Honda VFR750 Specs and Info (1986 to 1997)

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Honda VFR750 Specs
Honda VFR750 FP (1993 model)

Honda VFR750 Specs…..

The Honda VFR750 (also known as the VFR750 Interceptor in the US) was a sport tourer motorcycle produced by Honda and available for sale in the UK between March 1986 and December 1997 (when it was replaced by the VFR800.

The VFR750F used the Honda V4 configuration engine. The engine was a completely redesigned and improved version of the earlier VF700 and VF750 F models that had numerous cam shaft and bearing problems.

The VFR750 featured anti dive forks, aluminium beam frame, gear driven cams (which massively improved engine reliability over the previous, VF750 models), full sports fairing and optional pillion seat cowl.
In addition to the above features, the 1989 onwards (RC36) models had a distinctive single sided swinging arm that was developed from a previous Honda race bike, which allowed the rear wheel to be removed without the need to remove or adjust the chain or rear wheel spindle.

Honda VFR750 parts…

VFR 750 RC24
Early VFR 750 RC24 (with built in front indicators)

A little bit about the Honda VFR 750…..

Working on your bike? You’ll need a VFR750 workshop manual…

Basic model info…

Manufacturer: Honda
Model: VFR750 F
CC: 748cc
Engine type: 4 Cylinder V4 engine (4 stroke)
Years in production: 1986 to 1997
Style of bike: Sports tourer (fully faired)
Insurance: Group 14 (of 17) – VFR insurance going up every year? Save money at Confused.com

Models and years (in the UK)

VFR750 FG (March 1986 to Dec 1986)…..
Frame number started: RC24-2000068—-
Description: 750cc sports/tourer motorcycle with conventional monoshock rear swing arm, air forks with TRAC (Torque Reactive Anti-dive Control) anti-dive system, aluminum beam frame, 16″ front and 18″ rear cast wheels. The 748cc engine had gear driven cams and a 4 into 2 black exhaust. The VFR750 also had a full, sports fairing, square headlight, stalk mounted front indicators.
The VFR 750 also had a rear grab rail for pillion passengers and an optional rear seat cowl.
Available colours: White or blue
VFR750 FH (Jan 1987 to Jan 1988)…..
Frame number started: RC24-2000061—–
Description: Same as above (FG) model with minor changes to the ignition
Available colours: White, blue or metallic silver
VFR750 FJ (Feb 1988 to Sept 1988)…..
Frame number started: RC24-2202353—-
Description: Same as above (FG) model with a few, minor detail changes.
Available colours: White, red or black
VFR750 FK (Oct 1988 to Nov 1989)…..
Frame number started: RC24-2202353—-
Description: 17″ Front and rear wheels, larger engine valves for improved mid range, adjustable screen, new fairing (with more panels and built in front indicators), re designed instrument panel with clock and fuel gauge.
Available colours: White, red or black
VFR750 FL (Dec 1989 to Dec 1990)…..
Frame number started: RC36-2000067—-
Description: Mostly re-designed model with single sided, Pro-Arm swing arm, monoshock rear suspension, 6 spoke front and 8 spoke rear cast wheels (cast in wheels is the process of pouring molten metal into a mould to manufacture the wheel).
Engine modifications included bucket and shim, adjustable valves and a 4 into 2 into 1 exhaust system.
The FL model also had a new fairing with non adjustable screen, faired in side stand, rear separate grab rails and integral rear indicators.
Available colours: Blue, red or black
VFR750 FM (Jan 1991 to Dec 1991)…..
Frame number started: RC36-2101254—-
Description: Same as above (FL) model with new graphics and colour matched seat
Available colours: Blue, red or black
VFR750 FN (Jan 1992 to Nov 1992)…..
Frame number started: RC36-2200020—-
Description: Same as above (FL) model, now has colour coordinated screen
Available colours: Green, deep blue or red
Price new: £6599 for a ‘J’ reg and £6363 for a ‘K’ reg
VFR750 FP (Dec 1993 to Dec 1993)…..
Frame number started: RC36-2300001—-
Description: Same as above (FL) model, now has silver belly pans and rebound adjustment on the tops of the front forks
Available colours: Red, green or silver
Price new: £6390 for a ‘K’ reg and £6645 for an ‘L’ reg
VFR750 FR (Jan 1994 to Oct 1994)…..
Frame number started: RC36-2400273—-
Description: Major re-design based on the Honda NR750. Minor suspension mods, black finish, U-Section spoke cast wheels, new exhaust system with smaller collector box, twin trapezoidal headlights, 2 litre bigger fuel tank, new lightweight, black resin belly pan, bolt on/off grab rails for rear seat cowl fitment.
Also had improved air intake vents and new bodywork.
Available colours: Black, red or blue
Price new: £7455 for a ‘L’ reg and £7605 for an ‘M’ reg
VFR750 FS (Nov 1994 to Oct 1995)…..
Frame number started: RC36A-2500038—-
Description: Same as above (FR) model, now available in silver
Available colours: Red, black or silver
Price new: £7835 for a ‘M’ reg and £8265 for an ‘N’ reg
VFR750 FT (Nov 1995 to Oct 1996)…..
Frame number started: RC36A-TM000001—-
Description: Same as above (FR) model, now available in lapis blue instead of black
Available colours: Red, lapis blue or silver
Price new: £8675 for a ‘N’ reg and £8675 for an ‘P’ reg
VFR750 FV (Nov 1996 to Dec 1997 – Discontinued and replaced by the VFR800)…..
Frame number started: RC36A-VM100001—-
Description: Same as above (FR) model, now available in green instead of silver
Available colours: Red, blue or green
Price new: £8675 for a ‘P’ reg and £8675 for an ‘R’ reg
VFR 750 RC36A
VFR750 RC36A (FS/FT model with styling based on the Honda NR750)

