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Nitenurse

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About Nitenurse

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  • Birthday 04/04/1948

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  • Location
    Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
  • In My Garage:
    2010 VFR1200F
  1. Ohlins Install

    until you load it up and ride 2 up. Pyramid hugger work much better I have the Pyramid hugger & Ohlins rear shock & no problems with 'fowling', however, I do have a problem with the hugger touching the rear tyre slightly now that I've fitted new PR 4s
  2. Recall Update

    Received my recall letter from Honda UK today....only 2 weeks after having had the 'inspection' by my dealer! Makes me wonder if the inspection report sent to Honda UK by the dealer has prompted them to send the letter (am I being cynical?). VFR1200F (2010-2015YM) & VFR1200X (2012-2015YM) The letter explains that there are 2 parts to the recall: Part one will be an inspection and replacement, if required, with a current specification drive shaft. Part two will be the replacement of the drive shaft with a countermeasure part even if it was replaced during part one of this campaign. You will receive another notification letter when part two is launched. I have copied this from the letter so that there is no confusion about the Recall details, particularly for the owners who have not had the letter yet.
  3. Received my recall letter from Honda UK today....only 2 weeks after having had the 'inspection' by my dealer! Makes me wonder if the inspection report sent to Honda UK by the dealer has prompted them to send the letter (am I being cynical?). VFR1200F (2010-2015YM) & VFR1200X (2012-2015YM) The letter explains that there are 2 parts to the recall: Part one will be an inspection and replacement, if required, with a current specification drive shaft. Part two will be the replacement of the drive shaft with a countermeasure part even if it was replaced during part one of this campaign. You will receive another notification letter when part two is launched. I have copied this from the letter so that there is no confusion about the Recall details, particularly for the owners who have not had the letter yet.
  4. It would appear that not all of the staff in customer services at Honda UK know about the recall. When I rang them I must have spoken to a different member of staff to the one that some dealers have spoken to, mine knew absolutely nothing about a recall. When I pressed him, he asked for my registration number and then told me there were no recalls for my Vfr1200F DCT.
  5. Mpg's?

    My 2010 DCT bike has now done 36000 miles and consistently given 40 - 45 mpg. Fitting PCV, auto tune, K&N filter & Leo Vince end can has not made any significant changes to the mpg.
  6. Questions About My 2010 1200F

    Handling is pretty heavy. Especially on initial lean in. I feel like I really have to use a lot of force on the bars to maintain a lean. The good thing about this is that the bike stands up pretty quickly coming out of a turn. But the twisties can be a lot of work. Is this normal for the seventh gen? Exactly what I found with my 2010 bike. The main reason for this according to MCT suspension specialists, is the too soft front forks. I have PR4's fitted to my bike and have just had the forks 'upgraded' by MCT. The difference was noticeable almost immediately, the bike felt as if a load of its weight had been shed and it was so easy to get it to turn compared to standard. I would recommend getting the front sorted first as the standard rear shock is not all that bad (except for the seizing pre-load adjuster).
  7. Booked for July 6, ride in, ride out ;-)Please, please please let us know how you get on. I need t make a decision one way or the other and you might just be able to help. What are you having done? Are you going Ohlins or something else?? It's a Wilbers rear shock plus a virtual rebuild of the interior of the front forks. A m8 of mine had it done recently at MCT and I had a ride last week.....what a difference. It felt more like my 800 than a 1200; lighter steering, quicker & more precise turn-in and it didn't go wide on corner exit. At £1100 it's not cheap but the result is definitely worth it imo. The guy at MCT (they do a LOT of race bike setups) said he was really happy with what they did to my m8's bike and he thinks it's the best he's done so far so it will be the "default" recommended solution so if you are considering getting it done, I'd suggest a call to MCT. My 1200 is booked in with Daren at MCT on the 20th July which was the earliest he could fit me in when I first went beginning of June. I'm getting Ohlins rear shock and forks revalved etc. disappointed that he was'nt able to fit me in before my biking holiday in Spain 2 weeks ago. MCT have done quite a few VFR 1200's now, not sure why they recommend Wilbers to some & Ohlins to others? Price? I think the Wilbers is considerably cheaper, though hopefully not so cheap it wont be suitable. Have you asked him why? Do let us know how you get on with the upgrade. Mine is in at MCT on Monday, I'm getting the Wilbers shock. I'll report back ASAP.Mwah ha ha ha...The absolute dog's bollocks to coin a quaint English phrase. Turns effortlessly, holds a line perfectly, changes direction mid corner with no fuss, feels lighter, rear doesn't squat down and it doesn't feel like a pogo stick over the rough stuff. Front is awesome, properly planted! All in all a very happy customer. I think I have the perfect road bike for me and the Mrs now. MCT had my bike in today, Ohlins rear shock & MCT 20mm fork upgrade. Went for a test ride before parting with my GBP's, came back grinning like a Chesire Cat, what a difference, felt lighter with so little effort needed to tip it over compared to standard suspension.
  8. 32,000 Mile Valve Check Service.

