Honda CBF Stunner FI review, test ride

    Stunner FI comes with class-leading style, great quality, a willing and frugal engine, superb riding position and nifty handling

    Published on Sep 30, 2009 07:00:00 AM


    Make : Honda
    Model : CBF Stunner

    Just a few visual changes differentiate the the fuel injected CBF stunner from its carburetted version. Its styling is still in a league right up there with the best. Black finish is liberally used while neat alloy rims maintain a contemporary air. The bike gets a powerful headlight with a well spread beam, and is set flush within the familiar, dart-shaped front fairing that stretches back into the fuel tank region.

    Handlebar-mounted controls such as the nice switches, clutch and brake levers and soft grips remain unchanged. The only addition to the fuel-injected Stunner variant being the bar end weights. The instrument bay gets a new malfunction indicator icon but the rest of the fascia is the same with a bold-looking speedometer and fuel gauge set prominently. Although the Stunner FI misses a tachometer this bike does deploy a trip counter in addition to an odometer.
    This Stunner retains the familiar, muscular and voluminous fuel tank, which looks a treat and provides the right support to a rider’s inner thigh region.

    The new bike gets marginally altered graphics with a golden treatment now visible on its engine casing. While the stylish side panels get three-dimensional PGM-FI decals, a smartly split riding saddle adds a sporty touch as do coloured suspension springs and a newly exposed drive chain. Alloy footrest mounts are standard kit as is a tyre hugger at the rear. The tail fairing section is tall with the brake warning light itself a simple, yet tasteful bit. There’s good quality all round, immaculate paint lustre and perfect fit-and-finish, just as can be expected from any motorcycle branded with the famous winged logo.

    The CBF Stunner FI doesn't use a kickstarter, and deploys a maintenance-free (MF) battery to power thumb-operated engine starts. Tthe air-cooled, four-stroke engine with a single cylinder displacing 124.7cc now uses fuel injection technology along with Honda’s proven PGM-FI system. An ECU controls the operation after reading data sent in by a bank of eight sensors including oil and oxygen details  to get the perfect blend of air-fuel mixture in any given condition, at every engine speed. Peak power is up a morsel relative to the older model, with 11.6bhp built up at 8000rpm.

    The Stunner FI also provides a bank angle sensor calibrated to safely cut fuel supply and prevent a fire in the event the bike tips beyond a predetermined angle.

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