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  2. The snap is one way to determine the age of the cover--they stopped including the snap at some point after phasing out the bag(s) which used it. FYI, in addition to Bagster, which is a French company, there is another French company, called Top Sellerie, which makes similar bags and covers (as well as seats). I've never seen one in the flesh, but it could be one of theirs? Ciao, JZH
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  4. I'm "around" the 10-bike limit myself (how do you count bikes in pieces, or bikes stored in other countries?), but I have always liked what an old US superbike racer whose name I have unfortunately forgotten once said in response to the question, "Why do you have ten motorcycles?" "Because that's all that'll fit in the garage!" Ciao, JZH
  5. Well, just for the pedants among us...the ROW 3rd gen red in 1993 was R-158P, the same red as the US 4th gens. My UK-spec '93 is that colour. However, I also have a US-spec '90 in parts, and have a full set of NOS R-157 plastics as well as a couple of tanks and I'd have to say that you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the R-157 and R-158 tanks. You try: Which one is the R-158P? Ciao, JZH
  6. Morning. There is a dedicated 1200 group on FB if you do a search. I don't do FB on my phone so can't give you a link.
  7. So, still waiting for 3 vtec valve buckets ex Japan so the bike is still in bits on the lift, I’ve been wanting a top box carrier for a while as I’m using the bike to commute during the summer months and the ones in all the usual places (fleabay) et al are all to expensive, so I welded up my own design in the garage from scrap I had loafing around. When the bikes reassembled and dressed in red I’ll post up some pics of the box too.
  8. Thank you. It’s a header back two brothers system, I cut the pipe about 3 inches shorter to line up visually with the tail end of the bike.
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  10. Is this bike yellow by any chance, I think this is the bike that sat on FB marketplace for weeks and weeks. Your description fits the bill; in pieces in a shop. Can't remember the ad, but does this bike have a title? Anyway, good luck on your new project. Where abouts in Chicago are you located. I'm in the SW burbs myself. Let me know if I can be of any help....
  11. Congratulations on the VFR1200F and welcome to the forum from Ohio, USA! 🙂
  12. I hear you. I am trying to figure out how to cover my tracks as we speaks.........ran out of slush fund already
  13. That tank is a better investment than ANYTHING else right now. Jus sayin
  14. It came to about $150 with tax and shipping 😢. I ordered it through my buddy's connection. He's my source for unobtainiums. I didn't ask where this part was found
  15. It is more than twice the cost of an original Honda CB750 petcock but seeing that it is an unobtainium, I went ahead and order it. Hopefully there is no mistake in it being the correct item 🤞
  16. Oof, found a NOS petcock for $129 plus tax and shipping........
  17. Welcome! What proper references? The gen talk makes it easy to understand a lot about the bike and if parts swap! For me, it is all of the NC** talk that loses me.
  18. JB Weld is right up there with PB Blaster and E6000, and it is impervious to fuel. Cheapo track repair on creased tank w/out leaks. I'd get that NOS tank on teh way...packed properly and insured.
  19. Hi all. I have owned a VFR1200F for a few weeks and clocked 1k miles, just starting to get a feel for it though little dry road riding so far. I am not really interested in any other vfr models (and don't like this 'gen 5' or '7th Gen' business, would like people to use correct model references. Moan over, there are many things I don't like!). Would like to find 1200f riders in the UK and if there is a dedicated forum anywhere please tell. A few years back I enjoyed a Blackbird for forty thousand miles and inhabited the forums. Being tall I would consider swapping my slightly lowered 'Volcano' custom seat for a nice standard height one.
  20. LOL, I am cheap plus I haven't ridden this bike yet. The carbs will go on today, I might have the engine running. Also, I have a money pit project going on right now restoring my 70 CB750K0. Just bought the full body kit for it, the $600+ for the NOS gas tank will have to wait since the original gas tank is totally restorable
  21. Think I'd make a fairly thick block off plate (to replace the fuel selector and cover, not eliminate the petcock) and seal it with some 1/32 viton sheet rubber. Then use a quick-disconnect.
  22. I can't believe this thread isn't "Check out my NOS tank" then.
  23. I have a friend who works for a parts warehouse. He found a R157 NOS gas tank for about $600 plus tax. I think it is at a Honda dealer in FL
  24. There have been thousands of cager fuel tanks permanently repaired with JB Weld. The shaft is a moving part so it won't be permanent, but if you can get it shaped well enough to seal, it will last a while, especially if you aren't turning it on and off all the time or having to hit reserve a lot. I never turned my little 500 Interceptor off except when I parked it in my apartment bedroom for Christmas break one year, but I did have to hit reserve pretty often. lol
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      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
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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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