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  2. I am seeking some expertise on my issue with the rear shock adjustment knob of my 2008 VFR 800. At one point it seems as though I did not tighten the outer screw, leading to the whole adjustment knob falling off, leaving only the metal rod and hexagon bolt left to be exposed. I managed to buy the know with part number 52542-ML7-003 (see overview here: https://www.partzilla.com/.../vfr700f.../rear-shock-absorber) Now, the tricky part is that I am not able to get the know onto the steel part of the adjuster it simply seems to be missing about 1mm of space. Has anyone had a similar problem b
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  4. I know right? "I made a Rothmans repliracer out of my VFR...but you don't get to see it..." 🤪
  5. Had a similar problem with my 06 and a PC3. Turned out it was that where I had the PC3 located, which was in the space just behind the rear brake fluid reservoir shown in red. My sergeant seat had a tab on the underside that pressed on the PC3 when I sat squarely on it, like when stopped at a light, and it would start to misfire from then on. Went through all types of troubleshooting until I noticed the indentation on the PC3. I shifted the position of the PC3 to avoid the tab and has been working perfectly ever since.
  6. 3 Prairie dogs spotted, 2 were adorable, one, kind of suspicious and scraggly... Did not run over tho... Wind sucked
  7. Lorne

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    Cool pairing. My 1st VFR was a red '91 VFR750 and my 2nd a red VFR800. I'm partial to gold ('91) or white ('98) wheels, tho
  8. 2012 VFR1200F $9500 alone or with huge collection of parts $12,000. Roughly 9k miles on bike. This bike was to be my good friend's last motorcycle. He purchased the bike new in 2018 and immediately began upgrading it with all the available options and equipment he could find. Dan's last trip was a 4000 mile trip on this bike from FL to CO and back in June of 2020. Unfortunately, he passed away in January of this year. It is in almost perfect condition with the exception of some rub marks on one of the side bags. You will not be disappointed in this bike. Optional
  9. Thanks for that. The Black/White wire is the main 12v power for the Injectors and the Flapper Solenoid. The ECM takes care of the Ground controlling side of these devices. No wonder you had Injector issues, Good Find. PAIR valve wiring doesn't go through that 10P connector.
  10. Another thought occurred to me, check the big orange grounding block... I removed the block connector and soldered my grounding wires together, then grounded that bundle of wires to the frame directly. This shows how bad that can get
  11. Further to Mohawks good suggestion is to confirm you have a solid 12v feeding coil 2 on the Black/White wire. The ECM switches the Ground side of all four coils. Make sure you have good continuity of the Yellow/White wire (coil 2) back to the ECM Black Connector at A21. A faulty Ground for the Sparks you would suspect it would effect all of them, however, make sure All the ECM Grounds are good and bonded back to the battery negative terminal. Every Green and Green/Pink wire at the ECM should be a Ground make sure these are good. Inspect both ECM plugs and sockets for any sign
  12. Had to double check, it was the Black and white wire. So the grounding wire for the injectors and pair valve solenoid. It would do weird things similar to the 3 or 3.5 cylinder power description before eventually getting bad enough that it went into limp mode and threw FI codes at me. All problems disappeared when I cleaned it out
  13. please lettuce know if you see any adorable prairie dogs.......
  14. are there issues with aftermarket/countrefeit coils like with autos? Seems unless you buy genuine OEM Denso coil for Toyota from Toyota dealership, you're bound to have ignition issues. Most coils from auto-parts stores are crap right out of box!
  15. no. you can leave those alone for now. Make only one change at a time.
  16. OK after second test ride the issue has completely disappeared so obviously it WAS the PCIII. So since I am removing the PCIII I'm guessing I need to remove the O2 eliminators as well?
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  18. So Far so good. ABQ was its usual headache, nothing more, nothing less. Spring NM winds were typically horrific, but got a bit better when I got off Godforsaken I40. My '98 is the 2nd 5th Gen for me. I traded my first, a '99 for an FJR when I was living in Seattle and thought it would be better for trips with my wife on the back (Never happened) as well as ABS in the rain (ehh, maybe?).. I found a local '98 after I had moved to NM, rare in my part of the world and jumped on it, then started building my dream sport tourer, even though Kids put a serious damper on sport touring.
  19. I did a CoP swap on another bike & it worked great for about 5 miles, then lost power & stopped. Strangely diagnosing the fault, showed good spark, fuel & compression. In frustration I swapped back to the original coils & the fault went away. The reason I tell this story is to show what appears to be correct may not be. So on the basis that everything else appears normal, I'd be inclined to follow the ignition system/ecu. If all parts tested OK by swapping then the fault must lie in the control signal system. Intermittent firing stinks of poor electrical co
  20. I have a new in-box fork cartridge kit from Daugherty Motorsports. I bought it from the original purchaser last year who said he bought it for his '99. I never got around to installing it and now I need the cash. Includes instruction manual. Will be shipped in original box. $425 (includes shipping to US only). Item located in San Francisco Bay Area.
  21. I swapped the coil with its wires when swapping them about (just left them hanging whilst testing)
  22. Looks like only thing you haven't swapped is spark-plug wires? Maybe switch 2 & 4 ?
  23. Hi everyone. This weekend I removed the swingarm, centre stand, linkages and brake calipers with the idea of getting these things renovated and checking/greasing the suspension bearings. Again I don't find the VFR an easy bike to work on, for example you have to remove the centre stand to get the linkage off, and it's not exactly easy to find a suitable way of supporting the bike, but I managed eventually. I'm sure I will love it once I get to ride it more!🤗 Recently I ordered some non-OEM mirrors for a 2000/01 800. They have the 50 mm hole spacing, and look so much nic
  24. If an opening post ever cried out for pictures... Welcome!
  25. I'm not sure that makes difference. Even with fully-sequential injection, O2-sensor's really not fast enough to give ECU per-cylinder/per-revolution data. It's more like general average over 10-20 revolutions. So it'd be sampling 40 combustion events combined.
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      December 2020 Southwest
      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.

       

       

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      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado

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      Zoomed in

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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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