® V4s in the Dealership

At House of Honda (later House of Motorcycles and later still absorbed by the online juggernaut Bike Bandit) in San Diego, CA, probably one of Honda's most technically capable outlets on the West Coast during the early to mid 1980s, we did a lot of V4 work. In fact, I think for maybe a year or two we did almost nothing but. Seriously. In this pix the lead tech, Stan Johnston, who later served on Yamaha's tech line before succumbing to cancer, is being helped by another career mechanic, Bill Palmer. The bike is a 750 Interceptor (1983 VF750F) that is getting its cams and cam chain tensioners changed, which on this bike required the engine be removed (because of the rear cylinder head bolts, if I remember correctly).

House of Honda again. In those days owned by the Lomas family. Admittedly this a very poor picture, but you can see a Magna (VF750C) in the background in my stall and I think in the foreground in Stan's stall a CX650, and in the immediate foreground another V4, probably a V30. Again, a lot of V4 work was perfomed at House of Honda.


A seminar given in Long Beach, CA on a holiday weekend away from the shop in San Diego.

Brought along cylinder heads, carburetor sets, all kinds of goodies for the participants to check out.

The seminar was hosted by HSTA area director Terry Roberts and held at member Martin Nooney's house, in his under-condo garage. Had a good turnout, some 18-20 folks. Probably unnerved sone of the retired folks in the community to see so many motorcycles in ine place!

One of the club members graciously allowed me to demonstrate correct steering bearing alignment/setup and tensioning on his own bike. Mark Volkomener, if I remember correctly. That's him to the left. Mark was an engineer who later worked for Matt Capri, the founder of Luftmeister, helping him with his racing efforts.

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