1986 Honda VF500 F2 — Classic Motorcycle Review — RealClassic.co.uk

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1986 Honda VF500 F2

early V4 middleweight is one of those classics which is adored by the few and by almost everyone else.

V4s of the 1980s were blighted by a for top end trouble. The first VF750s considered fast but fragile, and verdict tainted the smaller V4s followed. However, the VF400F and were far more robust the 750S and 750F — demonstrated by the fact that Mackenzie’s 1986 500F2 is going strong, 25 years and miles after he first it.

Colin’s VF was a winner at last Scottish Classic Motorcycle ; it’s in immaculate, original much the same as when it was registered. Plus, says ‘it’s been totally in all that time.

Colin 1986 Honda 500F2

the 400 and 500 provided peppy performance in packages. The 400 came first and was by the 500 (known as the Interceptor in the USA) in The 498cc DOHC liquid-cooled V4 used a developed version of the 400 bored and stroked and upgraded to better durability and longer between services.

That was important because you to take apart most of the to adjust the tappets, so it wasn’t a job you to do more often than 8000 miles. A batch of crankshafts caused some — painful — but the 500’s smooth and tractable delivery won over those who tried it for themselves.

1986 500F2

Running at 11:1 the engine output around (claims of nearly 70 horsepower a little on the optimistic side) at and max torque of 32ft/lb was available at This was good enough to the 185kg (just over when fuelled) VF to 120mph. It to 60mph from a standstill in 3.9 and covered a quarter-mile in 12.66

In real life use, the and VF500 were a match for class-leading, two-… powervalve not least because the Honda’s power delivery and responsive gave the VF rider greater and the confidence to use all the available impetus.

Honda 500F

The VF500 a square-section steel tube with cast aluminium swinging arm. The front were air assisted and braced, Honda’s Torque Reaction Control adding complexity. did work reasonably well at fork compression under braking and was capable of cushioning road surfaces, unlike anti-dive systems of the time, but it can be to keep in working order many years in service.

The Pro-Link monoshock allowed for adjustment (and ages going soggy rather than owners expected), the close-ratio six-speed gearbox rapid getaways.

The VF500 dates from the when 16-inch front temperature gauges, taper bearings and electronic tachos things to be boasted about. It featured an hydraulic clutch, 32mm CV Keihin carbs, an camchain adjuster, O-ring drive chain, and triple discs.

Honda aimed to mass by using lightweight including the new Comstar wheels and handlebars, to offset the addition of the fairing. The VF400 made do a handlebar fairing and bellypan, as did the 500F, but the F2 came with a race-style fairing… one which to be horribly expensive to replace if it with the tarmac.

Honda VF 500 F
Honda VF 500 F

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In with most sports of the day, the VF500 was not a radical although some riders a little while to adapt to its engine. The power surged 7000rpm with the redline at which seemed impossibly for a four-… at the time. Yet the VF delivered its with exhilarating ease and the snappish nature of the RR generation followed.

The VF500 combined a 31.5mm height with 5.5 inches of clearance. It proved to be comfortable to on long distances and with a At typical UK road speeds it return 52mpg. It could be with luggage to go touring or, briskly, it was nippy and nimble to discombobulate heavier, less 750 fours. On the downside, the VF500 was

It cost Ј2500 new, the RC350LC cost just The VF was nicer to live with… but to ask 40% for a congenial attitude was a little too of Honda at the time.

The VF’s motor was modified in to create the F2F, and that may be one of the best all-round motorcycles of its Certainly, when the VF500 was its successor was not, as is often the CBR600F. No — the bike followed in the footsteps of the VF500 was the ultimate all-rounder and it too was a V4: the VFR750.

although it might have a stepping stone to one of the finest ever built, no one can claim the VF500 was a roaring success in its own As Julian Ryder explained; in isolation, the VF500 was a superb which had a cult following after Honda ceased it, but price, complexity and the fallout its bigger sibling’s troubles to make it a commercial failure.’

And why you don’t see too many VF500s on the today. You will find examples selling for under three times that will get you one in superb condition. A maintained, roadworthy VF500 F2 in spec, apart from a paintjob, was sold at auction for under a grand in April

Words: Rowena Hoseason

Archive and Colin Mackenzie

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