I sell them

Scott Beswick, Hunts Mo­tor­cy­cles, Manch­ester

RiDE (UK) - - Used Bikes -

“The mo­tor’s bul­let­proof, it does ev­ery­thing well and the build qual­ity’s ex­cep­tional — ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a VFR. There’s no spe­cific prob­lem with it — we’re look­ing at over­all con­di­tion when we take one in. The front of the en­gine and oil cooler can get a bit crusty, but that’s about it. Lots of own­ers fit a Fenda Ex­tenda to help, but oth­er­wise the bikes tend to be stan­dard. Even with lug­gage, it tends to be stan­dard lug­gage be­cause it fits so neatly — the bike’s de­signed so you don’t need racks or any­thing; the boxes just clip straight onto the sub­frame.

“Who buys them? In my ex­pe­ri­ence, buy­ers are aged from about 40 up to 55, and they’re ex­pe­ri­enced. I did sell one to a guy in his 30s, but that was un­usual — he wanted it for courier work. When it first came out we had a few peo­ple trad­ing up from the older VTEC model, but not as many as we ex­pected. A lot of the purists didn’t like the new ver­sion, which seems like mad­ness to me – it’s a much bet­ter bike. I think Honda missed the boat a bit though. If it made the en­gine big­ger, I reckon it would have sold ten­fold — the mar­ket’s cry­ing out for a 1000cc VFR.”

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