New motorbike – Honda CBF1000

Took delivery of a new motorbike this morning – a Honda CBF1000, or Biffer, as it is nicknamed. It’s a stunner of a bike (to my eyes anyway) and is entirely the fault of mate and work colleague Ross, who got one last year and talked me into getting one (whether consciously or not).

I’d had my old bike (my Yamaha Diversion XJ600S) for nearly five years and the bike itself was 11 years old and had racked up a fair old mileage (even if the odometer was stuck on 14845). She’s been a trusty bike and has never let me down, even if my so-called friends did call her a bag of nails. Bah! So it was with mixed emotions that I picked up my spanking new black Biffer and waved goodbye to my Divvy.

So far, I’ve only done 25 miles, but I’m already in love with the bike. She is just so competent and comfortable to ride.

I had her kitted out with a hugger (basically a big rear mudguard), knuckle deflectors (to keep the wind away from my hands), heated grips, and GIVI panniers and top plate, which look absolutely fantastic.

Need to break her in now over the next month or so before the Three Amigos’ (Ross, Tommo, and I) next trip we’re planning up to God’s Own County and the Lake District.

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