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  2. Nice looking bike. Give it a good going over, shout it new oil and filter, air filter, coolant, plugs, brake pads if needed and Dont Forget.........all new brake and clutch fluid. Check your charging system and connections. Love your number plate location! Is that so you'll never forget it! 😆 A healthy 5gen is a GREAT bike, enjoy
  3. Here is the bike with panels hastily reattached. Best I can supply on short notice. Snapped the chain and pulled sprockets tonight. Frightening amount of crud built up around chain, a good dozen links were frozen, explains why the chain was rattling. Should have new drive installed by end of the week so I can get her on the road. glad to be aboard.
  4. Glad you have a new pump in and it appears to be priming. Have you tried starting your bike with the Sidestand in the UP position? (all to do with ECM ignition enable logic) Have you checked the state of or replaced the spark plugs? What is the status of your Fi Light?
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  6. OK so think i got the pump back on and no gas showers leaks. Pump is now priming (yay!) but the bike still isn't firing up. I've added injector cleaner to the gasoline and cranked it over a bunch. Nothing yet.
  7. Danno, Any downside to using a manual breaker vs the midi fuse? My main thought is that the fuses are one less thing to carry and are limited in number. The breaker can be reset as necessary. It does appear to be bulkier though, and on a 6th gen saying that space around the battery is limited is an understatement.
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  9. I am looking at picking up a 2015 VFR 800 with Akrapovic slip-on. Owner has OEM exhaust also. What I want to know is he has the DB Killer removed. I know the Akrapovic slip -on sounds like OEM with DB killer in. Is it loud with the DB Killer removed. Bike has only 2900kms Thxs in advance.
  10. 2002+ 2014+ Outer Diameter:296mm-310 Inner Diameter:58mm-94mm Bolt Hole Diameter:10.4mm-? Bolt Hole Distance:37mm-? the inner diameter is different will not work
  11. On my VF, I took an old broomstick. Cut bits of wood of at one end to make it more pointy. Tapped it in gently into the stanchion till it gripped. Hokd the stick firm abd used electric impact driver....
  12. racetech makes a tool to hold the cartridge
  13. Not the usual problem of not being able to undo it, had no trouble with that. It’s getting it done back up that I’ve messed up. First leg went back together perfectly. The second one, I was doing the bolt up with an Allen key and not really paying attention, it felt like I was tightening up ok and I went to nip it up before getting the torque wrench when…… spin, spin, spin. Now one of two things has happened; 1. The bolts fine, it’s the damper rod assembly that’s spinning or 2. I’ve cross threaded the bolt and have now stripped a thread, hopefully on the bolt but possibly the rod.
  14. I've also used RAM mounts (U-bolt base) from the gas tank bolts and put a ball just in front of the tank with a 6" extension. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-231ZU (you just need some longer tank bolts - longer metric ones) or On my current adventure bikes I've gone with the X Mount system and it works surprisingly well. You can also mount it on the front brake reservoir bolts.
  15. I had to use their universal Snakeskin and cut my own for my Crossrunner. I think it's a little far for the nearest Crossrunner owner to ride to Nevada.
  16. Very cool, I am not very talented at doing stuff like that, but no doubt someone is. So it sounds like someone could either do like you did, or they could drive by Tech Spec and have them do it. Either way, I Hope someone gets us a nice 8th gen Tech Spec design
  17. Has anyone tried seeing if FRONT rims from older models (I'm thinking 6th gen) are compatible with the 8th? I suspect the front axle diameter is the same but im wondering about spacers given the fork change, and maybe rotor mountings (ok might be getting hopefull here). Cheers all!
  18. Ya, that tyre looks like money WSBR! That is one damn good looking VFR! Holy Shit! Not to go off topic, but, Who's exhaust are you running? The can has to be mounted solid, so probably $$$. Did you have the wheels powdered? Price? This is my first VFR and is going to be primarily my "B" bike. All of my machines are kept in minty condition. I was thinking I could do a rain day ride with this bike and not worry. Maybe see the track, the reason for the 60. Pirelli has a couple good 60's. I wonder why some of the other MFG's don't offer it?
  19. Well, it's not like I'm totally surprised here... 😄 I have a couple options. Delkevic makes a "quieter" baffle that drops the sound 1-3 dB, or so it says. I can also try their next-shortest increment and buy two 13" tri-oval mufflers from them, but I think they might stick out too far back. My options for rotating the exhaust splitter further forward/up are kind of limited, so it is what it is. Will almost certainly at least go for the quieter baffles, but for now...been too long without the bike!
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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.

       

       

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      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado

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      Zoomed in

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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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