Nice looking bike. Was pondering picking up one myself.
One can pick these up quite inexpensively.
There's a fine looking '01 my area with only 1424 miles for only $3500.
There's a thread which sort of goes into why the 750 was the best of the VFR's here: http://www.bikersoracle.com/vfr/foru...ad.php?t=41167
Honda made the VFR because of the problems they'd had with the predecessor VF models whose camshafts wore too quickly and also had cam chain wear problems at higher mileages. As Honda's reputation for quality had been damaged as a result, they over engineered the VFR engines. This combined with great build quality at the time made for excellent bikes.
The first VFR's were raced quite successfully as near standard bikes - I'm sure you'll find interesting history if you delve...
The reasons I can see why the single sided swing arm 750's were the best:
First models (FG-FK) were the lightest and great bikes. Styling was quite dated, but they were still great bikes. valve adjustment was by the older conventional method.
Replacement first generation RC36's (FL-FN) had many improvements.
Styling was quite modern compared to it's sibling, bucket & shim valve adjustment (Which rarely went out of adjustment - mine's done 65,000 miles and never needed one shim changed) and the single sided swing arm made chain adjustment & rear tyre changes even easier. Had a better fairing for protection, better instrumentation and neat foldable rear passenger handles that were correctly positioned for safety & comfort. It's an excellent bike to ride 2 up on. Gear driven cams were introduced from the very beginnings of 750 VFR's. Suspension quite soft as standard and brakes not up to modern types, but it's not too hard to upgrade these.
Meanwhile the NR750 was introduced in 1991 and many reports tell that it rides not dissimilarly to the VFR750 (I think the NR was also quite tunable if your pockets were seriously deep).
The replacement VFR ( RC36-II FR-FT) had some styling cues from the NR, most notably the side fairing design. It lost the on the go fuel tap located on the left of facia and lost a little weight too. Brake discs changed to semi-floating and wheel design was also changed. Most say this is the prettiest of all models. The 800's that replaced the 750's had catalysts (Hence the need for fuel injection and more engine capacity to make around the same power as their older siblings), linked brakes and unfortunate styling. Build quality went downhill slightly ever since. The last of the 750's are the best of the breed, I think, but some like the early RC36's more. I wouldn't change mine, not least because of all the great memories I share with it.
My 750 rides quite differently to standard. Most notably the steering's a lot quicker as the fork rework dropped the front &r raised the rear, although I never felt the need to extend the side stand - it sits about 1.5 cm higher at the stand. It will wag it's bars slightly on hard acceleration over a bumpy road on occasion, but never worryingly so. It becomes a bike you can flick from side to side quite quickly for something of it's size. Feels considerably smaller than an RC51.
Engine sounds lovely and is improved with a good exhaust. RC36-II's are easier to get high level exhausts for, but this can affect passenger ridability.
You don't need a very low mileage one, but it certainly helps. I paid 3,000 GBP for mine (Private sale) in 1993 with 3,000 miles, so $3,500 USD is not a bad price, but right up there. Maybe look for a later model if you can find one.
Fairing mountings crack if the bike's ever dropped, so look out for this, especially at the front, behind panels, etc. Exhausts rust from the inside. Very low mileage will probably have gummed up the carbs and fuel system, but that's fixable. They're a true modern classis. Most people who had them regret ever selling their's.
Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.