Jim's $400.00 1986 VF500F

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  1. straycat

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    Congratulations Jim, a well deserved first ride with no issues. I admire your tenacity and fortitude.
     
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    That’s what I would call a result


    VF1000F2F, now rideable,
     
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    That's great news. Good job man.
     
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    Thanks Stray! Those are your stripes on the fuel tank!
     
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    And thanks for all your help, especially the rear shock!
     
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    you really earned it, jim, nice job.
     
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    Awesome work Jim! I just finished reading this thread start to finish and learned tons!!! I just picked up my first 1986 VF500F and came here looking for information... well I found it in your journey so thank you!
     

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    Heh. Working on motorcycles is engaging, satisfying, gratifying, and occasionally successful.
    Yeah, but riding them is better still.
     
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    Did a banzai run from Milwaukee to Seabrook, TX a couple weeks ago to pick up a boat with a buddy of mine. You're absolutely correct about the drivers in H-Town. Wow. I've spent my entire life in metro Chicago and Milwaukee, been in LA traffic, and most everywhere in-between, and without a doubt I'm convinced it's not only the speed, but the lack of controlled speed in H-town that takes the cake for me. Would not want to be on a bike on those interstates anywhere near rush hour!

    As has been said so many times, hats off for going above and beyond on this restoration, I'd buy ya multiple shots if I was in the neighborhood!
     
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    Thanks for the compliments! I am not done yet but I have to say this bike is not for the faint of heart as far as restorations.

    Best of luck and will be following your progress.
     
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    Thanks for the compliments!

    I am in outside sales so I am driving around all day watching the carnage on the roads in Houston. Been here most of my life and I am kind of getting burned out on all the uncaring/unattentive drivers out there. Rant Over.....
     
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    I did not see that picture you attached...Looks like a really nice score you got there!
     
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    NEW to me PETCOCK! Finally found the elusive *affordable* used petcock and I got a nice one it appears.

    Question: What is the deal with the vacuum fuel shut off diaphragm modification. The diaphragm is still available from Honda so why not just buy a new one and use the petcock the way the Universe and Honda intended? Do these fail a lot and it is a mandatory modification????

    Also, the one on the used petcock looks fine, should it be replaced anyway???

    Opinions???

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    I dunno. I've always had success with vacuum shutoffs over the last forty years or so.
    I rebuilt my 500's petcock with the Honda kit and it's been perfectly fine.
     
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    This thing is not bad! Took a 60 mile ride (most of it through suck - A$$ Houston traffic). Finally got a chance to open it up and got to 75-80 MPH.

    Ran great, again with no issues whatsoever. Found some twisty bits (not easy in the Houston Area) and it was really tossable though it certainly does show it's age compared to modern bikes. No worries, I still loved it. Still have some work to do on painting but getting pretty complete at this point.

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    The little 500 is pretty damn capable. The fact that it is pretty light helps it to not overwhelm the dated equipment, which it's big brothers quickly did. That's also why they respond so nicely with just modest upgrades.

    Glad you are enjoying it and had a positive 1st real ride. Good job.
     
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