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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Reliability: Vf500f vsVfr750

Hey guys, im looking to get a bike soon. Availible to me are a '85 Vf500f and a '86 Vfr750. I have done a lot of research, but still am a little in the dark about the cam issue. Its my understanding that the cam problem was from 84-85? Then the 86-89 vfr750 bike is good one?

The vf500 has 22k miles, and the vf750 has like 14k miles. They are both in good condition. Which would be more reliable? Which would be less likely to have this cam problem? Which would be a more quality bike? Have you had good experiances with either?

Let me know, thanks, take care.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 08:14 AM
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It is widely believed that the miniceptor (500) was not prone to an oil starving situation. This has NOT prevented some people from installing the mods available, but I have not done it, and mine has over 25k miles, with nary an issue in sight.

The 750s did have this issue, and your date range is good enough.

Reliable? As with any inexpensive, older bike, you've got to accept doing some maintenance which might not have to be done on newer bikes.

There is a relatively good supply of 500 stuff on Ebay and in user forums, but I don't know about the 750 supply.

Hope that helped, and post if you've got more ?s. Drop me a PM for group-specific forums.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 07:30 AM
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86 VF 500 vs VFR 750

There is a HUGE difference between the 86 750 vs 500. The 84-86 500's were more closely related to the 83-85 750's. The cam/oiling issue was primarily related to the 1st generation Interceptor 700/750's. The 1986 VFR 750 was a new, from the ground-up, design and the first Interceptor with gear-driven cams. There is no reliability issue with the 2nd generation bikes that I'm aware of. Incidentally, I've not heard of any problems with the 500's either.

There's a big power difference between the two bikes you are comparing. (about 50 vs 85 at the rear wheel) If you are a new rider, I'd stick to the 500.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well i know there is a huge diff in size, weight, handeling, power, and all that. But i was just looking for the diff's in reliability, and known mechanical weaknesses. Gear-driven cams you say? hmmm
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-14-2006, 07:32 PM
 
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go with the 750 more useful all around bike if you can control speed impulses.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-11-2007, 05:57 AM
 
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Go with 750, 500 is sensible but enemic, makes ninja 250 power same way.
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