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THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE HONDA VFR750 FJ/FK 1988/89 MODEL ONLY in 2006 i started taking my motorbike lessons to get through my motorbike test. 5 months later i was looking to buy my first bike, i really wanted a sports bike but got advised that they are to powerfull for a new rider, i only had £1000 (uk pounds) and wanted the best bike for my money. i came across a bike called an honda vfr750 f k 1989. an old bike andwas adviced that i should get this bike as it was rated one of the best bikes ever made . so i traveled 200 miles on a train to get this bike , because i wasnt confident i only test rode it for 5 mile or so, i parted with my money £800 (uk pounds) (bargin) 3 years on from that day i still have the vfr750fk and in my opinion its the best bike you can ever buy and these are my reasons the honda vfr 750 fk started off being a bike you steered clear of. but since they changed the cam chain for cam driveshaft in the late 80s it as became the most reliable engine you could have,, and it became the maker of honda although some say that honda as made a loss with this bike but saved the company from going bankrupt from there earlier mistake with the earlier cam chain. this bike is a v four twin exhaust bike.this v4 engine is known to be very reliable and very few known problems. the fk model as a rc24 engine. the vfr750 fk has 105 bhp and a top speed of 153 mph although ive only seen and felt 145 mph on this bike. the bikes top rpm is 10.500. when riding anything over 7.500rpm your in racing mode but this bike is a great all rounder. its class is a sports tourer, and the way it feels all depends on the rider, this bike has 6 gears and every gear pulls really well even with a pillion . even if your in 6th gear doing 45mph you can turn the accelerater and within seconds you will be at 100mph . if you gear up propery, let say between 4000rpm and 6.500rpm this is a lively bike with power, if you gear up at higher revs lets say 7500.- 8500 + rpm you are in racing mode and this runs like a true sports bike with rapid acceleration. but please be warned the brakes are not as good as a really modern bike so please allow for this, even on day trips out its great i put the panniers and cruse along all day at 70 mph , the amount of tourk will carry 2 big riders and all there luggage all day long, i even go riding with other riders who own big sports bikes and even they are impressed with the bike , with a top exceleration of 0-60 in 2.3 seconds its quicker than top road sports cars it also has a good fuel tank holding 20litres and averages at around 48 mpg so if you drive senceable you will get around 170 miles plus your reserve. this bike has a very low cost maintainence bill, and with a vfr750 manual a beginner rider or machanic can do all the servicing very easy from the step by step instructions . with regular oil changes and a bit of tlc this bike will run forever. i bought this bike at 65.0000 miles and now has 145.000 on the clock, so you can see just while ive had the bike i have done a life time worth of riding, and im still hoping to have this bike in another 3 years time. i now also ride a honda cbr900 fireblade, which is in a totally different league to the vfr750 but still the vfr750 has a place in my heart and will always be recommended as a brillient reliable, practical bike, if you like to read more about the spec of the honda vfr 750 f models in detail please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_VFR750F im also a member of the vfr club which is a forum online where peaple share there passion of the vfr , you will find the vfr club here: http://www.bikersoracle.com/vfr/forum/ if you have a honda vfr 750 i have found a site where they still make replacement parts and very cheap too. ( as they stop making parts for the honda vfr over 20 years old ) http://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk i hope this as been an interesting read, thanks this review is all mine (bruvs247) on ciao and bukisa under the same user name
The Honda VFR 750 has, in its later forms, been rated as the best all rounder of the two wheel world. How does a used example stack up against the seductive charms of newer flashier models.? I've had mine for 18 months now , it being a late model 750, made just before the fuel injected 800 was produced. It's the bike I got back into biking for, a combination of restrained styling and swiss watch like engineering. The heart of the bike, the wonderful v four engine, idles a bit lumpily unlike in-line fours but produces a wave of torque from as little as 2500 revs. You can ride it by just walloping up from 3 to 8 thousand in any gear and the feeling is addictive. Above 8 k the engine note drops, the exhaust starts to wail and you can hear the carbs sucking air in through the intakes mounted under the front indicators. In a world of clone like fours from the other manufacturers (and Honda) the v four really stands out. As to looks, I'm getting too old for flash race replica graphics, so the restrained mono colours of the 750 appeal. The late ones have a split headlight (which like that on the Blackbird, is superb) and seriously good looking NACA ducts and Testarossa like strakes in the fairing. This combined with the absence of graphics (other than the "VFR" and gold Honda badge) makes it a particularly sporty, sleek and classy looking machine. The single sided rear swing arm and black alloys leave the look clean. The bike is physically quite big, and might be a problem in town for the rider of shorter height. At just under 6' I find it very comfortable and the pedals in an ideal relationship to the seat. Also as I can't bend my ankle too far (transit van-ankle-BMW bike sandwich---don't ask) the fact that the brake is straight in front of the footpeg is a boon. My 5'2 wife finds the pillion seat comfortable, but preferred the view from the higher saddle of the Beemer. The grab rails are ideal ly placed. I'm no racer, and so I find that the bike's limits exceed mine by far. On Battlax BT 54 tyres, the bike can take a firm push of counter steer to drop it into a corner, but it is stable when leaned over. A warning though, it is very susceptible to rear suspension height, so if you dont raise the preload when carrying a passenger you can find it wants to go straight rather than turn in. In passing, I don't find any real dip in performance with my wee wife on board, but braking is a bit heavier. The gearbox can be a bit clunky, but is always positive and I've only had one false neutral in 12000 miles so it can't be bad. The clutch is hydraulic and can get a tad heavy in town but you can leave the bike in second when filtering and accelerate from walking pace to motorway speed without changing gear!, so it's not too much of a problem The brakes are powerful but with standard pads are a bit dead feeling. I might try softer pads. The dash is clear, a black speedo, white tacho, black temp and fuel gauge with warning light, the usual idiot lights and a clock. As with all Honda's the finish of bodywork and mechanics is superb so no worries there. Running costs, not as high as more sporty bikes-- 35ish mpg in commuting, no oil used (of course). Tyres last with my type of riding about 6000 miles back and about the same front and cost about £200 for a decent pair. Servicing a bit complicated if valve clearances involved, a couple of hundred for a big service, about half for routine. I've needed no other parts, not even a fuse. All in all I love it and plan to hold on to this one for as long as I can!
I have to own up to being a recent biker, took my test 8 months ago, but as more and more people take to two wheels fro the first time I am confident my opinion is valid I bought the VFR, 1995, and it has proved a constant source of delight Taking you through it Looks Not as hard core as something like a Fireblade or R1 but definitely more sports than tourer Ergonomics This the tourer bit, you are not flung forward onto the handlebars with your feet in the air. Position is great, something between the sit up and beg of a BMW and a full on racer. However the VFR is a big bike and is only very comfortable for the tallish. I am 6ft 1 and backing it up a road camber has me on my tip toes. Like wise if you are smaller the sitting position would be a bit of a stretch. Performance The VFR is a 100hp bike this makes it very quick. 150 mph (So I am told) and sports car humiliatingly quick 0-60 times With sports bike evolution this years crop makes a mockery of the year before and so on. What you have to concider is that this bike would scare you witless on full bore then and it will do the same now. Build quality It’s a Honda so it is exemplary Overall I use my bike to commute in to London every day a task it performs perfectly and in the last few miles of country roads you can enjoy a good thrash. In it’s repertoire, though I must say untested, is it’s ability to go for a tour. Putting a few hundred miles a day on the clock do not seem at all daunting. Go for this bike if your prime objective isn’t to grind down knee sliders but you don’t want to look like an idiot at the traffic light drag race.