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Cogswell

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About 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. Tire change mid trip in CO.

    I'm also in the "leave with new tires" camp. I rode from Oregon to Pikes Peak on a new set of PR3's and returned home with tread to spare. On Pike's Peak be mindful of the park police. The speed limit is pretty low, and the urge to turn it up on all those bends can be high, so ride accordingly. Also, PP is a toll road - I think it was $12 when I went up it in 2012. And a +1 on Beartooth Pass. The run from Red Lodge to Cooke City over the summit is epic, but can be choked with Harleys, which seem to move more slowly than the glaciers. I try to pass respectfully, but it was such a parade I began taking them down 10 to 20 at a time. I just gave them a nice wave as I went by. There is gas in Cooke City - but there was a large line waiting to fill up - so many bikes in the summer.
  2. VFR natural habitat

    Fine looking 5th gen.
  3. Great video. I hope I'm hanging around motorcycle shops when I'm 98 . . . Note at the 5:18 mark in the video, the two 4th gens parked on each side of the door.
  4. Bike not Charging.

    I used a 2 foot long zip tie I got at Harbor Freight (10 to a bundle - just a couple of bucks). You may find them at a similar store in Australia. Just flexible enough to get through the V, but plenty strong to pull the wire through. For mounting the cover, I got 2 long bolts at the hardware store and cut the heads off. Once threaded in to the block it allows for precise alignment of the cover and prevents the magnets from pulling it off center. Once you get this project buttoned up you'll be a happy camper. Cheers
  5. So I might have done a thing......

    I'm glad that you've got your priorities straight!
  6. 96 Charging issue?

    Always check the battery's health 1st. If it's its dying, you'll have problems. A voltage check is not sufficient. Take it to a shop that will do a load test for you - that is, to see if it can hold around 10 1/2 volts for about 30 seconds while under load. A DIY but less accurate check is to see how many volts it can hold while cranking the engine. Once the battery is known good you can move on to check the charging voltage and system components. Plenty of threads in the maintenance section on troubleshooting.
  7. I am back! With UFO 99 VFR800

    Wow - that bike had a serious relationship with the previous owner and had some major lovin' lavished on it. It looks spotlessly clean - like it's hardly been ridden. Looking forward to seeing some pics of it in action. Congrats on one helluva find.
  8. I Think Its The R/r

    +1 He did my 6th gen stator. Quality product, great price. Be patient with him - he has MS and when talking with him he can be tough to understand, but he's a very nice guy.
  9. So I might have done a thing......

    Rob - I wish I could. Some family health issues (not mine) have me off the bike - it's parked for the summer. :( I'll check on the dates - if the they work, I might be able to sneak out to Troutdale for evening festivities. It would be great to see everyone. Curry
  10. So I might have done a thing......

    Rob, You set the bar so high with the mods on the gen 5, you'll have a challenge to top your own work! Also, glad (and not surprised) to see you stayed in the GDC family! Looking forward to following this.
  11. Stranded - Electrical help needed

    If allowed just one guess on a 6th gen, I would take the stator. If that's the issue, that's going to be a difficult repair in the field. You won't get it done with the factory tool kit, even if you had a new stator on hand. If you're lucky, it might be a connector. If you can obtain a multi meter, and trace it to the 3 yellow wire connector or maybe the fuse on the starter relay, you might - maybe - be able to rehab them enough with some Oxgard to get you home. Oxgard can usually be found at a True Value or Ace Hardware. That's a long shot though. You're not the first to have this issue on Memorial Day weekend - I recall a couple of years ago a member that this happened to in NorCal over Memorial Day. It really sux. You might have to hunker down until Tuesday when you can find some service assistance or someone to come with something to haul it home. Best of luck with it.
  12. Replace '97 with a '01????

    Having owned all 3 (presently 2), I would say that while I like my 6th gen, I loved my 4th gen and REALLY LOVE my 5th gen. I got the gen 6 for ABS and factory luggage. If the 5th gen came with it, it would be the one, only and last bike I would ever own. On 6th gens, IMO way too much is made of the VTEC transition. While I don't think it adds much, if anything to the riding experience, I've never once had it be an issue when cornering. My biggest beef with it is the complexity it adds to valve adjustments. I'll probably just do as others on the forum have done - ride it as close as I can to 100,000 miles and forget adjusting the valves. I did find the 6th was in need of a Power Commander to smooth things out - the 5th gen never needed it. Having cleaned the injectors and with the PC, it now rides as smoothly as either of the other 2.
  13. Too much oil pressure? Flawed design?

    That phenomenon has been documented in numerous threads and has happened to multiple riders. I have a friend with a 5th gen that happened to. He was lucky he didn't go down. Many have ended up with oil soaked rear tires. IMO I would not attribute it to excess pressure - it only seems to happen with those particular filters.
  14. 5th Gen Cooling Upgrades

    Installation of a fan override switch solved most of my cooling issues. It takes some presence of mind to be on top of it but if I am it prevents things from getting out of hand.
  15. BLS Lowering Blocks/Brake Pedal

    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.