Austin Smith 1997 Honda VFR750F-V

Austin’s V4 sprouts a messy leak…

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Our Shed -

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

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