Here’s our bike guide for those looking for a good value budget motorcycle that’s ready and willing to perform a whole range of real world duties, like commuting to and from work. The price has to be right, of course, but so does the style, economy and reliability.
The cool and nippy little Honda CBF125 can be purchased used for around £1,200 – £2,000, and represents tried and tested value and reliability for those riders that need to get to and from work every day, and cannot afford for their machine to let them down.
Since its launch in 2009, the CBF125 has sold very strongly indeed with riders young and old falling in love with its modern styling, low maintenance and fuel cost, and easy going riding nature. At under £2.5k brand new and built to the usual Honda high standards, the CBF125 is perfect for commuting into work everyday, and if it does get slightly damaged from time to time, it’s relatively cheap and easy to fix, with new and used spare parts readily available. It’s very cheap to insure too, with experienced riders paying the smallest of insurance premiums, indeed it’s one of the very cheapest of Honda motorcycles to insure.
The Honda CBF125 is generally regarded as a reliable and likeable machine, and once a rack is fitted to the rear of the bike, its wind-protecting fairing and hardy 60mph performance make it the perfect tool for the busy commuter. And how about 85mpg+ in the real world? That’s impressive economy.
The Honda CBF600, as its model number would suggest, comes from the same range as our previously reviewed CBF125. Basically, bikes that are aimed at people who need a competent all-round motorcycle to get them to and from work every day without fail. And that’s where Honda’s range of CBF motorcycles come into their own, thanks to good value, good reliability and a cheapness to run that few can hope to touch.
Good condition used Honda CBF600s can be found in the classified adverts for around £2,000 – £2,500, with quite low miles and not too worn and torn. The CBF600 gets a 4-cylinder, 600cc engine in its steel frame and as most riders of these bikes tend to be a little older than sports bike riders, the engine in the less-hard-used CBFs will be under used and under stressed. And that’s perfect for a used motorcycle purchase.
The Honda CBF600 is a powerful machine with around 90bhp on tap, and that makes it very flexible for either the daily commute or indeed long distance motorway work, with plenty of power always in reserve.
Fuel economy might not match that of the super-frugal CBF125, but for its power and performance, the CBF600 can still return respectable mpg figures; up to around 50mpg if ridden with an easy right hand.
Again, like the CBF125 we covered before it, the CBF600 is well built and relatively cheap and easy to maintain. As it’s aimed at a more budget conscious buyer, Honda was careful not to make the original design and performance too edgy or aggressive.
The Honda VFR750 is a well built, stylish, fast and frugal full-size motorcycle that’s long been popular with commuters and weekend fun seekers alike. Strong and reliable – and indeed versatile – the VFR750 can be yours for around £2,000, and that relatively minimal outlay gets you plenty of bike.
With its full fairing and powerful 750cc 4-cylinder engine, the VFR can cope with almost any weather conditions, and yet again, thanks to that Honda build quality, a well looked after VFR can still look great after and wash and polish, even with plenty of miles on the clock.
The Honda VFR750 is the choice of experienced riders that want the style, power and performance of one of Honda’s best-selling bikes.