July 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm #3131raynestormParticipant
Hello, my name is Jeremy. I, much like most on this site, have an ever-increasing lust for motorcycles. I have been ‘giving them the eye‘ for about four years now, but I haven’t been exceptionally serious about buying until recently. So, like most of you, i’m looking for a ‘pretty banger’ on which I can learn to ride without having to worry about how much the old mare costs or gets damaged! My dream bike is the Ducati Streetfighter, but I’m looking at a Honda Hornet on which I can start. Any suggestions outside of that?
Thanks for providing a great place for beginners to go to have questions answered!July 13, 2009 at 4:20 am #20553eonParticipant
Hi raynestorm, welcome to the forum.
You might get a better response to your question in the General forum. I don’t think too many people look in this section.
Afraid I cannot be of any help to you as I am not familiar with the hornet, but I do understand the appeal of Ducati’sJuly 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm #20690WeaponZeroParticipant
The Honda Hornet is essentially a naked CBR600 retuned for more midrange. Older models from 2003-up were carbureted and built on an old CBR600F3 engine and were competitors for the SV650 nekkid, but newer ones (not available in the US) are fuel injected and are built on CBR600RR engines. These ones are decidedly NOT good beginner bikes with horsepower exceeding 100, but if you’re talking about an older carbureted model then I don’t see a reason why it should be bad. After all, on paper it’s nothing more than a lighter weight Bandit 600 and I’ve known plenty of people who started out on those just fine.
Because it was “retuned for midrange” it isn’t as peaky as the racebike the engine was originally sourced from, but it still does have that nature. Be careful and respect the machine and understand that the engine has an *on* switch that kicks in about 1/2 way thru the rev range. Below that it is docile and controllable, above that it’s a snarling, rabid beast. This is the nature of 4-cylinder engines.
Other bikes in the same vein worth considering, that may be even better choices, are the Kawasaki ER-6n, Suzuki SV650, Honda Hawk GT, and older Suzuki Bandit 600s.
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