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  2. Ha, you're right they do! I will leave mine white...
  3. Hi Grum! Thank you for this note! I will measure tomorrow, to see will it be any difference.
  4. Hi Daniel. The procedure for checking the Ignition Pulse Generators in the manual has a typo error. Its states to measure between the Yellow and the White/Blue this is incorrect. Should be Blue to White/Blue. 200 to 400 ohms. And the other is the Yellow to White/Yellow. Again 200 to 400 ohms. Refer to drawing attached. Hope this helps Cheers.
  5. Well, I guess that sounds plausible. Low battery voltage can do strange things, a proper load test of the battery would confirm how down on capacity it is. With a fault like yours it's a case of fit the new battery and try it out. But make sure, or suggest to the dealership to erase any stored codes in the ECM. If you have the fault again then there shouldn't be any confusion regarding an error code. Good luck and hope the the new battery does the trick. Cheers.
  6. A lot of people are over-building their packs with higher-capacity than necessary due to comparing to outdated CCA-ratings of lead-acid batteries. First, some background on CCA: CCA - cold-cranking amps is rating of lead-acid batteries to deal with loss of power as temperatures decrease. At -10 degrees, a lead-acid battery will have only 25% of its CCA rating. So V8 needing 150-amps cranking current at low-temps, requires 4x150=600CCA battery. Just in case it's ever needed to be started in cold-weather. Since I lived in Santa Barbara for so many years, I never needed cold-weather s
  7. Free, shipping also in the lower 48. If you can swing it, a small donation to the Board would be nice.
  8. Here's another video on how to build your own (you actually only need 4-cell series pack): This one more sophisticated and uses spot-welder. This concentrates all heat between spot-welder tips and doesn't send any heat into battery like soldering would. Also includes protection-circuit:
  9. Hello fellow riders, I've been trying to months to resolve issue with no power in high rpm on my RC36 VFR 750 1990. Issue is not related to carbs and whole air/fuel system, since all that was serviced. It seems that is electrical problem. I found out that one spark plug cap was giving 1000+ kOms, so I replaced that. Also I've been measuring all electrical installations, and found that I don't get good measuring on pickup. According to instruction, when I measure resistance on 4P mini connector between yellow and white/yellow I should get between 200 - 400 Oms, but when I measure r
  10. They look like road salt corroded ones.... 😞
  11. Aye, her name is Nel.... Never Ending Legs...
  12. I've visited some gas stations that didn't look like they were open. Just run down shacks in the middle of nowhere with a pump out front. Finding out that the name brand gas station you'd planned to fill at closed a year ago and having to fill at Uncle Peet's Gas and Meth emporium is why we call it an adventure.
  13. The woman's expression is all the encouragement you need. Dutchy, don't we know her? 🤔
  14. This is good stuff. Thanks Danno! I've seen those lithium jump starters for $50 but I'd be more interested in building my own VFR battery. Not that I'll be doing that any time soon. It still looks like rocket science to me...
  15. Selling the thing I swore I never would, but moving in a few months....This is 5th gen VFR, 18K miles. Single side swingarm ( change A rear tire in 5 minutes), great drive camshafts ( whines slightly like a supercharger, not chain noise like the gen 6 went to in 2000 along with the vtec system that made no more power, but tripled the time to adjust valves, added weight, and made the motor lose its distinctive sound derived from the RC45). No offense to the later gen guys, they are great too but they aren’t a 5th gen.Custom suspension, new F/R springs, Front valving. Tuned by Lindeman racing in
  16. Update: Was chatting with the dealer yesterday and asked about reduced battery voltage possibly causing the ECU fault light to latch on as I had noticed that on my bike, when I press the starter, the motor cranks very slow for a fraction of a second, then picks up as normal (thanks for pointing that out Grum! ). The bike always starts first time despite this. They've checked the battery and the voltage is dropping to 8v then recovering so they are claiming the battery is u/s and Honda have said that as it is now bringing up different fault codes, but to the same effect of latching the ECU faul
  17. Yes, thanks m8, greatly appreciated. The bike is with a Honda dealer and their focus is now on the wiring and the ECU. I haven't heard from them since yesterday and as I'm in no huge rush for the bike, I'll leave them to it. Rather strangely, Honda UK told them to test ride it to see if the light came back on whilst riding, but the dealer pointed out that as it took approx 4000 miles to re-illuminate this time, they don't really have the time to to that!
  18. Very interesting! Just to double check, Resina, you did this with the standard throttle cable? I'm toying with the idea of trying this on my 98...
  19. Hi Skids. Some interesting info for you. For the benefit of you and my own curiosity. Today I unbolted the front wheel sensor and took the bike for a ride. Both Traction Control AND ABS amber Warning lights remained ON and the Auto Cancelling indicators did NOT auto cancel. At no time did the Engine Malfunction light illuminate. So I'm even more confident that if you have a genuine ABS issue you would at least have the ABS amber Warning light constantly ON not the Engine Fault Light. The fact that once you ride over 6kph and the ABS light goes out normally means the ABS has pa
  20. Homemade dynos have been done. https://advrider.com/f/threads/diy-dyno-build.914170/ I ran across another guy's blog that built one just to tune his Ninja 250 Turbo. http://swarfman64.blogspot.com/2015/01/motorcycle-inertia-dyno.html?m=1 Or you can get wideband with on-board memory and datalogging. I recommend the TechEdge unit.
  21. Why's that? All dynos put out different numbers anyway, I just need something good enough to accurately test different jets on several bikes I have and tunes if I buy a power commander for my CBR. Even my xr250r has a big bore kit in it (from previous owner) and it doesn't feel perfect yet. A dyno can be built for fairly cheap and the software is open source. My roommate is a better programmer than I am and should be able to help if I have any bugs or desired improvements. As long as the output is consistent and repeatable, it should be a significant help.
  22. Tom, you never cease to amaze! Beautiful machines with so much attention to detail. I decided this winter to take advantage of winter shop rates and take my 900F in for engine work. Will be doing valve seals and once they "clean up the top end" we'll see how the rest of it looks.
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      Another Epic Ride
      Lost a job recently so decided to spend some quality time on my moto. Took a 3 day tour of SD/WY, solo keeping a generous 6+feet distance from most individuals and animals (luckily)
      Day 1, left Denver and arrived Hot Springs, SD. I was immediately greeted by lovely twisties of Hwy 395/87 and the bison on a way heading to Custer. 
      Stayed overnight in the Center Lake campground, roughing it sleeping in a hammock (my first). Dipped to 48F overnight so I was a little chilly. The campground is awesome: clean showers, beautiful lake, wildlife around.. 
      Day 2, left the campground and I was immediately on the Needles Highway. I’ve been on it a few times so I did not bother stopping to take pictures because I was enjoying the road basically to myself early morning. The is super twisty and has a few on way tunnels carved out in the rocks. Epic ride! I continued riding to the Spearfish Canyon after a short stop for breakfast in Hill City. SC is another must do: flowy, moderate speeds ride! Left SD heading to the oldest National Monument in US. The roads around it are triple digit sweepers but kept it sane being alone and seeing some cops around. After a quick picture at Devils Tower, rode to my cabin in Buffalo, WY. 
      Day 3, after sleeping not that great, I stopped for a drive through coffee at Macdonalds:). I wonder if I was their first customer on a motorcycle going through a drive through 🤪. After slurping the god-sent beverage, off I went over the Big Horn mountains. It was a cold foggy morning in the mountains so I missed some of the scenery. The fog lifted as soon as I reached the peak, and I was happy to be able to see more than 20 feet in front of me. Again, did not stop for pics, I was just happy to avoid any potential collision with the wildlife and being warm enough to enjoy the corners. The west side of Hwy 16 is better anyways, smooth pavement and nice views. Stopped in Thermopolis, WY at Bear Cafe for brunch-great food!
      The canyon heading south of town is beautiful!! Then, the boring shit of 120 miles to Rawlins.. Not terribly so but after all the good roads, this was definitely a drag. The highlight of the ride back to Denver was a ride through the Medicine Bowl mountains (Saratoga to Centennial). Nice road and lots of snow still on the sides..
      In summary, the best part of my trip is the Black Hills, SD. You literarily can spend 3 days and explore some of the neatest roads and not have to go far. They also take care of their roads, and the wildlife is the icing on the cake: watch out for wild turkeys, deer and bison of course. 


