Posts by tag: VFR700

Honda May 5, 2017 posted by

Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor

Honda took some lumps over the cam metallurgy on the early 1980's V4 engines, and re-introduced the engine in 1985 with gear-driven cams and impeccable quality control.  Almost a unicorn in its own right, the VFR700F was a de-stroked 750 staying out of a tariff scuffle.  This example has been refurbished to a level that will please the pickiest concours judge and make the rider happy on the way home.

1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor for sale on eBay

Doubling down on the smooth and compact V4 engine, Honda did the heavy lifting that brought us the WSBK-winning RC30 and RC45, and transferred a great deal of the success to the carburetted 699 cc model.  The twin-spar frame is large section for the era, and the bike had adjustable Showa suspension, with Pro-Link rear.  Keeping with the times, there's a 16" front and 18" rear wheel, helping the slightly overweight bike turn in.  Very together Honda fairing design, and the angle of the frame is reflected in the seat console.


Seeming to have put the entire bike in a vibratory polisher, this VFR700F owner took things to a rare level, cosmetically and mechanically.  Keeping a basically stock look, the rear fender was cleaned up nicely.  Updates to the exhaust and front wheel size indicate a very knowledgeable owner.  Hard to believe it's an '87 with 22K miles.  The owner offers more high-res pictures - here - with comments and upgrades from the eBay auction:

Original bodywork restored and painted in matching original Pearl Crescent White, with black accents throughout the bike. Several desirable upgrades, 22,375 miles, mechanically and cosmetically inspected, cleaned, updated, replaced, repainted, repaired...anything needing attention was accomplished. This Interceptor is in excellent condition, no issues, no disappointments. The paint is new, the mechanics are correct, the tank is rust-free inside. The bike starts and runs perfectly hot or cold, runs straight and has a unique, modern vibe on a vintage bike.

- 17-inch front wheel from CBR600 (in place of OEM 16") with fresh Avon Road Rider
- Wheels finished in black (from original white) with white painted pinstripe
- Galfer stainless steel brake lines, front & rear
- OEM mufflers shortened 5 1/2 inches and painted black -- great sound, great look
- Carb jet kit
- Rear fender eliminator with original turn signal and seat lock mounts shaved from subframe
- LED rear turn signals
- Powdercoated engine covers in "Bronze Texture" -- clutch & alternator
- Seat recovered in marine grade vinyl
- Front fender reshaped for a lighter look
- NOS front turn signals mounted with shorter stalks to tuck the signals closer to the body
- Reproduction windscreen
- ODI hand grips
- New OEM fuel petcock
- Various rubber mounts, grommets, etc. replaced as needed
- Original owners manual
- Bike is completely cleaned and detailed


The quality and overall balance of the second generation V4's kept them on a lot of best bike lists through the late 1980's, though the 700 keeps a low profile.  Honda shortly returned to the inline four for their more sporting machines, but continued developing the V4 throughout the 90's.  With only a day to run, the bidding on this updated and beautified VFR is active but seems low.  There is still time to swoop in for this very rare Honda...


Polished V4 – 1987 Honda VFR700F Interceptor
Honda June 27, 2015 posted by

V4 Savior Survivor: 1986 VFR700 (not 750) in white

If you are in the US you are probably not too accustomed to seeing a VFR700, as the 750cc and later expanded 800cc and 1200cc "Interceptor" models have been produced in much higher numbers.  The 700cc edition was only build for a few years to comply with a fortunately short-lived tariff the U.S. imposed to protect US motorcycle manufacturers (cough-cough-Milwaukee V-Twin).


1986 VFR700 (not 750 or 800) for sale on ebay

Its important to note that the VFR700 was produced at a time when Honda was trying to recover from a significant corporate failure;  the early V4 "chocolate cam" debacle.   Back in the early 1980's most other major bike manufacturers were happy with air cooling and two valves per cylinder.   However Honda was pursuing new tech such as anti-dive forks, inboard ventilated disc brakes, Comstar wheels and perhaps most significantly, liquid-cooled 90° V4 engine layouts.

