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2006 Sprint ST vs 2006 Honda VFR. Which One?

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Definitey the Sprint. Both are very good Sport Touring bikes, but ever since Honda added variable valves to the VFR (in 2003?), the VFR has suffered from lots of criticism re: throttle response and lumpy power delivery. The Sprint, on the other hand, was significantly updated last year and given a bigger, smoother three cylinder. The only criticisms of the Sprint seem to be engine heat managment (cooks your legs in hot weather) and poor side luggage (something Triumph was going to fix this year - not sure if they did). Plus I think the Sprint is much nicer looking - IMHO.
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I'd go for VFR800i non-V-tec, older model.

Or even older VFR750 rc36-2. Purely for handling, engine and incredible reliability.

I like new Sprint ST a lot, but perspective to have break down on Triumph anywhere in long journeys in Europe except UK scares me and handling of both VFR V-TEC and ST is a bit slow to my liking. IMHO VFR800i and specially RC36 quicker in twisties and just a comfortable as new models.

And obviously rc36-2 is bulletproof bike and can look very pretty with few accessoires and good paintjob.

But if ST would wear Honda badge, so that I will not worry about all these matters (especially breakdown/repair/spares/service) I'd go for ST.
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