Honda VFR 800 V-TEC

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Honda VFR 800

Those of you of a certain age will a snooker player called Davis. Nice guy, and successful, but not exactly what you call an exciting player to He just did the job, very and collected prizes. There was a company who used him in their TV ads Boringly reliable copiers was tagline.

The general opinion, among my esteemed colleagues in the press, seems to be that the VFR is the Davis of motorbikes. Worthy and yes, but also rather Not, I have to say, the public found that to be a The VFR has always been a good here, perhaps because the buying public, are more in getting something that do what you need rather the latest fashion tool. is a good thing.

Perhaps you remember Ron Haslam taking a standard VFR from a dealer and himself extremely well at a wet 1985 Transatlantic race at Donnington against full factory racers. Oh yes — the VFR may been dull and dependable but it has been fast and been with better than handling.

This latest of the VFR has a little extra something. Honda’s variable valve has been around in one form or for ages, although you’re more used to seeing it in a car on a bike. Engines biased touring have their timing set to produce optimum and torque without relying on the result being that soon run out of steam when get more frantic.

Sportier have a valve timing makes them far more at higher revs, producing far power with similar but being typically gutless at speeds. The principle of VTEC is enough — at lower the valve timing is softer and at a point the timing changes to the rev monster that was always in there. In the VFR, this at 7000rpm and is accompanied by both a change in noise and in attitude.

Mild mannered Bruce if you like, has got cross and turned The Hulk. Well, that may be it a bit. Boringly reliable Davis has turned a little

And he’s all the better for it, too.

a bit more going on here initially meets the eye. Put the numbers don’t add up properly. the bike makes it very that this latest is blessed with ample it is a beautifully torquey motor and the itself is light and well

Which would be fine that the bare figures the engine isn’t particularly isn’t especially torquey and is into a bike on the heavier end of the Now I don’t know how Honda pulled this trick but they’ve done it very indeed. The VFR pulls well low revs and has a beautifully linear delivery right up to, and indeed beyond, the red line.

There is a when the V-TEC kicks but how much of that is psychological as the changes so dramatically I can’t be I’ll just say that I once found the VFR lacking in or flexibility.

Now at various times in the I have referred to preconceptions, and is a bike about which must be more than Many people will say the VFR is boring. That it is just so that it isn’t exciting, it is somehow less of a bike it can seriously be considered all things to all

Not true. None of it, in fact. It boring — nothing this sort of performance be fairly be called boring.

It is incredibly capable, but that detract from the fact you can have a laugh on it. There is no way it could really be all things to all — in fairness it will do as well as most riders handle, but then again so just about anything that isn’t a scooter or a special. But the majority of the biking preconceived prejudices are reserved for one feature of the VFR.  Linked

Honda have been them for a while, and it’s that when Moto had them on their entire including the fire breathing Le back in the 80’s, enthusiasts about how great they Why, then, is everyone so set Honda doing the same Not something I can objectively answer, I was firmly entrenched in the same I don’t like linked because, well, just My Guzzi had them and they fine.

But now, 20 years on, I like them.  Well, isn’t totally true. In if you listen carefully you can hear the sound of a journalist eating his and admitting that, shock, he was wrong. Yes, it’s

While I didn’t notice any improvement from having I didn’t notice any downside The VFR brakes are pretty much the rest of the VFR. Effective, and perfectly integrated.

For the record, by the Honda cite the following as the reason behind fitting brakes: The CBS system, in most situations, offers greater efficiency than a conventional For example,a rider performs an stop only using the brake lever. As the system is they will get some and proportional, braking force the rear, without even about it.

Well, it seems reasonable and certainly doesn’t any adverse effects that I find. If you can think of a downside, you let me know, please?

Right, enough pontificating, actually ride the thing.

the VFR around before getting on, the thing that strikes you is the of apparent weight. It really is well balanced. Something that strikes you will be um, distinctive appearance.

Well, at Honda can’t be accused of form ahead of function.

in the saddle, everything falls to hand. No, I mean everything is where you want it to be. Again, I know how Honda do it, but they able to make a bike fits everyone perfectly away.

