1998 Honda VFR800FI from Australia


Terrific all-round every-day motorcycle with a peerless engine


Regulator rectifier failed twice. Replaced once under warranty and again at 60,000km. Caused several blown headlight and instrument lighting bulbs, and a cooked battery. Replaced with a custom after-market unit with great success.

At 80,000km, major engine overheating sourced to a bit of plastic swarf inside the cooling system that jammed the thermostat. A real pain that a manufacturing fault took so long to surface, but in the end, it was a simple cure.

Clutch slips a bit under heavy load when cold, but after 100,000km that's not bad!

Rear shock damping adjuster screw has a known fault and has broken, preventing adjustment. It is stuck on the softest setting. Repair/replacement cost is significant.

General Comments:

Engine made in heaven. Nothing stirs the soul like this glorious gear-driven-cam V4.

EFI performs flawlessly and gives fantastic mileage on high octane (95+) fuel.

Handling is stable and forgiving, stays glued to the road, though it is a little slow in the really tight stuff.

Linked brakes give great stopping power in all conditions. Too much rear bias on the front brakes for my liking, and it overcooks the rear disc under heavy use (ie: track day or heavy sports riding)

Comfortable seating position for touring or sports riding. Pillion seat is great too.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2005

2001 Honda VFR800FI from United Kingdom


The best money can buy


Brilliant bike, the regulator/rectifier has to be replaced at 16000m.

General Comments:

This is rated as the best bike in the world by the press, and you have to agree. It's not the best at anything compared with all other bikes, it just manages to combine everything into a great package - making it the master of all trades. Handling, comfort, brakes and reliability are superb. Get the pre V-tech model like mine, this bike still has a soul!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2005

20th Aug 2005, 18:30

I have 98 VFR800FI and I’ll never sell this bike, it has the best engine ever made by Honda.

The only handicap is the rectifier (in 65 000 km I have already replaced it 3 times).

25th Jan 2007, 00:01

I have 1998 VFR800FI and find it to be one of the best out of 50 motorcycles I have owned in 48 years of riding.

I replaced the rectifier with a heavy duty model, even though I never had a problem with the stock one, just to be on the safe side.

I think the '98 and '99 VFRs are the best because they have the gear-driven cams, no V-TEC, and a 180 degree crank.

These models sound like a small block V8 with a supercharger.

Fit and finish is typically Honda, i.e., beautiful.

These are very reliable and good for many years of enjoyment.

They deserve a thumbs up!