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    Default Where can I find a Honda CBF500...

    ...in South Africa?! I have a CBX250 & wish to upgrade - the CBF500 looks like its older brother, and, according to all the reviews out there, are super reliable & just the bike for a newbie who want to upgrade to something a lot tamer than a CBR600.
    Problem is, I never see them for sale anywhere... anybody has any leads or know of one that's going?
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    Ag damn, you know of course this is the kind of invitation I wait for just to get on Gumtree. I'm addicted to Gumtree.
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    Never heard of one in SA. The 600 Hornet is probably your closest bet.

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    Nothing like that on gumtree. CBX500 yes but not CBF.
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    Are you talking about the 1993 - 2003 CB500 or 2005 - 2008 CBF500?

    The first one came in half-faired S and naked N variants, and is a brilliant step-up and commuter machine. Good enough to have it's own one make race series in the UK for a while. Punchy parallel twin with a fun little top-end rush from 7000rpm to the redline at 8000rpm (if memory serves correct). Bulletproof bike - lots of UK couriers use them as work hacks (including yours truly - I had one for a while and it never failed me once) and they're also popular with riding schools. The later ones were built in Italy and some of the finishes dipped a little quality-wise, but not for long.

    The CBF500 was a step towards the CBF600S (now sadly discontinued here but it'll be a brilliant used buy), using the engine and gearbox of the CB500 but in a new frame, bodywork and running gear.

    My honest suggestion? If you have the money, try to find a clean CBF600S or Hornet 600. http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-...AdIdZ384327792 - Looks good, good price too if it's not been dropped, and blow-all mileage. That'd be the type of deal to go for.

    CBF500http://capetown-westerncape.gumtree.co.za/c-Cars-Vehicles-motorcycles-scooters-Honda-Hornet-CB600F-for-sale-W0QQAdIdZ386275080

    The CBF is really more of a tame half-faired Hornet with cheaper suspension, but is the spiritual successor to the CB & CBF500. Also popular with couriers in London according to old contacts, and that's a reliability endorsement if ever there was one. I've also seen a few of the early CB600 Hornets ('98-2000 models) being brought in. Basically the same motor as a CBR600F and all the reliability but more punch and fun than the CB500. Early ones just "suffered" from smallish fuel tank capacities.

    I don't remember if they were official imports into SA but I have seen two up for sale. Probably imported as greys.

    http://durban.gumtree.co.za/c-Cars-V...AdIdZ387003958 - Repainted, questionable fairing made to fit, aftermarket end can and indicators, cheap replacement pillion pegs dangling...

    http://durban.gumtree.co.za/c-Cars-V...AdIdZ386270782 - Standard, later model (probably a '99 going by the black with gold rims). Pity it's a wreck.

    If mechanically minded you could probably get both and make one good bike out of them. The motors are strong. Honestly though? Look elsewhere.


    Try Junkmail, Gumtree and similar sites, along with dealers like Bikeshoponline and their competitors. The only two things going against it here would be getting spares urgently along with selling it quickly. You could also look for the Honda Bros 650 for a similar fun and reliable bike on the grey price scale. 650 V-twin with allow beam frame and nice handling. 750 Africa Twin top end conversion boosts performance.

    http://johannesburg.gumtree.co.za/c-...AdIdZ382760724 - This one's been dropped on both sides (probably new rider near standstill) and I've seen better examples, but at least it gives you an idea.
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    I once saw a CB500... It belonged to my buddie's brother when I was in school... Looked great! But not for sale for anything... Eventough he never rid it either...

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    Htwoo, I had one of these when I was a lot thinner.....ag, I mean younger.

    Awesome bike.

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    weeeellll, good luck with that... I've only seen them show up twice on gumtree in the last 3 months! (and that's looking at whole of SA) - see Banditman's excellent reply below. In his opinion this bike only a grey import into SA.

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    Hey Banditman, thanks for an excellent & thorough reply!! I thought it might be the case that only a few CBF500's come in as greys...

    I'm not keen to go up to a 600 though; after years in a cage, I'm now taking on Cape Town traffic & learning the ropes on a bike - I'm ready for something more powerful than 250, but am not confident enough in my abilities to step right up to a 600, so next will be a 400 then...

    Can I tax you guys for another opinion? CB400 Super four vs Honda Bros (NT400 I think), how do they compare pros to cons???
    (ummm, at the risk of p&%^ssing off a whole lotta folk, I'm sure a many will suggest the VFR400 NC30's, but I like the looks of the naked bikes more!)

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    You're welcome, but read my reply carefully: I'm not sure if the CB500 WAS a grey import or were brought in officially but in small numbers. Suzuki brought in the GS500 which was one competitor overseas, along with the Kawasaki ER5. Of the three, the CB was the top dog, followed by the ER5 (which was good but a bit girly), and with the GS500 coming in last as equally reliable but far older tech & worse in finish.

    Those two CeeBees on Gumtree are likely greys.

    The CB400 Super Four's a good bike. Very similar to the CB-1 but more retro (actually, better) in looks. The Bros likewise. Both are decent machines with good handling, and the difference will really come down to which looks and engine characteristics you prefer. Those bikes were also very popular as London despatching bikes.

    There's really not a massive step from 400 to 600cc as long as you're not talking about the supersports stuff (ZX-6R, CBR-RR, GSX-R, YZF-R6). You'll likely grow more and for longer with the 600. Best not too spicy choice: clean Honda CBF600S/Kawasaki ER-6n or f/Suzuki Bandit GSF650S coupled with training from Sandi (Two Wheel Rider Training in Fishhoek) or Billy (Bikersafe).
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