Engine and gearbox specs…..

Displacement: 748 cc
Engine type: 4 Cylinder V4 engine (90 degree V Four)
Bore×Stroke: 70×48.6mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Valves: 16 valve (4 per cylinder)
Cooling system: Liquid cooled
Cooling system capacity: 2.3 litres
Clutch: Wet (oil immersed) multiplate clutch
Gearbox: 6 Speed manual (1st gear down, 2nd to 6th gears up, neutral between 1st and 2nd gears)
BHP (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 105 BHP
BHP (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 100 BHP
BHP (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 98 BHP
KW output (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 78 KW
KW output (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 77 KW
KW output (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 74 KW
Idle speed (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 1000rpm
Idle speed (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 1200rpm
Idle speed (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 1000rpm
Top speed (approx): 151mph
0 to 60 (approx): 3.4 seconds
VFR750 swing arm
Pro Arm single sided swinging arm from a 1993 VFR750 FP
VFR 750 swinging arm
VFR 750 Pro Arm single sided swing arm (other side view)

Final drive stuff…..

Final drive: Chain
Front sprocket (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 16 teeth
Front sprocket (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 16 teeth
Front sprocket (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 16 teeth
Rear sprocket (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 45 teeth
Rear sprocket (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 43 teeth
Rear sprocket (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 43 teeth
Chain pitch/length (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 530 pitch / 110 links
Chain pitch/length (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): 530 pitch / 112 links
VFR750 carburetor
Honda VFR750 V4 configuration carbs

Carb, fuel and oil stuff…..

Fuel system: Carburetor
Carb make: Keihin (4x)
Carb type (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): VDBOB
Carb type (1988 to 1989 – FJ to FK models): VDJOA
Carb type (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): VDJ4A
Carb type (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): VP35A
Fuel type: Unleaded petrol
Fuel tank capacity: (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 20 litres
Fuel tank capacity: (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 19 litres
Fuel tank capacity: (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 21 litres
Engine oil: 10w40 motorcycle oil – API SG or higher
Engine oil capacity (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 4 litres
Engine oil capacity (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): 3.1 litres
Oil filter (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): OIF003 / HF202 / F302
Oil filter (1988 to 1997 – FJ to FV models): OIF006 / HF303 / KN303
Air filter (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): Hiflo part no: HFA1707
Air filter (1990 to 1997 – FL to FV models): Hiflo part no: HFA1709, Honda part no: 17210-MT4-000
RC36
Honda VFR750 RC36 in white with rear seat cowl

Electric stuff…..

Ignition type: Electronic CDI
Starter: Electric start
Electrical system voltage: 12 volts
Regulated voltage (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 14.3 to 15.1 volts
Regulated voltage (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 13.5 to 16 volts (@ 5000rpm)
Regulated voltage (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 13.5 to 15 volts
Spark plug (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): DPR9EA-9
Spark plug (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): CR8EH-9
Spark plug (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): CR8EH-9
Spark plug gap: 0.8 to 0.9mm
Spark plug tightening torque (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 12nm to 16nm
Spark plug tightening torque (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): 12nm
Spark plug ignition: 4 x Coil
Magneto/flywheel tightening torque (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 80nm to 90nm
Magneto/flywheel tightening torque (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 90nm
Magneto/flywheel tightening torque (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 85nm
Battery (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): YB12A-B / CB12A-B
Battery (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): YTX12-BS / CTX12-BS / DTX12-BS
VFR750 front wheel
VFR750 17″ front wheel (1993, FP model)

Shocks, brakes and wheels stuff…..

