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Sparticus last won the day on October 26

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About Sparticus

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    Club Racer

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  • Location
    Hayling Island UK
  • In My Garage:
    VFR 800F and VFR 800Vtec
  1. Do you wheelie your viffer?

    The wheely... Definitely not the right bike for it. Now. My Firestorm? That would wheely off anything.... Surprised I ever managed to wear a front tyre out.
  2. 6th vs 8th Header mockup pictures

    I had mine apart last week to do the oil service, the exhaust is also shaped that way to get the old oil filter out... There's naff all room for it to come out from the front in the same way as the old Vtec, so that exhaust has clearly had a lot of thought put into it, to clear the rad and allow space to get the filter out. And back in obviously. So I'd suggest any "mod" would probably need to follow the same basic dimensions? If you take both sides of the fairing off, it's much easier, but as it is you only need to drop the Gear change side off to get to the filter. Also fited my quick shifter at the same time so it made sense to give it another mid "oil change service interval" oil change...
  3. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    With CBS, as my MOT examiner showed me, it's possible to lock the front wheel in the rollers using only the rear brake, that's actually quite a lot of braking force. I've kind of re-trained myself to use both brakes again now instead of letting the CBS do it for me, I guess I just got used to having that option. Absolutely agree, changing brake fluid is a challenge though, three calipers, two master cylinders, four slaves and a PCV...
  4. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    It's kind of one of those things you get used to, I've had Honda's with CBS since the last century, VFR's, CBR 1000's, Blackbirds etc. and I got used to being able to stop the bike with minimal fork dive using the rear brake only if the fancy took me. Because I still ride a Vtec with it on, when I get on my G8 I really think the brakes are naff.... Much more fork dive, doesn't "pull itself" into the road when you clamp both ends on, in fact the rear brake seems to do SFA. I also ran bikes with "normal" brakes as well, an SP1, the odd Firestorm, so it's not that I don't know how to ride with a bike that will only really stop on the front brake, it's just that Honda spent so long getting C-ABS to work right I wonder why they removed it. It's also not that I abuse my brakes, I changed the pads on my Vtec at 30,000 miles, I'm already well into the 2nd set on the front of my G8 at 17,000 miles. Probably removed it to save weight and money no doubt.
  5. Switching switchgear?

    But he isn't making his "Thumb Stronger". It's locked horizontally, if he was closing the plate by flexing his thumb, that would be different. All he is doing is, well I dunno. But it's not making his thumb stronger...
  6. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    I didn't have that quandary or need to rationalise. I simply don't like the noise IL4's make. And I've never ridden one yet that doesn't send a "buzz" through the bars that makes my aging joints ache. And frankly, at 61 years old I don't think I'd be able to get off it after an 80 mile commute.... But I can see the attraction, having ridden one, biggest issue I had was remembering that the engine is pretty gutless until 8,000 rpm. The times I have my Vif at 8000 rpm are very few and far between. But it's your money, your choice isn't it. TBH the only thing I don't like about my 8th gen is that Honda fpor some reason removed the CBS.
  7. -1/+2 520 conversion considerations

    Whats the thinking behind going to a 520 chain anyway? Lighter?
  8. Yup. Just separate the pipe where it goes into the bottom of the tank, plug the pipe that leads to the canister and run a separate breather pipe from the bottom of the tank to somewhere under the bike. That's all that I have done, and if anything the bike runs better now.
  9. 2018 Gold Wing v. VFR

    Ah. You have to take into account that US gallons are about 1/2 a litre SMALLER than European gallons. So you really have to look at the litres value to get a real read on it as Litres are the same all over the world.
  10. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    Always said 100bhp is enough if you know what you are doing.
  11. Help me convince myself to buy an 8th gen

    On the contrary. 10k isn't even close to being run in. My Vtec didn't come good until 48,000 miles and I don't ride it gently. My 2015 model is now at 17,000 and is almost as quick as my Vtec now...
  12. 2018 Gold Wing v. VFR

    And Hossack front end... https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/hondas-hossack-forks-on-superbike
  13. Do you wheelie your viffer?

    Reset as soon as I cycled the ignition, it's only ever done it the once.
  14. Switching switchgear?

    Don't even know if my bike has a horn? I'd prefer to never put myself in a situation where I might need to use it. Sat on it during the MOT is about the only time I'd expect to use it.
  15. Do you wheelie your viffer?

    I "power" wheelied my Vtec once. By simply giving it more than I usually would on new tarmac, with a top box stuffed with my Laptop and a few other bits. The ABS fault light came on....