Vfr1200f radiator

nigelm

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Hi I new to the forum and to the vfr I purchased a 1200f recently with the intentions of touring Europe this year stripped the bike down over Christmas and found the radiator is very coroaded priced one up with Honda £600 was wondering if any one knows of a secondhand one available or as to where I could get my one fixed .
 

lee j

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#4
Surprised at that, as Serk is advertising replacement rads for motorbikes, including b/bird and other Honda's, so would have thought that they might be able to help to fix/supply a rad.
Lee
 

nigelm

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#5
They don’t have the 1200f listed but something similar is around £450 +vat I might as well get the Honda one for £600
 

Mrteddy

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Hi I new to the forum and to the vfr I purchased a 1200f recently with the intentions of touring Europe this year stripped the bike down over Christmas and found the radiator is very coroaded priced one up with Honda £600 was wondering if any one knows of a secondhand one available or as to where I could get my one fixed .
I'm also starting to have a problem with my radiator. It heats up when in slow moving traffic or when I'm doing a lot of filtering. Particularly bad in the summer months. Looks like some of the lower fins are corroded. Do I have no choice but to replace the radiator (all other system components working fine)? Is a pattern radiator available at much lower cost? Can the fins be repaired?

Any info would be most welcome.

Thanks,
Steve.
 

nigelm

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I'm also starting to have a problem with my radiator. It heats up when in slow moving traffic or when I'm doing a lot of filtering. Particularly bad in the summer months. Looks like some of the lower fins are corroded. Do I have no choice but to replace the radiator (all other system components working fine)? Is a pattern radiator available at much lower cost? Can the fins be repaired?

Any info would be most welcome.

Thanks,
Steve.
Hi Steve I shopped round for a replacement rad but to have it made there was a waiting period some said 6 wks some said 4 but the price once vat was added did not seem worth it to me so I paid £5 and joined the joined Honda savings club at my local dealer then ordered a rad from Wigan dealer worked out at £450 hope this is of some use to you
 

Mrteddy

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Hi Steve I shopped round for a replacement rad but to have it made there was a waiting period some said 6 wks some said 4 but the price once vat was added did not seem worth it to me so I paid £5 and joined the joined Honda savings club at my local dealer then ordered a rad from Wigan dealer worked out at £450 hope this is of some use to you
Many thanks for the info - I'll definitely look into this.
 

PAD

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Yes, c’mon... Spill da beans! I certainly need something to help with my local dealer’s prices!:yikes:
 

Mrteddy

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Hi Steve I shopped round for a replacement rad but to have it made there was a waiting period some said 6 wks some said 4 but the price once vat was added did not seem worth it to me so I paid £5 and joined the joined Honda savings club at my local dealer then ordered a rad from Wigan dealer worked out at £450 hope this is of some use to you
Incredibly, someone on Ebay was selling a used VFR1200F radiator, but the description was very vague..."I bought a new radiator for my VFR but it turned out to be a split hose". I sent a request asking for more info but I got no response after 4 hours. Ive been looking for weeks for a used radiator and there is absolutely nothing else whatsoever for sale, so I've bitten the bullitt and paid the £250 plus postage asking price. The radiator arrived and the fins look in almost new condition, however I can see no Honda part label or stamp on the unit. Also, although there looks like no obvious corrosion the right hand side edge of the radiator looks like it may have had some minor corrosion and has been professionally painted (the paint on the rest of the unit looks in good condition). Looking down the main inlet and outlet pipes the metalwork is pristine. The unit was quite damp and felt a bit slimy when I took it out of the box so the owner appears to have been using the correct coolant type. I'm taking the unit to show my mechanic tomorrow (MTC in Reading Berkshire) to get their opinion as to whether I've been taken to the cleaners and I'll update the forum. Hopefully I've found a diamond and not a pup!
 

Mrteddy

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#14
Great news - the replacement radiator has been successful. I Have not used it in blisteringly hot weather but so far the rad comes up to temperature and stays rock solid stable. I also took the opportunity to have the 8 year old thermostat replaced (apparently a real pig of a job as it sits within the core of the engine, but apparently considerably cheaper to have it done at the same time as the rad than as a stand alone job).

The total cost for replacing the radiator and the thermostat came to £549. That's made up of £65 for the Thermostat, Housing Seal, Thermostat Seal and Coolant. Labour was £180 and Vat £49. The Ebay radiator cost £255 including vat. Amazingly, I was able to sell the old radiator on Ebay at £130 profit so that takes the actual total cost down to £419 and if you then take off the cost of replacing the thermostat £138 (Labour £60, Parts £55 Vat £23), the final net cost of replacing the radiator (which was the problem in then 1st place) was just £281!

That seems an absolute result to me if I compare it to the cost of a new oem radiator plus 2 hours labour for an absolute minimum (from my local Honda dealers / independent mechanics) of £850.

I hope this helps others and shows that sometimes, things do work out in our favour!!
 
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