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post #1 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Trade Wee for 2010 VFR 1200?

Just throwing this out there....

I have a 2011 650 Wee that I really like. I've got many of the nice farkles. (OEM hard bags, Madstad, fork brace, over-sized Suzuki shield, SW Motech skid plate and engine guards, etc) A guy wants to trade me his low mileage 2010 Honda VFR 1200F. (DCT, cruise control, x-screen on windshield, framesliders) I would kick in some cash, but it is a good deal. (under $2000)

I like sport bikes like the VFR and am comfortable with the slight crouch of this model. (used to own a Blackbird) And though I like the bike....I like my current ride. Probably more practical, but less thrill.

Anyone out there made this kind of move? Any insights to share?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 12:54 PM
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I owned a 1999 VFR for a short while, but gave up on it due to my arms going numb from the seating position. But other than the thrill of being able to go fast, the VFR is eclipsed, IMO, by the Wee in terms of overall sheer fun of riding and versatility. Whle the sport bike was fun for doing what sport bikes do, the Wee is just more fun to ride. Besides, you really can't take the VFR down that gravel road you always wondered where it went.

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 01:02 PM
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Like Pilot said, the Wee is more versatile as far as riding goes. I sold my SV1000S prior to getting my 2008 Wee simply because it did only one thing really well........go fast!! The Wee can do many things well......and broaden my riding.....long distance, off-road, comfort, etc.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 01:18 PM
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All comes down to how much you like the VFR. I wouldn't even consider it, in my view the VFR is way too big and heavy to be any sort of sport bike, and there are other sport tourers that I like a lot better.
Plus it's ugly as hell.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 02:47 PM
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Of course he wants to trade you for your nicely done up Wee. Must be a PITA backing that thing out of parking spaces - I bet he's sick of manhandling it. Have you checked the weight on that 2010 VFR's HEAVY. Big heavy sport tour bikes like that are not very handy in everyday use - you won't be popping up to the local pub if it means getting THE WHALE out of it's berth (one could argue that the Wee is on the big side too). And, that DCT is a dealbreaker. Might as well get a Honda Spree. Perhaps you should ride the thing before even considering a deal.....I think you'll keep your Wee...

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post #6 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 03:33 PM
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I'm considering kinda going the other way.... trading my s10 for a wee.....
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 03:42 PM
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That VFR 1200 was a total turd for Honda, hence why the new VFR is a much updated and improved 800. I would consider a 1200 as a second or 3rd bike, but no way in hell as a primary machine. You are giving up allot of range and mileage as well, smaller tank and worse it won't be nearly as fun on gravel. :mrgreen:

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 04:03 PM
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Yeah - from what the moto rags say, the 2011-present VFR's got remapped engines, recalibrated DCT, bigger fuel tank, etc.....the first year model is cursed with first year model issues.....

I'm sure it's a fun bike to ride - and if it magically appeared in my garage, I'd be stoked, but I'd never spend my money on one. It's certainly a finer sip of brandy, but the Weestrom will get you drunker'er.....

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I'd say you need to go have a look and test ride if you can.
A lot of people are kind of weenie when it comes to a heavier bike and you need to know how you feel about it.
I will tell you that around here at least the VFR1200 has not sold well so that is something to bear in mind.

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It hasn't sold well as many are not sure where it fits. It's too heavy to be a sport bike at close to 600 lbs. That's actually light compared to my last bike, a ST1300. It has too small a tank at less than 5 gal to be a sport tourer. Sweet and fast motor, though. Since I came off a ST1300, I kind of came the other way from going from a DL to the VFR1200. YMMV

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