Written on: 24/02/2013
After a couple of years without a bike I spent a lot of time researching what I could buy with my very limited budget. There was always going to b a level of compromise, however, I really think I've hit the jackpot with the VFR, £1500 has bought me: - an outstanding engine noise with an after-market can already fitted - low down torque and top end scream - superb build quality with excellent resistance to corrosion - confidence-inspiring handling - more than enough power to keep up with... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2012
Just returned from 2 weeks 4.5K trip. First off all the bike is fantastic in touring on motorway with constance speed over 80MPH, but it usually is short part of the trip. Fuel economy is acceptable only if you race the bike and not really care about the fuel gage, country roads easy ride 18-20MPG unacceptable for bike so called touring. Comfort may be enough for sport bike but for touring is not so great. I'm easy rider and don't like to force bikes but VFR even easy ride ripping back tire... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2012
I own a 2005 VFR800 with factory matching saddle bags and top box. It's the best do everything bike I've ever owned but definitley the master of none. I've been riding since 1970. Over the past 15 years I've been pursuing the speed machines. I had a Kawasaki ZX7R, ZX11, zx9R, ZX12R, and then finally the ZX14. I would do the odd track day and 1-5 day sport touring trips. I'd have a blast but the joy was always tempered by the pain in my knees and wrists after a full day in the saddle. I went... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2012
I've had my VFR800FiY for 3 years and it is easily the best machine I've ever owned. I'm not talking about specific areas, as other machines have been better at some of those, but in general. This is the most complete machine that I've ever come across. The engine is a bullet proof jewel. It has bags of torque, so you can potter along, and 110bhp, so things can easily get a bit exciting, and it sounds superb. It is a sports tourer, not a sports bike, but even so, it's no slouch at... (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2011 by grocott2964 (10 reviews written)
I failed to see the point of the Honda VFR800. 800cc is a large engine and the V4 config is a complex way of making an engine, they were quite expensive to buy and service compared to other bikes. Main problem is it only produces 100bhp but is over 210kgs(dry) and despite having a 21 litre tank + fuel injection has a fairly poor tank range About 150 miles. The handling is good wet or dry but compared to a sports bike with a conventional engine that puts the weight over the front wheel not so... (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2011
This is my 20th bike & will probably be my last. Ive owned Japanese, German & Italian bikes. My last bike was a Honda CBR600 F3 that I owned from new. So I wanted a bike that would fill the gap of the ever reliable, ultra reliable & fun F3. The VFR fitted the bill, comfortable & a pleasure to ride, a bit heavier than the F3, but once underway you forget all about the 200+ kilo weight. The brakes are terrific, I don't mind the linked brake system at all, once you get used to it, you don't... (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2011
I have owned alot of bikes in my 42 years of motorcycling form British Classics (although they wern't then!) to more modern stuff lately. I have always had a high regard for Honda's but have felt they were a bit souless, did what it said on the tin but didn't taste of much! After having several bikes in the sports touring category I finally bought a 2001 pre-VTEC VFR800. I had a 750 before and like it but was high mileage. This bike is simply fantastic, it handles like it cares for you, the... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2011 by eft55 (1 review written)
I have just returned to riding after 15 years out of the seat and chose a Honda VFR800 because of positive reviews and personal recommendations from rider friends who do not even own one. So far I am more than happy with my choice when comparing it to the old GSX1100 I rode in the past. It has ample power and good delivery of that power and handles like a dream compared to my old Suzuki. My first ride back was a 400klm ride through winding and open country roads and it performed above my... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2011
I had to give reliability only four stars as when i bought the bike the regulator/rectifire was on the way out. Pi**ed off for the dealer for selling me this as it took me hours to get home. Haven't had her long enough to test reliability. Got rid of my TRX 850 before hand, another great bike. Riding the VFR has given me so much more confidence than the TRX ever did. Hadling is faultless as is power delivery. Top bike. (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2010 by Jonesy1963 (1 review written)
When I was looking for a bike about a year ago, I looked at a lot of reviews, and the vfr800 certainly sounded like the one for me. I bought a 99 plate in yellow, and yes, I made the right decision.Funny thing is, as an HGV driver I drive a lot of the country, and have only ever seen one more yellow one on the road. Its true about how good the V4 sounds, just look at peoples faces as you ride past at any speed. You don't have to be an expert when looking at one before purchasing, as I am... (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2010
Just bought a a 2010 VFR800 Vtec. It's actually a 2009 model as Honda haven't made any this year. This is my third vtec and i have to say i love them. First trip out from the dealer was a 700 mile jolly up to sweden. No issues, good tank range when in touring mode (over 200 miles) and let's face it, after riding for that distance, you want to stop.
Build quality on all the VFR's i've had over the years is top notch. Since Honda sorted the vtec issue out by remapping the ecu and changing the... (read more)
Written on: 16/06/2010
I have owned two 5th generation VFR800's I like them so much and put probably 50k combined miles with rock solid reliability. A 99 and now an 01. In the year 2010 no motorcycle pushes my buttons like the VFR. It is the best generation in my opinion. The sweet song of gear driven cams is unbeatable. Classic looks, decent handling, great riding position (no pain after all day in the saddle) and more power than I realistically need on the streets. You might need a Sargent saddle, the seat... (read more)
Written on: 29/01/2010
I have owned my VFR800Fix from new, and she has taken me, and since getting married 5 years ago, my wife across Europe on many great journeys. We enjoy the comfort and pace of the bike whether riding solo, with pillion or with full luggage, the bike handles with exactly the same responce.
