1997 Honda VFR750F Motorcycle
1997 Honda VFR750F

See, there are guys who have a whole stable of bikes to ride every day — the guys who work for magazines like Cycle World and Motorcyclist. And guess what they pick as the Best 750 Sportbike and Best 750 GT?

The reason for the VFR's universal appeal is instantly apparent. Its V-four engine is unique in the sport-bike world. Gear-driven cams and four valves per cylinder give it high-rpm punch, and its broad power band makes hustling through turns a point and shoot experience.

Best of all, the VFR fits a wide range of riders, so you can run through its 5.5-gallon tank without feeling like an origami figure.

engine748cc DOHC liquid-cooled 90-degree V-Four
bore and stroke70 x 48.6 mm
compression ratio11.0:1
transmissionclose-ratio six-speed
final driveO-ring sealed chain, 16/43
front suspension41mm cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability
rear suspensionPro-link Hmas single shock with 5-position spring-preload adjustability and adjustable rebound damping
front brakesdual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers
rear brakessingle disc with single-piston caliper
front tire120/70ZR-17 radial
rear tire170/60ZR-17 radial
ground clearance5.1 inches
seat height31.5
wheelbase57.9 inches
dry weight465.4 pounds
fuel capacity5.5 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve

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