Honda VF1100C Reviews

1984 Honda VF1100C from United States of America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ650RJ Seca

Summary:

A great bike that reminds me why I love to ride every second I'm on it

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This bike has a high grin factor. Its powerful V4 engine has good torque throughout the range to 10k.

Stock tire dimensions work well, but replace with radials and drop the height to an '80' and nimbleness increases from good to surprising.

I'm still amazed that this 25 year old cycle outperforms many newer bikes, even some cafe style racers.

The seat could be a tad more comfy, but it works for me even on long +400 mile trips and third parties make excellent alternatives.

The V65 Magna is a cruiser that will have sport bike riders wondering what you're riding, and other cruisers reading your license plate.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2009

2000 Honda VF1100C from United States of America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6200 miles
Most recent distance11500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

Great looking, solid, reliable bike

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

2000 Honda Shadow ACE (American Classic Edition) Tourer -- w/windshield & lockable hard bags. Also came with rear seat w/sissy bar & package shelf behind seat. Pegs instead of floorboards.

Good, solid, reasonably fast, touring bike. Comfortable, but I'm 6'+ & could use the pegs pushed forward by 6". Also, it would have been nice to include floorboards, rather than pegs, especially since this is a cruiser.

Aftermarket Crash Bar, Mustang seat (w/backrest) & Vance & Hines dual rear pipes. Also, carbs were rejetted due to V&H pipe upgrade. 1,100 cc so this bike is pretty quick for being 550+ lbs.

Nice running, beautiful bike. It draws attention wherever I take it. Just wish there was more leg room & pedals were pushed further forward.

One more thing: Windshield is too low; it should have been 2-3" higher to keep the wind out of the face of a 6'+ rider.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2006

1984 Honda VF1100C from United States of America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance20213 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB1100F

Summary:

Way ahead of its time! SUPER

Faults:

This is the 1984 V65 Magna.

I replaced the ignition trigger. It had slipped and let the bike go out of time.

I had to strip the old clear coat from the aluminum and polish it to get the chrome look back.

I have NO mechanical problems with the bike.

General Comments:

The bike is super strong. It'll suck your eyeballs to the back of your head when you go open it up. It's not real comfortable nor does it handle like a crotch rocket, but that's not the point here!

It's a cruiser that will keep you grinning ear to ear all day long, with that motor sitting between your legs.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2005

27th Feb 2008, 11:56

The V-65 mag. is a bike that still can pass 90% of what is on the road today. Mine is 24 years old with a stator replacement, final drive replacement, due to a bearing going down, 2 sets of clutch plates and normal maintenance.

She is soon to be 25 years old, and I am still in love with her.

This bike is so far ahead of its time I cannot see why Honda stopped making them.

The only thing one MOST stay on top is ALL fluid changes, and use only high quality oil due to the cam wear problems I have seen on other V-65s.

RIDE ON, c.c. rider.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 3 reviews