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Honda CB1100R Concept

Superbikes – Forgotten heroes II

superbikes have risen the hallowed halls of motorcycling their more frumpy have lagged behind. In his instalment, Patrick van Sleight good tips for sourcing and these gems.

by Patrick van

Bikes like the original Katana and Honda CB1100R are at the forefront today of an (old) of sought-after bikes from the and seventies. They were and exotic, and collectors would for good, clean examples. But are bikes that sit just one lower, that are usually by collectors.

They lived in the of their more glorious yet offered similar performance, for cash and image.

And if you buy wisely, bikes offer usable, performance and low maintenance cost and with practicality to rival any model today, depending on the bike is used for.

The bikes profiled here are outside the collector’s spotlight they are either still too or/and were not landmark and are therefore considerably cheaper their stable-mates. To read the instalment, click here .

– 86 Kawasaki Z1100R: 1 089 cm3, eight-valve inline-four, 85 kW, 233kph, wet

The Z1100R picked up where the left off and the green 1000R Lawson Replicas” where the Kawasakis to be seen in the early This trend continued the 1100 and there was only one for this bike to be at the time – It also happened to be the colour of the that Lawson heroically to two production superbike championships in the US, only served to strengthen love affair with the

Essentially the Z1100R was a makeover of the which was in production at the same But the revised camshafts and ignition a fatter mid-range and Eddie replicas are still a cult for Kawasaki followers. High examples are not as reliable as the GPzs due to the power.

Look out for Eddie Lawson

1983 – 94 Yamaha XJ900F: 892 cm3 eight-valve inline-four, 67 kw, 217 km/h, 218 kg

much of an athlete and despite its the XJ650 Turbo received a reception. However, its successor, the was one of the lightest bikes at the top end of the market a highly respected power-to-weight Its alternator was stuck behind the to increase the leaning angle, but it made it as narrow as most of the at the time.

Launched with a 853 cm3 this was upped to 892 in 1985 remained in production until when it was superseded by the workhorse-like models. Owners love XJs, since they as sports tourers, but excessive commuting ruins the gearbox and the fuel and oil consumption is not encouraging

1984 – 87 Honda VF1000F: 998 cm3 V4 DOHC 16-valve, 84 kW, 225 km/h, dry

The VF750 of 1982 with its V4 engine was an industry first. But the that followed two years was decidedly unpopular in comparison the VFR. Honda’s early VF were notoriously unreliable due to camshafts and cam-chains that out almost every 10 000km gear-driven cams of the race-bred are not affected to the same degree).

and certain after-market companies replacement cams that longer, but by the time the VF1000F the damage was done, and the bike was overlooked.

Honda CB1100R Concept

Perhaps thanks to the unreliability of the VF Honda over-engineered the next of V4’s in the form of the VFR750F, and them bullet-proof gear-driven which resulted in them one of the most enduring and popular ever available. The VF1000F was for its day with water-cooling, mono-shock and and a steel frame running the sides.

Today it makes a and decidedly less risky than its 750 sibling, but it still has a for premature cam wear as well as gearboxes. But the big V4 has grunt and smoothness in its not to mention the deep baritone of those exhausts. This is one to out from the crowd, but unless you have to have a cheap and big V4, it is not a very logical buy considering its and what else is available for the money.

1986 – 1993 FJ1200: 1 188 cm3 DOHC 16-valve 240kph, 261kg

Yamaha made another at the superbike crown with the FJ1100 in 1984. Unfortunately, the GPZ900 was launched at the same-time, and the FJ by mistake rather than became one of the best touring ever. The most obvious of the FJ is the modern-looking, box-section perimeter-frame signalled the end of an era in frame design and with the Honda VF models, the look of bikes to come.

It had a suspension that contributed to the appearance of the bike with its proportions. The FJ12 with its 1 097 cm3 followed two years after the and offered even more of the low-rev torque that the became renowned for.


Try for a test ride

buy a bike at night

Common as they are, you find these old bikes on floors. Most bike also advertise breakfast rallies and the odd bike for sale. is, of course, also the classified of your local newspaper.

If all sound cumbersome and too much unnecessary and hard work; assure in knowing that – with bikes this old – any number of these guidelines cost many a purchaser sorrow and financial cost.


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