VER­DICT

30 years of per­fec­tion?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

The unit­ing fac­tor for all th­ese bikes is the 90° V4 en­gine lay­out. The gen­tle off-beat tick-over, the oily, bal­anced smooth­ness un­der power, and the hol­low bark when gunned spans all gen­er­a­tions of VFR.

And now there re­ally is a V4 to suit any­one, from sub-£1000 bud­gets to a £10,699 new bike – and, best of all, a glut of af­ford­able used bikes.

The win­ner of the ‘Best Model Ever’ ep­i­thet is jus­ti­fi­ably hard to call, and com­pletely bud­get de­pen­dant. The purest is the orig­i­nal 750, while there’s no real ar­gu­ment that the most inherently ac­com­plished is the new­est ver­sion. But the it­er­a­tion that achieves the best over­all bal­ance of every­thing on a bud­get is the 19982002 VFR800FI, de­liv­er­ing out­stand­ing flex­i­bil­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and prac­ti­cal­ity.

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