My parents had this 1983 Honda V45 Sabre (VF1500S) from someone else in the family and mostly restored it to factory spec. My father ripped most of it a part and rebuilt it, but not without problems. He frustratedly pulled and rebuilt the carburetor numerous times before putting it away due to intermittent fuel delivery issues having to do with a rusted gas tank. After doing some work on the front brakes, a neighborhood test ride threw him over the handlebars when they locked up unexpectedly. A few broken ribs later (nothing new for my dad and motorcycles), he loaded it up on a trailer and intended on giving it way as a free gift for whomever purchased the trailer. During the last Bike Week in March of this year, I told him that I’d love to have the bike as a project bike. My parents were very glad to keep the bike in the family and also had complete confidence in me that I’d not put it back on the road until everything required was rebuilt properly and inspected. I’ve been itching for a project bike for years since my current ’03 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500 is off limits to major modifications for sentimental reasons.
My initial intentions for a project bike were to go the bobber route. Really, that was the only “alternative” style I had known, a part from choppers. After the initial research and inspiration finding, I discovered exactly what it was in a motorcycle I was looking for, and it wasn’t bobbing or chopping. I’m looking for a motorcycle that isn’t afraid to go into scary places, get dirty, fall over, or go on long rides. I learned that there was a lot more out there in the motorcycle world and this Sabre was my opportunity to create exactly what I wanted, not what I would be expected to want.
While the main style will follow the philosophy of a “Scrambler”, I understand it won’t hit all of the “requirements”. Spoke wheels, air-cooled engine, and high-mounted exhaust just won’t happen with this bike, and that’s okay. Its going to be whatever I make it. Some inspiration shots:
First things that need attention:
- Front brakes
- Fork seals
- Electronics/Electrical (80’s futuristic electronics system)
- Rusted fuel tank
We’ll see where this goes!