The CB900F has earned its nickname as “The Hornet” through sheer speed and maneuverability.
These machines had enough power in their systems to make their riders feel like they were flying, zipping in and out of lanes on highways. But, of course, only when the rules of the road allowed it.
The original CB900F motorcycles lives on in the world of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters long after having been discontinued and even still outshines all past, present, and future iterations of the line-up.
The Great CB900F
The original CB900F was produced from 1979 to 1983, although it was not made available for riders in the United States until 1981 and was then removed from the US the following year. However, this didn’t stop Americans from devouring whichever CB900F models they could get their hands on.
After only a short time spent producing the CB900F, Honda’s engineers elected to discontinue it in 1984 in order to migrate production faculties to the CB1100F. Then, in 2002, nearly two decades later, Honda brought back the CB900F for another short generation lasting until 2007.
A Powerful Design
The design of the Honda CB900F was subtly based on the CB750 superbike, originally introduced in 1969. The goal was to use aspects of the CB750’s design in order to further cement Honda’s position in the European markets, because the CB750 was the motorcycle that enabled Honda to dominate the American foreign-made market for years.
Even today, Honda continues to crush aggregate market benchmarks and rise higher and higher in terms of market success despite increasing international trade tensions and competition from homegrown producers like the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, which has long dominated the American motorcycle market in large-capacity niches.
Each generation of the CB900F brought something different to the table. The first brough an eternal classic into existence and the last brought a modern take to the classic.
Honda CBR900F (1979-1983)
The first generation CBR900F models featured an air-cooled, four-stroke, transverse four-cylinder, DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder; a 901cc displacement; 95 horsepower at 9,000rpm; and 57 foot-pounds of torque at 8,000rpm.
This super bike was super successful, particularly because of its gnarly top speed of 135 miles per hour, which was only about five miles per hour slower than the world’s fastest production motorcycle at that time: the Laverda Jota.
Honda CBR900F (2002-2007)
The modernized revival of the CB900F turned out to be less of a superbike and more of a well-rounded sports cruiser with somewhat smoother edges than the original.
Although horsepower, top speed, and torque increased slightly and bumped performance capabilities up a notch, the generation two CB900F would never rise to the level of pride that riders have in the first generation models.
Not Much for News
Since the discontinuation of the line in 2002, not much new information has begun circulating in regard to the CB900F in either of its two generations.
No Entertainment Credits
As with the news, so too with the film industry. Neither generation of CB900F motorcycles has gone on to take a roll of any particular importance in any television or film production.
Although there aren’t very many well-populated social media groups dedicated to the CB900F, there is one particular restoration group that you might enjoy. The group currently has more than 1,500 members.
The Honda CB900F – the Hornet 900
At high speeds with amazing control and maneuverability, the 900 Hornet really can sting. That said, nothing stings quite like seeing how neglected the CB900F has been over the years. If you think the CB900F deserves to be brought back into the public’s eye, share this article with your friends and family and let them know just what you think!