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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Discussion in 'General Spouting' started by Isle Of Wight, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    I have had two VFR's in the past ( 14 years ago ) and have decided I want to re-live my middle age, but I cant make up my mind on which of the 750's to get.

    1989 that had the more upright riding position, a great fuel tank but I was never taken with the dash. Lovely chunky reserve tank switch
    1991 Swinging arm but heavier, a smaller tank that was noticeable on longer runs, a more acute riding position. Nice Dash Lovely single chunky exhaust (Original not the horrible after market ones) Still got the reserve switch
    1994 Best looking version, never owned but seem to be even more sporty forward riding position that I'm not sure my wrists can take. Improved range. No reserve.

    Any opinions?
     
  2. Pete/48

    Pete/48 Registered User

    Hi there IOW, and welcome to the forum, sorry to say it is in a very much depleated state atm, hopefully things will get better and back to normal soon,
    In answer to your question,---- I happen to own a 1995 750fs model:aaaaa: and would not change it for any of the others as i prefer the look of the later model;), as for riding position I do not find it a problem, in fact this last weekend I completed a near 460mile, ride spread over the two days with a few lads from off this very forum, and had no issues with comfort even though we were riding and making good progress :), and I'm nearing 70 yrs of age ,

    I suggest you try Googling a site called "Motorcycle Ergonomics" this is a site that allows you to compare how your riding position has to alter for each bike you select,

    As for the later models not having a reserve switch --- well that is quite right, but there is no need for one, as they are fitted with a low fuel warning light on the dash,

    You will find there are many supporters for each model, and most for many differing reasons, as far as i know they were all pretty darn good in their day:campeon:
    Happy days trying to make your decision :),
     
  3. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    Hi Pete,

    Thanks you so much for that. What a brilliant thing I've just spent the last hour playing about with all the bikes I've had my eye on over the years.
    As I thought the earliest was the more upright but there seems some odd discrepancies. How can a Yamaha GTS have a more upright body angle, 22 degrees vrs the VFR mk1 as 23 degrees. The same knee angle at 72 degrees but the Hip angle is worse at 69 degrees on the GTs 1000 vrs 69 degrees on the VFR.

    What is does show is the mk3 is not for me, too far forward at 29 degrees. Shame as it is definitely the best looking.

    I have seen two "showroom" versions of the Mk 1 and 2 both in red both the same £. The Mk 2 has an after market exhaust that just isn't as nice as the FAT original. I tried to find an original to get an idea of price in the usual places but could see anything.

    Thanks again I'm off to play some more :)
     
  4. 50th VFR

    50th VFR Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    If you go for a Mk2 it has to be a red FL with the red/white/blue VFR logo on the fairing.

    Very. nearly bought one but at time went for better riding position of Mk1. That said now also have the VFR800s. Yes they are more "radical" a riding position but have done over 400 miles around north west Scotland in a single day.
     
  5. PAD

    PAD Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    All great bikes. Don't neglect the fact that you can make a few relatively low cost changes to modify the riding position if really necessary (bar risers for example). You seem to be getting carried away with various (notional) angles - there's no substitute for getting your bum on the seat and taking a test ride to gauge how a bike suits you. I suggest you go with the model that really floats your boat and make any changes you really find necessary after giving it a while to see how your chosen bike feels as standard. You might be surprised - they're a pretty comfy bike.

    Also, don't neglect the possibility that feeling uncomfortable on a bike (particularly one with a fairly moderate riding position such as a VFR) might be an indicator of a need for some essential maintenance... On the body! A bit of bending, stretching and a bit more exercise never hurts. Plus, the more you ride, the more your body adapts - a perfect excuse for getting out there!:)
     
  6. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    argghh Why did you have to say that! ;)
    The Mk 2 I have my eye on has White VFR outline with a tiny bit of blue at the top of the R. A quick google has others with a bolder white outline and a Blue R.
    The MK 1 has solid white which IMO is the best. I hate making choices !
    When I bought by Yamaha GTS1000 there was no choice, it was what was available that wasn't falling apart, so I ended up with a blue one.
     
  7. PAD

    PAD Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    Look, just buy a red one. They're faster. You know it makes sense.:thumbsup:
     
  8. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    Hi Pad,
    You are quite right, I've had both the MK1 (in a light metalic silver/blue that I've never seen again) and the MK2 (white) and loved them both. Its the wrists that I have issue with rather than the back. You don't get much of a chance to have too many problems here on the IOW, as you can do the whole Island in 45 mins!
    Funny enough after 50th VFR comment I have found a really nice MK2, grey outline on a brighter Red VF with a Blue R ;), that I'm getting some closer inspection pics on. If that comes up trumps and we can agree a price, I'll be going for it.
     
  9. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    Yeah but what red one? The red seat or the Grey. The white outline sticker or the red infill. Which goes faster? :D
     
  10. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    OK I really like the of the one I have just found. 1990, 29K, all clear, in very good condition, no pitting on the forks, fluid holders look like new, radiator clean. SO my next question is how much should I pay? Suggestions welcome.
     
  11. clumsy_geezer

    clumsy_geezer Growing old, and fast Club Sponsor

    Not sure of the value, but do remember that, whichever model you buy (obviously an 89 FK in Red (subliminal message)), you can always tailor it to suit. I fitted a set of Renthals on my 89 FK, and had the seat recovered in Black (with Red piping) by tony Archer and I find it a really comfortable ride.
    The Renthals are also suitable for any off-road riding you might care to do. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    Wahoo just agreed on the 1990 Red VFR and paid my deposit. Now to arrange pick up and delivery to the IOW. Will post pics when it arrives So that's a Red Bike and a Blue Bike so what should I get for my white one?
     
  13. 50th VFR

    50th VFR Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    Good choice - is it FL with red/white/blue logo or an FM with gold logo ?
    Re delivery had excellent service in past from John at collectmybike.co.uk
     
  14. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    What's the difference between a L/M/N ?
    I has the V and the F in a brighter Red with a grey outline and the R in blue with a dash of yellow. I'll try and get pics up when I work out how
     
  15. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    I'll check out collect my bike thanks for the recommendation
     
  16. 50th VFR

    50th VFR Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    That is the FL - best of graphic
    Next iteration was similar but with gold graphics on tank and fairing.
    Last iteration had lower area of fairing painted silver.
     
  17. Isle Of Wight

    Isle Of Wight Member Club Sponsor

    Thanks for that. So the only difference between models is the graphic? I have seen one that is a simple VFR white stencil outline with a little blue flash on the R again on red bikes. Is this another model?
     
  18. 50th VFR

    50th VFR Well-Known Member Club Sponsor

    Graphics did vary between markets. Comments were for UK spec bikes only.
     

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