New and interested in a vfr.

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  1. Codybert

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    Hi guys my name is Cody! Im 20 right now. I've been riding dirt bikes and stuff my while life. I got a street bike when I turned 18. It was a 1981 xs400. And now I wanna move up and get a bigger bike. I've been looking at vfr750 and vfr800 and I'm quite fond of them. So I want to join you guys and talk to some people and see how these bikes truly are. Thank you guys in advanced for anything I learn here !
     
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    :Yo: WELCOME, Cody !

    if learning is important, just read the Honda service manual for any VFR, and ask about whatever you might not understand. :thumbs:

    always over -free with opinions, i believe that a VFR is not the best bike for anyone @ 20 yo. temptations to go too too fast too soon, plus less driving experience could lead to big trouble. constant maturity as well as skill are both necessary to stay safe.

    you could consider finding a common I-4 600cc bike and ride that for a year (like i did) before stepping up to a much faster VFR that can get you into trouble faster too.
     
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    This is a good place to start.
     
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    I can't say I disagree with that. I'll put more considering if this is truly a good choice for me. And I'll check out that video!
     
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    I do have opportunity to get a 2008 vfr800 with 68k miles for 2000$. Which I'm not sure if that's something worth looking at.
     
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    Hell, YES !

    go see it and hear it running.
     
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    just look at that 4th generation bike, stunning, of course I am biased but it is the best looking bike, heavy suckers though to move around the garage
    especially as I am a short arse, there is everything you need to know on this forum lots of knowledgeable people (not me!)
     
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    Greetings Cody - Depending on where you are located, I have a 2007 VFR800 with 26,300 miles in excellent condition for sale. I'm in the Kansas City area.
     
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    Welcome to the forum. With lifelong experience riding dirt bikes and some experience with an 81 XS400 I'd have thought you have plenty of experience for a 750 or 800. I was certainly riding a CBX750 when I was 20, and I survived. You will find any VFR to be heavy and fast compared to the 400 but at the same time you will be riding on radial tyres with decent brakes, suspension and frame, so a lot more stable and safer.

    VFR engines are in general really well engineered so higher mileages aren't a problem provided the bike has been subject to regular maintenance.
     
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    Welcome to the fray Cody. As you can probably see, the opinions and information on this website is sometimes helpful, sometimes informative, and sometimes neither of those! Take it all in and use what applies to you -- just as with everything else in life.
    As mentioned above, you have some experience riding. At speed, most motorcycles work about the same as all the rest. One noteworthy thing about the VFR line is their weifht. They are heavier than other similar bikes. However, when you're out riding a VFR, you will not notice that extra weight. On the highways and Interstates, that extra weight actually helps by keeping you from getting blown around. (The only time you don't want blown... )
    I have been riding motorcycles for over 30yrs now. Like you, I started on dirt bikes. I bought my first Street bike when i was 17, and it was an old school Yamaha Seca 750. Since then, I've owned and ridden about 25 different makes/models. All four Japanese brands, as well as Harley Davidson -- owned and ridden. I have had fun times on all of those bikes, too. Even my Harley's were fun to ride, for what they are. But don't tell the guys here on VFRWorld!!
    My favorite bike of all time... My current 2000 Honda VFR. I currently own six bikes, and my yellow VFR always brings a huge smile to my face -- just by seeing it!! Riding it... Well, that's another story all by itself!

    The riding position on any VFR is more upright than the other, similar "crotch rockets". Do your own research on the "riding triangle", and you will see what I mean about the VFR's riding position. Why do you think so many older guys enjoy their VFRs?!

    As for whether or not you can handle a 750/800cc bike... I think you will be fine. If you're on the short/skinny/slim side, learn how to to use leverage with a heavier bike. If you are on the big/husky/tall side, you should have no problems at all. I'm 6'1" & 195lbs. I have no issue with my VFRs. (Yes, I have two! )

    If you are still unsure or hesitant about getting a VFR... Go see one, hear one, take one for a short ride (if you can). Be forewarned though... Once ridden, a VFR simply cannot be left unpurchased. Just my $.02, sir.
     
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    That kind of mileage is absolutely no concern for these bikes so long as they were properly maintained. Mine has over 218,000 km on it which equates to approx. 135,000 miles. While it has its issues right now that I am stumped with, the thing runs really nice, and it holds up to long and hard riding. Most recently from Sacramento to mid Baja and back. I could have ridden it to Sac too but potential weather issues at home made me truck it down that far.
     
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