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    Jan /Feb BOTM Winter Projects: Winner = Captain 80s

    I mean, this guy has established his credibility as a motorcycle nut. But just in case we needed more evidence, he's out there adopting still more orphaned motorcycles in need of love. Thus we present his latest rescue, the $400 1990 Viffer 750:

    Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
    1990 VFR750F. Bought two days before xmas, 2021. From the OfferUp ad:

    1990 Honda VFR 750 $1

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    Needs 1 small part. Make offer or trade.


    Well... shit. DON"T need another bike. But I gotta inquire.

    Message the dude thru OfferUp:

    "Is the title in your name? When was the last time it ran?"

    Response: "It just needs one small part"

    "Yeah. I read that. Are you the titled owner and how long since it has ran?"

    "Yah, I got the title. A few years. Started dumping fuel out of this part when I was trying to start it"

    OK then, we got some info to go on now. I call him and we talk and he seems like a decent dude. I tell him normally I would just come out and look and talk to you in person. But it was a pretty good trek to check it out, so I tell him that and ask, "so... what do you think you wanna get out of it?"

    "I don't know, five hundred bucks. I'd probably take 400, I just wanna get back the money I put into it before it got parked."

    It's on. We make arrangements for DEC 23rd, my first day off for the Holidays. It's a ferry ride over to Kingston with a trailer, so a $30 tab there. Then down the peninsula to Port Orchard. Couple hours easy. Get there and it's a beauty day, so I'm able to roll it out of the spot you see in the above pic. First thing... Fox Twin Clicker. Good start. The 8 spoke wheel is probably worth what I'm paying anyway, so no risk really. It's all there. Tank is off, but it is drained and 100% clean on the inside. Fuck yes. Original Honda key, owner's manual and tool kit. Asked about a seat cowl and he just looked puzzled... "never mind". New chain and sprockets (chain is pretty rusty). Essentially brand new (5 years ago) Michelin Pilot Power tires. Steel braided lines up front. 70K miles... doesn't really matter on these engines. Look down at the shiny oil filter and pop the dipstick. Oil looked like it just came of a bottle. Cool. It got ridden home from the shop and pretty much parked. Notice the drain plug and adjacent oil pan has been drilled... that actually makes me happy. It means somebody might have gone thru the front end to match the rear shock at some point for a track day or few. The forks feel like they have real springs in them and somebody updated to the later fork caps with pre-load adjustment.

    He shows me the "one small part" it needs. "I think it's some kind of fuel separator or something". I am playing dumb. "yeah? huh." It's a plastic vacuum valve with a broken nipple for the emissions that is gonna end up in the trash anyway. "Fuel was coming out of that broken off part". I know it's just dirty carbs at this point.

    "you said you'd take $400?" "yep" Exchange money and title / bill of sale and load it up.

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    Not pretty but hey. Every piece of bodywork has issues, but that tank is really nice. Oh yeah, a Corbin... whatever. Decide to make it a big round trip and drive around thru Tacoma (over a toll bridge) and back up thru Seattle. I left around 9am and got home around 3pm. Pretty good day. At least it was a beautiful day for driving.

    Here's back home after a quick strip.

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    So the winter plan is to clean the carbs and get her running. The carbs are already out and while not great they are not terrible. Very doable. I already have the PAIR system and emission crap eliminated. I bought a 2003 rear wheel to replace the 8 spoke for personal use on my 95 (likely). Then go thru the systems and make it ride-able.

    Brakes front and rear are sticking and need to be serviced. Hopefully the pistons aren't pitted.
    Flush the coolant system.
    I'm sure the fork seals are gonna start leaking the next time I just look at them.
    I have a plan for adapting a slip-on (D&D), I think it's gonna work perfect.
    Stock 1993 shock on the way (w/ rebound damping) so I can remove the Fox for rebuild (it still passes the critical seat-bounce test we all learned on showroom floors).
    New inner / rear fender to replace this hacked unit.
    Try and go thru the bodywork to make it mount better and look more presentable.
    Gonna modify the passenger peg brackets to remove the peg portions.

    And go from there...

    Well... there's my entry!

    https://vfrworld.com/threads/found-a...e-wheel.59962/

    #2
    Captain 80s, feel free to post a project update below for those who I'm sure are curious!

    Congrats!

