I sell them
Scott Beswick, Hunts Motorcycles, Manchester
“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.”