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  2. Oh my, nice wife you've got there! She got a sister?
  3. Does it sometimes stall as you brake to a stop? Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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    Remove footpeg feeler. :>)
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  6. That's a sweet RC51! I'd love to get a bone stock one some day and just keep it forever.
  7. Thank you @Grum for such a detailed explanation. It never dawned on me to check the beginning of each section for a wiring schematic. Does make sense why it's there now. Cheers!
  8. try cleaning and tightening where the negative battery wire connects to frame/engine.
  9. Candy paint is almost impossible to match even for a pro. If its close, I'd go new.
  10. Sounds good! It's a very minor naggle, if anything haha. I love the range on this thing and VTEC makes it a perfect fast commuter bike.
  11. Honda (US) service manual states 21.2 litres. UK owners manual which also covers Europe , Australia and New Zealand states 21,2litres. The 21,5i originally got came from a press clipping.
  12. What exactly are you looking for? Plenty of 8th gens should be available somewhere in a dealership. CBR650F Suzuki Katana Triumph Speed Triple MV Turismo Veloce
  13. My amazing wife surprised me this weekend. Unbeknownst to me, she purchased a Nicky Hayden Edition RC51 for me. We went to Grapevine to pick it up yesterday. This bike has been on my bucket list of bikes to own. I am just beyond words. She picked a great one. It has everything I’d add. GPR Steering stabilizer, full exhaust, power commander, smoked windscreen, hot bodies under tail, and more. Just an amazing bike. It is everything I’d dreamed of. So dope. Seems like many many fellow VFR owners also own RC51's as well. It just fits doesn't it? The other bikes in my garage are my 2014 CB1100, the VFR800, an a project 1981 CX500.
  14. Also, any doubts about your battery, get it load tested. Then verify your charging system is working, you will need a voltmeter and make sure your battery voltage is around 13.5 to 14.5v with engine running. Was your bike cranking over normally as you re started the bike? Sign of a dying battery is poor crank speed. Make sure your battery terminals are clean and tight. Other than the battery and charging system. Has your bike been in hibernation over winter? Could you have bad fuel or condensation in your tank? Great looking bike by the way - the Delkevic's look excellent.
  15. That VFR RWB colour scheme is fantastic. I could never understand why it never made it to Europe (AFAIK). Well definitely not the UK.
  16. Go to your local body shop, ask were they buy paint ,as you need a special color for a certain " out door art piece. " ride your bike to the paint shop.. in my area its MID-ATLANTIC PAINT... the guy takes a pic of your paint with a special cam or has the color code..looks at your paint and may add or subtract from the blend to make the paint "aged " in color .. thats how you get a perfect match. the gastank in this pic was in a crash and needed to match to 25 year old paint.. dont ask why.. but you can see the paint is perfect match to the fender and frame covers..just needed buffing
  17. I got the $35 kit. After a lot of trial and error, I was able to get somewhat acceptable results. (sorry, don't have a pic ATM). You can still see the scratches, but they are less visible, and the black areas that were down to plastic look much better. It is NOT a perfect fix though. The problem is that if you get the area sanded flush with the surrounding paint (which is no small task), when you go to polish out the sanding marks, the polishing pulls the paint out of the scratch long before the surrounding, harder paint glosses up. When I got the bike, I also bought a new rear cowl. The paint matched as well as could be hoped for, considering the bike is 15 years old. I'd say go OEM if the price is the same.
  18. Start with the battery for it's the weakest link in the whole system... To determine the condition of an Maintenance Free battery give it a refreshing charge... wait 30 minutes... measure terminal voltage... 12.8 or higher is a good battery... 12.0 to 12.8 is a insufficient charge... recharge... 12.0 or lower... battery unserviceable...
  19. I just finished my color right Kit with the aerosol spray. Granted, it was my first time using it but I did follow the instructions, but it did not match the factory coat with the candy glory red. I’m in the middle of trying to figure out if I want to buy a replacement painted OEM, or have a body shop paint it. The Colorite kit was a waste for me.
  20. Hi all, I had an issue last week with the bike cutting out during running, pulled over and checked for oil loss etc, no obvious sign of a problem (electrics all working, clocks still on) fired the bike up and she ran as normal. Went out to prep for a ride yesterday, bike cut out after starting (cold) then struggled to start and wouldn’t hold a steady idle without throttle input, even on starting ran like a bag of nails for a about 20 seconds, then fine again! I’ve removed the battery (gel type 4 years old) and put on trickle charge (I don’t have a multi meter) to see if that helps, any other ideas what the problem could be? Going to the south of France in 4 weeks so am now worried about a breakdown :( Many thanks Nick 🙁
  21. This is my first post so I apologize if it’s been discussed a milllion times. I’ve gotten quotes for a painted OEM replacement lower cowl, (candy glory red) as well as a quote for repainting of the existing panel from a body shop. The prices are similar, I’m wondering which way to go? Would the body shop do a better job of matching the existing color?
  22. I've gone through 3 water pumps, 1 on my 01 and 2 on my 09, the latter just recently. Fortunately the one on the 01 it was the 0-ring that seals the two large halves of the pump that was the culprit and I was able to get that replaced and the pump was reusable. I did a temporary fix with my 09 using that pump but since the pump off the 01 was the original (~32k miles) I ended up replacing the 09 with a new and I have the repaired one as an emergency spare. My understanding is that when the inner seal is done, which was what happened on the last event, the only options from Honda is a full replacement but I've heard from someone on the Facebook VFR800 group that you can find aftermarket kits to repair them. I have not researched or verified that but would good to know if that is true and how the quality of the components are. One other culprit I had with the 01 was the hose clamps. After I replaced the hoses with a set of AS3 silicone hoses I noticed a few leaks here and there and it turned out the hose clamps just needed to be tightened up a bit. Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly where the leak is coming from when the bike is just sitting but starting it up and letting it warm up you can sometimes see where the leak is real quick. On a different note, not sure what type of riding you do, commuting, casual, sport, etc. but I'm literally 10 miles South-East of Seal Beach and actually frequent the Pubs, Restaurants and shops there. If you're up for meeting up sometime, whether that's for a drink or a ride, PM me. Cheers
  23. I looked at these last week while in my local dealer. It's very close on mark for what my old body needs. The ergos of my cb500x and the power of the VFR. The build quality looks on par with current Honda offerings but not up to the quality of our VFR's.
  24. What do you mean "what other options?" Tons of Gen8s around, brand new.
  25. https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-touring/models/2019/tracer-900-gt
  26. Hi Dash, Thank you for your donation of 25.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  27. Hi Philois. The rear brake on the 8gen is very easy to flush, so is the front for that matter. Your bike is out of warranty - not interested in doing the job yourself? Hate other people touching my pride and joy, unless it's out of my ability. Can assure you if using the rear brake down a lot of mountain twisties the brake will get very hot, surprisingly far hotter than the fronts. Just try it the next time you do a run using some of the rear brake, as per your twisty downhill road, pull over at the end and have a touch of the front and rear rotors! Cheers.
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      Another Epic Ride...Kind of
      Who remembers Viethorse and his epic trip to the USA from Vietnam? Believe it or not it has been five years since this Saturday night by the fire. 
      Well, this time America goes to Vietnam to share some ride experience courtesy of Viethorse. I am headed to Hanoi and points north for some
      photo ops with our Vietnamese correspondent. Stay tuned for some epic photoes from the other side of the world. Anyone have a message for
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      Early Fall Ride
      It's that time of year around these parts when the weather is difficult to rely upon for consistent temps and the amount of sunlight diminishes significantly.  What do you do before Winter sneaks up on you... you ride when you can.  I took an extended lunch break this last week on a supremely beautiful day with temps in the 70's for a quick ride around Ispwich, Essex and Goucester.  Had an enjoyable little hike to the ocean, a satisfying meal and saw some quirky roadside oddities.


