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About Audible

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    Perth Western Australia
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    VFR 800F 2016
  1. Now you know why I don't post much. ...I'm too busy riding mine!
  2. If your after a bike with a top box and panniers, you'd better stop looking at the Ninja then. it can't have both together OEM. About the only problem I am aware off with the 8th gen over the 6th is the heavier clutch. For what ever reason, Honda put a smaller slave cylinder in the Hydraulic clutch on the 8th which means a heavier clutch. May or may not be an issue depending on your hand strength. Personally for me, the only problem I have with my 2016 8th gen is that I can't ride it enough. :P
  3. These crash bars are a seriously bad idea. I'm not going to get into the crash bars V sliders or suitability for a sports tourer debate. I'm looking from a steel fabrication/engineering point of view. I happen to work for a welding suppler and have my C.A.S.T certificate in Mech engineering. These bar's have not been engineered. They are a classic case of a back yarder slap together. There are fundamental flaws with the design. 1). The bottom mount is via a long flat strap and bolted to an alloy lug. (the foot peg bracket mount. That will likely twist anit clockwise and upwards and snap the alloy lug clean off on a drop. It'll have plenty of leverage from the crash bars flat mounting plate to do that. 2). The upper mount with the rubber foot on it is rigid fixed to the bar. Again, if you drop the bike, the lower bar will be forced upwards and twist ant clockwise on this point, which it has excellent leverage to twist this mount. I'm not sure what it is fixed to take an guess at what would break first at this point. Hopefully the crash bar and not part of the alloy frame. 3). The engine mounting point again is poorly done. It's fixed to a flap bar that is angled to favour the expected direction of force, an anti clockwise and upwards twist, not oppose it. If you drop the bike, the whole crash bar will be pushed upwards and twist flat . The crash bar will likely spin on this bolt as the other two mounting points fail. Try to picture grabbing the crash bar at the lower point and pushing upwards with force. The whole bar is designed to bend/twist with that direction of force instead of opposing it. Basically, the whole thing has been designed by a back yarder. As for modifying this bar further, bad idea. Your only salvation is a connecting bar that goes under the bike and supports the two lower rungs of the crash bar and then pinning that centrally on the bike somehow which I highly doubt would be possible, perhaps back to the centre stand mounting points. But even then, the whole bar will be weaker than one that was designed correctly from the beginning.
  4. Good watch that video. Thanks for posting. I have been looking at the super sports on the Ducati website and my take on it was that it is more of a softened super sports rather than a true sports tourer. You only have to look at the extra's that the Ninja and VFR have and why they are heavier bikes to see that the Ducati isn't really a sports tourer. A 16 litre fuel tank and no centre stand for a start. From what I can tell and as they pointed out in that video, the Super sport is a better street bike then the Panigale and that would count for a Fireblade/R1/ZX/GSXR. These hard core super sports bikes are really track machines with indicators and rear view mirrors. For somebody who is a road/commuter rider and weekend track or open roader, a bike such as the super sport looks to be a better choice. It's something I think all the manufacturers should offer imho as the current super sports bikes are too hard core for the streets. Adding an extra 10 kilo's in weight for a comfier seat, higher bar and some luggage options would make for a better street bike I reckon. This is why we are attracted to the VFR. It makes a good street bike that can tourer and do a decent twisties weekend as well. Hence why they had the super sport Panigale 959 and the two tourers, VFR & Ninja in the comparison. The super sports is something in between the two genre's, not one or the other.
  5. You just have to watch your throttle cable adjustment. When you adjust your throttle cable, turn the steering full lock left and right to check that the throttle isn't opening when at full lock. With the spacers on, with the throttle slack adjusted to about 1/8 (3mm), when you turn the steering to the left, there is no slack at all. Without the spacer, you still have 1/16 or so slack.
