The Honda VF1000R was the high performance member of the Honda VF1000 model family. All models had an advanced V4 998cc double overhead cam 16-valve, liquid-cooled engine but the VF1000R had a series of modifications to boost power and bring the bike closer to the Honda FWS1000 race bike which was competing in the Daytona 200 and AMA F1 class.
The most famous modification that was made to the V4 in the Honda VF1000R was the addition of gear driven camshafts but in addition compression ratio was up from 10:1 to 10.7:1, there were more radical cams with longer exhaust duration and the train of nine gears to drive the camshafts, replacing the central chain drive used on the other V4s.
Though Honda had used gear-drive cam operation in race engines, this was the first of Honda’s road bikes to be so equipped
The suspension on the VF1000R was notably advanced for a road bike in the 1980s, the front suspension featured air-assist 41mm tube diameter forks with 3-way adjustable rebound damping, TRAC (Torque Reactive Anti-Dive Control), a fork brace, and equaliser, a pre-cursor in many ways to the modern suspension used on many current superbikes. In the rear the monoshock suspension was a Pro-Link unit with 3 way remote adjustable rebound damping.The braking system was similarly advanced for the time, with twin floating discs with dual piston calipers and sintered metal pads up front, and a ventilated disc with an opposed piston floating caliper and sintered metal pads in the rear.
This is a very clean example with low mileage.