Gavin's Unofficial VF1000R home page
Straight into some pic's... Here's the bike that started me thinking about this page...
This photo was taken 1 week after I finished restoring it. It was a real mess before I started, thanks
to it getting bored and spitting me off on several occasions.
Here's some more pics (warning - some are quite large but try them :)
The 'CAM GEAR DRIVE' writing on the left had side cover.
Detail of the left side. Clocks/honda logo on tank and bit of motor.
Better quality file of the above picture
Left hand side from the back
Some of these pictures where taken in the 'Film Facilities Ltd' studio in Wellington.
All of them are taken with a MAMIA (sp?) proffesional large format camera (Thanks
Film Facilities - I used to work there as a camera technician). The 'Left hand side from the back'
one was taken on top of Mt Victoria in Wellington.
Many thanks to Mike who provided all the arty knowledge when it came to taking the pics - well
ok he took them himself :) I just helped.
- 998cc 90°V4 water cooled (2 radiators + an oil cooler)
- 77.0mm Bore, 53.6mm Stroke (3.03 x 2.11 in)
- Gear driven double overhead cam's per bank with rocker arm
- Red line at 11,000rpm
- 4 valves per cylinder
- 36mm (1.42in) Throttle bore Carb's (Keihin VD85's) fed by a fuel pump which is pulsed with the #1 cylinders ignition coil.
- Low lead gasoline with 94 octane number or higher (hates the New Zealand 96 (sic) fuel, Loves 100+ racing fuel
- Healthy 100hp with torque to die for. 5 speed gear box, hydraulic clutch with integral one way clutch to prevent rear wheel lockup's on down change's
- Engine weight 96kg (212lbs)
Check out the power curve of the old girl
- Double cradle box section frame (steel)
- 28° caster angle, 98mm (3.9in) trail.
- BIG mother of a swing arm
- Carbon/glass fibre front fairing's with plastic rear
- Adjustable damping/preload front and rear (air preload)
- Anti dive front fork
- Adjustable clip on's in 2° increments
- Current Speedo reading of 174,000K/ms
- 25 litre tank (6.6 US gal) - 4.5 litre reserve (1.2 US gal)
- The VF1000R was made in U.K, Germany, Europe, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy and Spain versions (well, there's a code in the manual for each of these country's)
If anyone wants to know more from the manual (service procedures, clearances, adjustment specs, wiring diagrams etc - just email me).
I've owned this bike since December 1995 (with approx. 67,000k/ms on the clock). Since then it has been
around the North and South Islands of New Zealand and much travelling on the North Island since then. I find
it great for long trips but the seat could probably be a lot better.
The bike has run faultlessly for this period (apart with a small problem with the cooling system)
During the time I've owned it, the only servicing required has been adjusting the valve clearances,
oil/filter changes every 5000k/ms, carb balancing, spark plug replacement along with the usual oiling/tuning
Here is a scanned version of the owners and workshop manual here.
open page 1.jpg and page 2.jpg for the index then go to the pages you want. Enjoy. Please let me know if you use this manual - i'd love to know if it's of use to anyone. If some of the scan's are no good and you cannot read them - please email me with the page no so i can scan it again for you.
Check out these guys - a must look. great web page at VF1000.COM
I also own a VFR400 for my daily travelling around. here's a page for it (under construction)
My account of the 1986 Rusty Nuts M/C club's Grand Challenge.
Hope these people don't mind me linking to them...
nzbikers. all about M/C in New Zealand and the people that have done/do it.
Here's Tero's account of New Zealand on a motor cycle with some help from some NZBikers members in 1996, and in
This guy has some great V4 cam info and more.
The New Zealand motor cycle. The Britten. It should be compulsory to support these guys!
Here's my service record for the bike since I've owned it up until today (8th April 1998). Also here are some of the
new parts and prices I bought while restoring her (all $ are NZ).
Some stuff about me.
I'm a 32 year old living in New Zealand and very keen on Motorcycles Me and the VF at Andrews. I also dabble in computers and generaly all stuff mechanical/electromechanical/electronic etc. I work for
myself at Invincible
Technologies Limited Wellington.
Some of my friends links.
Mark Bodell Link to Mark Bodell's new home page (Ducati, cars, music)
Andrew Broome is into bikes, bands, CP's and fish.
Gavin Legge (New Zealand)
people have hit this site since March
Last updated 25 March 2003