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  2. So had a reasonable day today, plenty of sunshine so got all the plastics painted, had a mishap with the headlight surround, had a bit of clear left in the pot so decided to give it another coat of clear, big mistake went from nice and shiny to crinkle finish before my very eyes, good job it was a small part to strip and redo, job for tomorrow 😞 Oldred
  3. Hi everyone, I have a 1983 VF750F Interceptor that runs fine but then suddenly dies while I'm riding. Recently, it’s been happening after a few kilometers at around 5000 RPM. The engine continues to turn over because the gear is engaged, but it doesn't run. I checked the carburetors, and one of the float bowls was nearly empty. Does anyone have ideas on what might be causing this issue? Could it be the fuel pump, or is there something else I should look into? Thanks in advance for your help!
  4. What year is your bike? What "bunch of thngs" have you replaced? Whst indications do you have at switch on? Are you working with a wiring diagram of your bike?
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  6. I’ve replaced a bunch of things, and I’m kind of stuff. I can’t get my fuel cut relay to work, but it works outside of the bike. Not sure what is going on!
  7. I sympathise with your issue here, but the VFR1200 you speak of is not remotely the same as my experience of mine or the 2 VFR1200s my mates ride. There are 2 areas where you may find the issue/solution: The bike - not heard of a VFR1200 acting like this but it is NOT NORMAL. Either you have a suspension issue and/or a tyre issue. The Rider - either your expectations are not aligned with the rest of us who find the bike awesome, your riding style and/or your experience (linked to expectation). Do you have anyone you know who owns a 1200 that you could swap bikes with and see if it's the bike or you? Whichever it is I hope you are able to sort it as the VFR1200 is an outstanding motorcycle. Feels safe at whatever speed and angle of bank right up to the limit of the tyre.
  8. Might try digging around here: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php
  9. Dictionary Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more sunk-cost fallacy noun noun: sunk-cost fallacy the phenomenon whereby a person is reluctant to abandon a strategy or course of action because they have invested heavily in it, even when it is clear that abandonment would be more beneficial. "the sunk-cost fallacy creeps into a lot of major financial decisions"
  10. Lowering the front will provide more rear grip? Please explain. There are a lot of variables and sub-variables. Tires alone would require you to look at PSI, date codes, marking them to see if they're spinning on a rim (more common than you might think), uneven wear creating low traction zones from this rubber or high spots. Ergonomics and body position. Suspension components, settings, and geometry.
  11. Aside from my little KLX250, all of my bikes shift much smoother on Mobil 1 4T. I've tried dino oils and some other synthetics, but the difference is noticeable (to me). If you have other bikes, you can drain to reuse in those while you test. Even a mix of oils can highlight a variance. for instance, I bought a ton or Royal Purple oil and use it to make up the less than quart parts of my oil changes in the track bikes. Can't wait to hear what you find!
  12. Interesting project. Can I just ask one question: Why?
  13. Well I have already spent too much money on the parts so I'm gonna have to atleast try to make it work lol
  14. Thanks for the reply, the oil reservoir is on the right side, and I plan to mount the battery somewhere else (probably make a box or something for it under the seat). I plan to use the stock airbox but if it will get in the way of the shock mount then I'll just install pods or v/stacks as I have already had that planned in the past. The frame doesn't need any modifications because the sssa is quite much narrower than the stock arm, so I'm gonna need to have some bushings made. I'm thinking that I will mount the sssa to the leftmost side of the frame at the pivot point and then somehow measure out the right thickness for the adapter so it clears the swingarm, and chain and still be as center as possible.
  15. Sounds fun! Give it a try. Here a are couple things I was asking myself while looking at your pics: I'm an old school CB 750/550 head; the 750's back in the day use to have a "dry sump" lubricating system. Is that still the case with your bike? If so is the oil tank still under the right side cover? Will there be room for a single shock and linkage in the area that houses the battery and the oil tank, airbox? Are you going stock air box, v/stacks or K&N's? Is there room for the new swingarm at the pivot point @ the frame or will the frame get modified; just guessing the sssa is much wider than the stock one and probably cant be made narrower because of bearing/seal casting on the sssa? I have used a dummy engine with an output shaft to help align the engine and sprockets with the rear but that was for a 100mph straight line bike...you have so many more variables. Good luck keep us posted.
