Good to hear a generally positive VFR opinion from another Sprint rider.
I owned a pre-VTEC 800 for 8 years and loved it. Have to say I still regret changing to the Sprint but over the 3 years I've had it, the Sprint has grown on me.
The positives for me were
- build quality easily betters the Triumph although I'm hearing that newer Hondas are nowhere near as good.
- handling again much better than the Sprint. for me, the VFR is more sports orientated while the Sprint is more upright and just much harder work in the twisties
- headlights. say no more.
The Sprint betters the VFR in a few areas
- brakes although the VFR's were good despite press complaints about the linked brakes
- power although the VFR was smoother and despite what some people say about Jap bikes, the V4 has character unlike an inline 4
- it's British so I'm supporting our economy
- looks from some angles are better but then the Sprint design was 7 years newer
BTW, the issue with the lurching can be sorted if the throttle bodies are balanced properly. Don't think the VTEC is so much of an issue on the later ones as the cut-in/cut-out RPMs were changed. Early VTECs (up to 05 IIRC) had the VTEC set around 6500rpm so if you happened to be hovering around that, it would keep switching in and out. From 06 they changed it so there was something like a 500 rpm difference between the cut-in and cut-out i.e. something like 6700 for cut-in and 6200 for cut-out.