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Honda CB1100R Concept

Honda VF1000F Road

Having taken the world by with the CB750 during the part of the 60’s, the Honda left the sports bike alone for the next ten years. had a brief period where did improve upon the inline-four but, apart from the odd bit of thinking, those in the know see their heart wasn’t in it. During the early part of the Honda had decided the world was to own and ride V- four engine

To that end they set about a whole range of such plants, across a wide range, to tempt us all away the more conventional inline and twins. The idea behind the V made perfect sense, at it did to the designers, perfect primary is achieved resulting in a smooth and power delivery, while the … allows for a compact especially with a large unit.

With such a once the necessary suspension and parts are bolted in place, you can get an lot of engine into the shape over within a motorcycle The engine is crammed in tightly keeping the width down to proportions, making, on paper at for an ideal sporting motorcycle.

In however, the resultant complexity, and feeling from the way the engine develops its power, leaves feeling more at home on manufactures machines. The first of the big Vs, the V750S, arrived in 1982 and was heavily upon lessons from the ill-fated NR500 project during the previous years.

The bike was not well received in after all, the NR500’s races had been witnessed by all in with the result that were suspicious of this new The NR500 only ever won one and that was in the states so the Americans, their scant regard for GP had a different outlook on the project. The UK were vindicated in their as the roadster engines suffered recalls and failures.

The most publicised being the “chocolate affair that saw early of the camshafts and follower due to oil starvation and within the compact design.

In Honda quickly followed on a more sporting version of the the VF750F. This was as a direct a to the latest US Superbike racing that had seen a reduction the 1000cc capacity to 750cc. similar looking the engine was a redesign and very little than the outside profile was with the S version.

Effectively the was a race bike with featuring a box section steel and an early form of sprag allowing for race style shifts. In keeping with the race thinking a 16-inch wheel was also used, a for any such road machine. model was a success, particularly in the where racetrack dominance the next two years did sales no whatsoever.

The type still hadn’t a big hit on this side of the pond and Honda enlarged the 750cc plant, keeping the original short …, but taking the out to 77mm to create the 1000cc Overall the styling remained the although the VF1000F was larger all than the 750.

Like the the frame was made into a feature, painted silver to the aluminium frames found on the race tackle, it wrapped the complex engine in the most of ways. Hardly a space is to be within the engine bay, it is that tight with plant and carburettors. The beautifully VF1000F was, and still is, a machine but it arrived among a sea of finer tackle from manufacturers.

The Kawasaki GPZ900 and the FJ series all arrived at the same and stole the limelight from most complex and sweet Superbike, without doubt the thus far built by the mighty H. simply loved the push the inline four give than the droning, but no less delivery of the V engine.

Often to be the cheaper version of the VF1000R in fact there are few similarities the two machines. The later R model the first of the gear driven cam that went on to become the successful VFR series of motorcycles. The F retained the more conventional driven camshafts but was no less a machine to be on.

In 1985 the F2 Bol d’Or version of the F was released. This featured a fairing and was aimed squarely at the market rather than the one. This was the heaviest of the too tipping the scales at 245kgs, it was the only version of the marque to win a race when Geoff bounced his way around the challenging to win the 1985 production TT race.

the moment you get on the VF it feels snug and fitting, certainly for Mr Average like myself. Much has gone into the ergonomics of happiness and the riding position fits snugly. The deeply tank and side panels smoothly into the seat to create a tailor made

The bars just fall where you arms end and the resultant is relaxed and trouble free. a small nose fairing and belly pan the bike looks an overgrown Yamaha LC and doesn’t that much bigger

One prod of the starter motor has the complex engine purring beneath you and this is where the starts to venture away the norm. A single blip of the does not return the usual spinning up of the engine, rather it rises slowly and is still so after the twist grip is

This is similar to the way the bike mid corner, the carburetion is accurate and but the engine has no feel of urgency its operation and there is no tangible in the pants as the fires below get That is until you glance at the speedo and see for yourself the bike is shifting, it just doesn’t like it from where you are

Not adding to the riding excitement one bit is the Based heavily upon learned with the two-… race machine, the square steel tubing goes its work without shouting it. The same too can be said of the suspension off either end.

The Honda Pro set up at the rear, is progressive and compliant. the wheel in contact with the surface without fuss or It is air assisted, with a four-way for rebound damping and has a control the proceedings that is very for the period.

Honda CB1100R Concept

Up front, and common to a few of the day, is the TRAC (Torque Anti dive Control), works on one fork leg only and is via the action of a swinging brake As the brakes are applied then one pushes on a valve within the leg, which in turn, closes off an oil way to make the damping of the stiffer. Unlike many devices from the period it works and like the rest of the passes by unnoticed.

Where the does excel is mid corner. others on larger heavier and powerful machines are still whether or not it is safe to add a touch of the VF rider can be hard on the gas. the taps for all they are worth and a constant, unyielding pattern of strokes down onto the This is the V-fours party and one of the reasons the race versions had so success.

The engine works in total with the demands of the tyre and the feel, enabling the throttle to be hard many yards a much less composed Even when the Honda is this the ride, quite is still on the bland side. Not a or even a bit of tyre slide, back up through the saddle to add to the

Everything works as it should, when compared to many machines from the early better than it should. It was bad on the part Honda that the was released among a sea of potentially thrilling, but certainly no better bikes. The GPz900 was wheeled out to acclaim, as was the Yamaha FJ, leaving the VF a lost when it came to the game of top speeds and horsepower but there is so much more to the configuration than all of that.

will recall the camshaft of the earlier machines and the bad press this created; few will remember the ride that superb machine really did You do have to take a back at times and actually think what the bike is doing to appreciate the work that put in. The future, in part, really was V the engine developed into the killing VFR and RC series of tourers and machinery.

As the latter it won many World races and championships while the is still around and going strength to strength in its role as sports tourer.

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Honda’s V four, the VF750S is seen. styling saw poor sales.

The is released aimed at US superbike it virtually dominated the proceedings for the three seasons.

The launch of the saw a renewed interest for Honda in the sportsbikes stakes. The R model was to be a V-four version of the all-conquering but on track it rarely made it the stripe in first place. suffered as a direct result

Honda CB1100R Concept
Honda CB1100R Concept
Honda CB1100R Concept


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