The VFR series is one of Honda’s longest-lasting production lines, and there’s no question as to why. From power to performance, output to control, the VFR series is unstoppable, particularly the VFR 750R.
Quite the Living Legacy
Honda’s VFR-series motorcycles are among the minority of superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters privileged enough to live in production long enough to see their own legacy take shape.
Honda began production of its first VFR-series motorbike, the VFR750F, in 1986 and continues it even today with the newest addition to the VFR series: the VFR1200X in 2017. However, none stand out quite like the VFR750R.
A Design that Works
The VFR750R was designed with paved road racing in mind, which you can easily tell just by looking at it, though this becomes more obvious when you dig through the model’s specifications.
The lightweight backbone-type, diamond frame enables the hefty four-stroke, 90-degree, V-four cylinder, DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder and a displacement of 748cc to rip and roar across the tarmac with accuracy, precision, and of course speed.
There Can Only Be One
Unfortunately, there was only one model of the 750R every produced (though it was reproduced for one year much later on down the line). On the bright side, however, it was already perfect just the way it was.
- Honda VFR 750R (1987-1990)
Despite the fact that the VFR family has dozens of different (or in many cases, identical other than a few minor changes) models, the VFR750R stands out as the supreme and superior option, making whoever said “first is the worst” look like a total fool.
The VFR750R had 112 horsepower at 11,500 rpm and a max speed of 151.8 miles per hour, but that’s not to say it was all go and no stop. The VFR750R had an amazingly safe and casual 62 mile per hour braking distance of only 115 feet.
The VFR750R in the News
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the VFR750R was a must-have in racing, almost constantly in the news. However, it’s since fallen from that spotlight, though it still enjoys some news coverage, just not as much as when it was king of the raceway.
Three big names in racing famously won various racing championships while on the saddle of a VFR750R: Fred Merkel, Robert Dunlop, and Steve Hislop. Few modern racing celebrities still use the original 750R models, although certainly they all know and respect this classic superbike.
Having had their heyday in the racing circuit before the advent of social media, there’s not much out there in the realm of massive groups or pages on Facebook, but here is one with just over one thousand likes.
The Honda VFR750R C30 – a Racing Machine
Although the VFR750R has been removed from production for quite some time now, it has yet to be removed from the hearts and minds of collectors and auto-enthusiasts; and, if the specifications and smooth, powerful ride have anything to say about it, it never will be.