2024 Honda Hornet 1000 – First Look
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