Honda is on the verge of releasing a new version of its CBF600 commuter motorcycle for 2008 – incorporating the latest CBR600RR engine, as also found in the new Hornet 600.
The motorcycle is likely to be revealed in advance of the rest of Honda’s 2008 motorcycles, as the engine change is understood to come due to the need to meet new Euro III emissions laws. The old CBF motor, derived from an earlier generation of CBR600 motorcycle, met Euro II laws, but not the latest standard. Rather than modifying it, Honda has opted to simply slot the newest engine in its place.
Like Suzuki’s Bandit 650, which has gained an all-new water-cooled engine this year, but remained virtually unchanged otherwise, the CBF isn’t getting a radical visual makeover. Instead it gets just slight changes to the fairing design, and a reworked chassis to allow the new engine to be bolted in place.
On sale before the end of the year, it’s expected to cost around £5300.