Posts by tag: Early Model

Honda April 22, 2016 posted by

Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor

Not long before the flights of 600cc sportbikes started pounding these shores, Honda started a handling-centric mini-frenzy with the mid-80’s Interceptors.  They were light(er) in weight and had 4-valve V-4’s, with small frame-mounted fairings and little belly scoops.  Serial number 18 and possibly the first delivered to the U.S., this VF-500 has been cared for and thoughtfully photographed.

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1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor for sale on eBay

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Tucked into an early double cradle frame, the 498cc water-cooler generates 70 hp, transmitted by a 6-speed transmission.  The 37mm air-adjusted forks lead Pro-Link monoshock rear to the fray, with triple 255mm discs firing the retro-rockets.  Handling is aided by 16-inch front / 18-inch rear stagger.

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Looking surprisingly cherry for its indicated 27,303 miles, this VF500F has no bids but a serious buy-it-now.  The owner promises the following in the eBay auction:

First year and First generation 500 interceptor. This little jewel just happens to be frame number “18”… That’s right the 18th 500 Interceptor ever built… Not only that, but according to the Honda Micro Fiche this is the very first VF500 imported into the USA…

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These little baby interceptors have developed quite a cult following… probably the best of the first-generation interceptors… This beautiful little bike was owned by a motorcycle industry journalist from brand-new… It has been meticulously well-maintained and is in absolutely bone stock museum quality condition… It even has the stock grips, stock turnsignals, bodywork, and stock mirrors still on it… Almost impossible to find them in them in this condition…

this bike runs fantastic…

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Soft-focus photos, nice as they are, beg for more history or suggest an in-person inspection.  Maintenance-free as these V-4’s can be, some repair records might be available.  Having the first customer VF500F in the country would be important to a collector.  If it all checks out, there’s a very good-looking Interceptor at the end of this rainbow…

-donn

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Gen 1 – 1984 Honda VF500F Interceptor
Reader Rides For Sale June 15, 2011 posted by

’86 Suzuki GSXR 1100-First Year of a Classic!

Mileage: 13,292
Price: $6,000 SOLD!

I have had the privilege, and I do considerate it a privilege, to write up some very clean, early GSXR’s lately. This bike is no exception, and to make it even better, this is a first year GSXR 1100. That fact alone makes this a little more special than others.

Indulge me while I recap what makes this bike special. Legendary air and oil cooled motor, cranking out 137 bhp that was unheard of in 1986. That fact alone gave the bike an instant following. It was essentially a bored-out GSXR 750 motor and is considered bulletproof, being used for years on drag bikes.

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This bike appears very clean, original and well cared for with reasonable mileage for its age. It also includes the original parts and owners and service manuals. From the seller:

Up for sale is my 1986 GSXR1100 in excellent condition. 13,292 miles first year GSXR1100, runs great, pampered and adult owned. Shown here with a Yoshimura exhaust, Mikuni radial flat slide carburetors, new chain and sprockets, oval pod filters and new Bridgestone tires.

Included in the asking price are the following:

Original Exhaust System (in excellent condition)
Original Carburetors
Original Airbox
Original Tool Kit
Original Owner’s Manual and Service Manual
Original Turn Signals
Original Sprockets
Original Windscreen
Custom Corbin Seat (not shown)
Rear Wheel Stand

Asking $6000.

The bike also includes the many acronyms that make up many GSXR’s over the years and for a Suzuki person are part of the package. On this bike you will see the SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) and the NEAS (New Electrically Activated Suspension-anti dive). This stuff is pure gold for detail people like myself.

I have said before and will say again until I leave this planet, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the GSXR 1100. This is clean example of sportbike history for anyone who wants it (and if you don’t, it’s time for therapy).

-RN

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Sport Bikes For Sale June 12, 2011 posted by

1987 Suzuki GSXR 1100 Up for Grabs!

Location: Ridgefield, Washington
Mileage: 11,327
Price: $6,000 BIN (auction ending soon!)

So here we go again. Another early model GSXR 1100. This one is actually the second year of production and the engine was basically a big bore version of the legendary GSXR 750. It’s an and and oil cooled monster that cranked out a claimed 137 bhp at 9,500 rpm. And in these early models that kind of power (unreal in 1987) gave the aluminum frame all it could handle. It also had SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System-seen on the fairing), one of a multitude of acronyms that would grace many a GSXR model.

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This one-owner bike appears clean and fairly low mileage for its age. More detail from the seller:

I bought this bike new in 1986, it’s never had any abuse and has never been down. The bike did however suffer a tip over a week after I purchased it. I replaced all the damaged parts ie: brake handle, turn signal but I did not repair the paint on the lower right panel (see picture). The discolored paint is the only damage to the bike and is a little larger than a half dollar. I replaced the original tires last year, they were still in great shape except they developed a flat spot due to sitting. The bike is in very nice condition and has never been in the rain. I have all the original paper from new as well as a brochure, it still retains the “break-in” sticker on the speedo…

The bike looks clean and stock and the seller shows a photo of the paint damaged area as described above. To see this early of an example of a GSXR 1100 in this kind of condition is rare. And as I said in a previous post on a ’91 GSXR 1100, I think all current liter bikes owe something to the early model GSXR 1100’s.

So if early model game-changers are your thing in the sportbike world, take action and .

-RN