HONDA CBF1000 (2010 - 2018) Review
- A brilliant jack of all trades bike
- Legendary Honda build quality
- Detuned 'Blade engine isn't even that bad on fuel
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£190|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
There wasn’t anything really wrong with the old Honda CBF 1000 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 1000 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.
Watch: Honda CBF 1000 vs Suzuki GSX1250F
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
We've got loads of Honda CBF 1000 owners' reviews on the site, and there doesn't seem to be anything massively concerning - a few report issues with corrosion but this bike is hardly unique in that respect.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||16v four-stroke inline 4|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||19 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£190|
|Used price||£2,800 - £7,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||106 bhp|
|Max torque||69 ft-lb|
|Top speed||145 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||185 miles|
Model history & versions
2006: original CBF1000 introduced
2010: Model introduced
2011: CBF1000A [£7,925] CBF1000GT [£8775] CBF1000FA offered [£9275]
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CBF1000 (2010 - 2018)
22 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBF1000 (2010 - 2018) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£190|
For me this is a perfect road bike. Enough power to satisfy any time, with great tractability, plenty of comfort and good mpg. When I compare it to the 2012 Z1000SX I owned before, this is a far better road bike. The Kawasaki was sportier, but it was a lot less comfortable, especially the seat and unforgiving rear suspension. I didn't like the CBFs standard screen and quickly swapped it for a Givi touring screen, that is a major improvement as well as good quality fit and finish. I'm going to change the standard hugger for a Powerbronze version. The dirt currently gets thrown up a lot around the rear. Overall it's a bit of a hidden gem, that doubtless gets over looked in favour of more popular machines.
This is a touring bike that can be ridden sportily at times. The Z1000SX was the opposite and as such the CBF is way more usable and therefore enjoyable for me to own. I can do up to 1.5 hours before needing a stop. Mainly I find the leg position a bit cramped for longer periods, whereas the Kawasaki was the same on legs, the seat was horrible and I couldn't do an hour on that. The CBF has plenty of power for easy overtakes even in top gear. The brakes I find very good, although the Z1000Sx brakes were better. I find the CBFs more than good enough for any situation, and the ABS gives that bit extra confidence to squeeze harder if needed. The suspension is on standard settings as far as I know. I haven't adjusted it since I bought it. It absorbs road irregularities comfortably and although it wallows slightly in fast corners it's more than manageable and is a fair trade off versus ride comfort.
There is plenty of power for road use. The power delivery gets a little bit more peppy once you get over 5000 rpm and it will click through the gear box smoothly, including clutchless changes if I'm getting a move on. Like another owner I get the flat spot at about 2500 rpm, which is more pronounced when the engines cold, but is still there a bit when warm too. Also the other slight bugbear is that the sweet spot when you feather the throttle to cruise is very tight. The slightest movement of the throttle means it either accelerates or goes on overrun. Maybe it needs some time on a dyno to sort this out.
I've owned mine for a year and apart from needing to charge the battery once after lockdown started it's run faultlessly. I've covered just over 3000 miles in the year and it's due for service and MOT in August. I don't find it an attractive bike, but the paint work and metal surfaces are in great condition after 11 years.
On average I am getting just over 50mpg from this. Slightly more on longer trips, which equates to about 200 miles on a full tank. The Bridgestone BT021 already fitted are about half way through. I had a couple of unexpected rear slides in the damp early on, but I think that was because the tyres are old (2013) and hadn't been used much since fitted in 2015. After that they've settled in well and are confidence inspiring in both wet and dry.
My favourite bit of equipment is the centre stand. So few bikes now have them and they're so useful!! The mirrors are great; vibration free and with a good rear view. The instruments are basic analogue dials, but perfectly legible day or night. The fuel gauge isn't accurate, being pessimistic on my machine. After a while I got to know what the reality is and it's better than nothing. I would have liked a temperature gauge for reassurance as the cooling fan does come a lot at times, but I can't tell if the engines over heating or just hot. The switch gear is simple and easy to use and there's the useful addition of hazard warning lights too. As I said the standard screen was awful for me with horrible buffeting and the standard horn is very feeble.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer with 22800 miles and only one older owner for £2995. I paid the price and asked for, and got a cover and disk lock included in the deal.
