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  2. Hi, today I just bought sliders for my VFR 2002. I already knew about cutting side fairings, but maybe anyone has a picture of where directly I should cut them? And what best option - modification for a coolant tank? Thanks
  3. Received this today. Found it second hand on World of Books. Listed as very good condition, and received in very good condition. One other copy available if anyone is interested.
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  5. The whole turning on VTEC all the time I believe is a moot point. The porting/cam timing is so similar between the 5th and 6th Gens that the bottom end power difference is not really an issue. The conversion I did was one of the best additions to the 6th Gen I think I've done. Honda did the VTec for one reason and one reason only. Emissions and EURO compliance.
  6. Counterintuitive perhaps but to a gloved hand what is more slippery; rubbery often separated OEM “hose” or this billet contraption with positive tractor threads? Hmmm... 😉
  7. Amazing how some designs age well while others don’t, congrats. I could use good painter for my projects. Most around here are mad as tanners....
  8. Just responded to a thread regarding air filter and got this idea to ask, what is your second use for old air filters? I keep them in my spill kit. Ones with plastic frames work well as absorbing pads, catching out active drips when working on leaky stuff. The frameless kind is great for spill cleaning from a shop floor. I see some using them to keep fasteners organized, stuffed b/w the slots while disassembling stuff. Any other creative use?
  9. Thanks. I've actually still have a complete second set of bodywork for the VFR. I figure that if I ever feel like a change, I'll respray the spare set of bodywork I have in Repsol colours. But can't see that happening any time soon. I like the Rothmans livery too much... The funny side of it is that I don't ride the bike around town much, but it seems that when I do, the local Honda dealership always knows. They have people coming into the shop wanting information and to buy that new Honda that they saw around town.. 🤣 Had a big laugh when it first happened..
  10. That filter is quite bad by our standards. On the other hand we had small vendors picking up our trash, oil and air filters to be shipped to Caribbean for reuse. They were considered like new down there... 😉
  11. All good stuff FromMaine, I am glad they get you what is needed. Couple of years there was an arc flash that threw guy from a ladder and dented fire door, he survived with broken limbs. Nothing is routine around big stuff.
  12. Why have you gone to the trouble of fitting a Speedo/Odometer in miles and mph, when you actually need a kilometer and kph unit? Doesn't make sense! Think you might need one of these a 37200-MZ7-008 metric speedo. OR you may need a Speed Sensor 37700-MZ7-601 mph sensor to go with your mph/miles speedo/odo. Can't guarantee this I've never changed instruments from metric to imperial.
  13. Ok, that is all the encouragment I need. The British unit has a working speedo/odo(MPH), but the printed circuit board on back looks bad. My original cluster (in KM) is in very good shape there. I'm going to reassemble with the best parts of both clusters, and retest.... Done! And voila the issues are mostly resolved, but the speedo is incorrect yet! Its counting miles now, but under counting them. Same error ratio as with the British instrument cluster. My Canadian Cluster had much less corrosion, and so everything seems to work fine, except the clock which fell apart when
  14. Welcome, glad you stopped by. Grab a beer. That is hands down my favorite motorcycle livery. Yes, I think all riders of a certain age lusted for anything two wheels with that paint job.
  15. Your father was lucky in my book, lots of guys killed by wearing wedding rings, but also watches, gold chains, belt buckles, tools and one guy who was using his computer down in the engine room when something happened and 400 volts ended up at the receptacle. I've done26 Atlantic crossings, six in the engine room because of short manning. We were required to do an hourly walk through the engine room and inspect the engines Generators and record readings. I made sure I never had any metal on me, not even a few coins in my pocket. Won't ask what happened but glad you are here to talk
  16. Pulled the last caliper out of the ultrasonic, let them dry, then hit both pins with my brass wheel. Always do, but doesn't hurt to see it posted for all to read.
  17. Trust me, I am definitely in the market for replacements or alternatives. I assume you had to fabricate carriers for the Nissin 4 pots? If you could elaborate I would be very interested in reading what you needed to do. Many thanks. Michael
  18. Finished bleeding the system this evening and had my 3 heavy duty rubber bands (the type they use on lobster claws, this is Maine after all) on the lever before I came in for the night to read this. I'm well aware of necessity to double check, and test not just the brakes, but any maintenance done on the bike. I do appreciate you mentioning it though. For the record I am a tea drinker, have been all my life, PG Tips is my go to choice. Lived in Falmouth, Cornwall for almost a year back in 2015, our ship was dry docked at one of A&P's dry docks, but Pendennis did all the work.
  19. Welcome to the asylum. That is a great looking machine you've got. You have great taste in mc's.
  20. I hope there are no slippery tires in your future.
  21. Unfortunately, I am out. I've been planning to go, but things aren't going to work out for the trip to NC next week. I'm still planning to do a trip, but a little closer to home, and I'm meeting my wife and our older son for a getaway. I hope to get down to the Franklin area for a few days later this summer. Have a blast, everyone, and ride safe! 🙂
  22. OP doesn't report of main headlights being wrong way around. Swapping relay plugs won't change anything as the wiring remains with the plug! You'd just be using the other relay = no change. Instrument Panel lights being Hi Beam, Left and Right turn are the lights the OP states are doing strange things. These three globes happen to share a common ground, copper track issues with this ground are known to cause strange light effects with the globes in the instrument panel, not the main globes themselves.
  23. plugs going to your low and high-beam relays are probably switched.
  24. My father had missing portion of his ring finger and I engulfed myself in a ball of fire once. Talking about shop safety is always welcome.
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      December 2020 Southwest
      The second week of December I went down to the Southwest to see a bunch of big rocks.
      Read all about it on my blog: https://crotchrocketeer.blogspot.com/2020/12/snowbird-december-2020.html
      (I'm really too lazy to copy it all and pictures and stuff into a post here)

