You may very well be right Stig I'm just biased...lol
I think I am too, so we meet somewhere in the middle, lol.
But yeah, there were lots of improvements from 1990-1997.
For example, all pro arm models had shims & buckets instead of tappet adjustment - which mostly never went out of spec. (Mine have never needed adjustment in 67,000 miles either
The best I think is the 1994-1997 range as it was kinda styled like the NR750.
Lots of detail changes for that model and it's lighter than it's predecessor too.
The first 800's remind me of teapots, not sure why and the next generation look a bit like big scooters, but that's just me. They got V-Tec & more capacity yet much the same power, all in the name of emissions standards and things like linked brakes in an effort to appeal to born again bikers with less polished braking skills, then ABS which isn't a bad thing I suppose. They also lost the gear driven cams as Honda's bean counters frowned upon this non necessity until the whining stopped...
Lets not go into 1200 VFR's. Sales have resembled erectile disfunction for Honda.
It's so ugly that few nurse a stiffy for their latest and greatest.
Seems they lost the plot there and in doing so, dropped the crown of the best all-rounder...
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