New owner of VF1000RG

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Will.B
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Hello to all.

Just managed to purchase this beauty, a 1985 German spec Rothmans VF1000RG (I think but you guys might correct me on that one). It’s only done 18k from new and is in outstanding condition.
I have always found these to be a thing of beauty and have lusted after one for years. At last I have found a real nice example in the UK and look forward to getting a few miles covered next year when I go to the Spa classic races.
I already have a last of line VF500F2F that I’m restoring and they’ll look great together when it’s completed in spring.
Is there anything in particular I need to be aware of as a new owner, i.e. are there any weak points or tips?

Regards, Will

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Thunder
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Nice, love the Rothman color. :mrgreen:
86FANINPHILLY
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Congratulation on your Rothman's VF1000R! I was under the impression they weren't available until 86 but maybe I'm wrong. If I ever find an 86 that either doesn't have the factory RWB paint or needs fairing repairs I'm going to paint and decal it like yours. I have found a decal kit online minus the red and gold stripes. Just need to find that bike. Enjoy yours, she's a beauty.
Will.B
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Thank you for your kind comments guys, and Philly, you are correct regarding the year.
I was told initially by the dealer who has the bike at present, that it was a 85 model.
However now he's sent the bill of sale to me, I can see that it was registered in 1987 so it must be one of the last models made yes?
CB350G
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Beautiful bike! :arrow: :P
EmanuelSoh
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How are you liking the bike after a year? I'm thinking of getting that one too.
nigelrb
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I know this is an old thread, but that 'G' model scheme (Rothmans) is awesome. I have never seen one on the road in UK. Makes sense I guess; they're all garaged!
bille7
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yup the 10th digit of the VIN for most vehicles (for 17 digit VINs) generally denotes the year- "F"=85 "G"=86 "H"=87 and so on.
nigelrb
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Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:35 pmbille7 wrote:
yup the 10th digit of the VIN for most vehicles (for 17 digit VINs) generally denotes the year- "F"=85 "G"=86 "H"=87 and so on.
True, in general. In my case though, my 1985 VF has only an 11 digit VIN: SC162100484. (Same with my 1985 NS400R.)

17-digit VINs were introduced in UK after 1981, but apparently not mandatory until some years later.

From 2000 to 2009 the 10th 'age' digit was represented in numbers, i.e. 1 - 9, hence my 2007 MV F4 having a 10th digit of '7'.

Then 2010 reverted to alphabet letters: my 2011 Fireblade is a 'B' and my 2018 Blade is a 'J' - the o and I not being used to save confusion with numbers 0 and 1.

But back to the 'Rothmans' livery - although Rothmans itself was not decaled on the UK bikes. Here is the face of the original brochure:
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