Newer is not necessarily better

honda1964

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#1
I have had several VFR800 V-TECs both gen 6 and gen 8, both great and in my opinion the gen 8 is a swan song to what the gen 6 should have been.

Something silky smooth about v4s, they have a knack of not shouting out loud in the pack yet they simply cream the miles in an altogether satisfying way.

I have had a gen 7 which I had for 3 years and I simply loved that motor and shaftdrive and that’s why this year I bought the crosstourer and it’s been nothing short of brilliant.

Yet this weekend I spent £800 on a 1988 RC24 VFR750, I am simply mesmerised how raw and brilliant this bike feels, I already know it will be with me until I die and if they made a new version exactly identical I would buy it on the spot. From what I read the rc24s seem to be less popular the the rc36s but I can only say this is the best V4 experience I have ever had and it’s even more amazing on a bike that has covered 57,000 miles and is 30 years old.

This bike is the embracing soul of everything an electric bike will never be. At 54 It will see me out in mechanical blissful style. 491225A7-CEF9-4B43-9800-7EB8FC1B9FE3.jpeg 1B1E1248-CD5E-457D-8466-A1B2AE59833B.jpeg 54774C20-998E-441C-BB80-2A0048748FC4.jpeg BABBF34D-6437-42E1-B790-ABCC6EF3F216.jpeg
 

50th VFR

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#2
Yes these bikes are under rated.

Yours has the gold wheels from a black colour scheme bike and a pillion grab rail from a white colour scheme bike.

Only the tank has original graphics.

But so what ! It is how it rides that count.
 

honda1964

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#3
That’s some knowledge, Seats been recovered wrong colour too I think, the chap who owned it before me got the wheels powder coated in the last few years. It’s never missed an mot and been used every year but looked after and at 30 years old it’s earned it’s own identity :pancarta::pancarta:
 

FTM

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#4
Yes there's something about old V's.



The white FH has only done 14,000 miles and I'm trying to keep it as original as possible. A lovely bike to ride as you say.
 

mangocrazy

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#6
Completely agree about RC24 vs RC36. The RC24 is significantly lighter and, while I cannot prove it, I'm sure Honda capped the top end of the RC36 and gave it a little more in the mid-range to counter the extra weight. I swapped from an RC24 to an RC36 and wasn't best pleased when I found that out. The RC24 is the original and, in my opinion, the best of the VFRs.
 

honda1964

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#7
Completely agree about RC24 vs RC36. The RC24 is significantly lighter and, while I cannot prove it, I'm sure Honda capped the top end of the RC36 and gave it a little more in the mid-range to counter the extra weight. I swapped from an RC24 to an RC36 and wasn't best pleased when I found that out. The RC24 is the original and, in my opinion, the best of the VFRs.
I have had some amazing new bikes over the last 13 years, spent and wasted a fortune, some have been brilliant but this one cost the least and yet somehow I feel it’s one of the best bikes I have ever experienced. I have had the 6th and 7th gen road bikes and currently own VFR1200X. If they made this brand new today I would be buying one. Love it’s raw linear sound and power, perfect. Suspension and brakes have come a long way in the last 30 years but somehow the heart and soul of this bike is as relevant today if not better than 30 years of technology.
 
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