After a ball tearing, hair raising run up through Poatina and into the lake country, we stopped for lunch to boast how fast we were and refueled our depleted adrenalin glands. Gearing up I said to Deyago, â€œDirty bike swap?â€ A sly nod was the only answer I received so I entrusted Deyago to the worlds brightest motorcycle (Lemon Yellow Aprilia RSV 1000) while I slung my leg over his pre VTEC VFR800. After the torture rack that was the Aprilia, the big red Honda felt like a comfy armchair, albeit a fcuk1nâ€™ fast one. We took off and punted the bike though some fastish sweepers off to Bothwell, taking time to get used to the different steering, handlebars and cup holders. First thing I noticed was that the VFR was a lot softer, but in a good way. Bumps REALLY upset the Aprilia where the Honda just flows over them. But despite the softer suspension, you can still really feel what the bike is doing. Steering is also quiet sweet, due to the extra leverage from the slightly wider, higher bars, but it is by no means a sit up and beg BMW rod up your arse posture. No need to hang off like you need to do on the Aprilia to get it to turn (I do enjoy looking fast thoughâ€¦) After jumping off the Aprilia, I was a little disappointed by the power delivery. The motor revs very nicely, with no flat spots to speak of but I am just used to the instant punch of my big v-twin. For Christâ€™s sake Honda, just put a 1000 cc gear driven cam v-four into this chassis and create the worldâ€™s greatest motorcycle and be done with it. I donâ€™t want to sound like it was gutless, because that is far from the truth, and Deyago would later embarrass some far faster, more powerful sports bikes though some open sweeper country. Yes Mr â€œone piece leathers R6 riding poofâ€, I am talking about youâ€¦ The brakes were also very good, but this red VFR owner has blinged his up to West Coast Rap proportions, so they bear no resemblance the stock items Honda would give you. Top work but I will leave him to fill in what he has done in the brake department because the list is endless. Gearshift was typical Honda smooth, but I prefer the Apriliaâ€™s shift due to the complete lack of any linkages making for very precise, positive gear changes. Both have there distinct advantages. Well I enjoyed my longish stint on the VFR, and I know realize why they are such a popular bike and an excellent choice for upgrading. You could do a million miles in a day on it and still have enough energy left for a celebratory beer and shag that night. You can punt around racetracks and not embarrass yourself against faggy Italian sportsbikes. You can drunken squid to the bottle shop and load up a carton, six pack and bottle of wine with ease to the enjoyment of all party goers. It does everything.