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Honda VF750C Magna 750: Detailed Specs, Background, Performance, and More

Honda VF750C Magna 750: Detailed Specs, Background, Performance, and More

1. A Brief History of Honda VF750C Magna 750

In the beginning, Honda launched a 750 cc-power cruiser called the V45 Magna in 1982. It was the start of a lovely journey as the company continued to improve and mass-produce the model for more than two decades, with some alterations. The first model came in candy maroon or candy imperial blue for the side covers and gas tanks. The bike had a chrome headlight, fenders, and instruments. The 748 cc DOHC 16-valve liquid-cooled 90° V4 engine was matted with a six-speed transmission with a shaft drive and hydraulic clutch. It could lift the speedometer gauge to 150 mph at around 10,000 rpm. The front brake with curved grooves provided great braking power, while compressions numbers were high, and the stroke was short.

In 1983, Honda overshadowed the refinement, reliability, and performance with the more powerful V65 Magna which had a displacement of 1098 ccs. However, the V45 Magna was also available that same year with the same features and color options.

The next year, the U.S. imposed tariff restrictions on the import of foreign build motorcycles over 700 ccs. As a result, Honda reduced the engine sizes for the 750s and the Magna became the VF700C in the U.S.A. This model stayed in production until the end of 1986.

In 1987, the second generation of VF700C and VF750C was launched. The 2G Magna was produced for the years 1987 and 1988 and was termed, the Super Magna. In 1987, the 700 cc motor developed 80 bhp at 9500 rpm, with torque being 46 ft-lbs at 75000 rpm.

In 1988, the Magna expanded back to its original size of 748 ccs. The Magna V4 has survived through the first and second generations of the VF and VFR Interceptors, both of which were retired in 1988. This 750 Magna uses the same 369° crankshaft and chain-driven double-overhead camshafts as the original V750 and 750 Sabre.

The V45 Magna of the 1987 model year was either painted candy Bourgogne red or candy wave blue and for the 1988 model year, the bike was painted black instead of blue. The air cleaner was wrinkle black with a “V45 '' badge and the tank was affixed by a Magna decal in silver. The exhaust was unique with a four-into-four set of pipes but not very practical as the design didn’t allow the installation of saddlebags.

In 1993, Honda launched the third generation of VF750C Magna, and with the early release 1994 model, Honda was attempting to capture the market for powerful cruisers. To do so, Honda lifted the engine from the VFR750 and installed it onto the Magna frame. However, the company improved the engine by adding chrome, extra cooling fins, and a four-into-four exhaust.

In order to use the VFR motor on Magna’s chassis, some internal changes were also required like smaller carbs, a five-speed transmission, a different crankshaft, and chain-driven cams. The output was a mid-range pulling engine and a wide range of power. For this model, the seating position was low enough, at 28 inches, and the seat was designed with a detachable passenger seat. Also, the bike received an all-new frame with a 41 mm fork, dual shocks, and a single disc on the front.

Until the last generation, the Magna kept its original design and same engine, the only changes that the bike received through the years were the different paint schemes. In 2004, Honda stopped production of the VF750C Magna.

2. Honda VF750C Magna 750 At First Glance

The Honda VF750C Magna breathes through a liquid-cooled, 748 cc V4 engine, its own 34 mm carb, and four valves operated by overhead cams. This allows the engine to boost to 9700 rpm, which is quite admirable for a cruiser. Honda designed this bike with a rigid double-cradle steel frame. This places the engine low enough for excellent handling and a 710 mm seat height. Also, the wide 41 mm cartridge front fork provides superb control and a smooth ride. Moreover, the wheels are matted with a low profile and wide tubeless tires.

This cruiser provides comfort to its owner in two different directions. Firstly, the chrome-plated dual rear shocks with five position-adjustable springs pre-installed together with the seat, and, secondly, the large-diameter disc front brake with twin piston-caliper and the rear drum brake. You won't find anything on the market that looks and goes like this bike. The Magna has a very stylish and clean cruiser look with plenty of chrome and cool paint schemes.

3. Honda VF750C Magna 750: A Buyers Guide

3.1 How Much Horsepower Does a Honda VF750C Magna Have?

The Honda VF750C Magna breathes through a liquid-cooled, 748cc V4 engine and its own 34mm carb and four valves operated by overhead cams. It produces 78.2 bhp at 9000 rpm.

3.2 What is the Top Speed of the Honda Magna VF750C?

Honda Magna VF750C is powered by a liquid-cooled, 748cc V4 engine, allowing for a top speed of 120 mph (190 km/h).

3.3 What is the Weight of the Honda Magna VF750C?

The Magna VF750C is a cruiser-type motorcycle built by Honda. It is estimated that this bike weighs around 538 lb, including oil, gas, etc.

4. Honda VF750C Magna 750 Specifications

4.1 Engine and Transmission

Engine Type V4, four-stroke
Displacement 748.0 ccm (45.64 cubic inches)
Bore x Stroke 70.0 x 48.6 mm (2.8 x 1.9 inches)
Compression 10.8:1
Valves Per Cylinder Four
Fuel System Carburetor
Fuel Control Double Overhead Cams/Twin Cam (DOHC)
Cooling System Liquid
Gearbox Five-speed
Transmission Type Chain (final drive)

4.2 Chassis, Suspension, Brakes, and Wheels

Rake (fork angle) 32.6°
Trail 161 mm (6.3 inches)
Front Suspension 41mm cartridge fork; 5.9-inch travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability; 3.9-inch travel
Front Tire 120/80-17
Rear Tire 150/80-15
Front Brakes Single disc
Rear Brakes Expanding brake (drum brake)

4.3 Dimensions and Capabilities

Seat Height 711 mm (28.0 inches) if adjustable, lowest setting
Wheelbase 1651 mm (65.0 inches)
Fuel Capacity 13.62 liters (3.60 US gallons)
Reserve Fuel Capacity 3.02 liter (0.80 US gallons)

5. Aftermarket Parts and Luggage Options for Honda VF750C Magna

This bike was designed as the ultimate cruiser by taking the basic concept of mounting a big sporty engine on a cruiser frame. The bike ended up being unique, powerful, and very comfortable. Its low riding position, styling, and optimal engine power make this bike appealing to every rider. However, the bike has been discontinued from the company but is still the ideal choice for many riders.

So if you own this bike, and you want to keep it fresh and appealing, you can always customize it according to your tastes and riding comfort. If you are in the habit of making long trips or campaign trips, install a sissy bar to help keep your back relaxed and attach a luggage bag to carry your items with you.

Many riders use their cruiser bikes for daily commutes.  They always have the option of attaching a pair of premium quality saddlebags to carry their daily essentials without any hassle. There are a vast  number of ideas to customize your bike, but it depends on a rider's taste and preferences.

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