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HONDA VFR RWB anniversary model

subject bike happened to come up in conversation with another member today, Honda did these in 2007. I think production limited to just 2500 units.

6th generation (FI, cam chains and adjusters)

Quite the looker, eh?
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incredible looking bikes. If speedy was totaled and I had to search for a new bike, it would be one of these.

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I think every red white and blue Honda has looked great, but this one's probably my favorite.
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Really nice! First bike I ever went fast on was a VFR in 1987. Wasn't mine, turns out it didn't belong to the guy I borrowed it from, either.
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^ hence the anniversary model, Stutz

The lines of the bike .. the color scheme seem to belong together....very pleasing to the eye while striking at the same time. Honda styling guys got this one right....and notice those awesome red mirrors!

The relatively few RWB owners on the VFR forums know they've got a bike which will be sought after in the future, I'd tend to agree.

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Mmm... that's pretty.

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When my buddy crashed his '98 (now my dormant project bike), he got the '07 as a replacement.




The white seat on that one adds a lot - it really unifies the middle white "stripe". I've always thought (clean) white wheels are really sharp too.


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DORMANT project? wha happened?

yes, in 1st pic my boy tweaked his slightly

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The white wheels and seat really do add a lot, I'm sure they would be a bit of work to keep clean, but a clean bike is a happy bike.

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And happy bike, happy life. Wait, that doesn't sound right for some reason.
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in stock livery...still a tasty lookin' machine any way you slice it (many owners doing the white wheel changeover)

One FS right now in my immediate area, just 8K miles...$5500 OBO. Though common sense (storage constraints) relegates me to 2 bikes. Regardless got my blood flowin'.

I'd suggest to anyone on the proverbial (VFR) fence...hunt and pounce.
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Too bad I don't have a spare $5500...

I know it's not the same but this past fall the wife found an '86 VFR500...
Everything but the plastics been restored...
They were there and in good shape but were in primer.... just waiting to be painted.
$1000. Ran like a champ too! Oh did it run sweet...
The couple who owned it had found a different bike they wanted so this one was up for sale... It got gone quick before I could get the rest of the money.

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IMHO...from info gleaned from VFR forums for awhile...the 500's a bit of a parts availability nightmare (30 years old and only being produced 84-86) , and not quite the fabled reliability package of the 750-800 powerplant.

Considering a purchase..if you actually plan on riding rather than collecting .. I'd dissuade a 500 and stick with the more common 750 or 800....and a later year example at that...4th, 5th or 6th generation.

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True... parts are getting limited.
Of the 3 model years, the '86 seems to be the better one.
This one had been fully gone through though... and had a box or two with some spare stuff as well.

It wouldn't have been any sort of daily rider... but it's not like I needed another bike anyway. My EX is all but a garage queen now. Only getting an average of 1000-1200 miles a year.

Honestly, I'd like to pick up another Smokin' Joe's F3 like I had but doubt that'll happen. Haha

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F2/3 another rare bird...clean, original examples of 20+ year old machines are becoming tough to find.

The prerequisite being *responsible, caring* owners. But those same type of owners tend to hang on to those "late model classic" machines. Proving my point, just try to find a clean, original Gen 1 for sale...guys like Saab and FloridaEX are keeping.

My NY area...NO older, affordable carbed 900SS, Monsters at ALL...clean or not so..... very few clean, unbastardized older VFR's.....or EX's or older CBR's for that matter.

Want boat anchor without title? Wrecked? No fairings? Dropped? Horribly modded? No problem, dime a dozen.

I've posted before..in the long term..your clean, original older bike will command respectable $$$ on the market. Best to keep them that way, or, if modded, retain the ability to convert them back to "as original". Classics in the making, they are.

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We've got some CLEAN unmolested SJ F3's around here...
Most of them with under 20k on the clock...
Problem is, most of the owners want more for them now then when they were new. Creeping into $10k territory.

One in Charlotte with less than 100 miles on it... but...
SEVENTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
I nearly choked on my sammich when I heard the price. LOL

As far as the EX... mine is more or less undistrubed/molested.... however, it won't be leaving my stable while I'm breathing.
Owned for 12 years... no reason to go getting rid of it now.
The kids can sell it off for that "big money" after I'm gone. Haha

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I noticed a NY trend long ago, mostly pioneered by the GSXR crowd...buy a bike used, say for $3K...immediately, within the hour relist it on CL for $4k.

Trolling for a "sucker" costs them nothing, and if "flipped" a windfall profit if successful. A ton of unsold, grossly overpriced GSXR's clogged CL in the 90's, early 2000's.

Overall effect? It undeniably triggered artificially inflated used bike market prices. And mind you, these were not necessarily pristine, "late model, destined to become classics"....largely the slammed, stretched, fugly paint/graphics, chrome everything crowd...but had effected the whole market nonetheless.

At a point in the 90's, early 2000's ...all used, CL GSXR's were grossly overpriced (around here at least) as a result of this brainless practice.

The unrealistic $10k or $17k F3 will remain unsold. I'd venture to say the owner doesn't really WANT to sell it...but if the price is right......basically its the same old trend as above.

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There are still overpriced GSXRs in this area.
And they're mostly as you describe... lowered, stretched, chromed, and fugly. Haha
I prefer not to hang with that crowd anyway.

Honestly, the ONLY reason the F3s are in that price range is because of the shear fact that they are the Smokin' Joe's edition and are all but pristine.
I had the '96 model, of which there only 500 made.
The other one, the '98 model, only 1500 made.

Still doesn't justify the price tag though.
On a good day, It's a $5k bike in NICE condition and ONLY because it's a Smokin' Joe's... if it's not a kit.
Otherwise, knock off at least $1500 and keep going down from there.

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I had the first of the VFR series The VF1000R Fredy Spencer replica. Then My 96 VFR 750 the last sport version before it became a mini goldwing

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I had the first of the VFR series The VF1000R Fredy Spencer replica. Then My 96 VFR 750 the last sport version before it became a mini golden

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Goldwing. Stupid spellchecker

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my '98....i'm just not seeing Gold Wing
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my '98....i'm just not seeing Gold Wing
Me either.

I'm not normally a fan of red... but that is still a sweet looking ride.
Nice and clean... and the single side swing arm just looks good.

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Just bought a '98 VFR actually.. been looking for one for awhile, and I finally found one in perfect shape with all of the accessories for touring I would've bought anyways. Another great red Honda to hang out with the Grom.

Sidebar: I remember being at a Cars and Coffee in Cincinnati, and a guy brought a 6th gen VFR with the anniversary livery. He proceeded to forget his kickstand and tipped over into an S1000xr and an RSV1000r




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ty for compliment, OEM.

Up close showin' its 40K and 18 years. Admittedly, I've spent a lot of time riding and very little comprehensively cleaning.

I need to piecemeal heavy cleaning and detailing, section by section. This season plans include proactive replacement of thermostat and fuel pressure regulator...will clean engine between the V while I'm there. Bitchy to access, airbox and throttle body removal required.

Followed by Racetec Gold valves...I'll likely paint the fork legs (showing battle scars) while apart.

Back to topic....supposedly topping out around 150 (never been there) if you're looking for Gold Wing, closest you'll get is HONDA on the tank. Fact...they made one helluva package in the VFR.

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