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“VFR800Fi - I don't think I could ever part with it...”

Written on: 24/02/2013

After a couple of years without a bike I spent a lot of time researching what I could buy with my very limited budget. There was always going to b a level of compromise, however, I really think I've hit the jackpot with the VFR, £1500 has bought me: - an outstanding engine noise with an after-market can already fitted - low down torque and top end scream - superb build quality with excellent resistance to corrosion - confidence-inspiring handling - more than enough power to keep up with the… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“TWO IN ONE BUT BIG COMPOMISE”

Written on: 29/06/2012

Just returned from 2 weeks 4.5K trip. First off all the bike is fantastic in touring on motorway with constance speed over 80MPH, but it usually is short part of the trip. Fuel economy is acceptable only if you race the bike and not really care about the fuel gage, country roads easy ride 18-20MPG unacceptable for bike so called touring. Comfort may be enough for sport bike but for touring is not so great. I'm easy rider and don't like to force bikes but VFR even easy ride ripping back tire… Read Full Review

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Written on: 25/08/2012

The Fuel Mileage comment is BS, I just finished a 3k Trip Arizona to Baton Rouge and back and averaged 49.75 mpg (High 51.3 Baton Rouge, Low 47.1 Gallup NM.) The bike runs on premium not regular. 6/18 - 7/1/2012

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“Too young for a GS1200 BMW.”

Written on: 12/06/2012

I own a 2005 VFR800 with factory matching saddle bags and top box. It's the best do everything bike I've ever owned but definitley the master of none. I've been riding since 1970. Over the past 15 years I've been pursuing the speed machines. I had a Kawasaki ZX7R, ZX11, zx9R, ZX12R, and then finally the ZX14. I would do the odd track day and 1-5 day sport touring trips. I'd have a blast but the joy was always tempered by the pain in my knees and wrists after a full day in the saddle. I went… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Best All Round Bike Ever Made..?”

Written on: 19/04/2012

I've had my VFR800FiY for 3 years and it is easily the best machine I've ever owned. I'm not talking about specific areas, as other machines have been better at some of those, but in general. This is the most complete machine that I've ever come across. The engine is a bullet proof jewel. It has bags of torque, so you can potter along, and 110bhp, so things can easily get a bit exciting, and it sounds superb. It is a sports tourer, not a sports bike, but even so, it's no slouch at accelerating… Read Full Review

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“All rounder or master of none.”

Written on: 09/12/2011 by grocott2964 (10 reviews written)

I failed to see the point of the Honda VFR800. 800cc is a large engine and the V4 config is a complex way of making an engine, they were quite expensive to buy and service compared to other bikes. Main problem is it only produces 100bhp but is over 210kgs(dry) and despite having a 21 litre tank + fuel injection has a fairly poor tank range About 150 miles. The handling is good wet or dry but compared to a sports bike with a conventional engine that puts the weight over the front wheel not so… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to grocott2964's Review

Written on: 15/04/2012

I own a VFR800. I tend to agree with many of your comments but hey, it's VFR800. I have owned lots of full on sports bike over the years but my VFR is the best bike for, and this is what it’s all about, the type of riding I want to do now. It’s a genuine sports/tourer and does both well.

While I am in awe of the technology of sports bikes today and their ability to go fast, my personal view is sports bikes are now too fast for using on public roads. They are too easy to ride fast. To get to a point where you feel you are pushing a sports bike to your comfort limits, say 80%, you are going fast. Want to push a sports bike to it’s/your limits, go to a race track.

The VFR handles well, but because of it’s weight, power etc, I reach my comfort level at a lower speed. Reasonably fast, but not insane on public road fast.

With age comes sensibility, not wanting to kill or maim myself or someone else and now awareness of what negative effect fast riders have on the amenity and impression of people who live along the county roads I ride. Rural posted speed limits are getting lowered all over, and my guess is, ridiculously fast bike riding is one of the reasons.

Actually, the main reason I ride a VFR is the sound of the V4 with an after market exhaust. At lower speeds, where you can hear the exhaust more, it makes such nice noises. Inline 4’s do not do it for me anymore.

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★★★★☆

“Happy enough, But....”

