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Honda July 25, 2016 posted by

Back to the future: 1985 Honda VF1000R with under 500 miles

I have to admit the VF1000R was a bit before my time; my memories of 1985 are more about flying Deloreans than 1000cc sportbikes. For anyone else who doesn't remember, the Honda VF series of bikes included everything from a 400cc standard to 1000cc sportbikes.  The passage of time has relegated most of the lineup to the dustbin of history but the VF1000R is still highly desired by collectors.  Why?   Well it was the top bike in the lineup which is always a draw to collectors but more importantly, it was one the first models released by Honda after the VF-F "chocolate cams" issue damaged Hondas reputation. The response by Honda was to over engineer the next series of bikes (the VF-R series) resulting in bikes that had previously unheard of levels of performance, comfort and most importantly, reliability.  The VF1000R was the bike that proved Honda could make a big sportbike that would work everyday.


1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on ebay

While the VF1000R was engineered to show that Honda had resolved the cam issues of the VF-F series, it was also designed to be the basis of race efforts and a showcase of Honda technology.  The big sportbike with the tasteful red over blue and white paint job included a lot of race tech from the company's race team efforts via significant changes to the engine, front suspension, bodywork, and rider ergonomics.  The result was the VF1000R was rated as the fastest production motorcycle until the Kawasaki GPZ900R took the title a year later.

An excellent and detailed explanation of all the changes between the VF1000F and the VF1000R series of bikes can be found here.


While the VF1000R was a significant technological advancement from the F series that came before it, all the changes did result in one problem; an increase in weight.  The resulting bike weighed in at nearly 600 pounds with half a tank of fuel, roughly 85 pounds heavier than the F series race bike it was based on.  The result was the R version struggled to be competitive when it was used in racing.

Also the introduction of the CBR series in the late 1980's/early 1990's began an era where riders could get a mid-sized/much lighter bike that offered nearly the same power as the previous generation liter bikes like the VF1000R.  It would take until the introduction of the Yamaha R1 in 1998 for the liter bike class to regain its status as the king of the cc configurations.


This particular VF1000R is in pristine condition and is listed with an astonishing 431 miles (yes you read that right). The seller indicates this particular bike sat indoors for 25 years but that a full refresh has already been completed (details below).

Refresh details

  • Flushed brakes, add stainless steel braided brake lines, rebuilt rear master cylinder
  • Lubed and adjusted throttle and clutch cables
  • Flushed cooling system
  • Torqued and checked all chassis fittings and fasteners,  check/tighten steering head bearings,
  • Replaced shock (rear) with Hagon coil-over upgrade, shock was valved and springs for me being a 180 lb. solo rider optimum.
  • Replaced battery, NGK spark plugs,
  • Performed compression check and full tune, including clean and synch carbs, flush fuel tank and add 1 gallon bath metal rust remover, replace petcock assembly (leaking).  
  • Added engine top-end oiling kit from Daughtry Motorsports (early VF1000's were reported to suffer top end oiling deficiency and this kit addresses that fully).  Includes oil filter with adapter for top-end oiling kit.
  • Replaced original tires (old and cracked) with brand new Bridgestone Battlax BT45's.  Went to 150/70/17 rear (stock was 140) and 120/80/16 front (stock size).


So what is this fresh slab of mid-1980's sportbike goodness worth?  Well when I wrote this post the current high bid was $6,550 USD with a still listed Buy-It-Now option of $12,990 USD.  The price seemed a bit high at first but is actually in line with what other VF1000R's have sold for recently.   Given the outstanding condition, recent refresh and low miles, I think the reserve on this one will probably be near the Buy-It-Now price.

As the seller incides in their eBay listing "if you are serious about owning one of the nicest VF1000R's in the country this is the right bike."   Personally it's a bit before my time but it would be an excellent addition for a serious collector or perhaps someone who wants to re-live a bit of the 1980's.


Back to the future: 1985 Honda VF1000R with under 500 miles
Honda December 12, 2015 posted by

BBW Ready to Hit the Town: 1985 Honda VF1000R in California

Honda VF1000R for sale

This big gal is fresh from display in the seller's office. Showing just a tick over 10k miles and all stock, the seller reports it's also road ready which should appeal to collectors and Sunday riders alike. Bidding is picking up at $4,300 reserve not met and 6 days remaining.

Have a great weekend all!


1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

There is a good probability that my 1985 Honda Interceptor is one of the best examples you will ever find on eBay. I bought it 4.5 years ago from it's second owner in San Francisco. I wanted an aesthetically perfect 1980s classic Honda Sports bike for my office decoration. This Interceptor is as original as the day it left the factory. This bike has the cam-gear drive system which Honda used for racing in the 1980s. It still is a very fast bike even by today's standards. The covered miles are correct and it shows. All systems are functioning and in good working order. It idles quietly, drives smoothly and looks fantastic. It is often mistaken for a new bike by casual observers, since there are no visible blemishes. I have kept it inside my house next to its smaller brother VF500 and away from the damaging environmental elements. I have set the reserve fairly and below what it is worth in today's market. If you want a good original example of this race-engine classic, here is your chance.

