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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chad_NC, Feb 5, 2009.
How do you like this BEAUTY? Did you have a previous gen. to compare it to?
I absolutely love the bike so far. I've never owned a VFR to compare. I'm coming off a string of BMWs, the most recent of which was a K1300S. I posted a thread some pages back called "60 miles on a VFR1200" comparing the VFR12 to the K13 if you had any time to kill and were interested. While the K1300S ranks among my favorite all-time bikes, I actually like the engine characteristics of the big Viffer even better.
The 1200 is one of those bikes that looks about a million times better in the flesh than it does it photos. Huge, huge difference.
They still sound like ass though.
Agreed on the part about looking better in the flesh, for sure. I disconnected the flapper cable in the exhaust so it sounds much better than stock. I actually like the sound pretty well - but what do I know, here's the sacrilege of the day: I HATE the sound of gear driven cams. . I don't love the look of the pipe, contrary to my first thoughts, so it'll be binned one day when I have a little cash laying around for another.
We can't hang out.
Agree that it does look much better in person than photos. Also seemed smaller too. Most pics make it look like a truck. Didn't seem bigger than my 01.
I realize I'm definitely in the minority on that one - especially in this thread.
I just picked up a non running 84 VF700 Interceptor. Well it was non running untill I cleaned the carbs . This bike prob should have been parted out but there are a few screw loose in my head so i decided to fix it up. This bike has Vans and Hines pipes and that v4 sounds mean.
Excellent! What are your plans for the old beast?
Skimming through this thread, ogling pretty pictures this post caught my eye.
As an ex wee pilot to another wee pilot, how would you compare the 5th gen VFR to the wee. I sometimes wonder if the viffer would have been a better call for my kind of riding. (Mostly street.)
I've only heard the 1200 from a distance; not nearly as soul-stirring as the previous gens but still sounded healthy. Made me wonder why Honda changed the crank configuration (or the firing order?) in the first place. I don't care for the looks of the muffler either; anxious to see & hear the bike after it's piped.
Well the bike was sitting for about 10 years. I plan to clean it up and paint it, the paint is in bad shape. I dont know what color to paint, everyone seems to love the factory colors. Fix up the carbs, the junk that was in there was amazing. I never saw carbs so nasty. Do a service, replace the chain, sprockets and tires. Then rider er around for a month or so and sell it if i don't get attached.
IIRC, the 700 was kind of an odd duck. Only sold for a couple of years as a way to avoid the "big bike" tariffs of the time, passed to supposedly shelter H-D from competition.
I have no doubts that the VFR will be ok. It's me that I'm less certain about.
Definitely agreed - while I don't like the cam whine, I DO love the sound of the old firing order, and wish the 1200 still had that cadence. I'll definitely post some pics/sound clips when I decide on a pipe.
Anyone still riding a 4th gen? (93-97) I pulled out some of my old stuff that's been lying around.
I have a GIVI wingrack with the ultra rare VFR specific mounting hardware if you want to use 3 hard bags (or just two sidecases).
And I also have a brand new GIVI mono rack if you want just a top case.
If it was for a 3rd Gen I'd be all over it.
I read either on VFRD or VFRworld that the 4th gen GIVI setup will fit the 3rd gen with long bolts. BUT I am not sure if that is accurate.
The monorack I believe fits both, but that's only for a top box, no side cases.
However I do know that the 3rd gen can use the regular wingrack hardware IE the universal stuff whereas the 4th gen requires the specific kit.
I bought mine from Europe since they were impossible to find stateside, same for the monorack.
I'll see if I can find a PDF of the install and you can compare it to yours.
Does any one happen to have passenger grab rails for sale? My 2000 yellow VFR didn't come with them... There was an aftermarket seat on it and didn't even realize they were missing. Seat cowl too.
Any Tire recommendations?
Fark welcome to my nightmare!
It took me 3 months to locate a set. I rang nearly every wrecking yard in Australia every second week, I had a friend in the UK do the same for me over there and we were both constantly looking at ebay, gumtree, craigslist etc.
He did find one set after a month, however they wanted over 100 pounds EACH for them. Picked up a good pair from the uk for $110AUD delivered.
Seat cowl? Even harder to find. Best option is get some cheap chinese copy, dont worry about the colour, and get it sprayed to match your bike.
A bike I looked at a while ago had a chinese copy, and whilst fit and form were very good, the colour was way off.
Tyres? well I'll leave that up to someone else. Ive only put 4k on my bike, with 300km of those on new Michelin road pilot 2.
mandatory picture with my new numberplate