Tell me about a VFR please.

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  1. GPrairie_Rider

    GPrairie_Rider Dirt Junkie

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    Hey guys, this past saturday i stopped in to the local Honda Suzuki shop to get some fork oil and an air filter for the GSXR. I was walking about the showroom, looking at the endless Shadows, M109s etc. Looked over on the used section and saw a Deep Cherry Red VFR800. This thing caught my eye, its an 2007 with 7800 miles, $6,995.

    Now i love my GSXR, but i have been tooling around the net and there are more options for the VFR luggage wise than my "racebike with lights". Ive done some shopping online at used ones, Cycle Trader mostly. Any thing i really need to look for?? I love the look of the VTEC 6th Gen model. But the 5Th Gen would be a close second. I dont like the new VFR1200. So any feedback and help learning about these would be awesome. I am looking to keep my Zuk, maybe tack duty?

    I youtubed some exhaust clips of that V4 and WOW love the sound. Makes me want one even more.

    What say Ye?

    Chris
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    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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  3. GPrairie_Rider

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    Haha Thanks.
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    sparkymcgee Been here awhile

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    I used to own a Harley Softail and loved it. I got interested in the VFR and bought a new 2008. I stopped riding the Harley, so I sold it. I still have the VFR with about 27k miles on it and love it. I commute to work almost every day on it and have done a few multi day trips and have no complaints whatsoever. The one thing to be aware of is the cost of a valve adjustment. Its a big job and so it is expensive. However, I've heard of lots of people that have gone way past the 16k mi (I think) interval without problems. I had mine done at about 20k. I've rigged mine with heated grip liners, the power commander, sargent seat, and I think that is all it really needs.

    It is just a good, solid, dependable and fun bike. You'll enjoy it on the twisties and be just as happy slabbing all day in the rain as well (at least I do).
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  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Bottom line -- if you can live with the somewhat heavy weight and slightly ponderous low speed handling, they are awesome motorcycles. Beware of faulty charging systems Reg/Rects on all 90s-mid 00 models. The fix is not difficult but a little involved. Vtec models significantly complicate maintenance procedures such as checking and adjusting the valve clearance. This means more expense if you are having the work done at a shop. All regular maintenance is annoying because you can't do much to the bike without removing a LOT of plastic -- and most of it is annoying to remove. Nature of the beast...

    I really don't know of any serious faults on any gen, other than the aforementioned charging hiccups.
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  6. GPrairie_Rider

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    Hey i totally get the removing of plastics and how much of a pain it is -_-. I think my GSXR is the worst, also with low speeds. But im finding myself doing more sport touring style riding with it. I am a huge fan of 4-cylinder bikes, and i love sportbikes. I just see the VFR doing so much more than my GSXR. It would def be a better 2-up bike than my GSXR, my g/f would thank me. I have no problem doing most of the work myself, i do that on the GSXR now.

    Can i justify 2 sportbikes? Hell yea i can!

    Can I run the track and then ride the world with both? Hell yea i can!

    Everything just makes since to have both. Not for one particular reason, but just for my happyness.

    Sorry for rambling, im trying to figure this out. OH! Where do you guys find these dirt road ya'll take your sportbikes down?? I def wanna do that!!

    Chris
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  7. zrxmoto

    zrxmoto don't wanna be a n00b

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    Heavy and ponderous handling are relative. My Nomad is heavy and ponderous.

    I have a 2002 VFR and love it. I had an '08 GSXR600 last year. I determined I needed my sportbike to have a little more usability. The VFR fit the bill. I have the factory side cases and use an SWMotech mount for a Givi topcase.

    The VTEC got a bad rap when introduced. VTEC engages around 6800 rpm on '02-'06 and a little lower on >'06 models (I think). You get a nice rush and growl when the valves open up. You do have to be paying attention though.

    A friend of mine was a 5th gen nut owning at various times a 98, 99, and '01. Wonderful bikes.

    The new VFR1200 is Honda's impersonation of a BMW K1300S, and about just as expensive.
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    I like the old vfrs the new ones are obscenely overpriced and totally ugly.Im suprised Honda hasnt taken a loss on that bike sale wise?For tht price Im buying a bmw or Ducati /Aprilia something w clout and prestige.
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    Wow does that make me happy I do my own service!!
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    In truth, I was on a prepaid service plan, so could care less what the numbers were. But that being said, they did change the plan after I racked up 36K and associated services. . .. (they were anticipating less than 3K per year). :D
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    I own a 2000 5th gen. VFR. I went through four other bikes, but when I got this one, I stopped looking at other road bikes. The fit and finish is very good, and I like the riding position. The 5th gen. was the last with the legendary gear driven cams, and the sound is racy and unique. I didn't get excited about the 6th gen. VFR, because Honda made it more complicated, yet didn't give it any more power and dropped the gear driven cams.
    The truth is, any generation is a nice choice, and if I were to buy one again, it would be a 1993 model. The V-4 is just addicting.
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  19. GPrairie_Rider

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    Oh man I want a white one!!!!! I gotta have one!!! I really like the VTEC models. I will take my chances on the service intervals and do them myself. I guess its time to bike shop!! I was checking out Yakez?? I saw 6th gens for like $2600. Is this correct?? Lemme know!!
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  20. LuciferMutt

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    Sounds suspiciously low for a 6th gen. That price is in line for clean 3rd and 4th gens. A used 6th gen in good shape will fetch two to three times that much.

    BTW, don't be afraid of going older (3rd/4th gens). The bikes are so well made they hold up for a looooooooooooooooong time.
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