Front wheel type (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 3 spoke cast wheel
Front wheel type (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): 6 spoke cast wheel
Front tyre size (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): 110/90-16
Front tyre size (1988 to 1989 – FK models): 110/80-17
Front tyre size (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 120/70-17
Front tyre size (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 120/70-17
Front tyre pressure: 36psi (2.5 bar)
Front wheel spindle torque (1986 to 1993 – FG to FP models): 60nm
Front wheel spindle torque (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 40nm
Front wheel spindle clamp bolt torque: 22nm
Rear wheel type (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 3 spoke cast wheel
Rear wheel type (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 8 spoke cast wheel
Rear wheel type (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 5 spoke cast wheel
Rear tyre size (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): 130/80-18
Rear tyre size (1988 to 1989 – FK models): 140/80-17
Rear tyre size (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 170/60-17
Rear tyre size (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 170/60-17<
Rear tyre pressure (1986 to 1993 – FG to FP models): 42psi (2.9 bar)
Rear tyre pressure (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 40psi (2.8 bar)
Rear wheel spindle torque (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 97nm
Rear wheel spindle torque (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 110nm
Rear wheel spindle torque (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 195nm
Front brake: Twin hydraulic disc brake with twin pot calipers
Front brake disc (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): MD1001LS and MD1001RS
Front brake disc (1988 to 1989 – FJ to FK models): MD1008LS and MD1008RS
Front brake disc (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): MD1008LS and MD1008RS
Front brake disc (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): MD1003X and MD1003C (full floating discs)
Front brake pad (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): FA124
Front brake pad (1988 to 1989 – FJ to FK models): FA142
Front brake pad (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): FA142
Front brake pad (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): FA142
Rear brake: Single hydraulic disc brake
Rear brake disc (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): MD1006RS
Rear brake disc (1988 to 1989 – FJ to FK models): MD1006RS
Rear brake disc (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): MD1007
Rear brake disc (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): MD1007
Rear brake pad (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): FA69/3
Rear brake pad (1988 to 1989 – FJ to FK models): FA196
Rear brake pad (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): FA196
Rear brake pad (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): FA196
Front suspension (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): Telescopic Showa forks (damping rod)
Front suspension (1988 to 1989 – FK models): Telescopic Showa forks (damping rod)
Front suspension (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): Telescopic Showa forks (cartridge)
Front suspension (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): Telescopic Showa forks (cartridge)
Front fork stanchion diameter (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): 37mm
Front fork stanchion diameter (1988 to 1989 – FK models): 41mm
Front fork stanchion diameter (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 41mm
Front fork stanchion diameter (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 41mm
Recommended fork oil: 10w (medium weight) fork oil
Fork oil volume (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): 370ml and 358ml
Fork oil volume (1988 to 1989 – FK models): 523ml and 513ml
Fork oil volume (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 394ml and 394ml
Fork oil volume (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 412ml and 412ml
Rear Suspension: Single Showa monoshock
Rear suspension travel: 80mm
VFR750 Interceptor
US version of the Honda VFR750 (called the Interceptor)

Weights, measures ‘n stuff…..

Wheelbase (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 1480mm
Wheelbase (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 1480mm
Wheelbase (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 1470mm
Width (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 700mm
Width (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 720mm
Seat height (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 795mm
Height (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 1185mm
Height (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 1185mm
Dry weight (no oils, fluids etc) (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 199kg
Dry weight (no oils, fluids etc) (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 216kg
Dry weight (no oils, fluids etc) (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 209kg
Wet weight (with oils, fuel etc) (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 230kg
Wet weight (with oils, fuel etc) (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 244kg
Wet weight (with oils, fuel etc) (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 236kg
VFR750 instruments
VFR 750 clock and warning light panel (from a 1993. FP model)

Service stuff…..

