Austin Smith 1997 Honda VFR750F-V
Austin’s V4 sprouts a messy leak…
IT WAS FRIDAY evening. Doing my usual routine of warming the VFR up in the
PS bikepark while I got kitted up to go home, I noticed smoke coming up through the fairing. I turned the bike off, stepped off the bike and there it was. A great big dirty puddle of oil. I got the torch out and had a quick scout around. But with oil all over the downpipes and sump it was hard to tell where it was coming from, but either way my VFR was going nowhere.
Once I'd vanned the VFR home, and knowing I still had half a sump of oil, I started the bike up to see where it was leaking from. It only took a matter of seconds to spot the problem; like a severed vein, the left oil-cooler pipe was spewing a high pressure jet of oil from a pin hole, all over the downpipes.
It was great that I'd found the problem, but not so good to discover that these cooler pipes are discontinued. I found a genuine Honda pair on ebay, but they were located on the other side of the world – in America. But I decided at £23.21 they were worth it. I wanted peace of mind, not to be constantly worrying whether a bodge fix was going to hold the oil in place, so it was a no-brainer for me. I had to pay a bit on postage, but again it still worked out a lot cheaper than other options – almost half the price, and in the end they arrived in under a week.
I knew it was the right decision the moment they arrrived. They're in very good nick, and came up immaculate once I'd rubbed them down with wire wool. Thinking longterm I reckon it may be worth wrapping them to prevent this happening again.
Rusted oil lines; cue unwanted oil leak
A modest £23, and OE Honda to boot