Whether the '84 VF1000R was inspired by Dunlop and the mighty RS or not, it certainly looked it, and after a year abroad the highly coveted R was imported to the U.S., where it was promptly reviled as being a heavy pig. Well, maybe not reviled, but heavily criticized. At around 600 pounds with its 6.2-gallon fuel tank half full, the R was about 50 pounds heavier than the F—heavier even than the CBX. And though you can argue that the VF750F was the first modern superbike, it still hadn't prepared us for real-live clip-on handlebars, rearset footpegs and gasp, no centerstand. What the first VF-R did have, though, was the first street-going VF engine with gear-driven cams, along with more aggressive cam timing, a higher redline and higher compression. Honda said the R was good for 116 hp at 10,000 rpm, and our test unit went an honest 150 mph. That still wasn't enough to satisfy the critics. But time has a way of making absolute performance numbers moot, and we have a sneaking suspicion that if any first-generation Honda V-Fours ever become collectible (and they will), this rare, expensive ($5698) and beautiful bird might be the VF to have.