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  1. Hello to all! This year we will be returning to the Microtel in Franklin NC for the 1st Spring Memorial Ride. (Formerly known as the Texasmac Memorial Ride) The dates are May 18-21 2017. Rates are as follows Thursday 75$, Friday and Saturday 85$, and Sunday 69$. Please note that unlike previous years, the hotel will not be holding a set number of rooms. As of this week there were 41 available. In order to get the special rate please make sure you identify yourself as a VFRD member! THE CUT OFF IS APRIL 19th! All I've worked out so far is the hotel. Please keep checking back as I do intend to set up an Eventbrite registration in order to allow folks to register and pay for shirts, food, and beer. Hope to see you all there!! -PRB
  2. This post will outline my 97 VFR to CBR 929RR suspension, electronics and CBR 600RR Bodywork. Like many people I've been waiting for the return of the RVF, a big 1000cc V4 in a sportbike package leaving the touring aspect behind. I got tired of waiting so I did the next best thing. I bought my 97 VFR in 2007 for $500 from a guy who bought it simply to swap the good fairing to his bike meaning I got some damaged ones. The bike didn't run when I picked it up but about 30 minutes after getting it home and cleaning the carbs, we were trading off taking test rides on it. Bone stock, the suspension geometry and exhaust note made it fun to ride although a little flat on power and the front brakes were less than desirable. The tail fairings had substantial damage and we all know how hard it is to come by plastics for these so I fab'd up a fiberglass alternative for the short term to make it street legal. I scavenged an aftermarket performance exhaust with a left side exit from my 1990 VFR basket case and that began the road to more power/performance including Jet kit, airbox mod, sprocket changes, fork and brake rebuilds, raise the back, etc. At one point I had some popping out of gear so I dropped the engine, split the case, and rebuilt the transmission.The VFR was about as good as it was going to get in its current package and this was fine. It ran the mountain well just like any of my other sport bikes. It's dated design would occasionally get me into trouble when chasing down more modern bikes. The front suspension would flex under all that weight quite a bit on hard braking corner entry and of course release and change geometry mid corner if coming in too hot, typical standard fork issues. The brakes were also less than adequate under hard use managing all that weight. Being aware of these issues, I just didn't push the bike too hard and never really realized the true potential except for brief moments. Since the VFR neck and CBR necks were identical for over a decade, I felt that a suspension upgrade down this path would be the easiest to direct bolt on. And while I'm at it, updating the bodywork would come easy as mounting points on Honda's are all relatively similar. I chose to go with a complete 02 CBR 929RR front end for the Inverted forks, light wheel, and huge 330mm brakes. For bodywork, I wanted a clean adaption of guage cluster (retaining fuel level gauge) and fairings so I chose the 06 CBR 600RR body with electronics. This is the initial result: NOTE: The wiring is relatively straight forward, but you will need a 900rr temp sender to normalize correct temps to the gauge(notice the 255F pictured when cold) and you will need a SpeedoHealer V4 to correct speed differences, everything else works perfectly. I left the coil packs in place but cut the long protruding fairing mounts off the coil pack mounts. I clocked the coil pack mounts so that the radiator moves back just a little to provide clearance for the inverted forks at full turn. NOTE: turning radius is limited a little but only noticeable in a parking lot or when backing the bike into the garage at full clock. The lower mount tab was oval'd out a little to pull the bottom of the radiator in as well. I cut the hoses on my oil cooler and shortened them to mount directly under my radiator flush. The fairings then used the factory bolt hole location on the VFR to finish bolting up. The upper covers of the fairings needed to be clearanced for the coil packs, the side covers needed to be clearanced fro the radiator hoses. Thats all. I used a factory 06 CBR 600RR fairing stay, cut the tab off the end, cross drilled the remainder, and mounted it directly to the stock VFR fairing stay frame tab using 2 aluminum plates and 4 bolts. I have a 12 ton press so I sandwiched the aluminum plates between some steel ones to give them the bends but thats not required to make this work. NOTE: I sold my stock fairings and front forks/wheel to fund this whole project and pocketed extra cash. The handling is substantially improved, braking is much better although using the stock master will require the usage of adjustable levers as the throw to engage is longer. The geometry is much tighter with a slightly shorter fork and loss of offset in the triples so the wheelbase is also shorter. All of this adds up to a more modern stance, ride, turn in, and better cornering. I still have more work to do on the fairings, including finishing the belly pan and possibly incorporating the rear fairings/subframe. I also am currently working on the CBR 929RR rear shock swap as the final compliment to making this system fully adjustable. Things to Note: 929 forks are shorter, period. Use fork cap extenders to gain length and clearance at full compression and or a custom upper clamp that can accommodate mounting them down lower. Both of these approaches are semi costly. Shorter forks also means less ground clearance, less rake, less trail, and less wheelbase. Understand these effects on handling and decide if this meets your riding style. 929 triple clamps have less offset. Understand this affect on handling. This brings the larger diameter forks closer to the headstock and thus closer to the frame which is why the forks hit the radiator/frame with less turning radius. 929 forks have progressive rate springs so typical sag settings do not apply, if you are going to be pushing the bike hard then I recommend replacing these with linear rate springs setup for your weight. RaceTech has them for $99 US. You will need a special tool and some basic knowledge of forks to change them yourself. As eluded to, while the front brake master can be made to work initially, it is not an optimal long term solution, a modern Radial Master is recommended. More to come later:
  3. From the album Superballs' '99 VFR 800 Interceptor

