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  2. slo1

    Summer 2021

    Long days make for long sunsets...
  3. So, Superbike Factory called me yesterday and were very apologetic (although that doesn't change the fact that they took over 8 weeks to not repair my bike). The ECU has already been changed, new keys coded, no difference. The sidestand switch was the first thing I looked at and tested myself before it even went to a garage. The diagnosis attached shows were they got to and pointed the finger to the ECU, but this has not changed anything. It seems next step is to change the shift control motor, P/N 31300-KVZ-631. It's going back to SBF tomorrow, and hopefully I am getting a loan bike. Will find out for sure tonight what is going on. diagnosis.pdf
  4. Is there still a source available for a laser extreme exhaust? I'm still looking for my 05 VFR Thanks, Jeff
  5. The sidestand point is a very good one. If the stand is down, is DCT reaction function to not go in to gear and leave engine running or will it stop the motor as with manual shift bike? While DCT is interesting technology and can be appealing, it does introduce added complexity. Its failures surprise me coming from Honda. I've also seen it on their quad side by sides, so is becoming more common. BTW, so no hope of repairing the original crankshaft?
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  7. I'll probably put the 6th gen 2009 Candy Red one up for SALE now...
  8. Hey Dutchy! I think you could be correct here. I researched a little and these chinese copies don't fit well and not truly OEM. Not that i would ever be needing to replace the original/genuine panels [hopefully]. But as you may read above As lovely as that 2011 Legend was .....i walked away from that and bought a 2015 model with 10,700 mls, in gleaming white - for even less money. Happy days! Cheers for the comment
  9. I used to have the same problem with my ctx700 dct. Purchase the bike without working gears. It wouldnt go to D with check engine light+abs light on. After doing self diagnostic with the service manual it leads to fault in the PCM. Took the bike to Honda dealer so they can run their diagnostic tool and confirmed its the PCM fault. I've got tempted to get used PCM from US (100$) despite the different serial number and naturally it didnt work. Then finally got used Euro PCM + HISS + all locks and keys for 450Euro and gears worked first time with all warning lights off. The bike was 3yo with 9000km. I even called Honda Italy where the bike was originally purchased and they told me that they have replaced the PCM already at 5000km under waranty. So as it turns out not reliable peace of engineering. Doing self diagnostic with the SM can tell you if its the shift control motor, or any of the solenoids, side stand etc. Oh! Something else I've discovere is that I could still used the non-HISS ECU that I initially bought, what I've only needed to do is to feed 12V to the only empty pin on the plug I didnt notice it at first as they are a lot of wires like 50 or 60. That empty pin 'tells' the ECU that the HISS is 'okay to go' or this way you simply bypass it and wont have HISS anymore but hey its 6 times less expensive ECU. Troubles with that DCT module made me give up on auto boxes, but its such nice having auto, next bike I bought is a 1200D now with granaded engine. I'm also so close to give up on everything. I need to spend 1/3 of what I've paid for the bike to get used engine, probably only to get faulty PCM later. Its a fantastic bike, but seriously unreliable.
  10. As lovely as that is..... I made the call but there was NO DEAL to be had on the TT Legend 2011 model, with black wheels. 'Buy it or walk' basically ... so i walked and searched then found a..... 2015 model with 10,700 mls, in gleaming white - for even less money - and bought that instead!! Decision was made for me. What a fruit cake..Happy days! Thnx again cheers
  11. Am I mistaken or did those come from the factory polished and clear coated? If you don't mind the tedious process of polishing and have the right buffing tools, you could strip off the clearcoat and start over. When I restored my '84 VF1000F, I media blasted them clean, then shot a coat of chrome base powder and after curing, I PC'd with a final top coat of high gloss clear. They came out nice and will stay looking that way for a long time.
  12. Congrats on the bike! I got some Emgo mirrors that are OEM clones. OEM or OEM style is what you want, there's a reason people put Honda mirrors on other bikes. They sit just about where you want them, and they are pretty immune to bike vibration...not that the VFR puts out that much. ~175 miles is about right. I have seen anything from high 30's to 46 mpg depending on what I'm doing. 38-42 mpg is normal.
  13. Congrats on picking up your VFR and getting it home! 🙂 If I remember correctly, some 6th gen. VFR owners installed Honda or aftermarket mirrors with built-in turn signals. For aftermarket sets I can't remember the brand or where they sourced them, but if you do a search here I'm sure it will come up. I kept the OEM mirrors the whole time on my 6th gen, but I did add a set of mirror extenders. (Those were made and sold by a forum member back then, but it's been a long time.) As for the fuel economy, that sounds about right to me, given the higher speeds. Traveling at 60-70 mph you'll probably get closer to 200 or more miles per tank. Like most vehicles, the higher the speed, the worse the fuel economy. But it also looks like there's an aftermarket exhaust on your VFR. (Staintunes?) If there is also a Power Commander installed, it's possible there's a custom tune running on it and the bike is running rich. Please keep in mind I said 'possible' and not likely. Good luck with all the work on your new VFR! 👍