Servicing your bike? You’ll need a VFR 750 workshop manual…

Engine oil specs
Engine oil change frequency: Every 12,000km (approx 7,456 miles) or 12 months
Engine oil capacity (1986 to 1989 – FG to FK models): 4 litres
Engine oil capacity (1989 to 1997 – FL to FV models): 3.1 litres
Engine oil: 10w40 API SG or higher Motorbike oil
Oil filters:
Oil filter (1986 to 1988 – FG to FH models): OIF003 / HF202 / F302
Oil filter (1988 to 1997 – FJ to FV models): OIF006 / HF303 / KN303
Chain drive
Final drive chain frequency: Now repeat after me…..’I MUST LUBE MY CHAIN LITTLE AND OFTEN!!’
Hydraulic brake and clutch systems
Brake fluid change frequency: Change every 24 months or 36,000km (approx 22,369 miles)
Brake fluid: DOT 4 brake fluid
Fork oil
Front fork oil change frequency: Change every 24 months
Fork oil volume: (1986 to 1988 – FG to FJ models): 370ml and 358ml
Fork oil volume (1988 to 1989 – FK models): 523ml ad 513ml
Fork oil volume (1989 to 1993 – FL to FP models): 394ml and 394ml
Fork oil volume (1994 to 1997 – FR to FV models): 412ml and 412ml
Front fork oil: 10w (medium weight) fork oil
Cooling system
Check every: 12,000 km (approx 7,456 miles)
Change every: 36,000 km (approx 22,369 miles) or 24 months
Coolant capacity: 2.3 litre’s
Coolant: Motorcycle coolant

Frame number location…..

The frame number information plate can normally be found on the right hand side, near the front on the frame (just below the right handle bar).

The frame number is usually stamped onto the right side of the headstock (the front part of the frame just below the handle bars).

VFR750 RC36
VFR750 RC36 (FL/FM model with the Pro-Arm single sided swing arm)

Useless stuff…..

Back in the mid 1980’s, Honda were losing ground to Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha motorcycles, partly due to persistent reliability problems with their V4 engine range (amongst other things).
So in 1986 Honda brought out the massively over engineered VFR750, with gear driven cams to help eliminate many of the problems suffered by earlier V4 engines bikes (like the VF500 and VF750).
The VFR was a massive gamble for Honda as it cost them a fortune to develop the VFR engine and frame and several parts of the V4 design (like the gear driven cams) cost many times more then the previously use ways (but Honda HAD to do this to shake their unreliable image!).

Ron Haslam helped Honda shake their declining image by taking a (supposedly!!) road going, straight out of the crate VFR750F to a 3rd place finish, infront of many racing bikes at the Transatlantic Challenge race at Donington Park.
Honda had a fair bit of racing success with the VFR750R (RC30) which was (loosely!) derived from the VFR750F (although, even for a race bike the RC30 was horrendously EXPENSIVE, even before adding the kit parts!).

The VFR750, even to this day, is known for it’s legendary reliability and has been a long running joke in the 2nd hand parts trade that VFR750 engines are only good as door stops (because they supposedly never break down, selling 2nd hand VFR 750 engines is nearly impossible!).

There were a few oddball variations of the VFR750 (mainly made for the Japanese market, although a few may have made it to the UK) including the VFR750P (not FP!) that was a Police spec model with the Honda model code RC35 and the VFR750K (not FK!) which was a lower powered version of the VFR (75hp instead of the standard 105hp) with no oil cooler, a gear indicator and a modified center stand. The VFR750 K model was more aimed at the Japanese learner/training market (Honda model code RC37).

VFR750 cams
RC36 model VFR750 gear driven cams (from the front 2 cylinders)
VFR 750 gear driven cams
VFR750 FP gear driven cams (from the rear 2 cylinders)

Buying advice…..

In terms of reliability, there’s not really many weak points on the VFR750’s. The engines are fairly bullet proof and it’s not uncommon to see examples with over 100,000 miles still in daily use (and even 200,000 mile examples can still have life in them!).

The only bit’s that tend to fail and can be expensive to replace are fuel pumps (which can be difficult to source) and exhaust downpipes (although cheaper, Chinese copy headers of debatable stainless quality are fairly cheap on good old Fleabay now!).

Obviously (and this goes without saying), you get what you pay for with the VFR, so a £2500 bike with a small rain forest of service history from a careful owner should be miles better then a 150,000 mile, never serviced and running like a bag of nails one for £700!

Also, avoid any engines in bits as, unless you’ve taken apart and marked the cam shafts yourself you’ll probably never be able to put it back together again (even if you’ve got the Honda workshop manual!).

VFR750 exhaust headers
Honda VFR 750 exhaust downpipes
VFR750 exhaust headers
Honda VFR 750 exhaust downpipes, close up showing the complicated pipework!

Sources / Thanks to:

VFR750 Wikipedia article
Silkolene for the service info
Ciao.co.uk VFR750 review by a Ciao user (surprisingly, it’s a very good review with lots of historical VFR info!)

