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  2. Hello everyone, i am new to this site but not new to motor biking world. Currently working on my vfr and reading some of the thread on this site.i found it very helpful decided to add some images and notes to it too.I am currently trouble shooting my Vfr800vtec 2003 along the way.its currently non starter. Motorbike history, 2years no use,parked outside. STAGE 1 General service Fuel flashed,oil,oil filter and coolant flushed,spark plugs checked but not changed,new battery installed. STAGE 2 Trouble shooting. Turn the the ignition on Pump priming,F1 light is off.Turn the ignition on engine is cranking but not firing.Normally it takes maybe up to 30seconds continues starting fires the bike up but not at this time. sprayed into the air box some EASY START see if it fires.Yes it did but only for 5 seconds. Now I’ve decided to investigate the fuel system. FUEL SYSTEM INVESTIGATION. Ivent used the car for 2 years and though maybe fuel filter is clogged. fortunately the fuel filter is located inside the tank.Not the best place to place it but here we are.Doing this I can cHeck the fuel pump for stuck and also change the fuel filter along the way. Fuel pump removal from the tank. Please make sure you find USER MANUAL for your bike at hand at it requires you to be very careful when removing the pump and don’t forget to ORDER new gasket as it doesn’t hold and it will leak.Alternatively you can buy loctite but I wouldn’t recommend it.If you are on budget fix then up to you. i couldn’t find information on FUEL Filter Service interval but since I’ve left the bike with petrol for for 2 years untouched.Make sense to change it. Ordered the fuel filter.The most expensive fuel filter in the whole market what a rip off. 82pounds.The dealer in London said it should be changed at every 30,000.He has been my mechanic for over 10years.This is unofficial advice as Honda service manual doesn’t say anything to servicing interval.I suppose they rather prefer you to pay visit to dealer when things go down.Make sense 🙂 Now is the interesting part of the investigation.I cut the filter to see what is inside here it’s the picture.i can feel the roughness inside the filter paper and the metal bits.I am well disappointed as I always use Shell super unleaded and expected clean filter.Anyways. Fuel pump testing: The reason I preferred to take the pump out and check it physically because sometimes the pump get stuck and applying 12volt battery charge straight through the connection points on the pump helps. There are two connection points for the pump available to test so I’ve run test on it and it’s working good news. Currently wait for the fuel filter,rubber sealant for the pump and air filter as soon as they arrive I’ll carry on working down towards the injectors. Forgot to mention,I have already checked all the fuse on the bike to make sure they are in good condition. Before I work my way down towards the fuel injections. As soon as the parts arrives,I will put the pump back into the tank fill petrol and run the bike.Lets see if it fires this time.If not time to follow the fuel line towards the injectors. Wish me luck guys.
  3. The homemade rearsets caused the rear brake bar to rub/bend... And it was clarty to boot So I had to come up with a plan (and a rattlecan silver) A lick if black paint next.. Sticker tuning! So who was Gilera's last world championship rider?
  4. We have run our 5 gen and 6 gen test bikes without the heat shield behind the right rearset with no problems.
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  6. The was a member here that lost an axle nut. I've had one back off a bit. Good on you for checking. A little red Loctite on that locknut in addition to staking might not be a bad idea. Just heat it to 250℉ or so next time you need to take it off.