The only problem experienced was when the reg/rec failed near LeMans. This was replaced within 24 hours.
The bike instills confidence and never shows its age. The best bike that I have ever owned/used in... (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2009 by malcolm harvey (1 review written)
Although nearly 10 years old the VFR still looks like is has just come out of the box. Twice yearly tours into Europe are a doddle as the riding position is just right for all day comfort, and there is instant power from anywhere in the rev range. Only issue has been the reglator / rectifier, which is well documented. They are now reasonably cheap to buy, but will go on forever and still look the par in years to come. Nothing else on the market comes close to such all round perfection. (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2009
It's been a few years since I've ride a bike, a friend recommended the Honda VFR 800 and I'm glad he did, the maximum distance in one ride is only 150 miles but what a nice ride. I would like to use this machine to go through the pearly gates with a big smile on my face :-) (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2009
When buying a bike I looked at any options including many Triumphs, BMWs and eventually the Honda VFR 800i.
I was impressed with the riding position, the light handling of the bike at slow speeds and to be quite honest at 120kg it was well suited to a large guy.
I think it is a nice all rounder and does the job well (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2009
Late starter with this biking lark and only been riding since end of last year - started with a Deauville, which did what it said on the tin. Just progressed up to Honda VFR................ and loving it more ever time i get on it. Did 150 miles the day I picked it up and 6 days later went to Scotland on it. Motorway or twisty roads, its superb. Can't fault it - makes me grin!! (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2009
Honda VFR800 I love it. Two up faster than my cbr600 without the annoying whine on long trips. Have to lean forward to keep the front wheel down when I make it angry. We're not heroes, been doing this for twenty odd years.Wish the kids who like to go round three corners real fast and talk about it over a latte would stick to the R1 review page for the brief time they are here before trading down to a three wheeled pram and a 4wd school runner. Got smashed-up wrists and arthritic fingers and... (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2009 by patlod
iv had 1999 vrf 800 for almost a year and its my first road bike.its perfect for the country roads, out does most newer 600s, almost every wkend i ride the bike 1000 miles to get home n bk 2 work. it is a very reliable bike, comfartable, sounds great i would recomend this bike 2 anyone, i to love the engine it has bags of torque (i personaly hardly take it out of 6th to ovrtake) looks best in yellow i love this bike . (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2009 by collisr (2 reviews written)
The engine, the engine and the engine!!! Handling, fairing. Torque. Grunt from exhaust under power. Rideability. Feedback to rider. The braking system. Pillion foot position. Luggage. Paintwork and so much more Wow!!! Honda VFR800 is so much fun and I was able to ride without the speed creeping over the speed limit when I wanted to stay legal. (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2009 by Joycey67 (1 review written)
I've had my 2001 Honda VFR800 model for a month now and absolutely love it more and more by the day. I've ridden loads of different bikes over the years CB's YPVS, SuperMoto's, CBR6 etc and its not the biggest bike or the quickest but it does everything beautifully. The feedback and throttle response are ace. It lifts nicely under hard throttle and I'm off to wheelie school to learn to handle it properly. (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2008 by marcd (1 review written)
I own one, was my first big bike after DAS. Amazing to ride, power available at a twist no matter where in the rev range it is. It is really comfortable too, I went from a 125 cruiser to this and I have not had even the slightest bit of wrist ache from the riding position. In conclusion.... THE last word in the all rounder catagory. (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2008
Versatile, really good-looking, nice sound, good breaks but I would rather see an increase of the cc for better performance. (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2008 by Veetechy (1 review written)
My Honda VFR is a looker, build solidly, sounding great, touring well and light on fuel. What more can I say. Best quality build I've seen. She's my Babe. What will I do without her? (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2008 by deatune
If your looking for a great all around bike with great reliability, sophisticated styling, and a heritage of quality, this is the bike! (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008
The Honda VFR800 has to be the most all together bike I have owned, it will cruise all day, and the using the vtec become a manic sports bike!, I always get off the bike with a large smile .
