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  2. Thank you, JZH and Cogswell, for the information. I was really hoping that someone out there had stumbled onto a suitable, aftermarket replacement. As mentioned in the earlier thread, it is odd that this particular petcock is so hard to come by. I had no problem finding a replacement for a 1988 supermagna. It appears that I will need to rebuild the current petcock. With half the year being winter, I've got time. I will post a photo of Sally soon. Thanks again. AJO
  3. Thanks for the wishes 🙂 Well, with passenger or sporty style with more open throttle these vibrations already started from 4500RPM(from 106sec on the printscreen). This measurement I did without passenger. Left picture (sensor bellow the driver seat) shows this dominant vibration with high amplitude-yellow color in this waterflow diagram till 111 sec when I closed the throttle when reaching 8000RPM. On the rear seat this frequency was also dominant. + the 20-50Hz range showed the bending motion of the subrame far from the bolting point at the tank. But both position the 200Hz frequency I highlighted like the main symptom, what I found should be from the motor firing operation at this RPM. I did this investigation to help the dealer service center to find the root cause and solve it for my big-big happiness. But the service leader told me, has no idea they could offer me max. to retighten the subframe, if it helps... I was a 50 years old child having this loved Vtec, what I also 3D CAD modelled for myself when first came to the market. The 1200, however it won't be this nice Red, must perform without issues not to change it to some BMW boxer....
  4. Good news you have it sorted. Having the loom replaced to fix your issue pretty well confirms what Terry suggested about the earth block, a junction point of 12 ground seeking wires built into the loom, then with 2 wires going to a frame ground. Many issues, including yours, are caused by problems with the earth block. Simply soldering all these wires together permanently fixes the issue......or you could replace the whole loom! Hope the bike gives you no further headaches a well cared for 5th gen is a ripper bike.
  5. Back in the day (2012) all of us had VFRs. For various reasons, most of us have moved on. Here are four inmates L- R. Brian F, Ed Nelson (VFRD handle ECN) (RIP), tjclyde, and Crazybro.
  6. Mate, I don't know what video you're watching, BUT the Service Manual simply states to loosen the lock nut and turn the adjusting screw! Correct me if I'm wrong but by turning the adjusting screw will effect both Roller side and Valve side depending on which position you want to measure. Setting the valve side correct will mean the roller side will be correct and visa versa. See Attached! "This is insane and the most ridiculous "maintenance" job I've done on any of my 15 bikes over the last 12 years." Seriously! Am I missing something here? Have you done valve clearance adjustments before? From what I read in the Service Manual it all seems to make good sense to me and as stated, I've never worked on a VFR1200! The 1200 Unicam system seems far simpler than a 6 or 8gen twin cam VTEC system! Perhaps some of the more experienced 1200 owners may be able to explain things better.
  7. Another testament to VFRD people. One VFR shows up for a ride but its cool that the people still hang in here. The east coast is the same way. Glad there wasn't too much adventure.
  8. Also experiment with taking the camera out of full auto mode and increasing the ISO number (sensitivity to light) as well as opening up the aperture, this should stop a fast moving object in its tracks and by having the aperture widely open will decrease the depth of field, meaning your object should be sharp but the background nicely blurred/out of focus.
  9. Wet! Drought stricken, wildfire plagued norcal...and we get a washout! Only 170 miles for me but lots of fun. Thanks Jeff, really appreciate you calling the ride. Great to see you, TJ and Jim again, and meet Mason. Not an RC-51 day...
  10. 3rd gen newbie what do you do with the discontinued fuel lines going from tank to fuel pump and what are some good aftermarket parts suppliers
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  12. Tell your buddy to learn to pan his camera with the moving object. Takes practice, but gives superior results.
  13. Very clever vibration testing Redbike. Sounds like all your issues were in the 4 valve zone. Good luck with the 1200. I'm sure you'll enjoy the extra power and 4 valve operation all the time.
