‘No two bits are off the same bike’

Ian Fit­ger­ald 1989 Honda VFR750F

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Build­ing a bike should be fun no mat­ter the de­sired out­come or in­tent and Ian Fiz­erg­er­ald demon­strates that per­fectly with his VFR750F.

Af­ter own­ing the bike for 20 years, Ian de­cided that it was time to do some­thing with it, chang­ing it so ex­ten­sively that the only orig­i­nal parts that re­mained are the frame, tank and swingarm.

“I based it on a WW2 dis­patcher.

and bought pretty much ev­ery­thing on­line. No two bits are off the same bike,” he said.

His pre­vi­ous job as a welder and fab­ri­ca­tor helped mas­sively: “I made the sub­frame, seat pan and com­plete ex­haust system, which was a night­mare for a V4!”

The bike took five months to com­plete and costs were kept to a min­i­mum, help­ing the build to come in un­der £2000. Since com­plet­ing the trans­for­ma­tion, Ian has cov­ered 4000 trou­ble-free miles and has even raced it at Mablethorpe and at Dirt Quake in the Street Tracker class: “I rode the bike 200 miles to Nor­folk, raced, crashed it, came fifth over­all in the fi­nal and then rode home again!”

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