Written on: 18/09/2011

This is my 20th bike & will probably be my last. Ive owned Japanese, German & Italian bikes. My last bike was a Honda CBR600 F3 that I owned from new. So I wanted a bike that would fill the gap of the ever reliable, ultra reliable & fun F3. The VFR fitted the bill, comfortable & a pleasure to ride, a bit heavier than the F3, but once underway you forget all about the 200+ kilo weight. The brakes are terrific, I don't mind the linked brake system at all, once you get used to it, you don't even… Read Full Review

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Vfr800Isgood's Comment

Written on: 15/04/2012

I have a 2011 white/black VFR800. Your comments are spot on in all respects.

I have a Staintune exhaust. The sound is good but being stainless steel, a bit sharp compared to some carbon cans. Gets better with age (corboning up?).

Sounds best at slower speeds, pulling out of corners etc. Nicely quiet for the rider at speed and touring. I search out tight roads to hear the exhaust at it's best.

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“I have owned alot of bikes in my 42 years of...”

Written on: 16/03/2011

I have owned alot of bikes in my 42 years of motorcycling form British Classics (although they wern't then!) to more modern stuff lately. I have always had a high regard for Honda's but have felt they were a bit souless, did what it said on the tin but didn't taste of much! After having several bikes in the sports touring category I finally bought a 2001 pre-VTEC VFR800. I had a 750 before and like it but was high mileage. This bike is simply fantastic, it handles like it cares for you, the… Read Full Review

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“I have just returned to riding after 15 years out of...”

Written on: 28/01/2011 by eft55 (1 review written)

I have just returned to riding after 15 years out of the seat and chose a Honda VFR800 because of positive reviews and personal recommendations from rider friends who do not even own one. So far I am more than happy with my choice when comparing it to the old GSX1100 I rode in the past. It has ample power and good delivery of that power and handles like a dream compared to my old Suzuki. My first ride back was a 400klm ride through winding and open country roads and it performed above my… Read Full Review

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Vfr800Isgood's Response to eft55's Review

Written on: 15/04/2012

I got my VFR after 12 years of not riding a motorbike. Last bike was '98 Fireblade. I echo eft55's comments.

Wait till you get the service cost where they check/adjust the valve clearance. General concensus is you can push the valve check out way past the scheduled km's (if you are prepared to take the chance!!) Not at this decision point yet.

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“I had to give reliability only four stars as when i...”

Written on: 13/01/2011

I had to give reliability only four stars as when i bought the bike the regulator/rectifire was on the way out. Pi**ed off for the dealer for selling me this as it took me hours to get home. Haven't had her long enough to test reliability. Got rid of my TRX 850 before hand, another great bike. Riding the VFR has given me so much more confidence than the TRX ever did. Hadling is faultless as is power delivery. Top bike… Read Full Review

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“When I was looking for a bike about a year ago, I...”

Written on: 23/09/2010 by Jonesy1963 (1 review written)

When I was looking for a bike about a year ago, I looked at a lot of reviews, and the vfr800 certainly sounded like the one for me. I bought a 99 plate in yellow, and yes, I made the right decision.Funny thing is, as an HGV driver I drive a lot of the country, and have only ever seen one more yellow one on the road. Its true about how good the V4 sounds, just look at peoples faces as you ride past at any speed. You don't have to be an expert when looking at one before purchasing, as I am… Read Full Review

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“Just bought a a 2010 VFR800 Vtec. It's actually a 2009...”

Written on: 01/09/2010

Just bought a a 2010 VFR800 Vtec. It's actually a 2009 model as Honda haven't made any this year. This is my third vtec and i have to say i love them. First trip out from the dealer was a 700 mile jolly up to sweden. No issues, good tank range when in touring mode (over 200 miles) and let's face it, after riding for that distance, you want to stop.

Build quality on all the VFR's i've had over the years is top notch. Since Honda sorted the vtec issue out by remapping the ecu and changing the… Read Full Review

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“I have owned two 5th generation VFR800's I like them...”

