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V for Victory: 1986 Honda VF1000R

For Sale: 1986 Honda VF1000R

Honda spent much of the 1980’s trying very hard not to do the same thing twice. Between the CX500 and CX650 traverse v-twin Turbo bikes, straight four cylinder standards, odd v-twins with narrow angle vees and offset crankpins, straight six cylinder bikes, v-3 two stroke sportbikes, flat four and flat six cylinder Goldwings, and the v-four line of bikes of which this is the ultimate model, Honda experimented with practically every engine combination, configuration and number of cylinders.

For production-based roadracing, though, the mighty v-four with gear driven cams was Honda’s weapon of choice. Piloted by none other than Freddie Spencer, the VF1000R was a very real contender on the racetrack. Because the complexity of the bike necessitated a higher cost, however, this bike did not do well in the showrooms. In fact, brand new bikes were still available for sale years after it went out of production.

From the seller:
Enthusiasts and collectors, here is your chance to own a piece of motorcycling history. This bike was built for racing homologation purposes and was only sold for two years – 1985 and 1986. This bike is based upon the Honda “works” bike that racing legends such as “Fast” Freddie Spencer, Mike Baldwin, and Steve Wise raced to great success in the 1980’s. Similarly, this was the production version of the bike that Isle of Man legend Joey Dunlop made famous in his TT victories as captured in the film “V-Four Victory.”

It was the first V4 engine to feature the gear-driven cams that would thereafter become a trademark of the V4 Hondas (at least until 2002 anyhow). These engines make a tremendous growl and the whirring of those gear-driven cams is nothing short of melodic. In stock form, they put out 120 hp and 64 ft/lbs. of torque at 8000 rpm and are good for speeds in excess of 150 mph. Being a V4, these engines have tremendous midrange and are not “peaky” or “buzzy” as many inline 4 engines are. The VF1000R also features original factory quick release “Comstar” racing wheels, floating dual front discs, single rear disc, a 5 speed transmission, chain drive, sport-style dual tailight, and genuine fiberglass (not plastic) fairings. Suspension-wise it has air assisted anti-dive TRAC forks with a multitude of adjustments, as well as a very easily adjustable rear monoshock. Being a 1986, the more desireable of the two years, this bike also has the Euro-style dual headlight, a gold colored top triple clamp, and a slightly better paint scheme (which is of course, subjective)

By today’s standards, the VF1000R is a little dated. For starters, this is a big bike; the v-four was much more narrow than competiting inline fours, but tends to be a bit tall and carries a lot of weight up high. And speaking of weight, this is nearing a 600 lb package once fuel and fluids have been added. Still, power is decent and linear, and the VF brings with it all of the reliability and usability you come to expect from a Honda.

In the showroom, these bikes sold in the $5k range. And while interesting and somewhat limited, the value has not really moved much in past years. Expect to pay between $2,000-$5,000 for a bike, depending up on condition and mileage. This particular bike is priced at $4k even; perhaps a bit near the top of the range for one with this many miles (and some likely patina of wear and tear), but not really over the top.

For more info on the bike, you can check out the details here. Tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!


Classic RZ! 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition

For Sale: 1985 Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts Edition

Fresh from last week’s posts on a few nice RZs (see Two for Tuesday here), comes this beauty – pointed out by a sharp-eyed RSBFS reader. From the number of cool bikes we have been seeing up for auction lately, it is clear that the winter doldrums are behind us and spring is here!

A good indicator of an RZ’s overall condition is the top of the tank. The black stripe tends to fade easily, and any errant gasoline spills only make this condition worse. This particular bike has been resprayed in classic Yamaha colors, and the results are certainly worth the effort! Readers with better eyes or bigger monitors might be able to make out the mileage in this photo; this information was not provided by the seller.

From the seller:
This is a 1985 RZ350 that has been professionally restored. All components have been rebuilt or replaced with the intent of making it a reliable weekend toy and a show at my house.

Here is a list of some of the notable upgrades:
Fresh motor
Braided lines and new brakes
New Dunlop tires
Showa rear-shock upgrade
GP suspension fork rebuild
Pre-mix only conversion
New Yamaha Yellow paint w/pearl clear
Professionally cleaned and coated fuel tank
Battery eliminator

This bike is stunning and has been part of the International Motorcycle Show display, Corazzo Advertising campaign, and local art shows.

If you are looking for a stone stock RZ350, then this is not the bike for you. There is no doubt that it has been modified in many ways. The resulting package is very pleasing to the eye; this does not appear to be the ordinary rat-bike that we commonly see. And while a lot of money and effort went into making this RZ really rip, it is not likely to have a marked impact on the overall sale when compared to a more stock model. Still, this bike does have great curb appeal – which should really help it sell.

This auction just started, so here is your chance to snag a really nice two-stroke for your collection. This is a bike that you can ride the wheels off today, and it will still look like a collectable classic years later. When you think about it, that’s not a bad deal!

For your chance to bid on this RZ – or just to look around – . Tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!