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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

For many, bike journalists included, the best road bike ever built. In 1994 Honda revised an already exceptional motorcycle, giving it super-model looks while still retaining those quintessential VFR qualities of legendary reliability, consistent performance and supreme comfort. The bodywork become less angular and gained Ferrari-esque louvres on its side panels.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Although lacking the power of newer machines, the VFR’s sublime V4 still impresses. It never gets out of breath and the near tidal mid range wafts you along on waves of unflustered power. For newcomers and more experienced riders alike this bike rewards with a forgiving ride and silky smooth power delivery.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

A new frame, swingarm, wheels and exhaust all cut 10kg (22lbs) from the VFR’s dry weight, but this is still very much sports-tourer instead of sportsr. The ride is smooth, the handling neautral and predictable. Only the slightly soft suspension limits heroics. But that together with the relaxed riding position and armchair-like comfort of the seat means that you arrive feeling human and thirsty for more.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Plush, comforting and classy without being extraneous. The pillion handles fold away neatly beneath the seat. There’s a streamlined pillion cover. The dash is classy and thorough (and includes a digitial clock and fuel gauge). The mirrors are good and there’s a main stand. A slight criticism would be the low screen and lack of a fuel gauge, but that’s being picky.

Honda VFR750F (1995-1998)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,530 (1995) - £2,020 (1996)
Private used prices
£1,390 (1995) - £1,840 (1996)
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Engine size 749 cc
Power 100 bhp
Top speed 152 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

For a Japanese superbike, the VFR is about as good as it gets. Build quality is sublime, reliability (apart from a few duff alternators and suspension that gets soggy  over 20,000miles) is total. Don’t let high mileages put you off: VFR head over 75,000 with impunity…

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A Honda PR man once (fairly) famously joked that “I don’t care how much a VFR costs, it’s worth three times as much.” He’s not far wrong. The VFR750 remains both revered and relevant and although used preices remain healthy, it’s still one helluva lot of bike for the money. Find a Honda VFR750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1994: New F-R version introduced, available in red, black or blue.
1995: F-S version available in red, black or silver.
1996: F-T version available in red, purple or silver.
1997: F-V version available in red, blue or green.
1998: Model discontinued.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 152 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 53.9 ft-lb
Weight 209 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification 16v V4, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar type
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 296mm discs
Rear brake Single 256mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 170/60 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(16 reviews)

  • Brilliant all rounder!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I owned an '86 VFR 750 years ago but being young i didn't appreciate what it offered. Now 12 years on, i own a '97 VFR750 and it is a brilliant all-rounder bike. Handles the commutes to work as well as weekend trips all without fuss. Will average 58mpg sitting at 70 mph on the motorway, or in traffic commuting it returns 50mpg, but average overall is 54mpg. Genuine Honda build quality and reliability along with a charactorful engine note from the gear driven cams. Valve clearances check every 16k miles, after the initial 16k one they rarely go out of spec after. Engine feels very smooth with no vibrations, mirrors stay blurr-free at all speeds which is a joy! Plenty of useable torque from low down. Standard gearing is ok but me personally i would go +1 tooth on the front to lengthen the gears. The only not so good points to mention are the front brakes lack power, typical of 2-pot calipers, but genuine Honda pads and braided hoses help get the best out of them. And its not the lightest at around 226kg. Also it would be nice to have more storage under the seat, but a tailpack will cure this. If i had to have just one motorbike, it would be a VFR.

    13 July 2014

  • SIMPLY THE BEST!

    FrostyA1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Tried the whole gamut: R1,Blackbird, TLR,TLS,RSV,RST,900SS,ST4,Bandit12,ZRX12, even a`96 VFR750&`99 VFR800, nothing comes close to my lil,old`92 Veef 7.5,for larfs & jollies. I sold it once to my son to move up to the later models,then pestered him till he sold it back. 49k`s on the clock & still runs like a Rolex.Sorted the jets,+full Carb.Can Co exhaust,stiffed the suspension,it pulled 260kph last June down thru the plains & up into the montanas,Spain, on rails & still accelerating, only bike that comes near it for sheer excitement is my `fully sorted` SV650 but it cant hold a candle to the utter creaminess of the `Veef` on big trips..F.

