Practical Sportsbikes (UK)

Honda VF1000R

Laura’s VF is not only a clearly well-executed rookie resto, it’s also a reminder of how bikes can go beyond being mere transport or leisure items: they’re a force for good – especially in these times. A prize well-earned

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Owner: Laura Peters Owned for: eight months

So far: stripped, beginning rebuild What’s next: exhaust, shock, seat

Due to issues around Covid and the lockdown I was struggling with my mental health, so I decided I needed a project to keep me focused. I found a freshly-imported 1985 Honda VF1000R that looked like it fitted the bill, so the was bike purchased and delivered in May.

This is the first time I have ever tried rebuilding a bike so it’s been a massive learning curve, I have been surprised at how good a condition it was in, and I’ve only snapped two bolts. The fuel tank needed repairing as it had rotted out at the front, so that went to Circuit Motor Bodies, near Towcester.

I had it stripped within a few weeks and parts sent off to be repaired, powdercoat­ed, painted, while I spent time sourcing missing, damaged or incorrect parts. Most of it is back with me now, just the shock to come from MH Suspension. After that, I still need to get an exhaust fabricated. The masterplan is to hopefully have it running and registered in time to go and watch the Classic TT on it.

It will sit nicely next to my 1988 Yamaha FZR400, and the more modern Triumph Street Triple which is (one of the 10th Anniversar­y edition), and a Triumph Tiger.

 ??  ?? The VF as Laura got it. Restoring these big V-fours is no small undertakin­g
The VF as Laura got it. Restoring these big V-fours is no small undertakin­g
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Clothes off, and the hidden complexity is revealled
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There’s no denying a transforma­tion like this is highly rewarding. Imagine the smiles on the first rideout
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Laura’s got the VF well on the way back to good health. That paint’s looking really good. Top job
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