Version: Neo Sports Cafe
Engine and gearbox fantastic, Build quality not up to Honda standards. Paintwork fading, corrosion everywhere, despite being garaged and covered. Less than 3000 miles in 2 years use. Disappointed.
So easy and forgiving to ride, sufficient power for today’s roads, some wind noise
I like to take a little walk when I stop for fuel about every 150 miles
Plenty of low down power
Some rust on central stand
Serviced by myself every year
Completely standard just get on and ride the bike is one of the last twin silencer models
Buying experience: Dealer
Version: fab mk.2
Annual servicing cost: £220
great all round bike..best i have had all, day comfort..very plush when out on the road..compared to the other bikes i've had..it came with bar risers,and a givi rack,for some reason it makes the bike quite easy to push around,as required, i had a 2012 model a few years ago for some reason this one is miles better ! shame to get of it.if you like an easy to use bike you will not go wrong with one of these..
short trips or touring it will do it all ..petrol stops ideal time for a break if you want or press on regardless..its up to you..been to scotland on it and various parts of peak district..
very smooth power delivery from a lovely torquey engine..nothing to dislike.low seat makes bike easy for shorties, a real plus point
this one is very good quality..have changed a few fastners.to titaniumit makes a big difference nothing now appears to corrode!! or is that me.. my other one was a 2012 model not as good quality as this one..
serviced at a honda dealer in nottingham..and m.o.t could do it myself but have not got the time..
mine has a hugger radiator guard ,heated grips ,bar risers givi rack, have fitted puig pro frame sliders,these are mounted further forward on the frame not engine mounts would recomend if you can get them now
Buying experience: bought from bob minion honda dealer, at the time..it cost£4495 and got a good part exchange for my old fazer 1000 2005 mk.1 was very happy..
Annual servicing cost: £200
The Cbf1000 suits me as it physically a small bike.I can get both feet flat on the ground which is so important when carrying a pillion and touring luggage. I also love the really low down torque ,also the fuel consumption. I get 60mpg. There are no worst features.
Ride quality is ok, maybe Bridgestone T31's make it a little harsh.My wife can do 2 hours before we have a break
So smooth,oodles of torque,light clutch
Excellent build quality, very reliable
Honda panniers and top box are great,no panniers frames either I'm 5ft 8 and got a screen extension to prevent buffetting, It works. Bridgestone BT31's give me 10000 miles before replacement
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer new for £9000 which included full luggage with liners and a Tom Tom Sat Nav.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Great Bike, best feature easy to ride Worst feature, fuse box can corrode through spray from rear wheel,
Great all round bike, 2 hours maximum before needing a break with or without a pillion
Smooth ride, no noticeable vibration and plenty of torque (no dislikes)
Radiator failed at 39,000 miles due to leak from water channel at rear of radiator (not stone damage)
Home serviced from new by myself, spare parts from Honda, no high costs (except radiator)
Good handling, neutral stance, accessories fitted, Honda Topbox and panniers plus Honda fairing lowers, Ermax Hugger all great items Tyres, Michelin Road 5 are brilliant for both wet and dry riding, all Pilot Road tyres last 10-11K with or without a pillion
Buying experience: Bought new From Honda Chiswick, with Panniers, Topbox, heated grips, Fairing Lowers and Datatool Green alarm Cash price £11,600.00
Annual servicing cost: £160
Best features - decent midrange and economy. Easy to ride, all day comfort. Great finish on tank and fairing paintwork. Worst - terrible corrosion problems on swingarm and fasteners. It's a great bike that's easy to live with and reliable. It's biggest drawback is that you just don't get excited about it!
Great all round bike. Although the suspension is too soft for really fast riding, it's a great compromise for the bikes' purpose and price.
Lots of low and midrange power, it makes for an easy time when spending the whole day riding. I just wish it had the same power as CB1000R!
Despite an intermittent engine management light (which local Honda Dealer couldn't trace), it's been very reliable. 22k miles and despite having 3 new batteries, it's not let me down. Quality of the paintwork is excellent, the rest of the bike is awful. Think 1970's Suzuki quality.
No standard power or USB points. Centre stand was an optional extra. Luggage was an optional extra. Advised to go for the Oxford heated grips (excellent) as the Honda ones were expensive and rubbish (as I was told..). Best tyres so far are the Michelin PR5's.
