790 Engine quality/reliability

Discussion in 'Parallel World (790/890)' started by 1956Kmack, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. paidoutcomes

    paidoutcomes Long timer

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    I rented a tracer for 3 days and I took it back after the first day. The engine was weak. The seating position was too far forward for me. The windscreen offered me no protection. No cruise control. Of course I am spoiled with all the greatness of my 1290sa.

    I can't speak to the 790 at all. I like the idea of the low fuel tanks. Sure wish they would offer cruise control.

    Enjoy the search and ride!
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  2. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    This does not sound like the Tracer 900 GT...
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  3. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    FYI, cruise control is available on the computer and can be turned on by the dealership. I think there are some switchgear mod's required also.
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  4. obrianmcc

    obrianmcc Long timer

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    ... Is according to the Honda website under their Adventure category
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  5. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    Can you provide a link to the site?

    When I go to the Honda Motorsports USA website the VFR800 is not there.

    I was interested in it but thought it not available here since 2016 or so.
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  6. brad21

    brad21 We have a pool... and a pond.

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    My wife has an S and I have the R. She's had hers in for the 600 mile check and whatever they do to 'uncork' it at that time made a big difference in the power. My R goes in for its first service this week. So far we love them, the power is very snappy, although parts and accessories are trickling in to our dealer rather slowly.

    Her bike seems like it steers a little slower than mine, I guess due to the different tire on the front. Still really great for a 21" but if you're more of a street guy a 19" or smaller might do you well.
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  7. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    I would like to thank you all for the very informative comments. It seems that the decision can be based on which bike better meets my riding needs without an overwhelming difference between the two in terms of engine performance or reliability.

    I think my test rides will go a long way toward helping me decide.

    Thanks again for being so forthcoming with your thoughts and perspectives.
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  8. paidoutcomes

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    yeah I was surprised too. It was brand new so it probably wasn't putting out the full 115hp yet.
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  9. 3rdgeargrndrr

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    For your purposes Get the Yammy.
    And put on some 90/10 tires for the rare off road excursion.
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    3rdgeargrndrr Long timer

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    :imaposer You came off the 1290, jumped on the 900 and were underwhelmed by the lack of power?
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    e rock Been here awhile

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    I’ve ridden a couple FZ09’s (same motor I believe). Torque flickability and sheer power are impressive considering weight. I vote Yamaha.
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  12. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Smoove, Smoove like velvet.

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    I'd vote Super Duke -GT.

    Thats just me though.
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  13. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    Also, The 900 GT comes with cruise control, heated grips, center stand, etc.
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    My bad ... it was a 2017

    https://powersports.honda.com/street/adventure/vfr1200x
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  15. onlybetx

    onlybetx Been here awhile

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    Not a tiger XC?
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  16. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    One of my limitations was dealer availability while on the road. Even KTM is marginal but they're a lot better than other Euro brands in the US.
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  17. paidoutcomes

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    Yeah after looking at the paint schemes and fork tubes, my rental was a standard tracer with luggage added. Thus, no CC.
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    Actually I just got done with a ride on my 701 and was disappointed with the power of the 900. The SuperT we rented would outrun the tracer in a straight line and I don't consider that to be a fast bike. I was just expecting a lot more from the hype. It probably hits it's performance mark for those that have their expectations set right. I obviously didn't. Enjoy the ride.
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  19. 1956Kmack

    1956Kmack This is the Last One - I promise

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    Something is wrong here. You had to be on the Tracer 700 or a terribly flawed 900. There is no way a SuperT with 108 hp and 575 lbs beats a Tracer 900 with 115 hp and 462 lbs in a straight line or any other race.
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  20. Its not Ginger!

    Its not Ginger! Long timer

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    I plan to test the 790S, for me I would prefer a 19" (or 17") front as it won't hit dirt (I have a Husky for that) I rode a Tracer a couple of years ago and it felt like a full on sportsbike after years on big adevnture bikes, really buzzy with no flywheel and lots of power at high RPM's - but lacks bottom end and felt too buzzy to relax at a nice cruise.

    Not heard of any major 790 failures, the engine seems good, had a 790 duke loaner when my 1190 was being serviced and liked the way it pulls.

    Will be even more tempted if they do a 790"GT" or similar with a bigger tanks and some wind protection, or a 790 SMT with 17" front wheel.
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