Well er here we go again I guess, but this time the story is different. My mate Barnes has finally decided that he wants another motorbike after I tried to convince him for ages that life without a bike is a sad life. He met with some mates recently who asked him to join them on their next European ride and so he asked me what I thought.
Given that he works for a fantastic Yamaha bike shop (Alf England of course) he can always borrow a demo bike, no problem, but not take it overseas I guess for insurance. He bought a lovely Honda VFR800 a while ago but then he discovered that it was not suitable for long distance riding two up so he promptly sold it on. I had an older VFR800 a few years ago and I loved that revvy VTEC engine but it is physically a compact bike so not a ideal tourer.
Also Barnes does not really want a new bike as a big tourer would cost upwards of 15k Pounds so he asked me about my trusty old Honda VFR1200F. I bought the VFR last year as I had read alot about her and I wanted to experience the bike for myself. For Honda it was never a commercial success as the bike was very expensive and fell between two stools: they launched her as a sport tourer but the bike was too heavy to be a sports bike and carried too little fuel for touring. My 2012 bike is the 6 speed manual version (Honda also offered a complex DCT version) and is fitted with the larger fuel tank, she also had the big service (valves et al) completed before I bought her.
Stop press: Meeting point is now fixed as Barnes booked a flight to Bergamo near Milan so I have booked us a hotel. Here we go!!!!!! North Italy instead of France this time…..