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  1. Hello and Thank you

    Hello, So this is a big thank you and shout out to all members here that I have borrowed, copied and ripped off to complete my naked, streetfighting, cafe racer, black VFR800. In particular, paladinread, vfrAustin, sebspeed, apexandy, keef and zefarton44, whose bike was the inspiration for mine. I bought a new VFR800 in 1999, I was once a very early member of this site to, which I still have with 120k on it. My old bike on the left, unwashed after riding it home from Darwin to Sydney, looks more tired than the tired new bike prior to streefighterification. After seeing some of the naked streetfighters here and over at Custom Fighters, I decided I wanted one, and so picked up a tired Euro import 1999 VFR 800, which needed some love and in red to match my original bike and also as a bonus score some spare parts, quite a nice price point too when you wait eighteen years. It has a complete CBR 929 front end, even has the repsol front guard and red rim sticker, CBR 929 rear shock, apexandy's Ducati Monster seat, I tried to make the sub frame as small as I could with the standard battery squeezed in and ECU, made a chain guard, paladinread's SV 650 front radiator, sebspeeds oil cooler, rear motorcross master and brake line in swingarm, wrapped the headers, got a bit carried away with immitation carbon vinyl wrap, looks good at the moment, lowered the gearing, ebay chinese LED indicators, tail light, headlight, which is junk and starting to melt, a koso copy guage, cheap but pain to get working and some of keef's custom red knee cut outs, it's a plasti dip thing. There is still a couple of things I'd like to tidy up, wiring loom, paint, rear disc is shot, suspension sorted, would like the sound of my staintune but like the look of the shorty, it's uncomfortable, impractical, unreliable, too loud, obnoxious and I love it, the opposite to my old bike which is exactly what I was hoping to achieve. Once again many thanks to those that have gone before me, I couldn't of done it without you.
  2. Hi all, This has long been my go-to VFR resource. I'm the proud owner of my third 5th gen pearl shining yellow VFR800FiX (and there can only be a handful in all of Ireland!). With the exception of an enjoyable foray into Kawasaki ownership with a 2005 ZX6R, I've been served exclusively by VFR's. Anywho, hoping you good folks here can help me with a query I have. The bike is an X model (confirmed with the underseat sticker, so 99 model year), is 2001 registered (not too unusual I guess, slow moving dealer stock?), and has the original catalytic converter stickers on it's bodywork (the units themselves not being present as it has a full stainless system with a hi level carbon can). It was my understanding that only later model VFR800's had a cat, from at least the Y model on, am I right? It has the manual choke/fast idle lever. This nagging doubt in my mind has me thinking of all sorts of potential horror stories - to my reasonably well trained eye it's not a Frankenstein's monster of a bike, previously crashed or cobbled together, it's in fantastic condition and rides brilliantly, doesn't have suspiciously low mileage, etc. Pic shows the stickers on the tail section. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  3. Close Encounters

    From the album Slowbird

  4. I have always wanted to ride Beartooth Pass/hwy, Going to the Sun road, Independence Pass and many other roads along and around those area. I was going to go last year but my 4th gen gotten written off and my replacement VFR (My current 5th gen) was untested. Good thing I didn't attempt a long trip with it as I had to replace the Stator and R/R eventually. After some planning and some modifications to the bike (helibars, windscreen, Sargent seat, luggage racks) I embarked on this quite distant journey from my home in Toronto, Ontario. The plan was about 14 days but due to some Forest fires would end up being 11 days and just under 8,000kms/5,000miles. DAY 1: Toronto, Ontario to Ottawa, Illinois I left "bright" and early at 6am. I packed the VFR the night before. Luggage was a Givi 46L top box and 2x 22L side hard-bags. I strapped a tank bag to the pillion seat with emergency tools, tire repair kit etc etc. Regular Tank bag infront of me with miscellaneous stuff. Fully loaded the bike would rock backwards onto the rear tire when on the centerstand. I had to remove the top box whenever I wanted to lube the chain. lol First couple hours the Bike felt a bit "off", laden down with all that luggage but I got used to it. I encountered some light rain when it was time for my first fill up so I put on a rain jacket. I made it to my crossing into the U.S. without delay and without getting very wet. I decided to take a tiny ferry across to the States from Walpole Island, Ontario to Algonac, Michigan. It was an odd little ferry but real quick and easy. Cost me $5. The deck was wet and I just sat on the bike and held the brake during the crossing. On the American side there's a tiny little guard house for the US border. They asked a couple standard questions and I was on my way. It was on and off rain showers and I changed my route westward to get around the worst of it, but the rain gear stayed on until west of Ann Arbor, MI. The old PR3's did their job too. I made some stops here and there but I knew (and planned) that Day 1 was gonna be hard slabbing so I kept on. Some of the last legs of I-80 was a parking lot and I couldn't figure out how to use the Detour function on my new-to-me GPS. I eventually got to my stay for the night. An AirBnB in Ottawa, Il. Day 1 aprox 978kms (608 miles)
  5. I guess there was a guy taking photos when I was out on the track at the Ridge motorsports park
  6. Just a couple of rowdy folks enjoying an outing.
  7. Stator for a 2002 model VFR800

