Buyer Guide: Honda CBF1000

Aside from a few charging system problems, Honda’s rider-friendly yet rapid CBF1000 has carved a place in a great many riders’ affections. Here’s the how and why from those riders

Posted: 5 October 2010
by Visordown
2006 CBF1000 launched: All new bike except the motor’s a borrowed/retuned version from the 2006 FireBlade. Priced at £5999 (£6299 with ABS) the CBF’s a real bargain. With no retro pretence the Honda’s a great all-round motorbike and a good seller. In 2008 a Touring version is added with fairing lowers (cosmetic) and a GT variant with the lowers plus three box hard luggage.
2010 new CBF1000 launched: Sharper looking, with larger fuel tank, more power, improved dash, single exhaust and other mods. Sadly not for UK as it’d cost at least £1000 more than the existing ABS-equipped model. A few independent imports will make it here and if sterling gains against other world currencies it could be bought in officially. This model is not included in this lowdown survey.

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Well Miss Jones, who’d have thought when you let down your hair you’d be such a saucy little minx? Honda’s CBF1000 is sold and regarded as a functional rather than a fun bike but ride the thing and chances are you’ll be amazed. It’s a riot. It handles superbly, not in a ‘push the front, drift the back’ type way but in real world situations with regular riders on board it’s an extremely nifty mover. It rolls smoothly and stably into corners with enough feedback to let you know what’s going on but never enough to unnerve you like some flighty race reps.

There’s more good news. The engine’s an ex Fireblade unit lifted from the previous generation CBR1000RR. It’s detuned but it feels exceptionally strong and torquey at low and medium revs, which makes rapid progress easy. If you’re looking to wring every ounce of performance from it, you’ll find ground clearance limited and the suspension’s got a whiff of budget about it but that’s not what the bike’s all about. Anywhere from 0-85% rider effort it’s a cinch to make the CBF hustle. Want to whup matey on the sports bike away from the lights? You just did. Of course it ticks all the practical boxes too: comfy and reliable with reasonable running costs. Check out the rear tyre – a comparatively skinny 160 section. That sums up the CBF completely. A wider tyre would look better but wouldn’t improve handling. In fact it’d make it heavier, slower turning and it’d cost more to replace. Like the CBF1000 itself, its rear rubber is unpretentious, well thought out and effective.

Functional bikes tend to be bland middleweights or weedy small capacity machines so it’s refreshing to see a big capacity all rounder like the CBF. There’s little to compete with it except Suzuki’s long running and heavily updated Bandit which appeared in 1996.  The Honda was designed from an almost blank piece of paper and it’s a top job.

Fifty-four CBF1000 owners filled in our online survey telling us everything about their machines. They’ve done half a million miles among them on these bikes so they absolutely know the score.

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As I'm now considered a 'mature rider' 68, I decided to sell my Blackbird for something lighter & easier to maul out of the garage. The CBF1000 seemed the ideal choice & so it's proved.
I bided my time & when it was decided to auction the second hand stock from George Whites I was down there like a shot & bought a fully loaded CBF for £2,850. (bottom book £3,500) I've been offered £4,100 by my local Honda dealer against a new one, so I thought thats two years touring without losing a penny.
As it has hugger, full Honda luggage etc, the only thing I've done is uprated the forks (Revs Suspension Halesown) & fitted a MRA screen (e-bay)
The bike was fitted with two brand new Pilot road 3s so I'm set up for the summer & I have to say don't they ride well, with all the power you need on the road.

Posted: 25/03/2012 at 13:23

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