2024 Honda Hornet 1000 – First Look

Ryan Adams
by Ryan Adams

No Hornets for Americans

Keeping with tradition, the 2024 Honda Hornet 1000, like its smaller sibling, will not make it to North American shores for the foreseeable future. That said, the inline-Four CBR-derived 999cc engine should bring a level of performance to the Hornet namesake like no others before it.

The Hornet 1000 boasts a more complex and angular design compared to its 750 counterpart and manages to strike a lightweight streetfighter-esque stance. Honda says the 2023 CB750 was Europe’s best-selling naked bike through August. I suppose that’s why they continue to get all of the good stuff.

Europe will actually see two new additions to the Hornet family with both this 1000 variant and a 500. Honda Japan says the CB1000’s ‘transformative looks’ were driven by two words: aggressive and pure.

“Led by the piercing gaze of super-compact dual LED projector headlights, the Hornet-signature fuel tank – with wings folded forward – is broad shouldered up front but tapers radically to the rear, mirrored by the minimal seat unit that underlines the traditional narrow-waisted Hornet look The new frame is also used as a design feature, but subtly blacked out – like the tubular trellis-style rear subframe,” says Honda.

For the 2024 model year the Hornet 1000 will be offered in Grand Prix Red, Matte Iridium Gray Metallic, and Pearl Glare White. Enjoy it, Europe!


  • 999cc, inline four-cylinder DOHC 16V engine: over 147.5 hp (110kW) peak power and more than 73.8 lb-ft (100Nm) torque
  • Downdraught intake, 4-2-1 exhaust system
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW), 3 default riding modes plus Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and assist/slipper clutch
  • All-new steel twin spar frame
  • Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, adjustable for compression and rebound damping
  • Showa rear shock operating through Pro-Link
  • Radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and 310mm floating discs
  • 180/55-17 rear tyre; 120/70 ZR17 front
  • Full color 5-inch TFT screen with Honda RoadSync smartphone connectivity
  • All LED lighting, with dual LED projector headlights

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Ryan Adams
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Ryan’s time in the motorcycle industry has revolved around sales and marketing prior to landing a gig at Motorcycle.com. An avid motorcyclist, interested in all shapes, sizes, and colors of motorized two-wheeled vehicles, Ryan brings a young, passionate enthusiasm to the digital pages of MO.

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  • Rich Rich on Feb 10, 2024

    I think the new CB1000 Hornet looks fantastic---sharp, angular, but not overdone like the Ducati Streetfighter, that is, it's a modern classic streetfighter design. It has an aggressive appearance which is desired by naked bike enthusiasts. The front-end, face, was done beautifully, unlike Suzuki’s mistake with the GSX-S1000’s stacked LED transformer(ish) face. The appearance of the front-end of a bike is a make-or-break deal maker, it's that important! Another strange looking one that comes to mind is the 2021-23 Yamaha MT-09, the cyclops small eye---deal breaker front-end. Yamaha fixed that problem with the redesigned 24 MT-09. I like the blacked-out engine, frame, bars, etc. Regarding the body paint, sure hope Honda offers the USA more than just one-color option, at least two. The three colors that the European market will get all look good. I’m sure that Honda will bring it here eventually. There’s not much appreciation for the Neo Sports Café 1000 here in the USA, and it’s disgusting looking swingarm mounted license plate bracket better not find its way onto the bike. If it looks like this photo, it’s perfect and will sell very well. Its primary competitor will be the Suzuki GSX-S1000. I expect it to be more expensive than the budget-oriented Suzuki, but not excessively more so. It would be best for Honda to bring it in around $12,000, but realistically think it will probably be closer to a MSRP of $12,499. That's quite more than the Suzuki’s 24 MSRP of $11,699, but Honda's are always a little pricier & they get away with it.

  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Mar 06, 2024

    Just popped in and saw this. Honda hit the sweet spot with this one. I'd be in line for one....