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      #3
      Congrats Mike! For sure, post a build thread even if it's copy/paste from VFR forums. I'm here more than there.
      Eric Y.
      NT663 and VFR800
      Yuzon Designworks

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        #4
        Congrats man!!!!

        Very cool bike with a very interesting story!
        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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          #5
          Thanks everybody! I'll post an update soon, making some very good progress. You can also check in with the link I posted at the end of my story.
          "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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            #6
            YEAH !!!!! That !!! Congrats!!
            Bi-Coastal U.S.A.: Los Angeles, CA and Long Island, NY

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              #7
              Way to go!
              1988 Hawk
              1989 Hawk
              1998 ST1100
              1999 ST1100
              North Georgia

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                #8
                We all have at least one story of when we pushed passed a couple of red flags, put it the extra effort and got a smoking deal.

                Ida probably been out on the "one small part" thing. My brain immediately goes "small part.... Like a trans gear or a crank bearing". Then when he doubled down on that while ignoring my title questions, I'd probably not have pushed passed that either.

                The rewards of due diligence and patience! Bravo sir!


                Unfortunately we all have one of these deals that we got and we hope it cancels out deals like that fz750 we bought that "just needs a batt and a carb cleaning". The one that we jumped too enthusiastically on that made < 40lbs on three pots.. or the bike in the milk crates that was supposed to be "all there", yet wasn't. Or the bike that came with a clean title.... That didn't actually match the Vin... Or.... Or....

                Hopefully you have less of those stories than I and can stay ahead in the long game!
                Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
                  Thanks everybody! I'll post an update soon, making some very good progress. You can also check in with the link I posted at the end of my story.
                  Please post updates! I really like these old VFR's and seeing them being restored is satisfying.

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                    #10
                    Custom D&D slip on is done. Fabbed up a quick muffler stay.

                    PXL_20220316_023621043.jpg

                    Clearance can be tweaked, but this looks good. I did an angled squish up top for the brake res hose to route by.

                    PXL_20220316_024013688.jpg
                    Passenger peg delete looks nice now as just the seat lock and grab handle.

                    PXL_20220316_024900720.jpg

                    I've got the 1993 shock and 2003 wheel installed. I've got some more done, another update soon.

                    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                      #11
                      Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
                      Custom D&D slip on is done. Fabbed up a quick muffler stay.

                      PXL_20220316_023621043.jpg

                      Clearance can be tweaked, but this looks good. I did an angled squish up top for the brake res hose to route by.

                      PXL_20220316_024013688.jpg
                      Passenger peg delete looks nice now as just the seat lock and grab handle.

                      PXL_20220316_024900720.jpg

                      I've got the 1993 shock and 2003 wheel installed. I've got some more done, another update soon.
                      Looking good dude! Nice work. Love how tight to the tire it's tucked, and nice angle.
                      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                        #12
                        Captain 80s do you have build threads for your VFR's ?

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by harpo View Post
                          Captain 80s do you have build threads for your VFR's ?

                          There's a link to this one at the bottom of Post 1 above. You can find my other builds over there too.
                          "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                            #14
                            OK... another change. Bought another shitty muffler for the flange and fabbed up one more slip-on for a fairly crappy Two Brothers Oval CF Magnesium slip on.

                            PXL_20220506_010818611.jpg
                            It had been cut down a bit and crappily rebuilt after some damage and was on a 1986 VFR with a Kerker 4-1 I bought off a friend. I also swapped the passenger peg brackets off of the 1992 on to this. Probably better to have some passenger pegs on the bike I'm selling. I'll use the modified ones I did for this on the 1992, that will eventually have a left exit Full TB.

                            In the meantime while I go thru the 1992 systems, before the resto and full exhaust, I can run the original D&D slip on I made that I like better.
                            "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
                              OK... another change. Bought another shitty muffler for the flange and fabbed up one more slip-on for a fairly crappy Two Brothers Oval CF Magnesium slip on.

                              PXL_20220506_010818611.jpg
                              It had been cut down a bit and crappily rebuilt after some damage and was on a 1986 VFR with a Kerker 4-1 I bought off a friend. I also swapped the passenger peg brackets off of the 1992 on to this. Probably better to have some passenger pegs on the bike I'm selling. I'll use the modified ones I did for this on the 1992, that will eventually have a left exit Full TB.

                              In the meantime while I go thru the 1992 systems, before the resto and full exhaust, I can run the original D&D slip on I made that I like better.
                              What dont you like about it? Looks awesome as far as I can see.
                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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