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  2. Welcome to the site, lots of information here Pics of the bike ...?
  3. It's a Two Brothers Black Edition. No silencer so it's a bit loud. Definitely ordering that piece.
  4. Hi folks, have just acquired a 2001 VFR800 with just 13,000kms on the clock. Look forward to learning from all you experienced Viffer mob.🙂 Have ridden a vast array of bikes over the years. Have 2 other classic bikes in the stable....a '72 CB500K1 and a '78 Suzuki GS750E. Cheers, Himble (Andy) Perth, Western Australia. (West of Everywhere)
  5. I am curious why you want to put a conventional swing arm on a VFR. The single sided swing arm is a VFR trademark, and it looks awesome. I have had both Gen III and Gen IV VFRs and would never have considered such a thing. In fact, I have thought about retro-fitting one on my current Hayabusa.
  6. Bugger, you should have used that opportunity to replace said faulty water pump with a newer 2015 VFR. Better safe than sorry I say.
  7. I never liked the bar ends on the 5th gen, I found them on the cheaped out, wimpy side. I'm running 4th gen bars and ends. The design is more substantial.
  8. I gave up on separate topics after yet another system crash wiped out half of them. Hence this "blog"; in the faint hope it will survive another crash...
  9. sounds like someone used red Loctite instead of blue.... Did you try with an impact driver?
  10. It's never good form to engage in schadenfreude. But you'll have a water pump you can count on not failing in the middle of nowhere.
  11. Does this help? Agree with Terry the bar end screws are Phillips head. However my Kaoko throttle locker does have an Allen key socket bolt. Sounds like you are describing how the throttle locker works, so yes you do have a non standard situation. Below is what the Kaoko throttle locker looks like and requires the removal of the inner weight assembly before installing the Kaoko..
  12. There's nothing on a standard bar end which does what you describe, so I would say you almost certainly do have some form of throttle lock installed. The standard bar ends are retained by phillips head screws not hex bolts so that is another clue to something non-standard.
  13. Has anyone else had this problem with the bar ends? I'm just trying to remove the throttle-side one. There is a hex socket bolt in the bar end weight that I can turn, but the bar end wants to turn along with it, and it never unthreads. If I hold the bar end in place by gripping it firmly, I can turn the hex socket inside the bar end but it is very difficult to turn, and no matter how much I spin it it never gets any looser. What the hell is going on here? The manual doesn't say anything about this; it just says to "remove bar end". Also the bar end seems to have some kind of cam action to it, where you can turn it about a half-turn, and it comes outwards and locks the throttle tube in the position you leave it. If you then rotate the bar end the other way (forward) a half-turn, it completely releases the throttle tube so it's normal again. Almost functioning like a type of cruise-control or throttle locker. I would be amazed if this was stock behavior. Has someone replaced the factory bar ends on this bike with some type of cruise control bar ends? If any of this isn't clear, I can make a video of it and share it from youtube.
  14. You have a good eye! It had 54000km on it last Sunday. I've added close to 800km this week.
  15. Hey there The previous owner of my 2003 vfr800a installed after market exhausts and removed the knob on the cylinder for the adjustment to the rear suspension. I went to the Honda dealer today and they told me it isn't sold seperately, that I have to buy the whol shock assembly! Does anyone have any idea as to where I might get my hands on just the knob? Junk yard?
  16. Welcome back to the fold! I've always been fond of the blue color...what exhaust is that?
  17. I'd be interested in looking at those! The cbr900 is something I'm considering but I don't want to modify the exhaust I'm making right now. I'd like to be able to go back to the SSSA if need be. I thought about chopping and rewelding the right side of the cbr900 swingarm to get room for the rear pipes on the outside. Who knows how much it'd cost to weld.
  18. Interesting and well written story. I'm glad it's "Part 1", as I'm really interested in what became of The Hottie and the Blue Flying Saucer! Also, I dig the Kawi with drum brakes - you really had it goin' on then. More of the story and more pics if you've got 'em, please!
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  20. Sigh........ Yes, you guys won the pool on this, bad mechanical seal weeping out the inspection hole after fitting gasket, O-ring and refilling with coolant. Wanted to get a pump from bikebandit for 150 but the lead time is 1-2 weeks. Paid a little extra and getting one from partzilla, should be here mid to late next week. My wife is not impressed with the downtime....
  21. I'd go with 3M Scotchguard or XPEL film to cover the lenses. The XPEL is easier to apply and tends to yellow less. It does a remarkable job of protection as well. Unless you're constantly on gravel roads with your VFR it's unlikely you'll ever break the polycarbonate lenses on the bike. We have lots of spring gravel left over from the winter and I can't think of anyone I know that has had a broken lens. You could film over the whole bike (I've done that on my Africa Twin). https://thetankslapper.biz/film/ https://thetankslapper.biz/vfr800f-total-protection-kit/
  22. TOO SEXY! You best just walk away.😀
  23. I think someone here fit a 2007 CBR600RR swingarm, and an 2004 R1 maybe? I don't think any of them were bolt-on minimal work jobs. I remember the German guy RV4, he had to weld on new shock mounts on the frame to get the R1 swingarm to work.
  24. When I want to search VFRD, I use the site option on Google. site: Limit results to those from a specific website. Example: site:www.vfrdiscussion.com frankenviffer It only searches the website listed after the keyword "site:"
  25. Yes it’s a film, the same form that protects the bodywork.
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      VFR To California from North Carolina June- July 2018. Part 1 ( Route and Pics )
      VFR To California from North Carolina June- July 2018. Part 1 ( Route and Pics )
      Day 1; Charlotte,NC to Madison,AL.  Total Mileage 460
      Hwy 321 to Hickory,NC
      I40 from Hickory to Asheville.
      I40 to NC 74 from Asheville To Murphy and into Tennessee to Cleveland
      I75 to Chattanooga
      I24 to South Pittsburgh
      Hwy 72 From South Pittsburgh to Madison,AL
      Notes: Bad Interstate Traffic in Chattanooga. Took alternate route over Signal mountain . Blazing hot from Chattanooga to the hotel in Madison,AL. Had dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse  in Madison a short walk from the hotel.