  14. We did it! and judging by the text messages on my phone, I am not the only one who takes great pleasure in the comradery of fellow riders. Bravo! and thanks for coming out all. The ride started off great, but not without incident. We met in San Rafael as scheduled, and picked up St. Stephen at Pt. Reyes Station (pretty much on time). I remember tjclyde giving us his smartphone weather report “Eureka 40% chance of rain by 3:00 PM, Cloverdale, 10% by noon”. Sounded like a safe bet to me. We started North on the PCH, I was in the lead. Came up over a rise and encountered some road kill in the oncoming lane. 3 turkey vultures were feasting on the animal. They scattered on our approach, but one flew right into my path. I ducked down, but struck the bird right on the crown of my helmet; ~60 mph. WHAM! the impact left me a little dizzy. My neck and shoulders are still a little sore from the impact; fortunately, I was wearing a hoodie under my jacket, and the rolled up hood helped limit the blow from the big bird. We pulled over so I could inspect my helmet for damage, then discovered the wayward bird emptied its bowels all over my tank. Wiped up and continued, this time with RC1237V in the lead on his Tenere 700. The weather started misting up a little bit. Rounded a tight left hander to find the Tenere on its side in a ditch. Fortunately, the sturdy Yamaha weathered the spill with minimal damage and RC1237V’s riding gear came through about as well as could be expected. Two incidents in the first hour; ooh, this is not our norm. We continued North. Through Bodega Bay the precipitation got progressively substantial. By the time we got to the curves North of Jenner, it was like riding through a car wash. My vision was significantly impaired; water was dripping down the inside of my face shield, water on my eyeglasses, water on the outside. My gloves have a wiper on the left index finger, and it was getting constant use until the glove became saturated. I’m not exaggerating, that was a dangerous section of road to be riding through in those conditions. We got to Stewards Point and pulled over, all soaked to the bone like wet dogs. Even tjclyde, who had pulled over to don his raingear, had more water inside than out. We decided to abort the ride from there, taking Skaggs Springs Road to just outside Healdsburg, where we split up. Tjclyde and I gassed up and had a great lunch at Adel’s in Healdsburg and then continued down 101 together until he split at CA37 just north of San Rafael. All in all, I don’t think a single person regrets the experience. It was good to see everyone again, and meet Mason, RC1237’s buddy. Looking forward to a ride in the Sierra’s again. Except for a little soreness from the bird strike, I feel pretty good after a 9-hour, 282 mile day. Thanks all. Rubber side down. Jeff J.
  15. another cia front was national air cargo right up until this crash......


    NAC had main offices here and was charged with double-billing the us govmnt !


    i believe the cia airline now may be Atlas.

  16. Thanks guys! I've found myself MUCH further along with this info, and with realizing that the valve adjustment pages keep going in the manual... I'm still wondering, if the exhaust cam lobe/rocker arm adjustment is off, how do you readjust? The videos just show tightening the lock nut on the rocker arm above the lifter more, but, that obviously doesn't do the trick.
  17. It was a known fact that Evergreen did CIA work. Cogswell is right - Evergreen got the Shah out of Iran during the revolution. The company would not talk about the CIA work ever, but retirees did. One of my favorite coincidences was the B-17 bomber Evergreen owned was once operated by the CIA. It was painted black and the volunteer restorers had a good time finding all kinds of CIA add on pieces. Evergreen's ownership of the B-17 is what led to the ownership of the Spruce Goose. Evergreen leased the B-17 out to Disney for movie production. That led to a relationship between the two companies that put Evergreen as the favorite by the Disney executive for buyer of the Spruce Goose. There wasn't much competition to buy it frankly - no one else had a plan for moving it safely. Evergreen caught big heat from Disney after the move for letting it sit under temporary structures while waiting for the museum to be built. I got to go on the flight deck one summer when it was still in disassembled status. It was great to see and experience, except for the 135 degree heat in on the deck.
  18. The guy was trying his brothers bike.
  19. I can shoot a great still but those moving shots are tricky. My buddy took a few on our favourite route on a glorious day in T.O. Thumbs up LOL & Ride safe.
  20. "Alarm" is really not that. Whenever you press button, it sends back to Mothership all information about you, your riding habits and any non-Honda products you may have installed. Then Mothership acknowledges receipt and tells bike it can turn on. Why would you want to defeat this process? It works and all this data-collecting is for your own good!
  21. either way, marco you need a carb pro to do your carbs. There's NO ONE at that shop that can properly clean carbs! Don't give them 2nd chance to screw up your bike again! Send them to Gordon or squirrelman.
