The Honda CBF500's chassis is nothing special but it does the job more than adequately and the Honda CBF500 has monoshock rear suspension that's tweakable to an extent, depending on your weight and riding style. The Honda CBF500 also has ABS braking as an optional extra, which is another plus point for novice bikers who want a budget motorcycle that's as safe as possible too.
The Honda CBF500 isn't a sportbike, but 56bhp is enough to make life interesting, especialy if you've never been on a motorcycle before, except a CBT 125cc training motorcycle. The Honda CBF500 has a smooth parallel twin motor too, which makes commuting on dual carriagways or motorways less vibey than on some rival twin cylinder 500-600cc motorcycles.
No doubt about it, the Honda CBF500 is a cut above some of its budget rival motorcycles in the 500-600cc twins class, and it has a good reputation for reliability based on its predecessor, the Honda CB500 twin, which is essentially the same motorcycle. Motorcycles like these tend to be ridden in all weathers and the Honda CBF500 is more likely to resist the rigours of wet weather biking than some other machines.
You don't get much on two wheels these days for about four grand, so the Honda CBF500, with optional ABS brakes and good potential PX value two years down the line, makes an attractive proposition for any first time biker. More importantly, the Honda CBF500 is genuinely fun to ride - which is what biking should be all about, even if you're just commuting. Find a Honda CBF500 for sale.
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The Honda CBF500 is just as well equipped as the average mid-sized commuter motorcycle, with good quality brakes, suspension and a comfortable seat. It also has passenger grab handles, plus a little hugger near the rear wheel to protect the monoshock and mirrors that offer a good rear view. The Honda CBF500's 19-litre fuel tank offers a good range too.