    30 December 2013

  • A modern classic

    dirtygringo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought my 1996 Viffer a couple years ago with about 9800 miles on her. The regulator/rectifer is shite but everything else on the 4th generation is near bullet-proof. Changing the exhaust to a D&D; immediate sound change and it seems quicker as well when rolling on the throttle. Ripping through the curvy country roads here in the hilly confines of Southern Indiana/Kentucky, the bike handles confidently and inspires you to hit the corners faster. I do like the single-sided swingarm. Yes, most gixxers and ninja liter bikes would thrash it. But that's not the point. From touring to corner carver, the VFR 750 is a do-it-all bike. And comfortable, too. The V4 sound with the aftermarket exhaust really does make it sound like a Chevy V6 small block, as some have described it. Deep and a bit nasty...people have to turn their heads when they hear it coming and going. It's a bit heavy at slow speeds but it's very stable at higher speeds. I probably won't sell it as it pretty much is as fun to hit the twisties on it as well as commute. And people still comment on what a nice bike it is...not that it's a deal seller but the bike doesn't look very dated compared to others of the same era. To me, the 4th generation is best of the VFR's; too bad the newer 1200 isn't like the 750.

    07 June 2011

  • My second VFR

    twowheeltours

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Living in rural Sweden means a season only April-October so something reliable and with a descent fairing that protects you from the cold wind is a necessaty. While wife and I enjoy touring in Scandinavia and rest of Europe VFR seems like the sensible choice when I enjoy a bike that can turn in a better way than for ex a Pan or a big BMW. Its also a great way to stay out of the GS-armada that has reached our shores as well. I just bought a blue VFR -97 with roughly 30000 km on it because my old red VFR -90 needs a new and friendlier home. I bought her 2003 with 43000 km on the clock and now more than 7 years later you can read +150000 km on the clock. The only thing I have swopped is of course the rectifier but also the petrol pump. A friend welded the exhaust some years ago and the Hagon shock I bought 2 years ago is the worst of crap coming from England, never again. 150000 km is what I think you should expect from a VFR but what impresses is that she is in such good condition even though I haven´t paid much attention to her except riding. Cleaning once a year and many nights out in the cold rain and too long between services. She has taken me and wife to many parts of Europe incl Italy, Ukraine and 2010 on honeymoon to Dubrovnik in Croatia. The honeymoon turned out to be her probably last trip abroad. Probably because of too many nights out in the rain the keylock gave up near Dubrovnik so a local mechanic fixed a switch from a lamp for on/off. Also on our way home on autobahn we had a long quee (stauh in german). Bike fully loaded +30 hot and upphill the clutch began to fail. No problems to get home but when giving full throttle the clutch slips. I´m 46 tomorrow and hope to enjoy VFR:s for more years until I will retire on a GS.

    01 March 2011

  • Anything better out there ?

    studad

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my 97 vfr750 about a year ago with 50,000 miles on the clock and a full main-dealer service history . I only bought it because i was a bit skint and it was a good price . I also remembered a despatch rider i used to work with that owned an older one and had covered 170.000 miles on and swore he had only ever spent on service parts . 1 year and 6,000 miles on i just cant fault it .I did my first ever track day last week at Snetterton and i love the bike even more now !.....obviously fireblades etc came flying past on the straights but nothing pulled away on the bends....wet or dry track . I have a bit more money now and have been looking around for something newer to buy but i just cant see what i will be gaining apart from a different number plate . Pound for pound it the best bike i have ever owned.

    31 October 2010

  • Very impressed...

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought mine in November 09, an FT with 21k miles. Paid £1850, so top whack, but it is near mint with service history and old MOTs to back it all up. In our 3 months together so far (through a very cold and icy winter) I have covered 3000 miles and finally, just about, got to grips with it. The paintwork is deep and still polishes up to a nice shine. The original exhaust is rotten and will fall off soon. There is a lot of plastic to take off to do any servicing, and balancing the carbs will result in much swearing and burning of hands. Chain adjustment is literally a 5 minute job if you have the original Honda spanner. The engine is torquey, and burbles satisfyingly at tickover. Rev it hard and it unleashes super acceleration over 6k revs, accompanied by a snarling, growling exhaust note. I had problems getting it to handle right. The front end felt wallowy and oddly detached. I spent a couple of days playing with the suspension and it feels a lot more nimble and planted now. The front is only preload adjustable, so fork oil changes are a must. The problem is that you lose some of that armchair comfort by winding up the preload to make it handle, but it is still all-day comfortable (400 miles in a day is easy with no real comfort issues). My first tank of fuel, when I was tickling the throttle, lasted me over 200 miles before the reserve light came on. Now I get no more than 150, but nearly all of my riding is round town and on twisty roads. Front brake pads wear quickly, as it is a heavy bike to stop. Make sure you use the front and rear brakes together to keep it balanced, or you will find the back end skipping all over the place under heavy braking. The weight means you have to get your bum off the seat to make it handle on twisty roads. With the weight it is prone to falling into corners, but the power available means getting it back upright is easy enough. I am running Michelin Road Pilot 2 tyres, and have had no grip issues as yet, no squaring off and little to no wear after 3000 miles. If you are buying look for rotten exhausts (replacements are not cheap), knackered and rusty rear shocks, as they don't come with a hugger as standard and the shock collects a lot of crap. The front spark plugs are a bitch to get at (you have to remove the fairing and the radiator) so make sure these have been changed recently, and are not 16 years old and seized in place. I know I have only done 3k miles but there is nothing to suggest it will give me any problems. It feels like a new bike, it is built like a tank, and still looks relevant when you pull up in the car park on a Sunday rideout.

