Honda CBF1000 2008. It’s a bit of a Dark Horse…Review and pics

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    Ses and the CBF in Holland, the Dutch seem a sensible lot too…

    Is there somebody you know who is a bit of a dark horse? The type of person who keeps themselves to themselves but then one day really surprises you…Well the Honda CBF1000 is a bit like that quiet bloke, it is all very sober on the surface: All the sensible stuff is in place, neat inoffensive styling, nicely made and put together, logical controls, comfortable riding position. The CBF is the kind of bike the rafts of EU regulations seems to be pushing us all towards.

    Well on the evidence of forum member Ses310’s example it might not be so bad on these bureaucratic bikes after all…of the bikes I have been fortunate to ride over the years this deeply sensible John Major of bike is among the more surprising. Honda have been very sneaky and at the core of this bike beats the heart of a a Fireblade. OK it is de-tuned to 100 bhp, but the DNA is there and evident when you ride the bike. The power delivery is creamily smooth, but the CBF can shift to a degree that genuinely surprised me. While it is true that a front line sports bike and many of the latest nakeds and semi-nakeds, like my FZ1S are significantly faster, if you know what you are doing this Honda will play along with aplomb. The pace would be getting very serious before these sports bikes would clear off, the performance available is so easy to access and I think that is the key to the CBFs’ point to point speed.

    Now that Ses has fitted some proper tyres the handling has been transformed compared to when I first rode it a few months ago. The tyres on it there were almost comically squared off.. I doubt the bike had ever been ridden very hard.

    In summary it is here that all that slick Honda engineering finds its’ natural home…it suits the effective, efficient nature of this supremely comfortable bike. On a 07 Blade I rode last year this feeling seemed out of place, not here.

    The bike is VERY sensible, not very memorable to look at, but I I found myself surprised by it, the only negative being an odd wobble from the bars should you take your hands off around 40mph or so and the slight feeling that you need to be a mature, IAM member to ride it!     


    Glad you enjoyed the ride :) I was pleasantly surprised buy the bike when I bought it :) Does everything really…

    I also have to be the youngest owner by a good 20 years too haha

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