Con­tin­ued over be­lief in the V4 as the per­fect mo­tor­cy­cle en­gine. But which is the best?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Si­mon Har­g­reaves MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Honda’s rep­u­ta­tion was at rock bot­tom in the early 1980s. Dogged by a his­tory of patchy build qual­ity, the com­pany de­vel­oped a range of high-tech V4-pow­ered bikes that were sup­posed to re­store their su­pe­ri­or­ity. But plans fell apart when it turned out that the bikes did too: Honda aban­doned their un­com- pe­t­i­tive, un­re­li­able V4 NR500 fourstroke GP racer, and the me­chan­i­cal woes plagu­ing the VF750F road bike ce­mented the idea Hon­das were badly de­signed and poorly built.

But, Honda be­ing Honda, wouldn’t give up. There was only one way out: back to the draw­ing board and spare no ex­pense get­ting it right this time. The re­sult, in 1986, was the VFR750.

It wasn’t a bike Honda built. It was a bike that built Honda.

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