    01 February 2010

  • King of the road.

    Haluk

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Beautiful, powerful, unique! I've had my '97 VFR750 since April this year. It's done 28k altogether so far. I have no intentions of changing it for another bike until it hits 100k, at the very least. It is all the bike a passionate motorcyclist will ever need. Just a shame that Honda charge £3.50 for one fairing bolt. Otherwise it is uncomplicated and cheaper to service (but also thirstier) than later VFR's. I prefer the individual brakes.

    28 September 2009

  • the best bike !

    kharheng

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    bought my 1995 VFR in 2005. its been 4 years with her and she is just stunning although the clock shows 53k miles. this is the most comfortable bike i ever own, passenger love it :) the engine perform more then your expectation. it last like a beemer boxer. for 53k miles on the bike, all i have done is just normal service.. no major service done before but the engine still run strong and smooth. i put my finger and rub at the exhaust and its clean!! the engine does not produce high BHP but the torque is brilliant! this bike could handle properly, very stable in freeway and twisties road, its easy to handle to town as well.. don't let the weight fool around, its light when the bikes goes. many beginner tried my bike and their feedback is easy to ride and friendly. she is so proud, everybody love her! i have change a braided hose and sintered pads and the brakes are just astonishing! ground clearance is good but if getting the bike lower, you'll scratch the center stand with the ground. rear suspension is weak now, properly its time to replace a new rear spring.. some said the rectifier will not last, been use more than 3 years now and it still working :) some people offer me with great value but i'll still keep this until i got a V5 VFR in 2009? :)

    12 January 2009

  • Rode better - rode much worse as well

    WHIZZA

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Having just sold my V-Strom I bought my 1995 VFR in June 08 with a mere 21k on the clock for commuting and the odd bit of fun. My idea being - smaller engine better fuel return. How wrong I was, with a mere 19 - 21mpg the VFR drinks like a fish and giving me only 95-100 miles to the red fuel light. At first I thought in town, be better on a run... Quick blast on the motorway later and I still only got 100-110 to a tank pathetic for the "best Bike Ever" Besides the fuel non economy it is a nice bike but was draughty on a run until I fitted a double bubble screen. The riding position is quite comfortable and at 6 foot I dont feel cramped at all on it. The rear passenger seat is more than big enough for a pillion with pegs placed so their knees are not up around their ears. Handling is good even when 2 up on it. Brakes are excellent and pull up the mass of bike and rider very quickly even when on the motorways. The rear shock does feel a bit soft but that is probably down to it being 13 years old and it may be changed if I keep the bike. I'm still not sure I like the single sided swinging arm or to be more accurate the adjusting of the chain. Which reminds me I have to adjust the chain, now where did I put that spanner.....?

    22 October 2008

  • What a all rounder

    lev2312

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I haven't been riding to long but I bought an 1999 R6 and got so into riding wanted to ride through winter not wanting to ruin my R6 as it is immaculate I started looking for a winter commuter. I came accross a 1989 VFR FK. What a bike been riding it to work and back for around 3 months now and it is brilliant. Easy to ride very comfortable and still has plenty of power and speed when needed. I had heard reliability was excellent on these and through all weathers has made my 40 mile round trip to work everyday no problem. My bike has 37K on the clock but still is as smooth as anything can't think of a better everyday bike. You can ride as quick or as slow as you like. Only fault suspension slightly spongy but my other bike is a R6 so most bikes ride feels spongy.

    01 October 2008

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professore

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Bad fuel mileage comments?

I have a 97 FV with 50K miles on it and it will easily do 170 miles before low fuel light and up to 200 on a run. For those people getting 100 miles there is definitely something seriously wrong.

I have the VFR nearly a year now and all I have needed so far is a new battery.  Never misses a beat, lovely bike. Was smart and got one that already had S/S downpipes and a rear hugger. Previous owner was an engineer and was anal about servicing it. Even had the original toolkit and Haynes manual !

05 January 2012 14:01

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VFR750F junkie....

I absolutely love these bikes. I am a motor-cycling aerospace design engineer. I select my riding days and thoroughly immerse myself in the VFR experience. In a single day I can be out for 14 hours riding, with the occasional pit-stop and still feel fresh at the end of the day. This topic is on the 750's and one of mine is a '97 model... in red of course. I bought this one 5 years ago from an air force officer in Salt Lake City with 10k miles. The bike was as close to mint as you can get and it took me 6 months of looking to find the right one. If you are not mechanically minded let the dealer service your bike, if you are mechanically minded get yourself a Honda Service Manual and enjoy the amazing engineering of this unique machine... especially those gear driven cams. When I checked the valve clearances only one was out of spec limit. Even so, I removed all 4 cams just to check what size shims were fitted and make it easier next time....as I said I'm an engineer and I love the mechanical stuff.

