR was simply and literally without peer.
1994 CB1000: THE SUPERBIKE SPIRIT REVIVED
As the advent of the incredible CBR900RR redefined and expanded the parameters of the Superbike market, a niche was created between it and Honda’s sophisticated Hurricane/ CBR1000F. Based on the latter bike’s 998cc DOHC liquid-cooled powerplant, but featuring a new chassis sans bodywork, the 1994 CB1000 carried the spirit of the big-bore Superbike from the ’80s into the 1990s. This robust, no-frills powerhouse trimmed more than 30 pounds off the CBR1000’s curb weight, yet its expanded 60.6-inch wheelbase gave a rider and passenger plenty of room to stretch out.
1998: HORNETS TAKE TO THE STREETS OF EUROPE
As the specialization of sport bikes grows ever more focused toward the race track, a cry goes out-especially in Europe-for a motorcycle that is centered on the needs of street riders once again. So Honda sends the Continent the Hornet, an unfaired 600cc performance machine that offers aggressive power and handling in a lightweight package with compact proportions. In addition, the Hornet’s clean lines and more upright riding stance help secure its place in the market as a versatile do-anything machine that immediately sees duty in a wide variety of applications.