Posts by tag: 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.

-tad

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!

dc

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

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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!

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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.

-tad

1985 Honda VF1000R R Side

Old School Endurance Racer: 1985 Honda VF1000R
Honda May 29, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: Stunning 1985 Honda VF1000R in Kansas City!

Update 6.18.2014: The seller has informed us this bike is now sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Today's Featured Listing is this very well preserved VF1000R. These debuted the gear driven cams on the V4 engine, which would go on to be a signature piece (and sound) through the RC30 and all the way up to through VFR800. While it's a very big bike by today's standards, this was a force to be reckoned with in it's day and still enjoys a loyal following. This example has a scant 8,600 miles and an asking price of $8,000.

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We'd like to thank Monty for purchasing a Featured Listing and wish buyers and seller good luck!

dc

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from the seller:

I've always loved the VF1000R for many reasons and have for years attempted to locate a mostly stock example. I came close about eight or nine years ago but then, just the night before I was to finalize the deal, the seller had a change of heart and decided not to sell. So ever since, I've been hunting for the nicest and original motorbike I could find.

As it turns out, I found this beauty from a collector on the east coast and was able to purchase it. He had kept it very nice and was mostly original but needed a few small details resolved. I had the carbs cleaned and adjusted, completely serviced, including flushing the brake and hydraulic systems, replaced intake boots, adjusted and lubed cables, installed a new battery and put fresh tires on it. I also changed out the small, aftermarket turn signals with some nos units I found. I haven't been able to locate the original mirrors to replace the aftermarket units although the current mirrors function much better than the originals so I've left them on.

I ride the bike to current VJMC club meets and area bike shows where it always draws much attention for the superb condition and paint quality, which appears to be original. The only defect I can find are the two small cracks on the plastic seal cowl but are very small most people don't see them. It has all of the original decals in place as well. Its a dream to ride and everything works as they should. It has only 8,628 miles believed to be original and appear consistent with the excellent condition of the bike.

Featured Listing:  Stunning 1985 Honda VF1000R in Kansas City!
Honda January 7, 2014 posted by

1985 Honda VF1000R with 5200 Original Miles

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale

Today our friends at VJMoto have this fantastic looking Honda VF1000R for sale. It's seen a light refurbishing as noted by the seller and you can tell from the photos it's been well looked after. While mostly stock there are some thoughtful improvements that are probably much appreciated when riding.

dc

1985 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Up for auction is this beautiful 85 Honda VF1000R ( production # 689) with 5203 original miles. I have personally owned the bike for 3 years, it had sat for quite some time prior to my purchase in 2010. It has had a mild restoration ( No frame off, it is original paint on frame so there are some scratchs here and there.) the original bodywork was re-done in 2011 by Meticulous Motorcycle Painting in Spokane Washington, IMO opinion one of the best spot on stock re-sprays I have ever seen, bike is gorgeous. The following is a list of what was done to the bike, Carbs were rebuilt and synced, Clutch m/c rebuilt, Both brake m/c rebuilt, upgraded the head with tapered bearings, New braided stainless galfers with red banjos, Calipers rebuilt, Powder coated to match brake levers and top clamp, New Yuasa battery, New plugs, New UNI air filter, New OEM grips, powder coated wheels, New Dunlop GT 501's ( less than 300 miles on them) refurbished period correct F1r slip-ons ( sounds great!) header ceramic coated black, Powder coated black swingarm, Powder coated black oem rear sets, new for seals, New Sonic springs with 3" spacers, NEW Hagon rear shock ( huge improvement in the handling ) new factory match seat cover by Sargents. Supersprox rear sprocket ( aluminum carrier w/ steel carrier) l DID gold chain, all stock gearing, new fairing hardware, reconditioned black plastics. I would like to point out that one of the side black mesh panels has a broken eyelet and the radiator plastic cover cap is scratched near the top triple. Rear cowl has one broken tab but bolts up fine. Bike runs great!!!! comes with a clear Texas title in my name.

1985 Honda VF1000R with 5200 Original Miles
Honda November 23, 2013 posted by

One Owner 1986 Honda VF1000R with just 7500 Miles!

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale

And the hits keep coming! Today a one owner VF1000R in Texas that has reportedly never seen inclement weather, never had a wrenched turned on it, and until recently never had any replacement parts fitted. Needless to say it will need some reconditioning before it will be safe to ride, but even looking through those horrible photos you can tell it's incredibly clean. Bidding is brisk and already passed reserve at $6300.

dc

1986 Honda VF1000R for sale on eBay

from the seller:

This bike is part of an estate sale. Bought new in 1986 the owner was an older gentleman that would not ride it for long. It has been stored in a climate controlled building for many years. With only 7611 miles it is like new. Never dropped, touched up anywhere or had a wrench on it (except for the first battery replacement last week). The tires as like new and all engine components sparkle like new. The bike should probably have the fuel system serviced prior to starting. We have NOT touched this bike with a wrench. I do believe that should be the second owner's privilege.

As you can see in the pictures this is truely a remarkable find for the right collector. This bike has NEVER been exposed to weather and has a clear one owner Texas title.

One Owner 1986 Honda VF1000R with just 7500 Miles!
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