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Sometimes I just LOVE 80s design. When I was a kid I read the bike magazines and I remember liking that, and the VT500 Ascot. Of the two the Ascot I now think is butt-ugly, but the Interceptor I still like. Of course I haven't seen a nice one in soooooooooo long, but I do troll ebay occasionally.



Edited by - robertob on Feb 20 2007 9:22:21 PM
 

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Sometimes I just LOVE 80s design. When I was a kid I read the bike magazines and I remember liking that, and the VT500 Ascot. Of the two the Ascot I now think is butt-ugly, but the Interceptor I still like. Of course I haven't seen a nice one in soooooooooo long, but I do troll ebay occasionally.



Edited by - robertob on Feb 20 2007 9:22:21 PM
I think what you meant to say is you want a VF1000F (or at least a 750). The 500 is a top heavy woof woof
 

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I must say, the V4 Hondas are cool. My son has an '86 VFR700. Great bike, wish it was a 750, 'cause the 750 has a lot more power and torque than you'd expect from 50 more cc's. I think the 500 would be cool, even though it may be somewhat of a dog, it's more the idea of the small V4, and the period styling. I also like some of the VTR250s that I've seen.


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I am gonna disagree with Geeto on this one. His opinion plain old sucks. Of the two the 500 is much better than the 1000 Interceptor. If you have some balls and wring its little neck the 500 is way fun and has handling all over the 750 and 1000. The VFR is another story. I have raced the 500 and the 750 and the 750 didn't want to turn very easily and when it did it wanted to tuck the front end. The 1000 was just a big pig. What I plan on doing one of these days when I get back to the land of motorcycles is get a 500 with a bad motor( some of the 84 and early 85s had bad cranks)and stick a Ascot single motor in it. I have mocked it up and it is almost a bolt in deal. Just motor mount plates and some spacers. It would still be kinda slow but would look good and handle great.

So Geeto sucks and I am right.

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I've always loved those bikes too. I recall reading at the time that the 500 interceptor was the best handling bike available. I was drinking heavily at that period in my life, tho. I almost bought one from a friend, in '88. Bought a '76 cb750f instead, because I thought it looked "Triumphy".
 

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I rode a 750 once but I've never been on a 500. I love the styling and the idea of them... the 750 hauled balls but I didn't have much time with it and did not push it at all.

Just to give you a frame of reference, one of my favorite cars that I have owned was a '85 Merkur XR4Ti so I'm all about 80s styling. The 500 seems almost perfect.
 

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I am gonna disagree with Geeto on this one. His opinion plain old sucks. Of the two the 500 is much better than the 1000 Interceptor. If you have some balls and wring its little neck the 500 is way fun and has handling all over the 750 and 1000. The VFR is another story. I have raced the 500 and the 750 and the 750 didn't want to turn very easily and when it did it wanted to tuck the front end. The 1000 was just a big pig. What I plan on doing one of these days when I get back to the land of motorcycles is get a 500 with a bad motor( some of the 84 and early 85s had bad cranks)and stick a Ascot single motor in it. I have mocked it up and it is almost a bolt in deal. Just motor mount plates and some spacers. It would still be kinda slow but would look good and handle great.

So Geeto sucks and I am right.

Ken (always right) Essex

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thanks ken - love ya too.

I'm just too big for the 500 to be nearly as fun or fast as the 1000 was for me. Also the 500 i rode was really ratty where as the 1000 was super cherry (it makes a big difference) which probably helped sour my opinion of it. I know other people who love them, I just never came around. If it is just a matter of styling I would rather have the 1000 than the 500 since they look pretty similar anyway.

It is personal preference but I just feel that once you get into 1980s bikes you shoudl stick to the 750s and 1000s (and the occasional 600) as that is where a lot of the major development money went and by that time most bikes "felt the same" (gone was the charastic shakes and rattles of 70s bike that made them charming).
 

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I had a VF500F as my first bike. Dry rotted tires, Kerker exhaust, non-damping suspension, etc. Even came complete with a helmet.

Great bike since I didn't kill myself on it.
 

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There's an interesting looking vfr1000 street fighter rolling around town here. Stripped out, chrome frame and suspension etc. Mainly stripped to "just less than safe" and dressed up a bit. It's kinda cool, loud and scary. I'd consider one for the right price and I agree with Geeto at least as far as the 500 being too small. I'm 6'1 and 245.....little bikes just generally don't cut it for me......gimme cubes anyday!

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The question was does wanting a VFR500 make him gay. While I don't know the answer to that question. My brother bought a VFR250 and that definatly made him a HOMO!. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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The question was does wanting a VFR500 make him gay. While I don't know the answer to that question. My brother bought a VFR250 and that definatly made him a HOMO!. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Yeah I know a guy here in the city with a vfr250. He doesn't ride it either because dick just chases him up the street when he does.
 

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Do you mean vtr250? That's a girl's bike, just like the Ninja 250, and riding either would make you gay. The reason? Stupid paint jobs featuring teal or lilac. Purple wheels are an abomination! As far as I know, the 500 only came in the same (very cool) red, white, and blue paint scheme as the 750 & 1000, so even if a vf500 makes you gay, it would be easier to hide your gayness.
 

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Do you mean vtr250? That's a girl's bike, just like the Ninja 250, and riding either would make you gay. The reason? Stupid paint jobs featuring teal or lilac. Purple wheels are an abomination! As far as I know, the 500 only came in the same (very cool) red, white, and blue paint scheme as the 750 & 1000, so even if a vf500 makes you gay, it would be easier to hide your gayness.
yeah the vtr that it the one. With a paint scheme that could make miami vice throw up.
 

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OK, Geeto is not totally wrong on this. I like the fact that the 500 is a physically smaller bike. I'm no lightweight at 5'10" and 225lbs. but the 500 is such a good handling bike that it is ok. By the way, the 86 was the best of the lot since they improved the crank and the cyl heads for that year although it lost a little hp on top end. So Geeto only kinda sucks.
The VTR250 was a cool idea that is a totally gay bike. The only colors it was available in were purple, teal and pink. Then it had that queer front brake setup with the inboard disk set-up and a totally anemic engine. It sucks hard. I wouldn't mind trying to stick a 500 single in one of those either, as long as it was painted something less gay before it even went into my garage.

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All this anti-gayness only proves one thing:
That y'all are all closet VTR250 and VF500F rider wannabies.

Get over it, face up to it, get on your pink bike, and ride it.
 
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