Torque Monster Shootout…. Yamaha FZ1, Honda CBF 1000, Honda CB1300S.

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Torque Monster Shootout…. FZ1, Honda CBF 1000, CB1300S.

Torque Monster Yamaha FZ1, Honda CBF , Honda CB1300S. (In three )

How about some recent road tests, and a write up on seems to be becoming a fun pastime for That is spending a good few test riding bikes…. It recommended, an experience that has to be good for the soul.

I think ridden more different in the last eighteen months or so getting my Silver Wing and it than I ever did ever What an irony that a scooter” should be able to do I wish now I’d done this ago before I was married with with more money and income.” Big sigh…. It’s too late! Seriously, I’ve quite a few things about and it’s an enlightening experience.

write up was supposed to be just the FZ1, but the following day on impulse, I a different dealer and went out on a CBF After that I was full of for it, but had commented that all I needed to now was the Suzuki Bandit GS 1250… one of the Honda salesmen had said, in which case I should the Honda CB 1300S…. They happened to have a demo

Who was I to argue?

In town and just along the FZ1 was quite innocuous At low revs it just meandered with a throaty burble, and major, just a wee hint of the that was about to be unleashed. I to say that initially I was a bit disappointed. was that awesome torque on the Fazer had been there in face from 3,000

That was still to come and a bit higher up in the rev range. Still, seemed great, good and taut, and it seemed a little perhaps than the Fazer. are superb, (but then are R1 Brakes) and the bike is beautifully retaining good control, under really heavy I actually can’t remember if I was an ABS version (which the Fazer have).

Still a bit miffed the torque being amiss as an I played about a bit and below 5k although the bike pulled OK, it as good as the Fazer. At 30 mph in top gear, the FZ lugged a little bit when you the throttle…. Anyway when I was clear of the town, in top gear, I found what I was after, and a series of more earnest on the open roads…….

Rather than the smooth and crescendo of power that you get the Fazer, the FZ1 has a different idea…. not bother with the smooth up to big crescendo of power…. Lets go for the big crescendo!

Oh yeah, this for me to be the “signature” of this amazing This was not so apparent accelerating in gears, as it was when you peg it down a few and let rip with the throttle… The first I did this, the brute nearly the damn handlebars from my God this is one viciously fast

And it just does not stop, the red is about 13k or something, and at first I to admit, I had a bit of trouble getting cos the damn thing was going too fast for road conditions If you really go for it, every time you gear was like taking a slammer, Bang straight into that power Oh boy does this machine go! So despite the fuel injection the FZ more raw and savage than the

At first I found this, not to my taste…. I would have a more smoother integration the G-force as you cling on…. stepped seat by the way is great at your … parked….

But 40 miles it was starting to feel a bit That said, it just a tad awkward, but didn’t seem to get any Certainly nothing an airhawk couldn’t fix. As for the screen, it do with being a bit higher, enough for 80-90mph, but you’d a bit more screen above

I have to say, the more appearance of brute power, further up in rev range is a rush, and you get used to it, a bit breathtaking, and extremely for that manic biker that we all cherish. This is the Fazer which although gives you plenty of that grin” it also seems to more strongly of grunt in the rev range, and there is a danger you can easily get seduced into to use it more, and a bit more… Well the FZ give you any time to be seduced, as as you are at least at 5,000 revs, the throttle, and bang!

Yehaaa! We are off on another G force From that moment on, in terms I guess there much difference between the FZ and but the FZ sure “feels” different, and brute kick in of power to be a feature of the FZ. So to this end it has an advantage the FZ is less likely to seduce you to go and faster all the time like the could. It is perhaps easier to the FZ more gently….

It’s that or very fast! seemed to be a bit more middle with the Fazer, and so more to be throttle happy. But the ride has a manic feel to it. The FZ is more and sporty, you are going fast or you are But for one thing the FZ is one charismatic bike.

biker should at least a ride something like It’s a hoot! Really….

The day I had to ride about 35 miles to get to the dealer…. And I had to get back to get the new universal oil on my Yamaha Diversion that It needed some cutting of and tweaking, so I needed to take it to my local independent dealer and the that do all the servicing of my bike and In between I had to pick up the kids school mow the lawn, tidy the and move the damn tent I’d set up for the boys….

Sheesh… Life with bike riding…!

hybrid looks, old meets the

Well the CBF 1000 couldn’t be different from the FZ1… the ridiculous to the sublime. For one thing, the CBF the most exciting bike to at…. I mean come on It’s a hybrid of 1990s and styling with well, a but kinda blandish, but functional

The finish mind is very as per Honda. However, why should you one of the most successful up to date engines of all time and stifle it in a non flashy machine… And furthermore, detuned to er, well 96bhp… what was that? Yes, 96bhp from an engine tuned up can deliver over plus… And only 69ft/lbs And the whole bike a rather 220kg …. I mean Honda, have you done….

Surely a travesty…. Is this some joke? I mean on paper the don’t look that better than my 14 year old Fazer/FZ ancestor…… But do you know, is a thing…. And I really learnt all this …….

Specs and facts are just Sometimes things are just not you might think them to be. You have to go out and find out for yourself.…. And oh boy was I I did, cos riding that CBF turned out to be a huge pleasant

Within just a few hundred it was abundantly clear that bike was agile, with a low of gravity (as with the Fazer and FZ) and didn’t feel anything 220kg, but more like the of the FZ… And talk about super We are talking sublime here, and I say to the extent that makes the FZ quite crude (which it the FZ is awesome, but in different ways… smoothness is not one of these attributes, and hello, it doesn’t really gel the sheer brutish power However, the most “in your aspect of the CBF is its torque….

