The slip­pery VFR

1988-1989 VFR750F-J/K 148mph 87.5bhp £3899

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In 1986 Honda had six V4-en­gined bikes on sale in the UK. By 1988 only the VFR750 re­mained. But a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion as a com­plete, high-qual­ity mo­tor­cy­cle – en­hanced by glow­ing press re­ports – was boosted by the in­tro­duc­tion of the RC30, a bike im­pos­si­ble to men­tion with­out adding ‘leg­endary’. As a race bike with lights, the RC30 was loosely based on the VFR, but shared lit­tle more than its en­gine con­fig­u­ra­tion, ca­pac­ity and the badge on the tank. But some of the glam­our rubbed off on the stan­dard bike.

The VFR750 evolved, av­er­ag­ing out 16in and 18in wheels for 17in with a wider rear rim, big­ger brake discs and up­rated sus­pen­sion. The en­gine got big­ger valves and more power, and the

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fair­ing slimmed into an aero­dy­namic jel­ly­mould with faired-in in­di­ca­tors, pan­els and a sleeker shape. Dave Bai­less’ 1989 VFR750 F-K feels sprightly and lively, the way an early VFR should. The mo­tor purrs up and down the revs with an oiled pre­ci­sion, but the K’s run­ning gear could use an over­haul. “The bike was a £500 bas­ket case when I got it three years ago,” says Dave. “It was my very first road bike; I wanted one be­cause there’s just some­thing about them. It was me­chan­i­cally sound – in fact it’s never missed a beat – but cos­met­i­cally I’ve done a lot of work. “I love it. I’ve been of­fered over three grand for it, but I’d never take it. It’s a keeper.”

Sin­gle-sided swingarm saw 1990’s VFR get sporty VFR750FJ/K White-faced tacho dom­i­nated the F-L’S in­stru­ment panel De­spite be­ing of­fered £3000 for his F-K, Dave’s Vif­fer’s a keeper Honda take the VFR’S clocks right into the red zone in 1988 No Honda switch

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