Honda VF750C Magna Reviews from United States of America - Page 3 of 5

1982 Honda VF750C Magna

Model year1982
Year of manufacture1982
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Most recent distance31828 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CM450 Custom


V30, V45, V65; Collect the whole set


Electric cooling fan malfunction.

Fork seals leak.

Clutch lever position switch not sending signal.

General Comments:

Twenty six year old bike, still on the road.

Parts available, from dealer or after market.

Water cooled, shaft drive, the first power cruiser.

Visit for a community of owners.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2008

1st Sep 2008, 18:39

Sounds like mine. I have the same bike, a 1982 with 19000 miles. It still runs new. What a machine, runs like a bear. This first year model is sure to be collectible.

23rd Sep 2010, 23:41

I bought mine 2 years ago. It had oil leak from rear left case that I fixed. It was not in good shape at first, but after painting it and riding it, I am getting more and more used to it, and it is really powerful and reliable too.

1994 Honda VF750C Magna

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS500E


A great 'power cruiser' that separates you from the crowd of v twins


Literally nothing has happened with the bike. Starts up, runs fine.

General Comments:

It's my second bike. Wanted something quick yet 'cruiser' style. Also wanted a bike to handle twisties.

As stock from the factory, it's uncomfortable. Bars are too far away and somewhat wide. Seat is a disaster... too soft. Replace the bars, get a better seat. Those two things transform the bike greatly.

It's very sporty, and above 5000 will walk away from just about every other cruiser made, except for a VROD and a couple others. The wail of the V4 definitely lets people know that isn't a V twin under there.

The V4 makes a very unique sound, and aftermarket pipes really bring that out, if annoying at highway speeds. People really turn around to see what made that smallblock V8 sound.

Engine is very docile. Loaf it around at 2k, it doesn't mind.

I had to install a jet kit to get rid of a surging issue. Not absolutely necessary, but something to consider.

Brakes are horrible. Not near enough power for a 'sport cruiser' capable of blasting through the curves. A very common complaint, and HH pads don't help enough. Not much you can do about it.

It begs to be leaned over with the sport tires. This isn't your typical boulevard/weekend sightseeing cruiser. Handling is quite good.

Windshields that work are tough to find. I never did get one that didn't buffet the heck out of my helmet, so I left them off. The shield is just too far away to prevent this.

Good gas mileage, 50mpg on the highway is typical.

Headlight is dismal at best. Many opt to install a VTX light. Better bulbs don't help much.

Pillion pegs are too high up and beg for lowered versions. Comfortable once they are installed.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2007

7th Jul 2008, 20:41

A very helpful review.

I've got a stock Yamaha XV1100 and I was looking at a nicely upgraded VF750C (pipes, Mustang seat, re jetted, dynoed, etc., etc.). The Honda looks like a great bike but I'm probably going to upgrade my XV1100 instead. Tough decision because this guy spent a chunk and I could get the VF750C for what my Yamaha is worth. I guess it comes down to I'm going to stick with the devil I know. Much appreciated.

1996 Honda VF750C Magna

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired9642 miles
Most recent distance9796 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1000


Great all around motorcycle



General Comments:

This 1996 Magna, which I purchased on eBay, is one clean and flawless example. The Magna is a exercise in "eye candy", a beautiful motorcycle to behold.

I am very loyal customer of Honda Motorcycles, owning most every model from the Honda 50cc to a Goldwing (GL1000). Every honda has always performed flawlessly, and has given me a great deal of satisfaction. The Magna is the perfect size motorcycle, powerful, yet very agile and comfortable to ride. I know I have not put a lot of mileage on her yet, but if past experience counts for anything, this will also be a pleasant Honda ownership.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th October, 2006

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 14 reviews