Honda Rolls Out a Tech-Laden CB750 Hornet Commuter Motorcycle

Photos: Honda

Just before the turn of the millennium, Honda introduced its original Hornet model — a sporty yet utilitarian naked bike derived from Big Red’s CBR600 Super Sport. In the intervening years, Honda introduced numerous updated takes on the Hornet before pulling the plug on production back in 2014. And despite sitting dormant for the last decade or so, the Japanese moto firm has now unveiled an all-new version of the bike with the Honda CB750 Hornet. 

Photo: Honda

The all-new CB750 Hornet is constructed around a steel diamond chassis that’s been mated to a 41mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork Big Piston) USD fork and a rear mono-shock paired with a Pro-Link swingarm. At the heart of the new Hornet is a liquid-cooled, short-stroke eight-valve, uni-cam-equipped 755cc parallel-twin engine that cranks out 90.6hp and 55ft-lbs of torque. Riding on 5Y-spoke cast aluminum wheels, the bike also comes equipped with a 31.29” seat height, a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch, LED lighting all around, a 5” TFT display equipped with the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, and dual radial-mount Nissan four-pot front calipers backed by dual-channel ABS.

Photo: Honda

Penned by Honda’s Rome-based design team, the new Hornet sports a thoroughly modern appearance that features a slew of visual nods to its Hornet predecessors including a streetfighter-style headlight and an appropriately waspish tail section. Boasting a 418.8-pound curb weight, the CB750 Hornet also comes loaded with an impressive suite of tech — especially for an urban-focused commuter bike — that includes a throttle-by-wire system with a trio of ride modes (Sport, Standard, and Rain), Honda Selectable Torque Control, wheelie control, and adjustable engine power and engine braking. Alongside the motorcycle itself, Honda is also offering several upgrade packages such as the Sport Pack — which features a rear seat cowl and a quick-shifter — and the Touring Pack — which is comprised of a suite of luggage including a tank bag, top case, and twin side panniers. 

Photo: Honda

Offered in Graphite Black, Pearl Metallic, Matte Irridium Grey Mettalic, and Matte Goldfinch Yellow color options, the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet Motorcycle is available now in select markets with pricing starting from £6,999 (~ $7,820).