Responding to spate of valve train failures in the original Interceptors, Honda made a new design for the engine and chassis, and produced a more powerful, lighter, and Cycle World’s best 600-800cc streetbike for 1986. It was also the basis for the AMA superbike ridden to the championship by Fred Merkel. Pretty sharp for 40K miles, this 30-something looks to have been well cared for.
Honda’s new design was an early adopter of the aluminum twin spar, with similar aluminum swingarm. Almost every internal engine part was lightened, the reliable gear-driven cams helping bring 104 hp from the V-four. The VFR750F was lighter than its predecessor but still has air-assisted forks with anti-dive, bigger tires and good-sized brakes. Patriotic paintwork accents the full fairing, camouflaging the staggered 16-inch front and 18-inch wheels.
Sparkling despite the high miles, this Interceptor comes out of Florida looking great. Some wear is seen on the crinkle-painted engine cases, but mostly its immaculate and stock down to the mufflers and factory pillion cover. The owner states in the eBay auction:
Not to be confused with the far more common VFR700 “tariff cheater” bike. The 750 was a limited production homlogation special for AMA road racing but also a fun and fast everyday rider.It was the first aluminum framed sport bike, first production Honda with gear drive cams, it set an FIM world endurance speed record in 1986 and won the Daytona 200 in 1988.This example is a local bike that has been owned by friends or family since new. It is in mechanically excellent condition with minor nicks and dings as seen in the photos.
Reviewed as a bike that handles, steers, and stops like something half its size, the VFR750F still had class leading power, and everyday rideability. All that shaving in the engine bay has led to long-lived powerplants, but they hardly ever look young like this. A few bids, but the tempting buy-it-now makes it a great way to start in the hobby…