Written on: 16/06/2010

I have owned two 5th generation VFR800's I like them so much and put probably 50k combined miles with rock solid reliability. A 99 and now an 01. In the year 2010 no motorcycle pushes my buttons like the VFR. It is the best generation in my opinion. The sweet song of gear driven cams is unbeatable. Classic looks, decent handling, great riding position (no pain after all day in the saddle) and more power than I realistically need on the streets. You might need a Sargent saddle, the seat… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I have owned my VFR800Fix from new, and she has taken...”

Written on: 29/01/2010

I have owned my VFR800Fix from new, and she has taken me, and since getting married 5 years ago, my wife across Europe on many great journeys. We enjoy the comfort and pace of the bike whether riding solo, with pillion or with full luggage, the bike handles with exactly the same responce.
The only problem experienced was when the reg/rec failed near LeMans. This was replaced within 24 hours.
The bike instills confidence and never shows its age. The best bike that I have ever owned/used in 40… Read Full Review

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“Although nearly 10 years old the VFR still looks like...”

Written on: 30/10/2009 by malcolm harvey (1 review written)

Although nearly 10 years old the VFR still looks like is has just come out of the box. Twice yearly tours into Europe are a doddle as the riding position is just right for all day comfort, and there is instant power from anywhere in the rev range. Only issue has been the reglator / rectifier, which is well documented. They are now reasonably cheap to buy, but will go on forever and still look the par in years to come. Nothing else on the market comes close to such all round perfection… Read Full Review

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“It's been a few years since I've ride a bike, a friend...”

Written on: 10/09/2009

It's been a few years since I've ride a bike, a friend recommended the Honda VFR 800 and I'm glad he did, the maximum distance in one ride is only 150 miles but what a nice ride. I would like to use this machine to go through the pearly gates with a big smile on my face :-)… Read Full Review

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“When buying a bike I looked at any options including...”

Written on: 08/08/2009

When buying a bike I looked at any options including many Triumphs, BMWs and eventually the Honda VFR 800i.
I was impressed with the riding position, the light handling of the bike at slow speeds and to be quite honest at 120kg it was well suited to a large guy.
I think it is a nice all rounder and does the job well… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Late starter with this biking lark and only been...”

Written on: 21/07/2009

Late starter with this biking lark and only been riding since end of last year - started with a Deauville, which did what it said on the tin. Just progressed up to Honda VFR................ and loving it more ever time i get on it. Did 150 miles the day I picked it up and 6 days later went to Scotland on it. Motorway or twisty roads, its superb. Can't fault it - makes me grin!!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Honda VFR800 I love it. Two up faster than my cbr600...”

Written on: 13/06/2009

Honda VFR800 I love it. Two up faster than my cbr600 without the annoying whine on long trips. Have to lean forward to keep the front wheel down when I make it angry. We're not heroes, been doing this for twenty odd years.Wish the kids who like to go round three corners real fast and talk about it over a latte would stick to the R1 review page for the brief time they are here before trading down to a three wheeled pram and a 4wd school runner. Got smashed-up wrists and arthritic fingers and… Read Full Review

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“iv had 1999 vrf 800 for almost a year and its my first...”

Written on: 09/06/2009 by patlod (1 review written)

iv had 1999 vrf 800 for almost a year and its my first road bike.its perfect for the country roads, out does most newer 600s, almost every wkend i ride the bike 1000 miles to get home n bk 2 work. it is a very reliable bike, comfartable, sounds great i would recomend this bike 2 anyone, i to love the engine it has bags of torque (i personaly hardly take it out of 6th to ovrtake) looks best in yellow i love this bike… Read Full Review

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“The engine, the engine and the engine!!! Handling,...”

Written on: 02/06/2009 by collisr (2 reviews written)

The engine, the engine and the engine!!! Handling, fairing. Torque. Grunt from exhaust under power. Rideability. Feedback to rider. The braking system. Pillion foot position. Luggage. Paintwork and so much more Wow!!! Honda VFR800 is so much fun and I was able to ride without the speed creeping over the speed limit when I wanted to stay legal… Read Full Review

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Collisr's Response to collisr's Review

Written on: 18/06/2009

I've bought it now and owned it for nearly a week - over 250 miles so far. Loving every second :)

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