1994 Honda VF750C Magna from United States of America
A great 'power cruiser' that separates you from the crowd of v twins
Literally nothing has happened with the bike. Starts up, runs fine.
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.