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      VFR1200 Project Bike
      Hello everyone,
           First post here so a bit of an introduction.
      I am Coxy, I like taking things to bits! I thought I would come on here to document my VFR1200 project build. 
      I've built a few bikes in the past, the start was putting a TDM900 engine into a TRX850 chassis, I used this on the road and the track and it was great fun:

      Eventually I got to the point where I wanted a bit more power on track to keep pace with the big boys on the litre bikes, I ride at Croft and Cadwell mainly, so no massive long straights. I figured around 120bhp would be enough to limit the losses on the straights so I decided to fit an MT09 engine into the TRX.  Power went up to 120bhp, and the weight of the bike was slashed (the mt09 engine is 13kg lighter  than the TDM lump). I spend 2 years refining and tuning it on track and its now its this current condition as featured in Practical Sportsbikes:

      Fitting the MT09 engine turned out to be a lot more involved that I originally anticipated, and I ended up rebuilding the frame around the headstock and the top tube. 
      Here's a video of the one of the last session from last year on it:
      So, after all this i started thinking that I wouldnt mind building a bike virtually from the ground up. and I always fancied a V4. I like the look of the shaft drive VFR1200 setup, and after about a year of searching I managed to locate one at the right price:

      The plan is to use the engine, swingarm and wheels, and build a bike around that. I'll put another post up to show where I have gotten to so far! 
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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.




      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado


      Zoomed in


      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


      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs


      Idaho Springs Colorado


      Mashtuns and fermenters


      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


      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


      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate


      Elephant Butte Park and Denver


      Close up


      Veefalo on Squaw Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Juniper Pass


      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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