      A great little stretch of road off of HWY 1, it's not fast paced, it's on the short side for distance but the scenery is really nice and the roads are a real treat with a few technical turns thrown amongst the sweepers, plus there is hardly any traffic which is so rare around these parts.
       

      Nothing beats the cod bites at JT Farnham's Famous Clams, so many clam shacks around this is my favorite with great outdoor seating.
       

      The Interceptor approves of the view.
       

      Hanging out at the gazebo in Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.
       

      I don't know the name of this location and I can never find it on a map but I find myself here often when I'm just meandering down roads that I like between Essex and Gloucester.
       

      The tree line before the ocean at Rafes Chasm Park.  It's a very short hike off the road with some tremendous views.
       

      Some wildflowers along the hiking path at Rafes Chasm Park.
       

      Bird in flight looking south along the Atlantic coast.


      I saved the best pic for last!  The elephant even has matching red, white, blue livery.

      Looking forward to a few more Fall rides before the bikes get packed away for the year but I don't think any of them will be as nice as this.
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    1. Barrys Den Diner at Texas Creek

       

      https://contour.com/stories/bishops-castle-run-to-wetmore

       


      I have not been to the Greenhorn highway all summer, the road to Bishops castle - its always fun railing the turns on that fast sweeper road, then the tighter stuff down to Wetmore. I met up with reddog in Woodland Park and we checked out the sky and thought well maybe we can go around Pikes Peak to a turn off at Twin Rocks and avoid the angry looking clouds sitting over Pikes Peak. We got lucky and missed most of the rain. Heading south on High Park road we saw a rare site, motorcycles holding up cars! We figured it was a new rider and sure enough it was a woman on a metric crusier and her husband not far behind riding 15 below the speed limit - of course in a section with no sight lines for at least a mile, we had to pass 3 cars and 2 bikes.

      Reddog was saying over the blue tooth sena communicators they should pull off - but honestly I am sure she was so white knucked kung fu grip on the handle bars she probably had no idea there were cars behind her! I did not mind too much cause I know the road well and knew we were going to be into a passing zone soon enough.

      Then over the back road to Cripple Creek we were soon on hwy 50 - Reddog was astonished at how bad they messed up that road with tar snakes, the hill down to the Arkansas River was so full of tar snakes it was like riding over a slip and slide water park as wide as the road. It was awful - sections we did over the years at a 100 plus are now very dangerous and not advisable to ride much over the speed limit if even that.

       

       

       

       

       


      Lunch was a bacon cheese burger with weird maple syrup flavored bacon? It sort of ruined the burger which was very tasty but the maple syrup was just too much. Hit the spot though after we both peeled that stuff off. Then back on the road to Westcliff where we finally got some rain, just enough to clean the bugs off the visor. They dont call them the wet mountains for nothin!

      Then soon we were pushing the speed up a bit and turned off on the Green Horn hwy at McKenzi Junction and then I rolled on the throttle and let her rip all the way to Bishops Castle - thats a very fun fast ride for 15 min or so of good stuff. There is more good twisties if you keep going but the best stuff is on the way to the Castle. Bigalow Divide its called is the best part.

       

       

       

       

       

      Bishops Castle from behind the trees

       

       

       

       

       

      Young kid way way up on the railing to nowhere

       


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      We rode into Flornece and the heat on the temp gauge showed 100f, only in Colorado can you go from 65 to 100 in a matter of 12 mintues! We looked back at the wet mountains it was just covered with rain clouds, we hit it at the perfect time!

       

       

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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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