A bike with a well earned reputation as an allrounder. Excellent!
I bought this bike to replace my '87 CBR1000F that was getting a little long in the tooth, but still performing well.
While the VFR does not have the huge acceleration and brute power of the CBR, it is a much better all round motorcycle.
Power is more than adequate for sane riding. The low to mid-range power delivery is excellent, and highly usable both in traffic and on the open road. Top end is no match for most litre bikes, but is still good enough to be scary.
Handling is excellent, even by modern standards. In the hands of a reasonably competent rider, the VFR will keep most other bikes in sight, regardless of capacity.
Seat comfort is excellent for both rider and pillion. My wife and I can go considerably longer than we could on the CBR before numbness sets in. Footpeg position is very good. The fairing works very well with no buffeting below 120kph (75mph) and only moderate activity up to 150kph (93mph). I have to confess that at age 50, going faster than this has no attraction, so the VFR copes well in all areas at "normal" speeds.
Fuel economy is average for a 750cc motorcycle.
What mostly attracted me to the VFR was its looks. This is one sexy looking machine, even given that it is sixteen years old. I often find myself just admiring the lines and finish. This is a bike that begs to be ridden and enjoyed.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th May, 2006