In today’s post let’s talk about the best motorcycle in Honda Hornet Family which is the Honda Hornet 919. As the first generation of this bike Honda released CB900F from 1979 to 1983. But after releasing CB1100F in 1983 Honda stopped production of this bike.
After 19 years in 2002 Honda released the second generation which is the Hornet 919. The successful release of Hornet 600 also pushed Honda to release this bike. In Japan this bike was called Hornet 9 and in Europe Hornet 900 and in North America this was called Honda Hornet 919. Production lasted from 2002 to 2007. Along with the legendary bike Honda Hornet 250, they stopped production of this bike.
Currently Honda replaced CB900F Hornet with Honda CB1000R.
Honda equipped this bike with a 919cc DOHC Inline 4cylinder 16 valve engine, Which can produce up to 110bhp at around 9000Rph. This bike can reach a top speed of 230kmph which take 1m.55s and to reach 200kmph it only takes 13s. this bike can still compare with top of the class naked bikes. This engine helps the bike to ride very smoothly and with the liquid cooling system rider can achieve comfortable riding for long rides. With the help of radiator fans this engine can sustain high power rides for long time.
With the help of Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) this bike can achieve a good fuel efficiency, sometimes even over the Honda hornet 250 and Honda Hornet 600. This bike is equipped with a 19L fuel tank. Hornet 919 can achieve a fuel efficiency of 22kmpl – 28kmpl. This bike has the largest fuel tank of the Honda Hornet family. Compared to current naked bikes, this has a bigger tank which helps to ride for long distance. Which is a bigger advantage for North American buyers.
Gear and Clutch
As the gear system, Honda used a 6 speed gear box with a wet multi plate disk clutch. With this gear system rider can change gears at higher speeds without any vibrations or Lag. If we talk about the meter system, Honda has given us a semi analog meter panel. The speed and Rpm panels are analog and ODO and Trip are digital. In todays standers these are very ancient tech, but at those times these were the best.
Let’s talk about the design of this bike. In most ways this bike is similar to Honda Hornet 250 and Hornet 600. But you can identify them by engine swing arm and the radiator. The chassis of this bike is steel, square section backbone diamond chassis. With is chassis this bike can withstand higher RPH and produce less vibrations.
With 110hp and 220kg weight this bike is a bit difficult to control for a small person. The seat height is 795mm and ground clearance is 145mm.
Suspensions, Brakes and tires
As the front suspensions, Honda equipped this bike with a 43mm Showa Telescopic Forks and rear Monoshock. But Honda didn’t give this bike USD shocks as in the hornet 600. But with SUD shocks this bike could have looked good and perform even well in corners.
If we talk about breaks Honda equipped this bike with 296mm double disk 4 piston nisin front disk and 240mm nisin single piston rear disk. This bike does not come with ABS, at that time ABS was not a popular option. The tires are 120/70-ZR17 front and 180/55-ZR17 tubeless rear tires. Stock tire brand is Michelin Hi-sport.