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Honda April 9, 2015 posted by

Big Red – 1985 Honda VF1000R

1985 Honda VF1000R on eBay


Honda's VF1000R was an evolution of the earlier 1000cc Interceptor (the VF1000F) and it was evident that Honda had it's eyes on the racetrack.  While earlier Interceptors had a half fairing, the VF1000R got a full fairing, lower clipon bars, a larger fuel tank (for endurance racing), rearsets and a faux solo seat.  For a brief period of time it even held the crown as "The World's Fastest Production Motorcycle" topping out at a respectable 150mph.  Unfortunately, much of this was overshadowed by the sheer size of the VF1000R as it was undeniably big and heavy, weighing over 600lbs.  While it might not have been the superbike that Honda was aiming for, they may have inadvertently built the best sport tourer of the 80s.


This particular one has it's pros and cons.  The mileage is a respectably low 10,500 however it's not without a few beauty marks.  The seller is upfront about the wear and tear, but is also including a nice stash of spares and extras in the auction.  The eBay auction, as seen here 1985 Honda VF1000R on eBay has a lot of details about the bike and is worth checking out if you're interested.

From the seller:

This bike is 30 years old, it’s not a museum piece, but a really nice complete, original rider. It has a little patina, and a few stains and wear marks on the frame. Rear tire has about 10% tread left. The front tire is like new. It doesn’t leave any drops on the garage floor. The paint is glossy but there are a few scratches on the fairing, one small crack, and a small piece missing by the right front turn signal from the previous owner dropping it in his garage.  Since the fairing is fiberglass these are easily repairable.  The seat is in great shape.


Big Red – 1985 Honda VF1000R
Honda January 13, 2015 posted by

Exotic Heavyweight: 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor for Sale

1985 Honda VF1000R L Side

Some more 80's Honda action this week, only this time the bike is in much better condition and has all of its parts included! Modern sportbikes often obsessively address issues of weight while clawing at ever-higher horsepower numbers, worshiping at the temple founded by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and his philosophy that, “adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” Today’s Honda VF1000R is a substantially-engineered motorcycle that lives by the first part of that axiom, but falls down a bit on the second…

1985 Honda VF1000R Nose

Looking much like a scaled-up GSX-R, the fully-faired, monoshock VF1000R was designed to homologate a number of features for Honda’s endurance-racing efforts, but was actually noticeably heavier than the sport-touring VF1000F at over 600lbs wet. The 998cc V4 replaced the F’s timing chains for the gear-driven cams that would eventually become an Interceptor calling-card, while anti-dive front suspension, quick-release axles, vented rear brake disc, and distinctive Comstar modular wheels fitted with radial tires rounded-out the exotic package.

1985 Honda VF1000R Rear Tire

All-in-all, the VF1000R was a bit of a disappointment as a roadbike, but that was never really the objective anyway: like most homologation machines, it was built to allow specific included parts to be used in much higher-performing, production-based racebikes. And it paved the way for Honda’s all-conquering RC30 and RC45, although I understand those were also fairly disappointing in road trim. Spare me your anger and flame in the comments section: I freely admit I’ve never ridden either of them, but I’ve read plenty of period reviews that were less than impressed, especially considering those bikes’ price tags then and now. Once again: road performance wasn’t really the point of those bikes, either.

1985 Honda VF1000R Tail

This particular example from ’85 has been upgraded with the dual-headlight setup from an ’86 model and looks to be in pretty spectacular shape, considering the bike’s age and the fact that it has seen a reasonable amount of road use, as opposed to a pampered life in a collection. For most of us, that just makes it sweeter, and means that it’s a runner, not a display bike. The included D&D pipes should make this bike a real howler: among Ducatisti, D&D is known for making pipes that exchange volume for anything resembling subtlety…

1985 Honda VF1000R Exhaust

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

Super Clean 1985 VF1000R, dual headlight upgrade over the original single one, clean paint, like new tires, smooth idle, it’s a Honda all the way!!! I hate to part with it, but I destroyed my left shoulder in Afghanistan and just can't take the lean forward any more 🙁 ... She is garage kept, and the pics don't do it justice... I will include a set of D&D pipes to the winning bidder as well! Any Questions just ask, I'm listing an Aprillia 1000R in a few more days as well.

Thanks for looking

The biggest challenge with many Japanese bikes from the 80’s and 90’s was their mass-produced affordability: people bought them, rode them hard, and exploited their famed reliability. That means in spite of higher production, tracking down nice examples of bikes like this can be just as difficult as finding a more exotic Ducati or Bimota that was produced in much smaller numbers, but has led a much more pampered life.

1985 Honda VF1000R Dash

There are still a few days left on the auction and bidding is active, although the reserve has still not been met at just north of $3,000. Much more a “GT” and less of a “back-road-burner” by today’s standards, this should make for a pretty cool road tool for Honda fans and that V4 soundtrack, complete with gear-whine, will make any bike fan smile.


