Honda VF1000F/TL1000 hy­brid

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your shed -

Owner: Richard Prag­nell, Rochester, Kent Owned for: five years

What’s the story? My project started about five years ago when I bought a TL-R en­gine and loom from a friend with the in­ten­tion of fit­ting it into a VF500F frame I had at the back of the shed, but it just would not fit so I de­cided to build a TL-R street­fighter in­stead. Then I moved house three times, the project dragged on and got uglier so I put it on ebay. When it didn’t sell I de­cided to break it. Progress so far? Still want­ing a V-twin in my life I looked on ebay and found the VF1000F frame for £150. I’ve al­ways liked VF1000 looks so I’m search­ing for body parts – I picked up a tank only four miles from me, as well as some Suzuki Ban­dit 1200 Mk2 forks and front wheel.

What’s next? I need to find an en­gi­neer to swap the steer­ing tube. I have a swingarm on the way. I’ve loosely fit­ted the en­gine af­ter re­mov­ing the Honda en­gine mounts; I will be us­ing the TL foot­pegs, a TL-S ra­di­a­tor, wiring loom and switchgear.

I’ll fab­ri­cate en­gine mounts from steel as I’m a welder by trade. I have read about a con­ver­sion fit­ting a CBR600 rear wheel and brakes too so that’s a pos­si­bil­ity for the project as well.

Ex­cel­lent hang­ing bucket with petu­nias, nice trol­ley jack too PROJECT IN PROGRESS

This could be re­ally quite good when it’s done

Richard will knock up some steel mounts and the trans­plant will be good to go

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