Honda VFR750 Reviews from United Kingdom

1996 Honda VFR750

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired39200 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda NT650V Deauville

Summary:

Quick, handles well, comfortable

Faults:

Needed a new rear tyre.

General Comments:

Awesome bike. Pulls like a train, and handles like it's on rails.

May well be the best bike Honda ever built.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2012

1986 Honda VFR750

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance43500 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW K 75 RT

Summary:

No bike of this age should be as good as it is

Faults:

A duff battery shortly after I got the bike.

A wiring connector came loose causing a break down.

General Comments:

When I purchased my VFR750FG, it was already 18 years old, but in good condition and cost me £1250 with Krauser hard 30L panniers.

The previous owner had bought it new and only done 31000 miles in 18 years.

A service and a taller screen have given me an excellent bike.

The brakes are below par compared to more modern stuff, but it is a comfortable, fast bike with excellent build quality.

In the 15 months I have owned and ridden it all year round, I have put another 12000 miles on it, and think it may be the best bike ever made.

It returns 40mpg ridden hard or 46mpg ridden normally.

It pulls cleanly from 3000rpm, and above 7000rpm takes off like a scalded cat to the 12000rpm redline.

I've seen 140mph on foreign motorways and think it will hit 150mph with the standard lower screen and no panniers.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2006

23rd Feb 2007, 18:24

I had an 89 VFR and it was fantastic. I agree that the brakes were not brilliant, but adequate. A bike that old, if the brake lines have not been replaced, they will swell affecting braking. Replacing with braided brake lines makes a huge difference.

22nd Mar 2007, 03:52

I posted the original review and have just changed my VFR for a Kawasaki ZRX1200S (I'll write a review after I have owned it for a while).

My VFR and I had covered 21,000 miles together in 1 yr 10 months.

Since the first two issues were rectified it has been 100% reliable. Reliable and predictable to the point of dullness some may say.

Fuel economy dipped to 38mpg in the final few months of ownership. Maybe this was my confidence with the bike.

It was coming to the point where a major service with new chain, sprockets and brake pads would be needed, so I traded it in for £500 against my new bike.

I would definitely have another one day, they are great bikes.

11th Mar 2010, 07:40

After years of boring middleweights (Divvies, GS 500s etc) I bought a 1986 VFR for £680. I soon replaced the collector box and rear silencer for a s/hand stainless steel item for £60 and had a really cheap sports bike. In this case cheap doesn't mean bad, as I've covered a further 4000 miles without a problem, other than conking out once due to an overheating reg/rec unit. I sorted this by relocating it to the rear footrest bracket.

The bike is far more solid, powerful and comfy than I'm used to, though 40 mpg has come as a bit of a shock compared to my previous bikes. For my daily 40 mile commute it's perfect, & I will probably get a newer, shinier one when I can afford it. In my opinion, you won't get a better/faster bike for the money.

1996 Honda VFR750

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki Bandit 600

Summary:

Fast and comfortable

Faults:

As I was in the process of selling the bike, the exhaust could have done with some welding.

Starter motor did not always work.

General Comments:

I bought this bike as an all year round bike, not just a toy. It has served me very well, never let me down all through the winter.

It is not an all out sports bike, but is very very fast. It can keep up with most bikes of its size. When on the motorway, it will sit at 120mph no problem whatsoever, with little wind blast. I have managed 140mph plus.

Once again, it keeps up on the twisty bits with the best of them. But also is very comfortable. On my old bandit 600 we would need to stop after 50 miles 2 up, but on the VFR we can go an extra 20 miles.

Overall, I would say this bike is a excellent bike for motorway use and a bit of track. It's excellent with a pillion.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

22nd Feb 2013, 02:34

I've had my VFR750F 1986 now for 10 years, if not more, and I've clocked up 158,000kms. The motor is still original! Serviced regularly! I bought the bike when it had 92,000kms. This bike can handle anything you dish out, it loves to roar hard and is easily tamed. No other bike comes close to its economy. If I ride sensibly I'll get between 350 - 400kms a tank full. If I ride aggressively, I'll be lucky to get 280kms to a tank full. The engine purrs like a kitten. I wouldn't change it for anything else...

Go Honda!

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 3 reviews