Moto Grand Prix
Main Motorcycle: 05 Honda VFR Interceptor
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Moorpark, Ca
Extra Motorcycle: 1980 Yamaha IT125
Thread from the dead.
I just thought I would update this as I have now had the VFR for some months. Well, I like it. It is a gas hog though. I don't know why exactly, but it is. As for the VTEC kicking in, meh, I am used to it and it's fun. If I am on a twisty road, I merely keep it above 7Krpms and it's a non issue. That's where all the power is anyway and it is very easy to make minute adjustments mid curve etc with the revs up and since it's rev limiter kicks in at 12,500 rpms, you still have a lot to play with.
However, this is where it sucks the fuel up. With my RS, even with higher revs, it still uses less fuel and even with a tank that is a little smaller, I can get more miles between fill ups.
Some friends and I did a 250+ mile loop, most of it was sweeping canyon highways and I came to really like my VFR then. A long day indeed, but man does it handle. Once I figured out that I need to basically keep my chest low by the tank, head by the mirror when I am leaning off, I managed speeds greater than I have before. I did not have much discomfort on the bike at all, even with all of the miles.
It's a similar feeling bike to my 00 RS, as far as seat, pegs, bars etc. However, as I mentioned before, there is a torque difference with the advantage to the RS. This is most noticeable at low speed. I don't know how much an ST weighs, but the RS is lighter than my VFR, maybe because it is an '05, but I can't really tell a difference. I am able to maneuver both bikes at very slow speeds equally well.
I enjoy them both, I can't say which I like better. I just wish that the aftermarket exhausts were less expensive for the VFR, because with a set of Leo Vince SBK slip-ons the VFR sounds like a V8 at lower rpms. I haven't heard one yet at high revs, but down low it gives you chills! However, my RS has a TBR slip on and at around 7k up it is an eargasm.
I can't fairly compare the two right now as the suspension on my RS is worn out at 53K miles, so after I get it Tmod'ed, I'll prolly update this thread again.
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Last edited by UnklFungus; 12-03-2012 at 02:24 AM.