Honda VFR750 spares…

If you’ve got any questions or useful comments or suggestions please feel free to leave them below 🙂

Disclaimer: The information on this page is correct to the best of our knowledge. But the info should NOT be taken as 100% accurate as we can, occasionally make mistakes!

150 thoughts on “Honda VFR750 Specs and Info (1986 to 1997)”

  1. My vfr didn’t come with tool kit. Tighten chain. Does that pin on the wrench I ordered make that adjustment move Does pins for in something. It’s 1995 vfr 750. Says losses 17mm bolt then use tool

        1. Depends on condition, mileage, any modifications, does it run ok, do the electrics work, has it ever been written off by an insurance company, will the tyres/chain etc need replacing, service history, bodywork condition, how far it is from you etc……

    1. Hi all. I having problems with my vfr750f. Rc36. It backfires and the minute I open the throttle hard it dies and then jerks and then goes. Any ideas of what this could be?please help anyone.

  2. Hi I am trying to source a front sprocket retaining bolt, which has come loose and fallen out on my VFR750F, any idea’s ? or even the size would do, it seems so close to being a M10mm thread but isnt, as a M10mm bolt only goes in a couple turns if that,
    Regards, I Smith.

  3. Hi
    I live in South Africa and have a VFR750F.The VIN number is RC361000***.
    I think the original colour was red with white rims.
    Which year model would this be?
    Tx

      1. Hi there,
        I belive the question was about this specific part (Item 10)

        –! Link removed as it doesn’t work? !–

        Any idea or suggestion how can I (we) get it? Is there any chance to clone it (e.g.aluminum)? Thank you.

  4. Hi , I need some help bad my uncle gave me a 1995 vfr750f that needs fairings from front to back can you help me find the right set or tell me if i can use cbr fairings.please dont wont to get rid of bike

    1. CBR fairings wouldn’t fit a VFR750 without alot of modifications. Unfortunately, we don’t have any VFR750 fairings left now but you could try looking on Ebay or possible street fighter the bike (so you wouldn’t need the front fairings?)

      1. I have a 1996 Vfr 750f and I did street fighter mine but I still would like to have the speed odometer and rpm gauges does anyone ono kno where I could find one?

  5. My collector box has gone on my VFR 750M (1991)
    I have been offered an exhaust from a 1991 VFR 750 Interceptor.
    Does anyone know if they are compatible

  6. Just to say how damn useful your site has been. I have just bought a vfr750fr, about which I no little other than I have wanted one for a long time.
    Many thanks.

  7. Ni
    I’m looking for a Honda VFR750 single sided swing arm with all parts intact
    Like the picture you show on the webpage

    Believe it has to be a 94-97 model to be compatible with my 95 CBR900RR Fireblade
    can you help out
    Thanks
    john

  8. does anyone know if carbs are interchangeable between g and m models or more importantly if i can use the fuel joint pipes (main feed) to replace the broken one on my g model set of carbs.

  9. Bougth 1995 vfr 750 whats pinch and length on chain vibsite says 110 and o r her 112. Sure its 112. But need know 4 sure. And looking 4 middle right fairing.

  10. Guys I really need assistance my CDI coil is damaged with water might have burnt out what is the cheapest way to fix this cz im in a rut at the moment
    I have a honda vfr 750 1993 model

    please help

  11. Hi, I have a vfr750 fl model. I’m 95kg and do a lot of two up riding, I’m looking at changing the fork oil, what weight would you recommend? Also I’m bit of an amateur, would it suffice to drain the oil out the drain hole on the bottom, take the top off and fill with 394ml of oil as per your specs above? Thanks, Mark

    1. You would need a 10w fork oil. If your carrying a pillion you might want to adjust the suspension and tyre pressures.
      Yes, you would drain the oil out of the drain hole at the bottom of the fork.

  12. Gday mate. About to buy 97 vfr. Tyres just about gone. How much diff will a 180 on the back make? Also i live in southern oz cold wet winters windy roads warms up in summer; any recomendations on tyres? Cheers. Top site. Dave

    1. Just stick with normal, road going all weather tyres (don’t go for race type or semi slick tyres).
      Not too sure what a slightly wider rear tyre would do. You’d need to check you have the clearance to fit a wider tyre, it may make the bike harder to steer into the corners as well…..

