What's a good replacement for the VFR800?

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  1. The_Head

    The_Head New Member

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    I'm planning on moving on to a nice used bike in about 3 years. What do you think would be a good replacement for the VFR800?

    I'm thinking Yamaha FZ1, but would like to hear your opinions. That new FZ09 looks a little tempting as well, but I'm not too keen on the looks. The VFR1200F would be awesome, but the wet weight kind of turns me off.

    Some basic guidelines I'm trying to adhere to:

    1: Wet weight around 500 lbs
    2: Not too extreme of a riding position
    3: Reliable, not too costly to service, at least 4,000 mile service intervals
    4: Reasonable insurance rates
    5: The same or more power than the VFR800, preferably more.
    6: $10,000 or less for a clean 2-3 year old used specimen

    Looking forward to your responses, thank you.
     
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    Scubalong Official Greeter?

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    How about 2009 VFR800 :livid:
    How about the CB1000
     
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    The_Head New Member

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    If I were going to stay with the VFR, I would just keep the one I have. Hell, it only has 12,000 miles on it.

    Have not considered CB1000R, will take a look!
     
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    I'm thinking VFR800 with a super charger would do the trick. Then you would have something that you will never run into on the road unless you went to visit Toecutter.
     
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    Z1000

    CB1000R

    FZ1

    VFR1200

    Any of these is good.
     
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    In 2-3 years there will so many models to choose from that have not seen the light of day yet. Still it's nice to contemplate what you could get. The Yammies have a nice selection in their FZ1S & FZ8S thats for sure. I would not be surprised if Honda came up with yet another bike to plop the VFR800 motor in, they must have a shit load hanging around in the factory cos the Crossrunner certainly ain't selling here & they have dropped $5000AUS of the original price.
     
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    unless cost stops you, don't forget about BMW.
     
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    If you can find a nice example of one, how about a CB1100xx (aka the BLACKBIRD). Personally, I think they are a fantastic looking machine, with good power, nice lines, and from I have read they handle quite well. I think the last year for them here in Canada was around 2006 or something like that but they are still a nice looking machine. For the less than 3 year old criteria you mentioned my vote would have to go for either the VFR1200 or maybe the Kawasaki ZZR1400
     
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    A replacement for the VFR800 doesnt exist.
     
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    I believe that Triumph Sprint continues the legacy of VFR800 best.

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    It even retains the single sided swing arm which I love for the ease of taking the wheel off.
     
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    I wouldn't let the weight of the VFR1200 bother you. If you like your 800, then I think you'd have no problem with the 12. The FZ1 is a great choice as well, but I'm not a fan of the inline 4.

    Looking at your list, I think you have the bike you're looking for.
     
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    For the VFR800 Vtec, the best replacement is a downgrade to VFR800FI Pre-Vtec
     
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    There is no bike to replace the vfr 800, if you don't like something on it just fix it-every other bike your going to have to do the same thing.:kiwi-fruit:
     
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    I would say go with whichever one you look at and sit on that makes you grin. If you go for a test ride and it feels good and you just know you'll love it, then that's probably the one for you. I wouldn't put the 7th gen VFRs out of consideration, though. I test rode them just before they were released and while on paper they look really heavy, when you are above 15 mph they don't feel any heavier than your current VFR and they have Honda fit/finish. Hell many people have compared them to the Lexus of motorcycles. Plus you don't have to lube the chain. :)
     
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    I am pondering the same question....what to get to replace the VFR. In addition to your list I am considering the Ninja 1000. Zero mile 2011 left overs can be had for ~$8500. 2012 the came with ABS, and in 2014 they have available hardbags and traction control. As far as I can tell they are a relatively trouble free, reliable low maintence MC with a more up-right seating position than the VFR. On the downside they have less wind protection and the adjustable windshiel is useless except on teh lowest setting.

    500 lbs, 125 horsepower, and 75 lb-ft of torque. gGeat power and fun to ride. If it was a V4 with Honda's build quality I'd be all over it in second.
     
  17. LOUDASS03VFR

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    I would recommend the 1998-2005 Honda Superhawk 996. Its an 8-valve V-Twin and it has tons of raw power. I would say its a good rider for long and short rides. I typically do 100 miles on average when I get on mine. Its very easy to work on especially the oil changes. The Superhawk is one of my favorite bikes of all time. Definitely one of the fastest bikes I have ridden. Heard the new VFR1200 kind of sucks and it looks strange to me. Try a Superhawk and I am sure you will love it and leave with it. Its what I did. The Honda RVT is also a good choice and another V-Twin bike.
     
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    ^^ This. The simple things in life are often the best.
     
  19. The_Head

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    I actually did own a 1997 CBR1100XX circa 1999-2000 and I enjoyed it greatly. It was actually my only mode of transport as I was active duty Navy at the time.

    Anyways, I think I'm going to save up for a 2012 VFR1200F, the blue one. It's a sharp bike.
     
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    Another vote for a test ride of the 1200. The paper weight is heavy but she rides light.
     
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