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About Cogswell

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    I need more power

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  • Location Portland, Oregon
  • In My Garage: 1999 VFR
    2008 VFR ABS
    1995 VFR - gone but not forgotten

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  1. ^^ +1. I'm not sure from the post if it's about the gravel, trees, cows etc. or the VFR. Whether it's the Connie, FJ or Viffer, that stuff's still going to be out there. The Connie and FJ are fine long haul tools - gobs of power compared to the '98, but pack more heft. You might be surprised with Jamie's linear rate spring / revalve upgrade on the VFR. The bike is transformed in to a fine carving tool for the tight stuff. But as pointed out above, it's all about finding the right tool for the way you ride.
  2. Nice looking bike. I'd have a hard time letting that go. If you have some contact cleaner for electronics, try spraying some around the perimeter of the kill switch on the right clipon and then rock the switch back and forth. With age the contacts can oxidize and you get a no-start. Maybe pull the wire(s) from the starter relay and related fuse and do the same. With just 10,000 miles I can't imagine that the issue is mechanical.
  3. Bastards. I'll add Redding to my C/L saved searches for VFR's. Town of 3,500 . . . apparently it can happen anywhere. Sorry for your loss and best wishes for its recovery.
  4. This is the box from my last D.I.D. chain with their recommended maintenance practice, replacement criteria and note on master link selection. I have never seen 80w-90 oil in a spray can, but maybe they do sell it.
  5. These issues have been well covered in the electrical forum: http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/forum/7-electrical/ Offhand I would say to get the battery charged then take it to someone who can load test it. That's the definitive answer if it's still good. If not, replace - then see what your charging voltages look like. From what you posted previously, they look low. I would indeed check the stator output at idle and 5,000 rpm. One other thing to look at are grounds - follow the battery negative to the frame, remove and inspect. If that all checks out, go through the pinned posts in the electrical forum and you should get it sorted.
  6. Nice to have you aboard. We'd love see photos of your ride (past and present). For your Avatar go to Profile, then to the left of your screen name (great choice, by the way - I can't believe that after 15 +/- years that hasn't been taken!) is a circle that will display your avatar. Overlapping the circle is a small square icon - click on that and a window will open that will allow you to upload it. Since you're working at a Honda dealer, maybe you can find the definitive answer to whether Honda intends to market an Interceptor past the 2015 model year (in N.A. anyway). Cheers
  7. This makes me miss my 4th gen. It was a great bike. I sometimes wonder what became of it . . .
  8. I forgot to mention that if in Lewiston to take in Hwy 12, one should not miss the Old Spiral Highway just north of town. Not very long, but a fun piece of asphalt.
  9. Yup - she rides an Adventure 990. She's ridden with me so knows the Viffer. I tried talking her in to a 6th gen rather than the ADV bike, but whatcha' gonna do . . . Regarding the last observation, my universe otherwise would be comparable.
  10. A friend texted me today with a couple of pics of a group of 4 VFR's on I-5 heading north through Portland. I can't remember when I saw another Viffer in the wild . . . There were 4 - one is a 6th gen, another (white) one looks to be another 6th gen given the twin pipes and the one at the back definitely a 5th gen. The 4th at the front I could not make out though it looks like it could also have under-seat exhausts. All appear to have panniers and top cases. She commented that they were "packed for a long haul". The license plates appear to be non-US spec. Just wondering if that's anyone on here or if someone knows of who they might be.
  11. What is the smell - sulphur, or smells like a rich mixture, or ? You can see if the P.O. did surgery on the cat by placing a mirror underneath - the cutting and welding done to accomplish that will be obvious. Sixth gen headers are commonly on Ebay and sometimes go for not a lot of money. One other thought - if your cat is indeed in place, in some instances an unwanted byproduct of them can be hydrogen sulfide - "rotten eggs". If that's the case, maybe research the fuel you commonly purchase and see if it's a common complaint with it. If so, maybe try switching brands (possibly another may have a lower or no sulphur content) and see if that makes any difference.
  12. Another personal favorite is Hwy 12 over Lolo Pass from Lewiston to Missoula (the best part is from Kamiah to Lolo). Opinions seem to vary on it - some think too much LEO presence (never experienced that personally) and more sweepers than tight twisties. Still, 100 miles of no civilization (National Scenic Byway), curvy road following a river and outstanding scenery is hard to beat. The sign dates the photo - it's since been change to "99 Miles". This was from 2006. https://goo.gl/maps/pCYAMSwb91x
  13. Not trying to derail the OP"s topic - but that is a very clean looking 4th gen!
  14. Personally I'd stick a fork in it figuring it's done and replace it. It's not the lube - the water is only revealing weaknesses in the chain - ingressing to places it shouldn't be. The squeaking is probably from the pins no longer having grease and they're grinding away. The consequences of a chain letting go can be severe. For my money it's worth the peace of mind to have a sound final drive. Be sure to use new good quality steel sprockets along with a new chain.
  15. If you find a tight spot and can get a good adjustment on it and the O-rings are all intact (so grease is still inside each pin) it sounds like you might be able to get some add'l life out of it. Three adjustments is about all a chain is good for, so if it's still going south it's probably had it. One other possibility is that the P.O. did not change sprockets when replacing the chain, which can cause rapid wear (teeth and links no longer match up). For comparison, my current chain is a DID ZVMX 530. I've put a bit over 6,000 miles on it and have not changed the adjustment since it was installed. I use 90W oil and lube it at intervals of no more than 250 miles.