HONDA CBF1000 (2010-on) Review

Published: 21 October 2010

Honda have given the CBF a new face, new clocks, lightened the frame and improved fuel economy

Honda CBF1000

Honda have given the CBF a new face, new clocks, lightened the frame and improved fuel economy

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  106 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  185 miles range
  • Medium seat height (795mm)
  • £9,499

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

There wasn’t anything really wrong with the old bike apart from it appeared a little dated and it was more of an ugly duckling rather than a stunning swan. However, Honda have addressed that, given the CBF a new face, new clocks, lightened the frame and improved fuel economy. Great ergonomics, easy to ride, just enough power, relatively lightweight handling, a jack of all trades bike perfect for 98% of the time. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

It’s just as easy to ride at slow speeds through tight busy traffic as it is to have fun down an unfamiliar B road. The ride and comfort is excellent and the new linked ABS are very effective, like riding with a safety net, ideal in the wet. Its only when you ride out of the bike past its design parameters will you get any complaints as the pegs start to scrape and the rear is a little soft.

Engine 5 out of 5

Honda claim the newly fuelled engine is now 7% more efficient than the old bike; it’s easy to see fuel figures of 50mpg and more. The detuned 06 fireblade engine isn’t going to set the world on fire but its incredibly flexible, smooth power delivery and has enough grunt for two up touring and will send the new speedo past the 140mph mark.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The frame is now aluminium but the wheels and suspension remain rather basic considering the new higher price tag. However everything is put together with the usual high standard we expect from Honda. There is no reason to question the reliability of the detuned Blade engine and should last for ever.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The old CBF started at less than £6000 which made the old bike an absolute bargain and highly recommended bike. However now the price is pushing nearly £9000 and not much has changed to justify the price. Pricier than the Suzuki GSX1200FA, but lighter and more nimble with better build quality. Find a Honda CBF1000 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

New clocks add the quality finish and the screen is now three way adjustable. ABS is excellent, one of the leaders in this class. The new top fairing and flush indicators have improved the looks of the front end, using CBR600 headlights. Luggage kits are available as optional extras if you want to turn your Honda CBF into a real tourer. Compare and buy parts for the CBF1000 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA CBF1000 (2010-on) 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 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

All rounder

28 January 2011 by Charterhouse

This is a great bike for those who need one bike for all year round commuting, touring and weekend rides. It is a smooth bike, easy to handle (though heavy), but during the snow and frosts I got caught a few days riding home in a few mm of snow and I... Read more had no surprises. Good low down power and MPG (around 50 for all riding) and has reasonable look. Mine came as a black GT version with full fairing and full luggage and new was £1000 less than the price quoted on MSN. Traded in my ST Sprint for this bike and not missing the Sprint (though a great bike) because of the better luggage capacity and now £1000's less than the new Sprint tourer. No vibes from mirrors! Many Deuville riders progress to these.

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £9,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 106 bhp
Max torque 69 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v four-stroke inline 4
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 245kg
Front suspension preload only
Rear suspension single shock
Front brake 2 x 296mm 2piston radial caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc two piston
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 160/60x17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: original CBF1000 introduced
2010: Model introduced
2011: CBF1000A [£7,925] CBF1000GT [£8775] CBF1000FA offered [£9275]

Other versions

None

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