    I’m having a lot of problems with my charging system on my 2002 VFR800 lately, and after running the diagnostics, (and replacing other parts) it looks like I need a new stator. Honda’s part catalogue, lists a stator with part number 31120-MCW-D01 for the 2002 VFR800. (I even used the VIN of my bike to find the correct part number). This stator has an external diameter of 114 mm, an internal diameter of 40 mm and the center of the stator (where it is screwed onto the engine cover) has a thickness of 20mm. However, if I measure the Stator that I have removed from my 2002 VFR800, I have a part with an external diameter of 108 mm. The internal diameter is the same with 40 mm, but the center of the stator has a thickness of 25mm. Does anyone here have any idea what kind of stator I might need? Are there any other part numbers for a 2002 Stator? Could it be that, even though I have a 2002 model, it is fitted with a 2001 Stator? Just guessing here…
  8. Guys, I recently bought a 5th gen RC46 VFR800. The bike's first registration was in 2000, but the bike was manufactured in 1999. How can I tell if it's a later or an earlier model? I'm asking, because frankly I prefer the earlier one - AFAIK the later one has a catalytic converter and oxygen sensors, stuff I can really do without.
  9. Hi there, can anybody tell the what sort of bolt goes on plastic chain guard cover on the back side? i dont know if i have misplaced it or it wasn't there. in any case, the cover seems bit loose and this is the only one left. it is on the back side of the cover so bit hard to get to. i hope i have explained it properly. regards Vish
  10. Michelin Pilot Power RS

    I recently had a set of Michelin Pilot Power RS installed on my '09 VFR. Since 2000 my preferred brand has been Michelin. Several sets of Pilot Sport and Pilot Powers, though the last set were Pilot Road 4. During this time I've also tried a few sets of Dunlop, Pirelli, or Bridgestone but none feel as good to me. The new PP RS might steer a little slower/heavier than the PP3, and the lack of tread is really striking. Hopefully, Michelin did their maths and they'll prove up to the challenge of wet pavement. So far I like them and am looking forward to see how they fare on my upcoming California trip this summer. Cycle World review Pilot Power RS
  11. 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

  12. Hi all, As per the title, is the 2017 VFR800F out in the USA yet? I nearly bought the revised model that came out in 2015 (is that the 8th gen?) but ended up with a BMW RnineT instead, which I've never regretted, but recently I've started to feel like I need a change (the R9T can be a handful!) and also a shift down to a smaller bike due to the outrageous costs in Australia of keeping a big bike (over 1000c) on the road. (We get stung for insurance twice plus registration and other costs are very high). So looking at new (or soon to be released) bikes I was happy to see there is a 2017 VFR800F model out but I'm trying to find out if it's changed much and if so, how? Also, is it out in the USA yet? If so, has anyone ridden one? My local Honda dealer (Sydney City M/Cycles for anyone that's in Sydney) told me they have no idea when it will arrive here and are trying to get me onto the new Kwakka Z900 instead (which I also like) but I really want to try and wait until the new model comes out here so I can ride it and decide. Anyway, just wondered if anyone has any thoughts on the new model - I see it comes in a beautiful looking silver/gold colour now which I think looks way better than the red. Discuss!!
  13. Malahat lookout

    From the album my VFRs

    View from the Malahat viewpoint just north of Victoria, BC, in the summer of 1998. Sadly, the totem pole has lost its ouster of late.