As a concept, the 90° V4 design has advantages including compactness, narrow width, and perfect primary balance which provides a silky smooth/nearly vibration-free experience.  However the 90° V4 is more expensive to manufacture and complexity in locating ancillaries and the exhaust system.   Perhaps the complexity of the 90° V4 is what appealed to Honda; as one reviewer famously noted at the time of the V4 introduction "if it's complex, costly, and difficult, this means its perfect for Honda.  They have a penchant for building industrial strength jackhammers for cracking a peanut."


Back in early 1984 a substantial number of VF owners started complaining that their bikes top-ends were starting to have serious issues, include complete failures.  This problem was eventually traced to a camshaft distortion issue which gave rise to the nickname of "chocolate cams" .   The reputation of Honda's V4 effort took an almost Lancia beta level battering but Honda remained committed to the V4 design and focused on making sure their next version was ultra-reliable while still incorporating new features.  Everything came together in the 1986 VFR750FG (Note:  The 700cc shown in this post is just a restricted version of the 750cc version).

When the VFR was released, everyone knew that Honda had put a lot of effort into making sure it was reliable.  But what really surprised people was just how good the bike was.  Consider the following review by MotoGp by Julian Ryder:

"I was at the bike's launch in Jerez and thought it was going to be a good bike.  Of course it had to be...Honda's V4 concept's cred was hanging by a thread so we knew they had put a lot of effort into fixing the reliability.  

At first we we were perplexed by the plain looks..why wasn't it a race rep like the GSX-R or FZ?  But after the first road tests we knew it was very good.  A year later we knew it was a classic; nothing that came out after it was as close, as well balanced."

The VFR would go on to win Motorcycle of the year repeatedly in the 1980's and 1990's and continue on for a multi-decade run.

An excellent explanation of why the VFR was so significant can be accessed here.


This particular VFR700 looks to be very clean.  The seller indicates its stock except for the hand grips and bar ends.   Mileage looks to be 14,692 but the seller indicates there may be a few more miles put on the bike prior to sale.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Completely stock, no modifications except grips and bar ends.
  • Has 14,XXX original miles.
  • Was in storage for quite a while with the carbs drained.
  • Just installed a new battery and added fuel on 6/20/15 and it starts and runs great.
  • Tires are pretty new too.
  • Doesn't have the usual cracks around the mirrors as you can see.


Is this VFR700 worth the $3,900 USD Buy-It-Now asking price?   Well the next year 750cc version seems to be selling around $2,800 USD but this is the rarer 700cc version and it does look to be in good shape.  Also a lot of people seem to feel the white version has aged much better/is more attractive than the multicolor 750cc sibling.

Given the extreme reliability built into this bike, I think you could realistically assume this VFR700 just needs fresh fluids and possibly fresh rubber. This will allow the new owner to enjoy having something a bit rare/unusual that can still be used as an excellent daily rider/light tourer.


V4 Savior Survivor:  1986 VFR700 (not 750) in white
Honda July 23, 2013 posted by

1986 Honda VFR700 Interceptor with 10k Miles!

Update 7.22.13: First posted nearly 2 months ago, the seller has alerted us that this bike is for sale for the last time and is no reserve the entire way. Current winning bid is $2550. Links updated. -dc

Honda VFR700 For Sale

This VFR700 has only covered a tad over 10k miles and looks fantastic. This seller's eBay listing should be archived as a "how to" represent a motorcycle for sale online. In addition to an honest description that includes expectations from potential bidders, 75 pictures go over every detail of the bike and should make any remote buyer feel more comfortable with what they'll get after winning the auction.


1986 Honda VFR700 For Sale on eBay


quote from the seller:

This is truly a time capsule. It is such a nicely preserved original that it could easily hold its own in a museum collection. It has a few VERY minor flaws, but it looks practically new overall. And it runs and rides like new, too! The gear-driven cams are just as cool as the sound they make. The power from the V-Four is smooth and plentiful. And the chassis and brakes make any ride feel like a dream.



