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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #10 on: 28 June, 2011, 02:01:51 PM
I used to own a CSX650F the little brother of the 1250, and that was a great bike, and when I chopped in the BM I was tempted to go the 1250 route. But two things stopped me, the finish, I don't think its as good as the other two and weight, its not as ballanced. The VFR1200 was a close call but my short arms just felt stretched. The biffer is without doubt the best bike I've owner, very user friendly and good finish. It will do two up riding or town work, just wish Mr Honda would fit some nice toys like other brands as standard, like gear indicator, fuel computer. But for the price bargin..

Just my two pence worth.

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #11 on: 08 March, 2014, 09:06:20 PM
I know this is an old thread but the info has been really useful for me. I owned a 2007 CBF1000 for 5 years and 41000 miles until 2012 and absolutely loved it. I changed it for a new Z1000sx, which, although a fabulous bike, I've never 'bonded' with in quite the same way. There are a few reasons for that I think. The Z is much more sports orientated in looks, riding position, power and rear tyre. It's more expensive to insure and is more thirsty and the rear tyre is more expensive to replace than on the CBF and lasts nothing like as long. When my daily commute lengthened last year (now 74 miles round trip) I decided to get a second bike (CBF250 which does the commute job pretty well) because I didn't fancy going high mileage on the Z. I'm currently considering going from two bikes back to one and going for a CBF 1000 FA/Mk 2 as the replacement. This thread has all but made up my mind.

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #12 on: 08 March, 2014, 11:15:01 PM
I've been reading Ride magazine today. It's got a full write up on the latest SX. The article certainly wouldn't persuade me to part with my MK2.

I can't believe they still haven't got a full luggage system sorted for it!

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #13 on: 11 March, 2014, 06:18:43 PM
For what it is worth Simon, I think the Mk 2 Biffer is a superb all rounder. It does everything I need and is plenty fast enough for me. You can tour, commute, scratch (within limits - mine mainly) and potter. I cannot think of another bike I would prefer at the moment.

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #14 on: 17 March, 2014, 09:40:57 AM
*Originally Posted by phild [+]
I've been reading Ride magazine today. It's got a full write up on the latest SX. The article certainly wouldn't persuade me to part with my MK2.

I can't believe they still haven't got a full luggage system sorted for it!

Why?

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #15 on: 17 March, 2014, 07:42:11 PM
*Originally Posted by PHILLH1690 [+]
Why?

Only my opinion of course......

Riding Position..............................I'm not as young as I like to think I am, the sportier position wouldn't work for me.

Pillion Comfort...............................Little to none. Quote..'largely for solo riders'.

Luggage........................................When touring for up to 3 weeks I like to have a complete set of hard luggage.

Fuel................................................I get at least 10mpg more. Over a 2000 mile trip that's a big saving.

Looks.............................................Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, I prefer my MK2.  :016:

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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #16 on: 17 March, 2014, 11:15:06 PM
You can have a full lugage package and it has been available since 2011, it is developed by GIVI it is an excellent system and can be removed or fitted to the bike in less than 5 minutes. I got 7000 miles out of my rear PR2.
I was 64 when I sold my SX and frequently toured down through France and Spain as recently as April last year. I had the Mk1 CBF1000GT version before I switched to the SX , could not fault the MK1 while I had it toured on that a lot as well. I will say the Biffer was the more comfortable bike on a long ride and that was after I fitted a Sargent seat to the sx. But have to say I found the Biffer boring, it was just a bike and no frills.
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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #17 on: 18 March, 2014, 11:00:57 AM
No one's mentioned the Triumph Sprint ST1050 or the Triumph Sprint GT. Are they not considered contenders in this field?
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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #18 on: 18 March, 2014, 04:50:53 PM
*Originally Posted by parkmoy [+]
No one's mentioned the Triumph Sprint ST1050 or the Triumph Sprint GT. Are they not considered contenders in this field?
I've considered them a few times when finding 'matches' to my search criteria on eBay, but it seems to be a matter of varied opinion as to whether or not they are considered contenders in this field.
I think I ruled them out based only on weight and seat height, which it seems is now lower for the current model GT and £8,999 OTR for the 2104 Sprint GT SE seems very reasonable.

The Triumph Sprint has been mentioned several times in other threads on this forum....
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Re: CBF 1000 (2011) vs Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Suzuki GSX 1250 FA
Reply #19 on: 22 March, 2014, 04:19:46 PM
*Originally Posted by phild [+]
Only my opinion of course......

Riding Position..............................I'm not as young as I like to think I am, the sportier position wouldn't work for me.

Pillion Comfort...............................Little to none. Quote..'largely for solo riders'.

Luggage........................................When touring for up to 3 weeks I like to have a complete set of hard luggage.

Fuel................................................I get at least 10mpg more. Over a 2000 mile trip that's a big saving.

Looks.............................................Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, I prefer my MK2.  :016:

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I only asked as the review was very complimentary about the SX.

Ive owned two CBF's and now the SX.

The riding position is upright just like the Biffa.

I have a full luggage system as big as the Biffa GT that I owned.

Difference in fuel - can't say Ive noticed any difference.

Looks- Well the SX beats the CBF hands down IMHO

 


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