    After first really good wash since getting bike. Port side.
  4. From the album Superballs' '99 VFR 800 Interceptor

    First really good cleaning since I picked this bike up This is the starboard side.
  5. Hello all. Just recently discovered VFR's. Got a great deal on a 6th gen. I've had many bikes but never a VFR. Really liking it so far. Perfect combo of sport and comfort. Sounds like a V8 sports car also. Awesome! Really hate that this forum has no classifieds? Thats got to be first.
  6. From the album my VFRs

    This totem is the Salish Bear pole at the summit of the Malahat highway near Victoria BC. It was carved in celebration of the 1966 centennary of the merger of colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The elevation is a modest 356 metres, or 1157 feet, above Saanich Inlet which can just be spied in the background.

    © Lorne Black

  7. From the album Wildflowers

    March 2017. The desert outside of Phoenix Az. shortly after some rain.
  8. From the album Wildflowers

    March 2017. The desert outside of Phoenix Az. shortly after some rain.
  9. Just noticed these two articles at MCNews Australia. First, about VFRs: A Very Fine Ride Second, touring Oz: Riding around Australia
  10. I decided it was time to share my work in progress, a '92 VFR build - codename: "Vianca". This is my first foray into modifying/building a motorcycle and it has been quite the learning experience thus far. Without the help of communities like this one, DIY'ers like myself would surely be lost. Background I bought the bike from a guy off Craigslist for $1000 along with another project bike - a Honda Magna VF500c (my next project after this one). Two running bikes for under $2k - I was pumped!!! The VFR was done up as a streetfigher with some CBR parts (subframe, 929rr front-end) and overall ran pretty well, but needed some work. It was involved in slow low-side and it was suffering from the results of that lay down. It would have some trouble starting every now and then (starter clutch) and had a really loud knocking sound (heres a Youtube video of the sound), so those would have to be addressed. In addition to that, I wasn't a huge of the styling, color choice and especially the exhaust sound - way too ratty for my taste. After viewing some Youtube videos of what these bikes can really sound like, I knew immediately I wanted a deeper tone, but more on that later. Here is how she sat when I bought her: Planning & Inspiration Before setting off into the build I wanted to have some semblance of plan so I wouldn't spend a fortune trying to decide on a design direction. My overall goal for the bike was to simply swap out a few things here and there to have a roadworthy machine that looked decent and was reliable for the next season. That plan lasted maybe a whole two days - thanks internet. After seeing what some of you guys have done here on these forums and finding inspiration builds like @SEBSPEED and @apexandy I knew I wasn't going to be happy with a little tweaking - I needed...the full monty...within reason, of course. Ultimately, I found myself gravitating towards the speed triple and ducati monster look, so I decided that my best bet was to mock something up in Photoshop. I am familiar with the application (web designer by trade) so it was going to be the easiest way to see what I really liked. About 20 minutes later I had a rough idea thrown together: I am 100% sure this will change as the project evolves and if I can achieve even 50% of what is pictured above I will be beyond happy for my first build. Juggling work and a young family eats up the majority of my time, so the build gets my attention only after the kiddos are down and obligations are met. With a basic idea and mock up it was time to begin tearing her down. The Teardown (WARNING: Lots of Pics) With a Honda manual in one hand and wrench in the other, the teardown began! Seat off and checking things out Bye bye CBR subframe Poor frame was hacked up to bits Feeling naked now! Mmmmm...Carbs Carbs removed The source of that sound we all love! Crankcase cover removed...hmmm whats that? Upon closer inspection, you can see the cracks on the outer rim of the starter clutch. Additionally, those gold bolts were so loose when I took the cover off