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DriverDave

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    Denver, CO
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    2014 VFR800FD-red
    2007 VFR800ABS-Sold
    2004 Kawasaki KLX300R
  1. I assume since you're staying in Paonia, that you're already planning on hitting 133 up to Carbondale. If not, you must...it's an outstanding road. Also, if you're not already, you must do 65 over Grand Mesa...truly amazing place. Let me know how far away from Paonia you plan on going, and I can recommend some more roads, unless your routes are already planned and set in stone.
  2. I've had that detector on mine for almost 3 years. Works great. Saved my butt for sure on several occasions. I use the wireless adapter with speaker in my helmet (even with the separate LED pod, you don't notice it unless you're looking right at it). Kind of a pain adding that speaker next to my Sena speaker, but that was the only option. I've tried the Sena SR10, but it didn't really work. I've decided I can live with the current setup.
  3. Why would you ask for full synthetic on the first 600 mile service? You should always stick with factory recommended oil for the first few thousand miles (if a vehicle comes from the factory with synthetic, then use synthetic...the VFR does NOT). I would go pick up some Honda GN4 10W-30 (which is what the manual calls for) and do a quick drain and refill. No need to change the filter again. Then on your next oil change (I do mine every 4k miles instead of the 8k the manual calls for) you can put in some Honda HP4 synthetic blend...again, 10W-30. Then you can go to your preferred brand of full synthetic on the next change.
  4. 16K KM and 3 years?!!!!! That's way too long between oil changes...according to the vast majority of experts and owners manuals.
  5. Just for reference, I will give you the quick rundown on all my tires over the last 7 years and 55k miles on a 6th gen and 8th gen: (these are all full-on sport touring tires designed for a very sporty long life) Michelin Pilot Road 2, PR 3, and PR4. Dunlop Roadsmart, RS2, and RS3. (twice ran the RS and RS2, currently on the RS3) Pirelli Angel St and GT. Bridgestone T30 EVO. (no 'b spec' or heavyweight versions ever used) Always ran matched sets in stock sizes at 2-4 below recommended PSI. Most tires replaced at about halfway down through the wearbars. Never showed cords or squared off profile. It would seem that I've grown to prefer the Dunlop RS over everything else, and will stick with them for the foreseeable future. The Pilot Road line has generally gotten worse with each new version. Best mileage was the PR2, PR3, and all RS, with 5k to 6k miles...worst mileage was the T30 EVO at only 3k. They all handle great when new, with the PR4 falling off first, at less than 2k miles in, and the RS line being the most consistent to the end. The only other model I'd be interested in trying is the Metzeler Roadtec 01. All of my riding is in the mountains of Colorado on sunny days, at a very spirited pace, simply for the sheer joy of it. If I pushed any harder than my usual pace, I would probably want to switch over to full supersport tires for safety reasons. As efficient as I have become at pulling my wheels off and taking them down to the local shop to get some new tires slapped on, I would rather not do it any more than I have to! BTW, I'm now 850 miles into my first set of RS3, and I couldn't be happier. Really hammered the last 2 rides, feeling planted and confident the whole time.
  6. He's not saying it's the cap making the noise. Opening the cap will confirm it's the tank vent making the noise if it stops the moment you open it.
  7. I've run the Angel GT. They are a good tire, and if you ever do get stuck in the rain, you will be very happy with them. The only issue I had was their life span, but I generally have that problem with every tire I try. I only got 4000 miles out of my GTs. But then again, I've never gotten more than 5500 from any sport touring tire. I'm hoping for at least 5000 out of my current Dunlop Roadsmart 3's I just put on.
  8. Check out the G2 Throttle Tamer.
  9. You're upset about getting 7k miles from a single compound tire? I only got 3k miles out of my OEM 222s! You should try the Roadsmart 2 or new Roadsmart 3. Both are dual compound and should fair much better with all of your commuting. (the RS2 is basically the same tire as the D222, but with dual compound) My last set was the Bridgestone T30 EVO and their life sucked...only about 3500 miles. I typically only get 5k-6k out of a dual compound ST tire. (I'm a serious canyon carver, so I always wear out the sides before the middle). I've run the RS2 twice and now have the RS3 mounted. I have no plans to ever try Bridgestone again.
  10. Standard is fine unless you spend most of your time riding 2up. And the FJR is about 100 lbs more than the VFR.
  11. I rode mine like I stole it from day one, first change at 600 miles, second change at 4k miles (every 4k from then on). Now at 19k miles and runs/shifts perfectly. Nothing wrong with hitting 10k in any gear as much as you want.
  12. Nothing wrong with installing the risers before 600 mile service.
  13. My 600 mile would have cost around $200 also. I would let the dealer take care of it...at least for the first service. You can do the rest yourself, but I think it's a good idea having them do the first one. FYI, I bought a 3 year/unlimited mile service contract from my dealer for $1700. It covers every scheduled service, and includes 1 set of tires and a battery. I now have almost 19k miles on the bike with about 3 months left on the contract, and it has already paid for itself. I could do all my own service, but now that I'm a bit older, I just don't want to mess with it anymore. The only service I have done myself is a chain/sprockets replacement. The 16k service with valve adjust would have cost $1200 alone. So I've found that almost any oil change on any bike at any shop is generally going to cost over $100. One wouldn't expect it to cost more than a car, but for some reason it does.
  14. Standard warranty in the US is only 1 year for the VFR. The Gold Wing comes with 3 years, but after a quick check, it looks like every other Honda model is only 1 year. This is directly from the VFR page on Honda's website: FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan Read more at http://powersports.honda.com/2015/interceptor/specifications.aspx#ri0uH1JEqwKV70yy.99