    2. Hello Mate,

      I’m in the UK and have had my ’92 F-N for five years. In all that time it has been fitted (and re-fitted) with A 180 rear and has performed well. There is just enough clearance for the chainguard and at 42psi it performs impeccably. I also have braided Goodridge brake lines and a Remus Innovation end-can to boot! The bike has done 68,700 miles and runs like a winner, a little clutch basket rattle occurs when cold but apart from this, I can’t fault the old girl.
      Having said all that, I am in the process of sourcing replacement plastics, as some of the fairing parts are a little aged, broken and cracked.
      Best of Luck all you VFR’rs out there.

  13. Hi,

    Just thought I’d mention that the FJ and FK are effectively identical, and the updates that the FK got were first applied to the FJ (17 inch wheels, 3 part fairing etc.) Your model summary at the top is incorrect in saying the FJ is the same as preceding models. There were also several minor differences between FG and FH models, notably in suspension components (different shock and bell crank) and some electrical components.

    Cheers,

    Graham

    1. second that 🙂
      I have a 750FJ and it has 17 inch wheels, integrated front blinkers, clock and fuel gauge…..
      also,
      my frame-number is RC24-220018*** so something’s wrong in above info.

      -per

    2. Hi could you tell me what other speedometers fit the 1988 fj model is if in had 1989 or the 1990 clocks would these fit straight on ?

  14. Hi guys, Is it possible to identify what the original colour of my June 1990 VFR750FL bike is? vin is JH2RC36U6LM000146. It’s supposed to have some sort of tag under the seat towards the rear for the colour code but mine is clean as a whistle.
    thanks
    Sam

    1. I think the VFR750 FL was available in red, blue or black? Don’t know what the Honda colour codes for it would be though, best place to ask would probably be a Honda main dealer.

  15. Oh forgot to also ask. The fairing on mine is one piece from under the front cowl down so it’s aftermarket but still has the tab at the bottom that looks like attaches to the exhaust shields. Am I ale to source an original exhaut shields and hook them up? What years VFR had the same exhaust shields?
    thanks

  16. Hi i just wanted to know why there are two different amounts for the fork oil capacity for the 1989 Honda VFR750FK i would like to know how much to put in mine they are leaking and need replacing thanks.

  17. I have a 1991 VFR and I weigh 240lbs and I’m planning to ride 2up this weekend. She is about 150-160lbs. Is this a too much for the bikes suspension. Also need to mention that previous owner lowered it 1.5-2 inches. Thanks for any help

        1. As standard the bike will take the weight, just be careful as it will handle differently with someone on the back and take it easy for the 1st few miles incase something catches or rubs due to the modification.

  18. HI! I have a 1989 VFR RC24 (FK model) and i’m wondering if i can put wider tires on the factory rims (110/70-17 front | 140/80-17 rear) like a 120 front and a 150 or 160 in the back without any risk? or maybe with some improvements !?
    btw awesome site/blog 😀

  19. Hi was just wondering if you could tell me if the 1989 VFR750FK models sold in Australia had the restrictor plates in the intake manifolds just to save me pulling it apart if they arent in there

  20. Honda vfr750 1997
    do you have a instrument panel, as there is a fault on mine and its stopping the cut off relay from working

  21. Hi was just wondering if a later model exhaust tail pipe will fit on a 1989 VFR750? Can i just remove the centre stand and put a collector box off a newer model on and just have a single pipe instead of the original twin mufflers will the collector box from a newer model fit on the original header pipes? Any help is greatly appreciated i dont want to spend a fortune on a stainless system for a bike only worth a few thousand dollars

  22. The Veefer 750 FL I’m using’s done over 100ks, and is running rich, that is, I feel it’s using more fuel than it should. It seems to me that after 25 years the slide needles and needle jets will have worn, and possibly the float levels will need adjusting. Does anyone know where I can obtain new slide needles/ jets, and are the float levels adjustable? David Silvers in Britain say that those parts have been discontinued, which is what the local Honda shop here in Christchurch, NZ says too. I’ve emailed Keihin in USA, but no reply so far. The carbs are Keihin VDJ4A. Any info. much appreciated. Damien B

    1. Not sure if you can get new ones, your best bet might be to remove the needles/jets and take them to a carb specialist to see if they can match the parts up from another manufacturer or vehicle?
      If you look at the needles and jets closely (you might have to use a magnifying glass), there is often a part number stamped on the parts).

      Alternatively, you could try sourcing a carb from a lower mileage VFR and salvage the parts you need?

      Never adjusted the carb floats on one of these, so don’t know if they can be adjusted. They should be within a certain range though, might be a case of replacing rather then adjusting the float parts (I am guessing here though!).

