2023 Honda CB750 Hornet - First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

No word on US availability

Honda officially revealed its new CB750 Hornet, a new middleweight naked claiming a class-leading power-to-weight ratio. Unfortunately, the new Hornet has only been confirmed for Europe thus far, with no indication of U.S. availability. Pricing varies from country to country, but they generally hover around US$7,800.

The CB750 was designed by Honda’s R&D team in Rome, drawing elements from past Hornet models. The fuel tank design was inspired by the shape of a hornet’s wing. Initial concepts and sketches leaned more towards KTM Duke-styled edges, but the effect looks subdued in the finished product.

As previously revealed, the new Hornet is powered by a 755cc Parallel-Twin engine with a 270° crank and a Unicam head. Honda claims a peak output of 90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm, which is about as much power as the CB650R’s Inline-Four. The CB750 Hornet, however, comes in about 26 pounds lighter than the 650, with a claimed wet weight of 419 pounds. Peak torque is a claimed 55.3 lb-ft. at 7,250 rpm.

The engine is matched with an assist and slipper clutch and a six-speed manual transmission. The CB750’s Throttle-by-Wire system offers three ride modes (plus a user custom mode), a three-level traction control system, wheelie control and engine braking control. To help reduce weight, the primary drive also serves as a balance shaft.

The chassis is comprised of an all-new steel diamond frame designed to provide optimal stiffness while also contributing to the Hornet’s relatively light weight. The front wheel is suspended by a 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted fork offering 5.1 inches of travel. The rear wheel is attached to a Pro-Link swingarm with a preload-adjustable monoshock providing 5.9 inches of travel.

The front wheel is equipped with dual 296mm discs and Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers. A single-piston caliper and 240mm rotor handles rear wheel braking duties.

A two-channel ABS comes standard, as does an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. When traveling at speeds above 35 mph, ESS flashes the rear lights warning other road users of a hard stop when it detects the brakes applying negative acceleration above a certain threshold.

A 5″ TFT full color display offers a choice of four types of speedometer and tachometer displays, as well as a fuel gauge, gear indicator and other data related to the electronics. The Hornet is also equipped with the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system to allow voice management of phone calls, messages, music and navigation. The system works with helmet-mounted headsets and connects via Bluetooth with both Android and iOS phones.

Other features include a USB type-C port, a 31.3-inch seat height, and self-canceling turn signals. Honda also offers a number of accessories that can be purchased a la carte, or in three packages. The Sport Pack includes a quickshifter, fly screen, rear seat cover and upgraded footpegs. The Style Pack combines bar end weights, a handlebar upper clamp holder, tank pad, wheel stripes and crash protectors. The Touring Pack adds panniers, a tank bag and a seat bag.

The 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet will come in four color options. The Pearl Glare White and Graphite Black options come with a Metallic Red Flame frame and matching anodized red fork. The Matte Iridium Gray Metallic and Mat Goldfinch Yellow options come with a black frame and chrome fork tubes.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet Specifications

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled OHC 4-stroke 8-valve Parallel-Twin with 270° crank and uni-cam
Bore x Stroke87mm x 63.5mm
Compression Ratio11.0:1
Max. Power Output90.5 hp at 9,500 rpm (claimed)
Max. Torque55.3 lb-ft. at 7,250 rpm (claimed)
Max Speed127 mph (claimed)
Oil Capacity3.8L
CarburationPGM-FI electronic injection
Fuel Tank Capacity4.0 gallons
Fuel Consumption54 mpg (claimed)
Battery Capacity12v 7.4Ah
Clutch TypeWet multiple, Assisted slipper clutch
Transmission Type6 speed Manual Transmission
Final DriveChain
Frame TypeSteel diamond
Front SuspensionShowa 41mm SFF-BPTMTM USD, 5.1 inches of travel
Rear SuspensionMonoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 5.9 inches of travel
Front Wheel5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Rear Wheel5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Front Tire120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire160/60ZR-17
ABS Type2 channel
Front BrakesDual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial mount 4 piston calipers
Rear BrakesSingle 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
InstrumentsTFT screen
Self-cancel SignalsYes
Security SystemHISS
Additional FeaturesESS, 4 Riding Modes
Length82.3 inches
Width30.7 inches
Height42.7 inches
Wheelbase55.9 inches
Trail3.9 inches
Seat Height31.3 inches
Ground Clearance5.5 inches
Kerb Weight419 pounds
Turning radius8.9 feet

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • BirdArvid BirdArvid on Dec 30, 2022

    Bring this to the US, and I'll reserve one immediately!! I think this is perfect for me; restarting in the hobby after some decades, wanting a good, solid, well-put-together bike with the Honda name behind it, with more horses than I need and a good weight.. and the introductory price in Europe is exciting, to say the least. Yes, the looks are somewhat pedestrian but I don't care; so Honda, bring it to the US!!

  • Rich Rich on Feb 15, 2024

    New Honda CB750 Hornet vs its primary competitor--- Suzuki GSX-8S

    The Honda CB750 Hornet is a better bike than the Suzuki GSX-8S --- Better looking front-end, more powerful (+ 9 hp), better handling, much lighter (26 lbs. less), less expensive ($1,000), better for shorter riders (.6" lower seat), larger fuel tank (+ .3 gallons), basic color options, SOHC as opposed to DOHC (see why below), and better reliability (Suzuki is very reliable, but Honda is at top of Big Four).

    Benefits of SOHC instead of DOHC (per Honda):

    "a single overhead cam, which Honda says gives several advantages over a twin cam: the cylinder head can be lighter and more compact, there’s space for the valves and intake to be more upright and with fewer parts spinning around creating inertia, the handling is improved, too."