Honda VF700C Review

1987 Honda VF700C from United States of America

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2500 miles
Most recent distance36150 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS650GL


Stylish, reliable, and fun!


Not much, really. Drive shaft seals have started to weep, but not enough for me to need to fix them.

Carburetors need regular syncing.

Seat stitching came undone way too early, about 20,000 miles.

The transmission has shifted oddly very infrequently. Usually a 'first to second' miss, it winds up in neutral. Also sometimes a false neutral when shifting from 2nd to 3rd. This has only happened a handful of times and less and less as the bike gets older, it seems.

If front brake caliper starts to leak, the geometry of the brake setup can cause the fluid to deposit directly onto the disc. This will cause increased stopping distance, which you will notice right away. A quick inspection once a month should prevent any problems.

General Comments:

I've owned a few Honda's, and I find them to be super-reliable. This Magna has been as reliable as the sunrise! Very low maintenance.

The styling is very unique! The VF700C was only made in 1997 and 1998, and while it may not be a 'collectible', it sure stands out amongst the bikes of its year.

I love this bike because of the low maintenance requirements, and its reliability. Find and keep one if you can!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2009

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review