  7. Valve checks are kinda dependent on how hard you beat on the bike. I ride mine moderately hard, and check every 20K. They usually only need a couple shims on the exhaust side. My first VFR was a '98 CA model purchased in 2009 with 19K on the clock. It seemed fine at the time, and I enjoyed it for many miles until April 2014 approx. 70K I lost 3rd gear. I pulled the oil pan, and found 3 gear dogs. The ones that broke off 6th gear, and fortunately ended up in the pan not in the transmission gears. Bought a '94 with 120K on it to ride in the meantime. Rode that bike to Colorado from CA via Wyoming with no issues. Replaced 6th, and 3rd gears in the '98. Everything else inside looked great. Rode it for another year or so until it started to gradually lose coolant. Couldn't find any leaks. No coolant in the oil. No steam from the exhaust. Pulled the heads off, and replaced the gaskets again thinking maybe I screwed that up somehow. No change. Still gradually losing coolant. Must be those handfull of times the bike got really hot (245℉). At this point I no longer trusted the bike for the long trips I was doing at the time so I bought another 48 state bike as a replacement, and the CA bike became a track bike. The bike from Ohio was kind of an epiphany. Much better throttle response, pulled harder, shifted better etc. Eventually my GF decided that her CA '99 was too much bike for her aging body, and sold it to me. It is now my play/track bike, and my original CA '98 is now a parts donor. I know the bottom end is good. Sold the '94 with 139K on it. Only real problem I had with it was the starter clutch being iffy sometimes. Not surprising on a bike with that many miles. Great bike. Miss it sometimes, but just wasn't riding it enough to justify keeping it with my limited garage space. The moral is you never know what you are getting when you buy a used bike, but I think it's still better to let someone else take the depreciation hit with the new bike purchase. VFRs are pretty rock solid reliable overall once you sort the electrical issues which are well documented. Unfortunately the age of the gear driven cams is over as far as mother Honda is concerned. I will ride these until I can no longer do so wether by age or lack of parts. It will probably end up being the latter or so I hope....
  8. I've been experiencing exactly the same thing except my left works nearly every time, given a solid push. The right one takes two pushes and still has a delay. Cleaning the switches is at the top of my to-do list for spring prep. The machine has 68,000+ milea and counting.
  9. Very well said. The one thing that greatly increased my ability to ride nearer to the machines limits was Advance Rider Courses at a local college's training track.
  10. Found a small amount of play in the rear wheel bearings of my VFR800Fiy recently. Bought a 46mm socket and readied myself to battle with the stub axle nut, which turned out not to be tight at all, it was still staked but at maybe 50Nm not the spec’ed 201Nm, I tightened it to about 70Nm and the play went away, but since I had already bought the bearing kit and the originals have done 80K miles, I went ahead and disassembled the hub and put the new bearings in. The axle looks OK, apart from one area (where the double ball bearings sit) which looks like one of the bearings has been spinning (very shiny) on the axle, I can’t measure any wear on the axle. There is no heat discolouration in the grease in the bearing or in the internal bearing race. I’m planning to re-use the axle, since the bearings aren’t a press fit on the axle and I expect that when I torque the nut to the correct tightness it will hold the inner races stationary relative to the axle rotation. Anything else I should be considering?
  11. I've been running my VFR for a while now without a heat shield and even with the stock headers on, I can feel the heat through my boot. It's fine while you're on the move, but does tend to get a little toasty when you're sat at the lights. I wouldn't want to ride it without boots and leathers on.
  12. Are these bung plugs short enough where they don't extend into the exhaust stream?
  13. Is there any need to re-install the heat shield (moded) on rear set? No hot foot or brake line? o2 bung - there's a EFI shop near me and they stock em, maybe see if uv got a local shop
  14. GSG mototechnik is manufacture. You mentioned about Copper grease yes? Ore something else?
  15. Nice dutchinterceptor! I've always liked the white ones.
  16. I've had the valves checked on two machines: my first fifth started running a little rough about 70,000+ miles. My dealer recommended a valve check so I had it done. Unfortunately I do not know exactly what the measurments were but the engine was back to it's original smooth operation. My next two did not have any valve checks (their mileage was between 20,000+ and 50,000+); these machines maintained there original smooth operation. My current ride, bought with 10,500 miles, now has 68,000+ miles and still runs as smoothly as when I got it; no valve check so far. I intend to have it evaluated my my dealer this spring; that may determine if a valve check is worth it. And my most recent purchase, a '98 with 50,000 miles had a valve check by the original owner at it's 36,000 miles service. So perhaps I over stated the the case of daylight thing. Having never done one my self, I really never considered all that was involved. I do much of the simple maintenance on my machines but would rather leave the complicated stuff to my fabulous dealer: Honda Town of Minneapolis. It's been a long-term family operation started in 1969.
  17. Those are DSG correct? The long bolt is the first one you put in, the engine won’t fall out .... put some grease on it first Then put the rear bolts in Then torque the bolts up The pad mounts bolt to the pear shaped bracket The pads screw to the alloy mounts Use an anti seize compound like Copper Slip on all the threads
  18. Same. Amazon. M18x1.5. Hex key drive looks cleaner than hex nut. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HR155A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  19. I got mine from Amazon along with the crush washers, and nickel based anti-seize. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LBQL7CG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DHHLP34/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WXL1Q2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  20. I've got the same issue. I'm just plugging mine in every time I go for a ride. Not very convenient. I was hoping to find a cheerful circuit in the fuse box without opening the instrument panel. I'll look into RC36B's diagram and suggestions. For the instrument lights, have you found out if inexpensive LEDs are available in that size? If so, that might be a good way to go.
