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    Thread: Initial Impressions - 2007 Honda VFR800 Interceptor (Long)

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      04-05-2012 11:04 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Triumph View Post
      and looks great from certain angles
      You ever seen that Seinfeld episode where his date only looks good at the coffee shop?

      My VFR reminds me of that.

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      04-06-2012 07:44 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      I used to think that too (engine noise at high VTEC) as I mentioned in my first post that it wounded like a cat being strangled. After I unplugged the flapper and removed the snorkel, it is MUCH better at high RPM as you can hear it sucking in gobs of air.



      Are you around the Herndon area as well? Am I going to see you riding my exact same bike? I hope not!

      Tell me yours is black...

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      No mine is white, I live in Centreville.
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      I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called, "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."

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      04-07-2012 01:02 PM #28
      I've put another 40 miles on these ContiRoadAttack 2s, and I have never felt so confident about a pair of tires before. The grip is absolutely insane, and the turn in is very quick. The bike just falls into the corners rather than needing to be pushed. I haven't even fully scrubbed in these tires yet, and they just feel glued to the road. If these last as long as Continental claims they will, then I don't think there is a better tire for sport street riding.

      - Anthony

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      04-09-2012 10:03 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      I've put another 40 miles on these ContiRoadAttack 2s, and I have never felt so confident about a pair of tires before. The grip is absolutely insane, and the turn in is very quick. The bike just falls into the corners rather than needing to be pushed. I haven't even fully scrubbed in these tires yet, and they just feel glued to the road. If these last as long as Continental claims they will, then I don't think there is a better tire for sport street riding.

      - Anthony
      New tires rock, don't they? Older tires generally get flattened down in the middle, so they turn slower, and when you get new ones its like a whole new bike.

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      04-09-2012 10:44 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by msrothwell View Post
      New tires rock, don't they? Older tires generally get flattened down in the middle, so they turn slower, and when you get new ones its like a whole new bike.
      Reminds me I need to put new tires on the Nighthawk.

      Someday, I shall step up into a long-distance bike, either VFR or Sprint (I harbor little flames of lust for each).
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      04-09-2012 11:07 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post

      Someday, I shall step up into a long-distance bike, either VFR or Sprint (I harbor little flames of lust for each).
      Save yourself the trouble and get the VFR over the Sprint. I had a Sprint for a year and it was utterly disappointing.

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      04-09-2012 11:39 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Save yourself the trouble and get the VFR over the Sprint. I had a Sprint for a year and it was utterly disappointing.
      As someone who had himself convinced that the Sprint ST was going to be his next bike, I cannot agree more. So disappointing to ride. Beautiful, yes...fun, eh.

      The new Ninja 1000 is what the Sprint should be. But its not. So...I think I might buy a Ninja.

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      04-09-2012 08:27 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Save yourself the trouble and get the VFR over the Sprint. I had a Sprint for a year and it was utterly disappointing.
      750, 800, or 1200?
      Quote Originally Posted by zukiphile View Post
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      04-10-2012 10:12 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      750, 800, or 1200?
      Well the VFR800 is not as powerful as the Sprint, but it still moves enough. The VFR1200 is quite powerful - on par with the K1200S, but it just seemed huge. I don't have any experience with the VFR750.

      If you were asking about the Sprint, it was a 1050ST, and mine was a huge piece of junk. I knew it was going to be a problem when I went to pick it up and the bike wouldn't start because the fuel pump was dead (and it was brand new!).

      - Anthony

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      04-10-2012 10:35 AM #35
      That's disappointing. Triumph has really been catching my eye lately. Especially as I find the limitations of my 650. I know several that ride 1050cc Triumps and love them. Speedies, Tigers.. no Sprints though.

      Were I suddenly flush with cash I'd be at my local Triumph dealer taking a hard look at their Tiger 800.


      I still think 800-900cc is the perfect size for a motorcycle.

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      04-10-2012 12:27 PM #36
      I have (2) 94 VFR's that have been good to me. I had the usual rectifier issue in one but all and all they're great bikes. I have been wanting to upgrade to a 25th anniversary edition or RC51. Don't think I'd pick up a new VFR1200, the design is so uninspired.

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      04-10-2012 02:44 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      That's disappointing.
      It is disappointing. I was really, really bummed and sold my Triumph after only a year (and 4300 miles).

      The only good thing about Triumph is they have a cool name and logo and their t-shirts are awesome. I happen to be wearing mine now, which was the only good part of my Triumph motorcycle purchase.

      So, in closing, save your money and just buy a Triumph tshirt.

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      04-10-2012 05:00 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      It is disappointing. I was really, really bummed and sold my Triumph after only a year (and 4300 miles).

