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Original ’86 Honda Interceptor 700!


This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana   Mileage: 17,941   Price: Auction

86 VFR700

86 VFR700

Not too accustomed to seeing a VFR700? Does the cc designation throw you a little? Well, that’s okay. The 700cc machine out of Honda was built to come in under the 750cc tariff the U.S. imposed to punish Japanese bike builders. Can you guess which U.S. company wanted the tariff? I’m sure you can. But if you can’t, it rhymes with Harley Davidson. So you had the tariff model VFR700, only made for a few years time as the tariff was eventually lifted.

This is a clean example of a really cool bike. The VFR has a stellar history all its own. Here’s the sellers info-

  • Very clean
  • Good solid original bike
  • Everything is in good shape
  • Runs well
  • Kept in climate controlled storage
  • Original tool kit included
  • Needs a new home
  • Needs to be ridden
  • Located in Indianapolis, IN
  • Inspections are welcome
  • Sold As Is
  • Cash or certified check accepted
  • Deposit due at end of sale (amount to be determined between buyer & seller)
  • Buyer assumes all shipping/delivery fees
  • Delivery can be arranged

And more pics-

This looks like a very well maintained bike that is described as a strong runner and original. Hard to find bikes like this and it’s only gonna get more difficult. The VFR is a significant bike in Honda history, so if you’re a collector, this may be a good opportunity for you. The mileage isn’t bad and I’m betting this thing is still a blast to ride. I also think it looks great too!

So if this bike is your thing, make the jump and place your bid!



  • I had one back in 88 that was a full 750cc 1986 version. I know that the 750 was sold alongside the 700. Are we sure this is a 700 “tariff beater”, or is it actually a 750? As I recall back then the red,white, and blue models were 750s and the all white versions were 700s.

  • I had a couple of these, a white 700, a red/white/blue 750 and an 87 that was dark blue. The difference between the 700 and 750 was the 750 says 750 under the VFR on the lowers 700’s just say VFR

  • There are several 750s on ebay right now also. I think the only diference between the 700 and the 750 is the crank and rods. Bores are the same

  • I remember as a prepubescent lad seeing my cousin’s Viffer in the garage next to my uncle’s bike and deciding right then and there, someday I had to have a sportbike. Somehow that color combo always seems able to transcend the decades better than most. What a beauty!

  • I’ve refurbished several of this model. Another way to tell the 750/700 apart is the VIN; RC24 = 750, RC26 = 700. This is a clean example (well, there’s the boy-racer HRC decals – really?) except that the exhaust caught my eye. While it’s great to see the OEM system still mounted, these mufflers seem to be distorted at the internal seams and one appears discolored – damage from overheat? I’ve never encountered this on the VFR.

    The 50cc reduction was achieved with a 3.2mm stroke reduction, but performance was similar between the two with the 700’s lighter flywheels and $800 left in your wallet.

    These were, indeed, significant models in Honda’s sportbike development, world title winners, and are great all-around, useable classic bikes. Believe me, good ones are getting harder to find. Values continue upward – I’ve sold two at the $4K level, but originality, as always, commands top dollar.

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