HONDA CBR1000F (1987-1997) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

So bland it makes Katie Melua look like a brazen rock chick

Honda CBR1000F motorcycle review - Riding

So bland it makes Katie Melua look like a brazen rock chick

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  135 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (780mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The sports-touring Honda CBR1000F was always in the shadow of more exciting motorcycles, yet had a decade long production run. It had its good points, such as a comfortable riding position, good build quality - except for early camchain tensioner problems - and respectable handling. But the Honda CBR1000F is so bland it makes Katie Melua look like a brazen rock chick.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Honda CBR1000F's suspension is slightly mushy, especially the non-adjustable front forks and the rear shock tends to get sloppy when the motorcycle is pushed hard, letting the back end bounce around. As a touring motorcycle, the Honda CBR1000F offers a nice, plush ride for two people. As a sports motorcycle it's just too soft, too vague.

Engine 3 out of 5

Compared to its contemporary rivals like the Kawasaki ZZ-R1100, or Suzuki GSX-R1100, the Honda CBR1000F lacks real kick-in-the-pants power. It is a deceptively fast motorcycle, but it feels a bit flat somehow and never really gets your pulse racing. Early Honda CBR1000Fs suffered camchain tensioner problems, but there was a Honda recall on them and most were fixed rapidly.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Honda CBR1000Fs can rack up a huge mileage, 60-80K is typical before any serious signs of engine wear. Apart from the suspension getting soggy, the chassis also wears well, so the Honda CBR1000F makes a very good budget touring motorcycle. It's hard to go wrong with `em.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Most bikers would rather buy a big 80s/90s motorcycle with some soul, some aggression, but there are those who like the sheer quality of the Honda CBR1000F and its understated ability in real world riding situations. If you want a big 1000cc bike, but don't actually want to ride very fast, the Honda CBR1000F is damn near perfect. Find a Honda CBR1000F for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Honda CBR1000F has a comprehensive dashboard, excellent lights, brakes, comfy saddle, bungee hooks and passenger grab rail. It even has a centrestand - praise the Lord. The Honda CBR1000F is a well thought out package and the later models feel more durable and better finished than the early ones. 

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR1000F (1987-1997) 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 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 3.8 out of 5
3 out of 5

1996 CBR1000F

18 February 2011 by MarkShelley

I own 6 bikes and have been riding for over 30 years so I have ridden a few in my time. I bought my CBR1000F last year with 56K on the clock. It is in amazing condition for its mileage and could easily pass for one with 40K less, such is the build... Read more quality. The engine has extremely linear power which for a sports tourer is just perfect in my book, particularly if you carry a pillion. Its natural home is on sweeping a roads and motorways as its high speed stability is teh best I have ever experienced and somehow what appears to be quite a low screen results in the best aerodynamics I have experienced with no buffeting to my helmet. I will not be getting a flip screen as it could only make it worse as it is perfect as it is, almost like sitting on a magic carpet. It reminds me very much of a bigger, longer VFR750, which is a good thing!

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

G Reg cbr1000f

29 April 2009 by rod1967

I rode one of these a few years ago and always dreamt of owning one , well that day came true on the 28th of April 09 , I SOLD MY ZXR750 due to wanting something more upright but still with a bit of power , what a dream to ride , I hope to own this... Read more for years to come .

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

CBR 1000 F-N 1992

17 April 2009 by fzr_paul

Got this bike last year and i have covered over 3000 miles on it in all weathers without any complaints from. OK this is not an out and out sports bike but it makes an excellent all rounder, riding position is good, suspension is ok if set up... Read more properly and will stay with the majority of sports bike if you learn how to ride it properly even 2 up. Will def recommend this for someone who wants a large capacity sports touring motorcycle.

Overall Rating 4 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
4 out of 5

I dont know any better

12 February 2008 by scotsman4th

Ok, review probably seems a bit high (verging on favouritism)but as the title says, I dont know any better. It seems too good a bike not to have a review so thought I'd put in my tuppence worth. I only passed in March 07 and I'm now on my second... Read more one. I find it very comfortable for my size (6ft2) with a ride position that suits me. The 2 I've had have never let me down, were/was cheap and cheerful, handle fine for my experience and the engines Japanese so bullet proof. Again, I haven't the knowledge or experience to know any better, but I'd highly recommend them as a first bike. My 1994 is a lot better than my old 1989 one, lighter (but with less power), it seems to handle better and is building my confidence nicely.

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
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1987
Year discontinued 1997
Original price -
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 135 bhp
Max torque 66 ft-lb
Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v, in line four, 6 gears
Frame type Steel twin beam
Fuel capacity 998 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 230kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 296mm disc
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1987: Honda CBR1000F launched.
1989: Restyled Honda CBR1000F appears, with `bamper damper' crash protection, new bodywork, tweaked engine.
1993: Honda CBR1000F gains a linked braking system (CBS), plus more styling updates.                                                                                                  1997:Honda CBR1000F discontinued.

Other versions

None

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