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  1. 4 points
    Derek & I will be celebrating our 10th year riding with VFRD friends ! This time I’ll be riding my own little Honda. A wee bit ambitious for my first multi day tour but I’m stoked !! Thanks for setting SumSum up again Tony! See y’all soon !
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    This is going to get a ton of responses. LOL! It's also not an easy question to answer because it all depends on what YOU want. My take on it is this: The VFR is akin to the girl you marry. She looks great but she's also very polished, smart, reliable, and loyal. She will always be by your side and never let you down. She is also low maintenance (up to a point). The VFR800 is a lot like that. These bikes are very polished to a fault. They are smooth, quiet, refined, yet they are still very fun to ride. But she will also take you across the country without any trouble. And she will that reliable year in and year out. The Ducati SS is a sportbike that wants to be a VFR. And in a way she is like that hot-azz stripper you want to take home and do all kinds of naughty things with. She will make all the right moves when you push her hard. But this is a Ducati after all. So don't expect a centerstand to make maintenance easy. Don't expect to see anything out of those mirrors (unlike the VFR who will give you a crystal clear view). Don't expect maintenance to be cheap either. She may not be as reliable especially years down the road (maybe, maybe not, but I doubt she will match the Honda reliability). The Ducati will be slightly faster because she is lighter. But you will have to ride hard to really squeeze that difference because the Honda isn't slow either. Both are in the 100 rwhp range and both bikes are sleek as hell and will race up to 130 mph in a heartbeat. Personally for me, if I'm looking for an affair for a few years, Ducati SS. But if I'm looking for a bike for 5-10+ years of ownership, daily rider, long distance cruiser, I would go straight to a VFR800 (or any other Honda for that matter).
  3. 3 points
    I am waiting on a confirmation but yes, it looks like we do. I was going to start pm'ing folks tomorrow, but since you asked... :D Machine shop has already started the run, we are underway.
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    From the album my VFRs

    I bought this mint '91 VFR750 in March of 1993, and a day later took the long route home. Stopped in Bremerton, Wash., for some shots alongside these navy ships. BB-62, battleship New Jersey is the only one I am sure of, but I believe that it was flanked by the carriers CVS-12 Hornet, and CV-41 Midway.
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    Sadly, I was a complete twonk and left the bike laid up as I had numerous issues with the carbs. Finally got that sorted...but by that point I'd spilled stuff on it while working on my other bike, left stuff resting on it...etc...and it just fecked it. I ended up selling it and putting together my current VFR750. But as you can see, the wrap made it look like a new bike and would have lasted many years if maintained properly. Words of advice: Be patient Prep everything by cleaning, cleaning come more, degreasing, degreasing some more and repeating those processes over and over until you're 100% sure every last inch is spotless Have a GOOD heat gun to hand, a hairdryer just won't cut it (you HAVE to heat the vinyl after application to help it set the stretch as it's default position) Have a second set of hands ready to lay down the wrap as flat as you can in the first application to each panel Have some super sharp scalpels to hand, remember you only need finger light pressure when using a scalpel to cut the vinyl...whether it's applied or not Buy more vinyl that you need. You can keep any excess as spares for reapplication if it peels or splits during use And again, be patient.
  8. 3 points
    Tank will need to be done in two parts, rest can be done in singular pieces. I had a friend wrap mine (it's what he did for a business at the time). Don't feck about, get 3M or Avery. The latter offers better air technology so you can squeeze out arrogant air bubbles. Here's some pics of it finished, the rear cowls were done in Carbon. How it started, standard white bike with home made decals on it - previous owners work. Paint and stickers looked shocking up close, trust me: Hours of prep by removing every last bit of grease, sticky stuff and dirt. Believe me when I say this is absolutely imperative. Fail to do this and the wrap WILL peel. [/url] Tank being wrapped. Attempt at a one piece wrap was hard..... ....So a second piece was laid on the lower half...you couldn't tell unless up close Rear cowls Front fender/mud guard Putting it all back together
  9. 2 points
    I think if you can get them down to $4K and a new set of tires, you will have a great story of how a dealership paid you to store your bike!
