Stuff like ABS & traction control, heated grips with 5 settings, self-cancelling indicators (Which might breed some bad habits?), Stepper-drive rev counter, LED headlights, nice wheels, new styling, etc. all seem attractive, but I wonder if it's really that nice to ride? Lashings of CANBUS electronics just waiting to fail over time with plenty of quietening down & reducing of emissions to keep the boffins happy. Does this make for a better bike to own in the long term than the proven trouble free originals?
I agree with you Sub. Keep the older bike. Gear driven cams are nice indeed.
On my 1990 although checked, it's never even needed the valves adjusting and is nearing 70,000 miles. This is low mileage compared to some.
Unbreakable build quality that's proven itself over 2 decades, with ease of maintenance and DIY home care.
The 1200 VFR's had several recalls and I've heard of engine problems at low mileage too.
Sometimes simplicity is a better route. Somehow I don't think these new bikes will be as well built, trouble free, easy to maintain nor long lasting as the original more "organic" VFR's.
Interesting as how many RC51 owners have either had a VFR in the past, or own one still. Can't pinpoint why, but there seem to be a fair few.
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.