  14. This guy seemed to have a similar issue, but it was never resolved....
  15. Superbike factory's head of retail was supposed to call me today, of course I have heard nothing. Submitted the bike details to we buy any bike, as I mean, at this point what else am I supposed to do with it? Even Honda don't seem to have any ideas on what to change/replace/look at next. Honda UK customer service is useless.
  16. Hey all! Thanks for the great suggestions. Wanted to give you an update on my adventure. I ended up driving to pick it up with the girlfriend. I did ride her ( the bike) for a Fun 400 miles before stopping & loading bike in pickup. Everything went Great, and I love the bike! I named her Lizzy! Anyhow, definitely have somethings to start working on. Need mirrors ASAP, the ones on the bike are worthless. Also going to go steel braided brake & clutch lines with some new pads (rotors look good). Any suggestions on mirrors are definitely welcome, not interested in cheap oem knock offs. Oh if interested i was stopping for gas once I hit 1/8 tank, & that was generally 175 miles. Seemed alittle low, but was riding 85-90mph @ 5,300rpm. Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!!
  17. Fwiw, the plast tankcovers I've seen (not these specific ones) look unvariably shyte once fitted....
  18. Thnx Grum. yeah, it's on a mini list of mine....(long term value perhaps?) just need to make the call!
  19. That is some really nice work!
  20. Water will rust... stuff will cling... Dump a about 1/2 quart of gas inside the tank and add 20 or 30 good size ball bearing... seal if off and vigorously agitate... flush with gas and repeat until clean... Remove bearings with a stick magnet...
  21. Hi Bluehawk. As far as I'm aware, the TT version be it 6 or 8gen is purely a cosmetic change in aftermarket fairings colour etc. No technical changes, just a standard vfr with a replacement fairing kit. Sure is a nice look.
  22. Hi TimC, Thank you for your donation of 50.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
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  24. Thanks for the updates. Keep up the excellent work !
  25. You can't force debris out because of complicated 40-50cm z-shaped path needed to move it out filler opening. That's trouble you've been having. Shaking moves it in straight line, into folds around filler neck. Only lucky few happening to travel in perfect path gets out opening. Other thing you can do is attach section of garden hose to vacuum nozzle to get into corners easier. Debris only has to travel 1cm into hose. Also much easier if you consolidate debris into centre rather than having it spread out along tight crevices around edge. Flip tank over and remove fuel-level sender. Shake/tap upside-down tank to move all pieces to centre of tank in hump above sensor opening. Vacuum out pile.
  26. Never seen that but thanks for posting Bowf. I use the Givi ring system, which is very good, but the Givi tank bag zippers suck! I'll take a look.
  27. First thing is to check the state of your Battery and Charging System. Buzzing relays is a sign of low voltage to the relay coil. Charge the battery using an external charger, remove it and take it to any good auto parts supply store and have the battery load tested. Once the state of the battery is sorted or replaced, and if you can start the bike, check the charging voltage at the battery at idle and 5000 rpm. What voltage do you read? Normal voltage should be around 13.5 to 14.5v. You can download the Service Manual from this forum if you don't already have one. The Fuel Pump should prime at every Ignition switch ON (with the kill switch in the Run position). Not when the clutch is pulled in!! Clutch switch has nothing to do with Fuel Pump priming. You might be also having issues caused by a bad earth block. This is taped up in the wiring harness just above the chain guard. Its a common failure point causing multiple issues. See photos. Also have a very close look at both of the 30amp main fuses. Check for any overheated fuse connections and burnt wiring especially for Main Fuse B. Main Fuse A is on the Starter Relay, check the state of the electrical connector and wiring to the Starter Relay this can also suffer from burnt overheated connections. Let's know how you get on.
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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.

       

       

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      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado

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      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

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      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs

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      Idaho Springs Colorado

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      Mashtuns and fermenters

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      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

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      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

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      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate

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      Elephant Butte Park and Denver

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      Close up

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      Veefalo on Squaw Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      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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