Rothmans VF500R Interceptor tribute/restoration/creation

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  1. straycat

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    Well, after getting the 86 Interceptor (see my other post), I found a tired 85 that needed saving. Having done quite a few stock bike resto's I really want to do a bit of a custom build. Ive loved the rothmans livery for a long time so Ive decided to build a "what if" Honda had built a VF500"R", type of bike.

    Some of the planned work:

    Top end will be checked - ensure the cams are good etc
    full strip to the frame which will be powder coated
    Rothmans paint job and decals
    Clip-on bars (lower ones)
    Full Fairing
    Windshield will be lowered
    Aftermarket pipes (short slash cut pipes)
    Custom Seat
    different mirrors and signals
    the usual Bearings. Brakes, fork seals, Tires etc
    maybe a set of VF500f2 wheels if I can find them



    stay tuned, ill post pics as I go. I have one more small bit of work to finish on my Hawk GT before i really get at it, but here is the bike I will start with, a complete but tired 85. IMG_0121.JPG IMG_0123.JPG
     
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    If I were you I would just try to get a VF1000RG that came in that livery. Probably end up costing you less.
    Although if you are in it for the journey then ignore me.
     
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    The VF1000R was only available here in the HRC livery and they are getting pricey (if you can find one). typically $5000 and thats a bike that still needs attention. Taking the experience on the last 4 restorations I have done, I can build this bike for $2500 including the price of buying the bike.

    The journey is certainly part of it, but im also sticking to a budget. I have everything purchased at this point (except wheels). Im well under the budget so far.
     
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    P1090870.JPG P1090894.JPG Started the tear down today
     
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    VF500R decals.jpg here' a sample of one of the decals that will be on it
     
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    New 15" slash cut straight pipes have arrived along with a new rear fender, gear selector and exhaust collector. waiting on the CNC levers, clip-ons and a few other bits.

    not gotten too far into the tear down yet, that will get underway as the weather cools off and I'm garage bound.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. My hat's off to you and others who take on these projects and have the skills to make them happen. I have an '84 700 in my shed dying for attention. I have a vague notion of hanging my engine in a trellis type of frame and going from there. May have to wait until retirement before I can do much ...

    ACE
     
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    Stripping down is going ok, Cams look good, just have to check the clearances P1090938.JPG P1090937.JPG
     
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    Applauding here!
     
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    Teardown is such a fast, fun time. Especially when you don't find fucked up cams and followers.
    Yay!
     
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    Personally, I think you posted those picture just so we could glimpse all your other, drool-inducing collection!
     
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    :) lots more where they came from Terry


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    IMG_0301.jpg IMG_0302.jpg IMG_0304.jpg finally all stripped down.
     
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    Now with the bike all stripped, i'm starting with valve adjustments, some are too tight , some too loose, but i need another set of feeler gauges so I can use 2 at a time
     
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    Bit of Progress, Frame painted, head bearings replaced, triple clamp re painted and re installed P1090966.JPG P1090967.JPG
     
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    P1090988.JPG P1090986.JPG happy new year folks. a few update pics. engine install is next.....
     
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    bit more progress. engine is back in, exhaust headers and collectors are on, bars are on and wiring loom is back in.

    lots of wiring to connect up now. I also still have new billet shorty levers to go on in place of the originals P1090998.jpg P1090996.JPG
     
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    Update. Most of the bike is back together. Ive just got the exhaust mocked up for these pics, the bike will be ready to start up soon and I can get on with the body work. P1100002.JPG P1100003.JPG P1100005.JPG
     
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    The Interceptor fired up yesterday, so today it was onto body mods:

    Cut off the upper fairing edges (Jelly/jello mould)
    Cut some relief into the fairing for the levers and clip-ons
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    Cut the front fender to look more like the retro 500GP style
    Trying to determine which position (if at all) I place the TZR250 knuckle blisters (either way means modifications to get them to fit) P1100015.JPG P1100016.JPG P1100017.JPG P1100018.JPG
     
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