Parts and ser­vic­ing

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Ser­vice sched­ule

8000-mile ba­sic in­ter­vals in­clude an oil and fil­ter change, idle-speed check and a raft of vis­ual in­spec­tions in­clud­ing steer­ing-head bear­ing ad­just­ment. The main 16k ser­vice adds an air fil­ter change and a valve-clear­ance and spark-plug check. Spark plugs are changed at 32,000 miles. Clutch and brake fluid is changed ev­ery two years and coolant ev­ery three (though we wouldn’t leave it that long for ei­ther). We’d add sus­pen­sion and head-bear­ing greas­ing to the 16k ser­vice for peace of mind. The VFR’S easy enough for the home me­chanic, though you have to take off a lot of body­work just to change the oil and fil­ter. As with all Honda’s V-fours over the years, valve-clear­ance checks are fid­dly and time-con­sum­ing due to lim­ited ac­cess and you need spe­cial tools.

New and used parts prices

Ser­vice bits aren’t too bad, at £36.32 for an air fil­ter, £16 for an oil fil­ter, and £47.47 for a pair of front brake pads. A chain and sprocket kit is £200 (though if you or­der the parts sep­a­rately it’s £530, for some rea­son). But some parts are se­ri­ously pricey — there are two ra­di­a­tors, at £515 each, and if you get a stone through the head­light, it’ll cost £1145.27 to re­place it. A new clock­set, too, is over a grand.

The af­ter­mar­ket can take the sting out of ev­ery­day run­ning costs. For ex­am­ple We­moto list bat­ter­ies from £38, wheel-bear­ing kits from £9, brake pads from £21 a pair and oil and air fil­ters from £5.28 and £22.99 re­spec­tively.

Used parts are in short sup­ply but we’ve seen screens from £40, body pan­els and si­lencers from £100 and en­gine cov­ers from about £160.

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