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

39 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 4.4 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 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good all rounder, some surprises

25 June 2018 by Niel

Overall a quick enough tool with no real bad issues. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Goes, stops, and with decent tyres corners ok too.
Engine
5 out of 5
Top for 30 to flat out easy riding, or use the gears and make progress efficiently and quickly.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Stator failure, reg/rect failure, corrosion. Chinese stator for the Blade costs £30, so carrying a spare and tools is a good option, fit a battery monitor so you know if it fails before the battery is too low to restart, and with the connectors easier to get at the Blade stator is better for roadside replacement. Also change the reg/rect for a CompuFire 55403 mounted outside the bodywork and the stator has an easier life as it's unloaded when full capacity is not required, rather than running at full load/heat into the standard shunt reg/rect all the time. Corrosion is down to UK roads being heavily salted and lack of proper paint in places, the short front mudguard and lack or protection at the rear end doesn't help.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Mine was a commuter bike from new, and though in fairly good condition did show the signs of such use when bought. Since I've commuted, done IAM training and generally it's done all that has been asked of it. But now at 10 years old it's starting to show its age – being a GT a lot is hidden, so when one the exhaust downpipes split it was an expensive voyage of discovery, the fan's lower arms had rotted away, allowing the fan to 'kiss' the rad, wearing slots in the matrix, so a new rad (list price £700) was required, found a UK made brass and copper replacement, no more ali rot issues for £300, and a new fan (list price £600), found a new 'old stock' fan in the USA for £50. The front of the engine suffered too, but being hidden and nothing more than exhaust port surrounds rotted away will be OK, the front cross-frame strut however was almost rusted through, so some JB weld epoxy and a length of 1" stainless tube split length ways was required to sort that. The downpipe split and wasn't weldable, so some Holts Gun Gum and stainless band strip plus two extra s/s jubilee clips have 'fixed' that for now, new downpipes aren't available and no aftermarket one's either...
Equipment
5 out of 5
Got all you need, except a battery monitor, which is an easy fit with all the spare space in the cockpit.
Buying experience

£2,200 private, 4 years ago; needing tyres and a battery, cheap riding really.

5 out of 5

Beautiful Biffer

17 May 2018 by Rob Johnson

This, along with the baby 600SA, is the second best bike I have ever owned. It cannot match the GSX1400K3 because that was the love of my life, next to my wife, and that is close. But for what it is, a detuned Fireblade engine with loads of power, it... Read more is brilliant. I am none too happy with the seat though, for after an hour maximum, the beast that she is becomes mind numbingly bum numbing. It's fast, safe, idiot proof [for me, a must] and very much fun to ride, rather like the 1400 of old. Would I recommend one to a friend? Yes, indeed. I love my current [third] CBF. I started with the 600SA, traded that for a 1000 on a 57 plate, which got nicked twice in three days, and then went to the Vstrom, but I missed the CBF1000 so much I traded after 6 months. That is how good this bike is. Go and buy one. It will bring a smile to your face as long as it is shiny side up.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Good brakes but my present ones are a bit softer than the previous. Might need a new set.
Engine
5 out of 5
I mean, wow! At times it does not feel like a detuned blade engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Never really had to do much that is not cosmetic, but a regular annual service of about £250 would be my guess. I usually get a mate to do it because I am a useless mechanic.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Standard bike with standard stuff. I added a Givi rack and box and that is all it needs, for me.
Buying experience

Bought off ebay from a dealer, blind. No test ride. Both Biffers have been the same, as well as the 600. Utterly reliable, all of them. £2750 for an '09 is not too shabby.

3 out of 5

27 December 2017 by wimputte

The reviews online are correct, the bike is the perfect do-it-all. It's not a sports bike, but you can ride it like a sports bike. It's not a around the world travel bike, but when needed, it can be packed and traveled around the world. It's not a... Read more light-weight 3-500cc everyday go-to-work bike, but it's light enough, and handles smooth enough to just ride everyday traffic with it. I had just some minor adjustments on it to be able to ride all seasons: 1: a frond mud guard extender (keeps dirt out of radiator, 2: rear suspension protection (mud-flap/hugger/...), 3: heated grips, ... 1 negative point, as the bike is a good replacement of al other types, it doesn't excel in any off it too, making the bike sometimes a little out of character, a little bit boring or so... If you want the work-horse do-it-al, you will be happy, if you want the extreme characteristic naked or sporty or ... you will be unsatisfied...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

CBF1000A

06 January 2017 by Craig Dawes

Cannot fault my bike, does everything it is supposed to in all weathers. I bought it as a commuter and what a fantastic piece of kit. Read more

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
Everything about this bike has a quality feel. Have never been let down. Just keep clean and serviced as per schedule
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Would say a little heavy on fuel consumption but used to have 750 and now 1000 so guess that was a little down side to growing up! Would have been handy to have a little larger fuel tank so could get from Manchester to London without having to stop.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Think I would have preferred a temperature gauge as well as fuel. Guess that would after the upgrade in 2009 when the digital display was used.
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

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £5,999
Used price £2,500 to £4,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £210
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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