      Starting Odometer and yes that clock is right 0430 Hours. Too excited to sleep.

      Rest Stop Near Waynesville,NC

      Fellowship Presbyterian Church Huntsville,AL. My home Church.
      Day 2; Madison,AL to Fort Smith Arkansas. Total Mileage 501
      Hwy 72 from Madison to Memphis,TN
      I40  from Memphis to Little Rock to Fort Smith.
      Notes: Hot as blazes from noon until the end of the day.. Made sure to hydrate at every stop. VFR was born to run 85+ cruising no problemo.
      No Pictures.
      Day 3; Fort Smith to Oklahoma City,OK. Total Mileage 204
      I40 from Ft Smith to Oklahoma City
      Notes: First Gusty wind encountered on I40 in Oklahoma.
      No Pictures.
      Day 4; No Travel. Time with Family in OK City. Total Mileage 0.

      The Oklahoma City Memorial is Powerful.
      Day 5; OK City to Santa Fe,NM Total Mileage 566
      I40 from OK City to Amarillo,TX
      I40 from Amarillo to Clines Corners NM
      Hwy 285 from Clines Corner to  I25
      I25 to Santa Fe.
      Notes: Morning rush hour traffic in OK City with rain. Incredibly scary wind gusts east of Amarillo. Stopped to look at the Cadillacs in the ground west of Amarillo. Cheap Burrito for dinner in Santa Fe.

      Cadillacs Planted in the ground just east of Amarillo,TX
      Day 6; Santa Fe to Moab,Utah  Total Mileage 451
      I25 South from Santa Fe to Bernalillo,NM
      Hwy 550 from Bernalillo to Bloomfield,NM
      Hwy 64 West from Bloomfield to Shiprock,NM
      Shiprock to Teec Nos Pos,AZ
      Hwy 160 from Teec Nos Pos to 4 Corners Monument
      4 Corners to Hwy 491 Junction
      Hwy 491 through Cortes,CO Dove Creek,CO
      Dove Creek to Monticello,UT
      Hwy 191 North from Monticello to Moab,UT
      Notes: Cold crisp morning start in Santa Fe. Ate a decent cheeseburger on the Navaho Nation. 4 Corners desperately commercialized and crowded.Rolled through the parking lot and didn’t stop. Incredible rock formations on Hwy 191 going into Moab.Great Carne Asada Tacos from a truck in Moab. Hot as blazes last 3 hours.


      Day 7; Moab to Cedar City,Utah  Total Mileage 358
      Hwy 191 North from Moab to Crecent Junction,UT
      I70 West to Green River,UT
      I70 West to Hwy 24 junction.
      Hwy 24 south to Hanksville,UT.
      Hanksville to Caineville to Fruita to Torrey,UT.
      Hwy 12 to Grover,Escalante,Bryce Canyon.
      Hwy 12 from Bryce Canyon to Hwy 89 Intersection.
      Hwy 89 South through Hatch,UT to Hwy 14 Intersection.
      Hwy 14 West to Cedar City,UT.
      Notes: Cold crisp morning start in Moab. Stopped in Green River and ate an excellent Juevos Ranchos breakfast at Lupitas. Saw a sign on I70 “No services next 150 mi”. UT Hwy 12 was spectacular with senery and fabulous curves. Crossed one pass elevation sign was marked 9600 Ft. Bryce Canyon beautiful. At a stop saw a large entourage of scooters.

