Jim's $400.00 1986 VF500F

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  1. Paul Myers

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    Or as Honda got to the end of the production run of 86's maybe they started using up parts left over from the 84-85 model? I've seen this in cars in the 70s and 80s....
     
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    "Or as Honda got to the end of the production run of 86's maybe they started using up parts left over from the 84-85 model? I've seen this in cars in the 70s and 80s...."
    Very unlikely in this scenario. The 86 engine only just fits into the 84/85 frame. I know this cos I had to do it. I had to grind some of the weld from the frame to get the rear cylinder head cover to fit (on the left as you sit on the bike).
     
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    In this case I have an 85 engine in a 84-5 frame. Not much 86 left on this bike! The engine, tank, frame, not sure what else are 84-5. I guess I should have expected this on a 34 year old bike I bought as a derelict.
     
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    A bit like this then.
     
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    I wish my parts would come in! Ready to get this show on the road!

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    I feel your pain, Jim. I have parts, but not close enough to touch the project. Missing two critical items that wouldn't let me finish it anyway. :Tsk:
     
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    any updates, jim, on what your $400 wonder will cost in total to finally get it on the road ? :rolleyes:
     
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    If you're worried about economics, I'd pick a game other than motocycles.
     
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    but jim's thread started with an economic benchmark, dinnit ?
     
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    Come on, man. It's fairly obvious that Jim's quest has taken a detour from it's original intent. You just wanna rub his nose innnit. Not cool.
     
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    I will say that I have made money restoring motorcycles in the past. This will not be one of them!

    I really never bought it to make money, I just wanted one. The challenge has kept my mind off the outside world frankly.

    That being said, I have been keeping records of everything and I am all in (including the original VF500F and spare VF500C I bought) for $1,881.49.

    I am thinking another $200.00 for additional parts like the front tire, and maybe $500.00 to paint the tank and fairing puts me at $2,500.00.

    It's probably not worth $2,500.00, but as Ron said, motorcycles never make any economic sense.
     
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    Sorry Jim, Really don't agree with you there - but in a good way...

    You show me a $2500 bike that will look remotely like yours when finished...
     
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    It’s also the satisfaction of riding a bike you worked hard on and finished
    That sense of pride ....


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    Thanks, I really appreciate the encouragement! Labor of love for now...
     
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    Yes sir, that is exactly the story! Thanks!
     
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    That is correct....I think I will change the title to 'Jim's PRICELESS 1986 VF500F"
     
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    I have seen examples of people spending far more restoring absolute turds. At least the VF500 is a good bike to restore.
     
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    I have spent more than that on ti bolts and hardware. It's all about the journey, refining your skills, and showcasing your craftsmanship. Fine tuning your patience doesn't hurt either :Heh:
     
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    Yeah, I have been pretty lucky on my projects, I have not lost money on any of them recently. Not that it matters as you said. I did a full make over on a Gen 5 VFR800FI and wish I would have documented it on VFRWORLD. It ended up selling for a lot more than I thought it would. Made about a grand on it. What a great bike, but really heavy for a small guy like me. Honda built it so good it was not a challenge to restore.

    But yeah, it's about the journey. The VFR800FI restoration got me through Hurricane Harvey here in Houston, and this VF500F restoration will get me through Covid-19. Money is not an issue here at all.

    I have neighbors who have $75,000 300 HP Bass Boats they hardly use, so $2,500.00 for this bike? It is nothing.

    Again, thanks for the encouragement!!!!!
     
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    Finally.....after 6 weeks I have my precious o-rings to finish building the engine. Thanks to @NorcalBoy for the heads up on Musselman Honda In Tuscon. They did a fast turnaround on getting the parts. NO DRAMA.

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    Headgasket on....time to finish this thing and ride it!!!

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    Head mounted....

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