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May 12

Posts: 41

DOLOMITE73 says:

Honda CBF500 or CBF600?

Passed my mod 2 last week and want to upgrade from Yamaha YBR125 as I have a daily 50 mile round commute, mostly on dual carriageway. Bike will only be used for this only so I want a rock-solid, low maintenance, all weather workhorse. The Honda CBF500 seems universally praised, is suitable and in budget. However it's been superceded by the CBF600.. There's more of these about but it doesn't seem so well thought of, so what's the deal?

£2,5k for a 2008 600 with 5,500 on the clock, 
£3k for a 2007 500 with 9k miles.

the 500 seems to have held it's value suggesting it's a better buy.

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Mar 12

Posts: 1286

The CB500 up to 2003

Is a far better bike than either of them. I've used one for commuting.

Brilliant handling, 50+ mpg, and, you should pick up a good low mileage one for £1800 tops.

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Apr 09

Posts: 776

tulipsam says:

Suzuki GS500

When I passed I brought myself a GS500 for about £1000. Its in really good nick and wasn't used for bike training. I ride to work everyday and it is fantastic in all weathers. I look after the chain well, what more can you ask for oh and its cheap on fuel.

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Jan 10

Posts: 264

chriscg says:


go for the cbf 600 myself.

  I owed a cbf 500 (06) for a couple of years however and enjoyed my time on it.But i found it vibrated a fair bit at certain speeds and found the brakes not all that good,but mine was single disc.Also tried numerous screens but nothing worked all that well.

 But the smoother 4 cylinder engine and the fairing on the 600 would be preferable.matter of opion tho.

  whichever you get after a ybr(good 125)your gonna love it.

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Jul 09

Posts: 1351

davemdixon says:

Whatever bike you chose

CBF500 or Suzuki GS500 fit a Scotoiler for that 50 mile round trip of yours. You will be so glad you did.:smile

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May 12

Posts: 41

DOLOMITE73 says:


Got it! A nice tidy black 07 CBF500. Nekkid. Can't wait for first ride (still sorting out old bike) - as nervous as I am excited.

Also have to fit the screen and hugger.

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Aug 06

Posts: 4524

dave_c says:

That's a

fine looking bike you've got there :smile Looks really clean from this distance too.

Enjoy every mile!

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May 12

Posts: 41

DOLOMITE73 says:

so THIS is riding...

Loving it! On the rare ocacsion I get a dry ride at least. Can pass anything I need to! So much less stressfull than waiting for suitable gaps in the outsie lane or slipsteaming lorries for hours on end.

Just got to get that Scottoiler fitted.


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Dec 12

Posts: 1454

Diablere says:

Scott oiler

is a must, will save you loads in the long run. also keep it as clean as you can, will also pay off in the long run. otherwise enjoy!

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