Honda VF 750 S — Test published in a danish motorbikemagazine

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Honda VF 750 F

Test of the Honda VF 750 S

published in the motorbike magazine


Written by Gunnar Skrydstrup

with the permission of the M.C.T.C.

Two Honda-models

VF 750 F and VF 750 S

When Honda the first motorbikes with a V-four engine in 1984, not expected that this of engine would be the most engine in Honda’s range and it almost would replace the in-line engine.

But that is a and this year there be four Honda models V-four engines on the Danish Last summer we tested two of models, the VF 750 F and the VF 750 S. Due to the fact that the are almost identical, we have to bring the tests of the two bikes even though the bikes all in all are different. The S-model feels heavy and pretty sluggish in the and is most suitable for long ahead rides.

The F-model is for bends, easy to steer, and suitable for solo rides.

The VF 750 F was put on the market in 1983, but the VF 750 S was introduced two years ago. The first version of the S-model was not exactly for its road-holding qualities and as a result altered the 1983-model, which we rode, by making some at the steering stem and giving the a slightly longer wheel At the same time the air injection was made more efficient, and the output was lifted from 78 to 86 hp at rmp.

Both the S-model and the are constructed after the same with 90 degrees between the four overhead camshafts, 16 and a hydraulic clutch, but the F-model has h.p. more than the and for that reason only a few can be used in both engines.

In to make the engine shorter and it possible to shorten the wheel the front cylinder in the F-engine upward in an angle of 45 degrees the front cylinder is nearer the level in the S-engine. This made it necessary to construct a new cylinder block for the F-model.

Both bikes have a refined engine, and the S-model has to be described as super refined. The VF 750 F silky smooth up to 5000 but then it starts to make vibrations which increases a bit 6000 rpm. Compared to other motorbikes the F-model has to be as almost vibration less.

engines can pull clean in gear from about rpm, if you handle the throttle lever controlled, but the action around 3000 rmp. the VF 750 F test bike had some in the carburation about 250 revolutions on side of 6000 rpm. its accelerating capacity from 60 per hour in the highest gears was first class.

The same has to be about the VF 750 S which has six gears and a total gearing in the top gears the F-model.

Regarding the accelerating through the gears the two bikes are among the absolutely fastest in the 750 cc As to the top speed the VF 750 F is the fastest and the VF 750 F the second 750 cubic-model, we have tested so

The S-model reached 60 kilometers per fastest in the acceleration test. is due to the fact that the S-model’s system worked satisfactorily from the fact that the was a bit harder to pull than for Japanese motorbikes.

The F-model’s grabbed on the other hand by starts which made it difficult to keep the front of the bike near the ground and it costed some tenth which the bike however caught up with.

We were for matter not very impressed by the VF 750 transmission system in general. there was pretty much which was intensified by the fact the engine reacted very on gas changes. Secondly the change of did not work satisfactorily.

The test bike’s gearbox pretty well, when the was cold or thoroughly warm, but it not was thoroughly warm after a of kilometers ride the change of could be so difficult that you could change by a certain of revolutions without really yourself. And in these situations it was necessary to use intermediate gas when down.

Conversations with foreign MC-journalists and intensive of foreign magazines have that the test bike’s change not is alone with problem, but on the other hand it is far all the VF 750 F’s gear changes have this problem.

The gear change had a widespread to make a noise by changes, but from that it worked easily and exactly.

Compared to European sports bikes, the VF 750 F is but in this respect it was not a match for the VF 750 S. is especially one point where the is better than the F-model and is regarding the passenger comfort. Or in words, on the F-model there is nothing which resembles comfort. At least not when it to persons from medium and upwards.

The F-model’s seat looks quite reasonable, and the part is in fact acceptable for type of bike. But at the back is firstly not enough seat. you sit so high with your that you almost take the of a ball. Due to the fact that you do not get any from your legs, you are to wobble when the rider on the brake or revs up the engine.

It not get any better by the fact that the two on the side of the seat are difficult to and to hold properly on to. In short the VF 750 F is not a for people, who often ride pillion passengers.

The riding position for the rider of a VF 750 F is better than that of a passenger.