  16. Thank you everyone for the replies. I was expecting I would get an email notification but never did which is why I'm responding so late. I'm used to burning the rubber on edge on most bikes, but don't feel safe with this one. Just had a talk with the previous owner who switched to the X variant and he said that that bike feels about the same, just a bit more maneuverable. He also loses grip on the back wheel with no rider input. I will try lowering the front and also some recommended suspension settings. The most disconcerting feeling is the loss of grip on the back, it happens quite often to me which I think it means I'm close to the limit, so it's either the tires or suspension. The bike should be able to lean down to the pegs, I refuse to think that it was never meant to do that. I also have some professional riders turned bike mechanics near me, will try to get an appointment with one of them and will report here if I have something interesting.
  17. Thanks for all the input guy’s. I will let you know how things go and if the Honda dealer finds anything. I am planning on another ride this weekend and am hoping there is further improvement. At 65 years old I’m afraid that I’m a bit set in my ways as far as using the clutch goes. That said the use of the clutch is really just a slight pressure not all the way to the bar. The gear box has always been smooth with this method. I don’t recall Honda ever recommending not to use the clutch? I am aware some riders don’t though. I think if I decided I didn’t want to use the clutch then a quick shifter would be a better way to go in my opinion.
  18. For anyone interested, there is a video on roadstercycle that shows how to test a rectifier. Did that and mine is fried, so I feel better about replacing it as the identified problem. Also the stator is 80,000 miles old and not giving full output anymore. Ordered one of those too. Hope this does the trick. Thanks for everyone's input to achieve the desired output!
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  20. We switched to manual tensioners after the warranty repair.
  21. When I bought 1997 VTR, the first thing I did after getting it home was to change the tensioners for manual items. More time consuming to maintain and I had to learn about tensioning them correctly, but it got rid of my impending doom feelings.
  22. I have what's left of a Firestorm valve on my shop shelf from when I was riding one. I had to hold about 3K RPM at stop lights with 5 foot flames shooting out the high mount Two Bros pipes. The owner of the bike on another bike next to me looked at me and shrugged his shoulders.... "Just get it home". Can do, we were about a mile or two away from my place. He had the choice of buying the '98 Superhawk or a '98 VFR. He still regrets his decision.
  23. From my reading it seems that the CCTs are a weak point on the 6G, fortunately they don't look too hard to swap, and aside from getting noisy there don't appear to be any consequenial effects. The same issue occurs on the VTR1000F Firestorm, but on that bike the front CCT failing is often catastrophic resulting in valves getting bent by piston contact... I took the fairing strip slow and steady; the only bits that were difficult were the small panels either side of the instruments, probably due to the grommets being very dry. I make a practise of adding a smear of silicone grease to these which should make it an easier job next time. Other than that and the multitude of the weird plastic push-connectors it was easy enough. I reassembled the front end last night and the gold wheel, black fork and red fender certainly do pop! Unfortunately my front brakes are now not releasing after application so I will be stripping the master for a clean soon... My wife observed that I was spending a lot of time on the bike too...she has suggested that if I keep at this pace, my "project" will be over too soon. Women, eh?
  24. Should be disconected. Again all three legs, AB, BC, CA.... check multimeter set to AC volts. Double check each wire to ground again.. .should be infinity resistance, nada continuety..
  25. That minor issue aside, the rest of the concept seems all very reasonable.
  26. I put a 4.5"(?) wheel on a CB750 with a 150 tire as I recall - long time ago. Even with that I had to get an offset front sprocket to get the chain lined up. I can't imagine there is anyway a 7" wheel is going to mount and line things up?
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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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