Honda got almost everything right with this bike. (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2008 by Dalt
Just back from a 1800 ml trip to Le Mans on my Honda VFR (2002). First long trip on it since buying it in Jan. Longest day in the saddle was from Stranraer in Scotland to Dover, it was a breeze not problem at all, Previous bike vfr750 (1997) Love the vtec but have found that with full luggage on tends to speed wobble (well I suppose I should stick to national speed limits) had toyed with suspension a little but not to well up on that would be greetful for any advise. Off throught France and... (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2008 by NigelBane (1 review written)
The Honda VFR is a fantastic bike. Does everything well. Not exceptional at anything but a great all-rounder. Can't wait for a 1000cc one to come out. Wouldn't touch the current V-Tec one though. TOO expensive to service. (read more)
Written on: 21/01/2008 by kevp
I am a police rider and ride Honda Pan Europeans and BMW 1200RT daily. They are both great tourers (and police bikes) but neither have anything on the VFR800. It is much easier to handle quicker and practical. I ride my VFR to work and back each day all year round. Each day when I finish work and get back on the VFR and go home with a smile on my face. I saw a brand new Triumph Sprint outside the news agents and said out aloud 'That looks nice', my five year old daughter replied 'But its not... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2008
As i said bike is comfortable (i'm 55yrs) so far very reliable, fast although it doesn't feel like it and economical A good all rounder Roll on summer. (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2007 by simon228 (1 review written)
I've had my 1999 Fi-X for nearly four years, and it has never let me down. Fast, comfortable, good looking, reliable, great for commuting, long-haul or the odd track day. The build quality is particularly good - I confess I haven't washed mine for over two years but there is not sign of the bike being any the worse for it - and look at the pitting you see on many younger bikes. But I do put it through an annual service - so f.s.h. I've fitted a higher, bubble screen as I'm 6'1" but I can't... (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2007 by Magickmike (1 review written)
The Honda VFR in any of its incarnations with the exception of the Vtec, is in my humble opinion one of the best bikes in the world for those of us that are honest enough with themselves to admit that they are never going to have the ability to take a modern supersports 1000 to its limits, especially on a public road.
I have owned my current one for about a year now and ride it almost every day during the summer months and as much as the Scottish Highland weather will allow during the... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2007 by benbudd
I am a passionate for the VFR, I bought an old VF750 FD (the one with chocolate cams) and was hooked straight away. How can I say it lets you know it's made for comfort and it only just got better.
Honda are world leading in comfort and agility and grunt, they call it VFR 750/800 and it desn't matter what year or spec you ride.
The new VTEC is too nice so I stay with my 800 FI. As I say too nice I mean you might as well buy an r6, it too punchy and has an anger. Hit 7000 and its like a... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2006 by bag of squash (1 review written)
The Honda VFR800 is a brilliant all rounder with great handling, power and comfort. The missus does 2 fuel stops to my one on her 600RR. Not for the vertically challenged. (read more)
Written on: 21/09/2006 by Mwoods666 (3 reviews written)
I bought the Honda VFR800 bike from new from a UK Honda Dealer. Bike later turned out to be a Canadian version, although still fully covered by HUK warranty (difficult to sourse some parts due to conflicting parts codes).
Bike had good torque and reasonable power, fuel injection worked perfectly when throttle was past 1/4 open. Although quick, it does not feel it, it lacks some of the feel of excitement of other bikes including other Honda's. This would be the perfect bike if you don't... (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2006 by kx500guy (2 reviews written)
Before I begin, let me say that I love my Honda VFR800. I didn't know anything about them until I bought it and was actually in the market for a gsxr 750.
I have found that some people complain about its lack of power. I guess it is what you compare it to. Many modern 600s will out run it but they lack the low end and usable power that the VFR has. If you need a big bore bike like a gsxr 1000, r1, busa, etc, because you have to have the class leading speed, do not buy a VFR. It does... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2006 by jbpinheiro (4 reviews written)
Evolving from a Sport bike such as AMA Superbike VFR750 the Honda VFR800 remains a fun bike to ride, giving an immense joy and pleasure riding it in a every day basis, as I do, between home and work along a 100km daily journey.
In the motorways she behaves very well, against side winds and vibrations at higher speeds, even in curves.
Along country roads she inherits the sportive nature of her ancestors.
You might have noticed that I began be refering to the bike as it and changed to... (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2006 by kiwikeith (1 review written)
I bought my Honda VFR800 last year replaced a Triumph Sprint 03 model, Honda have got this bike right. I can ride for miles and no fatigue whatsoever, seldom use the vtec. use the gearbox and enjoy the roll on power in the mid range, Take your revs up to 5000 and feel the Honda engineering of the V configuration, it's a winner. I can keep up with my mates on bikes with far bigger capacity engines. Value for money is great, fabulous build, suspension is great, eats up the miles, and sooo easy... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2005 by ydarb (3 reviews written)
I bought a Honda VFR800 Tourer in 2000, insurance costs were the deciding factor. the red VFR I bought sat beside an 1100 Blackbird in the showrooms. knew i'd made a big mistake 2 minutes after i'd driven off down the road. Toured france on it and discovered that it'll not survive in the company of mates on Blades or R1's except that you'll have less stops for fuel. My givi wing rack system and three box's were a waste... the bike was like an old pack mule bending at the knees loaded up.... (read more)
Written on: 07/07/2004 by bandit12 (3 reviews written)
I bought a 3 year old Honda VFR800 to do my service calls on, and covered about 18,000 miles in just over a year until it was written off in a collision with a trailer. I managed 13, 00 miles on a rear tyre (a lot of motorway riding), and among 44 mpg. Engine is a jewel, great sound once you get rid of the stock can, good engine braking, just wish it had been maybe 1100cc instead of 800. Linked brakes are OK, no more than that, good instrumentation, very comfortable solo, my wife hated it... (read more)