1984 Honda VF500C Magna V30
I'll never get rid of the bike -- I'll probably be buried with it
The bike sat for 3 years since it was last on the road, so the carbs were gummed and rusted up when I bought it from the previous owner. Clutch master and slave cylinders were shot. Took a trip to the local Honda dealer to get those items fixed, but other than that, just a battery was all it needed. They also drained the coolant and added fresh.
I absolutely love the bike. My dream bike since 1983 when I was a senior in high school was the Honda V65 Magna. Well, this is its baby brother. I knew that I would never own a V65, since I would probably kill myself on it, but the V30 has that classic bad boy "power cruiser" look that made the Magna bikes famous back in the mid 80s. In my opinion, they were the best looking bikes that Honda ever built.
It accelerates like a modern liter bike -- the power that the V4 500cc motor produces is amazing. Love the handling and the bike is very comfortable. Brakes could be a bit better -- a rear disc brake rather than drum would have been better.
The V4 is so silky-smooth, it surprises you with its power. It really comes into its own after about 5000 RPM -- takes off like a rocket.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2014