In 1986 when the first gen VFR 750 arrived it offered the same horse power (give or take a few BHP) as a Suzuki GSXR 750. It offered about 95% of the handling too. On the road (pavement as you USA dudes say) any differences in terms of getting from A to B in the quickest time were down to a rider's individual talent. It was different on a track where the GSXR's lower weight did make a difference. Still, despite being an all rounder rather than an out and out sports bike, the VFR could put up a helluva track fight. The VFR was also better built than the GSXR, was way more comfortable (I've done 600 miles in a day without too many issues) and was competetive(ish) on the weight side of things too. In other words, what an amazing engineering achievement the first VFR 750 was. Not only could you have your cake and eat it, the VFR even baked it for you. But, look what happened over the years... (Please note, all figures are the manufacturers so they must be true...) 1986 Honda VFR750 Suzuki GSXR750 Dry weight 198kg Dry weight 176kg Horse power 105BHP Horse power 100BHP Today Honda VFR800 Suzuki GSXR750 Dry weight 225kg Dry weight 167kg Horse power 104BHP Horse power 150BHP Oh dear, as it has become middle aged the venerable old VFR's put on weight and lost some of its oomph (bit like me in fact). It's even lost its 'cam gear train'. And, haven't Suzuki's engineer's done well? Now then, what would have happened if the VFR had remained a 750 and kept in line with the GSXR750's relentless development path? Using the same ratios that applied in 1986 we would have a 2018 VFR750 that offered this: Honda VFR750 Dry weight 188kg Horse power 150BHP Hmmm. We have a bike that weighs 60kg LESS than a VFR 1200 but has about the same horse power. 188kg is only 3kg more than the weight of a first generation Honda Fireblade but with another 30 extra V4 horse power!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! What a bike that would be. All day comfort, 170mph top end, sub 11 second quarter mile time, light weight, competitive on the track, fantastic build quality, etc, etc. A road legal and long lived 150BHP V4 750cc engine would be something to sell a kidney for. It would have to have a 360 degree crank too. What happened to Honda with the VFR750? Yes the latest VFR800 is a good un, but as the figures above show, it's just a shadow of its original sprightly and youthful self (yes, I know, just like me). Honda appear to have forgotten what the VFR750 was all about and just, well, completely lost their way with it. Even the VFR1200 which promised so much is a bit of a let down. Too heavy and it offers nothing that a Suzuki Hayabusa or Super Blackbird weren't providing way back in 1999. Why do this post? Simple. It's a cry for help from Honda. Please get your engineers back on track and develop a VFR750 for the 21st century. The GSXR750 has had it too easy for far too long. And, can we have the cam gears back in the engine please ? My '86 VFR won't last forever. Phew. I feel better now even though I know there is no chance of Honda listening to me. I bet their engineers would agree with me though. What a bike to put together!!! Problem must be the bean counters.