Honda and the VFR...

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by dwb, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. dwb

    dwb Guest

    So what are Honda doing with the VFR?

    I got my bike licence in 2001, the year Honda launched the then very-
    controversial looks-wise revised VFR.

    6 years on, the looks have, in my opinion, aged well, however surely
    it MUST be up for a replacement by now?

    Even Suzuki are (kind of) replacing the Hayabusa. For what I thought
    was a flagship motorcycle for Honda, they seem to have gone very quiet
    on this particular model.

    According to MCN (hmm) it's unchanged for 2008 - so that means anyone
    putting down £8500(!) is pretty much getting a seven year old
    'flagship'.

    For a few hundred more you can get a ZZR1400 or a new Busa - bikes a
    little more up to date.

    To me, it's very odd.
     
    dwb, Sep 12, 2007
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    Bod43 Guest

    Maybe it's making them money as it is?

    AIUI that's usually why people make stuff: -)
     
    Bod43, Sep 13, 2007
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    Time was when I thought seriously about buying one. I wouldn't now,
    unless they went back to the 750 S or T models.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 13, 2007
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  4. dwb

    Molly Guest

    Honda don't develop they sanitise. They bring out a good product then spend
    years sanitising it.
    Indeed.
     
    Molly, Sep 13, 2007
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    Hog Guest

    Could you unmung my email addy Mol and ping me? question or two to ask.
     
    Hog, Sep 13, 2007
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  6. dwb

    dwb Guest

    Sort of but probably not. 2008 'Busa on the other hand...
    Good thanks, fancy a visit over in July next year to watch me losing
    my freedom? :)
     
    dwb, Sep 13, 2007
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    SteveH Guest

    I've finally found the motivation to stick some miles on my 800FI. Had a
    run with Katie on Sunday and then to Chesham and back for a course the
    last couple of days.

    Got back from Chesham in 2.5 hours, without stopping.

    Reminded me why I haven't bothered to trade it for something else,
    despite having been tempted by a Ducati ST or BMW K1200RS.
     
    SteveH, Sep 13, 2007
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  8. Is that a VTEC model?
     
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 13, 2007
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  9. dwb

    SteveH Guest

    *shudder*

    No. I wouldn't touch a VTEC with a bargepole.

    Christ, you've seen it a few times, ffs...... think I've had it for 6
    years now.

    I know the 800s aren't as liked as the 750s, but I get on fine with
    mine. It's just a hassle-free bike. Maintenance since I've had it has
    been restricted to annual oil changes (Halfords semi-synth, usually),
    brake pads, tyres, filters and a chain. Nothing else has ever needed
    attention. I suppose I should change the brake fluid this winter - but
    I'm a bit nervous of pissing around bleeding a linked system.
     
    SteveH, Sep 13, 2007
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    wessie Guest

    (SteveH) wrote in :
    Pop it down to Mike at Cardiff Motorrad. He's a BMW specialist but I'm sure
    he won't be phased by a bit of Honda's plumbing.

    A lot cheaper than a dealer. Plus he'll probably do it while you wait,
    having a coffee and a natter with a really decent chap. Plus you'll like
    his dad too, in the adjacent workshop. He's an independent boxhead car
    specialist. http://www.pjmotorscardiff.co.uk/index.htm (they share the same
    landline shown on the website).
     
    wessie, Sep 13, 2007
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    Dan L Guest

    I assume sir was at the Latimer conference place.

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    Dan L, Sep 14, 2007
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  12. I had both - the 750 was well ahead of the 800 in handling, comfort and
    oomph.

    And a much, much smoother engine. And no linked brakes..

    I'd like to find the French bloke that stole it and make him ride a
    Brazilian CG125 for the rest of his life.

    Phil.
     
    Phil Launchbury, Sep 14, 2007
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    CT Guest

    The lingering smell of garlic where his bike used to be, perhaps?
     
    CT, Sep 14, 2007
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    Ace Guest

    Yupp.

    Neither was as quick or smooth as the Sprint ST I bought instead, but
    OTOH they might have lasted a bit better than that did.

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    Ace, Sep 14, 2007
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  15. We were in the middle of France[1] (the first night of a French bike tour)
    when it got stolen so it's a pretty good chance..

    Phil.

    [1] Chartres
     
    Phil Launchbury, Sep 14, 2007
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    SteveH Guest

    Indeed I was.
     
    SteveH, Sep 14, 2007
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  17. Well yes. But judging by the attitude of the night porter he was in on
    the deal - our Dutch friends (who spoke to someone else) were told
    about the lock-up compound round the back of the hotel.

    The guy we spoke to emphatically told us that the best place to put our
    bikes was "the quiet bit round the side" and didn't mention the lock-up
    at all. Which made us suspect that he tipped off the thieves who (being
    mates of his) would also be French.

    And anyway - since when have facts got in the way of a good UKRM
    attitude eh?

    Phil.
     
    Phil Launchbury, Sep 14, 2007
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  18. *Envy*
     
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 14, 2007
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  19. I think you need to seek help. Urgently.

    Phil
     
    Phil Launchbury, Sep 17, 2007
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