VFR vs. BMW RT1100----seeking pros/cons of each!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by blsexton, May 28, 2006.

  1. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    Ok, ok, ya got me.

    Here's pros/cons for the Fazer vs. VFR.

    Pro:
    • Lighter than the VFR by ~10 kgs
    • More power than the VFR (significantly more)
    • Better 2-up (more room for passenger & more power)
    • Cheaper than VFR (both new and used)

    Con:
    • No ABS on Fazer, if you prefer it
    • Runs hot in stop/go traffic in the summer

    Equal:
    • Both have good options for aftermarket (screens, saddles, hard luggage, suspension, etc.)
    • Both have great online resources (FZ1OA vs. VFR forums)
    • Both have equal selection of tires
    • Both have equal range
    • Build quality about equal (many VFRs have rectifier problems, Fazers have no specific common problems)

    Different but not better:
    • I4 vs. V4 (personal preference)
    • more upright (Fazer) vs. more crouched (VFR) - this one really depends on your own height and preference
    • semi-naked vs. fully-faired (personal preference)
    • EFI vs. carbs (2006 Fazer has EFI, fwiw)
    • Aluminum vs. steel (personal preference)
    • Honda vs. Yamaha (personal preference)
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  2. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    Here's the data straight from the horse's mouth: Just finished 100.000 kms on my '97 RT, it gets the cheapest oil I can find at intervals I think is enough (something like 15.000 kms), I adjust the valves once I can hear them (around every 10-15.000 kms) and otherwise I just ride it. In town, on holiday trips. My wife refuses to sit on any other of my bikes, so i kept it.
    Apart from a broken ignition lock no trouble. Still does 210 km/h easily and sounds like a sewing machine. A keeper.
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  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    My GF has decided she likes my 04 RT, so it'll prolly stay in the stable for a while. That still leaves me jonesin for a DS, so...

    M
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  4. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Just got a filter at my BMW/Harley dealer and while they were looking up the part I saw a very nice black 2000 RT on the floor. Since I had a 2000 years ago I walked over to check it out and they are asking $3200 for it with 31K miles. I had to ask them if that was a misprint. Seems like a damn nice bike for very little money. If I didn't have a garage full I might be tempted.
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  5. kbasa

    kbasa Super D-bagalicious Super Moderator

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    Oilheads are stupid cheap now.
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  6. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    Yeah, I'm the same way till I remember it doesn't have cruise control. :lol3 Lots of great deals on old RTs and GSs.
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  7. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    side mounted rads on the VFR are cookers, if caught in traffic.
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