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  2. While I had the airbox recently off, with WOT looking down the intake runners it was clear to see there's carbon built up on the backs of the intake valves. Nothing like what one would see on a GDI engine, but I'd prefer that they be as clean as possible. What I've seen so far is that much of the products out there for that purpose are sprays introduced in to the intake air that flows down on to the back of the valves during operation. That would be easy to do using the PAIR port (mine's blocked off) or similar. I am however very leery of spray solvents damaging the coating on the throttle
  3. Yes. A new chain. I fitted a longer shock that was, also, extended as long as I could and made a gearing change. Yes. The tire is definitely pointier and is amazing to ride. It’s definitely worth whatever effort it “may” require. The top pic shows the lower eyelet nearly contacting the suspension link. The bottom pic shows how much of a meat the 180/60 is.
  4. I used to have helibars...no significant change in vibration with them. My blind internet guess is stiIl starter valves, but try some high PEA fuel injector cleaner too like Redline SI-1. Also, spark plugs...
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  6. Cut the chain?, because you re positioned the eccentric? I don't wanna make any assumptions, but did you shorten a stock factory chain, or, did you custom cut a new/replacement chain. I was thinking bigger tire, longer chain, no? Nervous about going thru the trouble of mounting it just to see if it fits. I just bought the bike and it has OEM chain,sprockets, exhaust I just stuffed a much bigger tyre on my DR350 than recommended, but that was an easier job than this. It was just a "F" it and try it it job. I think the 60 being more "peaki
  7. Lol well, it’s an el’cheap-o Danmoto GP Extreme. I bought it a couple years ago to hold me over until I picked up a more “suitable” slip-on but as you can see it’s still there. Yes, it is loud!
  8. Note that problems start with bare brass spade connectors in factory wiring; which corrodes over time and causes overheating. So always upgrade specs to tin or zinc-coated connectors. Another problem is current capacity. Highest-rated 1/4" spade connector handles only 24-amp! Honda uses it in 30-amp circuit! So of course it'll overheat and burn. There's special connectors made for higher-current with better springs: https://www.delcity.net/store/Maxi-Fuse-Modules/p_820374.h_820405.r_IF1003 Or use bolt-on maxi-fuse holder: https://www.delcity.net/store/MAXI®-Fuse-Blocks/p_9241
  9. Yes-actually I use Waze for this reason and would only need it for routing through shitty traffic or avoid accidents. Here in Nashville we have some crazy drivers and one never knows which artery will be blocked. Thanks for the advice. That ball mount looks like the one that held my old Garmin GPs. How would one find a cellphone case with that type of socket?
  10. I love the 60 series. They’re wider across the tread face than a 55 series and are much taller. The rear ride is much more supple, as well. You’ll want to double-check it’ll clear your swingarm and exhaust. I fit mine onto the bike, rotated the eccentric for clearance, then, cut my chain to fit. Michelin has stopped production of their 180/60 street tires, so will probably switch over to Pirelli.
  11. Aha, if you have higher replacement bars. Try adjusting the weight. Take the existing weights off & see if its better or worse. That will give you an idea if you need more or less weight. But its likely to be weight related. The VFR does have a roughish vibration in the 5-7k range, but its barely noticable with the standard bars & weights. Keep us posted.
  12. Having looked through all the replies, I have a bit more perspective to add. I'm approaching 2000 miles covered with the bike so far. The vibration, again primarily in the bars but also in the pegs, is RPM-related. It becomes noticeable right around 5000 RPM and increases with engine speed. To hit some of the points above, the tires on it were good but old. I had Pirelli Angel GT2s installed at the local shop where the tech is not only very experienced but a VFR fan. The tire change made no difference in the vibration level. The chain appears good, is within stretch service
  13. Has anyone tried a 180/60? I have '98 that needs tyrs. Considering the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III and going from the 180/55 to the 180/60
  14. Ok Officer Curmudgeon, if you are fortunate enough to live in great riding areas I couldn't agree more. But I for one live in Chicago and have to navigate through a potential shit-storm of road debree and delays en route to anywhere. A heads up from my phone of a traffic jam or shredded tire could greatly impact my escape from the city/burbs.
  15. Who makes that exhaust! Any idea on the decibels? It looks like a Moto-GP pipe!
  16. Totally agree Cogs, a standard 30amp C/B or the 30amp maxi fuse is the way to go for sure. Cheers.
  17. Danno, thanks for the info. Did not know about 775's and the false information regarding them. Cogswell's question and Grum's answer now has me thinking, should I add a fuse and possibly remove the C/B? Felt odd during install there was no fuse. Here's some more info with pictures on how I mounted the 847. I used the following stainless hardware. The narrow base weld nuts came from mcmaster, other hardware from local hardware store. M6 button head 40 mm length (2) M6 fender washer (2) M6 standard washer (2) M6 narrow-base weld nut (2) https://www.mc
  18. Likewise - the more I'm learning about these the less appealing they are. It seems illogical to reset a c/b before discovering and correcting the reason it was tripped. Maybe substituting an inline 30A maxi fuse is the way to go.
  19. Cogs recalls correctly, I purchased the steering stem RAM mount for my 7th gen from VFRD member Huntingguns five years ago, see photos below. Haven't seen him on the site for a while, but the concept is excellent--rock solid, and great line-of-sight when riding.
  20. The fuse or circuit breaker on the main positive out from the R/R is to protect the wiring from going up in a puff of smoke in the event of an internal R/R positive to ground short, Or excessive load on the output side. Fuses and circuit breakers main purpose is to protect the wiring Not the device hanging off the wiring. The idea of an auto-reset continually happening on either overload or short seems bazaar. Fuses or circuit breakers are there in the event that the designed wiring current carrying load is exceeded. The wiring current capacity is taken into
  21. I installed my voltmeter pickup on the input side of the breaker. This way, if things start going haywire, I can still see what the voltage looks like out of the R/R, IF the bike is still running. Also, this point would seem to be the most accurate for a voltage reading.
  22. The auto resets are supplied with the Roadster Cycle kits pre-installed in the wiring. I found some info from a vendor of the breakers, below. I suppose since it's protecting the output from the R/R, the odds of it tripping are low. It would be easy enough to clip the auto-reset out and spice in a fuse block or some type of manual breaker. God knows there was plenty of wire for that in the kit. Just seems strange that there would be no way to know that it's tripped. https://www.delcity.net/store/12V-Auto-Reset-Circuit-Breakers/p_198669.h_198846
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  24. Hi Cogswell. Haven't looked into these. Possibly reset is done just by thermal action bit like the old blinker relays, not sure really. However personally I'd never use one without some form of fuse in series as well. If the auto reset C/B contacts become welded together then you're in deep shit! Why in the event of a short you'd want a device that continues supply and trip current to it is strange and potentially dangerous! I can tell you after nearly 40 years in the aircraft industry, auto resetting C/B's are not used - for very good reasons!
  25. Looking for a small piece of Kangaroo leather to repair a pair of gloves. In 2010 I bought a pair of Frank Thomas gloves w/ kangaroo palms that I ended up really liking. Wore them for about 40K until holes appeared in them. Tried to repair with Elkhide but it never felt right. Frank Thomas was out of business by then, but managed to find a pair here and another in the UK and bought both. Now have worn out another pair recently and am down to 1 pair of used gloves. Would like to see if I can get a few more miles out of the pair with holes if possible. Think a piece about
  26. Just Google 35330-MB0-003. That's the switch part number.
  27. Thank Grum. There are four bearings in the back, so it’s not a easy job!
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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.
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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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