Exotic Homologation Special: 442-Mile 1985 Honda VF1000R

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This 1985 Honda VF1000R (VIN JH25C1602FM001933) was stored indoors for the last 27 years according to the seller, and has been ridden only 442 miles since it rolled out of the factory. Condition looks excellent in accordance with these claims, and the jewel-like, gear cam drive V4 was just given a tuneup as part of a larger mechanical refresh. These bikes were built to satisfy homologation requirements for Honda’s entry into the F1 class, and though a bit on the heavy and soft side for a sports bike, they remain important, technically fascinating pieces of Japanese motorcycle history. Find this one here on eBay in Richmond, Texas with reserve not met. We dig the full fairings, windscreen and twin taillights these bikes come with, and especially the HRC colors. From top to bottom the bike presents largely as new, which if described accurately it pretty much is. Honda’s adjustable, anti-dive fork is fitted with twin 285mm discs, and while new and correctly-sized rubber was fitted here, a slightly larger-than-stock tire was chosen for the rear. The cockpit maintains a like-new appearance with good-looking instrumentation, hardware, and plastics. The handlebars are adjustable clip-ons, and the seller says all control cables have been lubed and adjusted. The steer tube was also checked and adjusted, and all chassis fittings were checked and re-torqued as needed. The 998cc V4 employed gear-driven dual camshafts that enabled more precise valve timing and higher power output, though at the expense of some extra weight and noise–the latter of which is actually a big part of the appeal for many. Output was rated at 120 HP with an 11k RPM redline. An aftermarket top-end oiling system was added to help remedy a known factory oil starvation issue, the battery and spark plugs have been replaced, and both cooling and brake systems have been flushed–new stainless lines are noted as well. In back, the shock has been upgraded to a custom-valved Hagon coilover. Though heavier and not as finely balanced for track work as its cross-brand rivals at the time, these bikes were known as great high-speed runners, and ultimately helped set the mold for the sublime MkI VFR750 and all subsequent V4 sports tourers, a line which continues to this day. These special machines don’t come up for sale all that often, and this one’s low mileage and excellent state of preservation definitely make it a standout.

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