On my regular commute back in the 80s, I used to see a white Honda VT250F fitted with Krauser panniers, then one weekend saw it for sale in a local bike shop. I knew one of the guys in the shop and he told me that the customer had bought it from them new, had it regularly serviced, and had only used it for commuting into the city centre. My BMW was getting a bit 'tired' at this point and I was looking for something smaller and more modern, so the Honda potentially filled the bill.
The following week arrived and I noticed that the panniers and frames were missing and the price tag now read £699. I questioned the shop owner about this and he said that the panniers weren't part of the deal and it had always been priced at £699. Meanwhile, I could see my friend that worked there shaking his head and mouthing 'no' over his shoulder! I told him to forget it, and walked out. The bike was probably worth £699 even without the panniers, but I wasn't going to be taken in by a blatent con like that.
Shame really as I always thought it a really pretty bike (in an 80s sort of way), and it probably would have been a fun bike to own.
|Engine||Two-cylinder 90° V Twin, Four-stroke|
|Bore & Stroke||60 mm x 44 mm|
|Valvetrain||DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Maximum power||26.1 kW (35 hp) @ 11,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||21.5 N·m (15.9 lb·ft) @ 10,000 rpm|
|Seat Height||780 mm (30.7 inch)|
|Fuel capacity||12 litres|
|Brakes||Front: single inboard disc
|Dry weight||149 kg (328.5 lb)|