November 22, 2017, 11:15:21 am

Author Topic: Another New Guy  (Read 809 times)

Bart

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 43
    • View Profile
Another New Guy
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:35:04 pm »
Hello everyone, I'm currently looking to buy a Vf1000f to blast around South Wales on, something clean and tidy and running, but the prices seem all over the place. Any guidance much appreciated.

 

 

Marmite

  • VF1000 Hero
  • ****
  • Posts: 567
    • ICQ Messenger -
    • MSN Messenger -
    • AOL Instant Messenger -
    • Yahoo Instant Messenger -
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 04:33:24 pm »
Welcome Bart, the only advice would be the same as any 30 year old bike you might look at. History, history and more history.  The earlier "FE"s are prettier in my opinion but the later FF's had a slightly different engine so it could be argued Honda uprated them. The FE's had 16 inch front wheels so probably more difficult to get a range of tyres for. Its a good time to buy as I cant think of any other large Jap bike from the 80's as cheap as these at the moment and that's not because they're any worse or troublesome than many of the much more expensive ones.
Good hunting.
   
 

jeremyr62

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 36
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 01:32:13 pm »
I also much prefer half faired look of the FE. I have often wondered if a FF engine is a straight swap for a FE engine in the FE frame?

vf pete

  • VF1000 God
  • *****
  • Posts: 926
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 08:11:26 pm »
hi bart,
welcome to the forum, buying a vf1000f is just like buying anyother 30 year old bike, good clean and relativly original bikes do come up for sale occasionaly, and they dont fetch anything near what they are really worth so its probably a good time to buy one, but beware of ebay "barn finds" i am of the conclusion that anything thats been stuffed away in a barn for 6 or may be 10 years has been there because it has issues.

hi jeremy,
it is possible to squeeze a ff engine into a fe frame, but unfortunatly it is impossible to then remove the rear rocker cover to set the valve clearences.. a better option is to fit the fe body work to an ff. 
:o.. Oh Feck..... Think I Got It Wrong Again.. :o

jeremyr62

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 36
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017, 03:21:20 pm »
Right. I get what you mean. I find myself in a not too dissimilar position but I wont hijack this thread.

ascalon

  • VF1000 Owner
  • **
  • Posts: 123
    • ICQ Messenger -
    • MSN Messenger -
    • AOL Instant Messenger -
    • Yahoo Instant Messenger -
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2017, 12:52:11 pm »
Welcome all!

I get the feeling the VF is about to go classic the true sense, as prices do seem to have been creeping up lately, and so has supply.

I'm about to complete a CBR wheel upgrade on my FF so can't really make an argument for the OE tyre issues.
Nullius in verba

Bart

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 43
    • View Profile
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2017, 06:56:39 pm »
Thanks for the welcome guys, I tried to post this the other day but the web seems to have gobbled it up ??
I have my eye on a couple of bikes, an F and an R, but the R is closer so will look at that next week but the F has been owned by the current owner for many many years so does sound tempting but has a relatively high mileage.
Am I correct in assuming that these engines with appropriate servicing and oil feed mods are good and last well ?

I have a 99 Blade, owned from new, with over 65k miles and it still runs perfectly and may well see me out at this rate !!!


bif

  • Administrator
  • VF1000 God
  • *****
  • Posts: 647
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 07:35:51 pm »
Bart welcome to the world of VFs.
On the last run out we had to Hulme End the bike that used least oil had over 57000 miles on it.
The rider(GMCC) can peddle a bike and by his own admission is "larger than your average bear".
Good maintenance is key to keeping the old girls running,achieving high miles is not a real issue after all it is a Honda.
Best regards Bif

Bart

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 43
    • View Profile
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2017, 11:36:00 pm »
Picked up a 86 FF yesterday, it looks pretty clean and tidy with just a few little things to do. The previous owner had it for 23 years and was a bit sad to see it go to say the least.



It needs a service and new tyres as they are well past their "use by date", I've read through the tyre threads but am no nearer deciding....??

It's done 50K miles but regularly serviced, has a oil mod and sounds great, just been looking at the brakes and things like copper slip seem to be in all the right places so fingers crossed its a good one.

frew168

  • VF1000 Owner
  • **
  • Posts: 50
  • 07851840335
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2017, 04:33:41 pm »
 :DNice looking bike. Think you have a good one there.
Work to ride!

Marmite

  • VF1000 Hero
  • ****
  • Posts: 567
    • ICQ Messenger -
    • MSN Messenger -
    • AOL Instant Messenger -
    • Yahoo Instant Messenger -
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2017, 09:38:18 pm »
That looks like a beauty. Well found and nabbed. Keep us posted.
 

vf pete

  • VF1000 God
  • *****
  • Posts: 926
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 12:23:44 pm »
That's a cracking looking ff.. and with so few owner it looks like it has been looked after.. we'll bought matey.

:o.. Oh Feck..... Think I Got It Wrong Again.. :o

Bart

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 43
    • View Profile
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 01:46:31 pm »
Thanks guys, I hope it will be a good one too.

Just a quick question (first of many no doubt) I have the front wheel off but the axle spindle nut is stuck so the spindle won't come out. What is the best penetrating oil ?
I've currently got the wheel on its side and a puddle of gt85 in the hole but as yet no movement.

ascalon

  • VF1000 Owner
  • **
  • Posts: 123
    • ICQ Messenger -
    • MSN Messenger -
    • AOL Instant Messenger -
    • Yahoo Instant Messenger -
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 06:43:51 pm »
That looks a cracker, mate, good buying skillz :)

Welcome aboard.

And remember, the golden rule here: pictures or it didn't happen! ;)

A
Nullius in verba

thunder

  • VF1000 Owner
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • 雷 means thunder
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Another New Guy
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2017, 05:08:41 pm »
Very nice 86! Congrats!