  10. 2 points
    Booked. I'm not sure if I can actually make it yet but I've booked a room just in case.
  11. 2 points
    Calling out to everyone to bring a flag from your Nation, or State.
  12. 2 points
    OK. Lee2002 has reserved room #23 First dibs on the second bed goes to perpetual SumSum roomie, gswanson.
  13. 2 points
    Thank you for the reminder, Derek. Knew I was forgetting something lately. Just booked for Erin and I. See you all there!:)
  14. 2 points
    Decided I was bored of the solid Red, but didn't want to change too much, Then a new Rider I was shadowing , who happened to be a Sign writer..offered to do something to jazz it up. So I let him and Its fricken awesome looking, Photos don't do it justice. :) . Also has an Ixil pipe, removed db killers , screen is painted black on the inside, handlebars Raised, new bar ends, and levers, tail cut down, and has built in garage opener. :)
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    The problem with stock water pumps is they can't be efficient at all revs, as their speed is linked to engine speed. At idle after a hard run they don't pump enough fluid & at high revs they cavitate a lot, so are actually closer to ideal than you might think. I replaced mine with an electric one, it has the advantage of operating at a better Lt/min rate ALL the time, so at speed its just right & at idle it to much, which is great for helping to dissipate the heat, plus as its rigged to a relay from the ignition, when you stop, you can leave it running with the engine off if the bike/air temp is really hot.
  16. 2 points
    I blame the professional reviewers on convincing people they "need" electronics. Just watch a few online review videos from Cycle World, Motorcycle, etc.....You will easily find the lines, "this bike is great BUT it lacks the electronic controls of that other bike"....You can also add lots of horsepower to that list of "Must-Haves" on today's bikes. I remember when Honda released the 2014 CBR1000rr SP model. Everyone agreed that bike does NOT need electronics due to the smoothness of its power delivery, sublime handling of its Ohlins suspension, light weight, etc. They heaped it with praise, but took it all away because it had no throttle by wire, and it only had 154 rwhp. Because the S1000rr was way more exciting to ride with its additional 10 rwhp and "superior" top end punch and a quick shifter. Because you know, if you can't toggle between riding modes and you're not applying WOT with abandon, you're not going to enjoy yourself! This is the same attitude that brought us street bikes with racebike ergonomics. Because If you're not riding a repli-racer, you can't possibly be able to go faster! Hence the slow but deliberate march from more reasonably comfortable VFR ergonomics to the totally committed Ducati & Co. riding position. Thus, owners don't ride their bikes that much because they're too uncomfortable. Of course they are. You just assumed the position of a cat that's about to pounce! Today, you have 100 rwhp bikes such as Suzuki's GSX-S750 that has electronics to control all that power! LOL! Doesn't the new R6 also have electronic controls? Yet it still doesn't have any midrange. Go Figure. They forgot the one thing that bike could most definitely use! Sure is great at the track though. I would gladly give up all those electronics, including ABS, for a silky smooth throttle response and a slick shifting gearbox. Give me that first. If that's made possible, then give me a quick shifter! LOL! Give it to me in a lightweight package with about 120 rwhp & VFR ergo's. Then I'm happy.
  17. 2 points
    Letting the electronics control the bike to go faster doesn't constitute 'improving' your riding in my books. I cannot overstate how I fundamentally disagree with your point of view. Valentino Rossi is no hero of mine, but he is to many and he has constantly argued against the excessive use of electronics in MotoGP as it detracts from the ability of a rider to make the difference. It just comes down to opening the throttle and trusting the electronics do their job and where's the skill in that. But what does he know. I don't ride motorcycles to be safe. I ride because they're thrilling and fun, all the more so the better you learn to ride. If I want to be safe, I'll take the car. Make motorcycles 'safe' like that and they'll be no fun. People don't climb mountains because it's safe. Risk is what makes something fun. Sure, minimise the risk, but not at the expense of the thrill. Once you do that, there's no point doing it in the first place. Of course I understand that it's hard to avoid the electronics these days, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with them and is one reason I'm planning a number of VFR750/800 based projects. If I ever buy a bike with what I would consider excessive electronics, it will be despite the electronics and certainly not because of. Ultimately I think it's rather sad that so many bikers these days seem to think you have to have all these electronics. Learn to ride the bike rather than waste concentration on having to figure out how to change engine modes while riding or generally faffing about with the dash display. Really, riding a bike is way more fun if you don't have all that to contend with and distract you. I'm not alone in thinking this, as exemplified by the upsurge in retro styling and general interest in older bikes. It will all become irrelevant anyway once hydrocarbon fuels are banned, even if motorcycles themselves are not banned from the roads by then.
