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JZH last won the day on November 24 2016

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About JZH

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  • Birthday 01/01/1965

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    London, UK/So. Cal., USA
  • In My Garage:
    6 VFRs, an RVF, an ST, 2 CBRs and an RS

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  1. The Autobahn really depends on which one you're on. The popular ones are not only very crowded, but absolutely chock-full of restricted speed zones that go on for miles. And don't get me started on the "Lärmschutz" speed limits! Besides which, of course, when I'm in Germany on a bike it's usually loaded up like a camel, so testing its top speed is a bit of a pointless exercise! Ciao,
  2. IIRC, the OEM ones are stamped "MZ7" or whatever the PCN is for the 4th gen. I have some from a 900RR and they have something similar, as well as an arrow pointing towards the "CUSH" (Honda-speak for rear shock). You could tell for sure by measuring the distances between the holes. I know somebody's published the OEM and lowering measurements for VFR side plates, but that may have been for the 5th gen? OEM ones are also plated steel--those look somewhat aluminium to me. It is much easier to fabricate new side plates than dogbones! Ciao,
  3. It's odd that the fuse for the fuel gauge indicator circuit didn't blow. Check that the fuses have the correct ratings (mainly 10A, IIRC) and haven't been "upgraded" to deal with the bike's unfortunate electrical issues... Ciao,
  4. Rearsets for 5th gen.?

    So you can imagine how I laughed/cried when I discovered that the one I bought off eBay had received exactly this treatment... Reverse thread with what appears to be blue thread lock on it, in this case. Oh well. At least the first step (drilling a pilot hole) shouldn't require any special tools: a regular drill bit should have the same effect as a reverse drill bit on a regular thread (i.e., it might get the broken bolt out by itself). Btw, the Satos look great! Ciao,
  5. Bizarre theory you've created there... Personally, I find the noticeable egg-smell associated with catalyst-equipped petrol engines much more noxious than that associated with older gasoline-powered internal-combustion engines. But then again, I have a very planet-unfriendly attraction to the unmistakably intoxicating aroma of a two-stroke burning Castrol R... Ciao,
  6. 4th Gen header removal

    Not an eBayer? I'm struggling to get my head around that concept... Ciao,
  7. Speaking of points, there is an optical "points" kit available from a Dutch KTM guy that might fit (I hope so--I bought one!) these OEM fuel pumps. I've fitted mine, but the bike it's fitted to hasn't yet been off the lift in my garage... Ciao,
  8. Riding quotes

    In my experience, few people are qualified to really understand anything other than their own culture, so there's little point in commenting critically about someone else's culture. Ciao,
  9. If you post vids on the Internet you have to have a thick skin. I even got stick when I posted a clip of a Ducati rider swerving lazily around a merging lorry on an Italian Autostrada--and nearly under my van's front bumper... Ciao,
  10. Braided front brake lines

    You could make your own, or have someone make them for you, but the main expense in braided stainless steel brake lines is the fittings: this kind of design is generally much more expensive--and it is debateable that it is easier to bleed. I use a double banjo bolt with a bleeder at the top of my dual line setups and bleeding is usually very simple. Ciao,
  11. I don't know why the repair kit would have been non-US only, the bike wasn't! But American Honda does strange things sometimes... It won't be in the Workshop Manuals (all of which I have), but in the technical bulletins that would have come out sometime later. Here's an example of how such a thing might have been released to the dealer network (an article in the Wrench, referring to the actual Service Bulletin): And the actual service bulletin: I'd guess the VFR750F seat repair kit was probably released in '91 or so. I owned a '90 FL from new and it did not take very long for me to realise that the seat tab design was crap... I don't have a picture handy, but the repair I did at that time has (miraculously) remained to this day, on that bike's Sargent seat which is now on my "eternal project" FP. I just cut out some sheet metal tabs, bent them into a lazy "Z" shape and pop-riveted them to the seat. Rusty, but effective! Ciao,
  12. 4th Gen header removal

    I've purchased a few sets of stainless steel studs from Hong Kong via eBay. Stainless has got to be better than the "seize or break" OEM mild steel studs, hasn't it? Ciao,
  13. Class Reunion

    It's not a real NR, but it is a pretty good replica! Ciao,
  14. www.cmsnl.com can get it if it is available; if they say it is not available, it's probably not available. Most of the times I search for part numbers on Google I find that the parts always show up on certain sites, but when I try to order them it turns out that the parts are not available after all. Very frustrating, as it usually takes them several days to figure this out. www.bike-parts.fr is as reliable as CMS. Ciao,
  15. It may have been described in a Honda technical bulletin at some point. American Honda also has a publication called the Wrench, in which some updates are described, but I don't have a record of anything from the 1990s. Do you know any friendly Honda dealers? Ciao,