2004 Honda 919 Review


The Honda 919 models, known as CB900F or the Hornet in Europe, were only produced in the US for five years from 2002 to 2007. The 2004 Honda 919 Base model can be classified as a standard or naked bike, the MSRP is around $8,000. Generally speaking, riders feel the 2004 mode has superior engine performance, reliability, design and touring capabilities compared to most naked bikes and other motorcycles.

Riders also feel the Honda 919 is more fun, has lower maintenance costs and is safer than most bikes on the road as well. Many riders enjoy riding the 2004 919 Base and describe it as an all-around motorbike. The 2004 Honda 919 serves well as a daily commuter around town as well as for touring the open roads when traveling across the country. Riders also benefit from the large Honda 919 enthusiast community that makes it easy to get information on accessing mechanical work or finding certain parts.

The 2004 919 Base features a one-piece vinyl seat that is design to hold up to two people. The bike is equipped with a standard grab rail and has foot pegs for the driver and passenger as well. The square section backbone frame is made of steel and body is made of plastic. The 2004 Honda 919 Base is slightly under seven feet long and around 30 inches wide. The Honda 919 Base has a top speed of around 142 mph and a peak output of around 96 horsepower at 8550 RPM and around 67 pound-feet of torque at 6500 RPM.

The 919 Base motorbikes can do a quarter mile in less than 11.2 seconds, topping out at around 120 mph. The 2004 Honda 919 Base weighs less than most of the other naked bikes currently on the market. Many riders feel the high handlebars make the 919 easier to handle corners and other challenges while riding through a city or along the countryside. Riders typically get around 37 mpg with the 2004 Honda 919 Base. Many critics welcomed the adjustable fork suspension in 2004 as a significant improvement from previous models. The 919 is equipped to handle just about any type of adverse road or traffic conditions.

New For 2004

  • Light Silver Metallic and Matte Uranium paint colors along with an adjustable suspension were new additions to the Honda 919 Base model for 2004.
  • Overall, many riders prefer Honda's 2003 CBF900 model over the 919 Base model in 2004. Despite the preference for the 2003 model, riders still prefer the 2004 Honda 919 over the majority of the bikes currently out on the market.
  • Surveyed riders made it clear that the off-roading capabilities of the 2004 Honda 919 Base model are significantly inferior compared to the 2003 CBF900 and other bikes currently available.

2004 Honda 919 Specs

  • Model: 919 Base
  • Engine Type: 919 cc 4-cylinder 4-stroke horizontal in-line
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.8 inches x 2.28 inches
  • Compression ratio: 10:8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Fuel injected
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: around 37 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 57.5 inches
  • Rake: 25.0°
  • Trail: 3.9 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 427 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Dunlop 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): Dunlop 180/55 ZR17


  • Light Silver Metallic
  • Matte Uranium
  • Centerstand
  • Sport Shield

Key Competitors For The 2004 Honda 919

  • The 2004 Yamaha FZ 1 MSRP is around $8,599
  • The 2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Roadster MSRP is around $8,495
  • The 2004 Kawasaki ZRX 1200R MSRP is around $7,899
  • The 2004 Suzuki SV 1000S MSRP is around $8,599
  • The 2004 Triumph Speed Triple MSRP is around $8,890
  • The 2004 Suzuki Bandit 1200S MSRP is around $7,399