The ven­er­a­ble Honda V4s…

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Ed­i­tor Bsim­monds@mor­tons.co.uk

We’ve ma­jored on Honda’s V4s this month be­cause – well – it just hap­pened. We’re rel­a­tively or­gan­ised at CMM and have a num­ber of road tests in the bag (we only like tak­ing pic­tures of peo­ple’s pride and joys dur­ing sunny months) so when I re­alised that we had Jim rid­ing a VF750 F from the mid-1980s and John on a VFR from the mid-1990s it seemed a good idea to put both in one magazine to show the path of de­vel­op­ment be­tween the two. With both Jim and John hav­ing been there back in the 1980s to wit­ness both the ‘choco­late camshaft cri­sis’ of the VFS and see­ing the resur­gence of the V4 lay­out with the VFR in the mid-1980s and into the 1990s, who bet­ter than them to tell the story and ride the bikes? We’ve taken that still fur­ther by get­ting our mar­ket­place ex­perts Paul and Scot­tie into look­ing at the cur­rent state of play with both the pricey and cheaper end of the V4 buy­ing scale. It’s amaz­ing what you can get out there for not much wonga. Me? Yeah, I’ve al­ways had a soft spot for Honda’s VFR and (fi­nally, I hear you cry) I’m mak­ing some progress with my own V4, the Project £100 Hound. She’s stripped and I’m al­ready get­ting the var­i­ous bits to­gether to get it sorted and out on the road. For some rea­son, I can’t wait to hear that glo­ri­ous gear-driven ca­coph­ony in my garage once more.

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