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DriverDave last won the day on October 29

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About DriverDave

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    Very sporty tourer

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  • Location
    Denver, CO
  • In My Garage:
    2017 KTM 1290 Super Adventure T
    2014 VFR800FD-Sold
    2007 VFR800ABS-Sold
    2004 Kawasaki KLX300R
  1. True Struggle

    I haven't actually searched for a few months, so I can't say what's out there now. Perhaps the leftovers are drying up. I'm sure there are still some deals to be had, it might just require some digging online to find them.
  2. True Struggle

    You're not looking hard enough! People have found a new 2014 DLX for under $6k. It should be very easy to find one for under $8k, and probably under $7k. My dealer is asking $6100 for my used 22k mile DLX...which is way too much, in my opinion (they gave me $5k on trade in).
  3. K&N Oil Filter Recall - KN-204

    ^^^Nope! Mine was welded. Pretty sure they've all been welded for many years. In fact, I've never seen or even heard of it being riveted on until you posted that.
  4. K&N Oil Filter Recall - KN-204

    I don't understand that tiny little production run being recalled. I had a failure back in 2012. Others have had failures in other years too. And there have been several K&N failure threads long before 2016.
  5. Mods

    Check out this guy's post...totally confirms that the standard should come with the cowl and handle covers...
  6. -1/+2 520 conversion considerations

    FYI - the stock chain on the 8th gen is actually a 525. The 6th gen came with a 530.
  7. Mods

    Ok, now that I see a standard with the same abs ring as the Deluxe, and the information from another thread about the speedo getting its signal from the rear abs ring, it makes sense. They use the same ring on both versions.
  8. Mods

    If you're referring to the white part behind the driver seat, it is a cowl that replaces the passenger seat. All Deluxes come with one, and I thought the standard did too. But now that I look closer at your pictures, I see the ABS ring behind the rear rotor, so you clearly have a Deluxe (but obviously ditched the center stand). I'm guessing you bought it used or you would have one. You can get one from BikeBandit... https://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts/detail/honda/77283-mjm-d00zc/b3276188?m=156360&sch=849117
  9. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    HareBrain, You misunderstood what he said...He liked stopping with minimal fork dive (with the just the front brake) and only using the rear if he fancied it. I too missed the linked brakes when I went from a 6th gen to an 8th gen. I hardly ever used my rear brake on the 6th gen. When I first got the 8th gen, I was quite shocked by the serious fork dive coming into corners. Turns out it was because I wasn't using any rear brake. If you front brake hard coming into a corner, and let off just as you start your lean (as you should always finish your braking before starting the turn, according to most experts) the forks suddenly come back up as your leaning over. Pretty disturbing feeling when you've never experienced that before (thanks to the previous linked brakes). It's a very easy concept to demonstrate on any non-linked bike. Just do 2 hard stops...one with just the front brake, and once with both at the same time. First one, lots of dive...second one, not so much. FYI, the amount of linked front application you get from hitting the rear brake is quite minimal...only 1 out of 6 pistons is being activated and most people wouldn't even notice it was happening. But it's just enough to help shorten the distance of a 'rear only' braking event, with no risk of unexpected front lockup or any other front issue. Applying the front brake causes the secondary master to send fluid to 1 of only 3 pistons on the rear, and will almost reach rear lockup power under a panic front brake application. Here is a very thorough description... http://nerdrider.com/?p=35 Based on all of this knowledge and my own full understanding of the system and its real world experience, I feel that everyone that knocks or hates the VFR's Linked brakes are wrong (just my opinion). I think they are brilliant, and work exactly as they were designed...until it's time to bleed the system, then they kinda suck
  10. I traded in my VFR...

    It's quite massive! Gonna take some time to get used to it before I start railing the canyons.
  11. I traded in my VFR...

    ...And joined the ADV crowd! Just picked up a brand new 2017 KTM Super Adventure T. I've been getting a bit too aggressive in the canyons lately and was also longing for a slight lifestyle change, so I decided to drink the orange koo-laid. Looking forward to starting a new retired/adventure chapter in my life. I've enjoyed my 7 years and 60k miles in the Viffer community on 2 different VFRs, but all good things...well, you know, sometimes you just need to do something different. Later
  12. Do you wheelie your viffer?

    Exactly. And of course that first ride/drive is after you 'Read The Fucking Manual'
  13. Do you wheelie your viffer?

    Let's try and clear this up for you guys... I have experienced TC many times, and verified when I first got the bike that it WILL prevent a wheelie. The way it functions is to completely cut all power (not sure which way, but I suspect fuel cut). It IS abrupt and stays off for too long...feels like more than a full second, but never tried to time it. It does come back somewhat abruptly, because your first instinct when you feel power cut is to give it more throttle. It's not quite an "on/off" engagement, but it comes back pretty quick...No chance of a high-side. Our TC system is about as basic as they come. It uses the ABS rings to detect difference in wheel speed between front and rear. For that matter, our ABS is quite basic too, but seems to function quite well. I don't understand how people ride for thousands of miles without ever feeling ABS or TC. It's so easy to test them both on any patch of dirt to learn what they feel like. ABS can be tested even easier...just stab the rear brake on any road, at any speed...You'll feel the ABS in the pedal, much like a car. It won't skid, it's not dramatic at all...completely no big deal. TC takes a bit more work to engage...either try a clutch wheelie in any gear at any speed...it won't get more the a couple inches off the ground. Or find a patch of sand somewhere and just crank the throttle in first gear. It will engage immediately, before it even starts to feel like it's spinning, and not be a big deal. There. Now you all now how and when TC works and how to test it for yourself.
  14. Tires!

    My very first new set of tires on this bike were PR4s that only lasted 4000 miles. Didn't like them for the second half of their life.
  15. Tires!

    Speaking of Bridgestone, if anyone needs a set of tires and doesn't have a lot of money to spend, you can get a set of BT023s for $211 delivered from Jake Wilson. And there is a Bridgestone rebate offer going on through the end of the month...$35 per tire. That's a total net cost of only $141 for a set of good quality sport touring tires. It will be interesting to see how they compare to the T30 EVOs I ran two sets ago. Only got 2400 miles out of those, but they felt great.