24 miles since 1984 Honda Interceptor

Don’t take this the wrong way, but is there something wrong with you when you can buy something and not touch it for almost 30 years? I have been known to eat groceries on the way home from the store. Read a book walking out to the car. Putting on a new jacket after walking away from the counter. How can anyone not touch a 1984 Honda VF700F Interceptor after riding it home from the dealership?

 From the seller

1984 HONDA INTERCEPTOR VF700F WITH ONLY 24 ORIGINAL MILES.  THIS BIKE WAS PURCHASED BRAND NEW BY A GOOD CUSTOMER OF OURS FATHER, RODE HOME FROM THE DEALER, AND STORED UNTIL EARLIER THIS MONTH.  WHEN WE TOOK THE BIKE IN ON TRADE WE COMPLETELY SERVICED IT AND GOT IT BACK IN RUNNING CONDITION.  THE BIKE NOW RUNS AMAZINGLY AND IS IN BRAND NEW CONDITION.

In 1983 you could get the best motorcycle available in the Honda VF750, but when 1984 came around, the US Government put an extra tax on any bike over 750cc. So Honda did what anyone would do, and re-made there great bike into a 50cc lesser bike. 3.2mm shorter stroke saved the buyer $800 over the still available VF750, but with the reduction in cost and cc, there had to be a reduction in performance.

The specs I found on the 700(699)cc bike say 81hp are available at 10,000 rpm. The 10.5:1 CR 90 degree V four with 4 valves per cylinder would still push the bike and rider to 107mph. This is just under the top speed of  115mph of the previous years VF750. To keep the feel of 750cc, a smaller gear ratio was used to make up for the loss of low-end power.

Back to this 24 miles on the clock though. It is interesting to think how much original condition bikes are at a high point in collect ability,  sometimes surpassing prices which restored bike will fetch. But how do you categorize a bike with 24 original miles? It is in original condition, but its also better then a full restoration. What will the market be for this 1984 VF700F? As original, or better then restored? BB

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