Engine 748cc DOHC liquid-cooled 90-degree V-Four. Bore and stroke 70 x 48.6 mm. Compression ratio 11.0:1. Transmission close-ratio six-speed. Final drive O-ring sealed chain, 16/43. Front suspension 41mm cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability. Rear suspension Pro-link Hmas single shock with 5-position spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping. Front brakes dual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers. Rear brakes single disc with single-piston.
The CBR 1000F was introduced by Honda in 1986 as it's biggest sports tourer after the first models of the VFR 750 became a bit of a reliability disaster, it ran until 1998 when it was relaced by the Blackbird. I have owned this bike a while now, a 1989 4 cyl 998cc fully faired behemoth of a machine, capable of stupid acceleration, (110mph in 2nd gear?) and 160 mph top end on the original 132bhp machines, later reduced to 125 bhp and made heavier just before the Blackbird came along. It offers comfort, speed, reliability, sturdyness, twin exhausts and have I mentioned reliabilty? Dubbed the flying fridge by some mags, I call mine the plastic rocket (you know, bits fall off in stages? No, not really....) Comfort wise I have done a 600 mile journey in a day, in March, and all that I suffered were cold hands and a bit of NB syndrome, but filling up every 180 miles allowed for this. A very comfy bike, even the pillion has a good time, a grab rail comes as standard and some of the bikes are sold with matching luggage though I have yet to see one. I bought it after sampling a few machines, some of which had been abused, some of which had 4 into 1 exhausts, and also a big hole in the power delivery. The one that I bought looked to be in poor condition, with badly faded paintwork, but it started instantly (it always does) and all of the bodywork was intact and in good order. I would say that this is one of the most important bits to check out. After I bought it I contacted the original owner, it turned out that he was a really nice bloke, and that he had used it for commuting every day for 5 years and only got rid because of a bargain Kawasaki Z900 offered by his mate. It had been serviced "by an old bloke down the way, and if you look inside the cam covers he has written down the tappet clearances" And he had. It came with a new chain and sprocket, a new front tyre but a nearly shagged rear, so I changed them both for a set of Avon Azaro'
s. Bl***y good tyres in my opinion. The only thing I have had to do in the time I have owned it is fit a Fork seal, a set of Carbone Lorrane A3 pads (brilliant brake feel straight out of the packet) and change the camchain tensioner. (To the wusses at the local Honda dealership, It was easy peasy, your mechanic that advised me that they were a pig to do has obviously never done one). It returns an easy 45mpg, but this can be reduced to 25 mpg on a track day if you use the performance (the only really safe place to do it.) It also has an anti dive system but I've never noticed it doing anything, it is easy to plant the front wheel, only three fingers at most needed on the lever and it is so secure when you do this. I have also fitted a pair of Magic Mushrooms but I had to use a kit designed for the Honda Fireblade and drill two holes in my lovely pristine side panels to fit them. The disadvantage? well, this is a heavy bike, at about 460lbs. At low speed, walking pace it is easy to ride both feet on the pegs, but if you are pushing it around with your feet, it can get unwieldy and could catch you out. It has caught me out once when I left the sidestand down (fool), but the mushrooms prevented any major damage. They couldn't prevent the damage to my pride though. Mind, I am only 5'9" in my socks, my bud down the road at 6' has no problems at all. Parts are readily available, some secondhand, but the fairing bits are expensive (as they are for all bikes) from people like wemoto and Hondapart (all on the web). the later bikes were used to develop the linked brake system used on the VFR and Blackbird. These are the only two bikes that I would consider replacing this bike with in all honesty, I am still saving!
Having passed my test in mid '96, I had been searching for the 'right' bike for some time when I came across the VFR750. Recommended to me by a friend in the industry of bikes, I was hesitant at travelling the 50 miles to see it, however I made the commitment and off I went. I couldn't have made a better descion! The VFR is a tank of a machine and at 50,000 miles was only just beginning to come to life. Mine was an '89 F reg model with the dual sided swing arm (later superseeded by the single swing arm) which I found to give a better ride. In fact this first production VFR was a complete failure and so Honda went back to the drawing board and designed this bike. They obviously had taken all the problems into account as this machine was/is perfect as the sports tourer top of class. I've used it for all sorts of journeys, long (200+ miles) and short, to work and it's always been a pleasure, never failing to start and getting a good 150 miles on a tank (£10) before hitting reserve. I'm at 58,000 miles now and still going strong -- You are furnished with the standard rev counter and speedo display and a handy little digital clock, along with temp and fuel dials. As the sports tourer you also have the adjustable couling for sorts or touring mode (adjusts the wind deflection) and the option to add panniers if requierd. As new they also came with a add on seat couling which turns your two seater into a one seater sports mode. I never used it but it does add to the overall look when on. So I would sugeest that if you are in the market for a second hand motorcycle, or even thinking what new model to buy... you couldn't do much better than to choose yourself a VFR.