1998 – 2001 Honda VFR800 (Off the List as of 8/2014)

As of 8/14 I’d had two separate opportunities to own one of these…good bikes out there and cash in hand and both times I didn’t buy them. I just don’t like the plastic and couldn’t bring myself to buy them. It’s a shame because I still think that V4 sounds better than almost any other motorcycle engine…and it’s why I’m keeping this here as a Bucket List bike…maybe one day I’ll change my mind.

The ’98 through ’01 VFRs represent the 5th generation VFR. They were the first fuel injected bikes and they have gear driven cams. Couple the gear whine with an after-market exhaust enhanced V4 rumble and wow…the sound is just unreal. I have to own one of these some day for that reason alone. And that’s not a bad thing. I bought my 1997 M900 Ducati Monster for the same reason and it remains one of my favorites.

Here’s a picture of a 5th Gen Viffer.

5th Generation VFR800

Here a 2001 on Bikez.com.

And the Wikipedia VFR 800 page.