    © Lorne Black

  14. Carbon Fiber Dash

    From the album My 03 VFR

    New Carbon Fiber dash thanks to http://www.motocomposites.com/
  15. S3 Discs

    From the album My 03 VFR

    New Discs and a Spot of paint does wonders :)
  16. Saturday was the last day of a five day warm weather streak. Got up early and made the tour of my local roads, Rockland County, West Milford, NJ, Greenwood Lake, Warwick and back to Fort Montgomery for coffee with the crew at Rockwells Cycle. After about 100+ miles I visited a long lost cousin for a couple of hours. We had a great time catching up on Chris & Marks porch. The day was made complete with a great ride through Harriman State Park, Perkins Drive and Seven Lakes Drive. This may be the last ride of the season as it snowed today.
  17. My Lil Red Rocket

    From the album My 03 VFR

  18. SpruceKnob.JPG

    From the album SailorJack

  19. Its been over a month since I bought the 8th gen VFR800 and I haven't turned a wheel yet. My mission is to modify the bike so I can ride it with one hand. This is my 10-11 bike so i know what i'm doing. Because I'm trying to do it a little differently, its taking much longer than I expected. The 8th gen comes with ABS on the USA deluxe model so the brake lines are both rubber and hard lines. This is great in modifying the brakes as I can tie into the junction blocks that connect the rubber & hard lines. The challenge is where to find the adapters that will makes this happen. Since my usual method was to remove all the lines and make my own steel braided lines, this area of expertise is new to me. This new approach saves me from ripping the new bike apart and the $$ to make the lines. I am using Goodridge prefitted lines and they did have an adapter that fit the rear brake junction block (see pic). My dilemma is finding an adapter that will join the front OEM hard line and the Goodridge line. I've already wasted $65 and two weeks waiting for the wrong parts from the UK. Now I'm looking at auto brake parts catalogs like www.jegs.com for help. Three units are on there way, but that's another 7 days down the tubes. A side plan is to machine an existing OEM brake line junction block. That part is on its way too.
  20. Greetings from Russia, from Far East! I want to share my restore vfr 750f rc36 1991, to Your. My VFR was bought by the guy from the far,far away Russian village Planned manufacturing streetfighter , but inspiration has ended . Came the idea conversion to VFR800 VTEC 2003 . I did not see VFR750F in VFR800 body...so I decided to try to let everyone know that this is possible . Plastic was purchased with injuries after an accident . Hastily rebuilt , for the draft . At the moment, that's such a result . In the future, it will be installed: VFR800VTEC head light, new fairing, new front subframe. P.S the fuel tank in the photo, removed for repair P.S.S. Thx to Google Translate ^_^
  21. Hi everyone! I recently switched to a VFR and I'm loving every minute of it. One day I was a bit too eager to get going and... forgot the disc lock. The "inside" part of the disc got a bit bent so I replaced the disc. I did however have to ride the bike with a bent disc for a bit, maybe 30 miles or so. Now with the new disc in place I can feel a knock in the handlebars when I either brake decently hard or go over a bump. Going over a bump only gets one knock but braking makes a rhythmic knocking. Initial reading suggested steering head bearings so I lifted the front up and turned left and right slowly without feeling anything different. I also jiggled everything I could but there it doesn't seem anything is loose. Could it be that I screwed up the brake pads by riding with a messed up disc? Right side (old disc) has even pad wear while the right side, the one I replaced, has one pad a lot more worn than the other. I have new ones on the way anyway but I'm not sure this is the issue. Do you know of any other possibility, or some other test I can do? In short: Started with disc lock in Replaced rotor Knocking sound while braking (rhythmic) and over bumps (single knock) No odd feeling while turning handle Any thoughts or ideas would be much appreciated as I'm stumped and not even sure if it's safe riding :(
  22. Xena 1.jpeg

    From the album Xena

    Her first picture. Fresh out the showroom!
  23. Motor city

    From the album Xena

  24. After completing the cannonball

    From the album Xena