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  2. Yeah, but i bet all of those involved were breathing too so could you say that breathing could be a contributory factor? Of course not. Just because they were at a speed does not mean speed was a determining factor. Inappropriate speed is a very serious factor, but who decides what inappropriate is? A speed limit is not necessarily set for what is appropriate, it is set based on the layout of the road and any historical and geographical features that might determine what a limit should be. Not sure i agree with "it's not illegal until you are caught", that's utter bollox but i alway
  3. - Inspect charging system wire harness and check stator to R/R connector. - Identify current model R/R. -Check voltage output at the battery -idle and 5000rpm..... There are literally hundreds of threads on charging system death on this and the other forum.
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  5. Leo Vince SBK Carbon fiber look. Got them used for about half price of new. Even then , I debated long and hard over whether or not it was worth hundreds of dollars... in the end I went for it, I love the VFR and intend to keep it as long as it runs. I'm still undecided if they were worth the money... but they do look good and sound excellent. Tried the silencers, they work...but I ride without 😀
  6. I definitely believe speed is a significant contributing factor. The faster you go, the less time you have to react/respond and the less margin you have for error. I had a close call awhile back where I almost T-boned an SUV, and neither one of us was doing anything illegal or stupid - if I had been going even 5mph faster, I might have hit. According to https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding "Speeding endangers everyone on the road: In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people." and "For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor
  7. Chilly New England spring day here, and I finally got my bike to the dyno for tuning. 60 miles to Gardner MA started at 48F and ended up dropping to 45 on the temp gauge. No matter, this was my slot and Rob's Dyno is booking out to mid-June now... I've had the headers and PCV on for a few weeks now and took a few shakedown rides with it to make sure there were no issues... -Stop at Cumbies to warm up. -Ready to rock! Here's the particulars: 2000 VFR800, 38k miles on the odo. Headers (of course!) Two Brothers Racing carbon
  8. Amen to DannoXYZ comment comment above! I like where this discussion is going. To Dutchy's defense (related to speeding or antisocial riding) I think her is right on the point with you know what the rules are, if you get caught breaking them (speeding) you pay. No problem with that. (I grew up and rode a lot in Germany back int the day, raced police few times in my glory days and so on). This is kind of equivalent to "is is only illegal when/if you get caught" in the US. BTW, how did we end up with the curvature of bananas on antisocial riding again?
  9. You can PM VFRD member Sebspeed - he’s the fabricator who worked up a center stand stop for 6 gen. Looks awesome with the Wolf vfrcapn - I’ll bet it sounds great too!
  10. Also note that there's cause and effect here. 1. cause of crashes has to do with inattentiveness and mistakes (i.e. changing lanes without looking). Speed doesn't cause bad driving such as texting and talking on phone. In some cases, reducing speed-differentials between lanes with higher-limits reduces adverse interactions such as lane-changes. 2. effects of mistakes & crashes can be exacerbated with higher speeds sure. Hitting ground & concrete divider @ 75mph is worse than 50mph. But that's only effect after the real cause of incident has already been committ
  11. I do not think I can agree with general statement “safe at legal speed” claims. Note that we/ big we, are not safe at any speed. See carnage numbers just from US alone. Driving is a single most dangerous activity we are doing daily and deadly kinetic energy level is reached right away. Putting ourselves in more and more advanced cocoons make us complacent, but driving is still as dangerous as before people felt it is OK to text. Key is a personal responsibility, who here attempted to text while riding? Yet to see that on a highway... why is that? How to police “being here now”?
  12. I forgot mine had the removable spuds. They were chunked in one of my tool cabinets about 15 years ago and I've not thought about them since.
  13. Good info. I was referring to something I found about shelf life being even greater for a jug of straight antifreeze compared to a 50/50 premix. I would only put 50/50 in the engine.
  14. They look far better without the condom. My current mirrors are on extender blocks and frankly I never liked the look of the condom/extender block look. I'll have to get some OEM size mounting bolts as well.
  15. Agree with that just about 100%. We each have to ride our own ride, based on our own experiences. Training helps and you really really have to know yourself and know when you are on it and when you are not. Trouble is, too many drivers/riders think they know they're good when they're actually not. And that's when incidents occur. Personally, I never, ever speed in 20's, 30's or 40's. Above that, I'll use my judgement to decide what my speed will be but as was said earlier, I like to ride a couple of mph faster than the flow of traffic as I hate being co-speed with them
  16. For maintenance items I am adding the following: 1. Clutch and brake fluid flush 2. Coolant flush 3. Possibly new brake pads 4. Possibly new chain and 17/43 sprockets 5. At minimum I'll attach a multimeter just to see what the voltage is doing. 6. Inspect fork seals 7. Check valves Are there any other maintenance items I should add? Thanks.
  17. I'm selling my 1998 VFR800. I'd love to keep it, but I've been in the habit of spending my summers in Greece and can't justify keeping it here unused while I'm gone during most of the riding season. I got the bike from one of my best friends who passed away last year. It had sat in his barn for most of his ownership. It had the alternator/rectifier issue these bikes are known for and I put in a new alternator and mosfet rectifier so the electrical system is all sorted out. I also put on a new x ring chain and tires, all that is about 2500 miles old. I also bought a full set of Givi luggage. Me
  18. Welcome to VFRD from across the North Sea
  19. I think it's very hard to make the argument that speed, in isolation, kills, especially on the motorway /freeway etc. Speed plus will get you though. Be it speed plus inexperience, unfamiliarity with the road, or meeting a car that has no idea you exist Cars are so much safer these days, but the level of inattentiveness when driving is spectacular - anyone here not been knocked off, nearly taken out, or know someone who has been taken out by a car changing lanes right in front of you? I was only going 40mph but I still didn't have the room to stop or dodge.
  20. There's only a few race-rep paint schemes that, to my eye, look good. Took me awhile, but I've come round on the Castrol graphics of your SP-2. And I always enjoy reading about your adventures aboard it.
  21. Welcome Keith. Rare as hens teeth, I think that's what they say. Either way, beautiful looking bike in A1 condition. Whereabouts in Cheshire are you? I grew up around Northwich.
  22. Yep, I put a set on my yellow '99 VFR800, and a few years later put that same set on a '92 VFR750 that I'd picked up. Sadly both bikes are lost, like tears in the rain. Anyhow here are pics of them on my bikes.
  23. I have a PC2 but plan to try out a RB in the future. They replaced a TBros header so it was dialed in pretty well I think. I'll have to check on the hugger, iirc it was from Europe. edit: Hugger is a Skidmarx from UK, not sure who their US distributor is any more. https://www.skidmarx.co.uk/guards-huggers#/manufacturer-honda/models-vfr800/products-rear_huggers
  24. It's not advisable to run more than a 50% mix of ethylene glycol or staight ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol has less ability to absorb heat than water, even though it has a much higher boiling temperature than water. You could find that straight EC would not be boiling and yet the engine getting too hot because it cannot absorb and transport away any more heat. Adding it to water raises the boiling point of the mix and also lowers the freezing point. However, the objective is to absorb heat energy from the engine and transport it to the rads where it can be dissipated to the air. The E.C.
  25. I did some research and everything I read pointed to no definite expiration time period. One thing I did read stated that pure antifreeze would last longer than 50/50 premix. The existing coolant has been in the bike for at least 5 or 6 years so I'm way overdue. I'll use this stuff and change it out at the end of the season to be safe.
  26. Well, guess if you have an unopened sealed container, why shouldn't it be ok for use? Not like its brake fluid that absorbs moisture!
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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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      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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