A Yamaha DT400 is winking at us and a VFR750F can’t find a home
You have to wonder what makes one bike worth, say, £5000, yet another bike of similar age, condition and performance unable to even get a sniff at a few hundred quid.
Take the RD500 on the opposite page; a mid-’80s sportsbike, capable of raising a smile and 140mph. It doesn’t even come with a motor, yet someone is prepared to shell out over five large on it. By the time it’s tidied up and got a fresh engine between its frame rails, I doubt the buyer will have much change from 10 grand, maybe more.
Now look at the VFR750F on the same page. It’s another mid-’80s, 140mph sportsbike that’ll smack a big grin across your chops when back to its best, yet all potential owners have turned up their noses, even at 400 quid.
“It doesn’t even come with a motor, yet someone is prepared to shell out five large on it. By the time it’s tidied up the buyer won’t have change from 10 grand”
What makes it stranger still is the fact that – and it pains me to say this about a Honda – the VFR is a brilliant bike. Why isn’t it pressing anyone’s buttons?
It’s worth thinking about if you’re in the market for a project. In many ways, a VFR is the perfect project: cheap, massively over-engineered, so most parts should still be in good or at least salvagable condition, and the end result will be a milestone bike that’s as good to ride as an ’80s sportsbike can get. Will the RD owner have five times more fun? I think you know the answer.