Honda VF750C Magna Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1996 Honda VF750C Magna from United States of America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired1600 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZL600

Summary:

Dependable power that handles the twisties

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this bike in almost 10000 miles.

Could use a bigger gas tank, but after 100 miles I want to strech the legs anyway.

General Comments:

Bought the Magna with 1600 miles on it, and I have enjoyed adding 10000 in a year and a half.

It runs like a champ, with only my buddy's Vmax giving me problems in the 1/4 mile (low 12's).

I added a few tricks that makes it look good and run even better. I want to hang onto this bike for a long time.

The former bike I owned, the Kawi ZL600, was fun, but wasn't good on the long hauls (short wheelbase and too light). The Magna could use a seat, but it's WAY better than my Kawi seat. Rode the Magna 8 hours and it didn't tweak my butt much.

If you want a fast, dependable, corner hugger cruiser, this is the bike for you.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2006

1994 Honda VF750C Magna from United States of America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired7300 miles
Most recent distance9500 miles

Summary:

This has been a great bike and I hope I never have to see it go!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this motorcycle at all. I have owned it for the last 3 years and haven't had to do anything to it.

General Comments:

This is a great bike. I have only put about 2,000 miles on it - mostly to and from work, and a couple of short trips.

This bike handles very nicely even at higher speeds. I *accidentally* go over 100 mph all the time on it passing semi trucks and drivers that don't seem to be paying attention.

With its four cylinders, it accelerates very nicely with no degradation with a passenger on the back. It has plenty of power on the city streets. I can keep up with other motorcyclists very easy. However, my friend has a Valkyrie and it stomped all over me. I couldn't keep up with him off the line, but that bike is just big.

I added smaller sized windshield to keep most of the wind off of me. It is going to be mandatory now for every other bike I own. It came with a sissy bar already installed, which has been real nice for my wife.

The only maintenance I have done on it is keeping it clean and shiny, and changing the oil every summer to keep it running well.

Even in the middle of winter here in Missouri, the bike will start up within about 5 seconds of cranking. After it is running, it only takes about a minute before it is ready to run real smooth for you.

I only wish I had more time to run it. Since I have two kids now, it is getting harder and harder to find time to enjoy this bike. I just can't get rid of it yet though!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2005

1999 Honda VF750C Magna from United States of America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired4500 miles
Most recent distance10700 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki GPZ500S

Summary:

Awesome bang for the buck!

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

The Magna 750 is a cruiser rocket. My other (and first) bike is a Kawasaki EX500 (GPZ500S) and the Magna is just as fast.

The bike puts out 82HP, has a redline of 9500, and cruises in 5th gear at 75 MPH at 5,000 RPM.

Has great leaning clearance, not much to scrape unless you add highway pegs or crash bars.

Braking is adequate, but the rear drum brake is not a good match.

Tons of chromed parts, and the four exhaust pipes look awesome.

The seat, both passenger and pilot are not very good for long trips. If you have a passenger, a sissy bar is mandatory as this bike does accelerate like a sports bike.

Universal complaint on this bike is the small gas tank, 2.54 gallons before hitting the 0.6 reserve, good for about 100 to 110 miles.

The bike looks unique in comparison to all other cruisers with their V-Twin engines and single or double pipes.

Bike is quiet and the finish is very good.

The original owner only did 4,500 miles in 5 years, I have done 6,200 miles of weekend rides in 5 months, and I still ride my 2003 EX500 to work almost daily.

The Magna is no longer in production (last model was 2003) but it is one hell of a Power Cruiser if you don't want to conform to the traditional cruiser type.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2004

17th Jan 2005, 13:50

There is one more wonderful fact about the Magna. Since it is a "rocket" in a cruisers body, the insurance is rated for a cruiser. MUCH less expensive than a rocket, but still with tons of performance.

8th Jul 2008, 07:45

I recently purchased a 1994 Honda Magna. The bike has a problem as the left cylinder bank doesn't fire until 3000rpm.

Someone told me this is designed that way. I don't believe it.

After 3000 rpms the bike runs fine. Anyone have a comment on this?

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 15 reviews