The Honda VFR400R is lightweight, small, agile, and carries scary amounts of corner speed. Brakes are impressive, however most have their suspension set up on the soft side and require some adjustment. The 18-inch rear tyre also limits choices, but can still cut it on the road and track.
The Honda VFR400R’s water-cooled DOHC V-four produces just short of 60bhp, but its usability comes from its very flat torque curve, compared to other racy 400cc imports. However this gives the feeling the bike is lazy which it certainly isn’t, deceptively quick and still revs to 14,500rpm.
The Honda VFR400R/NC30 has a high level of finish and typical Honda build quality. At the time it was considered advanced with is tiny V- four, single-sided swingarm and huge aluminium twin beam frame. Engines have proven reliable as long as they remain standard and serviced, however tuned engines can have crank problems.
The Honda VFR400R/NC30 always held its prices high due to desirability and ease of use. However if you shop wisely you can grab a bargain. It’s an arguably iconic bike for around £2000 and in many ways it makes much more sense than its pricier brother the RVF. Find a Honda VFR400R for sale.
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The Honda VFR400R comes with 41mm conventional adjustable forks compared to the inverted items you find on the later RVF400/NC35. The single rear shock onto a single sided swing-arm is adjustable for pre-load and rebound only. There’s just enough room under the seat for storing waterproofs. Compare and buy parts for the VFR400R in the MCN Shop.