I bought a new CBF600 SA in 2008 & loved every inch of it. In 2 yrs, I covered 23,000 miles with no issues whatsoever. I didn't commute on it, I just loved covering long distances on it - 3 trips to Europe. So yes, definitely touring friendly.
Be aware that the service intervals are 4k miles (6k km) - garage servicing to retain the warranty was costly! So I wouldn't recommend buying new if you plan on serious mileage.
The new model (08+) is lightweight, has lots of oomph when needed (drop down a gear or two to have some serious
fun). The older model (pre 08) is heavier and a bit sluggish I'm told.
The only reason I sold the 600 was to upgrade to the CBF1000 - another wonderful machine. Honda know how to make these bikes
I moved to a BMW F650GS twin last year & I'm still unsure if it was the right decision. It's a good bike but not without fault - unlike my Honda's
Depending what your previous bike experience is, you may love the CBF or not. Take one for a test ride with an open mind.
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