HONDA CBF1000 (2006-2009) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"One of the unsung heroes of modern motorcycling"

Honda CBF1000 motorcycle review - Riding

"One of the unsung heroes of modern motorcycling"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  96.5 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Insurance group: 14 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (795mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Honda CBF1000: Nice legs, shame about the boat race… The big Honda CBF1000 is one of the unsung heroes of modern motorcycling. Detuned Blade engine, fabulously easy handling and throttle response and great ergonomics make the Honda CBF1000 hooningly enjoyable, yet novice friendly and a great value all-rounder. It's just a shame the Honda CBF1000 looks so dull.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Knife through butter stuff. Hondas are often smooth and sweet but the silky Honda CBF1000 takes it to another level. Ride and comfort on the Honda CBF1000 is sublime, and despite seemingly ‘budget grade’ suspension and brakes, handling is precise and with a quality feel too. Sports bike riders will be impressed with the Honda CBF1000's ride.

Engine 5 out of 5

06 Fireblade engine is reworked for added midrange (at the expense of top end power) and the result - as demonstrated in the Honda CBF1000 is a blast. The Honda CBF1000 is idiot-proof, flexible, glitch-free, delivers exactly where you want it yet is still 140mph potent if you want it to be.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The Honda CBF1000's suspension, wheels etc may not be cutting edge sportsbike fare and the frame ‘just’ a steel spine type (that alloy side cover is a fake) but it’s all bolted together and finished to Honda’s usual high standards. Nor are there any reliability issues so far with the Honda CBF1000 and, with the engine being a detuned version of the Blade’s, are there likely to be?

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Whichever way you look at it the Honda CBF1000 is a helluva lot of bike for the money. Great superbike derived engine, fine chassis, excellent rider comforts and superb practicality and versatility, all for unbder £6K makes for an almost unbeatable deal. Being a Honda, The Honda CBF1000's residuals should be better than most, too. Find a Honda CBF1000 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

It may be under £6K new, but the Honda CBF1000 isn’t lacking. There’s comprehensive instrumentation, an adjustable seat and levers, decent half fairing and ABS and luggage kit are available as optional extras if you want to turn your Honda CBF1000 into a real tourer.

Owners' Reviews

29 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBF1000 (2006-2009) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

cant stop smiling

17 June 2013 by evo172

only had the bike 10 days but every day i been out on her, i love it, ive had five bikes in the last 3 years on a persuit to find the perfect bike for me, and now i think ive found it. i use the cbf for commuting, leasure and im hoping to do some... Read more touring in the uk to start with and then beyond, love the power and torque on this bike and the total ease it can overtake in 6th gear and i can go down to 20mph two up with luggage on and still pull away cleanly , getting about 175miles per tank full and been giving it beans most of the time, very comfortable riding position and is a ultra smooth ride the engine is simply sublime. its definately a wolf in sheeps clothing, ive had a ninja zx6r, ffollowed by a vfr 800 followed by a st955i sprint then a vstrom 650, this is best bike of them all, no regrets whatsoever in getting it , its a keeper

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great bike

28 January 2012 by peppi1130

I have just recently purchased an 06 low mile 1 owner abs model .Cosmetically its got the usual few corroded bolts but overall its in good nick .The bike suits me because its low seat height and comfortable ergonomics allow me to ride pain free (... Read more i have a back injury and a dodgy leg lol) Personally i did not find it to feel or behave like a heavy bike even when moving in slow traffic in town. On the open road it felt very light and flickable and the nice torque curve with faultless fuelling made it fun and interesting to ride .In the real world its got more than enough power .its fitted with pilots which are my favourite rubber and they really suit this bike .I had some fun trying the abs out and i must admit i am a convert .The suspension seams to be well suited to my locally very bad road surfaces ,but i have yet to put this to the test with the mrs and full luggage . The mrs loves the bike for passenger comfort and leg position .The head lights are a bit on the weak side so a hid conversion is on the cards .I actually feel it ticks most of the boxes and i think it will even do a track day or two .

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent All-rounder

27 May 2010 by RockytheDog

Bought the GT version and have put over 3000 miles on in 6 weeks. The GT looks better than the stock bike and adds practicality with panniers and a full fairing for about £800 more. Engine is smooth and pulls like a steam train. Fuel consumption... Read more has averaged 48 despite regularly using all the engine has to offer. Did 600 miles in a day riding to the NW 200 and found the whole journey totally painless using a mix of motorway and fast A and B roads. Handles much better than the previous K7 Bandit 1250 that I had and the comfort and practicality is much better (there is space to store things under the seat and the seat is so comfortable). Also the Top box does not intrude on the pillion seat as per the bandit and the fuel consumption is much better - I get almost another 35 miles out of the same size 19 litre tank. Only criticism is that the Bandit has a slightly more sporty riding position which I preferred. However, the CBF 1000 is the much better machine overall - it's also indecently quick on A roads - feeling much more planted allowing you to change line effortlessly mid corner. Linked ABS is superb and not intrusive at all. In sum - test ride one for at least 50 miles and you will be very tempted if not sold. I looked at the BMW R1200 GS (slow and vibey), Bandit 1250 GT (not as polished overall), Kawasaki 1400 GT (too heavy and frankly overpriced) and as a bike for everyday use and long distance touring the CBF 1000 GT stood head and shoulders above all of them. 3400 miles later I still think I made the right decision - now go look yourself with an open mind.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
2 out of 5

