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  3. Are you really sure about that ducnut? Can you be absolutely sure with a cheaper Asian blue automotive coolant that it has no silicates and borates and really meets the Honda spec? For an important job you may do every 5 years or so is it really worth the risk in saving a few bucks? Surely just having the confidence of using a known Honda spec coolant is well worth the extra? I personally would not take the risk. As always YMMV.
  4. Adjustable levers they came off my VFR800 02 and have been lying around since I replaced my master cylinders with Brembo they are the CRG style not sure what brand Short length and anodized blue they definitely work like CRG - I had real ones on my RC51 I just don’t know the brand definitely will fit 6th gen don’t know if it will fit another gen $50 obo shipped
  5. That looks showroom fresh. I remember once when we had Honda stand alone dealers, going in and seeing two 4th gens and 2 Blackbirds lined up in a row on the showroom floor. It was at 1st sight. It was in 1998 - the 4th gens were leftovers. What a time that was - Honda had so many great products then.
  6. Same here as MD and Grum. Anything with silicates will destroy the water pump seal in very short order.
  7. Any of the Asian automotive (blue) coolants, found at auto parts stores, is acceptable. And, it’s way cheaper than the Honda-branded stuff.
  8. +1 The only stuff I've used in VFR's premixed and ready to go.
  9. Normally I like being right. You have a gorgeous VFR that presents exceptionally well. You should rightfully be very happy. My 1995 fulfilled a decades long desire.
  10. The Type 2 coolant (Honda Blue) from the auto dealership is fine, I've used it for years..
  11. Yep. Call Quantum. They do sell items separately. https://www.highflowfuel.com/product-result/?ymmq=lk_motorcycle-scooter~yr_2010~mk_honda~dq_vfr1200~zp_efi
  12. Perhaps this is already widely known, but it gave me some trouble so I thought I'd post. The VFR1200 (at least the 2010 F) uses a teabag type fuel filter located on the fuel pump inside of the fuel tank. Coming from an owner of many 80's bikes, this was surprising, although apparently it's very normal nowadays.. My filter was black, with many shards of metal attached to it, so I went looking for a replacement. This is hard because the OEM fiches don't even mention it as a part. In fact it seems you have to by the entire fuel pump assembly? That, and just finding the damn thing on the internet is hard. Or not... Thanks CBR1000RR! https://www.highflowfuel.com/quantum-fuel-pump-strainer-for-honda-cbr1000rr-2008-2016-replaces-16700-mel-013/ Cheers 🍻
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  14. 🇱🇷 any one interested in a set of corbin beatle bags for 5th gen vfr
  15. if you stored the carbs upsidedown sometimes float needles may stick to their seats and won't allow fuel in.
  16. Damn! You’re good. My thought was just intuition. You’re spot on. See pics.
  17. Good info. Thank you!! Now I know what to look for when I pull the panels. Didn’t think you were shitting on it…hehe. I learn something on this site almost every time I visit, so a good thing.
  18. I worked at a Honda dealer in the 90s and 00s. I did A LOT of damage estimates. These years VFRs have telltales when they have been tipped over, not necessarily "crashed". The shift lever and especially the brake pedal design, when bent in, leave a half moon impression (or worse) in the frames directly inboard from the pedals. Maybe it was an artifact of the picture, but I'm pretty sure your right side frame shows this. And maybe the left side of your frame has a tiny one. Looks like the shifter has seen contact with something perhaps. I didn't bring this up to shit on your bike, it's really pretty. Just a heads up to keep your eyes open for anything else that might need attention, or if you find anything else that seems odd, you'll know why.
  19. I'm curious why you think it has been tipped on the right side? It is so clean and pristine that I thought it had to have had some amount of rework/restoration. I asked the seller. He didn't know but didn't think so given the ROI. Seller only had it for about 6 months. He put about a 1000 miles on it in that time...and new tires. Owner's manual is with the bike and has some notes. Shows milage through 2011 (~8000 mi). Bike has about ~18500 miles now.
  20. @Dangeruss Wow thank you for this. Now i finally have a solid picture of what it looks like. This was super helpful!
  21. Congrats on that beauty!! 🙂 I'm amazed examples like this are still out there. It gives me hope I might buy one myself someday.
  22. I plan on a coolant change in spring. On my 6th gen RWB I used Honda Coolant that I bought at the Honda motorcycle dealer. It was Blue. Can't remember if it was labelled type 2. I assume that is the same as the Honda Type 2 coolant you can get at any Honda car dealership. Correct? It needs to be silicates and borate free. Thxs
  23. Clean and nice!! Congrats. Been looking for one for a while. picked up a really nice 95 earlier this year... from NEW JERSEY! Your bike has been tipped on the right and must have had new parts installed. Maybe the left too.
  24. As I frequently do, was cruising the classified ads last week. A Super Hawk and RC51 caught my eye. Both local and both appeared to be in better than average condition for their age. But then I saw an absolutely pristine 97. Some back and forth with the owner, sent a deposit, then yesterday drove up to NJ to fetch my new bike. 13 hours later, it is tucked in my garage, with my 02, back in VA. I’m stunned, apart from some rust pitting in side and center stands, it’s immaculate. I’m giddy like a school girl!! This is what I wanted way back in 1995 but was too stupid and too cheap to appreciate the difference with what I did buy, a CBR600F3. I’ll post better pics when I can get it out in the sun. Completely stock, and I’ll keep it that way. As an aside, bought my 6th gen new in May of 2002. Registration decal says it will be 20 years old next month.
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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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