Honda CBF1000 FA (2010 - present)

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£8875
Available from
2010

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Submitted by Stephen Sharpe on Thu, 28/03/2013 - 11:11

Overall Review

The Mk 2 (single exhaust) replaced the previous Mk 1 adding a new Alloy frame, fully adjustable front forks and an up-rated engine based on the Fireblade but re-tuned for more tractability and economy. They took the Mk 1 CBF and improved every aspect (in terms of handling, power, finish and general rideability) and as a result came up with an outstanding bike to both own and ride. The engine is very smooth and pulls like a train from 2000 rpm all the way up to the limit though you don't need to rev it out to make swift progress. Riding position is very relaxed and allows you to both scratch and cover distance with ease. Most tend to change the OEM tyres for Pilot Road 3s which really suit the bike making the handling even more confident. Honda build quality is generally excellent but if you want to keep it pristine throughout all year use, it benefits from regular application of either FS365 or ACF 50. I have had over 30 bikes ranging from out and out sports bikes to tourers and this is the first that can genuinely do everything. Yes, it can reach its limits in terms of ground clearance on a track day, but then you are then well off the edge of the tyre. It is a bit heavier than a sports bike but ridden well it will keep up with anything on the road with relative ease. But as a steed that will cover all the bases and leave you with a smile at the end of a long ride there is nothing better. Oh and one final point, the owners online forum – CBF1000.com is possibly one of the friendliest most informative bike forums out there.

Strengths

Strong engine with loads of low down torque -and very economical - 50 mpg plus is easily attainable in normal day-to-day use. Smooth vice less handling with plush suspension, that is both forgiving and makes experienced and relatively novice riders alike feel in total control. Great for touring - have done 600 miles in a day in comfort. Honda GT pack is a bargain at £999 (when buying with a new bike) giving you full luggage and fairing lowers. Honda C-ABS system is excellent and not intrusive. All in all one of the best all-rounders available -only issue is what would you replace it with ?

Weaknesses

None really - styling can be a bit bland (looks better with GT Pack)and given its ease at covering distance, a shaft drive would be a bonus - and those are only minor issues.

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Overall Review

This year I have done 7,500 miles (from April until December), the bike has just turned 14,000 miles so I have had some experience with it. I use it for every day commute and for weekend gateways. The bike is really well built, engine is great and it is comfortable and for those reasons I like it. It is not a perfect bike, but which one is? ... if you are limited, by whatever reasons, to one bike then this bike is as good as it can be. I have done few 400mile day trips and I was as fresh as you can be after a 400 miles on a bike. When ridden within national speed limits on the open roads and motorway this bike returns 55mpg (60 if you cruise). Combined will see 45-50mpg and town (London!) 35mpg. The power delivery is nice, especially in the lower to mid range. However if you fully open the throttle and start revving above 6000rpm this bike is disappointing. My previous bike was 600 revving to 14000 and it the power delivery was great fun (more revs = more power). With this bike you have good initial pull but then it stays like that giving a very linear power delivery (not very exciting). I suppose the bike was designed to be fast (and it is!), to be comfortable (and it is), to be reliable (and it is), to be a good all rounder (and it is) but there is something missing - a bit more fun ... another 30 horses. Having said that you can do power wheelie on it (not very graceful as it is a bit top heavy). I would recommend this bike if you are looking for a one bike for all!

Strengths

It is a good all rounder, has a very good and strong engine, it is very pleasant to live with, a bit of a tourer with a nice oomph if you want to have a bit of fun. Very comfortable and economical on the long journeys. Well balances allowing to maneuver swiftly and precisely in town. Very reliable thus far. Smooth and well geared gearbox.

Weaknesses

Another 30-50 horses would make this bike very cool toy. The ECU on this bike is not perfect, if you let the throttle off or try to ride at very low revs the bike is very jerky, this is noticeable in slow moving traffic or say if you want to slowly cruise with the throttle off. You can get used to it and you have to do a lot of clutch feathering. The way it changes gear from first to second is something you have to get used to (normal for Honda from what I heard from others). Gearbox smooth as you like but not sporty.

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