1985 Honda VF1000R R Side


Exotic Heavyweight: 1985 Honda VF1000R Interceptor for Sale
Honda December 24, 2014 posted by

A Challenger Emerges: 1986 Honda VF1000R in Pennsylvania

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale

Posted soon after Tad had spotted the 1985 Honda VF1000R, is this 1986 edition. As Tad noted in the comments, this has the preferred headlight setup. This one has about the same miles at 8,411, but unlike the other, this auction is still live -- which means if you missed the first one, you have a legitimate second shot!


1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay


from the seller:

1986 Honda VF1000R in very good condition. Please check out a walk around and start up and running video on you tube. Just search for".1986 VF1000r for sale on ebay from fonz323" and it will show right up.
The bike has 8411 miles and is in great running and looking condition. It's all stock except for the Kerker exhaust. The glass on the speedometer is cracked from the handlebars hitting it at full stop,like most bikes this year, but I will include another complete used speedometer with unbroken glass.. I'm located just north of Philly. You are welcome to come check out the bike in person. I have a signed California title in hand from the second owner. I have hardly ridden the bike since I got it last year because of shoulder surgeries. Please feel free to email me or text my work cell at (202)740-7432 with any questions. I can deliver anywhere between Philadelphia and DC for a fee let me know your location and I'll give you a price BEFORE bidding. I've started the no reserve bidding at $500 less than the last two VF's sold for on ebay recently. If this is the bike you've been looking for, you won't be disappointed.. Thanks for looking!


A Challenger Emerges:  1986 Honda VF1000R in Pennsylvania
Honda December 20, 2014 posted by

Old School Endurance Racer: 1985 Honda VF1000R

1985 Honda VF1000R L Side

Honda’s VF1000R was from a fascinating transitional period in sportbike design, as companies moved away from racebikes based on big, heavy roadbikes like the Wes Cooley Suzuki and Kawasaki ELR to bikes like the lithe and lightweight GSX-R and ZX-7. This hulking brute has the monoshock rear and fully-faired look of those later bikes, but scaled up to almost epic proportions. Clearly meant for endurance racing, the VF1000R was a technological tour de force that showcased Honda’s technical brilliance, but ended up being less than the sum of its parts.

1985 Honda VF1000R R Side Detail

Powered by a 998cc V4 that made 117 claimed horses that could push the bike to almost 150mph, the bike was built to homologate bits for Honda’s endurance-racing bikes, and included revised heads that chucked the “F” version’s cam-drive chains for a set of precision gears. Other race-oriented bits included Honda’s Torque-Reactive Anti-dive Control that used a mechanical system to increase damping under hard braking and prevent the “dive” associated with telescopic forks. Wheels were modular Comstar items that were, in Europe at least, fitted with new-to-motorcycling radial tires. Axles featured a quick-release system for faster tire changes during races, the rear disc was vented, and the bars were adjustable.

1985 Honda VF1000R Tank Detail

Unfortunately, the changes added up to a significant weight increase over the sport-touring VF1000F, and the bike weighed in at over 600lbs with fluids. 1985 models used a rectangular headlight designed to meet expected US safety standards that never materialized, and the 1986 bikes used the intended, dual-round unit set up that is generally better-looking and more desirable.

1985 Honda VF1000R L Side Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Honda VF1000R for Sale

One owner! In great shape! 9600 original miles.

This bike is not only a great looking machine, but it runs very well too.  Recent  regular service, oil/filter change/plugs/ect, has been well cared for and is a one owner machine.   Always stored indoors and is not rusted or modified.  Controls, gauge, lights, ect are in good shape as the pictures will show.

An overview of this machine:  The VF1000r was patterned after the FWS "Works Bike" that Wise, Baldwin & Spencer used to race regularly.  This was Honda's effort to homologate an endurance racer. Full fairing (in fiberglass not plastic) with a single headlight lens and small vents on either side and two cute round tail lights out back, 16" front wheel & 17" rear wheel were of the NS/NSR style "Comstar" bolt together wheels, not cast (hub an rim where connected via bolted on struts), endurance racer spec. quick release forks, with the obligatory TRAC mechanical anti-dive mechanisms. Single rear shock w/ 2 sided Alloy swingarm, Gear driven cams, 4/2 exhaust. Color was typical Honda HRC colors - White base with lots of red (in fairing and on the front fender and forks) a small blue stripe and black wheels.

This is definitely a must have for your collection!

These show up on eBay from time-to-time, but are rarely in such quality, original shape. An eminently useable superbike, VF1000R’s aren’t the fastest things on the road, but they feature a wealth of 80’s-tech details for Honda geeks and should offer plenty of real-world riding performance, accompanied by a howling V4 soundtrack.


1985 Honda VF1000R R Side

Old School Endurance Racer: 1985 Honda VF1000R