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Cogswell

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    Portland, Oregon :(
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    1999 VFR
    2008 VFR ABS
    1995 VFR - gone but not forgotten

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  1. I cut mine with a Dremel. The cutoff wheel easily cut the rod, but also wanted to walk off of it easily. Some heavy cardboard or other material can be used to protect the surrounding parts. Don't forget about lengthening the spring to the brake light switch or it will be on constantly. I got a very small split ring at the hardware store and threaded it through both the spring and the hole in the lever. A bit of adjusting got the switch working as desired.
  2. Hopefully the fold down DVD player had some moto GP on it to keep it entertained on the way home!
  3. I may know who the P.O. of the 4th gen might be. Will PM details.
  4. Yep - that's exactly it. Sorry I could not give you a pic - I can only check in here occasionally these days. If you have any concerns about cornering clearance you can raise the stand by filing or grinding the bolt head - remove the washer, etc. No one will ever notice it. Well done.
  5. I fixed mine as follows: Removed the side stand. In your photo where the side stand hits the stop (just above the shift lever), drill and tap the sidestand for a 4mm bolt. A drill press is best for this procedure to keep it square with the work. Position the hole so that the top of the bolt will be sandwiched between the sidestand and the stop. Thread in the shortest bolt you can get using some blue loctite. If the threaded hole is not deep enough, trim some off the end of the bolt. Reinstall the sidestand. The bolt head being sandwiched between the sidestand and the stop will not allow it to retract as far as stock. Using a rat file, file the bolt head down until you get the clearance you would like. If you ever want to reverse it, just remove the bolt. Mine has been working fine for the past 20,000 miles.
  6. I did the same thing. Did you open the left side PCV (near the battery)? Opening it should relieve the pressure.
  7. I've been looking for an update on when / if he will return to attempt to break 400 mph (about 644 kph) on the Salt Flats. The streamliner was built in Portland, OR and was stored in a museum I'm involved with just a few miles from my house. I saw it in person and thought "wow - that's wild - I wonder who's behind this?" About a month ago I saw a documentary on his attempt and found out he had been recruited to ride it. Wish I'd known he was here - would love to have met him. About 1/2 way down the first link is a short gif of him trying it on at the museum for the first time. Note how cramped he is in the machine. The last link has a bunch of good photos. Note his eyes in the bottom photo - pure concentration. http://jalopnik.com/tag/bonneville-salt-flats https://motorbikewriter.com/guy-martin-set-for-400mph-attempt/ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2016/september/guy-martin-bonneville-land-speed-record-crash/
  8. Most of the correspondence i have received from them has come from Jade.
  9. I just received an email from them stating that they're having the first run of cameras manufactured in Texas. The timeline given was " Production and delivery of the camera will commence within the first quarter of 2017. " It went on to say something about how difficult it is to work with manufacturers in China during Chinese New Year - so maybe subsequent runs will be made there rather than in Texas. They went on to say to say that their blog will contain a "full schedule". That seems to be it for now.
  10. I made the same trip through in 2013 on - on my '08 6th gen . . . At first thought it was my photo - looked for a moment and though "wait, no - that's not mine!" LOL Great place to ride. Everyone should get there at least once.
  11. Everyone took a haircut on post count - somehow it cut off posts prior to a certain date - I don't recall why. Long time members seemed to take the biggest hit. Links got broken as well, so old bookmarks / favorites no longer worked - AFAIK mostly corrected now.
  12. I started this thread the first day the site was back up, after what - about 5 days or so? http://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/83371-were-back-woot/#comment-1035322
  13. Wow - just 36. Is there a way to get that same data for other countries?
  14. Looks like quite an adventure - hitting all lower 48 in the CONUS. If you have now left the crew behind, will you be in any video from now on or just narrating what you film? Do you plan on making your schedule public? You might find other members here that would ride with you if they knew you were coming. Better still, they could probably direct you to local, out of the way hangouts and sights worth seeing. Looking forward to more of these! Safe travels.
  15. Was thinking mostly of the Wolf exhaust and the Corbin Smuggler seat (with the compartment) - both no longer in production. Once in a while they'll come up here for sale or on ebay, and if reasonably priced go quickly. The rest is for the most part still commercially available or trades 2nd hand semi-regularly. For the 3M film, an Amazon or ebay search for "3M Scotchgard film" will turn up numerous sellers that offer it in various bulk roll sizes. IIRC there's also a heavy duty variant. I trimmed it to fit on the fork lowers, then peeled off the backing and applied. You'll want a spray bottle with a mix of about 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 water (that can vary). Spray liberally on the surface, apply the film - the liquid will allow it to be positioned, then from the center squeegee the liquid out. Don't worry about adhesion - it will stick fine. Once in place it's difficult to see. As for the connectors, there's nothing on them to protect them from the factory, so if there is obvious corrosion, you have only upside to cleaning and treating them. Oxgard is conductive so helps the electrical flow in addition to preventing further corrosion. Some people like to use di-electric grease, which is fine for sealing connectors, but being silicone, is an insulator so it's not good for the metal pins themselves. I've been using Oxgard for a long time on both my bikes and cars and have had zero electrical issues. In this case being near sea air, IMO is an ideal candidate for Oxgard.