BUYER’S WIS­DOM

Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST -

The CBR600F and its slightly sportier brother the F-Sport (which gains a lighter fly­wheel, dual valve springs, a split seat and no cen­tre­stand) are two in­cred­i­bly rugged bikes and me­chan­i­cally are vir­tu­ally fault­less. That said, you do need to keep an eye out for a few small is­sues…

All Hon­das from the 1990s and 2000s suf­fer from cam chain ten­sioner is­sues. The prob­lem starts as a rat­tle when the bike is cold, which is when you need to nip the is­sue in the bud be­fore it get con­sid­er­ably more se­ri­ous. Swap­ping the ten­sioner isn’t a mas­sive job, or very ex­pen­sive at un­der £100, but it is a fid­dle with the ten­sioner tucked away in a fairly an­noy­ing lo­ca­tion. Some own­ers swear by man­ual ten­sion­ers, but these can lead to more is­sues – stick with an OE Honda unit.

The reg/recs on CBR mod­els can cause prob­lems, but they aren’t too ex­pen­sive to re­place, and most times it is the reg/rec and not the gen­er­a­tor that is at fault – a con­sid­er­ably eas­ier and cheaper unit to swap. And don’t worry about the red ‘mas­ter’ key for the HISS im­mo­biliser sys­tem, un­like Yamaha mod­els the Honda doesn’t have one!

When it comes to buy­ing a CBR the best ad­vice is to use your eyes. If the bike looks like a hack then it prob­a­bly is one.

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