It’s a neat Start the engine, look at the to be sure it really has started yes, it really is that and smooth — get yourself and off you go. Pulling away the VFR is smooth but not ripping the tarmac up.

Build a bit speed and the fairing shows yes, it works quite The mirrors don’t blur at all and a pretty reasonable view. is admirably clear, with a and quite accurate fuel twin trip meters, and air temperature gauge.

If your happens to be taking place at you will be treated to the best I have ever seen on a They are way better, even, most car drivers get to use. they are not, but my word effective.

At some point quite likely that you encounter a corner. This, at on the VFR, is a Good Thing. The was, to be honest, a bit of a surprise I was expecting something that handle reasonably well, but I expecting something that take one of my favourite stretches of as fast and as composed as any top end sports

I failed to provoke a weave or any at all — the VFR simply did as it was asked fuss or drama. This to be the case solo or two up — the VFR is unfazed by whatever you throw at it.

between the corners isn’t a big either. There is plenty of although things get more with higher revs, and the V-TEC has kicked in there is to sustain an enthusiastic pace resorting to frantic gear Should you decide to work the though, you’ll find it is smooth and effective.

Which isn’t much of a surprise.

is, astonishingly enough, one area it is just possible that have allowed form to over function. Underseat is, to all intents and purposes, non existent. Oh you can get the toolkit in there, and there’s for a puncture kit as well, provided a small one, but that is it.

Not a huge issue on a bike this but it is a surprise nonetheless.

bikes just reach out and you. Some make you in love with them of their looks. Some you with their character. The VFR none of these things.

I did over 800 miles on the VFR in the week we had it. I once found anything it wouldn’t do (although I didn’t try it off road) and found quite a few it would do far better than I had any to expect. During this I tried to rationalise how I felt it.

But I couldn’t. I didn’t fall in with it because of it’s because I don’t find it pretty. It didn’t seduce me it’s character because it, um, have much. And it didn’t out and grab me because that of thing would somehow be too for it.

And yet I could quite happily with one, and I can easily see how so people buy a VFR and then never anything else.

Quite it’s a fabulous bike.

2nd by Adrian Percival

The Honda VFR has been one of my favourite bikes. a comfortable and surpisingly sporty to ride and yet is one of the few bikes you can honestly off for breakfast, take the long way for and then look for the longest way for dinner.

Honda has introduced technological advances to the VFR over the but when I saw the first pictures of the new VFR I was I just couldn’t believe they had done. When I saw it in the flesh I still wasn’t

It’s a bike that on you the more you ride it, and the more you stand a stare at it!

The new VFR is probably the advanced sports/tourer we have yet, with many new including the infamous variable technology (VTEC). Simply the VTEC engine runs on two per cylinder below 7,000 rpm cuts into four per cylinder above 7,000.

The thing you notice when you aboard, is the seating position. pretty much the same as its but the pillion pegs are now 10mm thanks to the new exhaust location. The has a new seat which is some wider for better comfort and the grab rails are 10mm

I had a chance to sample the pillion view on a trip into from Oxfordshire, all I can say is that it was easy and comfortable for reasonable trips, and the grab handles did what Honda designed to do.

The new ‘VTEC’ VFR is a very together Most bikes in this of the market offer much engines than the 781cc but not many provide such a of technical sophistication and refinement. It has of power to get by in any road based but if I had one criticism to make then it have to be the lack of any torque about 3000rpm.

This is not a problem on most sport tourers in this due to the engine size difference, but aside it is an absolute howl you get it over that low torque I seemed to spend most of my on the bike at around 7000rpm the delights of the VTEC and listening to the note change as the power started!

VFR fans of old will not be with this new improved I wasn’t and I have had 4 over the If you can only afford one vehicle to do then the VFR is still one of the smartest you could make.


List price £8 349 cooled 781cc vee four 16 four-… with variable timing. Kerb weight (218kg for ABS version) Colours – silver, black, blue 108bhp @ 10500rpm. Torque @ 8750rpm

Our Rating (out of 5) 4 Handling 4 Braking 4 Comfort 5 Fun 3 MotorBikes Today overall — 4

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