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JZH last won the day on November 24 2016

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    London, UK/So. Cal., USA
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    6 VFRs, an RVF, an ST, 2 CBRs and an RS

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  1. Busted up VFR. .

    ...and also forgot to reduce the amount of the invoice to the insurer accordingly, no doubt. No, you're not being too picky and no, a non-standard paint scheme is not a justification for not attempting to match it. You were under no obligation to keep the original paint scheme, and if it costs more to match non-standard paint, that's just what it costs. By all means, complain to the repairer, but the problem you may have is that you are not their customer--the insurer is. So your only leverage is to demand that the insurer put the bike back to the condition it was before it was damaged by their policyholder's actions, and that they (the insurer) pressures the repairer to do what's necessary. But, they might not care (after all, you're not their customer, either!) If that doesn't work, take them (the insurer) to small claims court if they refuse to pay whatever it takes to make up for the repairer's failures. The MCOL process is surprisingly effective--even against large companies. Based on what you've said, you really don't want this repairer to get its mitts on your bike again, but you probably have to give them a chance if the insurer requests it. Next time, consider using a "claims management" company to represent YOUR interests. These companies are very familiar with the whole process and can do things like arrange for a hire bike for the duration of any repairs (which tends to incentivise the insurer to force the repairer to satisfy you). Good luck. Ciao,
  2. Unless it's leaking on Reserve... US-spec petcocks only use two positions: Off and Reserve. Rebuilding isn't too difficult. Ciao,
  3. Is this a new dash, or a used one? AFAIK, the mileage is stored onboard the instrument panel, not in the PGM-FI module, so maybe it need some kind of initialisation? Ciao,
  4. And in Europe. There's one on eBay US for $195. Rebuild time... Ciao,
  5. You're welcome. I've documented some of this here. Unfortunately, another thread on the same forum seems to have disappeared for good. Anyway, the internal O-rings are just o-rings--all you need to do is get the (exact) right size. (Actually, I should say that the o-rings in the NRP kit are normal o-rings; the OEM o-rings are square-section, but the round ones work.) Ciao,
  6. You can rebuild the petcock. Drill out the rivets and tap for M3 or M4 screws. NRP in the UK has rebuild kits, or you can make your own kit using o-rings. Nothin' to it, really. (There are no aftermarket petcocks that I know of.) Ciao,
  7. Hello from Serbia

    Welcome, too! Ciao,
  8. Most annoying bike ever?

    Nope. But all I can say is buy a two stroke and then tell me you can refrain from that particular compulsion... On my RS250, I AM Loris Capirossi... Ciao,
  9. A UNI filter would probably flow more air than OEM, which, combined with the free-flowing slip-on exhaust, would tend to result in a lean-running condition (absent any carb jetting changes). It might run okay with an OEM paper air filter, but I think TBR always recommended re-jetting anyway. By far the "best" solution would be to get the carbs re-jetted to suit the TBR and the air filter you're going to use, but finding someone who can do this without a "jet kit" would probably be difficult, because it requires finding someone who knows what they're doing! Ciao,
  10. RS850 Replica

    And the early CB1000F "Big One". Very long forks--I have a pair somewhere. But they are otherwise not at all the same as the RC30's! Ciao,
  11. 5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    I'm still in, but things still seem a bit tentative with Gabe and his shop and GTR35 contract. Let's see how he gets on with the stuff he's already committed to. I think it will be worth the wait! Ciao,
  12. It depends on the cause of the noise. If it's because the valves are not adjusted, I wouldn't ride it, but if it's the end-float issue, that's more of a "cosmetic" issue which wouldn't stop me riding it. I would check the valve clearances and then decide the next step re the cams. The brake pedal is steel on that bike (I have FR-FV footpegs & hangers on my FP), so (unlike aluminium) it should be fine to bend it straight. Ciao,
  13. Forgot about that! Here's the Honda Technical Information bulletin from 1996: Ciao,
  14. That's...corrupting. There are just so many things I would do for that... Ciao,
  15. Semi-radial, it looks to me... Interestingly, the later NISSIN non-radial masters (such as those found on early CBR600RRs) are also semi-radial, but they're much closer to axial than radial (whereas the Yamaha '04-'06 R1 Brembo master is much closer to radial than axial). I've never seen a truly "half-radial", but it wouldn't surprise me if they exist. Ciao,