1999 Honda VFR800FI from United States of America
Great bike, needs a couple mods to be comfortable. Highly recommended
Charging issues traced back to the aftermarket rectifier installed by the previous owner.
Pretty darn comfortable; with the right modifications it can be a great touring bike.
Engine is glass smooth at highway speeds. Great passing power above 6500rpm, and decent torque above 4500.
Linked brakes work well and aren't grabby, yet give you confidence the bike won't lock up as easily if the front is grabbed too hard.
Gas mileage is great at 50mpg, especially for 100hp. 40mpg around town.
Fairly comfortable pillion seating position with lower footpegs than usual. Same for the driver, more relaxed pegs.
Stock bars put too much weight on the wrists. HeliBars are recommended for longer rides. Ditto for the stock seat.
Rear tire a snap to take off with the single swingarm.
For a heavier 'sport' bike, it handles very well and takes low speed maneuvers with ease.
Rectifiers are a known problem on this bike. Honda has an updated part that works much better. Do NOT get the aftermarket version. Also wiring extra ground and hot wires to the battery nets a solid 14v. Previous owner spent $1500 trying to nail down the charging issue; I did it with less than $200.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2007