[OntVFR] Shopping for a VFR again. Need input on VFR's re: ABS, LBS. And 999

Lisa geekgrrrl at gmail.com
Tue May 3 23:16:34 EDT 2016


I liked the upper body position of the VFR. What kills me is the cramped leg position. My vstrom with the peg relocators is awesome

Lisa


> On May 3, 2016, at 19:08, mike mckinnon <2bikemike at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Andrew, I know what you mean about riding position.  My back aches after 2 hrs.   If I was to be looking for another bike I'd go fjr for position.   I just don't want to get rid of my vfr, even though it is a short distance bike for me now.  I really like those 2 hours though. 
> 
> My wing and ct50 are my all day bikes.
> 
>> On May 3, 2016 5:28 PM, "Andrew Carlyle" <carlyle.andrew at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The 99 VFR was probably my favourite of the three VFRs I owned (had a 97 750 and 2002 Vtech as well).  The 2002 was better handling than the 99 but the 99 had the better motor. Nirvana for me would be to stuff the 99 engine into an 02 frame. The biggest issue I had with the 02 was the lumpy Vtech. It wasn't scary or dangerous but it was annoying.  But all of them were wonderful motorcycles and I don't have any regrets about owning any of them. 
>> 
>> All that said from a strictly personal point of view I wouldn't be looking at a VFR at all. My body likes the more upright adventure style bikes these days. If I wanted something reasonably priced with some sport to it I might look at the Yamaha FJ 09.  If a person is in the money is no object category then the four bikes that come to mind for me are KTM 1290 Adventure, Ducati 1200 S Multistrada, BMW R1200GS and the BMW S1000XR all of them are fantastic bikes.  But they will leave a big hole in your wallet and none are likely as bulletproof as a Honda. It is also true to say that although a bike costs twice as much it doesn't give you twice as much fun. Anyway I am getting of topic here so better shut up.
>> 
>>> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:20 PM, mike mckinnon <2bikemike at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Karel I've had my 99 for 14 yrs now and never had or heard of injection issues as a thing  in this gen.  I suppose as with any engine  there may have been  some bikes  with injector issues  resulting from  fuel  and or maintenance issues. Also, I prefer the manual choke.  I can keep it on a little bit longer on those cold morning startups. I guess it's just my controlling mentality that makes me prefer it over automatic
>>> 
>>> cheers
>>> 2bikemike
>>> 
>>>> On May 3, 2016 3:23 PM, "Karel V-" <vmotor at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>> Jordan, I have to side with everyone else on this. Unless you really, really have an overwhelming urge to ride the 999, drop that deal. As it stands, it doesn't really get you further ahead.
>>>> 
>>>> As for getting a VFR, I differ with  many on the list. No generation VFR is a bad deal. The ONLY problem I had with my 02 VTEC was the maintenance cost, not the ride-ability. I did install a power Commander to smooth out that fake bump in the torque curve. The ABS works very well and almost imperceptibly. Honda opted for a very quick sampling rate compared to some other mfgs. such as BMW, so it feels very normal.  
>>>> 
>>>> Of the 98-00 versions, the last one is the best. They got rid of the "choke" and sorted out the fuel injection.  There is what's claimed to be a pristine one for sale in Bracebridge. Overpriced but I'm sure one could make a deal.
>>>> 
>>>> I really liked the 2014 800 when it came out.  It felt closer to the '96 version than any of the other gens. You can get some great deals on them in the US.
>>>> 
>>>> Karel V-
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> From: J Tam <jordantamlists at gmail.com>
>>>> To: The Ontario VFR Club mailing list. <ontvfr at vfr.on.ca> 
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:28 PM
>>>> Subject: [OntVFR] Shopping for a VFR again. Need input on VFR's re: ABS,	LBS. And 999
>>>> 
>>>> Hello Listers, 
>>>> BACKGROUND: 
>>>>    It's been a long time. Sold the VTR with a busted head. And, Last Summer, I Inherited a Ducati 999S that  got parked outside for 5 years.  1200 kms on it, but a lot of corrosion and busted fairings, mirror mount, mirror, timing belts, levers, brake pedal, Tires, seized dry clutch. Owner's Father is a great friend of mine, but ownership is still in the Son's name.  I fear my friendship with the Father will go down the crapper IF  I continue this saga, since he wishes to retain ownership, and allow me to ride it for free. I've installed new tires, fixed the rusted out clutch plates, refilled all the fluids and took it out on a dealer plate last Fall for a weekend. It definitely is more radical than any sportbike I've ever ridden ( FireBlade, CBR 600RR) , in terms of wrist pain, lower neck pain, and pegs ... but what a scalpel that thing is.  How's that for a unique drama?
>>>> 
>>>> 1. Does any insurance company entertain the thought of  a  2006 bike, being owned by one party yet ridden solely by another?   Since the Son let his M2 lapse last Fall.
>>>> 2. Advice on how to mothball said 999 in storage IF the Father maintains his current stance?  I've asked him to sell it to me, hand him a "promisory note"  to resell it back to him with a month's notice, just So I can feel good about fixing it up the proper way, instead of his frugal, non-biker, old craftsman mentality?
>>>> 3. VFR800.  I'll likely tire of this soap opera this weekend or next and Just buy a VFR800 just to get back on the saddle.  
>>>> Any opinions on ABS? VTEC? LBS  from those riders who have tried the 4th gen, 5th gen, latest gen?  Since, my 1991 VFR had none of these, and I'm thinking I'd dislike only the VTEC.
>>>> 4. Thanks again to Robyn and Brian for keeping this list up and running.
>>>> 
>>>> Rubber side down y'all, see you on the roads SOON!
>>>> Jordan in Toronto
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