Honda CBF600

One motorcycle is never enough! So, I’ve now added this 2008 Honda CBF600SA to the garage.

My BMW GS800 Adventure has been working out well for solo rides and for longer trips, and will continue to serve me well in that regard. But it is not particularly well suited for day-trips with a pillion passenger, due to the height and weight of the bike. When Bev told me that she would like to join me on my rides, I decided to find a bike that she’d be more comfortable on.

When I undertook rider training in the UK and subsequently passed my Direct Access Scheme motorcycle test, I did so riding a Honda CBF600. I was impressed with the training school’s CBF and found it to be a very capable bike that was easy to ride. Most of my previous bikes have been Hondas so, when I began to think of buying a second bike, the CBF600 seemed like a good starting point.

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With my UK test pass certificate and the CBF600 that I passed the test on

It turns out that the CBF600 is a popular bike in Portugal. When I looked online for listings of used bikes, I found 26 CBF600 listed for sale. I narrowed the list down to the fuel-injected model that came out in 2007 and there were still about a dozen listed. I went to look at three bikes at various dealers before I went to see this one – a private sale by an owner who lived near to Lisbon, necessitating a long ride to go see it. Despite being a bit older than I wanted and having fairly high mileage (78,000), it was clear that the bike had been kept in excellent condition. I agreed to buy it and headed home. I returned a few days later, on the train, so that we could finalise the sale and change over the registration into my name. Then I rode the bike home.

As well as being well looked-after, the bike also had some after-market extras. These included a Bagster leather tank cover; a Givi high windshield; Sellerie seat; USB socket; gear change indicator; Givi top case and side mounts that can take Givi panniers; and Puig mushroom frame protectors.

Since buying the bike, I’ve made a few adjustments myself. The first task was to buy an additional mount for my TomTom navigator, together with a RAM mount, so that I can transfer the TomTom back and forth between bikes, depending on which one I’m using at the time. I also discovered that whilst the Givi screen is taller than the stock model, it is still not tall enough for a rider of my height. At highway speeds of 120kph, my head was getting buffeted by the wind. I ordered a Givi Shield+ deflector and, now that is attached to the windshield, the buffeting problem has been eliminated. Similarly, whilst the bike was fitted with an after-market Sellerie seat, it wasn’t very comfortable after an hour or more in the saddle. I had an upholsterer insert gel pads into the seat but that hasn’t helped much. So, the most recent adjustment has been to buy a previously-owned Shad seat, in the hope that it provides the desired level of comfort. We now need to do another long ride to assess its comfort.

The bike is already proving to be very capable. It feels much smaller than the GS800, but when the throttle is cranked, she’s got plenty of power to get up and go. Just as I found with the training school bike, it is very easy to handle. I think it is going to make an excellent day-tourer that will provide a lot of fun along the way.

6 Comments

  1. Hi!!

    First.. I love all the things you installed on the CBF 600. But i have two questions..

    What is exactly the model of the cover tank? I have a Cbf600 too, and im a little confused with the numbers and models.

    And, the last question.. The GIVI Shield.. Same question.. Is the D303ST?

    Thank you very much!!!

    1. Thanks Hugo,

      The tank cover was already on the bike when I bought it. It is a Bagster leather (or imitation leather) tank cover. Here is a link to one that looks to be the same – https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Honda-Cbf600sa-2006-Bagster-Tank-Cover-Protector-CBF-600-S-Black-1482u-BAGLUX/1607756522

      The taller Givi windshield was also fitted at the time that I bought the bike, but the D303ST appears to the he same item. The Givi Shield+ deflector that attaches to the top of the windshield is model S180T.

      1. Thank you very much for your quick response.

        With this information I will be able to buy the accessories without problem.

        Have a nice day!

  2. Hi Craig.

    About the shad seat .. Is it comfortable enough?

    I’m thinking about acquiring one, but I do not know if it has gel. After several years with a seat that has gel installed, the difference is incredible.

    About the bike, it’s incredible, very versatile, you can make routes around town or go to Nordkapp.

    Nice day!

    1. Hi Hugo,

      The Shad Comfort seat is indeed comfortable, but they don’t use gel in the construction.

      Their website says “Our seats DO NOT use gel solutions that are deformed as time passes and are sensitive to temperature changes. 3D MESH technology guarantees hours of travel without losing its shape; it absorbs vibrations and dampens the rebound, as well as offering more elasticity and resistance.”

      http://www.shad.es/en/l1/nuestros-asientos

  3. Hi Craig.

    Thank you very much for the information.

    About the specifications SHAD shows on its website.. I have doubts about the veracity of these data. All the bikers are happy with the gel, and I find it strange that this “3D MESH” technology is better than the gel.

    On the other hand, I have a seat with gel for 6 or 7 years, and I have not noticed deformities or hardness, it’s still fine.

    I will decide in the coming weeks. Again, thank you very much for your help, Craig.

    Have a nice day.

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