Honda VFR800 Bike Overview
The Honda VFR800 is an upgrade on the former VFR750 and is a fantastic all-rounder bike which receives plenty of praise from the biking community.
It might be coming up to 20 years old but it is still a bike which can hold its own amongst the newer additions to the market and with the added benefit of the Honda name you know you are investing a bike which will be sturdily and solidly built, and designed to last for many years.
The V-four engine gives a smooth power delivery, even in low gear and although it isn’t as powerful as a dedicated sports bike, for an all-rounder it is pretty impressive.
This is a bike which works well for commuting, taking out on the track or for a longer touring holiday. The riding position has been designed well and the seat is comfortable enough, for both primary rider and pillion.
This is a middle-weight bike so does feel heavy when it isn’t running but once you have the bike warmed up the handling Is light and smooth with a low-centre of gravity which allows for riders to turn with ease.
Although it is a bike which can perform well alongside sports bikes it has also been designed to bear up well with extra weight making it a good choice if you like to mix things up and occasionally take your bike on a longer tour too.
It is perhaps let down by its fuel economy which is surprising for a Honda bike as their bikes are generally designed to be as cheap and economic to ride as possible but with so many other benefits this does seem like a small price to pay.
Take a quick look at the Honda VFR800 in action…
Honda VFR800 Bike Spec
- Top speed155mph
- Average fuel consumption38mpg
- Seat height805mm
- EngineFour stroke, DOHC, liquid cooled
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More light weight than think
Cheaper than a car
Big upright riding position, gives plenty of comfort for both me an my pillion. Used as a daily rider I never have any issues with confront in all weather conditions. Perfect for me at 5'10 but I imagine much over 6 foot and you may find your knees start to get a little to close to your elbows
Never have issues with it, rode daily and kept outside she keeps going on and on. Serviced regularly the engine feels indestructible
This is where I feel it let's me down a bit. The front brakes are solid enough having a double disc system but I don't have the best confidence in a sudden stop on this bike
Smoth through the gears, rides nice. Can't say it corners the best but for a big upright bike its a pretty solid bike in the corners generally. Happy on bendy backroads or cruising along the motorways.
Its 100bhp so its not going to give you the acceleration of a car or a gear but it keeps a smile on your face and still leaves most other road users sitting at the lights
Average 48mph which is pretty solid, I do about 200 miles a week and use just over 1 tank a week on average. It costs around the £20 mark to fuel up. Its not the best but its a sold confident mpg no matter how I feel like riding it hovers around the same point
Really comfortable riding position though I have considered buying a kit to raise the handlebars slightly but it's not THAT uncomfortable
The only issue I've ever had in almost ten years of ownerships is the well known rectifier problem that also took the battery with it. Replaced both three years ago and not had any issues since.
It has Honda's linked braking system but it's almost unnoticeable in use.
I've not ridden an out and out sports 750 so I can't make comparisons but to someone who was riding in the 1970's on Kawasaki Z900's and a Suzuki GS1000 and also owns a GoldWing Aspencade the ride and handling are excellent.
The engine is superb - lots of mid range and howls beautifully at the top end. Is more than fast enough for me
It averages around 40mpg which considering the performance available is perfectly acceptable. Tyre wear isn't excessive either and insurance is c£150 which includes breakdown cover (one advantage of being an "older" rider.
No abs but good
Great little bit twitchy
Good on fuel
Awesome to ride on long journeys due to how comfy the seat is and riding position. I’ve not had a pillion on the back but has large grab handles
I’ve had it just over a year and never broke down, these engines well maintained go on for a very long time.
Brakes are great has a dual braking system.
It’s a tourer so quite a big 800cc but you wouldn’t notice when riding, very smooth, handles brilliantly.
I have the vtech model and boy do you feel it, it puts a smile on your face when you ride, also very good at manoeuvring at low revs.
Depends how you ride of course, a full tank £17 normally lasts me 180 miles or so over a mixed style of riding.
Slow to change direction
Easier access to the engine
It's a Honda
Would like ABS
Love the ride . Handing so good . Nice and predictable. Nice and stable at speed . Throw it into corners like I did on my Yamaha RD 350 YPVS . Tho the VFR goes in and out faster . And is predictable, stable and soakes up the poor roads with out any problems.
Awesome….. Does the job … Massive power .. Pulls like a train . Very liner . Tho you do have to be in the right gear at the right time to accelerate quickly. Otherwise it bogs down quickly. Love the sound .
