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Honda VFR 800

V4 Vindication

My expectations were and precarious, the sort of structure comes crashing down in the stiff gust of reality. being yanked from a of resumes on Editor Phil desk into a tiny at Cycle magazine’s Westlake command center, everything I about motorcycles buckled the weight of all there was to learn. But one I was sure of: Honda’s 1986 VFR was Alpha and Omega of everything I expect or aspire to.

An ’83 Interceptor would rip my ’83 GS750E a new exhaust sphincter, under a rider lacking the to walk while chewing a of Wrigley’s Spearmint. Ipso an ’86 VFR looked like it hot-wax my GS standing still. engineering brain trust had itself this time.

It was 45 pounds lighter than the omnipotent ’83 model, aluminum frame spars a straight line between head and swingarm pivot-just the NSRs that won double championships under Freddie in ’85. Forged alloy clamps carried air-adjustable Showa fork legs four-position TRAC anti-dive.

The thing more fun than Dzus fasteners was popping a few and back Honda’s most bodywork for a look at its 748cc thing of staggering mechanical Dual gear-driven overhead lived above the 180-degree Everything inside the horizontally crankcases had lost weight.

Even the footpegs were

The 1986 Honda VFR Interceptor got 20 more power and torque a 748cc V4 that was in turn 20 lighter than its predecessor.

The Honda VFR Interceptor got 20 percent power and torque from a V4 that w

Since I’d made the masthead when delivered a VFR for Cycle’s June issue, faster, more wrists like Ken Vreeke and Coe did the actual testing. I followed at a distance, usually on some cartridge from a previous like Kawasaki’s evil 1000R. The legendary Kerker said the VFR couldn’t match the 105.24-horsepower peak or radar-certified top speed. No matter: Our scales the 505-lb.

Honda was 91 lbs. lighter, it infinitely more manageable on twisted roads. And the Honda was covering the straight bits those bends, getting 0-60 mph a half-second ahead of the Ninja and howling like a GT40. Though it was a game-changer, KV and DC the VFR’s suspension undersprung and its limited cornering clearance a impediment. The six-speed gearbox was a bit too.

Honda VFR 800

But to me, the VFR was omnipotent until otherwise. I just hoped would be something left to when they were

The Dunlop K155s were when I pocketed the key. contact with every on Latigo Canyon had ground aluminum from the undercarriage to cornering clearance no longer an Not for me, anyway. The VFR was mine just in for our pilgrimage to Laguna Seca for the AMA National. I burned a couple of days to ride up early, in with my family in Gilroy and the Suzuki for a ride.

Three into Canada Road, I the GS’s brakes were near as good as the VFR’s. By the I’d decided to sell it.

can be defined by perfect moments in time. For me, the VFR is 10 corners on Hecker Highway between Gilroy and Cruz, followed by a cool-off lap on the way to The at Pebble Beach. The fact bikes are usually forbidden on tasty little stretch-our evidently called in a few favors-was on the cake. Watching Wayne win on a VFR the next day was the aperitif to a perfect

The Suzuki GSX-R was lighter. FZ had more steam. But on a smooth the second-generation Interceptor was better both of them. Decades of the right bike at the wrong have kept me from one, but the sound of four pistons turning a 180-degree 10,000 times per minute me to eBay Motors every

The things I know are still outnumbered by the things I don’t, but at gut level, I know the ’86 VFR is it.

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