Buying experience: Bought new from local main dealer in 2012.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Have owned a CBF1000F for 2 years now and done 35000 kms on it. Bike is my daily commuter and tourer 2 up with my wife. Very hard to fault it.
Great bike for most occasions. Brakes excellent. Fitted bar risers and extra padding to the seats. Stock seat s little hard on long runs. Taller screen also....
No major faults except HISS wiring cracked, so done a DIY fix. Sorted.
Value for money? Oh YES!! Easy to work on. Do all my own servicing.
Every bike needs some customisation, but, this is one of the best stock set-ups you'll find.
Buying experience: Got a great PX on my old Bike from M50 Honda Dublin.
Version: FA-C, Mk 2
Superb bike - Uses a detuned Fireblade engine, loads of torque, loads of reliability, great handling. Nowhere near as quick as the donor fireblade but plenty fast enough,
Some people may like a little more top end rush but its perfect for me.
Never had a problem - with the MK 2.
I don't record the actual costs but I just fit new oil filter with every oil change. 20,000 miles & I have fitted a new sir filter.
I prefer an alternative screen to the Honda original.
Buying experience: Good service from Wheels at Peterborough
Annual servicing cost: £150
....Tiny little bike, very little presence on the road despite the lovely running lights. Crouched position and zero weather protection, feels desperately like it needs a sixth gear even at around fifty to sixty (havent got faster than that because my helmet feels like it is going to fly off (what is the attraction of naked bikes???). Not the bike for me (mine being a very well cared for rental).
Brakes..fantastic. I am glad to get off the thing after my commute (ten miles).
It is snappy but a bit gutless, lack of protection means a joyless ride for me, needs a sixth gear.
it's thirstyish, not impressed for such a wee bike.
Version: GT ABS
Annual servicing cost: £250
Really easy to ride, doesn't play havoc with my wrists as my previous bikes did!! Not the most powerful, but does all you will ever need a bike to do. I actually think it could be the best bike I have owned owing to it's all round versatility. It tours, it handles and it doesn't try to hurt you!!!
plush on a long distance, ABS an absolute boon!!!!
Smooth, torquey and just enough power
Thermostat and housing needed replacing!!
Got all the honda luggage, plenty of dials and lights on the dash, fitted heated grips and a scottoiler and its is spot on!!
Buying experience: Bought from Tinklers Yamaha in Norwich, fantastic service!! When it overheated they booked me in to my local Honda dealer and paid the bill.... Cannot really ask for better service.
Annual servicing cost: £125
Easy to ride motorcycle.
I bought this bike as new in December 2010. Bike have 45.000 km. So far I have only alternator problem (stator was burned). Since this is usual fault I gave verdict "4 out of 5".
Could do with a temp gauge and gear indicator. Traction control would be a bonus. Better quality suspension would get this bike 5 out of 5.
Suspension could be improved
Gem of an engine
Cannot Be faulted.
Could be more economical
Buying experience: Purchased from a dealer
Great Bike very often overlooked. Try one you will be impressed.
much better that the parts would suggest. Great for A and B road blasting and Super comfy. Great for 2 Up in my Wifes opinion.
Smooth enough power and creamy smooth.
Accurate Fuel gauge. Centre Stand Room under the seat. Superb with the Luggage.
Buying experience: Lots to see buy a good one.
the chrome rusts quickly
not a comfy bike on long runs, handle bar risers help
rust on all the chrome and hose clips, bolt heads etc
hight adjustable screen
Buying experience: dealer, advertised priced was £9,400, got for £9000 plus £300`s worth of any accessories
Annual servicing cost: £140
This is the 3rd of these I have owned, very easy to ride 1 or 2 up and with luggage. The only minor fault with all 3 the front suspension needs to be stiffened up
Brakes on my latest model ABS much improved over non ABS. The bike is good all rounder. 150 miles not stop not a problem.
Bullet proof de-tuned Fireblade engine, plenty of grunt
Typical Honda build 100% reliable all I have had have been totally reliable, Only part to fail was the battery on my last one, It was 4 years old.
