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"

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.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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

35 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.

Review your HONDA CBF1000 (2006-2009)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 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 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

03 February 2016 by Matt

Great torquey engine, pulls really quickly even in higher gear, had a vfr 750 and a tiger 955i before but just love the biffer, does everything I want in comfort and no aches or pains, had the bike nearly a year not used daily but ticks all the boxes... Read more for me,i thought it would be quite heavy but not really noticeable with the sit up and beg bars, defo a keeper can't see any other bike on my wishlist for a good few years

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

Mark 1 Biffers are a total bargain!

30 October 2015 by TheHoodedClaw

Great all-rounder slightly spoilt by the dodgy electrics. I use mine for work, day trips and touring. It's very useful, very practical, easy to ride and great fun (it's a motorbike after all). At worst, it's a bit clinical, bland or maybe just a bit... Read more too grown-up for a big kid like me.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Off-roading aside, I think this bike is a true all-rounder. It's just as at home on motorways as it is in Snowdonia and just about small enough for filtering in town. I can ride it comfortably all day, the riding position is very neutral, but for fast motorway riding I find myself lying down the tank to get out of the wind even with a touring screen.
Engine
5 out of 5
This is easily the bikes best feature. Loads of torque and incredibly smooth delivery right across the rev range. I love the noise it makes but this is obviously personal. More power than I'll ever need and goes faster than I ever dare, even on the autobahn.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
My Biffer has never left me stranded. The oem stator failed at about 24k miles - this is an all too common fault! Luckily, I was close to home rather than half way across Europe or, worse still, in the fast lane of the motorway. I replaced it myself with an Electrex one which was about £115. It was an easy job (even for a novice like me) and has been running fine up to now. My reg/rec is still the original one as far as I know. The frame is starting to rust by the rear wheel but there is no hugger. Steering head bearings needed doing at 28k miles.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
I service my bike so this is a bit irrelevant. It depends how much you ride it and at what intervals you change the oil/tyres! I've changed my oil and filter every 4k miles so about three times a year. Brake pads and tyres as needed. I use PR4s, which are not cheap but I get about 8k miles from a rear and 10 fom a front. The narrow rear tyre means that you can't get the touring version and the standard tends to square-off pretty quickly two-up with luggage on straight runs.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Centre stand is useful. Standard screen is a bit naff. Lack of a temperature guage seems odd but never overheating has been an issue. I've fitted Oxford heated grips, Givi top box/panniers, MRA touring screen, fender extender, 12v socket under the seat. All good but not sure how much better the screen is?
Buying experience

Mark 1 Biffers are a total bargain. I bought mine from a dealer for £3,500, 5 years old with only 8k miles on the clock. The hiked-up price of the later model seems hard to justify and I prefer the two exhausts to that massive single one. Both models look pretty ugly so I try not to think about it! Half the price, more versatile and not as ugly as a Gisser.

5 out of 5

29 October 2015 by johnkearney

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Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

56K and still going strong

07 October 2015 by andyinvienna

Excellent bike, loves the mountains in Austria, there is no straw that would break this camels back on long tours, just plodding about on an Autumn day or Blasting down the Autobahn, I can not think of a bike to replace it. So I am going to get... Read more something else for a different style of riding and keep the CBF.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Seat can be a bit ache at times, Brakes are more than capable, changed the suspension for Wilbur’s as I am 100kg and with me and the missus plus luggage I needed a bit more, but the original was OK,
Engine
5 out of 5
Still pulls like a train, love the low down torque
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Alternator burned out at 30km, nothing else has gone wrong, now has 56km
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Once out of the Warranty, do my own servicing and nothing has gone wrong, passes it inspections every time
Equipment
4 out of 5
Mirrors caused some buffering so change for handle bar mounted mirrors, the head light is for day time use only. Some of the wiring chafes against the frame, little corrosion on the swing arm, Clock's could be better. these ar only grumbles and do not affect the overall ride.
Buying experience

dealer, ex demo.

5 out of 5

Good bike - CBF 1000

15 July 2015 by Alan Marsh

Yes I would recommend the CBF to a friend, (I have done this). One issue with the seat is that when you raise the rider seat it leaves a gap behind the tank, the seat base is then too flexible. Max gross load is 430 Ibs, which is insufficient. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Handles very well. Needs to cater for more weight.
Engine
5 out of 5
Fast enough for me thank you.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Mine is fine but there are stories of failing stators and reg/recs. Fit a volt monitor (£ 15) so you know whats going on.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Nothing needed doing so far.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Would like a temperature gauge.
Buying experience

I purchased second hand from a dealer and am very happy.

3 out of 5

motor ok/ electrics not so good

15 July 2015 by Sandman

Will not buy another cbf1000 Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
very good for touring but reg/rect let me down spain and waiting to get on train for Calais.
Engine
4 out of 5
84000 miles 2nd reg/rect, 3rd alternator stator. Honda paid for 2nd one.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Do most of it myself. Dealers do valves very hard to get too
Equipment
4 out of 5
taller screen, scottoiler
Buying experience

Bought new

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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 .

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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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.

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

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £5,999
Used price £2,500 to £5,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £230
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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