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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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vfr 800 Honda

Sup guys just registered today and was kinda curious on couple things regarding the bike vrf 800 Honda. Im about to purchase a bike and kinda what to clear up my thought and ideas about this bike. This would be my first bike to.

anyone mind telling me the con/neg about this bike and the differace between all the version of this bike

from what year-year was the older body style and from what year - year is the newer body style

What year of this bike should i avoid not to buy ( do to problems or mantice or unenginered etc etc )

stupid question but just wondering i notice that most 06 are black and the 2000 and lower are mostly red some yellow any difference in colar if so

and last what is your overall opinion on this bike

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-27-2006, 09:36 PM
 
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nice comfortable sport touring bike.

you can google the history of the bike.
It once started out to be a superbike but ended up being more street friendly.

it's not a squid bike.

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nice comfortable sport touring bike.

you can google the history of the bike.
It once started out to be a superbike but ended up being more street friendly.

it's not a squid bike.

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Single sided swingarm, v4 motor, variable valve timing on the most recent ones, the older ones (750's for sure) are cult bikes. Honda reliable.
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vfr 800 prices and milage

what would a good price be for the vfr 800 and what kinda miles could this engine handle before it turns into trash

im currently saw an add for a vfr 800 99 with 77k miles CLAIMS good conditon runs great new rear tire 3,200k OBO
this worth even looking at? or a good deal
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what would a good price be for the vfr 800 and what kinda miles could this engine handle before it turns into trash

im currently saw an add for a vfr 800 99 with 77k miles CLAIMS good conditon runs great new rear tire 3,200k OBO
this worth even looking at? or a good deal
That's a tuff question. These things where built to ride long distance. Most high mileage Turing bikes are mostly high way miles. There fore, if the are maintained regularly. They have about the same wear rate as a car. The only real difference would be the suspension. I bet its real tired if it hasn't already been rebuilt.

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If my friend wanted to get a VFR, I would steer him/her to a 97 or older model. The newer ones have fuel injection and the variable cam timing. Honda screwed up. Instead of making the VFR a 1000, they put in the variable cam timing to make power. It doesn't make much more power than the 750's, and it's super expensive to have a valve adjustment done on them.

The older models have very reliable carbs, gear-driven cams, and they were almost always chosen as a "Ten Best Motorcycles of the Year". The other day, I saw a white one for sale at a bike shop. They said it was "Pearl" paint, a 1993, had only 5K miles, and they were asking $3K. My wife said no, but it is a beautiful bike. It felt half as thin as mine.
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Maybe this post is dead but for anyone interested in this topic....
The big differences between the 98-01 (5th gen) and the 02-present (6th gen)

The 5th Generation vfr has gear driven cams and no V-tec. There are other things but not real big deciding factors. Of course there was also body work differences too.

The 6th gen. chain driven cams and v-tec motor. While there have been some minor changes where the vtec kicks in it hasn't changed all that much by a couple hundred rpm here and a couple more there, ya know.

Although I'm a bit bias I wouldn't buy the 6th gen as I don't like the vtec. I do however like the body work a bit better on the 6th gen. but the 5th grows on you well. The gear cams whine a little bit but it's a sound of passion once you get used to it. The 5th gen maintence is also a bit less expensive than the newer models too. The overall gearing hasn't changed all that much really for many people to really notice. The 5th gen makes a little more power and the 98-99 has a cat-less exhaust. Mileage on these machines can get up there a pretty fair amount, well into the 100,000 mile range if properly cared for. I've heard of 200,000 miles without anything real major in regards to that much mileage.

If it's your first bike I'ld honestly suggest something else, a little bit less motor and a little less weight. That said before flaming begins the VFR isn't a power house but is a little higher than what a first time rider needs, generally speaking. It's also a rather heavy bike as it's a ST machine, well into the 500+ area wet. It is a great handling machine too though. I'ld personally suggest the f4i as a good starter bike as it's pretty fair for comfort, power, weight, and handling. This would allow a person to also figure out what it really is that he/she wants in/from a bike. Meaning, more comfort, power, or handling or a good balance of all three but in a little more machine.... This is my OPINION but take it for whatever you want.

BTW: there isn't a bike on the market that I'ld trade my 98 VFR for although I'ld love to put a couple of bikes next to it!!!! (MMMM, Duc sport classic 1000 among others)
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I don't think I'd spend 3k on a bike that has 77k miles, but that's just my opinion.
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I don't think I'd spend 3k on a bike that has 77k miles, but that's just my opinion.
I was looking at a '98 with 18k being sold by an older guy (51) who was the original owner and he had taken absolutely meticulous care of the bike and had all of the records to prove it, and he was only asking $3500. I believe it is still for sale if you're anywhere near IN...

oh yeah from a fellow newb!
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