Top 10 fastest naked motorcycles for £3k - Honda CB900F Hornet

So you like 'em cheap, fast and in their birthday suit?

Posted: 5 March 2013
by Sachin Rao

Hornet 900
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THE thing about Hornets is that they're so ubiquitous that people take them for granted. And while 600cc Hornets are synonymous with despatch riders, the CB900F is a real underrated surprise package.  

110bhp from the detuned-for-midrange 919cc Fireblade engine may not sound like all that much, but the Hornet 900 is still capable of a 11.2-second quarter-mile drag. Honda lopped off a fair chunk of the Blade's top-end but, face it, 135mph is still plenty.

Well made, well behaved and classically handsome, the bigger Hornet is the fast naked of choice for the rider who likes to be firmly in control of his machine.

Easily available and well supported with parts, the Hornet 900 is a safe buy. Early (2002-03) models with moderate mileage are a bargain £2,300-£2,500; if you want to use up the full £3k budget, low-mileage 2004-05 bikes are yours for the taking. 

Read Honda CB900F Hornet owner reviews or add your own.


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Yeah baby. This is right up my street-fighter.
But...
You won't get the Tuono pictured for less than £3k that's a MK2. MK1s are cheaper and arguably more agressive/less refined and look a bit dated from some angles. Still great bikes though.

Also the Speed Triple pictured is a 1050 not a 955. A 1050 S3 will like-wise blow the stated budget.


Posted: 06/03/2013 at 14:22

not a Mention of the FZ1????

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 09:46

@ripsaw: fair cop.. amended now!
@wusu: FZ1 out of this budget, older FZS1000 yes. List restricted to ten though

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 14:16

"Also the Speed Triple pictured is a 1050 not a 955"

No....It's a 955i (late). (Soz if the pic's been changed since your comment)

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 12:46

That is a 2003 Tuono, Mk 1. That is the only year that they made a red bike with a bronze frame. So it is cheaper than the Mk 2 which look more insect-like all over and utilize the upgraded magnesium motor.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 06:53

Hornet 900 is massively under-rated.Not the fastest bike out there or the best handling but an excellent all-rounder with a lovely motor.I did 20,000 miles on mine in just over 2 years,all weathers with zero problems and it always polished up like new.1200 Bandits are great,as are the big XJR Yams but they're no quicker than the Honda on the road and both feel like wallowy old barges after the (relatively) light and nimble Hornet.

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 22:25

Errr waht about the ZRX1200r & s?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 12:50

How about Suzuki B-King?

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 14:13

"IF there’s one thing better than speed, it’s cheap speed."

You, I like you!

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 01:23

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