July 7, 2022

Honda was one of many first producers to showcase what it has in retailer for 2022 at EICMA 2021. Other than the up to date CBR1000RR-R and the brand new ADV350 scooter, the Japanese producer additionally showcased an idea that we are going to see a manufacturing iteration of very quickly. What makes this an thrilling story is that Honda has confirmed the upcoming bike will mark the resurrection of the Hornet moniker. 

The producer mentioned, “Honda can be happy to substantiate that the illustrious Hornet identify will return to its lineup quickly. The Hornet has been famend for delivering exhilarating engine efficiency, and agility matched to leading edge street-fighter styling because the mannequin was first launched in Europe in 1998.”

Bike.com stories that the upcoming idea has been showcased in a particular space inside the Honda stand, in a vivid 3D show of sunshine and sound. The article additionally mentions that the idea attracts inspiration from design home KISKA, with sharp traces akin to what we’ve seen on the KTM Duke lineup. That is nonetheless an idea early within the design course of, and components just like the raked fork gained’t doubtless make it to the ultimate product.

Whereas Honda launched no official data on the upcoming motorbike, there’s hypothesis that it’ll characteristic an iteration of the engine from the Africa Twin. That is primarily as a result of the engine seems to characteristic the same format and a Unicam valve cowl.

The 1,084cc engine from the Rebel 1100

That mentioned, the engine seems shorter than the 1,084cc unit that powers the Africa Twin and the Insurgent 1100, so this can be a downsized model with a smaller displacement. That is very doubtless the case contemplating that Honda launched a video on YouTube mentioning that it’s “bringing again the illustrious Hornet identify, with a center class bare of ultra-modern design and high-revving engine character, by means of the brand new Hornet Idea.”

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An image of the engine from the new Hornet concept

CycleWorld has talked about in its report that Japanese sources have referred to the brand new mannequin because the CB750S and {that a} 755cc parallel-twin engine will energy it. These rumors additionally counsel that this engine will finally transfer onto the extremely anticipated mid-sized ADV, the Transalp. 

Solely time will inform what Honda has in retailer for us, and we’d simply have to attend till EICMA or Intermot subsequent yr for extra particulars.