Practically free '09 VFR750, salvage

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  1. dave.h.hahn

    dave.h.hahn New Member

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    I have an opportunity to pick up a 1990 VFR750F, for practically nothing.
    It'll have a salvage title, and it was in a mild wreck. The front fairings are gone, the front fender is dented, the gas tank is dented, seat needs to be replaced, etc. It needs a lot of cosmetic work.

    It does run, with 30,000 miles on it, but I can't take it on the street yet.

    I haven't ridden a motorcycle on a regular basis in almost 30 years, but seeing this gave me the itch.
    I've never restored a MC either, but I've worked on plenty of cars, and I'm ready for a winter project.

    What do you think? Should I get it?
     
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    Note that the earlier VFR models are going to be harder to find parts for, event the 1998-2001 era machines are having parts become unavailable. If you’re looking to restore this bike to original condition, it may take a while to locate all the parts you need and if you’re eager to buy it, restore it, then ride it, you may not be riding it for quite sometime, depending on what you are going to call finished of course.

    If you’re looking to get riding right away, I would find something that you can buy and ride now and then look at something like this bike to fill in your time, all the while enjoying a bike that is fully Road worthy and functional. I get winter time may give you the time you need for a restoration project but this would be assuming you can find the parts you need during winter season.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Good thoughts.
    I don't need a MC now. We're coming into the rainy season here in Oregon, and I don't even have my MC endorsement. So I have a lot to do.
    I found aftermarket, unpainted fairings for about $400, and I have no desire to fully restore it. If I can get it fully functional, I will be more than happy.
     
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    I have a 93 vfr750 and over the last 3 years have spent more in parts than I paid for the bike. Parts are hard to find and sometime it takes years to find. It's all the little parts that you need that will kill you. There is not a lot of aftermarket support for a 30 year old bike only made 90-93. On the other side it's a great bike. The sound of the v4 is incredible. I have had bikes come and go but the vfr is forever. Sounds like you have time so if it's cheap you will not regret it when you are done. 20190512_111544.jpg
     
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    it could be a hard bike to restore depending on your experience and free time (read-scouring Ebay/CL.) That said, I have two, one I had since 95 with 81,000 miles and looks like a bike that has 20,000 - other one, was a CL bike that turned over, nothing else was known, it was a complete bike with all hangable plastic. 6 years later, I am happy with the result.
     

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