2003 CB600 Hornet

I took Jo’s bike out for a bit of a ragging today. She has been off on leave and my experience of Honda 4’s is they don’t like being sat around. So I nipped out on it. Warm day, dry roads and a buzzy high revving little bike brought out my inner hooligan.

I have discovered why I ride a big twin, because I am lazy and can’t be fagged to change gear and whilst the Hornet is perfectly docile at low revs it is a little hoodlum past about 9500 revs. So once I decided to go up and down the box and keep the revs up I had a good time. On original pipes she howls so the noise she would make a lovely noise on Acros or similar.

Whilst the Hornet feels tiny, and country road bumps can be felt the bike is stable and goes where I pointed it, even in hooligan mode. What a cracking little bike, calmly sitting at 30, in fourth, through villages and then turning into a howling little dervish happily biting into 3 figures and bringing me back to work with a ridiculous grin on my face. I didn’t go out long enough to really scrub the tyres in, but I think I will do so soon. If Jo lets me abuse her bike again.

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: July 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.