Practical Sportsbikes (UK) : 2021-02-01

PS SELECTOR : 43 : 43


1987 ENGINE Type Capacity Bore x stroke ratio 70 TRANSMISSI­ON CHASSIS DIMENSIONS PERFORMANC­E 106bhp@10,500rpm 48.7lb.ft@7500rpm 147mph Practical Sportsbike­s 43 Early VF750S/F engine with troublesom­e chain driven cam that forced the switch to gear drive wheel combo limits tyre choice, and the sliding front calipers with inbuilttra­c anti-dive control are notorious for needing regular and thorough maintenanc­e. Even if you find a mint earlyvfr, our advice is to go for an FJ/FK with 17-inch front wheel, or swap the front end for one from a mid-’90s model, and the rear wheel from a CBR600F.AND get a quality replacemen­t shock. VFR owners have always tended to be that bit more fastidious about servicing and maintenanc­e than GSX-R riders or FZ owners. Maybe they just appreciate quality, who knows? But what it does mean is that you stand more chance of finding a mint VFR than the equivalent FZ or GPX.AND that, like the bike, can only be a good thing. SPECIFICAT­ION HONDA VFR750F liquid-cooled, dohc, 16v 90-degree V4 748cc X 48.6mmcompres­sion 10.5:1 Carburatio­n 4 x 34.5mm Keihin VD Ignition transistor­ized Primary/final drive gear/ Clutch wet/multiplate Gearbox 6-speed Frame box-section aluminium twin spar Front suspension 37mm air-assisted telescopic forks, with TRAC anti-dive Rear suspension Pro-link monoshock, adj preload Front brakes 2 x 276mm discs, 2-pot sliding calipers Rear brake 256mm disc, 2-pot caliper Wheels cast aluminium 3-spoke Front tyre 110/90 x V16 Rear 130/80 x V18 Wheelbase 1475mm (58.1in) Seat height 800mm (31.5in) Dry weight 198kg (347lbs) Fuel capacity 20 litres (4.39 gals) chain Power (claimed) Torque (claimed) Top speed