A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to purchase a Honda VF500FII for the bargain price of Just £85. A great chance to do some more restoration I thought.
Is it Worth all the Effort?
However, I was surprised when a number of folk I’d shared the knowledge of my good fortune with, suggested I should walk away! As soon as they saw the bike or the photo they said:
‘hand it back’ or even ‘scrap it!’
The Titanic is in better nick that this Honda was!
It seems there was a possibility that, as it looked like it had been in the English Channel for a couple of years, it was beyond fixing. It’d been suggested there was no point restoring this VF as it would absorb too much money.
As the naysayers put it; ‘You’ll end up paying out more than the bikes worth – what’s the point of that?’
350 answers…mostly negative!
Just Got on with it
So this got me thinking; what is the point? What is the point of restoring a bike that seems beyond redemption? Well maybe there is a value in the restoration, but not necessarily financially? So I decided to crack on with the work and total it all up!
I set about the full restoration from the frame up to prove a point: That it could be done and it was worthwhile. In the end I did indeed prove it was worthwhile but not in financial sense. No rather it was worthwhile spiritually!
The whole process: Meeting up with my old partner in crime in the shed, taking the VF apart, sand blasting, buying all the seals, cleaning the carburettors, stripping the engine, rewiring, re-chroming, replacing this and that repairing and repainting was all worthwhile. This all had value for the experience gained
The rusty boat anchor gave me over a thousand hours of work. This really helped me stay sane and focused on my everyday life! Crucially without the need to go down the pub or pay £80 an hour for therapy. The full restoration ended up costing me rather more than a couple of grand in the end.
Pleasing end result
However I got £80,000 worth of therapy for a fraction of the cost! So that put me up nearly £78,000 up on the deal!
I also discovered what the point of working on an unloved and worthless motorcycle really was all about…
Words and Pictures: Adrian Budd
Based on his first post in The Unloved and Worthless Facebook group