Givi Panniers and top box give loads of space for long trips or holidays
Great commuter, tourer pretty much does everything you want it to do. Typical Honda build quality, typical useless screen
Basic suspension gets found out when pushing hard
Honda should have let it have more power
50+mpg, dependable Honda
It has none, try to find a decent screen
Huge improvement to the very good MKI model in looks finish and especially performance. Fantastic all-rounder, but could do with an extra 30Hp just to top it all off. It's great for touring with all the extras, and fantastic for those knee-down country lane burns when you just need to let off some steam. Minor niggle is the frame around the heels scratches up easily, so look out for aftermarket covers/protectors when they become available.
Handles far better than a bike with a centre-stand has a right to. In fact, one problem I get is grinding away the foot rests and exhaust shroud when cranking it over too hard. Superb combined ABS package lets you get away with bad decisions that a standard setup wouldn't...i.e Hitting a corner too fast! Just apply the rear brake (braking is then split between front and rear calipers) to stay on line without the bike standing up out of the curve. Acceleration is incredible for a hefty bike with only(!) just over 100HP available at the throttle.
Power delivery is flawless and extremely smooth, with an incredible amount of torque, even in 6th gear at low speeds. Gear ratios are just about perfect and she sounds raw and meaty at just the right times.
Excellent (but slightly expensive) build quality, good equipment and finish. Nice touch with the height adjustable seat and variable handlebar positions. I can't understand why this bike appears so overlooked, because if you want a bike that can tour and give you a saturday afternoon thrill but can't afford to buy both, then you would be hard pushed to find a better buy.
Keeping broadly to speed limits and not yanking the throttle hard, I managed to turn in 260 miles on a full tank.
Could really do with a gear change indicator due to never knowing what gear I'm in because of the high torque. Nice touch with the adjustable screen, although a choice of clear and tinted would be nice.
Buying experience: Bought from Thunderroad Honda main dealership. Price was £10,299 but comes with excellent TOMTOM sat nav, full pannier and internal bag set and the dealer also chucked in a couple of freebies including a rear wheel hugger.
Annual servicing cost: £400
Linked brakes work well and inspire confidence
Very smooth and effortless. More than enough for two-up touring
Honda charging for first service is disgraceful
Full luggage kit comes as standard.
Buying experience: Bought from dealer for £10,000
It seems to have everything I need and is a vast improvement on the old one (which I also owned).
Seat height is very adjustable and suits me with small legs. I can get both feet on the ground with it in the middle position. The screen can be a bit buffety, but I've put some spacers in to rake it back which improves it no end. Suspension is better than the old one with more adjustment as well.
No issues anywhere, Powerful engine. I've put a 17t front sprocket on which makes the speedo 100% accurate and means cruising is that much easier. Engine is more economical and seems to have shade more power than the old one. The display is much better and displays more information.
I've had mine for over 2 years now, it's got 10,000 miles on the clock and nothing has failed.
I do all my own oil and filter changes. It hasn't needed anything else yet.
I've added a gear indicator, scottoiler and heated grips. Mine came with full luggage and is superb for touring.
Buying experience: Bought new from a dealer (Rochdale Honda) and got a good deal.
Version: Naked version
Annual servicing cost: £50
Having owned and loved the older 2006 version I was pleasantly surprised by how much better this one was all round. Smoother, much nimbler feeling and free of buzzes and minor fairing noises. MCN understates the difference between the two versions.
I love the newer ABS but think if you are used to a sports bike will find the brakes needing a good squeeze at times.
Great engine, pulls 6th gear from around 30mph (obviously not best practice) and on long twisty runs you seem to be able to stay in top everywhere! Smooth too and fast enough for any sensible person.
I always do my own servicing and this is a very easy modern bike to work on. Be embarrassed if you put this in for what amounts to an oil change and quick check-over. (Annual/4000 mile service)
Adjustable seat as standard is great and being short, I love the sensible (range) of seat heights on this bike.I had mine fitted with Pilot Road 4's from new and they are wonderful tyres.
Buying experience: The old one was such an amazing bargain new, that people have been unable to stomach the present day list price. Shopping around works - I paid £7250 for a pre-reg bike with nominal mileage, full guarantee etc., from Castle Motorcycles. Winter deal but I still cannot believe the bargain I got and they changed the tyres!
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 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.