  23. I have a 1995 Honda vfr 750 Interception and I lost the key that unlocks the fuel tank and to start motorcycle. Is the ignition switch compatible with another model or year?

  24. Hi
    Do you know where I can get a 4 into 1 exhaust system from for a VFR RC24 that we are going to race with CRMC ?
    If not all of it. the collector box would be handy as we have a good Motad silencer.
    Thanks

  25. Hi, just a query, I have a 1990 rc36 (fl) and am going to change the forks, my question is, will later model forks fit? I am aware that they are the same diameter but, are the caliper mounts and mudguard mounts the same on the later forks?
    Craig

  26. Hi just wondering if you guys could tell me what would cause the regulator/ rectifier unit to catch on fire on a 1989 VFR750F. Faulty stator or just a bad capacitor in the unit itself it blew the 30 amp fuse for the unit but still continued to burn with the engine off until I unhooked the battery

    1. Honda reg/recs do fail with age and I have, very occasionally, seen them catch fire or burn out.

      It’s more then likely just the reg/rec that was faulty, but check the wiring back from the unit, earth connections etc before installing a new one.
      You might also want to check the voltage with a volt meter on the battery terminals (should be between 13.5 and 14.5 volts when the bikes running).

  27. I have replaced drive chain 110 links . Still at end of adjustment any ideas . Also which fork leg has most oil . Its the fg model cheers

  28. The spark plugs specs are wrong…at least for the 89-93 model. Should be CR9EH-9 and not CR8EH-9. I know….I ordered from the specs here and got the wrong ones, CR8EH-9.

    1. What year and model is your VFR?
      The plugs on this page are correct for UK models, may be different if your in another country (although the CR8EH-9 and CR9EH-9 are exactly the same size and will both fit and work, just 1 is slightly hotter then the other).

  29. Any streetfighter wanna bees out there I have a lot of tricks and tip to mod the rc24 and 94-97 rc 36 just email me . Or leave a message on here
    The Vfr wizzzard . Location unknown

  30. Hi,Have got a RC36 1990 VFR was looking for a seat cowl for it,wondered if you had one or know anyone who does.
    Regards Simon.
    Great info by the way.

  31. I have a few questions. 1. I lost my key and I am trying to replace my ignition switch or at least get to the code to get a key made. If I want to get a key made, how can I get to the switch with my handle bars in the locked position? ( I cannot get to one of the star bolts that is in place. 2. I dropped my bike after learning to ride for the first time and now I need the left side fairings and they are hard to find, any suggestions?

    1. Unless you don’t mind damaging the bike (by snapping the steering lock) you may have to remove the front end to get to the lock bolt?

      VFR750’s are older bikes now, so parts like good fairings are difficult to get hold of…

  32. Looking to get a top box mounted but can’t find a suitable fitting ( renntec said they don’t do one for fj/fk models 1988/1989 )

    Any ideas ? Been told I could replace the passenger grab handle with a universal fitting but hasn’t helped at all.

  33. I have a 1990 rc36 and need to replace the belly pan/ lower fairing panels, I am struggling to find any second hand panels but I can find panels from a 1994 onwards model, will these lower fairing panels fit onto my original fairing?

  34. I have a 1986 VFR 750, and I need to convert it over to 17″ rims for slicks, I am racing it in Historic Motorcycle GP Races. so I really need to convert to 17 teens as tire are imposible to Find. the motor Has allot of HRC parts and Yoshi exhaust. 2 things do you know what rims might bolt up with out much maching? and would a singled sided swing arm bolt up with out much maching?
    any help or direction would be very Helpful.
    thank you.
    vintage Superbike.

    1. Noticed your comment on 1986 VFR, that would be an FG or H at that year. twin spar swing arm, I fitted a 1990 CBR 1000 rear wheel to the same model to get 170 slicks on. All that is required to fit it is to machine (or hacksaw as I did) the sprocket side oil seal casting so the sprocket near touches the frame, Fitted perfect, worked a treat even round the Isle of man.

  35. Hi, I have a 97 honda vfr750f. I’m 5.5 and I’m not able to flat foot it. I would like to use a lowering kit, but I’m not sure if I’ll have to replace the spring or not? Any suggestions? On lowering kit or spring replacement?
    Would appreciate any help.

    Thanks
    Sabrina

  36. Hi Guys,
    I have a VFR750FM (UK) Spec, Granite Blue Metallic with white wheels. I’m looking for the paint code for the wheels of the US Spec bike as I’d like to change to the silver gray wheel colour. Can anyone help?
    Thanks
    John

  37. Hi,

    From what I can see there are three 750 models G-K, L-P and R-T What I cant see is details on the riding position. Was the first the most upright and each model became a more sport orientation?

