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Received an email from Sport Rider Magazine where their editor did a comparo between our Ninja & the Honda VFR & results were fairly predictable, overwhelming in Ninja 1000's favor!!! Price, value, features, power were just some of the areas where our bike was judged better.
 

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I had just bought my N1K when Honda announced the VFR800 (current version). At first I was pretty pissed. I had waited, literally, a decade for Honda to come out with a better version of my 1999 VFR. Then I read some of the early reviews of the new VFR. Glad I made the choice I did.
 

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Gas mileage! The viffer kicks butt on gas mileage. Hahaha...other than that it's N1K all the way.
 

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I had just bought my N1K when Honda announced the VFR800 (current version). At first I was pretty pissed. I had waited, literally, a decade for Honda to come out with a better version of my 1999 VFR. Then I read some of the early reviews of the new VFR. Glad I made the choice I did.
98-01 was the best Gen VFR made to date. i always loved those bikes. it's been all down hill since.
 
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98-01 was the best Gen VFR made to date. i always loved those bikes. it's been all down hill since.
This I totally agree with. My brother bought my 2000 VFR and currently has 104k miles on it - it is a family heirloom at this point ;-)

My main riding riding buddy has a 1998 with 70k miles on it. We swapped bikes the other day and his reaction to my Ninja "holy cow I never considered the VFR until now. I didn't expect the 50mph wheelie, but I don't like the N1K's vibrations."

Getting on the VFR was interesting:

  • I sat "in" the bike. On the N1K I am very much "on" the bike
  • The extra 40 pounds are noticable
  • I spent a lot of time on the VFR around 8-10k, and it didn't mind. The engine has more of a "motorcycle" feel than the N1K; that offset-crank V4 is a gem.
  • VFR engine is much, much smoother than the N1K
  • With a Penske rear and GP forks, the ride is more plush than the stock N1K but with more feel for what the tires are doing, so the VFR was both more comfortable and more cornering confidence
  • In the corners, I never felt I had to be carefull with the VFR throttle
  • For a 17 year old bike it still rides great; Honda really knew how to build them.
 

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I put 50,000 miles on my 2003 VFR. It was a faultless sport touring companion for many years. My only wish was for a little more upright riding position and a little more power below 7000 rpm. Loved the smoothness of the V4 engine.

The Ninja 1000 gave me what was missing and more.
 
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