      Capital Reef National Park

      Capital Reef National Park

      Scooters can travel too.

      Bryce Canyon

      Bryce Canyon
      Day 8; Cedar City to Zion,UT  Total Mileage 136
      I15 South from Cedar City to  Hwy 17. Hwy 17 to Hwy 9 Back to the hotel in Cedar City via I15.
      Notes: Did not make it into Zion National Park. Temperature was 100+. I had a tasty lunch and cool down at a restuarant in La Verkin. One of the locals rode his cruiser  into the restuarant parking lot and absolutely freaked out when he saw my NC license plate. That was fun.
      Too hot to take pictures sorry !
      Day 9; Cedar City to Minden,Nevada. Total Mileage 574
      UT Hwy 56 West out of Cedar City to Modena,UT.
      Modena to Panaca,Nevada. Panaca to Caliente to Hwy 375 Intersection
      Hwy 375 West to to Rachel ( Near Area 51 ) then to Warm Springs.
      Hwy 6 from Warm Springs to Tonopah. Hwy 6/95 West to Coaldale.
      Hwy 95 North from Coaldale to Hawthorne. Hawthorne to Schurz,NV.
      Alt 95 from Schurz to Yerrington.Hwy 208 from Yerrington to Hwy 395 Intersection.
      Hwy 395 North to Minden.
      Notes: Cold crisp morning start in Cedar City. Stopped on the side of the road after crossing into Nevada to take a picture. The ground was soft and my VFR fell over. Fortunately a local in a pickup truck stopped and helped after about 5 minutes. Herd of Cows in the road on Hwy 93. Terrible gusty wind near Rachel. Stopped to look at a Solar Power facility outside Tonopah. Had a great lunch at a Mom and Pop Chinese restaurant in Hawthorne (Wong’s).Hot as fire last 3 hours of ride.

      NV Hwy 375 . Stood in the middle of the road for 10 minutes...no traffic. Nevada is vast and empty.

      Outside Tonopah,NV That bright light in the distance is a giant mirror that is aiming solar energy at a huge bank of solar cells.

      Day 10; Minden,NV to Watsonville,CA. Total Mileage 371.
      Hwy 88 from Minden to Kit Carson,CA. Kit Carson to Martel. Martel to Waterloo.
      Hwy 99 South to I205. 205 West to Tracy,CA. I5 South to Patterson,CA.
      Hwy 130 West to the Lick Observatory. Quinby Rd to Tully Rd San Jose.
      Tully Rd to Hwy 101. Hwy 101 South to Gilroy. Hwy 152 to Watsonville
      Notes: Cold at higher elevations on Hwy 88. Super hot and dehydrated in the afternoon after getting lost on 130 trying to find San Jose. Lane Splitting  ( first time ) in rush hour traffic on Hwy 101 in San Jose was scary. Able to walk to a good Asian restuarant near the hotel in Watsonville.

      Just left Minden,NV crossing into Cali. Hwy 88

      Scenic Overlook on California Hwy 88

      Same Overlook Hwy 88.

      Hwy 88 Silver Lake

      Lost Outside Livermore,CA
      Day 11; Watsonville to Santa Cruz,CA.  Total Mileage 78.
      Hwy 1 from Watsonville to Santa Cruz.
      Notes: Enjoyed an easy low travel day. Hung out in Santa Cruz. Ate cheap Mexican Seafood.

      Santa Cruz,CA
      Day 12; Watsonville to San Luis Obispo,CA.  Total Mileage 321.
      Hwy 1 South from Watsonville to Ragged Point,CA.
      Hwy 1 North from Ragged Point to Monterey
      Hwy 68 to Salinas to Hwy 101
      Hwy 101 South to San Luis Obispo
      Notes: Enjoyed riding the Pacific Coast Highway from Watsonville to Ragged Point. PCH was closed south of Ragged Point due to Rock Slides. Ate Mexican food at a Taquieria in Gonzales off of Hwy 101. Strong side winds on Hwy 101 especially around Atascadero. Hotel in SLO within walking distance of a good Italian Restuarant.



      My Hotel Room in SLO

      Hotel Room Shenanigans
      Day 13; San Luis Obispo to Inglewood,CA .  Total Mileage 229.
      Hwy 101 South from San Luis Obispo to Carpinteria,CA
      Hwy 150 North to Ojai
      Hwy 33 from Ojai  to Ventura
      Hwy 101 South to Hwy 1 to Malibu.
      Malibu to Inglewood.
      Notes: Took a little detour to Ojai before riding into Los Angeles proper.

      Ojai. Home of the movie Easy A.
      Day 14; Inglewood,CA. Total Mileage  0.
      Notes: Down Day to hang out with my Uncles and their families. Oil Change in my Uncle’s garage.

