Version 1 2012.
Beautiful engine and gearbox, handling good for my purposes. Brakes brilliant. It’s a heavy bike but very stable and the suspension isolates from bumps.
Build quality is very good.
The seat is difficult to put back but I’m glad I bought this bike, it’s very comfortable and goes hard. Can be thrashed and enjoyed without doing insane speeds. Have to use the gearbox more than on a litre bike but with this drivetrain that’s a pleasure.
Exhaust sounds incredible after 6500 rpm.
Have added heated grips and hand guards, also 12v charger.
Came with crash bars, a necessity on this bike because of the side-mounted radiators.
Purchased in January 2015.
Awesome acceleration and build quality, but vague suspension
2011 Crossrunner (v1, before all the niggles were worked out).
I would love to give this bike a better rating - I really would. It just didn't work well for me.
This was an upgrade from an sv650 for me - comparatively the engine was ridiculously smooth and responsive, as was the acceleration. It was incredibly comfortable and the brakes were sorted out really well - two things that really stood out when I got the chance to take it on short tours. I didn't like the feel of the suspension though; mainly because it didn't have much. It wasn'...t confidence inspiring on twisty roads - but I guess it wasn't designed for that? Unfortunately it was not suited to my daily urban commute (I ride 12 kms, rarely getting over 40 km/h). I knew it would be too big for traffic and would drink a lot of petrol - but decided to live with that. What I didn't expect was how hot the engine got. The high speed cooling fan would come on even when it was cold and raining. The fan would blow the hot air straight on to my legs (and then of course, up into your helmet) so between having semi-cooked thighs on hot days and a constantly fogged up visor when it rained, I decided this bike was no longer for me.
Purchased in September 2014.
Good all round commuter.
Purchased end of 2016 as a commuter bike around the city and the very occasional longer ride. Not so sure you could call it a proper adventure bike as it's really a VFR800F with long suspension and adventure styling.
Purchased the Panniers to match and although exorbitant in price they fit well and complete the bike. carry all that I require for commuting to work and small shopping trips. struggles to hold a helmet.
Windscreen is atrocious and there's plenty of discussion regarding this. I'd suggest putting a spacer under the lower 2 fi...xing bolts to create an air flow gap. significantly improves air flow and stops buffeting. longer term will have to get an aftermarket screen as the wind blast gets tiring. I'm tall at plus 6 foot so liveable for short rides but the upright position and high speed gets to you. Engine is smooth and vibration free. The V4 is thirsty and enjoyment of the VTEC will result in a great thirst for fuel. mines improved with run in but don't expect a lot more km than say 275. Opening up the throttle onto freeways is fun and easily achieved. Not yet found its upper limits but be assured it has plenty to legally enjoy Seating position is adjustable and have found it pretty comfortable. certainly good for commuting but I've found it a bit tight for longer distances and would like to stretch my legs a bit. pillion seating is much larger than many other and offers pretty good comfort. Not that I've sat back there but I've not had to make your complaints.
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Hope your still enjoying the VFR. I'm interested in the 2018 version because of the windscreen update and slight difference in where the bike is painted red but mainly the screen.
Just wondered if you are in Australia and if so what service costs have been for this bike. Although I like the Vtec I'm a little concerned about cost of ownership. Btw what is the litres/100km roughly?
Yep. Still have the VFR. I imagine I will be keeping it for a long time to come as it's that kinda bike. I have actually worked out consumption but I'm getting up to about 300km per refill. It all depends on your riding as hitting the VTEC sucks fuel like a drunkard.
Regarding the windscreen. I've replaced the screen and also fitted an aftermarket adjuster. It cost a bomb but in the interests of long term comfort it has certainly improved the riding with much less wind blast or buffeting. Keep in mind that the riding position is fully upright which doesn't help. If you're tall,, obviously this becomes more of a problem. One easy cheat is to lift the bottom screen mounts by sticking a 10mm shim between the screen and the mounting bracket thereby allowing air flow under the screen.
Service in Australia is ludicrously priced as I was hit up for $400 on its first service by a local dealer. That's not because of the bike. They charge everyone that much regardless of make.
Just one final note. Check out the second hand market for VFR'S. Unfortunately the depreciation on them knocks them down to about $8500 pretty quickly and they stay at that forever. The bike really hasn't changed at all since 2015 apart from the screen. Few low km versions floating about and they're made to last.
Overall I still enjoy riding the bike and it does everything I could ask of it and more. The factory panniers are good and hold a bit but cost a bomb but also make the bike useful for shopping etc
Cheers and happy riding.
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