    Thx

    Andy

    1. Unfortunately, we don’t have any info on riding positions, your best bet might be to have a look for pictures of people riding the different bikes which may give you an idea on any changes in riding positions between the models?

  38. HI,
    I am in the process of building aRC24 race engine with some HRC kit parts but also interested in the RC36 engine as I have both models.
    I’m doing some comparisons between the RC24 FK and RC36 FV, and think that the FV would be more tuneable as the inlets appear to be at a steeper angle to the cylinder.
    Would you be able to tell me the following please?
    Included valve angle of the RC36 mk2 ?
    Angle of the inlet tract from head face?
    Weight of an RC36 engine? (RC24 77kg)

    Richard

  39. Hi
    bought an engine supposedly from a vfr 750fl but upon cleaning it up i can now see rc35 not rc 36, could this have been in an 1990 vfr 750 fl and will it fit and fl

    thanks dave

  40. Your site is very helpful. Isn’t the model ( Early VFR 750 RC24 (1988 FJ model with built in front indicators) shown at the top an FK not FJ?

  41. I have a VFR750FM. It is fine in slow left hand turns but in right handers the front ‘tucks in’ and I’m constantly pushing the bar out to keep it upright, it feels.
    I have fork seal leaks at the moment and plan to overhaul the forks. Will this improve the problem?
    Also, the discs could do with renewing but are hugely expensive! Is it an option to change the whole front end from a later bike?

    1. Not tried changing the front ends so can’t say if it will fit or not (however, the discs on later models will be a similar price).
      If the bikes tucking in it could either be the fork seals or possibly worn steering stem bearings?

  42. Are there any differences between a 1990 VFR750F seat and a 1993 seat? I bought a nice grey original 1990 seat on Fleabay but the front lug is too shallow and the locking U-loop thing is too short and so I can’t use it. I am loathe to put it back on Fleabay if it’s not for a VFR750F as I don’t want the next person to be disappointed.

    (My Corbin leather seat’s stitches have failed so looking for a replacement.)

  43. Gidday there from the colonies. Need float height spec. for RC36 1000671. Can anyone help? So far, 9.7 and 13.7 mils. Any other choices? Flip a coin, do I? Thanks, Damien B

    1. From what I’ve been able to find out the Honda part number for the 1991 VFR750 swing arm is: 52200MT4305 and it seems the 1990 to 1997 models use the same part number (this was based on looking up part numbers on the net though, so can’t say 100% they are all the same?)

  44. Hi, could you tell me where the frame earth points are on the v model 1997…have a gremlin in the dash and the electrical diagram suggests the problems are related to an earth point. removed fairing and nothing to see. Just thought I’d ask before I remove the tank..Cheers from Sydney

    1. To be honest I can’t remember where the earth points are. Depending on what the gremlins are it could be an earth (you might just have to remove the tank and follow the wires to find them, they are usually fairly easy to spot with the panels and tank removed), but it could also be a damaged wire (look for areas where the wires bend around something and areas where the wires might rub or are cable tied).

  45. Hello. I purchased a 93 VFR750 in less than pristine condition (rough as a badger’s arse actually). as a winter project. Carbs have been cleaned and balanced, all filters and oil changed, new plugs, cold compression is at 150 psi (approx all cylinders). Engine starts fine and idles ok. Best speed that I can manage is 120 kmph (75 mph). Any suggestions before I get the engine out and do a major tear down?
    Thank you in advance. Very helpful website.

      1. Thanks for the heads up. Definitely not the carbs, as they have been clean and serviced. I will change out the fuel lines and check the carb rubbers.

  46. Hello, going to change front fork oil on VFR 1991, filled 394cc, pressed down the tube, and the air gap is 270mm instead of 175mm, why is that?

    1. Don’t know to be honest. Could have been over filled previously or the data we have could be wrong (we have several data sources for the VFR750 and they all say around the same amount of fork oil)?

  47. do you know if a 91 engine complete with carbs will be ok to fit my 97 vfr 750. also, does the earlier adjustable tappet type have a different cam cover

    1. No tried it so don’t know for sure to be honest. I would say it’s unlikely without modification as the VFR had a major redesign in 1994 and there were alot of changes to the bike (including changes to the engine). Honda list different part numbers for the 1991 and 1997 VFR750’s for the cam cover so I’d say there are differences?

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