1984 Honda VF500C Magna V30


This bike is extremely good value with a low purchase price and a low cost of operation


I bought the bike used for $100.00. It needed regular service items; chain, sprockets, battery and fork seals. Also needed the seat recovered.

General Comments:

I love this bike. It is much lighter than my previous bike. This allows it to be easily maneuvered.

The V4 engine runs very smoothly and economically (>45 MPG).

My only slightly negative comment regarding this bike would be the small gas tank (2.9 gallons) that does not have a reserve feature. The cruising range is about 110 miles on a tank. The bike does not have a fuel gauge, so I use the odometer and fill up every 100 miles.

But the bike is very comfortable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2010

18th Mar 2012, 18:38

My 1984 Honda Magna V30 (bought it new in 1985 as a college student, and still have it) came with a 3.7 gallon fuel capacity, and it has an "automatic" feature that I actually like quite a bit, rather than running the carbs dry and having to switch from 'on' to 'reserve', either while coasting down the road, or having to pull-over and do it "safely"...

Yes, the main tank has around a 2.8 gallon capacity, and the reserve tank under the seat is about 0.9 gallons. When the main tank is dry, the "reserve" kicks in 'automatically' and a big red "FUEL" light on the dash lights up... hard to miss if you're regularly scanning your instruments... If you do not see this light come on... make sure the bulb is not burnt out. When the "FUEL" light comes on (usually around 130 miles) I figure I have about 40 miles to find a station.

7th Jul 2013, 12:46

I have a 1984 Honda Magna 500. Should the reserve switch be in the on or the off position when the fuel tank is full?

After a long ride my bike died. My error, I was out of gas. I noticed that the reserve switch was set to "on" the whole time.

Now I am unable to get my bike to stay started, even with a full tank of gas.

Can you offer any help?

3rd Apr 2014, 15:41

Use a really good carb cleaner! Clean the carbs as they may have got trash in the jets.

21st Jul 2014, 23:40

Bud, just clean the carbs good and you will be good to go.

This is my 3rd bike; I used to ride sport bikes before, but got tired of it. Now I would never trade my V30, not in a million years.

And also make sure that some piece of rust or something out of the tank is not stuck in your fuel line; that can also be a tricky problem, but is easily fixable.

Good luck.

6th Jun 2016, 22:21

How much did all the repairs cost after you purchased the bike?

1985 Honda VF500C Magna V30


Great 1st bike, great bike period


I had to rebuild the clutch and repair signal light for a total cost of $120. (not serviced at dealership).

General Comments:

This was my first motorcycle, and it has been a blast to ride. It is surprisingly quick and nimble, and will perform just as good as a larger displacement cruiser bikes. The ride is comfortable and the build quality is outstanding.

I only paid $900 for this bike, and it has been a joy to own. I will probably purchase a newer bigger bike in the future, but I will keep my V30. A classic bike that never fails to put a smile on my face.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2010

1985 Honda VF500C Magna V30


Inexpensive performance


Clutch handle was bent. Replaced for $18.

All 4 signal light posts are cracked (dry rot, dropped). Approximate replacement cost is $12 each.

No mechanical defects whatsoever.

Chrome blemished no matter how much I wax it.

O/D light inoperative (far right annunciator light). Not sure how to fix it.

General Comments:

This bike packs one hell of a punch for only being a 498cc. Must be the V4. I can beat 750cc V twin bikes in acceleration.

Recommend 5'11" and below riders. I'm 6'2" and wish the pegs were lower/more forward or the seat much higher.

Keep it around 5000 rpm and it sounds impressive. A nice deep growl. Got 51 mpg when I'm really conservative on the gear shifting. However, the bike sounds wimpy at the lower RPMs.

Incredibly reliable. Bought the bike for $999, and it has not failed me in 400+ miles. I watch my friend's more expensive and newer cruisers break often.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2009

5th Mar 2014, 13:55

I'm 6'2" as well. Is there a way (forward controls?) to slide the pegs & shifter forward on this model??