These bikes do not need any modification to enjoy but there are always improvements to be made whether they are small incremental HP increases or performance improvements thru weight reduction. This is what I have changed on mine......

1. Braided steel hoses thru-out.....a no-brainer really and an immediate brake feel improvement.

2. Renthal sprockets, with an aluminum rear chainring and gold DID chain. Quality items and un-sprung weight reduction of over 1 LB.

3. Race tech front fork springs rated for my personal weight (150 LBS). Excellent handling and feel from the front end, especially under braking. Linear rather than progressive springs are the way to go...same as the racers.

4. Scotts billet oil filter.... aircraft oil filtration for your motor-cycle. Beautifully crafted, pity it's hidden from everyone... except me.

5. NGK Iridium tipped spark plugs.... only the best for my VFR.

6. Mobil 1 synthetic oil... every time.

7. Pro-factoy jet kit installed with titanium needles. Faultless carburation and a power hike.

8. K & N air filter.... obviously, rubber air-box snorkel removed. Easy breathing and weight reduction 1 LB.

9. PAIR system removed, blanking plates installed. Weight reduction 1 LB.

10. Staintune hi-level exhaust. Without a doubt the finest exhaust slip-on for the VFR. Looks great, sounds great especially with the baffle removed, zero maintenance from polished corrosion resistant steel. Fit was perfect. Expect 3 HP gain and a little more with jets and filter. Honda should have fitted this pipe as standard. Power increase and weight reduction 3 LBS.

11. The final mod is a Nitron rear shock. Check out their website to learn more. Quality aluminum alloy item that won't break the bank and comes with adjustable length as standard to decrease the steering head angle up to 1 degree. Planted rear end and over 1 LB weight reduction. 

12. Tyre's are Bridgestone BT021s. Sticky and good mileage.Perfect.

Installed new fuel lines and all fluids changed as per maintenance service schedule keeps everything in top shape. The VFR with it's signature quad gear drive cams, V4 engine, aluminum alloy spar chassis and single sided swing arm started it all over 20 years ago.... simply amazing. Even now there isn't a single bike I would swap it for. These mods at over $2000 keep my VFR competitive even now. For the record my VFR returns on average 45 English MPG.. even with spirited riding. Power and torque are perfectly combined for road riding with low down grunt to pull you out of the corners, a tidal wave of mid-range drive to link the corners together and no acceleration sapping wheelies or heart-stopping head-shakes.

My mates ride modern ZX10's and R6's and when we are out they manage to keep up...just! The VFR750F....a real blast from the past.

31 December 2010 04:43

anotherr6nutter

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vfr750

As you can tell by my user name, im a mad fan of r6.  Two years ago i was hit head on by a car cornering on the wrong side of the road, which as you can imagine hurt just a bit.  I have three metal plates  and  14 pins to replace my elbow that was riped out of my arm.  With a few other injuries, i was unable to get on a bike for 10 months, and to be honnest i thought that mu sports bike days were over.  First bike i bought after my accident was a little 600 bandit.  Dont get me wrong, an excelent hard working bike for getting me to work, but the bike itself was just to small.  Pluss being a bit on the large side, i felt that i needee to look for something else.  Saying that i still managed to clock up 17000 miles in a year.  My mate told me of a bike for sail which would soot me to the ground, plus was at a resonable price.  Thats when i came across the 1994 vfr750 in blue.  I just sat on the bike once and i knew that this was right for me.  The bike itself was a nice size and dispite not being as sittyup as i thought they would be, i found the bike so comfy.  What i loved streight away was how stable it was, from  almost standstill to up top.  Dispite its 200kg+ weight, i felt that it hid its weight very well and had an unbelivable balance which just gave me such a confidence boost.  Ive had the bike for nearly 1 month now and ive managed to clock up nearly 2000 miles allready.  Ok not the most powerful bike ive had or the fastest, but just such a gem to ride.  Best £950 ive ever spent, and im in no hurry to sell it on even though i have had an offer of almost doubble what i paid.

13 June 2009 16:58

mag46

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vfr

 Most overrated bike ever!

Seat not that comfy after 50 or 60 miles, handlebars too low, awful MPG! Poor slow speed stability

Gearbox typical dodgy Honda. Straightline speed good, handling disappointing

Weird rear tyre size, so very expensive & restrictive to shoe!

Parts & luggage very expensive. Loads of wind buffeting from screen, brake pipes corrode until they leak, as do oil pipes.

Check for severe corrosion beneath panels

08 April 2009 14:44

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