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Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5 of the best.

If you want a genuine do-it-all motorcycle, half-faired could be the way to go. The best models combine all the great things about sportsbikes, nakeds, commuters and tourers into one package.  

There are other half-faired bikes, like the dependable Honda CBF600, but the models below are all fast and fun enough to keep you entertained at weekends while still being just as useful when commuting or touring, making them better all-rounders.

Here's 5 of the best half-faired bikes:


Honda Hornet S

Honda Hornet S (1998-2006)
"The Honda CB600F Hornet uses simple ingredients, thoughtfully combined to create a motorcycle far better than you’d guess. Old Honda CBR600F engine plus a basic frame, cost conscious suspension and upright bars make a versatile motorcycle that’s fun and practical. High level exhaust and wide rear tyre add a dash of pzazz."


Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

Yamaha FZ6 Fazer (2004-current)
"After the (hugely popular) old Fazer 600 failed to meet new EU emissions laws in 2003, Yamaha came up with this new alternative and it slots perfectly into the modern market. The Yamaha FZ6 Fazer looks sharp, has a brilliant motor, excellent handling and offers huge versatility. Towns, twisties and long treks… it can do it all. A great all-rounder."



BMW F800S (2006-current)
"A revolutionary addition to the BMW stable, the BMW F800S filled the yawning chasm between the marque’s 650 motorcycles and 1200 motorcycles with power, style and charisma. The BMW F800S has an excellent engine, superb handling and everyday usability to make it a bike you could learn to ride on yet keep, and enjoy, a very long time after you’ve got your licence."


Yamaha FZ1

Yamaha FZ1 (2006-current)
"What you get with the Yamaha FZ1 is the awesome 2002 R1 engine in a more practical but still high-spec chassis. The Japanese firm class the Yamaha Fazer 1000 as a sports motorcycle and they’re right – but it has the ability of a sports tourer and a city motorcycle, too – with more than a splash of musclebike chucked in for nothing. One of the best premium, sporty all round motorcycles you can buy."


Honda CB1300S

Honda CB1300S (2005-current)
"Classic early superbike lines crash head-on with a practical top fairing and an inexpensive ABS option to make the Honda CB1300S a competent tourer-cum-commuter that’s a pleasure to ride with above average handling, plenty of practical touches and a low seat height. Read any Honda CB1300S review and you'll find nothing but praise."


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James Keen

By James Keen