Quick Stats

1986-87, 998cc DOHC w/c v-4, 120hp 150mph 35mpg 590lb

What to Expect

Evolution of the massive vee-four engine meant even more midrange grunt, more predictable handling and improved reliability, although early bikes had mods to the airbox intake and temperature sensor, whilst cam lobes can still wear. The front wheel turns into corners too quickly; added to a top heavy feel can make the VFR resemble an overloaded wheelbarrow. Nasty drive chain snatch, naff shock and cracking plastic were, er, normal. Metz’s are best tyres but quick wear (as in 3-5k)