2023 Honda CB750 Hornet to take on mid capacity rivals

Honda have released details on the new CB750 Hornet, due to arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2023. It features the bike maker’s brand new 755cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, delivering 67.5kW of power and 75Nm of torque.

Designed for every rider to exploit to the maximum, with exhilarating power output, while also providing accessible low to mid-range usability, the Honda CB750 Hornet has a wet weight of 190kg, and an impressive power-to-weight ratio.

A compact, competition CRF-derived Unicam 8-valve cylinder head employs downdraft air intakes and a vortex flow duct to ensure optimal combustion. The head operates the 35.5mm inlet valves via the cam, and the 29mm exhaust by rocker arms.

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Inlet lift is 9.3mm and exhaust 8.2mm. A 270-degree crank and uneven firing order deliver feel and character. Throttle-by-wire engine control offers three default riding modes, adjusting the engine’s delivery and feel to suit conditions and the rider’s intent.

These can be easily switched and managed between the left handlebar mode switch and TFT screen. There are also three levels of engine power and brake, and Honda’s selectable torque control with integrated wheelie control available.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The riding modes include Sport, Standard and Rain, while User provides custom options which can be pre-programmed. The bike’s design also features signature elements, including the fuel tank, which takes inspiration from the shape of a hornet’s wing.

Everywhere you look, from the aggressively angled nose-fairing to the razor-sharp, minimal tail, there are hallmarks of tension and aggression, outlining true sporting intent. Usability is embraced through features such as a very manageable 795mm seat height.

The riding position is upright, with slightly rear-set foot pegs for natural control, and wide handlebars for leverage. The rich specification list is headlined by a 5.0-inch TFT colour display which supplies vivid information delivery and management of all systems.

It offers four types of speed/rpm display as well as fuel gauge/consumption, riding mode selection/engine parameters, gear selected and customisable shift-up point on the tachometer.

Also incorporated into the interface is the Honda smartphone voice control system, which links the rider to their Android or iOS phone while on the move, and allows voice management of phone calls, messages, music and navigation.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The Hornet’s steel diamond frame is lightweight, at just 16.6kg. A major technological process of stiffener, main/down tube thinning, and pivot shape optimisation has produced a hugely strong platform, with rigidity balance to deliver feel and geometry set for agility.

With a view to heighten sports handling performance (especially braking from higher speeds), a Showa 41mm SFF-BP inverted fork is clamped by Hornet-specific top and bottom yokes.

With 130mm travel and divided functions – big piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other – it maximises both reaction over changes in road surface and the overall ride quality.

The rear shock absorber operates through the steel swingarm via pro-link and offers 150mm travel. Its design ensures excellent response and temperature management, and features 5-stage preload adjustment.

Dual front 296mm discs and Nissin radial-mount, 4-piston callipers deliver impressive stopping power. Lightweight wheels further elevate handling and ride quality. All lighting is LED, the indicators auto-cancel and also include an emergency stop system.

The CB750 Hornet is available in Graphite Black and Pearl Jasmine White, both options with a striking contrasting red fork and frame. Pricing will be released closer to launch. For further information, please contact your local Honda dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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