Resto tips: Honda VF1000R
Refurbing Honda’s handmade V4 thou
IF YOU WERE a fan of Hondav4s in the ’80s, you were certainly well catered for. Halfway through the decade half a dozenvfs had made it to market and the biggest and flashest of the lot was the impressivevf1000r.
Its ability to turn heads was hardly a surprise when you saw the spec, because this hand-built range-topper was a serious piece of production racing kit that had received more than a smattering of goodies from Honda’s cupboard of special parts.
Everything from the carbon fibre reinforced fairing to the Gp-inspired six-spoke Comstar wheels screamed quality, while those after top-notch mechanical componentry were well looked after: suspension was 41mm Showa forks with four-wayadjustable TRAC anti-dive control and an adjustable Pro-link rear shock. Braking was taken care of by twin 285mm floating front discs and dual piston calipers.
Engine-wise the compact, liquid-cooled, 90-degreev4 was the first Honda motor to be lavished with gear-driven cams. Its performance was punchy and powerful thanks to more accurate valve timing at high rpm.and it didn’t just come in plain old red, white and blue. This was Fighting Red, Shasta White and Candyaleutian Blue.
All-round refinement and high speed stability were guaranteed, yet even with a claimed 122bhp and a 149mph top speed it wasn’t all great news.at 238kg thevf packed a full 23kg more than the more nimble Kawasaki 900R and despite its purpose of emulating the CB1100R’S racing exploits, track sightings of thevf were rare.a hefty price tag that aligned it with exotica like Bimota meant that it was no surprise when Honda regrettably pulled the plug in ’88.
These days this rare Honda is a great, under-the-radar resto choice that can produce impressive results. Just ask these chaps...
Junk the standard shock and do this