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My next two opinions have been well researched because I believe that if you like something you will write about it. For all of the motorcycle fans out there I have two opinions about the best looking bikes on the road. I own one of them and the other my father owns. I will save the best till last so, I will write about my dads first.
If it’s ok with the ciao team (looks up to the sky and prays its ok!!!!!) I have used my dad to help me write this as part of my research and I will mix the story of how it all came about into the op to make it a more interesting read. E.g. an essay which will take twenty minutes to read lol!!!
Previously my dad owned an E registered Honda CB350S which was ok. Looked standard, no fairing, red and black and in no way stood out from a crowd. As many people tend to do Vinnie (my dad and that’s short for Vincent) went down to the local Motorcycle shop, which he did used to work for many years ago, before it got taken over and made some enquiries.
Everyone never wants to take a step back they always want to go forward. Obviously another 350cc would not please Vinnie he has to go one step further. He asked Tony who is part owner of the shop about the new Honda CBR600F. Like all salesmen and women it is their job to sell a product and my dad was well and truly convinced about the bike.
Now convinced it was the right bike for him it was now onto the second phase. Bare in mind this was all spur of the moment and he was just looking for a new bike possibly to invest in sometime in the near future, he asked what type of part exchange deal he could get. His old bike was now 10 years so it was not the most valuable item he owned.
Tony is a good friend of our family so he gave Vinnie a reasonably good deal. The Honda CBR600F was £6,995 brand new which was early in year 2000 and my dad got it for £6,000 and his old bike so it works out to be a good buy. With all basic formalities agreed hands shaken and the deal was done.
My mother or I did not know a thing about the new bike, so we were completely oblivious to what was happening. As it was brand new it was straight from the Honda factory so there was a 2 week wait for it. Dads excuse for his old bike being missing was that he needed the money. When it arrived in the shop Vinnie could not ride it away straight away because it was not taxed so the shop phone up to let my dad come down and open the basket with the bike inside.
When all the paper work was sorted out and he was able to ride it he conveniently picked 3.30pm to pick it up. He had done this deliberately because the shop is on the way home from at the time my school which I have now left. School had been one of those days for me where it had all gone wrong and I was really tired.
As we walked home from school at a very steady pace we all heard the steady purr of a fresh motorcycle and we turned our heads to have a glance. First thoughts were WOW! My friends were gob smacked and so was I it was “the dogs” and we all agreed that we needed one to “be cool” when the bike came back down the road I was still unaware of the rider and was shocked when it pulled up next to us. The purr of the engine fell silent as the rider cut the power.
When he removed his helmet and I saw who it was I became the centre of attention with all of my friends. The looks of the CBR600F are outstanding, pure chick magnet. The sound of the engine ticking over is like music to a bikers ears. I was thrilled with the new purchase and went to our garage in the back garden just to look at it. My mother on the other hand was not too pleased. Knowing it was a new bike with a bigger engine caused her to worry a lot every time my dad went out on it.
So that’s the story to go with the bike and how my dad came about having one. Now onto all of the stuff that you probably want to know. The spec, what can I say wow! Yet again. I have been saying a lot of wow’s with this bike but pretty much anyone would.
First impressions as I said before were WOW!!! The slick blue, white and red on the bike made it stand out. The array of curves and markings make the bike phenomenal to look at and also to be seen on. It is available in a few different colours, obviously Red, white and blue. Green and yellow. All black and also black and yellow are available. Blue, white and red are Honda colours but the others are available to suit everyone’s tastes.
The fox eyes make the bike look amazing from the front. Fox eyes if you don’t know are two head lights side by side and the fairing around the lights make it look like fox eyes hence the name.
What can I say? Yet again I am afraid to say the answer is…………WOW!!!!
The fuel tank holds 18 litres and we made it to Manchester and back on a trip out without refuelling. It was 125 miles round trip so it has great fuel consumption. That trip was the first out with my dad when I was on my own bike. The bike runs on unleaded and costs between £10 and £15 to fill up.
The gears are one down and five up and no matter what gear you are in the bike still performs. The 600cc four stroke engine sounds beautiful, runs beautiful and makes the bike move. The speedometer is all digital and is a lot better than the older non digital bikes.
The length of the bike is a little over two metres and is about 70cm wide. It is a fairly low bike at about 1 metre and 13cm. It has a good range of security features which make it a very safe bike. There is a steering lock on the bike which, straight away is a good anti-theft device. There are also various serial numbers on the bike which obviously are registered to my dad.
The top speed of the bike is in the region of 170mph according to the manual. I swear my dad has not gone over 70mph (say that sentence very sarcastically) I can’t give any information on the speed Vinnie has done because I don’t want to get him in any trouble. But I can say it is a very quick bike.
The manual is very helpful and gives loads of information and general knowledge about the bike. The manual has articles ranging from basic maintenance to all the important figures regarding tyre pressures and so on. The manual has about 140 pages which are in English and there are also two more sections which are in German and French.
A funny note about the manual on page 7 titled “A FEW WORDS OF WARNING” then in bold are the words DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION. Next to the three words is a very short statement which I find entertaining:
DANGER – You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions
WARNING – You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions
CAUTION – You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions
All of the capitals are exactly the same in the manual. I wouldn’t have thought any of them (joke)
If a passenger travels on the bike as well the rear seat is high up so the passenger has a very good view all around them apart from what the helmet restricts. The bad point about having a passenger is that the bike is heavier and requires a bit more attention from the main rider. The bad point about being the passenger is that the rear pegs where you put your feet are high up, so your legs do tend to hurt after a while on the back. I only have small legs so I would not recommend someone tall going on the back. Luckily I have got my own bike now so I am more comfy
My dad purchased the Motorbike from E.R.Williams motorcycles in Mold, North Wales. If you want to contact them there number is 01352 753619.
For more information regarding the Bike go to: www.honda.co.uk