It is there in handfuls seemingly from revs…. Actually, later I was so at why the CBF should seem to have so more lower grunt the FZ, and on a par if not better than the Fazer, in fact much less and bhp…. The answer lies in the that it develops 61 ft/lbs (of its max at just 3,000 revs…. The Honda people carefully a bike that can give the access to a huge dose of at really low revs….

Thus of grunt is available from the go, and continues to build up until the red line (or thereabouts). Max torque by the way is at revs. Therefore there is no to have loads of bhp on tap… as well, cos that is the sacrifice this engine has to make, decent enough torque low down in exchange for massive and bhp higher up in the rev range.

So when you the CBF, it oozes torque, and right where you want it, low down…. No need to have to let baby spool up like say my has to do. The CBF pulls like a train next to nothing.

Ironically a scooter like (with a 4 engine!) attribute, whereby the of gears and auto CVT is designed to maximum torque quickly and a minimum of fuss…. However with this low torque, low of gravity, and eminently flick-able feeling, the CBF detuned Fireblade is a peach…. Super smooth, and I to say…. probably the smoothest I’ve ever come in a motorcycle….

A fine package indeed, the low torque of a V-Twin, but combined the rush of a super smooth four…. And a good sound A blip of the throttle rewards you a swift rorty bark… Not as throaty as the FZ, but definitely the sound of a tuned top of the range in line 16 valve engine… The engine however, whilst unmistakably a fireblade engine has as I understand a head and an apparently slightly complicated fuel injection

So whilst in “race form” it is a 170bhp mill, alas no of home tweaking without on major bits from a CBR is going to see that much of a bhp improvement. But that said, the is just so sweet, it’s even for the most dedicated head to see why you would want to it.

It’s also worth that the entire exhaust is a two into one high quality super efficient with converter stainless steel lived” affair. So a petrol conversion would need to that too…. All in all not worth the or expense on what already is a set up.

Something else to ponder is economy, which I didn’t time to really look or test… But surely for the performance on with that level of good fine tuning, its be good, if not the best of the litre in this “class”…. Exactly class is difficult to say, cos the CBF is one machine. Could it be the ultimate

Here I am waxing lyrical what by todays standards are an engine for a litre bike. (an FZ 600 out the same bhp!), But what the rest of the bike? Well quality is superb, exactly can be expected of a top notch Honda. the handlebars, seat and screen are all though it’s using an key, permanent bolt on rather than pressing a and everything moves about on some on the top tourers.

The riding is super comfortable, and I have to say the CBF was like finding an old pair of well worn favourite boots in the loft. It was almost made…. And with all the adjustments you can do, if it fit quite right, than a bit of tweaking (which the bike is for!) will make it

That said, my only criticism would be for a slightly screen than the Honda set up in the position. The frame, handling, and suspension of the Honda, are not however on a par the more sport orientated framed, R1 braked FZ. However would be more comparable not quite as sporty though) to the style Fazer, with the exception of the brakes which are on the Fazer.

However, to notice you really have to brake hard, by which time the ABS have kicked in anyway…. I did a few stops, and the brakes were just not “super good” the Yamaha. (I actually didn’t get the ABS to in on the Honda…) However whilst hard braking the Honda was and well controlled, I noted it pretty well was all the way down on its suspension.

A shame the front end be tweaked to be a bit stiffer, though you noticed this if you were pushing the Honda and braking To ride, I actually found the more comfortable than the FZ and the easier to handle, great handling, great poise, and a of tautness that is more a sports tourer / sports than an all rounder. It inspired within a very short of starting to ride.

The CBF felt familiar, with an old fashioned instrument cluster with easy, practical and to hand. practical functional and user Just not very vogue or Nonetheless, even if its not a trend at the end of my test ride I really want to give the CBF back, and my hadn’t started to ache as it did on the Fazer and the FZ.

However, whilst makes for a well sublime it’s clear that the “all round perfection” have its limitations…. OK so on a top gear on, the CBF is surely gonna leave the FZ and probably the Fazer too, the Fazer ain’t gonna be far

And the Honda is super comfortable a body that lends to panniers and a top box if you want. (you can get a touring model with and upgraded brembo brakes) And it wouldn’t look bad or out of place… But an FZ1 panniers? Hmmm…! A Fazer

Maybe…? But, and this is a big if you were to set off with a Fazer an FZ and a and the mission being to have get throttle happy and “burn well that is gonna be a story.

The FZ and the Fazer are gonna through here, with the behind, though to be honest not by much (unless you are on a genuine track …..) I reckon the FZ as close to a sports bike as you can get actually being a sports and for hooligan fun and a seemingly limitless of power that just runs dry, it rocks! It is The Fazer is similar, but perhaps not as accomplished in the handling area, and raw feel to its power….

To this end the is good, but won’t hold a to either the FZ or the Fazer…. It’s but not that good. I didn’t it long enough to really it to the limits, but I reckon that the just wouldn’t be able to up, and as opposed to the Yamahas where you are be pushing the engine to the red line, on the Honda, its gonna be a bit pointless you will have achieved max well before, and are (by comparison to the FZ and gonna notice the power off as you get to the red line, whereas the Yamahas are gonna be pulling like a Mind you we are talking hooligan and speeds well into 3

OK so this is cool, but life and in the race track of the “real populated by pesky cars, and trucks is not like this for of us. On the road as a versatile tool the cuts it real good, the Fazer being very and the FZ has well, “out-sported” itself. as a hooligan tool, then the FZ is for with the Fazer being and the Honda bringing up the rear… its not gonna be too far behind…

Honda CBF 1000
Honda CBF 1000
Honda CBF 1000
Honda CBF 1000
Honda CBF 1000
Honda CBF 1000


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