  18. 2 points
    Hi All, Been quietly lurking for some time and enjoying all the posts. Proud relatively new owner of a 2015 White DLX that I absolutely love. I knew I would as I had 99 before and regretted selling it the day I did about 9 years ago. Made quick work of some basic mods to the 2015 with, factory quick shift, TBR Exhaust, T-Rex sliders, Powerbronze tire hugger, Easigrips, Rapid Bike Racing Module. I also pulled the OE tires at first service and switched to the S21s which I liked a lot, unfortunately destroyed the rear by tagging a large piece of granite up at Carson Pass in the sierras. That resulted in a quick swap to a Q3 on the back which I like even better, super grippy and predictable. I like to lean and often ride with my 12 year old son on the back and he likes to lean too, which only weighing 100 lbs makes for an incredible riding buddy. Now the question. When I destroyed the tire I put what I though to be insignificant flat spot in the rear wheel. After a hard run in the twisties dragging parts and pucks it became evident it is a bigger problem than I thought after a few slips leaning hard to the left only (which is where the flat spot is). I have searched and searched but can't seem to find any aftermarket (read I want lighter if I'm replacing) wheels for the VFR. Does anyone know of any options out there? Cheers, Brent in Bay Area CA.
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    Thanks everyone! Sorry for all the typos, that's what I get for posting from work when I should be working... I agree with Rogue Biker, the wheels are beautiful, but If I have to plunk down almost $500 for just the replacement rear I'd be quick to explore lighter options if there are any. Dutchy, only screams and hoots of joy at this point, he really loves riding and takes pride in the fact that we "use the whole tire" with him on board. By the way those top two photos were taken by him during that ride on my favorite stretch of twisties. Here's a shot of him looking over the top portion while having lunch and prepping for another lap or two and then another of me that shows the top intersection up to the left. We go up the new very smooth and windy section and then cool off coming down the older steep section and repeat. I need to get him proper riding pants but street gear is hard to come by so small. Not sure if this link will work as I'm a newbie here but will give it a try. Vid is a little shaky but shows the bottom half of the way up, leaning really starts at 50 sec. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wdLDBzqPk6AIjFbw1
  20. 2 points
    Step 1 of the swap. Original engine in the storage cradle. Salvaged frame with legs. I hope to spoon the HRT engine in tomorrow. Injectors returned and are ready for install. All 8 are now back to factory speck. Waiting on SS silicone clamps (arrival tomorrow), new thermostat and a few more small bits. Hope to fire it up sometime next week.
  21. 2 points
    £1800 to make your bike look like a wheel barrow
  22. 2 points

    From the album my trips

    Lunch stop en route to the 1994 GP at Laguna Seca. This was the last hurrah for the 2-smoke Grand Prix in America. Alice's is at the junction of La Honda road & Skyline Blvd, just south of San Francisco.
  23. 2 points
    I suppose this means I'll have to start a thread for the bike... lol
  24. 2 points
    Good news! I have the engine back from Hanson Racing Technology, Craig Hanson, in Chico, CA. I made a trip recently to ship it back east. Forward Air is about as easy to deal with as my brushless automatic car wash. No issues. Here are the build details: Mild cam hard face and grind by Web Cams (Don't ever use Dave Dodge. PM me and I'll explain) Intake and exhaust ports ported/polished. Valves and seats ground. Exhaust ports ceramic coated Water pump cover modified and ported to allow better flow Air intake funnels ground to match throttle body intake diameter Counter sprocket bolt cover (keeps rust/dust off the splines) A shift star and detent arm was installed as well as a new Custom Rewind stator. New SAMCO hoses/clamps will go on too. I'm in the process of gathering all the necessary bits for the swap. I have a spare frame (salvaged) that was turned into a three legged mare which the original engine will hang in while I decide what to do with it. I'm not sure what the results will be, but I'll get it to a dyno and post the results.
