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lesmesa 06-23-2003 10:28 AM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
Check out
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Alaskan18724 06-23-2003 11:16 AM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
6'4", 235-ish. Buy the FJ. Buy the FJ. Wait around until you find an FJ and buy the heck out of the sucker. Always loved Interceptors, want really badly to like Aprilias. Buy the freaking FJ.

Any questions?

Mashuri 06-23-2003 11:20 AM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
I test-rode both and chose the VFR. I'm 5'9" however and come from riding race-replicas. The Futura is definitely more comfortable but you might want to consider a Sprint ST as well. My stepdad is 6'1" and absolutely loves his. If you're heavy it has more power than the VFR and Futura so that's something to consider as well. BTW, the VFR does have fueling glitches but a PCIII made mine run as well as my '02 R1. In other words, perfectly.

VMan_1 06-23-2003 11:44 AM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
Thanks for the offer!! Also own a Speed Triple, a KLR 650, and yes, even a cruiser; a Titan Gecko with 113 inch motor. I enjoy each for what it is (though to be honest, I don't ride the Titan much due to "associations" that I really don't like).

VMan_1 06-23-2003 11:50 AM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
Oooppps. Forgot one: a 2000 Ducati Mh900e, #003.

DialedIN 06-23-2003 12:05 PM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
Have you checked out any of the naked bikes that are out there? I'm 6'2" and the high side of 250 with a 34 " inseam. The VFR of a friend of mine felt cramped for me. I just traded in a 1994 ZX 11 that I put 65,000 miles on for a ZRX1200R The Blue with silver wheels.(dang wallet wouldn't let me spend 10 grand on a bike.) The only other bike that felt just right for me was the Yamaha FZ1, they sell fairing lowers for it now too. The price of the FZ1 is alot lower than the VFR. If you just got to spend 10 grand, the ZZR-1200 is a awesome ride, and looks real smooth with corbin beatle bags on it.

SmokeU 06-23-2003 12:25 PM

Re: VFR/Futura Question

The_People 06-23-2003 12:43 PM

Re: I don't believe this.
I agree!!!!

It's really all about the Concours.

-The People

jbravo1 06-23-2003 02:35 PM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
I love Hondas and wanted to buy a new VFR but didn't. Here were my reasons:

1. The bike is 100 lbs heavier than it needs to be! Your know darn well Honda could make it lighter, I guess Vtec was more important.

2. The bike needs a full 1000cc!

I owned a 2001 Bandit 1200 that used 10 year old technology but weighed about the same as the little 781cc VFR. It made the same peak HP as the VRF with a whole lot more torque. I just couldn't justify the extra $3000 for such a technically advanced bike with lackluster performance.

pushrod 06-23-2003 03:37 PM

Re: VFR/Futura Question
Man! I don't know if I'm jealous or relieved!

So, do you keep all the keys in a jar, then close your eyes and pull one out?

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