The Honda VFR750F is a sport touring motorcycle produced by Honda from 1986 to 1997. The fully faired motorcycle had a 98 horsepower (73 kW) liquid-cooled double overhead cam (DOHC) V4 four-stroke engine. All generations of VFR750 since 1990 employ an ELF-designed single-sided rear swingarm. Also characteristic of the VFR750 (until the 2002 VFR800) was durable gear-driven cams.
The original VFR750F was first introduced to journalists after the 1985 Bol d'Or, and launched at Jerez. Introduced for 1986 as a complete redesign of the VF700/750F models in order to address some of the camshaft and bearing problems that had become associated with the first-generation Honda V4 engines, and to improve Honda's negative image concerning this engine. Compared to the VF750F, the new VFR750F featured greatly improved power output (105 hp up from 83 hp), lighter weight (claimed 20 kg), a lower center of gravity, a wider front tire, a slightly shorter wheelbase (15mm) gear driven cams and 6 rather than 5 gears.
The VFR750F received many positive reviews and awards while in production, including winning the Best 750 cc sport bike award from Cycle World six years in a row.
"Tariff beater" 700 cc versions (VFR700F) of the first-generation bike were available alongside 750 cc versions in the US market, due to the tax laws in place at the time that penalized large-displacement imported motorcycles (in order to protect the troubled Harley Davidson Motor Company).
In the Japanese domestic market there were other VFR750F variants.
- VFR750P - A police-specification model with its own distinctive model number (RC35) was restricted to 77 ps (75 hp) and fitted with a 5 speed gearbox, modified main stand, gear indicator, uprated alternator, crash bars, higher handlebars, and modified speedometer. This bike was not on sale to the general public.
- VFR750K - Not to be confused with the VFR750FK, this training version of the VFR750F, again with its own distinctive model number (RC37), was restricted to 77 ps (75 hp). The oil cooler was removed and it was fitted with a modified main stand and gear indicator. This bike was sold to the general public.
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