2000 Honda CBR600FY from United Kingdom
Well engineered, quick, confidence inspiring bike, but beware badly serviced or raced bikes
Cracked front mudguard around mounts.
Cam shaft holder cracked.
Quick, confidence inspiring bike. Handles really well, responds more to input from your feet than the bars.
Could do with wider mirrors as I can see 50/50 elbows/road. Double bubble screen is not particularly effective at high speed as your head gets knocked about quite a bit.
Absorbing to ride, and eggs you on to go quicker than legally allowed. If you red line it, first gear finds you breaking the speed limit, and the steering becomes vague; oh that's because the front wheel is no longer in contact with the floor. Second gets you overtaking very quickly if you can be bothered to drop down through the gears.
Don't like it too much 2 up; find I have to put a lot of weight on the bars, which makes small adjustments more difficult and the bike responds less well to your feet with the extra weight, but then I am used to a sit up and beg position on my CB750 with 100% bar input.
When I got it, it had a leak from a weep hole near the exhaust port. I thought it was a gasket, but unfortunately it wasn't. The camshaft holder had cracked and the bearing face was shot; not sure what caused it; either incorrectly tightened at valve clearance adjustment, or I did read that the FX/FY had problems with this on bikes that had been raced; dirt marks near fork mounts suggest they had been lowered, so a raced bike is a possibility. A second hand engine solved this. Awkward to work on compared to my 750, but logically put together and well thought out.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th September, 2017