Honda CBF 600 test, 34 hp version
Honda relies on inline four-cylinder? and has success with it. The CBR 600 F is still one of the bestsellers in its class. The undisguised Hornet 600, which uses the CBR engine, model year 1995, power-reduced to 94 hp, is no less lucrative for the largest motorcycle manufacturer.
The engine with the revised cylinder head now delivers 78 hp in the CBF, and its price makes one sit up and take notice: the CBF costs 6790 euros including ABS, main stand and seat height adjustment. In the registration numbers, it is right at the front, probably too,
because driving schools are practically scrambling for the »safety motorcycle«. It is also offered in the beginner-friendly 34 hp version tested here.
The unthrottled CBF 600 S has
MOTORRAD already dedicated a top test (issue 7/2004) and demonstrated the performance of the ABS. The basic model CBF 600 with no fairing also performed very well in a comparative test of inexpensive motorcycles (issue 9/2004) and impressed the test editorial team with its uncomplicated, dynamic driving behavior.
With a nominal 34 hp, however, the driving dynamics are not far off. Ultimately, the in-line four-cylinder, which is throttled via the intake manifold with a reduced diameter, is deprived of almost 60 percent of its efficiency. Even more: a visit to the dynamometer only uncovered 31 hp on the clutch. But if you don’t know the 78 hp variant, you can’t
Draw a comparison and are initially happy about the silky smooth running of the engine, the smooth clutch and the low load change reactions. Well, it takes a while for the engine to run smoothly after a cold start with the choke pulled and finally to accelerate. But from a subjective point of view, the 600er likes it from low speeds because of its spontaneity and its acceptable torque.
In truth, the acceleration and pulling power values compared to other 34 hp motorcycles, such as a Suzuki GS 500 E, are average at best. In the first four gears, the CBF easily turns over 8000 rpm, although the engine already achieves its maximum output just under 7000 rpm. In the last two speed levels and beyond 110 km / h, progress is rather slow. There is no point in getting the last revs from the CBF. Shift up a gear earlier and you can make faster progress.
In any case, the chassis easily copes with the given performance. On the one hand, the tight coordination is certainly better suited to the unthrottled variant, on the other hand, the “hard” suspension provides more direct contact with the road surface than a gummy-soft one in case of doubt. Small criticism at the end: The linkage of the main stand turns out to be in need of improvement, because the CBF 600 is difficult to jack up. nk
Technical data – Honda CBF 600
Engine: water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, constant pressure carburetor, uncontrolled catalytic converter with secondary air system, six-speed gearbox, chain.
Bore x stroke 65.0 x 45.2 mm
Cubic capacity 600 cm3
Compression ratio 11.6: 1
Nominal output 25 kW (34 PS) at 7000 rpm
Max. Torque n / a.
Chassis: central tubular frame made of steel, telescopic fork, Ø 41 mm, central spring strut, directly hinged, double disc brake at the front, Ø 296 mm, double-piston floating calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 240 mm, single-piston floating caliper.
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 160/60 ZR 17
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1480 mm, seat height * 795 ± 15 mm, weight with a full tank * 224 kg, payload * 179 kg, tank capacity * 19 liters.
Two year guarantee
Colors blue, light blue, gray,
Price without additional costs 6190 euros
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