that they were about ready to fall out. Glad I caught this before something really bad happened. Houston we have a problem. Remember that "clackity-clack-clack" noise? Yeah, I found it. Blowing out lighters all day long. Also, check out that other bolt...WTF!? Hahaha Front cylinder head removed. Gonna need a bigger bench! Score! Picked up a Harbor Freight lift for super cheap and threw on a beefier wheel chock. Much easier to work on the bike this way. Removing the shock and Two Bros left-exit exhaust system. These pipes have seen better days. Trying to clean them up a bit. Its no sand or vapor blaster, but its helping. Hey, not too bad! Nice to have some helpers around the shop! Scored a Ducati Monster 696 seat on the cheap. Thanks Ebay! Was so excited I had to mock it up real quick. I like the way this is looking. Time to tackle the swingarm Current State That pretty much brings us up to speed on where the project is at this point. I am waiting the specialized tool to remove the castellated swingarm nut (another Ebay special), but I may get tired of waiting and just fab one up from an old socket and use the special tool tighten everything up properly. After that its on to cleaning things up and addressing the front end. Lots to do! I will try to update this thread as often as I can for those that may be interested, but feel free to follow along on via my Instagram account here - its easier to post quick updates with my phone then to rummage back through photos. Happy building!
  11. I am hoping to see if anyone can give me some advice in regards to the loud engine ticking/knocking sound that my '92 is making. I know some ticking is normal, but it sounds a little too loud IMO, but this is my first VFR so I'm not sure. I know that the bike is need of a header gasket replacement, so maybe that is it? I have also read that it could be the valves or starter clutch. If anyone can help me as to where I should begin to diagnose that would be greatly appreciated! Here is the video of the bike running: https://www.youtube.com/embed/983AMz2vlTU
  12. Hey All, New to the VFR scene and road bikes in general. Been riding dirt bikes my whole life and finally decided to pick up a street bike. I ended up buying a little bit of a project, but it runs pretty good. Its a 1992 VFR750F done up as a "street-fighter" - which I kinda dig. Any pointers, advice and resources you guys have for a newbie would greatly be appreciated! '
  13. This is an older video of me getting pulled over by the police in California. I had been experimenting with different camera angles while riding and this was the last one :) I cannot remember if I ever uploaded this, enjoy!
  14. Hello all and thank you for having this site available.I did some searching through the boards but didn't see a solution to my problems.I picked up a 83 750 that runs and is in pretty good shape. My intentions were to fix it up and resell in the spring, but as I learn about the bikes history I may keep it.The last guy disconnected the fuel lines and ran it off a separate tank due to rust in gas tank.I cleaned out the rust and sealed the tank. From what I can tell the gas flows from the rear of the tank, to the fuel filter, to the fuel pump.. Up and across to a nipple on the left carburetor... Is that correct?My throttle side handlebar isn't locked in. By that I mean the throttle tube and switch housing moves freely along the handlebar.I've taken apart the switch housing but don't see any studs or places where the switch housing would secure into the handlebars.
  15. Hi all, . So somehow i managed to trade two Dirtbike's for a 91 VFR750. This bike is clean! All original, 21,000 miles, came with all dealership ppw, and only two owners. The bike itself is flawless, garage kept its whole life and well serviced. I know I have a big score here and want to maintain and improve without hurting the look or value of the pretty thing as she sits. I'm interested in some quite mods to improve handeling, performance without taking away from the wow factor of this bike. I'm going to start with a exhaust not sure on weather I want to go with a slip on or full need help there.. also want to improve breaks and suspension. I have browsed quite a few forums and landed here because you guys seem to have the most knowledge. I appreciate any advise you guys can give me, and will post constant updates on the build good and bad. Thank you for your time
