The NR750 VFR

1994 VFR750F-R/S/T/V 155mph 92.6bhp £7455-£8675

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By 1994 Honda’s VFR750 had sold 100,000 units world­wide, but in the UK in the age of the Fire­blade, was still the gen­tle­man’s bike. Its fi­nal years as a 750 did lit­tle to change per­cep­tions; the VFR’S en­gine was mostly the same, with carb and in­let mods to im­prove midrange and throt­tle re­sponse – which was per­fect any­way. Even so, 96bhp was the same as a CBR600, and ex­plain­ing how de­cep­tively rapid the VFR was through its midrange didn’t cut it in a mar­ket ob­sessed with horse­power.

The VFR’S chas­sis lost weight and sharp­ened steer­ing ge­om­e­try with 300 mod­i­fi­ca­tions. The VFR’S styling was now – through a squint – rem­i­nis­cent of the techno flag­ship NR750. Body­work plas­tics were sub­stan­tial, with rolled edges and a fit and fin­ish that had a hand-built air.

To­day, this is the VFR you’re most likely to see clut­ter­ing up classifieds;

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there are no end for sale (and prices are ris­ing fast). From win­ter hack to the odd low-mileage min­ter, Honda’s fan­tas­tic paint can draw the eye from the kind of owner-abuse that would re­duce bikes of a sim­i­lar vin­tage to scrap. This VFR – a 1996 F-T – also be­longs to Richard Palmer and cos­met­i­cally it’s seen bet­ter days. But to ride – oh my, it’s so sorted. From the mo­ment the clutch goes out it comes alive; taut and ag­gres­sive. The en­gine rasps and snarls through its air­box, the sus­pen­sion is fresh and well-damped; even the brakes work. It’s a bit like rid­ing a lighter, snap­pier RC45. What’s Richard done to make it feel so good? He smiles: “Not much, to be hon­est,” he says. “It’s got a Shock Fac­tory rear shock, stock forks (but well set-up), no air­box snorkel, big­ger main jets, a Quill end can and Pirelli Di­ablo Su­per­corsa tyres. And that’s it.”

More dis­place­ment and dig­i­tal fuel in­jec­tion, the VFR goes mod­ern VFR750FR/S/T/V If you squint, the 1994 VFR750 looks like Honda’s spamtin pi­s­toned NR750 Keep the nee­dle mov­ing and work the mid range New swingarm helped cut 10kg off kerb weight VFR800FI L

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