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Old 08-19-2009, 03:59 PM   #421
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I haven't had mine that long, but I've ridden it several 2-300 mile days this summer in 90-100 degree heat. Even in my mesh pants, I haven't noticed much heat on my lower legs. Coming from an ST1300, I know what heat on the shins feels like... and even that wasn't a deal breaker.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:08 PM   #422
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Heat issues??

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Read any review of the VFR and RC51 and they all list that. I have ridden both and noticed it. Honda never said why they mounted them sideways, when turning them 90 degrees into the air stream woul have given far better cooling efficency.
i've ridden 10k+miles on mine & never had any issues with excessive heat on my legs.........it does run a 'tad warm (read: cooling temp) on hot summer days (read: high fuel burn effecient).
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:30 PM   #423
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Ditto, never noticed, or considered it an issue on mine (07 BWR), even here in Hawaii in stop and go traffic. Nothing compared to the heat that came off my 950 ADV or Vmax. I think the reviewers might notice it, the way loose change rattling in the ash tray of a Mercedes can be 'annoying' but unnoticeable in ash tray of a aircooled VW.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:38 PM   #424
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I never noticed any heat issues on any of my vfr's (83, 85, 86, 98, 03). My fjr gets hot on hot days.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:21 PM   #425
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It was enough that I took notice of it. It put out more heat then my bike does, but that's not really apples to apples. If I needed a sport tourer, the Anniversay paint 2007 would be on my short list. The Ducati ST3, aprilia Futura, and Triumph ST are also on my list.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:45 AM   #426
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Fifth Gen VFR

The fifth is the best gen.

Yeah, I'm biased.

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My '01 all cleaned up and ready to be put up for sale.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:47 AM   #427
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My 2001 VFR

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Old 08-20-2009, 03:05 AM   #428
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My 5th gennie

wow.....didn't realize how many viffer lovers there are around here.

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Old 08-20-2009, 08:25 AM   #429
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I can't believe I didn't see this...

BIG VFR fan here. Sold my '97 a couple of years ago to get this '00



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Old 08-20-2009, 08:42 AM   #430
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I am also in favor of VFR dedicated thread.

I have owned VFR800 for one month and no buyers remorse with this one.
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:00 PM   #431
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I actually would be interested in getting a dual sport again, but I am afraid that wouldnt get ridden like it should either. I have just under 1600 miles on the VFR right now, and it is OVERDUE for its first service that I just couldnt afford to get done yet. The reason its not ridden much is I have some issues that dont go well with riding a bike. So IF I do sell it, I wont be getting another bike anytime soon. You are welcome to come down to take it for a spin if I do decide to sell it though!
Thanks Chad. I subscribed to this thread but I missed this post for some reason. Good luck with your issues. If you do decide to sell, keep me in mind.

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Old 08-21-2009, 08:12 PM   #432
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IF I sell it, I will post it on here first, then in the flea market for a month or so, before I even think about CL. Right now I dont think I could part with such a beautiful machine.
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:11 AM   #433
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IF I sell it, I will post it on here first, then in the flea market for a month or so, before I even think about CL. Right now I dont think I could part with such a beautiful machine.
If you don't need the money, and you think you could get back on a bike sometime down the road, you could consider storing the bike. Proper prep is important, but if you do it right, getting it back on the road is as easy as changing oil and brake/clutch fluid, checking the tires and chain, filling the fuel tank, and taking the steel wool out of the intake and exhaust (the last is quite important!).

As for servicing, I can understand why people think the VFR is hard to work on, but I have fewer troubles on my '94 than I ever had on my Suzuki gs650. Yes there's more tupperware, but the carbs and airbox are infinitely easier to deal with, and that's worth a lot to me.

Whatever you decide, all the best to you.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:36 PM   #434
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I appreciate it HPS. I dont have to worry about storing it, I do get to ride it once in a while, JUST enough so I dont have to do all the prep to actually store the bike. I bought it last Nov, and it will be paid for in about two months, which is another con for selling. I just HATE for a gorgous bike to be sitting and not on the road where it belongs.
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Old 08-25-2009, 02:13 AM   #435
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Here's my 'different' 1990 VFR750.


This is a Japan model with gold painted wheels. I consider a lower powered bike an asset in the twisties here. The VFR is difficult to break the rear wheel loose and I can ride the snot out of it.

I haven't had it that long but I do love the sweetness of the V4! It's so sweet and so smooth that power becomes secondary to pure fun.

Big power is great for impressing your friends but in the real world (at least the twisty world here) you can't use big power that much and if you do you can get into trouble much easier.

The VFR doesn't lack of bottom end grunt and 2nd gear is used a lot on the roads I ride. I don't shift this bike as much as other bikes because of the rev range of it.

And after the FI of a couple K100s and the DL1000 I'm liking carbs more and more.

I tell you what, the VStrom has way more grunt than the VFR but guess which one is way more fun to ride?

Mind you I'm keeping my other 'low power but fun' Honda, my dearly loved Africa Twin. I think the two of them make a perfect pair. I'll let someone else ride the CBRs and ZXRs and R1s etc...

I'll end by saying that after a few years of the same bike (any bike), it's FUN to ride something different. I really like the 'semi classic' good looks of my 3rd gen VFR. I may keep her and upgrade the suspension.
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