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Old 07-22-2013, 07:14 AM   #2461
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I would go for a gen 4 or 5

Gen four (750) make about 85-90 hp, are a bit longer (1.5", IIRC) in the wheelbase which makes them roomier and better for touring (IMO), not that they are slouches as a sport bike. Price range: $2-3.5k

Gen Five are sportier, have FI and are more powerful. Price range $2.5-4.5k
Cool deal, thanks. Checked out a few craigslist ads, they seem like an excellent value in a sport touring bike. Have to see if something sells first though, cant have any more bikes at this point.

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:10 PM   #2462
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Finally got a chance to ride one of these, been wanting one for a few years but my wallet has been protesting. .

I get it now. That V4 is one of the more entertaining motors I've ridden, and it's coupled with a great chassis. I might have to put a few bikes on craigslist for a trade offer, see if I can come up with one. How old (cheap) can I go and get a similar feel as the 2003 I rode? I've been seeing that all years were pretty good, just pick one as long as it's priced accordingly?

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Have owned 1996 (Gen 4) and 2000 (gen 5) and both were terrific in their way. The 2000 felt a little sharper/more eager, but the 1996 was if anything even better as an all-day ride. There are some incredible deals out there on the 4th Gen bikes especially. I bought my 1996 a couple years ago in *perfect* condition with I think 11K miles on it for $2,400. When I had to sell it last year due to a cross-country move (still in perfect showroom condition, 18K miles) I could only get the same $2,400 for it. The guy who bought it knew exactly what it was and knew he was getting a steal. It's hard to imagine more bike for the money. The 5th gens would fetch more. This was in Ohio btw, so those prices should be relevant for you.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:26 PM   #2463
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One major caveat regarding the older gens (4 and earlier) if you think you'll be putting on lots of miles.
Parts are getting harder to come by. New water pumps are no longer available, and if you get one off ebay that's been sitting on a wrecker's shelf for a year or more, the seals could be dried out and no longer functioning.
If you have a second bike, longer down time due to parts sourcing isn't as much of a concern.
I hope (knock on wood) to put my 96 into semi-retirement after this season, because with almost 200k on it, I'll no longer want to do any long trips on it. A carburetor diaphragm tore on me during my latest trip. Not a stopper, but it put a halt to any really spirited riding, especially at altitude.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:53 PM   #2464
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New VFR Rider

Well Last winter I sold my beloved 99 Speed triple, to "take a break" from street riding after a rather bad accident in the family. I really couldn't take not riding on the street after a few months. I still frequently dirtbike. So about a month ago I started searching for a cheap street bike for light camping and fly fishing taxi service. I think in the past month I have looked at about 12 bikes, from a 95cbr600 to 80s seca to goldwing cafe. Nothing was really tickling my fancy. VFRs were a daily search keyword for me. Love the V4! My little brother had a 91 for a few years and loved it. Anyways I stumbled upon a 94vfr that was fairly cheap. The thing that really caught my attention was it had RC45 body work. The tail is def RC45 but after more research I believe the front end is from a vfr400 since it does not have the chevron intakes. Well I made an offer on the bike and the guy took it a week later. No passengers for me! I love the smooth power and the sound of the gear driven cams!!! My only gripe is the stock exhaust, Since I remember the roar of my brothers with a yoshi pipe on it. Pipes seem pretty few and far in between for sure, and Im not sure i want to butcher the stock one yet, any one have an old slip on lying around I can throw on? I am kind of in the works of planning a northwest fly fishing trip on it which might last a few weeks. Would really like to do the R1 RR mod for sure.

Anyways I only have one pic so far, more to come.

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Old 07-23-2013, 02:21 PM   #2465
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A little more side angle



I really would like to do something with the exhaust. Either a smaller, under the pegs high mount, Left exit(dont want to lose the center stand though), or an undertail. Dont get me wrong, the sound of the gear driven cams is amazing, but I want more growlllll!
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #2466
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Just picked up this beauty over the weekend:



1995 with a hair over 21k on it. Rides brilliantly, but after doing some research I've preemptively purchased an updated R/R unit from wiremybike (still has an original unit mounted). Debating doing the VFRness, but figured that can wait until winter.

Anyone know of a reputable source where genmar risers for this vintage can still be found? 1Tail lists them, but I don't like that site.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:40 PM   #2467
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Anyone know of a reputable source where genmar risers for this vintage can still be found? 1Tail lists them, but I don't like that site.

http://www.genmarmfg.com/shop/honda/...on-detail.html
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:41 AM   #2468
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Thanks, not sure how I missed that .
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:55 AM   #2469
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #2470
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2008 with 5k miles

Me likey. Very classy looking bike in the charcoal gray suit.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:42 PM   #2471
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Agreed. There has been one for sale in Houston for a while. Tempting.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:02 PM   #2472
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I keep itching to get a 1998-9 again. Or the nextgen tricolor.

But, we just signed up for new windoze for the house. Sigh.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:36 AM   #2473
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I keep itching to get a 1998-9 again. Or the nextgen tricolor.

But, we just signed up for new windoze for the house. Sigh.
I feel your pane.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #2474
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My friend picks up his "new" Gen4 tomorrow. I've had two friends take my VFR for test rides, both have purchased VFRs. Honda should pay me.

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #2475
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My friend picks up his "new" Gen4 tomorrow. I've had two friends take my VFR for test rides, both have purchased VFRs. Honda should pay me.

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