2012 Honda CBF1000F

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2012 Honda CBF1000 ABSIntroduction
The Honda CBF1000F fully expresses the CBF ethos of versatile motorcycling enjoyment. It was developed to be a sporty performer that would lead its class in stylish practicality and usable power.

The specialities of the CBF1000F are not just adjustable components and handling that easily adapts to the rider’s skill level, but an impressively linear delivery that provides the power the rider wants exactly when it’s needed. Quick cross-city errands are made easy with strong, sporty acceleration that gets the rider out in front of traffic queues. Out-of-town cruising with a passenger and luggage aboard is a smooth, comfortable experience, while sportier solo rides are fun and exhilarating.

With a lightweight aluminium frame, the CBF1000F is agile and easy to handle. A single muffler enhances its sporty looks. Those moving up from a mid-displacement bike or re-entry riders will find it delightfully easy to ride. Seasoned bikers looking for a power-packed all-rounder will be inspired by its precise performance characteristics, luxurious styling and comfort. For anyone looking for a high-quality, high value Honda experience, the CBF1000F is a perfect fit.
 
Styling
The styling of the CBF1000F is compact and sporty with superior ergonomic design. It expresses its big bike performance capabilities without overstating them. Smooth lines and surfaces emphasise its aerodynamic proficiency. The immediate focus of attention is its sculpted half fairing. Its proportions are designed to provide a superior degree of wind protection at high speed as well as excellent manoeuvrability.

Four-position adjustable windscreen
The clean-cut front profile integrates an aerodynamic adjustable windscreen. This has four possible positions, giving an adjustability range of 120mm. Adjustment is easy and does not require any tools. The lowest position is ideal for short, sporty rides, allowing an intense feel while still reducing fatigue. The highest position reduces wind impact on the upper body, improving comfort on longer journeys. In each position and at any speed, attention to aerodynamics and stability are integral to the design.

Top-quality seat design
The CBF1000F has a three-position adjustable seat with a broad rear and slim, tapered front that gives an ideal balance of low height and comfort. The seat can be raised or lowered 15mm from its 795mm-high central position and the handlebars are high enough to allow a natural, upright riding position which adds to both comfort and confidence. The pillion seat is also designed for easy, relaxed touring.

Exclusive light & indicator design
The CBF1000F light arrays emphasise its sporty image as well as providing excellent visibility. The front cowl integrates the same distinctive low-profile line beam headlights as the CBR600RR, as well as a pair of LED-look indicators. At the rear, a striking LED tail-light gives brilliant illumination. The oval-shaped rear indicators are also compact and feature an attractive design derived from the edgy CB1000R.

Sporty instrument panel
A large, central analogue rev counter provides a sporty focal point, surrounded by practical digital readouts. These include an odometer with dual trip meters, a speedometer, a clock, a fuel gauge and indicator lights. It also includes a fuel consumption gauge. This displays average fuel consumption on a trip basis as well as indicating real-time fuel economy and reserve fuel usage.
 
Engine
CBF models traditionally feature CBR-based engines, and the CBF1000F is no exception. It benefits from all the power of the liquid-cooled, inline-four powerhouse designed for the CBR1000RR with race-winning heritage.

The engine focuses on strong, enjoyable torque rather than top-end power. The compression ratio of 11.2:1 effectively improves both power and efficiency. The emphasis is always on enjoyment of the engine’s power in the mid-range where it is most used. A high-revving low to midrange provides quick, powerful rushes of acceleration up to a searing top speed that increases long-distance touring pleasure.

Like its litre-class Naked brother, the CB1000R, the CBF1000F places a huge emphasis on enjoyment, offering full-blooded performance in an accessible and easily manageable package.
 
Fuel-injected efficiency
To deliver its wide-ranging and long-distance capabilities, the CBF1000F engine is tuned to perform with maximum efficiency. A highly developed Honda PGM-FI system constantly measures data on engine speed, throttle input and operating conditions in order to maintain the best power and throttle response in all conditions. 36mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors deliver the ideal fuel atomisation and sharp, responsive performance. The system also contributes to the motorcycle’s low fuel consumption. The CBF1000F is extremely fuel efficient and easily sets the standard for fuel economy in its class, making it perfect for low-cost commuting. Combined with its high level of comfort and adaptability for touring, this makes the CBF1000F a great all-round motorcycle.

High-capacity single muffler
The enhanced performance characteristics of the CBF1000F engine are complemented by its exhaust system. This single-sided stainless steel system cuts down on weight and bulk by placing the pre-catalyser in the exhaust pipe and the main catalyser in one large-capacity muffler. The catalysing system itself maintains the optimal air/fuel mixture at all times to keep exhaust emissions to a minimum.

Chassis
The CBF1000F is built around a strong Mono-Backbone frame, tailored to the sporty and easy-handling performance characteristics of the bike. This lightweight and sturdy frame clamps the powerful 998cc engine as a stressed member in a diamond configuration, offering superior strength and rigidity for responsive control. The engine’s rear mounts and swingarm pivot are positioned between a pair of strong cast aluminium pivot plates in a solid, rigid configuration that enhances handling. The overall dimensions are compact, adding to the bike’s easy riding position and handling. A 1495mm wheelbase creates smooth, effortless high-speed stability, while the overall length and turning radius are kept relatively short for easy manoeuvring.

