Honda CBF600S review

A sensible middleweight bike for those who don't have pretensions to tearing around Cadwell in record time

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Thu, 1 Jan 2004 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Honda
Category:
Naked
Price:
£ 4899
Overall
3
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Easy to ride, affordable
Budget brakes and suspension

Sometimes we find ourselves getting caught up in all the hype and bullshit of ‘super-light composite dust caps’, ‘high-compression
mud-flaps’ and all manner of jargon designed to fuddle our tiny little minds. So once in a while it’s nice to see a Star Buy that goes some way back to basics.

Honda’s CBF600S is unashamedly aimed at the budget end of the market and, for those of you honest enough to admit that you have neither the experience nor the finances to warrant spending eight large on a new sportsbike, the CBF600S could be just what you’re looking for.

Using the same pre-ram air CBR600 lump as the 600 Hornet, the CBF600S pushes out 76bhp in a very smooth and controllable fashion. The motor has been re-tuned for stronger torque in the lower reaches of the rev-range making it ideal for new riders who need to be focussing their attentions on traffic and road positioning, rather than frenzied gear changes.

It’s a cracking bike for riders who don’t want their confidence shattered by an intimidating power delivery, but do want a bike that will top 130mph.

With easy handling and the option of stress-free ABS brakes, this could just be the perfect first ‘big’ bike.
Sometimes we find ourselves getting caught up in all the hype and bullshit of ‘super-light composite dust caps’, ‘high-compression
mud-flaps’ and all manner of jargon designed to fuddle our tiny little minds. So once in a while it’s nice to see a Star Buy that goes some way back to basics.

Honda’s CBF600S is unashamedly aimed at the budget end of the market and, for those of you honest enough to admit that you have neither the experience nor the finances to warrant spending eight large on a new sportsbike, the CBF600S could be just what you’re looking for.

Using the same pre-ram air CBR600 lump as the 600 Hornet, the CBF600S pushes out 76bhp in a very smooth and controllable fashion. The motor has been re-tuned for stronger torque in the lower reaches of the rev-range making it ideal for new riders who need to be focussing their attentions on traffic and road positioning, rather than frenzied gear changes.

It’s a cracking bike for riders who don’t want their confidence shattered by an intimidating power delivery, but do want a bike that will top 130mph.

With easy handling and the option of stress-free ABS brakes, this could just be the perfect first ‘big’ bike.
Dryweight (kg) 197
Seats 0
Suspension Front 41mm telescopic fork
Suspension Rear Monoshock damper pre load
Tyres Front 120/70x17in Michelin
Tyres Rear 160/60x17in Michelin
Brakes Front Two piston sliding caliper
Brakes Rear Single piston caliper
Chassis Rectangular section steel tube
Cubic Capacity (cc) 600
Bore (mm) 65
Stroke (mm) 45.2
Compression Ratio 11.6
Ignition Electronic
Cooling Liquid Cooling
Fuel Delivery EFI
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain

Score Breakdown
Overall
3
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