‘Look af­ter a VFR and it will look af­ter you’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling - SCOTT BULLETT work­shop man­ager at Doble Honda in Couls­don, Sur­rey

‘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.”

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