Found on eBay: 1985 Honda Sabre VF700S


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Call it a near-classic or a soon-to-be classic. Or just call it a really nice Eighties bike. Either way, this Honda Sabre is in outstanding condition, would make a great rider (or even a show bike maybe?) and we're betting it sells for a fairly reasonable price.

The current owner seems to have quite a collection of older Honda's, and admits he's selling off a bit of the collection. Aside from a small chip at the rear of the tank, this one appears to be in very, very good condition. The odometer reads just 1,930 miles, and the bike appears to be all-original, though it may have newer tires, which would actually be preferable for anything other than static display.

To visit the auction for this Honda Sablre VF700S, go here. 

To see our story on the Honda Sabre VF700S, go here. 


3/21/2010 8:44:39 PM

The Sabres get no respect: they didn't sell as well as their other V-4 brethren, the Interceptors (sport) or Magnas (cruiser) models, so there's fewer of them around [ie, more likely to become classics.] Of course, we're currently reliving the downside of 80s bikes: the Transformers/cartoonish "edge design" styling that was part of what killed bike sales in the 80s and led to such smoking deals on these bikes that they were considered "throw aways" by their 1st owners back then. Sabre weak points are: handling, due to seizure of the swingarm [i]bushings[/i] - if you have one that you want to resurrect, take off the swingarm, & while you have it off, drill & tap it for zerk fittings so you can lube the replacement bushings (at which point, there is no need to upgrade to bearings! "For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost..." ;)) The forks are too spindly too, for such a heavy beast, but they're about standard for the time, so what can you do? Definitely swap in tapered headstock bearings, which will help the handling considerably, & find a good fork brace for it. Watch out for pitting of the cams; some of the early bikes had improper hardening of the cam faces, and oiling was less than ideal before Honda did some revisions [likely, a larger capacity oil pump], so use a modern synthetic to keep the engine healthy & happy. Great bikes, really, but kind of rare to find in such good shape, for the reasons mentioned.

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