Alan Pratt’s Honda VFR750

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FEEDBACK -

Here are pic­tures of my in­dul­gences – most no­tably the 1994 VFR750. This is the sec­ond time I have owned this bike: the first time was over seven years ago when I bought it off a work col­league. It was (and is) a fab­u­lous bike but I had an early Fire­blade at the time which scared me more than the VFR so I sold the VFR to a re­ally good mate of mine. Move for­ward to the April 29 last year and I found my­self on the VFR while my mate was rid­ing my MT-09 Tracer. It was a sunny Sun­day so Mitch (VFR owner), Pete (Su­per Duke owner) and I went for a short ride. Let’s just say it didn’t go as planned. I all but am­pu­tated my right foot and the poor old bike was a bit bent and knack­ered. I can’t re­mem­ber it but at least I had a ride in a he­li­copter: well, the Air Am­bu­lance. I paid my mate for the VFR and the re­mains were mine. A de­ci­sion of the head said that it was fit only for spares but look­ing for­ward to many months of re­cu­per­a­tion the VFR be­came my ther­apy. De­spite hardly be­ing able to move in the early days I slowly pulled the bike to bits and started sourc­ing re­place­ment parts. It was al­ways a ‘re­fresh’ rather than a restora­tion so it was put to­gether us­ing stain­less bolts and fas­ten­ers and the odd de­vi­a­tion from orig­i­nal. De­spite its age and al­most 50k mileage it was in great me­chan­i­cal con­di­tion so I only had to re­place a few bits due to cor­ro­sion. I re­paired all but one panel and had a few bits pow­der­coated. Ra­ce­paint UK sorted out the paint­work for me and did a lovely job. I spent far more on the bike than it is worth but it kept my san­ity in­tact and now I have a nice VFR 750 in the garage with the rest of the toys!

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