5th Gen Viffer Pilot
by Jeremy Bailey
(Asheville NC USA)
I purchased my one-owner 2001 VFR 800FI with only 1800 miles on it from a soon retiring businessman in FL, had it shipped to my home in western NC. When she arrived my wife called and asked why I bought a NEW bike. I explained it was a 12 year old used bike and she simply could not believe it. It came in nearly time capsul condition. I've only put about 13000 miles on her since 2012
but she has been a flawless joy to own and operate. I would NOT trade this bike for a brand new 2016 Interceptor if it was a even swap. The 2001 year model was the final year for the pennical of the VFR development. I made a 2700 round trip from Asheville NC to Key West FL and back in the middle of December and this bike performed exceptionally well over the whole journey. Excellent gas mileage 43mpg no matter how hard I flog her but has hit 47-48 on pure gasoline on the highway.
I will ride this VFR until parts are no longer available. Honda hit the mark on this and has not built anything that excites me other than perhaps the new Aforca Twin. But even if they offered a even trade for a new 2016 Africa Twin I still would not part with this machine as it is the baseline standard by which I judge other motorcycles. In a word... Incredible.