Speedmonkey: Living with — Honda VFR 800

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Honda VFR 800 X

Living with — VFR 800

The Bike — Honda VFR 800 1998

the Owner — Hubbard

Early in 2011 and a break from motorcycles for a few I fancied another bike to The parameters were that it had to practical, reliable and ultimately

My search took me to Honda for and Germanic-surpassing build quality and the VFR 800 for the practicality and performance. It is renowned for a good all round tool of a fast blat around a circuit or loaded up with and touring around Europe.

If you owned or ridden a motorbike in the then you won’t have the rush of a powerful motor little weight to propel. no need for a large motor on a and a couple of thousand pounds get you supercar acceleration and a free of goosebumps.

I have owned 6 in the past and knew what to out for. Personally I like to buy so you can get an insight into the vehicle’s and haggle on the price. I saw a 1998 S reg in red advertised in Autotrader and local to me so got on the

The guy offered to bring the bike to me to a look at so off he rode from his whilst I counted some

The bike was just as advertised, in good nick, not perfect but is was 13 years old and with a full steel exhaust and after a haggling we agreed on a price over -2k and he got the train home. parties happy.

So that I had a good look at her and the stats make for pretty impressive for a sports touring motor. is annihilated in 3.4 seconds and it tops out at 150 mph thanks to 110bhp and 59 torques do not need as much torque as a car due to the of weight).

Being the same as the bike helps it look but I still get the odd ‘pizza box’ which doesn’t phase me due to its I counted these comments how car drivers wouldn’t cope no boot, glovebox, door or passenger seat to store phone etc.

Now the best on a bike, if not since they automated bread-slicing is heated They are brilliant and very to fit — remove the old ones, the new ones on with a little mount the controller on the headstock adhesive pad and run the wires near the I connected it directly into the box and took a lead that supplies power when the is on so I can’t drain the battery by them on.

There are 6 heat settings and on when the temperature’s just freezing are an absolute godsend. can’t keep your warm when you factor in to already low temperatures so these mean you can concentrate on your instead of how cold your are.

Next up was a ‘double screen’ which is higher standard to reduce wind to the rider. Unfortunately when I the dark smoke screen I it. It ruined the lines of the bike so had to go and I the extra wind rush.

The were looking tatty- 12 years old — so I had them The shop didn’t have colours and the one I picked I hated I first saw them. I decided to fit and see if they grew on me, which have a little and don’t me now but I would like to get painted in when the tyres both changing.

In December Mr Clause sent me a Scottoiler and that was on Boxing Day in about 2 hours. quite easy to install tap into an engine-fed vacuum from the engine, mount the oil under the seat and run the nozzle to the swingarm. Position the nozzle the back sprocket and the centre of the and centrifugal force means the oil lubes the chain.

It takes a few weeks to get the correct rate, which is easily via the reservoir and hopefully will the chain a longer life and the frequency I have to adjust it.

The mod was the horn. Motorcycle horns the volume of a child’s bicycle and for something as vulnerable as a motorcycle are inadequate. Listen up manufacturers, fit horns OR at least let buyers the cost option to factory as I guarantee a 75% take-up rate.

I a Wolo Bad Boy air-horn, fairly to wire in with a new relay fed the original horn wiring and a new feed from the battery and somewhere to mount the bulky Job done fairing on and ready to off the sleeping, blind or texting

Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X

I carry out my own maintenance and essential ensuring regular oil changes the correct oil along with jobs dictated by the Honda manual. My Haynes manual is my and a cheap but great point of — but then the internet is full of helpful people and tips.

The one job I wasn’t prepared to was the valve clearances which due shortly after I bought the If I mess them up it could the engine so it went off to Honda who me of -250, but I have peace of it’s been done

The most technical job I have on the bike (probably ever) is to the brakes. Think car, there are 4 bleed nipples, one at corner. Think VFR 800 with brakes and there an unbelievable 8 that need to be bled in and then repeated.

The system by applying some front when the rear brake is and vice versa. When the brake level is applied it pressure to 4 pistons in each 6 piston caliper and a secondary cylinder on the front left applies pressure to a single in the rear caliper when movement is experienced.

Separately the foot brake operates 2 pistons in the rear caliper and 2 of the in each front caliper. All in all having to remove each and hold upside down to the air, bleed in combinations of footbrake to front caliper and brake to rear caliper all whilst the rear wheel off and over the bike holding up a of clean fluid to bleed I needed a massive brew and like I should be awarded a brake bleeding badge’ to sew my leathers.

Other jobs to be done and it’s handy to be to do myself, one to save money and two to they have been and with the right parts. winter maintenance involves the rear swingarm and greasing the points so all works as it should. the front headstock bearings regular grease and in fact year needed replacement which made it steer

Future jobs planned for the when it goes into are to remove the rear monoshock and forks and send them off for a to replace the 15 year old internal oil and fit new This should transform the as oil goes off after time and a company such as Brook will ensure they be better than new with a modern oil and many years of

In addition I plan to strip the calipers and fit new seals to ensure brake as well as they do they left the factory. I hope I don’t need to those darn brakes afterwards!

Costs. What the original purchase price of over -2,000 I have spent -500 on accessories and on servicing parts, tyres and (valve clearances) but this is small fry when compared a car’s running costs and my can all be transferred to new bike or sold on I fancy something new. mpg at 40’ish, insurance at -80 TPFT and tax at -76 a year it’s cheap which is so much fun.

I hand on heart recommend the VFR It’s a cracking all rounder cheap to run and the ONLY vehicle I ever owned where I am not dreaming after something or planning its replacement. I can’t of anything else that close to what this can offer short of spending on a brand new BMW GS1200 which is the 2 wheeled Holy Grail.

In addition if you have never had the of riding a motorbike I would recommend it, be it riding on a scooter or off-road. Nothing comes to the fun, enjoyment and adrenalin you on 2 wheels. Forget your Towers and high performance which cost an arm and a leg to buy and run, use some small change for a changing experience on a daily

Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X
Honda VFR 800 X

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