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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Why not much talk about the Interceptor (VFR)?

Hi all,

I am in the market to buy an 04 Interceptor for the cross between Sport Touring and Sport, and was wondering why not many people seem to be talking about it? Is there something that is wrong with the bike that I should be warned of?
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-09-2004, 07:00 PM
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I own a 1987 700 VFR and a 1998 800 VFR. Both are excellent sport touring bikes. They are so comfortable that I easily put in several 2,500 and 3,000 mile trips on both. They are great on curvy roads and the highway. I would not consider the 98 VFR a track bike though. The 87 VFR was a race platform in its day and Rainey won the AMA Superbike championship in 1987 on one. Since the late 80's the VFR became more sport touring oreinted and was not a superbike platform.

I only had one problem which was a bad voltage regulator. This was a common VFR problem for a while. I think they fixed it on the newer models.

I bought the 700VFR in 1987 and it still works even though I neglected it by riding just the newer 800. Will never sell the 87 700 VFR. I will sell the 800 only because I bought an MV Agusta.

If you want a sport bike that can go long distance and be fun on curvy roads you can't go wrong. If you want a bike to take to the track you may want to consider something else but I doubt you will find a track bike as comfortable on a touring trip.
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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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I spoke with a dealer and they said they would cut me a GREAT deal on an 03 Blackbird. Should I get this over the VFR? Remember I'm 6'4"!
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-12-2004, 07:25 AM
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-12-2004, 06:27 PM
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Ask this question over at sport-touring .net . There are a ton of VFR owners over there. sport-touring.net
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-12-2004, 11:39 PM
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VFRs are great sport-tourers. If you are a new rider just stay away from the XX for awhile. Also, as stated above, many VFR owners over on my site (see sig), you can also find a bunch over at http://www.vfrdiscussion.com

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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 04-28-2004, 08:44 AM
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If you are a new rider I would highly recommend against either the 'Bird or the VFR, for all the obvious reasons.

As to why there is not a lot of talk about VFRs, I'll try to answer (bear in mind I wouldn't trade mine in for anything so I don't buy what I am about to say!!):

*Sport touring is not as popular in the U.S. as it is in other parts of the world, particularly Europe where the VFR is extremely popular. Thus, general motorcycle websites don't get the traffic on VFRs that those dedicated to just the Viffer do.
*It is an 800, which is too much for a beginner but viewed as "under-powered" by others.
*For some reason it is considered too "vanilla" because it does everything competently: touring, track days, canyons, highways.
*Most of the 'buzz' around bikes is created by being lighter, faster and flashier. This is not what the VFR is all about, as it is considered an 'adult's sport bike'.

That being said, when you're taking a look at someone else's bike how often are they talking about their 'next bike'? That's not the case with VFR owners, they're talking about where they'll be when the odometer hits 50,000!
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I looked in to one last weekend… Took it for a ride (still can’t believe the dealer let me!!!) Liked it very much. I was at the dealer getting a tire replaced. I was there the next day due to a lowside and the sales rep was all over me… Again took it out for a ride (THREE HOUR RIDE Sales rep didn’t care, as far as he was concerned, they had my bike if I took off with it… ) Told the guy that I was debating between the FZ6 and the VFR and that I wasn’t going to buy until the end of the summer. He’s called me 3x per day since… Still can’t decide… Both seem comfortable and have the power and handling I want… I’m still not sold on the big ass front piece on the VFR and I like the styling of the FZ6. It might come down to price: $6500 for the FZ6 and they wouldn’t negotiate or $9995 for the VFR with the sales rep offering me $1500 off the price…

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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-05-2004, 10:52 AM
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VFR as a first bike

I have to agree with the rest of the responses. A first time rider has no buisness being on a blackbird. New rider + Black Bird = trouble. As a VFR rider I can tell you that most of us are in the same boat. We tend to be older more mature riders, nothing to prove but still love the thrill of leaning into a curve. As a first bike, it will depend on what type of rider you are. You can tour all day on this baby, curve some twisties and come home safe with a smile on your face. My advice would be to get out to some local demo days and ride as many bikes as you can, then decide.
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-22-2004, 05:39 PM
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I've never heard anything but good things about the VFR. Probably one of the most respected bikes out there. It does everything well. My girl's dad has been in love with the things for years.
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