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Old 04-13-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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I met one of my idols yesterday....

One of my racing idols, Bubba Shobert, has a son that is racing this year in CMRA. In 1986, 1987, and 1988, he was the Superbike Champion, as well as Flattrack Champion on Hondas. He raced the VFR (it used to be a sport bike/ repli-racer then... unlike the touring bike it is now), and he dominated!

My first real race bike was a '87 VFR, and I did a couple of races on it in '88. I absolutely thought Shobert was a living back then!

classaug 400

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Link to information about Bubba in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame: http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/classics/bike.asp?id=22

I spotted Mr Shobert in the paddock when I was with my former team mates at TWS (Texas World Speedway) yesterday, who said they hung out with him at Cresson (the last race).

When we came up on his toy hauler, he was outside prepping the bike for his boy- I instantly recognized him. I was star-struck!

We talked about the new 600rr he had for his son, and how different things were back in the 80's with suspension and tires, and wondered how the we even got around the track on that "new" technology back then. , the air forks and anit-dive mechanisms on my 37mm "trick" forks on the VFR were top of the line then! The wheels were even staggard in size like the Pro's bikes were (16" front, 18" rear...). It had 2 pot calipers up front on dual disc, and even had a single pot caliper rear disc (drums were still pretty common then).

Now, all I need to do is meet Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey, and my list is complete! My old white Suomy helmet is going to be full of autographs from my teenage racing idols then...

Anyway, thought I'd share. You meet the coolest folks at CMRA races...
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:58 AM   #2
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i cant say i have ever met the guy,but a good friend of mine has his old 125 racer just down the street from me.he came down from Lubock last summer and signed the bike for him.also anther good friend of mine owns an 87 VFR and when you look at that bike,compared to others in the same year models,it looks pretty "space age".....
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:26 PM   #4
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That is a beautiful bike! I've always loved the VFR's. I've wanted one for a long time. The RC45's were my favorite.
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That is a beautiful bike! I've always loved the VFR's. I've wanted one for a long time. The RC45's were my favorite.
RC30 owns all! Those were actually attainable though- my dream bike was always the NR750...
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Awesome meeting Bubba, congrats!
That VFR is/was a nice looking bike.
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what all did it take to do the fornt end swap?
my buddy may be looking to do the same in the future......
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what all did it take to do the fornt end swap?
my buddy may be looking to do the same in the future......
Easy-peasy.

Simply a steering head bearing change and use the complete F2 front end (triples and forks). F3 forks are the same and are more adjustable ('cause they're cartridge forks). In that time, it was more popular to have the steering stems swapped, but I just went to Houston Bearing and got the proper size ID and OD tapered bearings instead, and viola'.

If you google "VFR conversion" or something similar, you'll find a bunch of good information. I used to be a member of a owner's list, but can't remember what they changed to after I left it.

There was a guy named James Mandeville who did a GSXR front end swap that wasn't too difficult too- but he had the steering stem swapped.
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now thats just wrong,why would one use GSXR parts on a honda?
none the less a VFR....
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looking for an F# front end myself to replace the front end on my NSR250 myself.
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now thats just wrong,why would one use GSXR parts on a honda?
none the less a VFR....
It's something that the guy did to get the inverted forks. It's cool man!

I got the F2 front end because the damper rod forks were easier to build than the cartridge forks (I thought).

Yeah, putting the 'zook parts on was a bastardization to be sure...
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looking for an F# front end myself to replace the front end on my NSR250 myself.
any pics?
sweet bike!
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Cool

Tom, I am fro Lubbock. I have known Bub for years. His Father Donnie rode dirt bikes with us for years. I could have gotten anything signed for you. Especially after he moved back to Lubbock to work with his father at Lone Star Beef Jerky Co.
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Tom, I am fro Lubbock. I have known Bub for years. His Father Donnie rode dirt bikes with us for years. I could have gotten anything signed for you. Especially after he moved back to Lubbock to work with his father at Lone Star Beef Jerky Co.
You could be my new best friend...

He was so cool to talk to, down to earth, good kids too. I get the same thing every time I see CEII, Kevin Schwantz, Ben Spies, and Doug Polen too.
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