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Paul Hawksworth's Honda VFR400 NC30

Hi there, Here's my Honda VFR400 NC30 acquired in early 2013 - A 1990 Grey Import as seen at the Donington Park VJMC Classic weekend Exhibition amongst a good turnout of other VFR's and their owners.

This was rescued from the cellar of a pub in Shardlow, whereas the previous owner had stripped it down with the intention of repairing the motor (big end gone) and reassembling, but had lost interest - so having dusted down a few parts here it is in the garage ready for a challenge.

Although a few parts missing and being required I downloaded the workshop manual and went about the reassembly process , having never owned one of these prior it wasn't going to be easy

Luckily managed to acquire a replacement motor, and found it to be a Manx race prepped one, just need to install the starter clutch etc and electrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So in between trying to complete a house extension I set about the project in hand

Having assembled to a point, I needed to purchase a few missing bits, but this was looking good and I was keen to keep this as standard as I could to preserve its originality

July 2014 saw its return to the road, here is a few pictures of its current state - it's used rain or shine and has 65000 Km on it (although the engine in now not original) it looks pretty well for its age and use.

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Just prior to Donington, swapped the endcan for an Art Titanium one, fitted new tyres Bridgestone BT090's, and now I tend to use the bike whenever I can as it's such an enjoyable ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So from a bucket of bits and a bit of hard work in the garage I have what I would call a keeper.

There's also some footage of its maiden ride out on youtube either search "VFR400 Belton Lanes" or try the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymBIXaPgNUQ

Nothing like the sound of a square four in action :-D

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