  25. 2 points
    Congrats to MM for another outstanding 2017 MOTO GP championship !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  26. 2 points
    I have put about 70,000 ks on 2 MT09's over the last 2.5 years. Same bike apart from bodywork, essentially. Beefier subframe to handle more luggage, as well as the fairing. A mechanic mate who had a tracer said its the only bike he has owned in years he didn't have to add auxiliary lighting to. plenty of aftermarket options to fix suspension ranging from a few hundred bucks (springs and valve stack) to all singing, all dancing top end replacement cartridges. Lots of flashes on the market now, too to smooth it out. The flash was written by lawyers, not riders. It was written for emissions. a Flash fixes all of that. Rapid bike has a harness for the 09's. The MT has a tiny 14Ltank, but open road riding I have gotten 300ks out of it. The tracer has a 17L tank, so it has a pretty good range, at least 450ks. I am a big fan of the triple.The MT09 is my everyday ride, and my vfr800 fighter is my project weekend bike. Brilliant bikes.
  27. 2 points
    I just got the 2 Bros back from the metal shop. I saved a boat load of hourly labor by soaking the unit in a salt/apple vinnager solution. After that, the majority of the superficial rust rubbed off with a scotch pad and VERY little elbow grease. 15 minutes of media blast and then into the silver and nickel bath. The unit still shows some pitting in some places but the shop found no holes under a pressure test requiring attention. I HIGHLY recommend the stoners at Colorado plating ;) Please disregard the filthy nature of the background in these pics...I have 5 bike projects going on at the same time. Shot of the header Shot of the header with TI ladybird can (custom adapter sleeve WW Resto in Sparks NV). Shot of the header with Leo Vince SBK can (custom adapter sleeve WW Resto in Sparks NV).
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    Picked it up and had a little 80 mile ride today. Took it over to Mulholland and had lunch at Kristys of Malibu. What happened to the Rustic Canyon Grocery Grill? No idea when that changed. Sweet handling bike with a mechanical symphony. This is no commuter for me, this is fun fun thunderous fun. Zero thought about aftermarket mufflers, it's plenty loud.
  30. 2 points
    yeah, ally for the shim and spacer. Ally for the caliper bracket. It's cnc (extreme creations has a cnc) so he has a drawing for it, but can also reproduce the bracket fairly quickly. I cant give away a design that a mate worked hard to create. the 848 has a smaller axle (like the 916/748 series of bikes) so doesn't quite work out. otherwise Phantom's result wouldn't be quite so mix and match. I didn't choose the 1098 through diligent research, I just wanted a 6inch rear wheel. I managed to find a forged 1098S rear wheel, and because mismatched wheels are the devil, a cast 848 front. It was impossible to find a reasonably priced forged front - they tend to take the impact in crashes. I was wondering why there were 3 responses why I was typing a fairly short response. Serious? or very effing excited?
  31. 2 points
    an 848 only gives you a girly 5.5 inches. a 1098 gives you a manly 6 inches. 6 inches is manly, right?