  16. I'm new to this forum and have finally decided to do a bit of work on the old VFR. Shocks, headers, etc and am wondering if anyone knows a good mechanic in the Nashville area who could help with/perform the work?
  17. Alright folks, I have taken into consideration the few folks that voiced their opinions these last few days, and have also talked to some folks privately. The event will be October 6-9th 2016. That is a Thurs-Sun event. A couple had expressed interest at moving the event into September, but for two main reasons I chose these dates. 1. The leaves! Early to mid September is hit and miss on the gorgeous mountain leaves, these dates assure good views to be enjoyed by all. and 2. This weekend is Appalachian State University's bye week for their football season. The other weekend in mid Sept. was a home game. In theory traffic and hustle and bustle around Boone should be drastically better than a home game weekend. We will be returning Greene's Motel as before. It's no palace of luxury but the price is right and the location is pretty spot on. I want to make sure everyone can afford to attend, so as usual I intend to keep costs very low as much as I can. There is great coffee for cheap right next door at a gas station, and I think they have some in the lobby of the motel. There's no continental breakfast unfortunately. However Ihop and Waffle House are up the street and there is a mini fridge in every room if you'd like to being yogurt or some snacks etc... I will be opening this up to a small forum based out of Charlotte as well, very similar to VFRD. Our own 007 actually introduced me to the group. Great guys, I think the entire forum is about 50 people, and maybe 10-12 of us are actually active. ,Mainly BMW's, FJR's, Concours's, some Ducati's, and even a couple VFR's. I have spoken with Miguel and and working to eventually get this ride its own page in the VFRD rides section. He is very busy with the site right now, so look for any updates here in the USA-South section. Reservation information: Please call ASAP to book your room. let them know you are with VFRD. All rooms have 2 double (or full?) sized beds in them. Greene's is looking forward to having us back and they have willingly blocked off 15 rooms for VFRD until AUGUST 15TH 2016. The rate is 59$ for each night, with a minimum 2 night stay. The rate jumps back to 69$ a night if you don't reserve by the deadline above, or if you stay Friday or Saturday ONLY. There are other hotels in the area, but in the fall they tend to jack the rates way up, but feel free to make an alternate plan if Greene's doesn't work for you. Everyone is welcome regardless of hotel choice or motorcycle type/brand. T-Shirts: I will be using the same performance fabric shirt from last year, but in a new color and with a different design. I will update sometime this summer with ordering information, so stay tuned. Thanks for all the help and suggestions, look forward to a successful and safe riding season. If you have any questions please contact me, thank you! -PRB
  18. Just got off the phone with Crystal at Sportbike Track Time, Told me if I could get 10 people signed up for the Carolina Motorsports Park Track weekend of July 2nd and 3rd she'll give us a special promo code to enter for 15% off the entire weekend. You can use the 15% if you sign up for an STT membership off of the members price for the weekend, OR just off of the non-members price for the weekend. We Currently have 4 riders signed up and need at least 6 more to sign up to get the discount. copy and paste this list after you add your name to it if you want to ride with us that weekend and we will send you a pm with your coupon code. 1. Minicarver 2. White lightning (roofy doctor) 3. CornerCarver 4. 007 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  19. From the album Anything goes!

    My RWB collection 1986 Honda CBX750F Red "?" 1986 Honda VFR750F White "White Lightning" 1989 Yamaha XT600Z Tenere Blue "Blueberry"
  20. From the album Anything goes!

    My RWB collection 1986 Honda CBX750F Red 1986 Honda VFR750F White 1989 Yamaha XT600Z Tenere Blue