Any motorcycle that wins an AMA Superbike Championship is a remarkable machine. But a Superbike that wins three championships in the hands of two different riders? That’s truly exceptional.
That is the case with Bubba Shobert’s factory Honda VFR750, and you will have the opportunity to see it at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, July 5-7, 2019 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, along with his factory RS750.
Honda Motorcycles is the sponsor and featured marque of the event. Three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Shobert will serve as grand marshal. He is a longtime factory Honda rider and one of the winningest racers in professional motorcycle competition.
For more information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
Here are five fun facts about Shobert’s championship-winning VFR750.
1. This VFR, the second generation of Honda’s 750cc Superbikes, was introduced in 1986. That year, Honda factory ace and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Fred Merkel rode it to the last of his three AMA Superbike titles.
2. Merkel started the season with a third-place finish at Daytona, then placed no lower than that in each race for the rest of the season. That consistency gave him the championship over teammate and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, who won six of the nine races that year.
3. In 1987, Merkel was putting together the effort that would eventually win him a pair of World Superbike Championships. And his bike went to Shobert, already a two-time champion in the predominantly dirt-track-oriented AMA Grand National Series.
4. Shobert finished an impressive third in the Superbike Series that year, behind pavement specialists (and soon-to-be world road-racing champions) Rainey and Kevin Schwantz. (Schwantz was also a future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer.) But the points Shobert earned in the Superbike class helped him notch his third Grand National Championship in ’87.
5. For the 1988 season, Shobert’s bike carried the distinctive blue-and-yellow Grand National No. 1 plate seen here. That year, Shobert won three of seven races on the schedule to beat another soon-to-be world champion and future AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Doug Polen, for the AMA Superbike title.