JUST WHAT IS IT ABOUT THESE VFRs

Pete/48

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Has anyone one else noted who many people hang onto their VFRs for ages, and for some if they do part with them, they eventually end up going back to a VFR by buying another one later on, I know they can test our patience with having a few problems from time to time (mainly electrical :hmmm::eusa_whistle: , )
But there really must be something about these VFRs that seems to get under our skin :thumbup::thumbup: ,
So just what is it do you reckon makes lots of us want to keep one around,
 

PAD

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No Pete, I'm afraid it's madness. Any sane person would be going straight out and buying a KTM.
 

PAD

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Of course, I don't mean that. Not about the madness, anyway.

Why? I reckon it's to do with the V4 engine having an intoxicating character and a superb frame forming the basis of a fine handling machine, once the suspension is sorted. The overall package as an excellent all rounder is still damn hard to beat, and to do so will cost an arm and a leg. A common reason for straying is that, as riders get a bit older, they find the riding position a touch uncomfortable. Sometimes even after a bit of dabbling and expense on seats, bar risers and footrest lowerings. Swap to whatever bike you like and its likely that, sooner or later, problems will crop up with that as your body finds new ways to object. Pain shifts from neck, wrists and/or knees to shoulders, lower back and arse, or whatever. And all along, the answer is simple and free - ride the bloody bike more often and do some simple, gentle and generally life improving stretching and flexibility exercises and the VFR will be as comfy as anything! It doesn't exactly have an extreme riding position to start with.

Apart from the KTM RC8R (which is probably a bit of marmite bike in fairness), it's still the best all round motorcycle ever built. Yes, that is my own opinion... But it's a FACT! GS owners need not apply.;)

And if you own a red un' then you have the icing on the cake.

This forum helps, too.:thumbsup:
 

conkerleeky

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Anybody watch Richy Vidas blogs on U.TUBE he has a 53 reg VFR , he absolutely loves that bike .Just passed the 80,000 miles . He has been to Norway ,America , Croatia, Picos , etc . don't think he will ever sell it !
Anyway his videos are definitely worth watching .

BOB
 

PAD

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Richy Vida rings a bell. wasn't he a member here a while back?

I'll never sell mine. I've said several times that I want it buried with me.
 

FTM

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With me I wanted one when they first came out in 86, they just looked like the ideal do everything bike. I still remember the first one I saw in the flesh, looking out of my bedsit window on Streatham High Road one sunny Sunday morning a white VFR750 came hurtling round a corner with the footpegs skimming the road. From then on I was hooked and it had to be a white one. It was probably another 10 years before I bought one, a white 87 with only about 6,000 miles on the clock. 10 years later with over 60,000 miles on the clock (plus about another 20,000 because the mile-ometer hadn't worked for 2 years) I abandoned it in Fuengerola when it broke down. When I saw another white low mileage one on ebay about 7 years ago I just had to have it. The ergonomics just work for me, I've done 12 hour rides which feel like 1 hour rides on other bikes.
They just work and build quality helps too.
 

clumsy_geezer

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I've said several times that I want it buried with me.
Don't expect me to be a pallbearer...


I just love the drive, braking, and handling...... That V4 is absolutely superb.....

Obviously, once a rider's age exceeds the speed he rides at, certain 'age related' mods are worth considering: Renthal bars, Peter Archer
seat, 'Easi Pee Disposable Urine Bag'... that sort of thing.

A little known fact is that, while we all know Red VFR's are the fastest, they are also the best handling... Go figure.:nusenuse:
 

LaVelle RC24

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Love the crap out of my 86 750 every time I think to sell (was my FIRST bike EVER I modify something to make IT a new bike rather than starting over… Brembo brakes 5 spoke 17” rims much wider tires Ducati brake master Fox twin clicker CBR forks and handlebars gonna go Corbin seat I think next 8B006BCD-48AF-4E13-8102-E19BC94F9D3B.jpeg
 

advancing age

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Dunno - just does everything well, and has some character. I thought about putting it in the skip at the WTSR but got over it :beer-toast1:

Even if I got a new bike I'd keep the VFR....though ask again once I've put all the charging system back together over the weekend! :p
 

clumsy_geezer

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It takes a real man to self catheterise...
I had a couple of nurses pushing a catheter up my todger after my knee ops, I told em that I used to fantasies about nurses and my todger when I was younger- but somehow this wasn't how I pictured it...

Made em laugh.... (or maybe it was my todger that they found funny...)
 

FTM

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I went to my doctors the other day to have my piles checked out. My regular doctor was on holiday but the stand-in was a pretty blond lady who could have only been about 25. She saw me looking a bit embarrassed and said don't worry just tell me your problem and I'll check it out. So I said my wife thinks my penis has a strange taste :D.
Hijack over.
 

M18NTT

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I've had three now (all FiX's and all yellow). Bought my first in 2000, bought the same bike back again after six weeks after selling it to a dealer in 2004, then bought another in 2015 when the bike bug bit again after thrashing about in MG's and TT's for a few years. Every year I ponder whether to let the latest one go and this year is no different.

The problem for me is that I'm not getting any younger (who is?) and I no longer find the bike particularly comfortable. It has a comfort seat, bar risers and a double bubble screen but nothing seems to help. I appreciate that my problem is probably due to the fact that I simply don't get out and ride her enough. Nevertheless I gave her a good spruce up over the past couple of days with an extra polish for good luck this morning, then after a few pics I rode off to my nearest dealership to see if anything else took my fancy. By the time I got there I decided to just carry on and by the time I got back home I'm in love again. Safe for another year (possibly).

The problem for me is that I know I'll get bitten by the bug again as soon as there's no bike in the garage to fettle and polish but I can't imagine anything else would fit the bill. I've thought about street bikes and even cruisers (god forbid) but I have to concede that the VFR really is the best of all worlds for me.
 

noxid1969

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In my youth when I was invincible I always had two strokes and used to move everywhere in a cloud of smoke, unfortunately one day a design fault in a Kawasaki KR1 (not the S it was before that) caused the 13000rpm engine to stop (seize) without so much as a warning at a slightly higher speed than the road allowed. Trip to dealer got me a 1988 VFR, this led to a 1992 VFR which with families and children was traded in. 2004 managed to get another 1992 VFR (different colour and a wreck) and then that went as the car needed suspension and finally 2017 got myself a 2001 FI, my first 800. Still feels the same as that first bike and the sound should be bottled and sold. Would I get another one? , SHWMBO has a view that the current one shouldn't be allowed but I would and probably get a VTEC so I have had one of each model range.
 
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