It's all confusing. Because what is a Vigor?

Honda Vigor 650
But they were like that on two wheels
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It's all confusing. Because what is a Vigor?

It could go like this: “What do you actually have?” “A Vigor.” “Yes, that's because you drink too much. You have sweat on your forehead man! You should think about your liver! "" No, that is because of the warm winter, I sweat out my Husky. "" A Husky? A polar dog? What the hell are you doing in a polar dog? "" Loser! My Husky is my thermal winter overall and that Vigor is just a Honda offroad thing with a Dominator block. "" It's getting crazier. Dominator blocks belong to Nortons. Those were 500 and 600 cc twin cylinders. And in that suit you look like a Bifi, not a Husky! "" Man! You are a fossil. Nortons are out of the year jar! Nowadays Norton only does software! And can I do anything about it that you don't know what I'm talking about? ”

A kind of Honda's

Good. Around the turn of the century, the Honda Vigor was just a very early real all-road. From 1985 to 1991, the name was used for a compact sedan from Honda. But this Honda Vigor has two wheels again. It is as narrow as an envelope on its side, you sit with your knees almost against the front flashing lights and the block is therefore an 650 cc single-cylinder with four radially placed valves. And that is what he wants from his place. The thing also weighs twice nothing. In the Netherlands, there were only a few dealers who saw a load of bread. But from Arie Molenaar Motoren in IJsselstein in Utrecht they have uninterrupted involvement in the motorcycle world from 1927. They made a different estimate there. Arie bought about forty Vigors (Vigorren? Vigri?) And things went out like hot cakes. After the expiry of the regular warranty period and under the loving or non-loving care of the second, third and tittest owner, they disappeared from view. And then one of those lost children just returns to the nest. The owner wanted to trade it in. Trade in?

Back to the old nest

The Maja-de-bij yellow single-cylinder was lovingly adopted as a Japanese orphan. During a visit to the village beneath the radio tower, the Honda Vigor was left unwashed and unclean in the workshop. With a quickly written 'trade-in' sticker on the headlight. He stole my heart. Such an engine with just as much charisma as Kawasaki's exuberantly forgotten Tengai. Or Tenga. Or Tanga. Just as insignificant. Just as endearing. On such a motorcycle everyone sees that you are a motorcyclist. On a large, new motorcycle, they only see that you have been found creditworthy for a hefty loan. Check out the dustiest corners at your local dealer. Maybe you will find the nicest engine there is. For less than two miel. Let the spring come!

Oh yes: Original Vigors will soon be worth a lot of money. Because they are cheap and fun enough, they are currently being built up to scrambler - because hip & trendy - rather than being restored or cherished.



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