  32. 2 points
    I googled my bike to find the pic 1.5mm and 3mm
  33. 2 points
    I don't know how to check stator resistance other than what's described in the Service Manual. I didn't bother with it and I just replaced mine at 44k miles. When I took the old one out it was at the cusp of burning off the protective coating around the stator winding. So it was just a matter of time before it went out on me. Likewise with the water pump. Service Manual says if it begins to leak, replace the whole unit. I do think you can replace the gasket in between the two halves of the pump, as well as the O-ring, and possibly extend its life some more. But mine is 10 years old so I'm about to replace mine...and it just started a very slow leak. A new water pump at 10 years is cheap. In your case, since you are going to replace the thermostat, which requires draining the coolant, it would be a good time to replace the water pump, or at least replace those gaskets/Orings. It will save you time and money for the coolant. I learned this the hard way. But the water pump is $130 so it may be worth it to wait maybe when it does leak on you. I only had my fuel injectors cleaned by someone local, thanks to another member who did the legwork for me Duc2V4. It cost $100 for the service. When you clean your Throttle Body, you will have to pull it off the air seal boots. There is a high risk these are already crusty and old and will leak air after you put everything back. If you get a leak, your bike will have a run away idle/hanging idle. I had to deal with this recently and it was a royal PITA and the bike wasn't safe to ride. The air seal boots are cheap brand new from Honda. Do yourself and a favor and replace them if you're already going to go digging around to replace the thermostat. A carb sync tool works. Make sure you plug the PAIR and Flapper Valve vacuum hose, and connect the vacuum hose and wire connector to the MAP sensor before you synchronize your Starter Valves. Again, I learned all this the hard way. I need to stop second guessing the Service Manual! If I knew then what I know now, I would have done all of the above at once. This way I would have only had to drain the coolant once, disconnect all those hoses once, remove the left and right fairings once. And have all the little OEM parts available in one sitting. Because I did them peacemeal, my bike sat for long periods waiting for parts, and I had to buy new coolant 3x!!
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    Vfr I just purchased has an oil leak somewhere. Also had a KN-204 filter.... I hate their crap and how people really think it makes their vehicles faster.
  36. 2 points
    Hey John, try being more thorough and a little less 'sparse' with the information.
  37. 2 points
    I will let you know when it's done, but to all the VFR fans, there is not much left i'm afraid; only the original crankcases and heads are from a 1998 vfr800, pretty much all the internals are my own design
  38. 1 point
    The proper thing to do, would be to shorten all the wires appropriately... stuffing and shoving is for amateurs...
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  40. 1 point
    I shall be commuting in the car tomorrow.
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    From the album VF/VFR

    A RC24 whit dubble headlights, to faring was awable at some time...don`t recal maker
  42. 1 point
    It's a star bit to prevent the average joe from stealing your ignition. You can buy appropriate long reach torx sets on ebay or the like.
  43. 1 point
    6th certainly does. Not sure if anyone has tried an 8G, but the overall engine architecture should be identical between all 800s. The 8G swingarm seems to mount to the 6G cushion with 6G parts (I mocked it all up on my '99)
  44. 1 point
    I would of been so tempted to move his bike around the corner to fuck with him.
  45. 1 point
    Thanks guys. Surgery went well. I should be right as rain by January.
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    on the road it's not unusual to have the flashing bar appear at 190-200 miles and the countdown computer say "30" (to go). I rolled into a gas station at 218 miles coming back from southern New Mexico and guessing wrong about there being gas available in Roy, NM. Made it to Wagon Mound at 218 miles and took around 4.4 gallons. The altitude definitely raises my average - but that has included trips to Utah and New Mexico where the altitude is between 4k-7k ft. Around town, commuting, etc - flashing bar on at around 170-180 miles Never seen MPG like that, on average 130 miles before the light start flashing, 30 miles later, fill up, 16.5 ltrs to fill. I have had the light flashing occasionally below 100 miles from a full tank, when having a spirited ride.
  48. 1 point
    I have a 2010 1200f it's been the best bike I have ever had.
  49. 1 point
    when someone asks how i like the VFR12 i point to the odometer and smile....27,000 miles in the first 2 years...i'd like to buy a '13 in the crate and keep it in the corner of the garage in case i wear this one out !!! although rumors are that Honda has something coming next year
  50. 1 point
    I installed these GSXR/EMGO mirrors on my 5th Gen with Lobstenders, and wired the lights as both running lights and turn signals. They vibrate very little (almost not at all). I'm very happy with them. No more having to look around my shoulders, and my visability to others from the front is significantly enhanced (according to others). They also seem to have more mirror area than the Thurn, but I'm not certain of that. I do like the shape better than the Thurn mirrors. They also come in faux carbon fiber.