‘Look after a VFR and it will look after you’
‘The main components of the VFR’S engine are incredibly reliable’
“The VFR800 VTEC can fairly be described as bulletproof, as the main components of the engine are incredibly reliable, even after colossal mileages. That said, some bikes suffer with electrical problems and all of these issues can be traced back to the charging system, meaning that the generator and sometimes the regulator/rectifier need to be replaced. Occasionally the earth block suffered from corrosion which in turn led to a few gremlins.
“Sometimes high-mileage bikes can have noisy camchain tensioners which need replacing. “Early models had a few recalls; there was the possibility of the rear subframe cracking when fully loaded with pillion and luggage, so dealers had the bikes in to fit uprated parts. Another recall was for the PCV valve in the combined braking system, which was at risk of leaking hydraulic fluid. Again this would have been taken care of with new parts fitted by a Honda dealer, and you can check any used bike’s update history by supplying an official dealer with the machine’s VIN (chassis number). “The 16,000 and 32,000 mileage services are important, they are a bit expensive – usually around £500-£600 depending on what needs doing – but at these mileages the valves get their clearances checked. The secrets of the VFR800’S excellent reliability hinge on a good servicing record, so always go for a bike that has been cared for.”