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  2. Were the counter people trying to convince you to wait for the OEM parts? I don't know about interchange with 8th gen, but my experience has been that it's a super easy job on both the bikes I own. A non-mechanical friend has done Pazzo and Puig levers on a couple of his bikes and had the same experience. His only complaint was that Puig took forever to ship the levers, but this was mid 2020, so Covid was a factor. Basically, if the company that makes the levers says they'll fit your bike, they probably will, or they wouldn't stay in business long (ebay mystery sellers excepted). Sorry to hear about the side-stand failure. Hell of a way to start a ride.
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  4. These Pazzo knockofs slipped right in and work great. They fold up in the event of dropping to prevent breaking. It's best to send a message detailing exactly what style and color combo you want. https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-Style-Levers-For-Honda-VFR800-F-2002-2020-CBF1000-2006-2009-Clutch-Brake-CNC-/254290622902?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
  5. Lol, sorry about that. It was a new BMW R nineT Pure. It's no VFR but I dig it, and I've already put over 8,000 miles on it! 🙂
  6. Yes they’re correct Any reason you’re not unbolting the callipers and doing it that way?
  7. Call this company and ask about getting the old crank journal welded and ground https://www.mnrreconditioning.co.uk/services
  8. Hello all, after having looked at the service manual pdf, i still feel like i have less information than i should, largely down to the black and white photocopy images included in the manual, although the exploded diagrams were helpful. i've also looked around and not found many resources for the 1200F. does anyone know of or have a video of the front brake pads being replaced or just a different resource than the technical manual? would also be nice to confirm that these pads (below) are actually correct. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/737715059?iid=184677778362
  9. Great photo Tim, but you forgot the most important piece of information, what was the new bike?
  10. Say it ain't so Dutchy! Sorry to see that great SP-2 go on the block. The original bodywork and colors will sell better but of course I prefer the Castrol livery.
  11. I used to travel to Taiwan for business once a year. There's a few different sights to see there, for sure. This one is from Khaosiung, the industrial city in the south of Taiwan.
  12. I wish I could find a photo I saw some years ago taken maybe in Vietnam, Thailand or other southeast Asian country. It seems common for small bikes to be used as trucks as above hauling farm animals, or maybe crops or supplies, some with incomprehensible quantities on board. Anyway, in the pic I'm recalling, there was a family of 5 on it - father driving, daughters 1 and 2 sandwiched in between mom on the back, and then mom was holding a 5 gallon bucket with a pair of eyes looking over the rim - baby made 5! I suppose it's a different mentality born of necessity. I remember thinking if one tried that in a western country, they be hauled to jail. Anyway, I'll see if I can find it.
  13. 11 years ago my son spent the year in Indonesia teaching in eastern Java. My wife had the crazy idea that we should visit him when she saw a photo of the 18" lizard living in his house in Gentang. So we did. Two motorcycle photos. Sort of... ☺️
  14. This was Rt. 175, looking southeast, near Clear Lake CA. The mountain is Mt. Konocti, a volcano by the lake. 175 was a great road but cold, and lots of gravel that day. No TC on the 2010 7th gen!
  15. If you ride enough, you're bound to have mishaps sometimes. I've put 40,000 miles on it in the last 4 years. Cross country four times, dozens of heavily loaded camping trips, ride it in gravel and on suitable off-road trails. I've had it on the tail of the dragon and up pike's peak. If the worst thing that happens is a tip over in my own driveway, a scratch on the fairing, a forty dollar clutch lever replacement, and a scratched up pannier, it seems like a small deal. I'll be heading out Tuesday for a week of riding and camping at red river gorge, KY. 🙂
  16. Man, that is hard to look at! Glad you seem to have a good sense of humor/karma about you. Dropped my 4th gen for the first time this past May in my driveway. My homemade sliders saved the plastic. Found out though I could not lift it by myself and had to go get a floor jack. Positioned the jack and had to figure out how to lift the bike enough to get it under the slider so I did not damage anything. Close your eyes and imagine a monkey and a football, because that's about what it looked like. 11 years ago I dumped my VF1000R on a gravel road in Arizona (don't ask) and managed to pick it up and be on my way. Kind of hard to realize I'm not the guy who can pick up his own bike anymore.
  17. Here’s a bit of a change up from what seems like a life time ago. I’m setting up a pair of antennas on a communication system used for close air support. This camp sat in a tight valley and the far ridge above my head is Pakistan.
  18. I think it's interesting to see where people live, what goes on in their lives even away from biking - so bring on the pics. I'll bet many of us have interesting places of work (unfortunately, I'm not one of them), friends, other hobbies / activities - all sorts of things. As I started out with, anything goes. Just looking to liven up the place.
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  20. I've ordered a oem clutch lever. Should be here Monday. I'm not going the aftermarket route. I backed it out of my garage, put down the kickstand, leaned it over, and the kickstand didn't hold it. I definitely had the kickstand down. I replayed the video wondering if I just forget, but I didn't. It just sprung back up when it touched the ground. Driveway is fairly level. No damage besides scratches on my pannier, and a small scratch on the fairing to the side of the headlight. I got super lucky! I can vinyl wrap the panniers later, or if I can replace just the outer shell that would be great. Maybe someone has an extra left side case they would part with? Btw, the pannier did an excellent job of preventing both the bike and I from being damaged. 🙂
  21. Hi Hubert. Owners manual states 10% Ethanol maximum. However old carburetors, rubber seals etc. hate Ethanol! Not a fuel you want sitting in your tank or carburetor for long periods. Hygroscopic, corrosive, phase separation are just some of the issues with Ethanol blended fuel. Avoid it if you can!
  22. Sad to see your beautiful 8gen sleeping like that! What made it fall? Are you on a downhill slope and the bike rolled forward off the side stand? Strong wind gusts? Hope there's no other damage than the clutch lever. If you're not going with OEM to only replace the clutch lever, and you're going aftermarket to replace both clutch and brake then make sure they are compatible to the 8gen. Important that both Brake and Clutch switches operate normally.
  23. I got these six months ago for $32 and they work great. Pivot up in case of a drop, adjustable, and are more comfortable than stock. Reduced travel and a beefier lever for my size medium hands equals less clutch fatigue on me. The clutch lever won’t actuate the clutch signal switch if it’s adjusted all the way “in” like I wanted, but it’s one or two clicks out of six from it and good enough. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0837FWWKY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_7J7XZE0QJZYH17SW3YW9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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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
      (I'm really too lazy to copy it all and pictures and stuff into a post here)

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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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