L-ROUNDER – EVER
Continued over belief in the V4 as the perfect motorcycle engine. But which is the best?
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.