I really tried to like my VTX. I got rid of my CBR and VFR last year because of bad hip for a GL1800 and VTX. I love the wing and the VTX was a good change as a commuter. I liked the looks of the VTX but not the ride. I had surgery in Aug. and the pain has been getting better every day. I liked the VFR more than any bike I have ever owned and also got more compliments on it. To me it is the definition of sporttourer. That Great V4 sounds good and howls when the Vtec kicks in at 7k. The power and handling are amazing, my CBR600 may have been a little faster but I can't imagine thinking you need a 1000 sportbike for the street. With the locking/quick release Honda hardbags, Sargent seat and Helibar risers the VFR is the ultimate sporttourer. Anyway with my hip recovering and pain getting better, I called the dealer where I traded the VFR last year. They still had not got what they wanted for it and still had it. The agreed to take my VTX1300 and give the VFR back in an even trade after putting new tires on the VFR!! I rode the VTX up to Blairsville GA over 129 on the X and traded titles when I got there. Man was it great to be back on the VFR!!!!! the power, handling, acceleration was awesome! riding the mtns was a blast again!!
halfway home in a short straightaway there was 3 SUV's ahead of me with a bit of distance between them. I was on route 52 and figured I'd pass one now then go through the corner and pass another. I was running about 50mph at 5k and just openend it up, the Vtec kicked in, I sailed passes the 1st SUV soooo fast, I shifted at 10k and just held it open as I flew by the next 2 SUV's with plenty of straight road left before entering the corner. It took awhile for that grin to go away. I feel a trip to Deals gap and Cherohala coming soon!
I'm sooo glad I was able to get this bike back and no $$$ spent to do so, kudos to Depot Power Center.
Some say they wish Honda would make the VFR a 1000cc or 1200cc, I don't!!! the V4 800cc has plenty of pull/power everywhere and with the Vtec, I avg 40mpg everytank. Its good to have a large tach, digital speedo, 2 tripometers, engine and ambient temp display and fuel gauge as well. I really tried but I'm just not a cruiser guy. I would've liked to keep the VTX but I can't afford 3 bikes and though I like the looks of the X I just don't like the ride enough.
The VFR with lower pegs, and higher bars is much more comfortable than the latest track/sportbike
There are deals out there on the VFR, I saw a 2003 VFR like mine w/o hardbags at Cycle World in Athens GA with only 2500 miles and asking $6500. I know you could get if out the door for that or less.
I traded the VTX with 7k miles and the VFR has 8k and new tires, I know they did me good.