One of the motorcycles I had in the past and truly enjoyed, was the VFR. It uses THAT engine… that one that I just can’t help but to love… Honda’s V-4. Lots of power at the low revs, lots of power in the middle, and lots at the top. Honda has put this engine in the Magna, and made them in a couple different sizes… all good.
My first was a 500CC, then later a 750, and then an 800. The 500 wasn’t my first bike, my first bike was also a V-4… the Saber.
But the Saber pretty much became a cruiser, and Honda used the badge on the Shadow line of bikes… pity… But the V-4 lived on the Magna… I’ve had a few Magnas. One of each Generation. The last was the best, undoubtedly.
The Intercepter though… that became known simply as the VFR. And it’s lived it’s life as a dedicated sports bike, then went the path of the Sports Touring as Honda decided to bring the inline-4 out as the dedicated sports machine. I used to hate the CBR because of that. It’s Commercial Airliner looking fairings and Non-V-4 engine. The VFR kinda became tired. The sporty looking bike for Old Guys. Well, now I’m an Old Guy. And it’s looking good. It’s looking really good.
It’s not a perfect Sports Touring Bike… It has it’s flaws. But it’s got some great points. A new double clutch system, that V-4 engine in a 1200 sized Value Pack of Moto-Goodness. It’s also fairly heavy, and people are saying it’s not as powerful as it should be. But I think this is forgivable giving the fact that the power delivery is low and mid-range designed for what it’s for… Sports Touring.
|Engine type||l-c V4|
|Valve train||SOHC, 16v|
|Bore x stroke||81.0 x 60.0mm|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate slipper or dual-clutch automatic|
|Front suspension||43mm Showa inverted fork with adjustable rebound damping|
|Rear suspension||Single Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping|
|Front brake||Dual Nissin six-piston radial calipers, 320mm discs|
|Rear brake||Single Nissin two-piston caliper, 276mm disc|
|Front tire||120/70-ZR17 Dunlop Roadsmart|
|Rear tire||190/55-ZR17 Dunlop Roadsmart|
|Rake/trail||25.3 deg./4.0 in.|
|Seat height||32.1 in.|
|Fuel capacity||4.9 gal.|
|Claimed wet weight||591 lbs. standard, 613 lbs. automatic|
|Warranty||12 mo., unlimited mi.|