Honda VF500C Magna V30 Reviews from Canada

1985 Honda VF500C Magna V30

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres

Summary:

Accellerates better than most cruisers, and handles better than any of them

Faults:

Replaced the chain one year after purchase, tires (naturally), repainted bike.

General Comments:

I bought this bike because of its smaller displacement as a starter.. it's now 4 years later and I still own it with no intention of replacing it.

I've ridden many other bikes in the mean time, but in all honesty am disappointed in the common v-twin cruiser. This little 500 runs faster than any 750 cruisers I've come across, and keeps pace quite nicely with litre (+) bikes.

If you have a chance to get a V65 (1100), go for this bike first, but don't pass up this little gem because it's quiet and humble!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2010

1985 Honda VF500C Magna V30

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Maxim 650

Faults:

Breaks seem a little soft to handle the speed this bike is capable of.

General Comments:

Great, reliable, maneuverable, quick bike that, in my mind, meets all of the check marks, except for long distance cruising, as it would be less comfortable than a bigger bike. A really enjoyable and gutsy bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2010

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews