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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-17-2001, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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VFR800 first ride impressions

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Sounds promising.

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Well, I'm beginning to get used to its looks. It's definitely distinctive.

The one main thing I don't like about the VFR, not just this VFR but all the other VFR's is its price. Honda has always packed the Interceptor with lots of technology, which isn't cheap and easy to mass produce. And the price always reflects that. Probably why the VFR doesn't sell well in the US, where bikes are treated more like toys rather than daily, practical machines. Thus, buyers are more easily swayed to get a "bigger" faster bike, or a smaller, swoopier, faster race replica. $9,499 buys a lot of fast sportbike. I wonder how much this new VFR will sell for?

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The one main thing I don't like about the VFR, not just this VFR but all the other VFR's is its price.

I agree except that they are worth it if you intend to keep one for a long time. I have had one part fail in 80,000 miles on mine. It always starts first try and runs perfectly. Hell, it doesn't even use any oil. You pay for alot of the neat features as well as durability in the VFR. Such as the V-4 motor, single sided swing arm, instrumentation, center stand and others I have forgotten.

There may be less expensive bikes but few are a better value if you plan on riding 100,000 on a bike.

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There may be less expensive bikes but few are a better value if you plan on riding 100,000 on a bike.
IMO this is the distinction of a VFR. It is not built as a disposable sportbike or marketed to those inclined to buy the fastest (for a season) thing off the line. It is built to gobble up miles in a "sport touring" sense. It has better wind protection, linked brakes, softer suspension, etc. than its sportier counterparts. I feel that I will get more value per mile because I will keep it for a long time.

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BTW, a new version of the article is up, weighing in at 14 pages with a cool video.

VFR article at MCN

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I wonder how much this new VFR will sell for?
As I've said before, I failed maths so someone can convert 7995 into $$. Not sure if that price includes delivery, plates etc. but it'll give a rough idea.

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As I've said before, I failed maths so someone can convert 7995 into $$. Not sure if that price includes delivery, plates etc. but it'll give a rough idea.
7,995 GBP x US$1.4477 = US$11,593

Yikes!!

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7,995 GBP x US$1.4477 = US$11,593

Yikes!!
I take it that it's a bit on the expensive side, Rouge ?
If it makes you feel any better, the price is practically the same as a current 800 is here.

Of course this means that we pay FAR TOO BLOODY MUCH for our bikes here !
So how much is a 800 in the U.S. today ?

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Hehe, a good place to find bike prices is Honda's U.S. website. Ever been there?

MSRP = $9,999
MSRP = $10,999 for the ABS version

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I take it that it's a bit on the expensive side, Rouge ?
If it makes you feel any better, the price is practically the same as a current 800 is here.

Of course this means that we pay FAR TOO BLOODY MUCH for our bikes here !
So how much is a 800 in the U.S. today ?
Yes. The price you qouted for me is a bit high.

VFR's in the US as UFO said cost around US$9,999. And their numbers are limited so dealers sell every one of them and won't usually haggle the price down.

What makes it difficult to justify the price of a VFR is that the CBR1100XX is US$10,500, and the CBR929RR(the 'Blade) is "only" $9,500. Thus, most people will either go for the bigger bike that's faster, or the more agile, sportier bike that's also faster. I'm not saying VFR's are not worth their price. I'm saying, compared to other types of bikes, and brand of bikes, it's a bit overpriced. Just don't tell that to owners of VFR's 'cause they all love 'em. I myself have lusted after one for a very long time but can't seem to convince myself that the price, past and current, is well justified.

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