Think of the number of great motorcycle projects starting with accident repairs. You know how it goes, the bodywork comes off, a few pieces are removed and then you think, “well, as long as I’m doing this, why not modify that …?” This VFR800 with forced induction is a case in point.
The owner originally bought the Honda as a theft recovery and did a nice job fixing it up. Unfortunately, while on a short ride, he had a moment of inattention and the bike went down, undoing a lot of his hard work. Off comes the bodywork and he starts thinking, maybe it would look better as a naked bike and maybe a custom exhaust and why not add a blower? Why not, indeed.
Honda VFRs are really nice bikes but there isn’t a lot of room for a supercharger and you’re pretty much on your own coming up with mounting brackets, intake manifolds and all of the associated plumbing and wiring. What would the world be like without CAD and CNC? It would be like it used to be, naturally, but these days those problems can be figured out on a computer screen and machined exactly like you want them which helps a lot of builders pull off projects like this.
This particular build is covered in great detail over on the VFR forum with loads of step by step photos. It gives you an idea of what goes into a project like this, in case you were thinking about attempting a build of your own.
The final photos here are minus the lights which have since been installed but I think he did a really neat job, the blower fits in there very well. Power comes up to 140 horsepower with 63 foot pounds of torque, not to mention those 3rd and 4th gear power wheelies. Nice bike!
The VFR discussion forum looks like the place to be if you have one of these bikes, check ’em out.
I was pointed over to this VFR by Andy, who has not only been sending in some great tips but also has a really nice project of his own going on. When he’s a little further along, we’ll give everyone a look. Thanks, Andy!
UPDATE: Dan, the builder of this VFR, has posted final finished photos on the VFR forum with the bodywork back on plus he’s discussing progress on upcoming kit versions of this blower setup. Cool!
More photos and link below:
Link: VFR Discussion forum
All photos: VFR discussion forum