  21. Hi I have questions (like allways) received with my bike those Crash-pad set. And I cannot understand instructions.. 1. Remove fairings this is clear. 2. When I remove this long bolt engine will not fall down? After that I need to get original pad from this bolt? And each side need to be done separately? Next put it through this mounting hardware piece and distance pad this long screw? 3. Temporary without finally screwing this long bolt remove shorter screw from engine and finally screw it with distance piece to engine. 4. Each site should be done separately? Sorry this is quite crazy for me. I will be grateful if You can help me with this 🙂 Thanks in advance.
  22. Next up, Decals. Again. I have a proper set of blocky decals in the style of the originals. These are the kind printed on heavy 3M decal stock. But given the current iffy silver-grey paint finish of the bike without any clearcoat, I’d been running other ideas in my head. Black decals seemed a good possibility. I also kindof prefer the swishy VFR logo of later bikes. So as yet another zero budget experiment I made up a template and fished out my leftover roll of black vinyl shelving paper. If you know how to trace and cut, you have the skills required for this job. If you have a helpful kid around the house who can use scissors, so much the better. I downloaded the image. The scale is not perfect. Neither is the design. But you get the idea. Template Decals The job only takes maybe a lazy hour at the kitchen table. And here are the results on the fairing... ...note the custom side stand cover, still in place after more than a week... 🙂 (...in the driveway. I was supposed to be spring cleaning around the garage... Sun's from the wrong direction for the picture, but you might make out the decal isn't quite straight along the ridge of the fairing. Think anybody would notice that?) You all know my standards for the bike by now. And so you would rightly assume that I think the decals will do…for now. The style and size and color are all okay. The gas tank doesn't quite match. If I stumble across a bagster tank cover I'll use it. There are going to be decal durability issues. These are just not proper material. They can’t last long. The glue on this stuff is pathetic. One decent rainstorm and they’ll disappear by the side of the road. One good washing. Gone. I’m not even sure they’ll stand up to wind speeds above 50 mph before peeling themselves off. I wonder if a few minutes with a hair dryer might help soften the glue so they'll adhere better. Of course, I could apply proper glue. I have some spray-on glue around here somewhere. We'll see. Besides the glue problem, the vinyl itself is not weatherproof decal vinyl, so it’ll most likely crack and fade before long. Finally, I’m not entirely sure I got the the things on straight. I know. I know. Anyway, should I ever get around to the 2K clearcoat, then that would probably seal these on nicely, and protect them too. Until that day I’m not overly concerned. I have a whole roll of black vinyl to make more. Next I’m thinking about maybe a black pinstripe on the after fairings. A recent thread on VFRd discusses the side reflectors. Another thing I’d given no thought to. I have the ones on the forks, but now I know there are supposed to be others at the back. Some folks think they’re ugly and remove them all. Apparently I am half way in this discussion without even weighing in. 😉 I still don’t give them much thought.
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      First ride of 2020
      Happy New Year to all 🎉🥂🏍
      Thought I would start the New Year off with a quick ride around my hometown. Had the usual hot conditions, but not as bad as the southern states of Australia are copping it, the bushfires are nothing short of catastrophic at the moment, best wishes to anyone affected, stay safe.
      Also decided to try out my Xmas present, a Canon 90D. Decided to stay with a DSLR as I have used them all my adult life (SLR’s anyway) and have a few lenses and accessories I will be able to continue using. Very happy so far, 32 megapixels on a crop sensor means you have to be steady handed or jump your shutter speed up a bit. Lots to learn as it has many new features over my old Canon 400D. Will hopefully post some good photos in the future.
      The attached photos were taken on the Strand in Townsville, there were two dolphins celebrating the New Year about a hundred metres off the beach, all very tropical. The VFR now has 30,000km on her and I have owned it for 3 1/2 years, still looking pretty good I think.
      Once again Happy New Year and ride safe.
       




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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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