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A New Honda Hornet for 2022

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With new bikes being aired out ever other month here in the motorcycle community, Honda’s gearing up for their own nipper of a contribution – and heads up, we might be seeing this beastie as early as late 2022.

The Honda Hornet – originally “the name of the affordable, naked CB600F originally produced between 1998 and 2006 in response to Suzuki’s 600 Bandit (via MCN)” – is the christened name for Honda’s incubating brainchild. Design sketches from 2021’s EICMA iteration in November are now complimented by a new video from Honda showing the design process of the Hornet, with emphasis on the new aesthetics.

A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of MCN.
A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of MCN.

This year’s incubating brainchild may carry the same name, but she’ll sport a different heart than the original inline-four; a soundtrack played of the new Hornet’s revs showed off the sound of an all-new, high-revving, economical parallel twin – likely to be closer to the core of Yamaha’s highly popular MT-07, though the jury is still out on the specifics.

We’ve also got a lean from Japan that hints at the displacement pf the machine – around 750cc, further confirming our guesses regarding the Hornet’s competition with the ’07.

A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of MCN.
A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of MCN.

So why would Honda change the engine of something as iconic as the Hornet?

Emission regulation, and production pricepoint.

A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of Motorcycle.com.
A view of the Honda Hornet design sketches. Photo courtesy of Motorcycle.com.

With today’s bikes being more strictly shoved into tiers of emission regulation (and twin engines easier to tweak into compliance than inline-fours), Honda’s likely trying to keep her new babe punchy while still firmly rooted in the middleweight category – something that makes the revival of the Hornet in this industry the sweeter for the wait.

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*Media sourced from MCN and Motorcycle.com*​


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