      The only good thing about Triumph is they have a cool name and logo and their t-shirts are awesome. I happen to be wearing mine now, which was the only good part of my Triumph motorcycle purchase.

      So, in closing, save your money and just buy a Triumph tshirt.
      To be fair Anthony, you are one of the very few people I've heard of who does not like Triumph. In retrospect I should thank you for my VFR experience as when I was cross shopping it against the Sprint you told me to steer clear.

      But now I have Triumph lust again. . .

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      04-10-2012 05:14 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinnaker View Post
      To be fair Anthony, you are one of the very few people I've heard of who does not like Triumph. In retrospect I should thank you for my VFR experience as when I was cross shopping it against the Sprint you told me to steer clear.

      But now I have Triumph lust again. . .
      I can understand lusting for one - they are cool bikes. However, they are not built well and honestly, they feel "cheap". The Honda seems to have amazingly good fit and finish, and the build quality seems on par with BMW.

      The Sprint took about 7-10 seconds to start in the morning. The heat coming off the fairings was unbearable - it would cook your leg big time. The rear cowl over the exhaust bubbled from the exhaust getting so hot and had to be replaced. The front springs in the fork were so soft that whenever you braked, the bike would nose dive and fall on its knees. It is so bad that if you brake hard and it is night, you will loose all visibility from your headlight since it will then be pointing at the ground.

      With all of that said, it sounded phenominal and the engine had gobs of power. It was also butter smooth.

      For the cost of the Sprint, there are many other alternatives I would consider (K1300, VFR1200, Ninja 1000, etc).

      - Anthony

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      04-10-2012 07:50 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      I can understand lusting for one - they are cool bikes. However, they are not built well and honestly, they feel "cheap". The Honda seems to have amazingly good fit and finish, and the build quality seems on par with BMW.

      The Sprint took about 7-10 seconds to start in the morning. The heat coming off the fairings was unbearable - it would cook your leg big time. The rear cowl over the exhaust bubbled from the exhaust getting so hot and had to be replaced. The front springs in the fork were so soft that whenever you braked, the bike would nose dive and fall on its knees. It is so bad that if you brake hard and it is night, you will loose all visibility from your headlight since it will then be pointing at the ground.

      With all of that said, it sounded phenominal and the engine had gobs of power. It was also butter smooth.
      I wonder if this is a case of "inconsistent quality" versus just poor quality. Guy here at university has an ST with nearly 25k miles on it, so far very few problems. He said he did upgrade the suspension, but other than that nothing.
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      04-11-2012 11:17 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony@VMG View Post
      Clutch: The K1200S had a very top-loaded clutch, so you barely had to pull in the clutch lever to shift gears. I also thought this just needed to be adjusted, but it was designed this way so you could fire off crazy fast gear changes - and let me tell you, it worked. It took some getting used to on the VFR to pull the clutch lever in further to change gears, and it's definitely a bit slower, but I'm getting use to it. Both are hydraulic wet clutches, and both have good feel.
      you're not hurting anything by skipping the clutch altogether on upshifts. And you gain shift speed. Just preload the shifter, reduce the throttle a hair, and it will click into the next gear. Lightning fast.
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      04-11-2012 01:11 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by turbinepowered View Post
      I wonder if this is a case of "inconsistent quality" versus just poor quality. Guy here at university has an ST with nearly 25k miles on it, so far very few problems. He said he did upgrade the suspension, but other than that nothing.
      Possibly, or some other people just don't have the same expectations I have, which may very well be the case. However, the Triumph went above and beyond what anyone should consider normal quirks.

      You may be right, it may be inconsistent quality rather than poor quality, but those two kind of go hand in hand together. Not worth taking the chance for what is an expensive motorcycle compared to the Japanese counterparts.

      - Anthony

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      04-17-2012 01:48 PM #43
      I kind of regret reading this. I now want to own-or at least ride-a VFR. Even caught myself searching CL a couple times.

      Anthony, question about your opinion on price/value of these things. I've read that there is an opinion that the VFR was overpriced for what it is and that price has held in the used market. I've seen some used examples of Gen6's locally for < $6k. One '02 was advertised at $2400. Which for this market, this early in the season seems like a pretty good deal.

      Some seem to think these are BMW wannabees. Fit, finish, technology and the like are on par and hence the pricing.

      Others seem to think they are niche, almost cult bikes, hence the pricing.

      Still others say it is heavy, slow, and therefore totally undesirable compared to the more true sport-bikes.

      What's your read?

      I imagine everything is relative. I see you're an ex BMW owner. I, on the other hand, typically buy cheap bikes nobody else wants. (I am on my 2nd Suzuki now.)

