SlickDizzy
SlickDizzy SuperDork
2/16/09 11:37 a.m.

My current bike is a Honda CL350. It's a riot, but the battery gets drained weekly, the drum brakes suck, it's not much of a handler, and my entire body is numb from the vibration whenever I get done riding.

This got the gears turning in my head: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/1002104227.html

What's the general consensus on the smaller-displacement V4 Honda rockets? I'd imagine they're more finicky and expensive to run than your typical EX500 or what-not, but the VF400/500 seems like it might be a far more interesting alternative.

Your two cents?

Grtechguy
Grtechguy SuperDork
2/16/09 11:52 a.m.

there was an issue with some of the V4 bikes.. oil starvation I believe.

EvanB
EvanB Reader
2/16/09 12:26 p.m.

Do it. I have only had a VFR700 but I loved it, wish I still had it.

ClemSparks
ClemSparks SuperDork
2/16/09 1:26 p.m.

I've always wanted an old VTR250. It's only a v-twin (as opposed to the V4s that I assume are your primary concern), but a neat little bike. Unfortunately, it was a three year only deal ('88-'90) and, for me, owning an EX250 would just make more sense since they made such a long run (parts availability and such).

I just wish bikes didn't hold their value so much better than 20+ year old cars!

Clem

SlickDizzy
SlickDizzy SuperDork
2/16/09 1:51 p.m.

My neighbor actually has a VTR250 - really neat bike. The inboard front disc brake is funky!

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Production Editor
2/16/09 1:56 p.m.

Paging Mr. Gearin...

He's got a VF500, it looks nice.

Sort of related—When I was living in Japan, one of the guys that I worked with had a VFR400 that was awesome. It was like a mini VFR 750, but much more sport-focused. Looked like this-

They can be found here, but are of questionable legality.Obviously, parts are hard to find unless you've got a good international calling plan and a working knowledge of Japanese.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/16/09 4:18 p.m.

Yep, Tom's right, I've had a VFR 500 Interceptor for 3 years or so now. Here it is:

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g98/grmjoeg/vfr500.jpg

Although I ride very infrequently, it has been a great bike. Some of the early VFR's had cam oiling problems, but almost all of them have been fixed by now. Mine never had the problem to my knowledge. I love the bike. It is light, nimble, and much faster than you'd think a 500 would be. Sure it isn't a R6, but it is plenty entertaining. They give a great baritone wail when you open the throttle. I paid $1,500 for mine with 20K on the odo. It is in really nice shape, but needs a little tlc. (tires, chain, oil change, etc.)

It is a great bike, and super easy to ride. I don't ever plan on selling it because for me it is the perfect bike.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/16/09 4:21 p.m.

I dunno though Slick........first an E36, then a TR-6, and now you are considering an Interceptor?!

What's next an AMC Eagle?

Joe ( owner of) 84 AMC Eagle E36 M3 TR-6 VFR Interceptor 500

I'm not sure if you just have awesome taste, or if I should be worried!

Gearhead_42
Gearhead_42 Dork
2/16/09 4:31 p.m.

SlickDizzy - StalkerDork

grinch77
grinch77 New Reader
2/16/09 5:23 p.m.
ClemSparks wrote: I've always wanted an old VTR250. It's only a v-twin (as opposed to the V4s that I assume are your primary concern), but a neat little bike. Unfortunately, it was a three year only deal ('88-'90) and, for me, owning an EX250 would just make more sense since they made such a long run (parts availability and such). I just wish bikes didn't hold their value so much better than 20+ year old cars! Clem

I started riding on a VTR250 I loved that little turd.I still have it out at my parents property.

noodle
noodle New Reader
2/16/09 8:27 p.m.

I had a 86 VF500 back in 1990. I bought it after moving to Georgia to commute. I love it....never had a problem with it. After The wife left and I got divorced, it was the only sane thing that helped me get through the craziness. Nothing helps clear the head like a long ride on a nice bike.

Xceler8x
Xceler8x HalfDork
2/17/09 7:51 a.m.
noodle wrote: Nothing helps clear the head like a long ride on a nice bike.

I have to agree with this. There's not enough bandwidth in your head to ride a bike an be upset at the same time. Therefore survival takes over and you stop thinking about the mundane crap and start thinking about living to get home.

Gonzo_Bmod
Gonzo_Bmod New Reader
2/17/09 9:08 a.m.

I had this 1986 VFR700 till a couple of years ago. One of the best bikes I've had. The gear driven cams on the V-4 sounded great and overall it was a great motor. My only complaint is that the carbs are a BEAR to get at since they sit in the "V" of the engine. With a nice pipe on them you can't beat the sound on the ones with the 180 degree crank.

Mental
Mental SuperDork
2/17/09 1:10 p.m.

V-4 peaple are a ruthlessly fanatical bunch. Its a great bike, if you get one, never get rid of it. I have never met anyone who was happy they got rid of it.

SlickDizzy
SlickDizzy SuperDork
2/17/09 2:32 p.m.
Joe Gearin wrote: I'm not sure if you just have awesome taste, or if I should be worried!

Probably something between the two. The TR should probably be my first order of business, as it's begging for a repaint and an interior refresh, but it's starting to get warm again and I'd really enjoy a more sophisticated bike to bomb around on.

The 20v Audi is the real worrisome car I've got ATM

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/17/09 3:29 p.m.

Get the VFR if it is in nice shape. You won't regret it!

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