  6. I'm 5ft 8 tall and have my 8th gen with the seat at the lower position and have the 0.95 motopumps spacers fitted. When sitting on the bike in the riding position and with my neck/head straight, I'm looking over the windscreen so it's pretty easy to ride looking at the horizon, slight tilt of the head and looking up a tad. With the seat in the upper position and no spacers, i'm looking at the top of the tacho with a straight neck.
  7. Well my 2016 8th gen was my 50th birthday present from my wife. My first VFR, but my 3rd Honda. You read correctly. It's the legendary, mythical, fabled WAMP! (Wife Approved Motorcycle Purchase)
  8. Mine lights up green which is plated 02/2016. I definitely don't have a 2017 at it's Pearl glare white in colour, old exhaust, not aux power and silver frame. Maybe it's an regional thing, green for asia/aust and red for the states maybe. I bought mine in November 2016 from Rick Gill Honda here in Perth. Paid $14,990 but I got a one order discount on accessories and 12 months rego instead of the usual 6 months. Worked out to about $700-800 value in total. Yeah, I could have ordered from overseas for that sort discount, but at least the accessories arrived in one week instead of two. :-) I'm very similar to the OP, 50 years of age, max NCB and excellent record. Insured for $720 PA comprehensive with Swann.
  9. Nope, but at least you have the first letter right! Second clue. You need to think outside the square.
  10. It's 45 litres. Hang on, I'll go measure it.... 2.45 wide, 1.5 deep and 1.35 high. It would have been easier to measure it with a measuring tap in cm or even inches instead of using a.... Clue: The unit of measure is in Pjcliffo's pic.
  11. I likely have the smallest feet on this forum, Size 6.5 aus which is a 39.5 euro. I usually wear a 40-41 with thick socks. I haven't had any issues using the standard or quick shifter from day one. Maybe your foot is too far back on the peg?
  12. In case anybody refers to this thread and wants to see the right hand side as well;
  13. Well that's something to look forward to. Mine's at the dealers today, 1,000km's service!
  14. Hello everybody! 50 year old male from Perth Western Australia. Answers to the real name of Paul and the nick name of Audible. Happily married, Townhouse, into Home theatre, Photography, ah, lets skip the details. You want to know about my bike! Well I have been riding on 2 wheels since 1995. It all began when I broke a couple of bones in my left foot and couldn't drive my manual shift car. A friend suggested I buy a twist and go 50cc scooter, which I can ride legally on my car license here and then get rid of it once my foot healed up. Well I bought the scooter but never got rid of it, running it into the ground before upgrading to a motorcycle. The VFR is my third motorbike, after a 2010 Kawasaki ER-6n and an 2007 CBF 250. I turned 50 just before xmas 2016 and my wife decided that she would get myself a new bike for my birthday/xmas. I did my research and test rides. Initially I was looking at the Bandit & Ninja 1000, but then I wandered into my local Honda dealership and saw this beautiful white bike sitting there. In truth I was aware of the VFR's, but I had never considered one. I chucked my leg over, loved the dash, the features and then the dealer thumbed that starter switch and I got a good dose of that v4 rumble. Smitten like a Kitten. It was time to scribble up the paperwork! Since then I've been quietly lurking this forum and others and the internet in general researching this fantastic white bike and the goodies that I can bolt onto it. Overall I am very happy with the 8th gen. Mod list so far; OEM 45litre top box and rear rack. OEM Rear tyre hugger. ST1300 tank pad. Motopumps 0.95 handlebar risers. R&G upper radiator guard. DMB levers. To come; Quick shifter, maybe. 12 volt power supply socket and ram mount for GPS. A slip on. I have more lurking to do on that..... Not too many pics atm, been too busy with the spanners and riding to be bothered with the shutter for now, but a good photo session is on the cards, probably when it cools down a bit.
  15. Here is a couple of pics of the ST1300 tank pad on the 8th Gen. I was wondering what to put on the sides as well but I didn't want anything I could see, so I was considering cutting my own out from the A4 3M clear protective sheeting.