    Whether you do it yourself or have a dealer do the valve checks, make sure that the O rings are renewed. My dealer, or rather the dealers mechanic, not only did not renew the O rings, he actually forgot to replace one on the rear cylinder head. It's easy to know if O rings are missing......the bike burns oil with lots of smoking from the exhaust. In my case, nearly 2 quarts of oil in 1800 miles.
  9. Booked for July 6, ride in, ride out ;-) Please, please please let us know how you get on. I need t make a decision one way or the other and you might just be able to help. What are you having done? Are you going Ohlins or something else?? It's a Wilbers rear shock plus a virtual rebuild of the interior of the front forks. A m8 of mine had it done recently at MCT and I had a ride last week.....what a difference. It felt more like my 800 than a 1200; lighter steering, quicker & more precise turn-in and it didn't go wide on corner exit. At £1100 it's not cheap but the result is definitely worth it imo. The guy at MCT (they do a LOT of race bike setups) said he was really happy with what they did to my m8's bike and he thinks it's the best he's done so far so it will be the "default" recommended solution so if you are considering getting it done, I'd suggest a call to MCT. My 1200 is booked in with Daren at MCT on the 20th July which was the earliest he could fit me in when I first went beginning of June. I'm getting Ohlins rear shock and forks revalved etc. disappointed that he was'nt able to fit me in before my biking holiday in Spain 2 weeks ago. MCT have done quite a few VFR 1200's now, not sure why they recommend Wilbers to some & Ohlins to others?
  10. Which dealer do you use in Cambridgeshire? I'm just down the road in Newmarket using John Banks in Bury St Edmunds and the pair cost me nearly £100 a few months back.
  11. I fitted a Power Commander 5 to my VFR 1200 FD a couple of days ago, no problem removing the fairings as I've done it a number of times after watching the You Tube video the first time. No problem fitting the PCV until it came to the 02 optimizers, took me ages plus skinned knuckles to fit them despite taking the radiator bolts out and tilting it forward to get extra access to them. Once I'd managed to slide them forward off where they're attached to the frame, it's a simple job to put the Dynojet optimizers into the harness and slide them back onto the frame attachment. A couple of rides later and there's been a definite improvement in throttle response, particularly in the lowere rev range. Next job is to decat the exhaust, fit an autotune and ? Remove the pair valve
  12. Dct & Autotune

    Thanks Dave, I misunderstood, I thought that it had to be in the same position as on the 'manual' model.
  13. Dct & Autotune

    Has anyone fitted a Autotune to a DCT? I have a 2010DCT and have PCV, K&N filter,Scorpion end can. I was planning to decat the exhaust and fit the autotune I've purchased but now I'm thinking there is insufficient space for the lamba probe....hence the question.
  14. Front Brakes Freezing

    I have had to regularly clean the calipers on my 2010 DCT (ride all year round here in UK). There is very close tolerances between the calipers and the pads, doesn't take long for brake dust and road dirt to fill the gaps between pads and calipers walls causing the pads to 'seize' in the calipers. I'm not sure why the lever would appeared seized though.
  15. Why Shouldn't I?

    I bought my 2010 VFR 1200 FDA a couple of months ago with some trepidation having ridden bikes for the last 49 yrs that have had a clutch lever and gear shift. I'm now used to it (2.5K miles to date) and love it!! I had my local Honda dealer do a software update on the engine & transmission ecu's and straight away noticed a difference...much smoother and lost the 'clunking' of the transmission when changing from 1st to 2nd. I tend to ride in 'manual' most of the time and find it has seamless changes all the way through the box. Have'nt found a road locally where I can 'test' the sport mode properly, the only times I have tried this mode, I've hit 'licence losing' speeds without getting into 4th! I think its probably almost as fast as my Blackbird was. Petrol wise, I've been swapping and changing between regular & premium without any noticeable difference in performance but a noticeable difference in cost (Reg 137.9p per Itr, Prem 142.9p per Itr here in UK). I'm getting about 140-150 miles before the last band starts flashing and I've then found theres about 1.5 - 2 ltrs left in the tank. The one thing I do find difficult is slow manoeuvring, eg figure of eight at walking pace, I'm having to practice controlling the speed with the back brake instead of a combination of clutch slipping, throttle and brake (probably showing my age here). All in all, IMO a great bike.
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