Smooth comfort and predictable handling are enhanced by top-quality suspension systems. These allow all riders to enjoy a natural, easy feeling of control, regardless of their riding style and level of experience. The 41mm telescopic front fork effortlessly handles uneven road surfaces and allows confident handling to match the motorcycle’s performance capabilities. The wide fork span complements the comfortable handlebar position, creating swift, proficient manoeuvring control. The front suspension was revised with new fork spring adjusters and quicker compression to give a smooth ride, and a higher rebound damping force for a sporty, responsive feel.

The swingarm is designed for optimum rigidity and cornering control. A responsive Monoshock damper featuring the Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) with seven-step adjustable spring preload contributes to an optimal balance of compliant behaviour and confidence-building control. This system allows the rider to achieve the best set-up for sporty solo riding or long trips with a passenger and a full load of luggage.

Confident control
The dynamic styling of the CBF1000F is enhanced by black-painted 17″ cast aluminium wheels with an attractive 6-spoke design. Strong and lightweight, they contribute to the responsive feel. A high priority has been placed on strong, responsive brakes to match the sporty power delivery and inspiring performance.

Front braking is delivered by 2-piston front calipers and large 296mm floating rotors. The 240mm rear disc is gripped by a rigid single-piston caliper.

Combined ABS
The C-ABS version of the CBF1000F is equipped with both the easy control of a Combined Brake System and the extra reassurance of an Antilock Brake System. The CBS effectively balances front and rear braking control for smooth operation. At the same time, the ABS provides extra reassurance and the confidence to build skills in unexpected or extreme situations.

Background
Since the introduction of the mid-displacement CBF500 and CBF600 in 2004, Honda’s CBF motorcycles have built up a reputation for solid, reliable performance and ease of operation. Their initial ‘Just Fit’ concept set out to provide the ultimate in all-round comfort and adaptability for every rider and every task. The CBF600 in particular, with its dynamic Hornet-based engine, adjustability and all-round versatility, had an immediate appeal. Its satisfying performance has made it a staple of mid-displacement enjoyment, as well as an ideal vehicle for riders of all skill levels to grow towards larger-displacement models.

Rider demand followed for the same ‘Just Fit’ appeal and fun riding properties combined with the stronger and sportier performance of a litre-class engine. The CBF development team set out to create a versatile motorcycle that would provide an exhilarating and sporty ride in a compact and easily manageable configuration. The engine’s performance would be focused where it is most enjoyable and useful for CBF riders – in the low and mid-range. The result was the 2006 CBF1000.

Based around a CBR1000RR engine, tuned for torquey mid-range and strong, enjoyable roll-on acceleration, the applications of the current CBF1000 range from commuting to light two-up touring, and everything in between. Its emphasis lies firmly on fun, the engine’s torquey performance combining with a relaxed riding position and easy all-round handling. Powerful and aggressive, the CBF1000F is also beautifully accessible, making it one of the most enjoyable machines in the semi-Naked litre class.
 
Colours
– Pearl Siena Red
– Pearl Cool White
 
Specifications – CBF1000F

ENGINE
Type                                            Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC inline-4

Displacement                              998cm3

Bore ´ Stroke                             75 ´ 56.5mm

Compression Ratio                     11.2 : 1 

Max. Power Output                    79kW/9,000r/min-1  (95/1/EC)

Max. Torque                               96Nm/6,500r/min-1  (95/1/EC)

Idling Speed                                1,200min-1

Oil Capacity                                3.6 litres

FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation                                 PGM-FI

Throttle Bore                               36mm

Aircleaner                                   Dry, cartridge-type paper filter

Fuel Tank Capacity                    20 litres

Fuel Consumption                       18.4 km/l / 52mpg  (WMTC Mode #)

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Ignition System                           Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance

Ignition Timing                            5° BTDC (idle) ~ 45° BTDC (7,500min-1)

Sparkplug Type                          IMR8C-9HES

Starter                                         Electric

Battery Capacity                         12V/8.6AH

ACG Output                                350W/5,000 rpm

Headlights                                   12V, 55W ´ 1 (low) / 55W ´ 1 (high)

DRIVETRAIN
Clutch                                         Wet, multiplate with coil springs

Clutch Operation                        Hydraulic

Transmission Type                     6-speed

Primary Reduction                     1.6

Gear Ratios                          1     2.6
2     1.83
3     1.5
4     1.32
5     1.17
6     1.07

Final Reduction                           2.687 (43/16)

Final Drive                                  #530 O-ring sealed chain

FRAME
Type                                            Mono-backbone; cast aluminium

CHASSIS
Dimensions              (L´W´H)     2,210 ´ 780 ´ 1,220mm

Wheelbase                                  1,495mm

Caster Angle                               26°

Trail                                             110mm

Turning Radius                           2.9m

Seat Height                                 795mm  ±15mm

Ground Clearance                      135mm

Kerb Weight                                245kg (F: 120kg; R: 125kg)

Max. Carrying Capacity             195kg

Loaded Weight                            440kg

SUSPENSION
Type                               Front     41mm free valve-type telescopic fork & adjustable spring; 120mm stroke

Rear     Gas-charged HMAS damper & adjustable spring and rebound; 120mm axle stroke

WHEELS
Type                               Front     Hollow-section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Rear     Hollow-section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size                        Front     17M/C ´ MT3.5
Rear     17M/C ´ MT5

Tyre Size                       Front     120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear     160/60 ZR17M/C (69W)

Tyre Pressure                Front     250kPa
Rear     290kPa (290kPa with passenger)
 
BRAKES
Type                               Front     296 ´ 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 3-piston calipers, floating rotors, sintered metal pads (and Combined ABS)

Rear     240 ´ 5.0mm hydraulic disc with 1-piston caliper, sintered metal pads (and Combined ABS)

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.