2004 Honda 599 Review


The Honda 599 is formally known as the CB600F, referred to as the Hornet in Brazil and Europe. The MSRP for the 2004 Honda 599 is around $7,100. The engine in the 2004 Honda 599 model has four valves per cylinder; its liquid cooled and has a peak output of around 96 horsepower. The Honda 599 motorbike also comes equipped with four carburetors. The 559 model is equipped with a one-piece vinyl seat that is made to hold up to two people. The seat is not adjustable.

The motorbike is also equipped with a grab rail and foot pegs for the driver and the passenger as well. The 599 cc has standard handlebars, a standard front and rear fender as well, the body is made of plastic and the frame is made of steel. The 2004 Honda 599 has standard digital instrumentation, a standard tachometer, speedometer and a light that alerts the rider when the fuel is low. The controls modules and the dashboard of the 599 Honda series weren’t updated again until the 2006 model was launched.

The Honda 599 is a mild rendition of the Honda CBR600.The first release of the CB600F was a 1998 model with a 250 cc engine in Europe. This sporty bike supports an upright position and can be classified as a naked bike or a standard bike. The Hornet was updated in 2000 to improve cornering and braking performance. The Honda CB600F model was updated again in 2003 before being released for the US in 2004.

New For 2004

  • The Honda CB600F was introduced as the 599 in the US for 2004 after being designed with sharper styling and a bigger fuel tank.
  • This new 599 cc Honda brought a new perspective on style, performance and attitude to the motorbike circuit.
  • Honda dropped the 2003 CB 600 Hornet-S from the lineup and the 2003 CB 600 F Hornet became the Honda 599 of 2004.
  • On the aggregate, the majority of the riders surveyed prefer the 2004 Honda 599 over the 2003 CB600F or the other motorbikes available.
  • Riders felt the 2003 models had superior touring capabilities and off-road capabilities compared to the 2004 Honda 599 model. Riders also felt the 2003 model presents more value for the money as well.
  • Riders preferred the engine performance, reliability, low repair costs, its design and racing capabilities over the 2003 model and the rest of the motorbikes on the market.
  • Riders also felt the 2004 Honda 599 was more fun and safer than the other bikes and the 2003 Honda CB600F model as well.

2004 Honda 599 Specs

  • Model: 599 Base
  • Engine Type: 599 cc 4-cylinder 4-stroke horizontal in-line
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.56 inches x 1.78 inches
  • Compression ratio: 12:0:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: n/a
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
  • Rake: 25.5°
  • Trail: 3.78 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: 401 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • The Honda 599 is available in Yellow and Asphalt

Key Competitors For The 2004 Honda 599

  • 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650
  • 2004 Yamaha FZ 6
  • 2004 Honda Nighthawk Base
  • 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883
  • 2004 Buell Blast Base
  • 2004 Triumph Speed Four