Q Since passing my DAS in March I’ve been riding my Honda CBF600. I’ve loved it but think I should be moving onto something bigger for next summer, to start touring. What would you suggest?
A If you like the CBF600, why not move within the family to the CBF1000? Similar ergonomics but improved handling and much greater performance from the retuned Fireblade engine. It’s a great allrounder and a logical progression.
If you want to look at something slightly different, perhaps consider the Honda Crossrunner — more upright and built around the V4 from the VFR800 (see p78). Or outside the Honda family, we’d think about the Yamaha Tracer 900/MT-09 Tracer.
Q I’ve picked up a slow puncture in a new tyre. A friend suggested just putting one of those tyre-plugging liquids inside to stop it. Is that a good idea?
A All of the leading tyre manufacturers will tell you it isn’t. The fear is that the slow puncture is caused by a hole. The tyre-plugging material may fill the hole from the inside and stop air escaping but it won’t stop dirt getting into the outside of the hole and wearing away at the tyre. Especially with highspeed tyres (H-rated or Z-rated), you don’t want the carcase being damaged to the point that it suddenly blows out. Better to have the tyre checked and either repaired properly if possible or replaced. But start by getting the valve replaced: that might be the source of the leak and it’s a cheap, easy fix.
Q I’m looking to slow down: currently I ride a Kawasaki ZZR1400. I’ve tried a few cruisers and quite liked them… but I’m not taken with the Harley-davidsons I’ve seen. Especially the prices. What are the Japanese cruisers like?
A The only problem for the Japanese cruisers is that they don’t have the eagle on the tank. That’s not a problem for you. As a general rule they look good, handle well (for cruisers) and most are unstressed and reliable. Our pick would be a Suzuki M1800R Intruder, but the huge Kawasaki VN2000 is another great choice.
Honda CBF1000 a good step up from 600cc sibling