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SOLD SOLD SOLD 1986 VFR750 UK-spec, Fully Refurbished (Illinois)


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$7800

 

I'm offering my beautiful Honda 750 V-4 Interceptor. This bike has a unique history — originally supplied by Honda UK as one of three Press Fleet bikes for the 1986 introduction of the new VFR Interceptor. Accompanied by a white and a red example, these three bikes were used for road tests, magazine shoots, etc. When that assignment was completed, a staff member of "Motor" magazine, Rex, requested to purchase one of the bikes. Honda agreed, and Rex chose the blue — this very bike. The following year Rex accepted a position with Ford in Detroit and shipped the VFR to Michigan. After lots of bureaucratic haggling the bike was successfully imported with a Michigan title. Rex kept the bike for the next 37 years and 18,000 miles till he offered it to me last year with the promise that I would refurbish it for its next 37 years and find its next caretaker.

 

This VFR: With 18,161 miles, this bike has had a full mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment. My goal is always to retain as much originality as possible while bringing the bike as a whole up to whatever standard I can achieve — in this case I would put it at a 9 out of 10. ALL of the mechanical systems are inspected, repaired, replaced, rebuilt; whatever was needed (a partial list is below). Cosmetically, I chose to professionally repaint the wheels and both large side fairings along with several small parts. The rest of the paintwork is original, to my knowledge; color-sanded, buffed and polished. The bike has a few small flaws, which I photographed as well as I could and are included in a detailed photo album (see link below). The seat vinyl wasn't up to the rest of the bike so it was professionally recovered in the correct color and texture. The electrical system is inspected, cleaned and works flawlessly. This bike has the Euro handlebar switchgear with a few extra features, compared to the US models, and several other differences.

 

The only significant modification are the aftermarket SuperTrapp slip-on mufflers. To import the bike, Rex needed to replace the mufflers with US-spec mufflers and in the ensuing years the originals were lost. These SuperTrapps are in near-perfect condition with hi-heat powder coat on the black pipes and many hours spent refurbishing the aluminum mufflers. They are tunable and I have the additional discs to allow future changes. And they allow that unique V-4 music — they sound great.

 

My background: I've operated V4 Dreams (.com) for the past 15 years, rescuing and re-homing classic V-4 Hondas. This bike is #42 and will be one of my final projects.

 

Included are all the importation documentation, my work & parts receipts, original UK owners manual, tool kit, Clymer service manual and two keys. The Illinois title is clear and clean, in my name.

 

Some of the service items:

Carburetors rebuilt/tuned/synced

Spark plugs

Valve adjustment

Compression check

Oil/filter change w/Honda oil

Hardwired stator connector

Full silicone coolant hose replacement w/Honda coolant

New tires; Bridgestone BT46, original sizes

Rebuild forks with Progressive brand springs

Upgraded steering head bearings

All hydraulics fully rebuilt; brakes, clutch

Venhill stainless brake lines, in black

OEM fuel petcock replaced, new fuel lines/filter

Many misc. fairing fasteners replaced

Disassembly to frame & engine, full detailing

 

No disappointments, contact me with questions.

Thanks for your interest. Joe

joe.nelson@ymail.com

 

Photos:

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBv3u8

IMG_7538 2.jpeg

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