Subsequent models VFR were even more bolt upright and so for that reason and the introduction of a linked braking system I never considered upgrading. Until now. Having just returned to Sydney from the Phillip Island MotoGP including several hundred kms of fast twisties with 10 other bikes, all cc or above, I had plenty to test it against. The key is dropping down a gear. VFR has low down torque enabling a higher gear to be used but comes alive if you slip back a notch.
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Are you really ready for a tourer? To this day, VFRs are still regarded as some of the most dependable bikes on the planet. Try our marketplace today! Camshafts Honda fitted dependable gear-driven cams to the VFR, hence the characteristic whistle of meshing teeth. However, the pre VFRs still suffered a camshaft related recall due to a lack of oil pressure. Tyre Choice Original bikes came with inch front and inch rear wheels. Later models have wider rims that accept more desirable radial tyres.
Front Brakes Despite a slight improvement in the bike, the front brakes remained a little weak on all VFRs. Braided hoses are a useful mod. Service Intervals Minor service intervals oil and filter are every miles or six months, with a more comprehensive service every miles and a major seeing-to at 16, The VFR is getting on a bit, so check for excessive wear in the consumables — chain and sprockets, fork seals, tyres, brake pad and disc wear. Gearbox At very high mileage around 60, miles, depending on use the gearbox output shaft can get sloppy: it ends up with too much play in it and gear selection can become difficult.
Or you can bodge it by putting a bracket on the gear lever output shaft to hold it in. Front Sprocket Bolt The bolt holding the front sprocket on can work loose. If you remove it make sure you clean the threads, use a thread locking compound and tighten to the correct torque. Buying a new bolt with each chain and sprocket set is a good idea. Chassis The VFR always handled well enough to keep up with sportier machines, but at high motorway speeds the steering had a tendency to become rather vague.
Suspension The suspension is unadjustable, so the only way to improve the set-up is to replace or rework the standard components.
The rear shock tends to get saggy at around 18, miles and will need a rebuild. Knock a few quid off the asking price if the rear seems soggy. Exhaust The collector box is mild steel and rots from the inside out before anything else.
Price How much you pay for a VFR really depends on mileage and condition. It was every bit as good as people said — it handled just as well as the but without the snatchy injection. It never needed its valves adjusting or used any oil. Apart from a sloppy gearbox I bodged a bracket in the gear lever shaft , all I ever replaced were tyres. I took care of mine but rode it too much to pamper it. Even so, I had little trouble with the corrosion.
Honda VFR750F: history, specs, pictures
Are you really ready for a tourer? To this day, VFRs are still regarded as some of the most dependable bikes on the planet. Try our marketplace today! Camshafts Honda fitted dependable gear-driven cams to the VFR, hence the characteristic whistle of meshing teeth.
HONDA VFR750 (1995-1998) Review
Wayne broke his four-stroke lap record by 1. Merkel won two races and Rainey seven, but the championship was won by Merkel by two points. The engine was made of cast aluminium alloy with the crankcase being divided horizontally, VFRP and VFRK models use slightly different crankcases with the lower casing being modified to allow for the gear position indicator in place of the neutral switch. On all the VFR models the gear drive for the cams was between the cylinders.
Honda VFR750F Service Manual
The VFR is initially a cc, but became an cc in because of course. Relishing technology, Honda unexpectedly managed to move on to look at the V4 configuration. But a few of the very early VF brands suffered mechanical troubles, primarily because of low quality camshafts. Honda, alarmed that they are losing their hard-won reputation for reliability, moved to present the VFR motorcycles featuring gear-driven ohc cameras and a tremendously high build quality.
Honda VFR750F Owner's Manual