HONDA VFR750 (1995-1998) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"For many, bike journalists included, the best road bike ever built"

Honda VFR750F motorcycle review - Riding

"For many, bike journalists included, the best road bike ever built"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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…

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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 group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

23 owners have reviewed their HONDA VFR750 (1995-1998) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA VFR750 (1995-1998)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

It gets emotional.

03 May 2016 by JamesNR34

I've mistakenly looked to have an affair with another bike, out of curiosity of course, but have not found anything that even comes close to the VFR (Vercitile Fast Reliable) Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Standing on your front tyre is not where you ever want to be, unless you're a unicyclist, however the brakes are man enough for the job. My front brake sticks if it sits about in the garage for any time but that's life. The ride platform is solid and stable, with little to surprise you. It can turn from zero to hero with little effort and will put a massive smile on your face every time with the twist of the throttle.
Engine
5 out of 5
The mid range torque gets you out of the pickle. The pick up and whooooosh (go) is beautiful. Solid and reliable with plenty of sparkle when you need it.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Conked out only once with an easy fix electrics fault since 96. Not bad at all. Not had to change a bulb a bulb either.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Economy starts in the wrist. Normally 120 miles in the tank on a progressive ride, and 150 if one is sitting back to enjoy the view.
Equipment
4 out of 5
4 way hazard indicators would have put the icing on the cake.
Buying experience

I bought this brand spanking new from C J Balls in Norfolk.

3 out of 5

Fast, comfy, reliable?: yes. Dull?: yes!

06 November 2015 by Stuart Mudd

Everyone knows how good these bikes are. Owners tend to highly rate them and their qualities are widely acknowledged throughout the interweb. Even on this very website. Yet I am left wondering: did these people ride the same bike as me? What people... Read more want to know is: what's NOT so good about them? 1) People sometimes call them all rounders. They're not. They're sports tourers. The riding position cripples wrists in the stop-start of city traffic. They're comfy at 50 mph or more. 2) They're really, really dull. No character. And also, kind of....gutless. They don't sound particularly amazing either. For that sole reason, i.e. lack of soul, although the bike is very very good at what it does, it's not a keeper as it's not a machine that gets under your skin and you fall in love with. Alternatives I would buy instead: BMW R1100S: looks mean, shaftie, has that BMW transverse rocking thing. THAT was a quality bike too. Yet somewhat unloved and un noticed. I would buy one over a VFR. Trumpy Sprint ST: more cc's and fewer cylinders = more grunt. The engine is more entertaining which is a big plus for me. It has a bit more soul than the VFR, but less refined. Which may be a good thing. Got caught at 170km/h in a 70km/h zone on Victoria Island once. Happy days.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Some folk complain it's a bit softly sprung. But I actually PREFER a bit of sag in the suspension and the machine to tell me what it's doing. I find in setups these days sporting=rock hard, leaving you with a wooden feeling machine that doesn't inspire confidence. Or comfort for that matter. But the VFR was a great setup.
Engine
3 out of 5
Dunno what the fuss is about. I think the delivery is really bland! It's very quiet, and fuss free - emitting a soft whistle. Hardly an engine that stirs the soul. The unit doesn't have a warp drive power band, but nor does it have instant low down grunt. And yet you have to wind the power on and it gently builds up speed (can you tell I'm used to riding twins?) in a very predictable and linear fashion. Which is great if you want a boringly predictable (yet quite fast) bike.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Why not 5/5? Well...the exhaust rots out. And the way it is routed around the V4 means fitting a replacement is quite costly. And the easily sussed reg/rec thing. But 4/5 is very very good.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Pretty good allround. And had a centre stand! If a bike is supposed to have a modicum of practicality how can they not have centrestands? It does make chain lubing and adjusting so so much easier. It doesn't get 5/5 because it doesn't have the electronic whizzbangs of today. But if I was reviewing this 10 years ago would have got 5/5.
Buying experience

Paid nothing for it. My mate snapped his CCL in his knee and I got his bike for 6 months.

5 out of 5

Like it so much I bought it twice.

02 October 2015 by blackdot

I would certainly recommend this bike to anyone. It's the type of bike that'll surprise you and thrill you and you will grow to love it. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
Plenty of power for me and it'll run all day on the highway at 5000 to 5500 rpm. :)
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
And that's just oil/filter and other fluid checks. I'll spend more if the previous season was particularly good replace the worn out tires. :)
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Privately from a guy who was moving up to a faster bike to keep up with his friends. Advertised at $2400 Canadian, purchased for $2000. Two years later I was having a bad day and sold it for $3000 and just recently I purchased it back from the buyer for $1500. He wasn't using it and had only put on 70 miles in 2 riding seasons!!!

4 out of 5

Love at first ride.

18 August 2015 by Miguel Duarte

Never thought I would like a '96 sports touring as I like the VFR 750. For an almost 20 years bike it still turns heads. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
It's a good all-round bike and you can't tell it's over 200kg while riding. Coming from a trail/road bike, I can stand driving 1 hour straight and then I start to feel my wrists numbing, however I feel I could drive longer with time.
Engine
5 out of 5
Simply the best engine built by Honda!! The sound is amazing and the power delivery is awesome.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Very well built, strait up Honda.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I guess the regulator/rectifier "problems" take a small toll on running costs. Other than that I guess its a cheap motorcycle to maintain.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The seat cowl looks cool. Probably I'll buy a double bubble windshield as I feel a bit too much wind on my helmet when I drive through highways.
Buying experience

Bought mine privately, it was listed €2300 and I bought it for €2000.

4 out of 5

23 July 2015 by simon

One of the best bikes I have ever had Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

02 July 2015 by Stuart McCullagh

THE best all rounder bar none Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Good all rounder
Engine
4 out of 5
Adequate performer
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Usual reg/rec issue, replaced with UK item Usual downpipes/collector issues replaced with stainless system
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

honda vfr 750 fj

20 October 2014 by BANKSFIELD

I have a 1988 vfr 750 fj in red its like new done 45000 k which is nothing for a vfr . the bike is almost 27 years old and still can keep with new bikes I also have a triumph st 1050 , the brakes on the vfr are not as good as a modern bike, but hay... Read more how fast do you want to go.The build quality on these early vfr's is to a very high standard .That v4 engine has plenty of torque sounds well mine has had the exhaust changed for a full stainless steal one as they rot . You get early vfr's at a good price now and they are value for money, had mine 7 years use it as a second bike and it still brings a smile to my face when I ride it .

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Brilliant all rounder!

13 July 2014 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

SIMPLY THE BEST!

30 December 2013 by FrostyA1

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

A modern classic

07 June 2011 by dirtygringo

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 1998
Original price -
Used price £1,500 to £2,800
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £50
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 53.9 ft-lb
Top speed 152 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 164 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 16v V4, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar type
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 209kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound damping
Front brake 2 x 296mm discs
Rear brake Single 256mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 170/60 17 in

History & Versions

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.

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