      Oil Change at approximately 4000 mi.
      Day 15; Inglewood to Kingman,AZ . Total Mileage 380.
      I405 to I605 I605 to I10 I10 to I15
      I15 to I40. I40 East to Kingman,AZ.
      Notes: Getting out of LA proper is more than a notion. I left Inglewood around 0800. By the time I got into the desert it was cooking. The heat was brutal. I got to my hotel in Kingman around 3pm...could have continued to Flagstaff maybe but, maybe not. The most uncomfortable day of the entire trip.Saw a sign on I40 Barstow to Wilmington,NC. 3000 MI. Should have stopped to take a picture.
      Day 16;Kingman,AZ to Albuquerque,NM . Total Mileage 475.
      I40 East from Kingman to Albuquerque.
      Notes: Stopped at a Panda Express in Gallup,NM. for lunch. Saw some incredibly  beautiful Native American women. Unsucessfully tried not to stare... Slabbing all day. Hot but, higher elevation made it more tolerable.... as do attractive women.
      Day 17; Albuquerque,NM. Total Mileage 0.
      Notes: Hung Out with my cousin in Albuquerque. Cool town. Great food. Green Chilis !

      Sandia Peak Tramway outside Albuquerque.
      Day 18; Albuquerque to Oklahoma City,OK . Total Mileage 577.
      I40 East from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City.
      Notes: Cold in the morning leaving Albuquerque and riding through the mountains. Progressively hotter and more humid as I entered Oklahoma. Vicious cross winds around Amarillo,TX.

      I40 service road Near Amarillo,TX.

      Windmills on I40 in OK.
      Day 19; Oklahoma City. Total Mileage 0.
      Notes: Enjoyed a down day with family. My Aunt is a great cook.

      World’s Best Cheeseburger. OK City,OK.
      Day 20; Oklahoma City to Pine Bluff,Arkansas. Total Mileage 554.
      I40 East from Oklahoma City to Russellville,Arkansas.
      Arkansas Hwy 7 south from Russellville to Hot Springs.
      Arkansas 270 East from Hot Springs to Pine Bluff.
      Arkansas Hwy 65 South from Pine Bluff to McGehee.
      Arkansas Hwy 65 North from McGehee toPine Bluff.
      Notes: Arkansas 7 has been on Car and Driver’s top 10 roads so I had to sample it. Pretty good. Gully Washer Thunder Storm near Hot Springs. I missed most of it. I am a BBQ fan so I knew of a great place in McGehee called Hoot’s BBQ. It was worth the extra mileage.

      Hoots BBQ McGehee,AR.
      Day 21; Pine Bluff,Arkansas to Decatur,AL. Total Mileage 352.
      Arkansas Hwy 63/79 from Pine Bluff to Hwy 49 Intersection.
      Arkansas Hwy 49 East across the Mississippi River .
      Mississippi Hwy 61 North to MS Hwy 4. MS Hwy 4 to MS Hwy 4 to MS Hwy 7.
      MS Hwy 7 to MS Hwy 72.
      Hwy 72 East to Decatur,AL.
      Notes: Heat and humidity increased steadily all day. Took a break in the shade on the Natches Parkway where it intersects Hwy 72. Briefly  rained on the VFR as I ate at a Taquieria near the hotel. Excited to be going home.

      Taking a break in the shade. Natches Trace rest stop near Hwy 72.
      Day 22; Decatur,AL to Charlotte,NC. Total Mileage 460.
      Hwy 72 East from Huntsville to South Pittsburgh,TN.
      TN Hwy 56 from South Pittsburgh to I24.
      I24 to Chattanooga,TN
      I75 from Chattanooga to Cleveland,TN.
      Hwy 64 from Cleveland to Murphy,NC.
      Hwy 74 from Murphy to I26.
      I26 to Asheville,NC.
      I40 East from Asheville to Hickory.
      Hwy 321 South from Hickory to Charlotte.
      Notes: Launched from hotel before daybreak. Ate a hearty  breakfast at a Waffle House east of Huntsville,AL on Hwy 72. Heavy rain descending Black Mountain east of Asheville. Easily the most challenging weather of the entire trip. Great to get home and see my Son. Celebratory dinner at 131 Main Restaurant.

      SR71 Space and Rocket Museum Huntsville,AL.

      Hwy 64 near Ocoee,TN. Soon it would start raining.

      Mileage at the end of the last day.
      20096-13042=7054 mi.

      Rear Bridgestone T30 at the end of the trip with 7000+ Miles.

      Front Bridgestone T30 at the end of the trip with 7000+ Miles.

      That’s all folks ! The end of an epic trip.

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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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      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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