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Back in August, Jamie decided he wanted to race at the Bonneville Salt Flats. All he had in his garage was a 1986 Honda VFR750 he’d bought on Craigslist for $300, so he packed it into a truck and took off. “You don’t have to spend a million bucks to fulfill your dreams,” he says. “If I can do it, anyone can.”

While out there, Jamie also caught up with other Bonneville racers like Al Lamb, who would go on to set a new record for the fastest sit-on motorcycle.

RideApart will air every Tuesday through the end of the year. You can find all the episodes, plus more great original programming on DRIVE.

  • k2them

    What all had to be “rebuilt” on the VFR to get it going?

    • http://motogeo.com Jamie Robinson

      $360 ish, see below for the breakdown.

      Any other parts were in my garage or stolen from a friends :)

  • Martin

    Glad RA is back.

    Allow me to be the first to ask…

    After the $300 off CL, how much was put into the bike?

    • http://motogeo.com Jamie Robinson

      I’m a tight Yorkshireman so putting lots of money into a project bike is never going to happen.

      Firstly my Dad got it going $0, Metric Method fitted the carb kit $50 (Friends), Seat $45, Gas tank $70, Front wheel $20 (All EBay), Fairing $150, Paint: (Myself with rattle cans) $25: = $360

      A bit more than I paid for it, but not bad…

      • Martin

        Not bad indeed!

        I just had to hassle you about it, thanks for the reply. Looked like it was a hell of a lot of fun.

      • Slothrop

        VFRs rule…

      • smoke4ndmears

        Look for some cheap CBR 600F2 wheels for that thing man. transforms the bike like you wouldn’t believe!

        Great way to kick of the new season!

        • http://motogeo.com Jamie Robinson

          I like the sound of that, have you any experience doing mod? Easy?

  • PenguinScotty

    Today is a good day. RA is back.

    Great little video.

    Wonder what Jamie did to get the PITAP :P

    • http://motogeo.com Jamie Robinson

      It was given to anyone who caused the admin dept any hassle, of course I caused hassle – My entry form was poorly filled out – Instant PITAP

      :) Snowcone fine

  • Eric

    thats style!

  • mcderd

    i was wondering when we would see this since it appeared on MotoGeo ages ago! Looks like a total blast as always

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Nice to see my local shop (Metric Method) in the vid. They do excellent work. I don’t know if I would run a bike I bought for $300 wide open but if you did a front to back inspection and it looked good then what the hell.

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    My 87 CBR would like to do Bonneville too!
    It’s been up to 135 before, I dunno if it’ll do it twice though.

    • Supermoto Alex

      The thing i’ve noticed about old bikes is they will gladly do the speed, but you keep second guessing the mechanical condition of the bike when you’re doing 95+. My FZR had the power to do 150 all day but i was always wondering when that super glued and zip tied fuel pump was gonna start spraying fuel all over a roasting hot rear shock and exhaust or when the shortened dogbones installed by the previous owner were gonna give up the ghost and make the rear end do something funny.

  • Coreyvwc

    Tuesday lunch breaks are once again awesome. Thanks!

  • markbvt

    Nice Rollie Free impression.

  • Supermoto Alex

    300 bucks on craigslist? ANY bike on the CL for that price with a title i’d take. someone wanna link me? i need a cheapie two wheeler. ;)

  • The Blue Rider

    Damn, I want a $300 VFR now!

    I wasn’t aware of “Run what ya brung” – there were lots of really great looking bikes in this segment. No Transformers plastic, just a lot of smooth, curvy, rocket-ship looking stuff… I wish Jamie had the airtime to talk to everybody about their ride. :)

    The video reminded me of the bike festival you guys covered a while back: a collection of interesting, personal, kinda artsy stuff, and a fun crowd.

    /added to my bucket list