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Old 20th May 2018, 01:07 AM
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Hi guys I'm after getting my first honda vfr 800 its a 1999 I am just wondering can anyone fill me in any information about them is it reliable? Common faults?ect...
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Old 20th May 2018, 01:11 AM
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It's a honda so reg/rec issues. Fit a mosfet one before it boils your battery and forget about it
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Old 20th May 2018, 01:16 AM
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As far as I know from previous owner he has a mosfit regulator put in over 2 years ago has receipt as well. Would I need to change it often?
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Old 20th May 2018, 08:50 AM
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Would be very surprised if you have any major issues with one of these. Reg /rec and exhausts can be shit on them but overall they are very reliable.
Had one for a while but ended up swapping it for an nc30. The 800 was grand but it was just a bit too comfortable and bland.
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Old 20th May 2018, 10:18 AM
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Exhausts rotting and shit rear shock
Also if fitted with a top box check for cracks on the mounting under the seat
Otherwise reliable
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Old 20th May 2018, 10:41 AM
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Some 99's had generator issues, PCB for clocks can cause problems. Secondary master cylinder on left fork leg can leak.
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Old 20th May 2018, 12:24 PM
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Had on for 5 years, overall a very relaible bike and all issues stated above can be resolved. Moisture can get into the pcb at the back of the clocks. Look directly under the headlight and see if that rectangular piece of plastic is in place. If not seal up this are as this is what allows rain/dirt to get in and damage the pcb.
Check for blows on the exhuast headers. New ones can be fitted but are a pain to do due to the way the pipes curve around the engine.
Loosen the rear axle nut (46mm socket needed I think) and see if the chain adjuster will work. You will need the bikes C spanner for this. Again these can seize but can be freed up with a full strip and clean.
Overall a great bike and generally very reliable.
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Old 21st May 2018, 09:55 AM
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+1 for all of the above.
The other thing to look out for is cooling system issues.
They run bastard hot!
They have dual side mounted rads, but there is only one cooling fan.
Also, there is a ceramic bearing on the water pump shaft that gets eaten by the break down of a silicate based coolant.
They can be fairly thirsty too.
Don't jump them, they don't like that either ��
If it is hard to start, get the PAIR valves balanced. The throttle bodies are factory synced, but the PAIR valves can vary and cause poor starting and low range running.
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Old 21st May 2018, 01:21 PM
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The gearbox went on mine. Seemingly selected two gears at once and locked itself solid. There was an odd vibration for a while before this happened.
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Old 21st May 2018, 02:04 PM
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Had one for a few years,speedo sensor went but its an easy fix. As said already she can be thirsty but overall a great bike.
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Old 21st May 2018, 03:34 PM
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check the oil cooler lines they can rot away and leak / bust
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Old 30th May 2018, 05:22 AM
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Can I ask in what is the best coolant/antifreeze I can use for the vfr? Also in around how much would a set of new chain and sprockets cost me? I'm living in ireland
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Old 30th May 2018, 06:41 AM
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Make sure it is a silicate free coolant.
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Old 8th July 2018, 05:20 AM
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Wondering how you are getting on with the V4, have it picked out as my next bike and would like some unbiased first hand experience.
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Old 9th July 2018, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by paudy
check the oil cooler lines they can rot away and leak / bust
and they pump all your oil out onto the engine/rear wheel in seconds ! blackbirds do same .
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Old 9th July 2018, 08:02 PM
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and they pump all your oil out onto the engine/rear wheel in seconds ! blackbirds do same .
Good info
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Old 21st July 2018, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by dePeatrick
Wondering how you are getting on with the V4, have it picked out as my next bike and would like some unbiased first hand experience.
I found the vfr very reliable and sounds great with an end can on, goes very fast and the hydrolic clutch is very good especially for city driving but for me I do alot of miles Every week so for me it was very thirsty on petrol.
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