Honda Hornet 600 “Retro Racer” – BikeBound


Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

Customized Hornet 600 by Seb Kustom Bike… 

Launched in 1998, the Honda CB600F Hornet was a unadorned sports activities bike that featured a 599cc liquid-cooled inline 4 from the CBR600F3 sports activities bike — a machine that took dwelling three AMA 600 Supersport championships within the Nineties. Often called the 599 right here within the States, the CB600F impressed riders with its emphasis on “simplistic efficiency,” combining an agile metal chassis, upright using place, vast bars, and confirmed powerplant.

“The snappy, CBR600F3-based engine and sure-handling chassis are equally well-suited to metropolis streets and twisty backroads. In truth, I don’t recall ever having nearly as good a time using Látigo Canyon Highway with all its bends and kinks.” -Don Canet, Cycle World, 1994

The Hornet continued to draw consumers and riders, remaining in manufacturing for 15 years (1998-2013). Over that point, it gained a 17-inch entrance wheel, inverted forks, gas injection, and a 102-bhp model of the CBR600RR engine (2007).

Over the previous decade, the Hornet 600 has more and more discovered its manner into the palms of bike-builders, who worth the mix of recent efficiency and minimalist design. Considered one of these is France’s Sebastien Vernaison (@seb_kustom_motorcycle), a plumber by commerce whose dad and mom launched him to bikes at a younger age — they had been each riders. In the present day, he builds bikes as private tasks in his free time.

Seb as a bit motorbiker!

The bike you see right here started life as an ’07 Hornet 600, the primary 12 months of the up to date engine. Says Seb:

“I selected this donor bike as a result of it was already outfitted with an authentic inverted fork, and I needed to check a fuel-injected bike…”

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The earlier proprietor had already undertaken some dodgy design modifications, however that was no hindrance for Seb, who deliberate to redo every little thing anyway. Apparently, he initially constructed the bike right into a little bit of brat café. Whereas this preparation was a serious enchancment over the donor bike, Seb remained unhappy.

“After reflection I discovered it a lot too easy in comparison with what I’m used to doing. So I made a decision on a whim to provide it one other look with extra character.”

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer
The “Brat” model

Sebastien tasked himself with the bold purpose of constructing his Hornet one thing of a changeling, able to being switched between two variations in brief order: a brat model akin to the unique construct, and a “Retro Racer” model with fairings and a special exhaust.

“I needed to have the ability to change between them in 10 minutes most, so I considered find out how to change my elements rapidly.”

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

First got here the fairings. Seb set about modifying varied fiberglass bodywork parts from French carénage provider Poly26, together with a headlight shell with low-cut windscreen, stomach pan, and tail cowl that comes with the Atout Sellerie fake leather-based saddle. He needed to create a customized fairing “spider” to mount and help the brand new bodywork and make a cutout for the LED headlight. In the meantime, he built-in Kellermann lighting into the customized rear body loop.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The bike is now rolling on Hyperpro suspension (entrance springs and rear shock) and upgraded brakes. When it comes to the engine, the liquid-cooled 4 is respiration via DNA filters and an Inox Arrow exhaust with two choices: a Danmoto carbon silencer (personalized by West Welding 29) for the Retro Racer, and a Satan model muffler higher matched to the Brat.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The result’s a singular Hornet 600 that’s actually two customs in a single! Under, we speak to Sebastien for extra particulars and backstory on the construct, together with extra pictures of the Retro Racer courtesy of photographer Les Studio de Broceliande. Take pleasure in!

Hornet 600 Retro Racer: Builder Interview

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

Please inform us a bit about your self and your historical past with bikes.

I’m a plumber by commerce; I used to be interested in motorbikes from a really younger age due to my dad and mom (each of them rode motorbikes lengthy earlier than I used to be born). I’ve at all times cherished having customized automobiles, I began with automobiles, then naturally moved in direction of bikes (I spend extra time constructing them reasonably than using them).

 

I’m not oriented in direction of one kind of bike, I prefer to range the constructions; that is what permits me to get observed by occasion organizers, magazines, and so on. So I make my bikes in my free time, they’re simply private tasks.

What’s the make, mannequin, 12 months of the bottom bike?

Honda 600 Hornet, 2007.

The donor
Please inform us extra in regards to the construct.

Principally, I selected this donor bike as a result of it was already outfitted with an authentic inverted fork, and I needed to check a fuel-injected bike with the intention to scale back the issues linked to misadjustment of the carburetors.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The donor was not very stunning; the earlier proprietor had made an meeting with a GSX-R rear shell, a really dodgy exhaust connection, and so on. It was not a giant deal as a result of I used to be planning to utterly redo something.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The bike was given a primary preparation, which I completed two years in the past — a mix of a Bratstyle and Café Racer. It was already nicer than after I purchased it, however after reflection I discovered it a lot too easy in comparison with what I’m used to doing. So I made a decision on a whim to provide it one other look with extra character.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

I made the modifications with the intention of getting two doable assemblies of this bike. I needed to have the ability to change between them in 10 minutes most, so I considered find out how to change my elements rapidly.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

The fork head shell comes from the Poly26 catalog, the entrance fairing has been modified to put in the headlight, and the shell has been modified right into a saddle cowl. For this it has been widened and tailored to the form of the saddle.

The saddle was customized made by Atout Sellerie from a seatpan I shaped, following the form of the brand new rear loop I made. This one receives a cease mild at its finish, and two 3-in-1 Kellermann lights are mounted below the loop to supply authorized lighting. On the entrance, a ventilated LED bulb has been put in within the optics and Kellermann indicators have been added.

When it comes to the engine, an Inox Arrow exhaust has been put in. There are additionally two mountings for the exhaust: a Satan for the Brat model and a Danmoto Carbon personalized by West Welding 29 for the Retro Racer model. A DNA air filter is put in within the air field.

Honda Hornet 600 Cafe Racer

Retro Racer: Construct Sheet

Body:

  • Hyperpro fork spring
  • Hyperpro adjustable rear shock
  • Tailored rear loop with built-in brake lights
  • Customized fairing spider
  • Modification of the higher fork crown
  • Steering damper
  • Nissin entrance grasp cylinder
  • Customized growth tank
  • Aviation brake hose
  • Fast-turn throttle
  • Customized Alu rear shift
  • Half handlebar aluminum strap
  • Entrance Braking Discs
  • Customized plate holder

Bodywork:

  • Adaptation and modification of a Poly26 fiberglass shell right into a seat cowl
  • Adaptation of a Poly26 fiberglass fork fairing
  • Bubble reduce and tinted
  • Adaptation of a MT03 shoe
  • Satin black chassis paint made by me
  • Gray background paint made by a bodyworker
  • Blue ornament made by me
  • Tailored saddle in fake leather-based and materials made by Atout Sellerie (69)

Engine:

  • DNA Filters air filter
  • Arrow stainless-steel line
  • Danmoto carbon silencer personalized by West Welding 29
  • Wagner Basic Oil engine and fork oil
  • Wagner Basic Oil tank therapy

Electrical energy:

  • Beam simplification
  • Kellermann Atto LED entrance flip alerts
  • Kellerman Atto WL LED license plate mild
  • Entrance headlight with LED bulb
  • 3-in-1 Kellermann Atto DF LED meeting put in on the rear and built-in cease LED within the buckle
  • Kellermann flashing unit
  • Koso counter

Builder Thanks:

  • Wagner Basic Oil
  • Kellermann
  • Ruroc
  • DNA Filters
  • West Welding 29

Photographer: Les Studio de Broceliande

Observe the Builder

Instagram: @seb_kustom_motorcycle

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