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Auction Ended:

Tuesday, 30 March, 2021 - 16:02

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1986 Honda VF500 FII

The VF500F (badged as ‘Interceptor’ for the American market) was part of Honda’s family of first-generation V4 engine motorcycles (VF400F, VF500F, VF700F, VF750F, VF1000F) and sold from 1984 through to ’88 – the full fairing V500FII was a European (and clearly SA) market option. The formula was simple, with a 498cc engine slotted into a square-tube steel frame and conventional front forks, and a rear mono-spring/damper (both adjustable in stiffness with air pressure) kept the rubber on the tarmac. To save weight an aluminium swingarm held the 18-inch rear rim, but the front was dropped to 16-inch to reduce the rotational inertia and make steering a breeze. And it worked a treat, with the V500 widely regarded as one of the finest handling bikes of the ʼ80s.

Added to this nimbleness, the over-square water-cooled V4, which featured four valves per cylinder, mixed fuel and air via a quartet of 32mm Keihin carburettors and was good for 70 horses, 43Nm of torque and a 12 000rpm redline – 1500rpm more than the Yamaha FJ600, which had up until then been the rev-leader in the class. If kept above 8000rpm the acceleration impressed, running a ¼-mile in 12.66 seconds and up to a max of around 196km/h – a higher top number than the Yamaha FJ600 and GPZ550.

This Example

Description by seller:
Low-mileage example that hasn't run for a year or so. Will need a battery and the carbs to be set up - this was started but never finished, hence the sitting for a while. Very original and in good condition. The right-hand fairing had a crack which has been plastic-welded but needs a new vinyl sticker added. The sticker around the headlight could also do with a refresh. Plastic 'cubby hole' surrounds inside the fairing are cracked where they mount, and both exhaust cans have rust holes.

This bike is available to view in Johannesburg by appointment.

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Special Features

Condition rating: 6/10

Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000017
Seller: Private
Year: 1986
Manufacturer: Honda
Model: VF500 FII
Derivative: FII
Service History: No Service History
Mileage: 11,513 Km
Engine Size: ,498cc
Engine Type: V 4-cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 6 Manual
Layout: Mid-engine - rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 70 BHP
Exterior: Red/White/Blue
Interior: NA

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Bidding Information - 1986 Honda VF500 FII

Estimated Price Range:

R 19,000.00 - R 32,000.00

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Start Date:

Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 - 06:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 30 March, 2021 - 16:02


4 months, 1 week ago

Hi Stuart, Is this vehicle's paperwork in order?

Hi Nick, that one is sold. Had papers up to date. - Stuart CCA 4 months, 1 week ago

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