1998 Honda VFR800FI
Fifth Gen VFR is the right bike for me
Regulator rectifier connector melted at 67,000 miles.
Stator replaced at 68,139 miles.
Regulator rectifier replaced at 108,168 miles.
Awesome all round moto. Used it for commuting to and from work daily, plus assorted weekend rides in Northern California. The bike was running strong when I sold it; never burned oil between changes (5000 mile oil change interval). Excellent power band and good ergos for all day comfort, even with a stock seat. Put several 13 hour days on it/500 miles plus. Routinely achieved 48-50 MPG, 250 mile range is common.
Engine is easy to maintain for a mechanically inclined person with a service manual. Linked brakes work well. I did replace the rear brake disc shortly before I sold it, due to wear beyond service tolerance.
Sold the bike to purchase a low-mile 2000 model year bike. By now these bikes are pushing 16 years old, and can be had for well under $3000 US. I consider them to be an excellent value, bang for the buck.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd March, 2016