H2SX vs VFR800

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H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Viajero69 » Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:31 am


Most of my riding experience has been on a couple 6th gen VFR800's ('06 and '09)and I am now very intrigued with the H2SX or SE.

I am interested to know if anybody has made that transition and what they're seeing as pros & cons to the change.

My primary focus is doing long multi day trips (regularly doing 500-700 mile days) on the VFR, riding solo 90% of the time with hardbags fully loaded, and as many twisties that I can find.

maneuverability in the curves is every bit as important to me as comfort on long sweepers and boring interstate stretches.

I'm not concerned with the power as I know the VFR doesn't even come close, so that's a no brainer part of the upgrade.

Does anyone have experience with both of these bikes?
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by yyczed » Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:53 pm


Pros for VFR: it feels smaller than the Kawi and therefore less intimidating; noticeably less mass; easier fuelling to manage if you're really giving it the beans in twisties

Cons for VFR: it's not as nimble as its size would suggest, and if you're used to hustling big bikes it can feel a little boring. I'd say the Kawi is a more fun handling bike if you consider the size and mass difference. The VFR is also very compact, with not much room for taller riders to crouch and squirm with monkey butt

The VFR is a wonderful all-rounder, and the H2 SX SE isn't going to offer more practicality on long trips other than being less compact fore/aft. In terms of sheer excitement and twisty fun, I'd say the Kawi wins that easily
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by UFO » Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:03 pm


I've owned 2 VFRs. A 5th gen and a 6th gen (which I toured on quite a bit).
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I waited anxiously for the 7th gen (VFR1200), but was utterly deflated with disappointment when it saw the light of day. It was such a design miscue I don't even know where to start.

Having said that, the H2SX is the 7th gen VFR I wanted. More power, more tech (MUCH more), keeps the single sided swingarm, hardbags, cruise control, pretty much the same ergos which can be tweaked anyway, etc. It's perhaps a little heavier than I want, but that's the price of a supercharger, metal aluminum airbox, beefy subframe for bags/passenger, etc.
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IMO the H2SX is a natural fit for fans of VFRs, except it's missing that beautiful V4 sound (which they eliminated in the 7th gen with a change in firing order...someone should have fired for the 7th gen design IMO, I'm still kind of bitter about it :lol: ).
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Viajero69 » Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:10 am


I agree on your synopsis of the VFR and what Honda did to the line...too bad.

Yep, Love that V4 growl for sure.

Thanks for your input!
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Vex » Thu Jun 17, 2021 11:29 am


I like the sound of V4s, but ngl my SX with the Brock's exhaust sounds way better than my buddy's Tuono, imo.
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Zephram » Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:16 pm


I had a 2002 VFR800 before buying the 2018 H2SX. I would never go back, but I miss the sound of the V4.
Then again, the shortie I put on the H2 makes MotoGP noises :-D
My wet dream would be a literbike with V4 and supercharger.
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Kfzherbst » Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:35 pm


i have both bikes, h2sxse and vfr800 rc46/2 2006. And i have to say, both bikes feel almsot the same, only the h2sx makes everything a bit better, more power, more comfortable, better handling. etc. I kept the vfr for winter use and when i build something on the h2sx.
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Re: H2SX vs VFR800

Post by Vex » Sun Dec 05, 2021 7:02 pm


Zephram wrote:
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:16 pm
My wet dream would be a literbike with V4 and supercharger.
Yes.
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