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      Juniper Pass

      I took a day off from work and also from my bicycle training to take out the Veefalo one last time before the weather turns ugly, supposed to snow the rest of the week and possibly start sticking to the ground along the Colorado Front Range. I took a leisurely pace up hwy 105 toward Morrison and got reacquainted with the bike since its been over a month since I took any sort of twisties on it at all, hwy 105 is a scenic ride along the front range between Denver and Colorado Springs, its mostly easy fast sweepers and lite traffic so its a favorite road of mine when going north. Then I have to negotiate a bit of traffic near Highlands ranch and up hwy 470 into the mountains. I decided to take the Morrison Exit and try either Lookout Mountain or head up Golden Gate Canyon - this time it was Lookout Mountain, I was sort of making it up on the fly as I went along. Lookout Mountain is my old bicycling haunt from my days while I was working at Coors, its a killer ride and all uphill - I don't think I could do it today If I had to, not quite there yet! I saw a whole bunch of riders doing it though and wished I was in shape enough to be there doing it as well. 30 more lbs and I will be able to do it! On this day I would do it on the Veefalo instead.





      I took a video from the gateway to the top at the Lookout Mountain State Park, getting past riders, the guy in the green jacket actually pretty much astounded me with how far he had gotten in the short time it took me to set up my camera, some 3 miles at least and up to the gateway from the turn off at hwy 6! Amazing I thought. I took the first two turns slow then got more comfortable as I went up further, till I was doing well, I made some gearing mistakes and took the tight 15mph marked hairpins in the wrong gear so I lugged it a bit on one or two. Still enjoyed it though and then got off at the top and hiked over a rock outcropping for an overview of the road for the pictures below.