Test-ride

26 April 2010 by Retiredbiker

The reviews are really good and I was recommended to ride it. The mistake I made was to ride it straight after a CBR1000RR Fireblade because that quality experience shows up the CBF and I got off thinking that I am not ready for the pipe and... Read more slippers. The ride comfort at slower speeds doesn't match the Blade in fact it feels cheap and the front wheel feels unconnected to the rest of the bike. I am tall (6'2") and got a lot of wind blast above 50 mph. The clocks are tiny and really difficult to read. The handling is fine but I didn't feel connected to the bike. The engine is good as you would expect but the gearbox could be slicker. The CBF is heavy when stationary and at walking speed. it feels like a kit of parts compared to the Blade and is just not involving enough for me. It's just not my cup of tea.

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Try it you may be surprised

04 April 2010 by rustyrig

Not had the bike too long but did own the 600 for a while, now moved on to the 1000, have enjoyed every minute so far, easy to ride, enough power, great seating position, could do with a slightly bigger screen. really it's so much better than the 600 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Give it a chance

14 February 2010 by Anonymous

I have had many bike in the past and this bike puts so many ticks in the right boxs. I have to agree with MCN this is not a good looking bike and Honda could have done more with the design. However as I say give it a chance, this bike fits all, me... Read more 5"8 and my mate 6"4, fits all, the pegs are at the right angle not too high not to low and the seat is so comfy. Although this bike feels heavy once on the move you can throw this bike around like the mother-in-law, my bike came with pilot fitted, they feel great in all weather`s The power delivery keeps this bike from feeling dull sometimes you ride slow because traffic tells you so and the cb1000f is just fabulous around town. When you have the opportunity to open up she will go smoothly without the mad panic on the gearbox to get there. Magic. give it a chance.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

you've just gotta try this

12 January 2010 by Gorau

I LIVE IN NORTH WALES AND THIS BABY IS KING OF THE BENDS (BEST ON PILOT TYRES). A JOY TO RIDE OFF DUAL CARRIAGEWAYS BUT NOT TOO FLASH. FORGIVING ENOUGH FOR A FIRST BIG BIKE YET A LOT OF FUN FOR SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING. AN AIRHAWK... Read more SEAT LETS ME COVER 300+ MILES A DAY. PERFECT BIKE FOR THE GUY RETURNING TO BIKING AFTER SOME YEARS OFF THEM.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

cbf1000 wobble & vibes

29 August 2009 by OZZYJULES

GREAT BIKE, BUT MY BIKE HAS A WOBBLE WHEN YOU SHUT OFF THE THROTTLE FROM 90/100 KPH & ALSO WHILE 40 MINUTES OF RIDING AT CRUISING SPEED MY HAND'S ARE NUMB, HONDA THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. !! HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THESE 2 PROBLEM,S ? IF SO WHAT DO I... Read more HAVE TO DO TO FIX THEM. THIS IS HONDA'S ANSWER TO MY PROBLEM'S.... We can advise that all "in-line" 4 cylinder motorcycles will exhibit a small amount of engine vibrations throughout the bike. it is not uncommon for these vibrations to become more noticeable to the rider over a long trip when travelling at a constant speed. SO THAT'S IT FROM HONDA, I HAVE TO PUT UP WITH IT.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Very good all rounder

27 July 2009 by thermick

I did 7000 miles in the year that I had one. It was very reliable, with good all round performance. Loads of bottom end grunt made overtaking quick and safe without having to play tunes on the gearbox. I don't agree with MCN's fuel consumption... Read more figures I was constantly getting more than 11 miles per litre which gives a potential near 200 miles from the 18 litre tank. I found the weight a bit intimidating when moving the bike around by hand but did not notice the weight when on the move, in fact the handling is very light and easy. Up till now this has been the best bike that I have ever owned. A look at the CBF1000 (Biffer) web site will show you just how contented with this model owners are.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

The best for the price

14 July 2009 by JodiSte

The CBF 1000 is definatly one of the best big bikes for the money. Real fun to drive, enough power to feel good and so easy to handle. Well done Honda Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £5,999
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 96.5 bhp
Max torque 69 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tube spine
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 220kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 2 x 296mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Honda CBF1000 launched, available in black, blue, green, silver or orange.

Other versions

Honda CBF1000A: ABS-equipped version of the Honda CBF1000 at a new retail price of £500 extra.

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