Ever since my best friends father bought a Honda VF1000F brand new when they were first imported into New Zealand back in 1984/85 ( I forget which ) our two families have had a love hate relationship with the might V-Fours from the big H.
In my case my hatred of all things chocolate cam shaft are far outweighed by the low grumble of the beast at idle and the way it sounded and reacted once it hit its magical 7,000 Rpm, the rush was fantastic! Sure the beast was heavy and didn’t stop too well…but hey, that’s living on the edge and it was great.
My model was the 1983 VF750FG as pictured previously and re-inserted here (more for my enjoyment than yours )
Having been many years without the V-Four now I can still hear it’s sounds and have a certain sense of nostalgia which is pulling at me to seriously consider such a bike for my project. This silly notion of picking a heavy bike with a twitchy 16″ front wheel, weak suspension and underpowered brakes is one that probably defies logic…but then I came across the wonderful people and the forum at www.vfrworld.com. They have added fuel to my fire and reinforced that I’m not the only silly bugger out there to have a soft spot for the old VFs!
Of particular note so far in my research is the great restoration (+modernisation) work performed by the user ‘Sebspeed’ at vfrworld…his restoration project of a 1983 VF750F is truly some work of engineering brilliance and mastery. I could only hope to achieve the results that he has, and I frequently revisit the thread to follow his progress
Here is a shot of the bike fairly much as it is now I believe, looking better than new!
A new one I came across this morning was a restoration of a VF1000R, and ‘Salvo’ seems to be doing a great job!
These don’t hold the same ‘nostalgia’ for me, but they are becoming a collector’s item and the gear driven cams were really the first incarnation of the modern VFR we know of today, it looked quite the race bike to and I remember the aforementioned family friend picking one of these up as a few boxes of parts once in a motorbike shop in Auckland, NZ and rebuilding it…only ever got to ride it once…I should have bought it!
Some of the common modifications to early VF models when people are restoring is introduction of a ‘camshaft oiler’ modification to stop the dreaded ‘chocolate camshaft’ disease with which these fine animals had a hereditary predisposition to. The other common mod is the marrying up of CBR600F2 wheels, this option is adopted because of the limited tire choices available with the old wheels.
For more reading in/around both of these ‘Sebspeed’ has done a great job of them both
Probably as rare as hen’s teeth are bikes which have been modified with an HRC kit. I know I have seen a picture of the contents of this kit before and blowed if I can find it now, but here is a pic of what a race version looked like.
I found another good site or a nice restoration of a VF750 using a custom black, gold and silver paint scheme, very nice job, nothing as complicated as ‘Sebspeeds’ work, just a nice job.
and here’s a pic of the finished bike, next to a pic of what it started off like
Check out this site also for a great pictorial of the Honda V-Four
With plastics being a problem to find in good condition for the older bikes, it was nice to come across this on the interweb, will keep it here for all those interested and also for safe keeping