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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2007, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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what the heck is a VFR-800?

I saw one of these today, it was a VFR-800 interceptor, it looked legit as hell.

first thing i noticed was the linked braking system. what kind of power do these things make, it looked kinda big compared to my 600F3, are they heavy?

what is the deal with this thing, like what did it compete against?

when honda had the F4i, the VTR1000, and the RR series what market did this sell too? the body work looked amazing.
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I saw one of these today, it was a VFR-800 interceptor, it looked legit as hell.

first thing i noticed was the linked braking system. what kind of power do these things make, it looked kinda big compared to my 600F3, are they heavy?

what is the deal with this thing, like what did it compete against?

when honda had the F4i, the VTR1000, and the RR series what market did this sell too? the body work looked amazing.
I came very close to buying a 2003 VFR as a first bike. It was one of the first real sport tourers, all the mags loved em. Was also one of the first bikes Honda put V-TEK on. Decided it was a bit too powerful, expensive and the fairing would get ruined and I was right!
Great bikes is what I hear from everyone.

The 800 is a version they released in 1998, uses an RC45 engine.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 12:25 AM
 
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its a very cool V4 engine, derived from the racing model which has roots going back as early as 1983, with a VF1000, which is the very first VFR family bike to be created. gear drive cams, V 4 motor designed for torque, and in my honest opinion, damned good looking bike too.
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They're actually quite nice bikes, albeit a LITTLE underpowered (I've heard rumors that there might be a 1000cc version available in 08 or 09). It's a sport tourer, so the riding position is a bit more upright, and very much more comfortable. And, should you decide to take it on a weekend excursion, there's very nice hard luggage available for it (though it's about $1000 ).
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At first sight of that bike... even from behind left a pool of under me...

But for real that is awesome bike and a true Sport Tourer, being that it's comfortable and powerful...


I missed my opportunity to get one... but if they put out a 1K it may be too hard to resist....
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The only negative I've read about the VFR is those linked brakes.



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The bike is heavy and not a lot of available parts for moifications. It is however extremly comfortable and very reliable. The only reason some people feel it is under power is because the bike is close to 500lbs. I love the 06 white. I'd try to come up with a way to unlink the brakes. Honda has been doing that for a while on their touring bikes. It sucks if you ever ride on a dirt road.
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I think everyone is understating the VFR. I remember when the first VF 750 came out in 1983 or so, and the magazines loved it. Honda used the V-four engine to win many races. Cycle World Magazine had it as one of the best 750's for around 10 years.

Referred to now as a sport/tourer (just like my old CBR1000), the VFR is a terrific street bike. Power right off idle, and the whine from the gear-driven cams is something you have to hear to believe. They were almost always owned by enthusiasts, so even used ones should be well maintained and a good buy.
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It's funny this thread comes up now...I was researching a VFR 8 this weekend.



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They were almost always owned by enthusiasts, so even used ones should be well maintained and a good buy.
Very true.... There were some GORGEOUS older ones (in showroom condition) that came out during Bike Week this year....
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Vfr 800

Here is a pic of mine, it's for sale by the way

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Back in the day... an old friend of mine, the one who first got me into two wheeled machines, bought himself a 86 VFR 750. Not too sure about the year, mind you...

but...


Red, White and blue livery with the red saddle... and Interceptor in bold 80s font on the side. MAN... that bike did it for me.


Would love to get an 07 Interceptor, that's the only thing I'll call em, in the same color scheme.





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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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I own a pre V-Tec 99 VFR. It is a very nice bike as has been mentioned, but it does have one very nasty weak link. That is its charging system. The rectifier seems to fail all too often, and can be a major headache if your out in the sticks when it fails. I know that the 750 VFR's also had the same issue, but I don't know if the problem was solved in the V-Tec models. The best way to detect a failing rectifier is to add a digital voltmeter where you can keep an eye on the output of your charging system. I can tell you first hand that the battery will not fire the bike long after the charging system has failed. Trying to jump-start this heavy beast by yourself is not easy, but is pretty amusing for bystanders to watch. A spectator sport of sorts. Otherwise it is bullet proof. The cam chain whine is very sweet, but that went away when they added the V-Tec. Mine is bone stock, but I have ridden with VFR's equipped with a power comander and an after-market can. They move out pretty nicely and have a sound to die for!
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