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      04-18-2012 09:55 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      I kind of regret reading this. I now want to own-or at least ride-a VFR. Even caught myself searching CL a couple times.
      The first time I rode one I said it feels way underpowered and wasn't crazy impressed, although I still did like it. After being on one for almost a month now, I like the bike more and more every day. It handles amazingly well and is so much fun to take through the twisties. As long as you keep the revs higher, it has plenty of power. Just don't expect the torque of a 1098/1198 Ducati or the K1200/K1300 BMWs.

      Anthony, question about your opinion on price/value of these things. I've read that there is an opinion that the VFR was overpriced for what it is and that price has held in the used market. I've seen some used examples of Gen6's locally for < $6k. One '02 was advertised at $2400. Which for this market, this early in the season seems like a pretty good deal.
      If you get a Gen 6, I'd likely go for an '06 or above if possible. There were a lot of revisions in 06 to the VTEC system and I'm told it's not nearly as "harsh" as it was on the 02-05 models. Cosmetically you also get a tinted windscreen and tinted front turn signals. According to my Haynes manual, the fast idle wax unit on the throttle body was replaced by an intake air control valve, and the fuel injection system (ECM and injectors) were taken from the CBR1000, which increased fuel economy.

      However, for $2,400 for an '02, that seems pretty decent, however who knows the history/story on the bike.

      Some seem to think these are BMW wannabees. Fit, finish, technology and the like are on par and hence the pricing.
      I have no complaint with the fit and finish. Everything is assembled well and the quality seems top notch. My K1200S fairings would always squeak, but the VFR is dead quiet.

      Others seem to think they are niche, almost cult bikes, hence the pricing.
      I can see that, too. Values on the VFR percentage wise are much higher than the K1200S.

      Still others say it is heavy, slow, and therefore totally undesirable compared to the more true sport-bikes.
      I woudn't call it heavy, as it's lighter than the K1200S and Sprint ST, but yes, it's not as light as a race-rep. It would be much more desirable to be on the VFR for a day on the streets than a CBR.

      - Anthony

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      04-18-2012 10:29 PM #45
      Guy at work has a VFR. I always thought it was an 800, but discovered the other day it is actually a 750. Older than I thought too. I tell you, like the Hawk GT, those VFR750's have a pretty timeless look to them. You don't realize how old they actually are.

      Very cool.

      I wonder how a VFR800 or even a 750 would fare as a weekend toy for someone not that serious about sport bikes. Maybe a little track-day action now and again, plus some commuting when the spirit moves.

      I think I've come to the conclusion that my life is incomplete with just one bike. Any self respecting, successful man must have at least two!


      I dig that V4 sound.
      Hell, I dig the V4 just 'cause its unique.
      I dig Hondas, always have.
      I rode a CBR once. Hated it. Torture rack, not fer me.
      I was hot for an ST1300 for a while. Have a strange fetish for bikes that are used as cop-bikes.
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      Ah, it's fun to dream a little now and then. Couple 4th gen 750's on CL right now. Gotta love that CL..

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      04-19-2012 04:35 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      Guy at work has a VFR. I always thought it was an 800, but discovered the other day it is actually a 750. Older than I thought too. I tell you, like the Hawk GT, those VFR750's have a pretty timeless look to them. You don't realize how old they actually are.
      It is not quite 800cc, it is 782cc.

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      04-20-2012 08:56 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      I wonder how a VFR800 or even a 750 would fare as a weekend toy for someone not that serious about sport bikes. Maybe a little track-day action now and again, plus some commuting when the spirit moves.
      Pretty much what is was made for

      I dig that V4 sound.
      Just ordered a new exhaust, am extremely excited to open her up.

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      04-20-2012 09:13 AM #48
      His is a VFR750, the predecessor the the VFR800. Talking model names here, not actual displacements.

      After some googling I think it is a 90-93 or 'gen3'. Need to corner the guy and ask for sure... and steal his keys!

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      04-20-2012 10:03 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
      His is a VFR750, the predecessor the the VFR800. Talking model names here, not actual displacements.

      After some googling I think it is a 90-93 or 'gen3'. Need to corner the guy and ask for sure... and steal his keys!
      During those model years there were three body colors and a few wheel colors that will indicate which model year the bike was made. 1990 was the first year of the single-sided swing arm that was derived from the Honda RC51. I remember seeing both of those bikes brand new on our showroom where I worked in kollege.

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      04-20-2012 10:39 AM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Spinnaker View Post
      Just ordered a new exhaust, am extremely excited to open her up.
      Which one did you get? I love the way the factory exhaust looks, and I haven't been able to find an aftermarket exhaust that flows as well as the factory one.

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