More mpg than my Triumph 1200 1994 Trophy. Have a cobrra chain oiler fitted . Cost £120 ish used 250 ml of oil over the 7000 miles I have done . Think the liter of heavy gear oil was about £9 . I don’t hang about . I ride with sprit and my VFR with a tank of premium unleaded does 230/240 to the tank . £22/23 a tank 3 oil filters £7 each . And the oil semisynthetic £21 a gallon . Changed all the fluids . The weekend of purchase. But can’t count that as I have all the fluids for my car and my Triumph. Which I have now sold as I love the Honda more .came with a pair of Road pilot tyres . Which I replaced with Bridgestones after 6900 miles . Front still fine but I like Bridgestones For me it’s a rear a year and a front after 10k . I don’t think the tyre cost is excessive. About £200/£210 a pair from my local bike shop .
Love the build Quality . Still looks good after all theses years . I purchased it with only 6700 miles from new . Had old mots to prove the mileage . Engine, frame , fairing ,swinging arm , very good condition. Not show room . But very close . Seat is a aftermarket comfort jel one. I replaced the mirrors as they had lost the reflective coating and where useless. All the fairing fasteners I replaced as I service it my self and the old ones where rubbish and I want the quick release ones . All the engine bolts replaced with high quality stainless steel . In the 7000 miles I have covered all I have done is 3 oil and filter changes . And all the fluids . Put modern pads all around . And new plugs . Which she did not need . It always starts even in all the rain on the IOM TT we had this year . Stops . Nothing has broken . And I can’t find much rust . Except the two down exhaust pipes . She had never missed a beat and not let me down .
New fluid new pads stops well . Tho the linked brakes can take getting used to . But no problems braking .
Heavy to push round but disappears once riding. Drops nicely into corners Gearbox smooth like butter but can get notchy after a years ride without oil change
V4 pulls like a train very smooth through all the gears
Good fuel range if you ride sensibly. Parts cheap
Dual linked brakes work very well. Brakes a lot better than most new bikes
Great on the corners.... Top end and revs amazingly smooth... Mid range has the valve transaction stage and can be fun... Low lrange revs are jerky below 3000... Bike is heavy, but has a great centre of gravity for corners.
As mentioned early, it's a good fun sturdy bike, but it doesn't like low revs, a nd tends to be jerky in first gear unless you clutch it and use the revs at a higher rate. Overall engine size equals my needs of a 15mile each way twisty road daily commute and the occasional trip
Quite sure there are more economical bikes out there... Had a suzuki gsxf 750 and an FI vfr before this... Same economy overall with the vfrs, but the 750 was definately better, but not as robust or fun to ride
Exhaust system and heat deflectors like a bit of rust and require replacing, but a major issue is the oil coolant pipes which corodded and burst on me, not cheap to replace for 2 x thin pipes... Was a recall problem and according to Honda records mine were replaced, but I'm not convinced... They have been replaced now
Linked brakes take a bit of getting used to.. And when they kick in on a full tight grab... The bike slows down quick
V4 grunt all the way through the Rev range
It's a Honda
Bit dated now but it is 17 and it does still stop quick enough
Numb bum after 300 miles a day
Checking and adjusting valves is very difficult.
Am airhawk seat and Laminar Lip screen makes a marked improvement
Handles well with two obese adults, overloaded panniers and a top box
A bigger tank would be nice and slightly higher handlebars.
Heavy in town
A good balance
Accesability to exhaust and all parts for servicing
Wash and it looks new again
It's got linked brakes, why?
rides very well, and being a middleweight is easy to handle allowing for fast, smooth progress to be maintained
obviously not as powerful as current sports bikes but certainly powerful enough for it's roll as a genuine all-rounder.
Maybe needs a bit more of an 'edge' to it rather being pretty good at everything
excellent build quality, Honda put a lot of effort and thought into the VFR
linked brakes work very well
Little bit sluggish low in the revs, handles smooth and feels light
Bit gutless two up
Better performance for two up touring
It's not the lightest bike around. But it handles so well. Centre of gravity is low down so it rides the twisty roads very well. Acceleration is nice and smooth.
Smooth power. Lovely V4 grunt. Loads of power throughout the range. Excellent to be able to pull out and overtake on motorways.
Maybe a thicker foam on the seat as I can get a bit of a numb arse when on long rides.
Typical old school Honda build quality. The only thing I've had to replace is the Regulator/Rectifier. This is common and about the only thing that goes wrong on these bikes.
Linked brakes work really well. Previously I've used mainly front brake. I use the rear a lot, as it's linked to front. This gives me much more confidence.