Clymer Manuals Honda VF1000R Motorcycle Sport Bike Walk Around Video
Clymer Manuals got a close up look at Timothy DeWitt’s 1985 VF1000R. It was named Best Modern Sportbike by ThoughtBytes at the 2016 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.
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Honda VF1000 on Wikipedia
The VF1000 range of Honda motorcycles was made from 1984 to 1988. The VF1000 is named after its V-4 998 cc double overhead cam 16 valve engine. There were three main models in the VF1000 range, the VF1000F (also known as Interceptor), the VF1000R and the VF1000F2.
The first of Honda's 1,000 cc VF range, known as the 1000 Interceptor, was launched in the USA and Canada in March 1984.
The Interceptor had a 998 cc 113 BHP 16 valve V-4 engine with double over head chain driven cams. The bike featured adjustable Pro-Link rear suspension with adjustable braced front forks, silver aluminium ComStar wheels (16 inch front, 17 inch rear), and an aerodynamic half fairing and lower cowl with single rectangular headlight. Three discs comprised the braking system with dual discs and twin piston calipers at the front and a single disc with twin piston calipers at the rear.
In Europe the "Interceptor" was launched as the FE model in 1984 and reported engine power output was increased to 116 horsepower (87 kW). Features such as Honda's dive control system (TRAC) and adjustable suspension were still present . The VF1000F was discontinued in April 1985.
The evolution of the VF1000F to the VF1000F2 began in April 1985 with the VF1000FF (and subsequent rare FG) model. The styling of the bike changed with new side panels and grab rail. The 16-inch (410 mm) front wheel was replaced with an 18-inch (460 mm) wheel.
The VF1000FF was sold in Europe, Australia and Canada and was discontinued in August 1987.
In March 1984 Honda introduced the VF1000RE in Europe. Its styling was a celebration of the V4's racing heritage and the VF1000R was a showcase for the technology Honda had developed on the track.
The super sports bike still featured the same 998 cc V-4 engine in its rectangular section pipe frame, but this was the first VF1000 to have gear driven cams that would become a trademark of future V4 Hondas, beginning with the VFR750. The VF1000R modifications increased the claimed output of the V4 engine to 122 bhp (91 kW) or 125bhp (American Release).
The suspension system remains unchanged from the VF1000F but dual floating front discs and racing style piston calipers on the ventilated rear disc enhance the braking. The 16-inch (410 mm) front and 17-inch (430 mm) rear NS type aluminium ComStars came on quick-release axle holders, and other features included the endurance racer style twin headlights, adjustable clutch and front brake levers, full fiberglass racing fairing and solo seat cowl.
The RE was discontinued in April 1985 to be replaced by the VF1000RF. The bike was redesigned (losing the twin headlights) to satisfy the American market who had to wait a year before the bike was sold in the USA. The RF was produced in the same color scheme as the RE but with revised decals.
In March 1986 the VF1000RG was introduced in the Rothmans Team colors with revised logo decals. This was discontinued in August 1987. Six months later, in February 1988, the VF1000RF was discontinued.
VF100R on motorcyclespecs.co.za
Honda's enthusiasm for the V4 engine I layout in the early 1980s was such that by 1984 the VF range comprised six models with capacities ranging from 400 to 1000cc. The fastest and most glamorous was the VF1000R: a limited-edition super-sports machine that was created, with little expense spared, to dominate production racing in the way that the straight-four CB1100R had done three years earlier. With its full fairing and racy red, white and blue paintwork, the VF1000R looked every bit the street-legal competition machine. Its specification list was mouth-watering, based on a liquid-cooled, 90-degree V4 engine that incorporated gear-driven overhead camshafts and produced no less than 122 hp @ l0000 rpm.
That peak power output was 6bhp up on that of the VF1000F, the standard 998cc, 16-valve V4 from which the R model was derived. The I000F, also released in 1984, was an impressively fast and sophisticated bike. Its styling was similar to that of the original VF750F sportster, which had promised much before suffering widely publicized engine reliability problems. The VF1000F handled well and its engine was flexible, powerful and reliable. The exotic VF1000R cost roughly 50 per cent more than the F. and oozed quality from every pore. Its fairing was reinforced with carbon-fibre, its adjustable handlebars were made from polished alloy, its streamlined seat hump fitted perfectly. Its engine's gear-driven cams allowed more precise valve timing at high revs, which accounted for some of the extra power.
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