Both are collectible and a blast to ride.
Back in the 1980s, the flagship model in Honda’s motorcycle lineup was the VF1000R. First released in Europe, Americans begged to get this sportbike on this side of the Atlantic. Today, GR Auto Gallery has two examples of this amazing machine ready for new riders. You can choose either the 1984 Honda VF1000R, the 1985 Honda VF1000R, or do something completely awesome and grab both.
Both of these motorcycles bare a brash red, white, and blue color scheme which makes it obvious to even the most casual observer that these are not your common rides. Both are shined up to virtual perfection, with everything from the fuel tank to the exhaust tip glistening. Both seats are unblemished, making it obvious these bikes are ready to ride now.
The star of the show is of course the four-stroke, 90-degree V-four with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder. A technological tour de force for Honda, these 998cc bikes push an amazing 130-horsepower and 63.7 lb.-ft. of torque. In other words, they can get moving in a hurry, probably with more gusto than most people would find comfortable. In addition, these engines do well with high revs, helping you to squeeze out maximum power. They are, after all, performance machines and not just cushy cruisers. There’s also a 5-speed transmission and disc brakes, two in the front and one in the rear, with a 4-piston caliper in the front and a 1-piston caliper for the rear.
Close inspection shows just how many cutting-edge resources Honda poured into these sportbikes. For example, the fairing on each has been reinforced using carbon fiber, something that was extremely exotic in the 1980s, adding strength and not much in terms of weight. The handlebars are constructed out of polished alloy, and they sit at a comfortable and optimal position for extreme control.
To find two Honda VF1000Rs for sale at the same time isn’t common. These bikes were limited-edition models, with Honda pretty much sparing no expenses to create something glamorous and performance-dominant in production racing.