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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-04-2001, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I canít believe it myself, but I got rid of my beloved 900RR and bought a 2001 Honda VFR800FI. I loved the RR but realistically I could never use the RR for what is was made for (Going Fast and hard!) and it was damn uncomfortable commuting to work. I only get to ride the twisties once or maybe twice a month anyway and the VFR is surprisingly agile! SO, The VFR offered what I wanted as closely as possible; its much more comfy, has decent power, fine handling, GREAT SOUND, looks beautiful, and is unique unto itself. I love the single sided swing arm and the Gear driven cam sound!! You younger guys wonít understand, but anyone 30 and over should know what I mean - I went sensible
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-04-2001, 07:11 PM
 
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Congratulations on the new bike. I think you took a step down (maybe sideways and a little down ), but that's just my opinion and that sounds like what you wanted.
Of course, I may be a little biased towards the RR. .



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Ya Don, its all how you look at it. Yes, down in power a bit, but Up in everyday useability...
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I am 47, riding 32 years now, and I know exactly what you're talking about. Congratulations! In case you don't already know it, when you get used to the VFR you'll still be able to go WAY faster than anybody should on a public road and even lose 95% of the riders out there in the twisties if your skills are up to it, regardless of what they're riding . The nice part is that you can do it all day while they're nursing sore parts. Titanium bolts, removing the chain guard, the latest exhaust can from Max Decibals, two more horsepower, etc. will never substitute for smooth riding, gauging your entry speeds, picking your lines, confidence in your bike's abilities and your's to use them, and putting it all together down a good twisty road.

The real test comes at the parts counter. Will you be able to keep the stock exhaust or will that be too much of a shock to your system?(joke) If you can stand it, the stealth may save you some tickets by not announcing to every cop in a 20 mile radius what you're up to and your ears will love you at the end of a long day!

Before anybody takes the heat, please understand that actually, I love it all. The loud pipes, too. I'm just way beyond dealing with it or spending money on it. I do good maintenance, spend money on good tires, and go wear them out (five sets last year), preferrably edges first, all over the East and Northeast mountains. I guess what I'm trying to say is... I understand your choice completely. Good Luck!
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Good choice on bikes. I have a 99. Love that thing. I have ridden other bikes, nothing compared to a VFR. Put a Two Brothers High Pipe and that thing will sound sweet!

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The real test comes at the parts counter. Will you be able to keep the stock exhaust or will that be too much of a shock to your system?(joke)
Actually, while they were preparing the paperwork, I went up to the parts counter and ordered a Erion Racing pipe. I just wanna hear MORE of that sweet V4 sound!

Thanks for the vote on my side Dad! And BTW, I was checking specs. in one of the rags today and noticed that the VFR will outrun ALL the top 600s!! Thats cool because If I have the power of my old F4 and the comfort and ride of the VFR, I got exactly what I wanted. So they may get me in the twisties, but they would have on my RR anyway! -To remedie that, I will be putting more time in on the twisties and going to more track days JUST so I can spank the young punks up to the local hang.
~~~HEY DANF4, did ya hear that? LETS GO TO THE TRACK!!
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Here ya go, Rob...

(1) A stock VFR has only one can.
(2) On a more serious note, the LBS system on the VFR...it is sort of like a "continuous" system, but not exactly. When the front brake is applied, you get roughly 70% front braking and 30% rear braking. Conversely, apply the rear brake, you get 70% rear, 30% front. With this system, you never get 100% on either front or rear. And if you were to run a new line from the front master cylinder straight to the front calipers, you'd still only get 70%. Further, more costly, modifications would be necessary to completely disable the LBS.
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