      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado


      Zoomed in


      Lookout Mountain Park top of the mountain

      From there I headed up interstate 70 to Idaho Springs for a beer at the Tommy-knockers brewery, I was the only customer in the joint - slow day for them so they treated me like a king! I got a nice tour of the place sort of impromptu, they made me a nice Pastrami sandwich on rye and with the brown ale it was fantastic. I must say the beer is much better there than in the bottles - its always good at the brewery. I am glad I stopped


      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs


      Idaho Springs Colorado


      Mashtuns and fermenters


      Rows of fermenters

      I finished my lunch and since the road to Mount Evans is right there I headed up Squaw pass hoping to get in some nice pictures I wasn't expecting what I found, ICE IN ALL THE SHADY PARTS


      Icy patches on Squaw Pass definitely taking it easy on that road

      There were some section where the ice covered the whole road for 300 yards or so I had to roll through it with my legs out to help keep the bike from sliding and falling over, I took it real slow. A Ford pickup was right behind me so I pulled over to let him pass but the guy was going slower then even I was so I pressed on - in places where I could see I just cut over to the oncoming lane and out of the ice where the sun was shining on the road more, but some places there was not alternative so I just had to go slow, good thing it wasn't slick but rather they tossed some gravel over the worst parts so I had some traction!

      I did stop for pictures in all the best spots


      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate


      Elephant Butte Park and Denver


      Close up


      Veefalo on Squaw Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Mount Evans

      My route A is home B is Tommy-knockers


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      Not that it matters and not that I expect anyone had noticed, but to those who sent me "where are you?" I would like to say I am back. Not only that I am officially returning to VFRD after nearly 2 months break but I have also ridden my Hawk last weekend and had FUN! Let me restate that; I had major fun riding! Something I have almost given up on.

      Most of you have been riding your whole adult lives and riding is not only a hobby to you, it is part of you. But I started riding three years ago and even though I have encounter some setbacks, till this spring I loved riding with whole my heart. However, I have always considered riding as my hobby. As a hobby which suppose to make my life better, more fun and more rich. Life is too short to do something which we don't fully love.

      My love of riding received a first major scar this spring: I lost a friend on the racetrack. He was a total stranger who offered me his help after I lowsided at CMP track last year. I still remember hearing his "Hi, my name is Todd, do you need help?" while I was duct-taping my roadrash from ripped jacket. He helped me straighten up the shifter and we kept in touch. The next time we saw each other was the day he died.

      With 9 months delay, I can say that Todd's death shook me more than I have realized. It rooted fear in me which was fueled by seeing and hearing about others getting hurt over and over again. If I was to summarize this year - it would be one big accident report. I became sensitive to every broken bone, every roadrash, every lowside. And even though I did 10 track days this year, I became slower and slower and slower. Suddenly, I have acquired this 'grandma' riding style on the road, frozen with fear that behind every corner there is car standing in my lane, or major sand trap or deer staring at me ... I was crippled with fear not only for me about also for my fellow rider.

      So, at the end of this year, I rode more and more by myself. I could not bear the feelings of responsibility for others on the road and my lines were crippled by my own fears. It all culminated this fall at WDGAH. In a freaky accident Love2rideh82crash was taken down by a truck crossing into our lane. I was done. I finished the weekend, locked the VFR into a garage and took a break.

      Until the last weekend, I pretended that motorcycles do not exists. As a last instance after 2 months break from riding, I decided to go to CMP track to see if I can still have fun. I also felt like I should go for the memory of Todd. I went and I had fun! I had much more fun than I expected and the most fun on track I can remember. Suddenly the whole track connected into an uninterupted line of turns and I felt one with the bike riding around! I was giggling like a little girl in my helmet and keep on giggling ever since smile.gif

      Granted I was not the fastest one and through out the weekend, I have never exceeded about 60% of my riding abilities, but I had no "oh-shit" nor 'blond' moments. I could have maybe go faster, I could have brake later for the turns and I could have lean further, but I am no Rossi nor Stoner. I decided to ride for fun and I had amazing blast riding well within my comfort zone.

      I was proud of myself when, after bandaging Ricks arm, I was able to distance myself and go back to riding without the year-long fear. I did feel bad for him but the feelings were not crippling my lines nor my mind. And when a total stranger came to me and said "Hi, my name is Todd", my heart stopped for a minute though but I suddenly knew that my life went a full circle. I probably will never win MotoGP :idea3: , but I am back! :wheel:

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