However, the footrests in also sit high and one of the test reported some tenderness the soles of the feet after a across half Jutland. test rider observed his arms got sore by slow but luckily that can be managed. it was never Honda’s intention a VF 750 F should be used for slow

However, during long and riding where the rider in a relatively upright position, the has a weakness. In this case the narrow screen at certain namely fling the air current so in the face of the rider that it a little unpleasant in the long If you lean forward, as it often is the by sportive riding, the wind is over your head.

The position on the S-model is good and more relaxed than on the But the natural speed in headwind is about 120 kilometers per hour of the pretty wide handlebars and the upright riding position. more favorable winds you can a speed on about 150 kilometers per without any effort.

The VF 750 S has a wide with a padding, which is at the top and firmer at the bottom. After a of hours ride you can feel you have been sitting on the but you are not sore.

From a comfort of view the S-model’s front appears to be nearly perfect. It all kinds of bumps, so that you can feel that they are

The rear end works fine most of the time, but it does not absorb medium-sized bumps and if follows bump the bike with the rear wheel. As a the VF 750 S can by today’s standards still be as a comfortable motor bike.

The VF 750 F is not as comfortable as the S-model, but compared to other sports bikes the is almost deluxe. The front has difficulties absorbing the shocks many soft bumps each other, but apart that it absorbs fine though it is adjusted comparatively for sportive riding. The same to the rear end.

The point the two VF-models really differ is regard to the road-holding qualities. The VF 750 F is easy to steer, while the VF 750 S its big caster and long wheel seems somewhat slow and in the steering in the first phase of a change. At the same time it has a to drop into bends by riding when the first has gone.

Honda VF 750 F
Honda VF 750 F

The S-model does not tempt to riding on winded But it is possible to ride it pretty on twisty roads and even in quick bends with a bumpy, uneven rough surface it is stable and feels Only in a couple of cases we small jerks in the handlebars. The clearance is fine.

We had only the footrest in the asphalt and it actually happened when we deliberately it.

Many Japanese bikes problems with lengthwise on the road, but the S-model does not neither on white stripes nor on patches. And no matter how fast you are straight ahead, the directorial is first class.

The F-model’s stability is also satisfactory though it is unusual easy to

Swings from side to in S-curves happen almost and the bike can be swung very low anything touches the asphalt.

The is increased further by the fact the F-model steers neutrally and precisely. All in all it gives a feeling of and authority, which only a few bikes do, ex. the Honda CB 1100 R. The does not feel so exclusive and as the 1100 R-model, but on twisty it will in many situations show the 1100-model the way.

No matter whether the road is or twisting there is no other on the market which can compete the VF 750 F-model. This is not to say that it is stable in rough bends if the are ridden through with speed. But the minor vibrations in some cases can be noticed all caution is thrown overboard, in any case first at a rate of where most other already have given up.

In cases the F-model feels and you can without problems let the throttle lever be where it is.

The Honda VF 750 F is a which tempts to fast so luckily the brakes are absolutely class. The front brake is efficient. It is also easy to because it grabs even and as the lever is squeezed. The rear demands a very hard in order to lock.

You avoid wheel locks when hard this way, and is the way it should be on a sports bike.

The brakes is also first and its front disc brakes very fine in rainy too. The drum brake at the wheel manages its work and does not leave any need for a

Lumped together the rest of the accessories are good too. the S-model’s fuel tank is too to efficient long-distance riding and its dip is also too small and too hard to The F-model’s switches got nothing but from the test riders.

The instruments are rather traditional and of an about 4% too optimistic speedometer and water temperature gauge, gauge, and various indicators.

The VF 750 Sґ are more unconventional and include a lot of indicators. When the engine is different signs show in on the little display. By this you can check if all control systems are When the fuel level a certain low level, if the stop- or bulb burn out, or if is wrong with the battery, temperature, or the oil feed a warning on the instrument panel light up.

During the riding you can see on the little which gear you are riding in if you any doubt. On the instrument panel are besides water temperature fuel gauge and a digital with stop watch Besides all that the S-model has an flasher system and another which makes a noise if any person should try to steal the

A comparison between the two 750cc is a good example of the fact the often asked question motorbike is the best one, not is to answer before you have the question: the best one for what?

is no doubt about fact one of the two models Touring Nyt’s riders would like to

But if you prefer to ride relaxed, if you comfort to sport, and if you often to ride with a passenger, the VF 750 F is not the answer to your dreams, in case you are better off with the

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