Update 3.14.2018: SOLD in 2 Days! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
VFR fans might remember this special 700F from last spring’s write-up. Over the past year just a few hundred miles and a new starter are of note.
The VFR700F was an interim model which ducked under a tariff limit on engine size, making a huge difference in MSRP from the VFR750F. Performance was comparable and the model received two updates even though it was only imported for two years. This edition is a late 1986 F2, with the angular console inkeeping with the times.
The F2 was a significant re-design from the 1983 introduction, and the entire engine was new in response to the update to the cam lubrication problem. The frame was now a twin-spar aluminum, adding a sixth speed, air-adjustable forks and revised Pro-Link monoshock. Still it was 81 hp pushing just over 500 lbs. wet, though the racing team did wonders with theirs – Fred Merkel won the AMA Superbike 1984-86 and was the new WSBK champion 1988-89.
This particular VFR was a rescue but looks like a show dog these days. Fairings were repaired by plastic welding but are factory original. Nice touches like the bronze powder-coated engine cases and up-to-date black wheels compete with knowledgeable fan updates like the 17-inch front wheel and shortened and cored mufflers ( with correct jetting ). A lightening trim to the front fender shows the restorer’s expertise and sharp eye, and maybe a little nostalgia with the NOS tank emblem. Check out the restoration blog – here – .
By now most VFR’s have half-again or twice as many miles, as they are a rider’s bike. Most have never even heard about a restoration like this. Renewed for another life, with its 2nd generation alloy chassis and stock paint and graphics, it could easily hold its own at a show or concours. Owner Scott asks just $4,000.