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 Post Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:15 am 
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Some people will know that, for reasons beyond my control, I had to part with my last Hornet a year ago. I've spent a year riding a CB500 (actually a nice bike - for an A2 licence holder)
For the past 3 months, I've been the owner of a CB650F

Hmmmm..........................it sure as hell ain't a Hornet

It's a good bike, it's competent, handles well, has better fuel consumption (typically 60-65 mpg). I like the looks..............so why don't I like the bike?

Simply that - it ain't a Hornet.

I don't get that buzz when I push it out of the garage in the morning.
I don't get that ear-to-ear grin when I'm chucking it through the twisties.

It's a Honda, it's a brilliant bike. It's reliable. It does what it says on the tin

It's souless AND IT AIN'T A HORNET

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 Post Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:00 am 
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Yeah - the Hornet has always represented 'more than the sum of it's parts' and as such has that elusive quality some call character, others call soul - some bikes you bond with, other you don't, for example I had a Kawasaki ZX7R which like the Hornet developed a bit of a cultish following - but I neveer bonded with the bike like I did the Hornet and after selling it three years ago I can't say I miss it - my Hornet on the other hand I've hung onto and I can't wait to get it back on the road.


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 Post Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:32 pm 
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Yeah - I was pondering the ship of Theseus dilemma during the course of my rebuild - to be honest the rebuild is for sentimenatal rather than practical reasons - that bike was with me during a significant period in my life and never let me down - it always started at 2 o clock on a freezing, icy morning after a long shift when I just wanted it to get me the 40 miles back home - so I felt I owed it something - if I had ditched the frame or the engine during the restoration it wouldn't have been the same bike - and the sentimental aspect would have been nulllified - so in my opinion the frame and the engine are 'the bike' - everything else is perpheral and can be changed.


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