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About Darrenk

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    Columbia, SC
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    2013 VFR1200FD

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  1. I was having some issues with touchy and slow to release front brakes too. I had the dealer change the fluid and bleed them, and now they're perfect. I think the service manual says change every 2 years, so yours is probably overdue.
  2. I see Marquez taking another championship followed by Vinales. Rossi third, and either Lorenzo or Pedrosa fourth. It's hard to count out Crutchlow and Dovizioso either. I wouldn't be surprised to see Folger as the top rookie and see him getting a podium...
  3. I ride the 1200 almost exclusively 2 up so I put PR4 GTs on. Same great performance characteristics with a stiffer sidewall. I've got about 7K on the pair and the front is less than half worn where the PR4 I originally had was showing cords on the front at 4K...
  4. No regrets on the LSL bars. You will have to re-route cables and lines, but no replacements are needed. It doesn't provide a dramatic difference than the Helibars, (I tried them first) but definitely higher and further back. I'd prefer even more, but the fairing and tank clearances are the limiting factors. Oh, and you may need shorty levers to get the most out of it.
  5. That's pretty awesome! Their choice of manufacturer leaves something to be desired though...
  6. Damn, you gotta take it out of first gear every now and then!
  7. I use the VFR1200 almost exclusively for 2up touring. The wife and I are not big people, but there is WAY more than enough power for anything I want to do. It's very stable at high speed and with a skilled rider, can carve corners with some of the best liter bikes. With the DCT, there are no concerns about clutch pull. The wife finds the pillion accommodations quite comfortable for longer (3-400 mile) rides, but I feel that it leans a little too far towards the sport end of the sport-touring segment for the way we use it. You'd probably not feel that way if you've been touring on an FZ1.
  8. Every day I check various websites for any motorcycle racing updates...sadly, they're few and far between lately.
  9. We're going to do GA tickets this year too. If you haven't made hotel reservations yet, you might want to soon, as the hotels fill up quick. My wife and I are driving the RV and towing the Viffer on a trailer. We just made reservations at the KOA Campground in Bastrop, about 20 minutes away from COA.
  10. My wife and I went last year and had such a great time! I like to say that the whole weekend was like an amusement park for motorcycle enthusiasts. We had grandstand seats along the start-finish line with a great view into the Repsol garages. We're planning on going in 2017, but we'll probably just get general admission tickets this time. There are enough huge monitors and seating on the grassy slopes of all the turns. Not sure about claiming a seat, as they checked our tickets ever time we came back from a refreshment run...
  11. That tells me the same box is used elsewhere...Here in the US, we could only get the big Viffer in candy prominence red in '10, candy Tahitian blue in '12, and darkness black metallic in '13. I ordered all of the accessories from the dealer when I ordered the bike, so he may have ordered the wrong one. Other than the metal flake, the color matches perfectly...
  12. The DCT does almost everything as well as you do with a manual probably, smoother. Sport mode is more aggressive with downshifting on deceleration and provides great engine braking. The only thing different is slow speed maneuvers...with no slipping the friction zone, it becomes more about throttle control.
  13. Glad to know I wasn't the only one, so I have to assume that it's on purpose...
  14. Looks great!
  15. So, today I hand polished all of the painted plastics on my bike for the first time. Since it was pretty cold here, I kept the garage door closed and brought out my powerful halogen work light to help spot the swirls easier. When I got to the topbox, I noticed that the paint doesn't have the gold metal-flake as the rest of the bike and the Honda saddlebags (see pics). Has anyone else noticed this? I'm wondering if my dealer ordered the wrong one, or maybe Honda uses the same one for different black models...It doesn't bother me at all, in fact it took me 2 years to really notice, just curious...