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Fuel Usage for VFR 800 and GSX750f

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' at netrider.net.au started by Blu-Grl, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Hi All

    I am down to these 2 bikes for upgrade decisions and hoping those of you who own one of them could pass on what fuel economy you are getting
    can be in any format

    Appreciate your thoughts

  2. Great question Tracey but it would depend on how people ride. Having said that ridden equally the VFR should be less thirsty especially if its EFI.

    No personal knowledge of either. The RF does about 6.5l/100 but it CAN drink a lot more than that :)
  3. Thanks for that
    and thanks for pointing out the way of riding
    I forgot to mention mainly highway riding

    what size tank have you got on the RF?
  4. VFR is a much refined bike over the Suzuki, and build quality is alot getter generally. The VFR and the GSX-F are both proven, but with FI I think the VFR would be more frugal.
  5. Around the 6.5l/100 on the 99 VFR pending on type of riding
  6. i get 350km on a full tank

    on my GSX750F
  7. I regularly saw over 300 before I fueled up the VFR. You get less if you use it as a commuter like I did but going for long open rides improve the economy as you would expect. They're heavy to take for a walk so I didn't make a habit or running it too close to empty but you could expect 320-340 maybe before you start pushing.
  8. I ALWAYS got 300k's out the VFR, it was my standard fill mark. I never put more than 20lts in it and it has a 23lt tank.

    In other terms of the 2 bikes, the VFR is a far superior bike to the GSX in terms of development and technology. They're both good bikes and there is big fans of both bikes on these forums. I wouldn't worry toooooo much on the fuel economy as a the deciding factor as to which bike you're going to pick. The difference is going to be a relatively small weekly cost in fuel terms, I doubt it would be $5.

    Personally, if they're the 2 you're down to, I'd go with the one you enjoy the most, that is in the best condition (unless you're buying new!)
  9. I'd recommend test-riding each of the bikes as much as possible before you commit. What suits someone else might not suit you, so make up your own mind!

    I wouldn't be too stressed about the fuel consumption thing either. It's unlikely to be significantly different between the bikes, and won't represent a lot of $ either way.

    I don't know whether you're planning to buy new or second-hand, but either way you'll find a significant price difference between the two bikes, assuming age and mileage are similar in the case of used bikes.

    The VFR is more highly-developed, uses more advanced technology, and I'm prepared to accept that the overall build quality is superior. So you pay more.

    The GSXF is a design that hit a sweet spot using well-tested technology, and hasn't evolved since. It's cheap but very cheerful.

    Let us know what you end up with! :)
  10. Thanks everyone
    I appreciate all your comments
    Phil is also trying to convince me to get a V-Strom :LOL:

    hopefully closer to time I can manage to find somebody who will let me test ride the bikes
    though New world Honda were great with letting Phil take the VFR out for a run

  11. Okey Dokey. My .02c......

    Obviously I had a '06 VFR and I also have recently bought a GSX750F for my wife for when she gets off her restrictions. (she gets to stare longingly at it in the garage and watch me ride it for a little while yet!!!)

    Both bikes are pretty similar in weight and balance, with the GSX being ever so slightly more top heavy. This doesn't detract from the bike's handling however.
    The VFR turns in with typical Honda predictability and is a great handling bike that doesn't feel anywhere near as heavy as it is when hitting the twisties. Tthe GSX also feels very planted and turns in well with maybe a little more effort required on the bars than the viffer. It corners very well, and unless pushed really hard, is also a great handling bike.
    Bear in mind that both bikes are touring orientated with a dash of "sport" thrown in.
    Power on the GSX is noticably down on the VFR, and it doesn't have the low down urge of it's V-4 counterpart, but like most in-line 4's, as thew revs increase, so does the fun factor.

    The Seat height on the VFR is higher and also the seat is a little wider. I found both bikes very comfortable for long hauls, the VFR having a slightly lower peg position on relation to the seat, while the GSX pegs are little higher, meaning your legs are a little more tucked up, but not uncomfortably so.

    Reach to the bars on the VFR is a little longer but still provides a fairly relaxed and upright position, while the GSX feels more upright and very comfy. wind deflection on the VFR is good in stock trim, but the GSX has quite a small screen and a double bubble or windlip screen would be benificial for longer rides.

    The VFR has a lot of low down torque and while it's delivery in non v-tech form is fairly linear, it comes on with a definite surge in the v-tech models. Some owners have commented on the "surge" making them feel unstable when the v-tech cuts in mid-corner but I can't say I ever felt like the bike was getting away from me when the v-tech came in on mine.
    the GSX is a very docile bike and as an alternative upgrade to a sportsbike will provide both a great increase in power and torque from a smaller bike, without giving the confidence shattering experience of being too "out of control".

    I enjoyed my VFR but have to say that I equally enjoy riding Michelle's GSX too.
    Michelle's bike will have the seat shaved and I will lower the front and back @ 1" to allow her a more firm footing when she starts to ride it, just until she gains confidence handling the weight increase at rest etc.

    The VFR is technologically far superior to the GSX with v-tech, efi, single swing arm etc. but the GSX engine (taken from the early GSXR's) is a tried and true formula that is absolutely bullet proof. Being of a more simple design, with Carbs, makes it much easier to service, tune and maintain at home without the added cost of workshop charges and specialist tools.

    Mind you, none of them compare to the bus :grin:

    Good luck with your "search"

  12. Ran the VFR out of fuel the other day on the Kitiminx ride (1999 pre Vtech) 310K, some cruising, some twisties, lots of up and down hills.
  13. WOW Cameron thank you so very much for your in depth comparision
    that is exactly what I needed to know and more than I had not yet thought of

    I certainly appreciate the time you must have spent doing that post

    thank you also woodsy for your reply as well

    I am definately leaning more to the GSXF as I found the seating more comfortable for me. We are also looking at a lot of touring and thinking of the big trip over to NZ as well next year

    We also own acreage in Tassie and its access is via a steep gravel road, which was fine when we bought it as we have our 4wd set up for our travelling. But now we are moving more to touring on the bikes, we are thinking we need something that will handle that sort of road surface as well.

    Thanks again everyone

  14. are you looking for new or used ?
  15. I am looking at both at the moment
    but I think I may end up going for new
    depends I guess if a ripper 2nd hand deal comes up close to time

  16. The GSXF is pretty reasonably priced new, but I would look for a late-model low-mileage example and benefit from someone else copping the depreciation.

    They tend to be owned by *ahem* mature riders who make sure they're serviced regularly and aren't interested in fanging the crap out of them.

    Mine was 8 years old when I bought it from the original owner, had <30,000km on the clock, full service history and had never been ridden in the rain!