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  3. Current plan: Test as is with new tires. Should fell much better from a turning point of view, but won't likely affect suspension issues. Take measurements when hot and in gear on both VFRs and adjust if necessary. If still bad, adjust fork height in triple tree to better match rear height difference. If still bad, modify damping. If still bad, swap to Ebay bodywork and sell.
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  5. Not all have twin low beams as shown in the schematic below of the 4th gen for a couple of markets (most of europe) @weerab: The conversion can be as simple as adding a third prong to the right headlight connector splicing into the left connector. But make sure the current low beam is switched using a relay and not directly from the headlight switch (as shown in the above schematic).
  6. Looking at the 1993 onwards 3rd gen wiring diagram, the Hi and Lo Beam relays are supplying BOTH bulbs at a time Not just one! Are you sure you don't have a blown globe?
  7. Have you read any more than the current page of posts?
  8. You've probably done this already but have you put everything back to stock? Stock fork internals and air gap and oil spec? Stock shock with no shims to mess with height etc? That's what I'd do and see what happens from there. Might be a daft thought but I'd check the chain and ensure that's not causing any swingarm issues. Maybe remove the centre stand as well in case that could be the cause of any issues.
  9. Maybe the Volts are Metric and are supposed to be white, like km/h?
  10. Hmmm that sounds strange. I thought they were all twin headlights! Mine certainly is, but then mine is a Europe or UK spec bike. Mind you, unless I have it on full beam it's pretty terrible. Very dull and dim. Like myself.
  11. I would still want to change the lettering color to orange.
  12. On my 4th gen I'd like to have 2 headlights instead of one. Is this an easy modification to carry out and would the electrics handle it also having 2 bulbs on the 1 line? Thank you for any help here
  13. I would just look for one out of the GL1100 Gold Wing
  14. I need a bigger shed to store all the panniers and this racking 😉
  15. or someone with a vinyl machine make the black overlay...
  16. I've long been a VFR fan, and in fact a '96 VFR750F was the first bike I ever bought new... I think I was on a VFR forum way back then, but it's been a minute. Since then, I've done a lot of riding, drag racing, road racing and touring and 20 some bikes later, I'm back to a Honda V4. I sold my last bike (FJ-09) about 3 years ago because I was tired of the homicidal drivers where we lived. We've since retired, and it was time to get back on two wheels. Last weekend, I picked up a very clean '07 Interceptor in Freddie Spencer colors. Back when these came out, I loved the look, but the VTEC was a bit of a turn-off, and what I really wanted was a 1000cc VFR, so I never got that interested. Today, these bikes are a really good value, and I had forgotten how nice the Honda V4s are to ride. Even if it doesn't have gear driven cams... 😉 Anyway, I'm sure I'll be scouring the forum for info on the bike since it's been a while since I had a VFR. Looking forward to many happy miles!
  17. Thanks Terry, excellent idea. I will look into that. I was just checking out little paint brushes too as the Captain suggested Do they make a see thru masking tape...lay the tape down, cut out with a fine knife and spray???
  18. Can you take the gauge faces that you have removed from the VM and scan them and send the scans to a label maker to print off in black/orange? There's also a number of suppliers of alternate gauge faces on the internet that might do the same work.
  19. Find a miniatures enthusiast, you know the ones that paint faces and eyelashes on their Civil War or Railroad figurines, and have them paint over the graphics in orange. Seriously is the ONLY thing I can think of for this particular scenario.
  20. So with the shock out the swingarm will drop and hit the floor?! No, it stops against SOMETHING. Something is in the way... before it gets extended as far as the 98. What is it? You've already been chasing ghosts for a year by not seeing where each swingarm hits and comparing what that is and how is it different. So if someone else says, "Mine's the same.", you're gonna be all of a sudden OK with it? Nope, doesn't sound like it. Either yours is the same or different. It doesn't change your situation between YOUR two bikes... one you like, one you don't. What is the difference? What can be done about it?
  21. I've had that shock in/out many times and couldn't find anything in the way. I hoped that someone with the pre/post O2/cat setup could measure theirs and see if I am chasing ghosts.
  22. Waiting for a couple terminals to come to make up the wire harness. Yup...not quite done, just in thinking mode. I'm a retired old man...I don't need something to do, I need a problem to solve. How do I make my volt meter face match the stock gauge set????? The Honda Marine gauge has a alum. face with black then white paint applied. The VFR gauges have clear plastic with a layer of white, then the orange lettering and slashes applied in separate blocks then the black is allied all on one side of the plastic. How do I get those needles off the gauge mechanism and back on and timed correctly?
  23. I have a couple blemishes on the blue portion of the tank, one is a scrape that has been worked smooth. (really not stressing about too much, the other is a small group of grooves at what would be the left control impact area, that area has some bondo (you can get a magnet to want to stick) . The grooves have been painted over and are not noticeable but if the decal goes over it, it will want to puncture. Here is a picture will you compare on your bike when yogurt time? Thanks and the scratch
  24. What I was thinking close to a year ago. The swingarm seems to be hitting SOMETHING earlier than a 98.
  25. I am by no means an expert on the 1998-2001 VFR's but when I read this the first thing I think of is that the 1998-1999 VFR's had an exhaust system without O2 sensors etc. while the 2000-2001 had an exhaust with O2 sensors and was a different design.
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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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