1986 Honda VFR700 Interceptor with 10k Miles!
Yamaha March 29, 2013 posted by

Friday Megabag! [YZF750R, Wes Cooley, SB6R, Daytona 1000, CBR600 F2, RVF400, 86 GSX-R 750, 89 ZX7, 88 750 F1, ZX7RR N1, FZR400, VFR700]

Hey guys,

So much for new year resolutions, the mailbag has slipped pretty bad this time. But there are a lot of ads that are still active and here they are. Thanks for your submissions and have a good weekend,


1997 Yamaha YZF750R For Sale

Mark has this very complete 1997 Yamaha YZF750R with 4000km in Canada on Kijiji

1979 Suzuki GS1000S For Sale

Dan sends us this 1979 Suzuki GS1000S for sale on eBay with a current winning bid of $4350 with about a day to go.

Bimota SB6R For Sale

Adam spotted this Bimota SB6R for sale in Hartford for $11500.


Long time RSBFS friend Tony spotted this 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 at Pro Italia for $10.5k

1991 Honda CBR600 F2 For Sale

Dave shoots us this 1991 Honda CBR600 F2 that is shockingly together. A nice rider that might be worth restoring some day.

1995 Honda RVF400 For Sale

Scott spotted this beauty, a 1995 Honda RVF400 NC35 in California for $6750. I like the endurance look at the front!

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 For Sale with 600 Miles

Paul and Jason saw this 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 with 620 miles for $7500. Thanks for the heads up guys!

1989 Kawasaki ZX7 For Sale

Anthony forwards us this Kawasaki ZX7 for $3500 in Scranton.

1988 Ducati 750 F1 For Sale

John forwards us this 1988 Ducati 750 F1 with 2200 miles on Cycletrader from Houston Superbikes.

1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 For Sale

Tom spotted this 1996 Kawasaki ZX7RR N1 for $3500 in Canada. Has some issues, but not enough to deny $3500 is a good price here.

1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale

Pete shoot us his 1990 Yamaha FZR400 For Sale in Chicago for $3500.

VFR700 For Sale

My good friend Blake spotted this 86 Honda VFR750 in Irrigon, Oregon for $2700. That's the middle of no where so don't bother these folks unless you really want it! That said, the ride home would be epic 🙂


BMW March 1, 2013 posted by

February 2013 Monthly Sales in Review

Hey guys,

Here are the latest sale values on bikes we posted on RSBFS last month, highest to lowest. This post might be more aptly titled how to score a survivor for under $3k. Congratulations to buyers and sellers!

Have a great weekend all,


1985 Yamaha RZ350 For Sale

1985 Yamaha RZ350 Sold for $9950.

1985 Yamaha RZ500

1985 Yamaha RZ500 Sold for $9600.

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei

1975 BMW R60/6 Polizei sold for $7500

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III sold for $7166

1992 Ducati 900SS White Frame

This 1992 Ducati 900SS sold to one of our readers for $7151!

2009 Aprilia RS125

2009 Aprilia RS125 sold for $5800

1982 Suzuki Katana 1000

1982 Suzuki Katana sold for $5600.

1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

This 83 Guzzi LeMans III sold for $5149.

1965 Honda CB350F GP Replica

This 1965 Honda CB350F GP replica sold after a relist for $4975.

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III

1995 Triumph Daytona Super III sold for just $4200

1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike

1980 Yamaha TZ125 GP Racebike sold for $4000.

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100

1994 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 sold for just $2950.

1971 Honda CB750

This modified 1971 Honda CB750 sold for just $2920.

1986 Yamaha SRX600

This 1986 Yamaha SRX600 sold for $2908.

1986 Honda VFR700

1986 Honda VFR700 sold for a mere $2900.

1990 Honda CBR600F

1990 Honda CBR600F sold for just $2325.

Honda February 21, 2013 posted by

Original ’86 Honda Interceptor 700!

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!