  22. Hi Guys, and thanks for your many comments and suggestions. As I wrote, I bought this bike 7 years ago (38k km) in a pretty clean concition, New Spark plugs, filters, oil and tyres also the steering bearings and the front fork sealings and maintanance were performed in the first week. Then I changed the chain set (DID 530VX). That time I felt sometimes strange vtec operation. Then I went to our local CFR specialist, who is more than a Honda technician. He made new maintanance, injector cleaning, valve clearance+vtec system check since sometimes he also felt this higher freq. resonances when riding alone, too. Then he changed the clutch basket to try. Finally at least the strange vtec operation was away and single mode drive resonances all above 4500RPM decreased to a ridable level. When not being dinamic, it was ok. But picking up my friend for a shorter ride, he said it was not a confortable ride since vibro massage from the seat. He likes the bike (it is a red VFR) so we just went out on it some times in the recent years. I also used the pick up my daughter or my son for a 100km trip in touring mode. They had no complain. But when changing a bit to sporty mode with a bit of acceleration, the engine changed to a shaker mode. I also felt it from all the consols and the seat. I am mech. eng. in the field of NVH and looked the vibrations with my private stetoscope and finally with a new digital stetoscope, as well. The problem was, the resonances are comming much more while driving. I also checked the chain and clean it in 500kms. Then I got a Head acustic system also with 2 acceleration sensors and decided to make a telemety check. I fixed the sensors bellow the seat on the metal subframe and put the data logger in the tank bag. First I checked the starting process vibrations, then idling or reving in the mainstand and then on the sidestand. I started for a short test run alone. I switched to 3 the 4 gears and made a test. When downloaded and analysis the sensor results I found, my feeling has really phisical parameters behind. The vibration (vertical) amplitude was first linear then from 4500RPM progressive parallel to the RPM. From 6000RPM the mentioned vibrations came to the level to be over all the others motor resonances, wind noise and the traffic in the road. I made a frequency filtering, and I found the high resonance were the double on the actual motor RPM. So it is like the firing process. Opening my repair manual I made an Excel map to calculate the gearbox, engine, valve system, oil and coolant pump's speed and possible excitations. I also collected the gear pairs rolling contacting frequencies to see the root of the 150-200Hz high amplitude resonances when driving up the 8000RPM. I found only the engine firing. I went the to a service specialist who performed a digital trottle housing vacum check and adjustment and we also verified the relative engine speed of each cylinder in their firing process. The bike has pretty massive and rithmic sound on idle and mid. range RPM, what we can hear and his result showed the same, too. He made some small 10 rpm adjustments, but kept it mainly just constant. He wellcomed the results, best VFR bike in the last years. However I told him, on the way I could feel the same 80kW electric shaver bellow me when driving him. Then he has some idea, some bad past repairs of the gearbox bearings or imballance??? No way to find them and repair with a feasible solution for this old but new looking bike.... Then I called the remaining 3 honda dealers in our contry. To close the topic I thought to drive to see them after each other. The first checked the bike acustic and the connctions of the frame, and said it must be a good one. Shaking on the road must be complex and not worth to repair. The second said would retighten the frame bolts, what I did with my troque wrench. No loose parts, 100% stock model. I did also a test run with other VFR owner. His bike was vibrate but moderate and not like a shaver. For now I have 49k km in the bike. Fuel consumption one signal for 50km = 5-5.5L/100km. When driving on the highway to the dealers, I looked it was running pretty easy at 130km/h. Single mode, only wind noise, some exhaust and the running trees around me. I said this mad bike wants to make me crasy??? Then switchnig back to gear 3 or for, I made some acceleration in 5-7000RPM. The vibrations were there. In 4 valves mode it became constant. But driving in 6th gear the bike dropped the RPM and in 2 valves mode had no problem (I drive with 100 oktane benzin) Some in the Hungarian forum said to buy loud exhaust and enjoy the tones. The moderator said to look the cluch for wear and clearance. I can not do it at home, and the technicial did it 5k earlier so I did not want to pay more. A few rider said their bike is silent but not to many complained. But my engineer brain see different. Finnaly I said: my loved bike from my childhood was RC36. I had it and now also this RC46. This one is like a new, what I could not afford. However I should not drive it when only looking for those agly root causes. It is not a joy. I did not want to tell to sell a V4 800, but now I did. Also the last dealers offered to change to some inline 4 and touring bike. My friend comming on the GS1250 pushed to the direction of boxer, preferably touring enduro. But I felt, I have to stay on the v4. I asked the last dealer to show their vfr12f what I checked, too. Yes, it has engine but I could not find the shaver in that during the test run. I felt it was the best news what I have to conservate. So I told him, I want the switch the bikes. I hope I will write only cool things about this big brother! Many greetings. Peter (I linked the vibration test results- I preformed during the test run on my seats)
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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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