60+ miles on a VFR1200...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Unleaded, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    I've been eyeing a leftover VFR at my local dealer more and more since they keep dropping the price. I would prefer the new Crosstour with the same engine but its going to be considerably more than that discounted VFR, that is if we ever see it at all in North America. I know what you are saying about wanting something different with that same engine but the VFR appears to be so nice that I am sure it wouldn't really feel like I was settling for anything. I bet I would grow to love it.
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  2. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Funny, this is exactly my thought process too....that crosstour looks close to what I'd prefer, but I have no intention of offloading it so I think the VFR would end up being great. I don't know what to do, there's so many great bikes coming out this year! :freaky
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    lets face it. for most of us, even not-too-expensive motorcycles are pretty damn expensive. i cant even imagine blowing out $20k for a motorcycle. A couple years back i bought a brand new-old-stock 2008 vfr 800 for $7k. New! Now the same shop has the 2 year old 1200 for $9999. I yi yi! I hope to find another great deal in a year or so. I have looked at and sat on the 1200 vfr. at first i didnt think much of it, but it has grown on me. for the "right money" i could ride it for sure. hey, its a honda.... whats not to like??:evil
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  4. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    Exactly! I've been a big Honda fan ever since I bought my first one, a CB450T in 1983. I would be super happy to own another Honda, especially one of these beauties. I have not owned a V-4 or a shaft drive bike yet but I think I could get used to them.
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  5. sweetwater

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    I think Unleaded uncovered a jewel of a bike and I find the styling really cool. Something about the way the fairing melts into itself from the front to the back looks super slick, super classy, and I too am gonna try to see one in person.

    As I've said to many friends, both riders and non-riders, my VFR was one of the greatest bikes I've owned. Honda makes a quality product and my VFR carried me faithfully through some of my best and worst rides. Lots of slab, LOTS of backroads scratching, fire roads (!) as necessary, camping trips, and many around town tours/errands.

    I was proud to own my VFR, it never let me down, and I'd own this model as well. There's something visceral about the V4.
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  6. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    I've been fascinated by these bikes since they were introduced; and I'd love to spend a few days touring on one.

    Thanks for your feedback.
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  7. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.

    Sweetwater: I liked your comment about being proud of your VFR. Pride of ownership can and really should be something ascribed to a bike by its owner, rather than the owner depending on the bike itself to create those feelings. I'm learning that, sad as it is to admit. Contentment is a decision, but once made, it's a powerful thing.

    I mentioned in my original review that I went through a bit of a mental reset coming off of European bikes, which ended up being somewhat freeing for me. But there's something else, too: I really do feel thankful to have found such an amazing piece of machinery for a price I could justify. Even at 8 grand, there are cheaper bikes that would work as well or better, to be sure. But to have found exactly what I was looking for - while not really looking for it - created a sort of instant bond with this bike for me.

    I know many people will never like the VFR, and that's just fine. I'm confident there will be things I'll want to change too. The legroom is tight, the suspension somewhat harsh. No bike is perfect - even for a single purpose. They all involve compromise.

    I don't want to belabor the point, but I really do hope more people test ride the Viffer12, even if you despise everything about the looks, and wouldn't be caught dead owning one. If you do chance a ride, I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'm not trying to convert anyone, much as it may sound that way.

    There are dozens of motorcycles I'd love to own, and I certainly don't believe this one is better than any of them. But this one I will keep for a long time. It's not that there's anything particularly earthshaking about it. It's just that it really is an amazing package, with much more character than you'd expect, and I think Honda's mismanagement of the bike's release - and the too-high MSRP - has caused many to really miss what Honda's doing these days. That's Honda's fault, entirely, but it's a shame. The engine is remarkable, and the handling is truly shocking for a bike of such considerable weight. I do admire Honda for taking some bold risks. It takes those kinds of risks to advance bike design, even though they are usually poorly-received initially.
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  8. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Ha. Just found this thread, and after reading the original post , I knew you were going to own it!
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  9. Unleaded

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    :cry

    I need to work on the 'objectivity' part a little more, huh?

    :lol3
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  10. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Nicely stated, buddy. I totally agree with everything you said.
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  11. 99Bandit

    99Bandit Been here awhile

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    I've been lusting after the new VFR since it came out. I liked the looks of it at first glance. I have yet to ride one because my nearest dealer hasn't had one that I have seen and, they don't seem to keen on test rides so, even if they had one, I doubt they would let me ride it anyways.

    Reading this thread makes me want one even more. It's just a shame that right now, a new bike just isn't in my immediate future financially. :cry

    Thanks for the write up. :clap
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  12. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    I've found that some different looking motorcycles can really grow on you: :D

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  13. Rider

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    I always liked that bike too. :nod :thumb
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  14. Rinty

    Rinty Been here awhile

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    And I see you've had a couple of boxers. :thumb
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  15. 996DL

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    Well done and enjoy ! :thumb

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  16. BeeCeeGS

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  17. single

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    Great review. The new VFR really is a phenomenal bike and I think delivers on the promise of the 5th and 6th generations. A do it all bike with the reliability of a Honda with the build quality of a BMW and the character of a Ducati. It's definitely not a bike for brand snobs (but as the OP proves it isn't immune to converting a few :deal) and after one ride you either get it or you don't.

    My only complaint about it really is it's way too much power. I already thought the 6th gen was overpowered and the new one is just another level beyond that. Cut the displacement back down to a reasonable level, shave a few pounds, and knock a few grand off the price, and I think they would have a more popular platform.
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  18. GrahamD

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    I didn't know the VFR had shaft drive, oil seal and electrical problems :ear
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  19. single

    single Been here awhile

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    Of course when I talk about BMW build quality, as in all discussions about BMW build quality, I am referring solely to the pretty shiny paint. :evil
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  20. snake

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    :1drinki PURCHASED MY VFR 1200 6 MONTHS AGO WITH 2K MILES ON IT FOR 8500.00 I DID NOT LIKE THE THE OEM TIRES SO AT 4K MILES I MOUNTED PILOT ROAD 3S.I ALSO ADDED HELI BARS AND A CENTERSTAND! I AVERAGE 150 MILES TO A TANK.I RIDE FAST ON ALL THE FLAT FLORIDA ROADS.166 IS MY TOP SPEED NEXT TO A FRIENDS HAYABUSA.I LOVE THE DCT FEATURE AND LEAVE THE BIKE IN DRIVE MOST OF THE TIME.I JUST CHANGED THE OIL AT 5K MILES TO MOBIL 1 15-50 WHICH I ALWAYS USE IN ALL OF MY BIKES.I PREFER THIS SPORT TOURER TO ALL OF THE HEAVY ADVENTURE BIKES I HAVE OWNED.2006 APRILIA CAPO 1000,2007 APRILIA TUONO 1000,2007 TRUIMPH TIGER1050,2008 KLR 650, 2009 VERSYS 650,2009 MOTO-GUZZI 1200 STELVIO WHICH WAS THE MOST TROUBLE.PRIOR TO THE ADVENTURE BIKES I RODE HONDAS 97 CBR 900 TIL 2001 CBR929 TIL 2004 VTR 1000 SUPERHAWK AND NOW BACK TO THE FUTURE AND LOVIN IT.RIDING TO DAYTONA IN 2 WEEKS FROM STUART (APPROX 160 MILES) I THINK I CAN MAKE IT ON 1 TANK IF I CAN RESIST THE URGE TO SPEED.IT IS VERY DIFFICULT RIDING LONG STRAIGHT WIDE OPEN ROADS WITH VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC ON THIS ROCKETSHIP FROM HONDA!!!
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