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  2. I'll bet the median age and even the average on this forum is over 50. Not many millenial riders even know what a VFR is.
  3. ESG is in the process of ru(i)ning everything for us - including our lives. Just a matter of time . . .
  4. You're very lucky - that is really nice!
  5. Southern Utah / Grand Canyon is truly epic. The whole time I felt like I could have been the Road Runner being chased by the Coyote . . .
  6. Yesterday
  7. Where do folks put their pics? I don’t see an obvious are to upload them.
  8. I noticed no clock, what are the other options I do have? I’m just learning about what I bought on a whim.
  9. Looks like you have every option except the clock. Really nice!
  10. I haven't watched their videos in a while, but there is a car YouTuber channel called "Everyday Driver," with two guys based in Utah. They often drive canyon roads in Utah in the cars they're reviewing, and the scenery is just amazing. I hope to get out west someday. Maybe a few times!
  11. Generally, you should be able to get to the front plugs without draining the radiator. It somewhat depends on whether all of the hoses and cables were put back correctly the last time, however. The idea is to remove one M6 flange bolt from the lower LHS side of the radiator, and the the radiator is supposed to be able to be pivoted upwards on the two upper mounts, leaving you just enough room to put a get a wrench in there (I use a spark plug socket with a rubber insert to keep the plug from falling out, a short extension and a 3/8" socket wrench slipped on after the socket is in place). The side fairings need to be removed, but not the top or the vee-piece, IIRC. And I also seem to recall having to free up the lower radiator hose to give the radiator room to move. But, draining the system does make it a lot easier! Ciao, JZH
  12. Good point. Can't really answer that, good chance it will increase corrosion within the tank as well as the potential to absorb moisture because of its hygroscopic nature, who knows how this may effect components in the pump and fuel lines. Possibly the reason why he had to replace the injectors as two of them wouldn't pulse. Do some research on "Phase Separation" issues with Ethanol blended fuels!
  13. Make sure you check ALL wires and ALL connectors in the bike's charging circuit. 19v for any length of time can cause a lot of damage. It's usually not just the reg/rec and the battery that go when that happens, unfortunately. Could also damage relays and switch contacts... Open, clean, inspect contacts, apply dielectric grease, re-assemble. Ciao, JZH
  14. The 'Blade (originally used on early CBR400RR NC23) rear cowl bolts are available in delicious titanium... Fifteen lethargic UK pounds/pair: https://titanclassics.com/product/titanium-honda-fireblade-rack-bolt-fits-honda-rtv1000r-weight-7-4gm/ Ciao, JZH
  15. I know you guys are probably not into TRANSALPs like I am.
  16. ^^^ make sure the paperclip doesn't touch the frame or anything grounded.
  17. I have a pair of Forma Terra EVO Low boots that I wear on my KLR and Transalp. But I sure wouldn't use them on my VFR or ZX9R. Like ducnut said they're not flexible enough for the street. I have a pair of Alpinestars for the street.
  18. I heard he quit doing the new Goldwing ECU flash as well, same reason.
  19. I think so, not sure what I’m doing yet
  20. Okay, am I really the first to post about this? I feel incredibly late to this game, yet, I see no evidence in my searches on these forums of this... Correct me if I'm wrong. Long story short, I picked up a VFR1200 a few months ago, and have been getting increasingly excited about the Guhl tune. I couldn't find any info on the web, so I gave Don a call. Guess what? As far as Don's concerned, this isn't something he offers anymore, regardless of the millions of dollars he's invested of equipment and software he has sitting around ready to go. Why? Because the EPA changed its laws stating that tuning a vehicle EVEN for race use, is illegal. Don also claims, it's not a small fee either, it's in the millions of dollars. He also mentioned, this isn't about tracking down those that have modified vehicles, they appear to largely be out of question. Yet those that offer the service of modifying in this manner are in the crosshairs of the EPA. I asked Don, so, what can I do? He said really the only thing right now is the RPM Act that SEMA is sponsoring (again). Sign it, pray, and hope. Want to be able to tune your VFR or ANYTHING else? Sign it here: https://www.sema.org/epa-news (Meanwhile, anyone got a copy of the ECU file? Hehe....)
  21. That is one fine looking machine Polyian. You obviously have great taste in mc's.
  22. Utah! My absolute favorite place to ride. I've ridden: US 191 south from I-80 to west-bound 95 south of Blanding to Glen Canyon NRA back up (north-bound) to Blanding then west-bound on 12. Then south on 89 and west on on 9 at Mt Carmel Junction brings one into Zion NP. Jaw-dropping scenery! I've explored the dirt trailes west of Ceder City passing by Brian's Head. Makes the case for So Many Roads - So Little Time.
  23. +1 on Jaime suspension upgrades. Transformed my ride into nearly-telepathic control.
  24. Testimonial from Canyon Chasers (youtube). I forget his name, (I think it's Bryan). He is one of the better Youtube 'coaches'.
  25. Pm sent yesterday, if you find something for me you’ll make my day thx
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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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