I don't think the VFR is a long distance bike

Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by IA-Mike, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Jeff_Barrett

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    I've done 1000 miles in 16 hours, did it hurt? Only in the last hour or so of riding did it begin to wear me down.

    That said, I've been eyeing up the GLs the past few weeks as a second bike for the missus. Before I jump in that direction though, I'm making the VFR as comfy as I can for her first, and getting her bum used to it .... I'd prefer to buy a newer GL when I have the money rather than an older one now.
     
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    I just bought my vfr800 so I'm not sure how it will be on long trips. I went on two long trips from Iowa last summer but I rode my zx14 and it was very nice for many hrs of riding. I'm taking my zx14 to colorado in june but after that trip we are planning to go to Ohio so I'm going to take my vfr on that trip. Will have to see how it rides compared to my zx14.
     
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    I think the VFR is a great bike and I like it, just not as much as the ZX14. When I had both, I would end up forcing myself to take the VFR to exercise it, mostly on days I was running around town doing chores. When I did try it for an all day ride, I was sorry I didn't ride the ZX14. So although the VFR800A is a great bike, it just doesn't stack up to the ZX14, for me, regardless of what type of riding I'm doing, on the slab or in the canyons. My ZX14 is about the same weight, cuts the turns in and out as fast and easy, is smoother for all day. Both are pretty much stock. Because I would ride it less and less, I decided to replace it with a ZX14R. With two bikes, both ZX14's, the decision which to ride today is relatively easy! The VFR isn't that much different, just enough, for me, that I prefer the ZX14.
     
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    Doing an Iron Butt is only asinine of you are not interested in the challenge. That is all it is. Like climbing dangerous rock faces. Shooting at paper targets. Hell going to church every Sunday is asinine to me. I have done a few iron butt rides now but only one officially. I have done them all on my present VFR and found that yes, at the end of the day, I am a little sore. So is a marathon runner. I get something out of the challenge. I am going to try my third and final attempt at the "Canada to Mexico Ironbutt Insanity" challenge maybe this year, most likely next due to impending hip surgeries.

    Each to their own.
     
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    I wished I had started riding earlier in life. But the only bike I have ever owned is my present ride. So I really can't compare it to anything at the moment. I don't tent to rotate through vehicles quickly. I am still driving my last new truck which is a 2003 and expect to drive that right up to death.

    I am looking forward to another long, long ride on my bike this year. I had the seat rebuilt by Rich's in Washington State last fall and it is super comfy. It is like going from a stock seat to a Sargent over once again but double the difference. Worth every penny I paid for the job.
     
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    Considering all the bikes I have purchased over the years that I thought I would like and turned out several months or a year later decided they just weren't for me, financially I would be much better off if I had originally purchased a VFR or the ZX14! On the other hand, we don't know what we don't know, so trying out various models has at least been an experience for me that I have enjoyed, although pricey. I think for long distance riding or local riding, there isn't much that has to be done to the VFR to make it suitable for most owners. Bar risers, pegs, seat, wind screen and maybe exhaust will generally do it for most, with the seat and exhaust being the most costly and even then those modification aren't that steep. If the 6th gen VFR had another 35-40 hp, I most likely would still have it in the stable.
     
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