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  2. I think that you BEST bet is to contact Joe (V4dreams.com). He is constantly finding and refurbishing the breed. If you want a showpiece or just a mechanically sound VFR, I'd call HIM. Brian
  3. Honda left some things out of the service manual come to find out. I was trying to remove the middle fairing and referred to the service manual. Had all the hardware removed that I could see, but it would not come out from the upper fairing. Ended up removing the upper fairing and found 2 hidden fasteners that the manual didn't show nor mention that you would need to remove the upper fairing to get to them or remove the turn signals, but it would still of been a major pain to get them released. Now I'm ordering some bolts to replace those I can get to now so I don't have to do this again, fing
  4. I use engine assembly lube for that purpose, interesting idea with your own lube. Oil is fine if you are ready to put an engine into service right away. Not from this company but bird is fine “Also, that “stress cracking” described earlier is all over these engines. Inside and out. Even the cam clamp has some. I opened up one of my scrap engines to harvest the shims and that one had crazing all over too. Must be a casting flaw as Dangeruss says.” Nothing to worry about those “turtle cracks”, just cosmetics and quite normal for aluminum die casted parts.
  5. If you do find one you'll love it. Beautifully built and tons of character.
  6. Maybe also riders selling/trading older bikes with friends? No CL, instead informal selling and buying of the older VFR's that never appear online. I've ridden with VFRD members who were riding each other's former bikes. There are plenty of 6th/7th/8th gens available around here, but not so many of the VF/VFR's that are now ~20 years old minimum. And to answer your question scientifically, we should run the numbers. How many were built, how many are left? 5th gen and earlier are just becoming fewer and fewer (I've been the final owner of a few vehicles myself!) You kno
  7. The spinning of the buckets is similar to how pushrod motors spin the lifters and pushrods. The cam grind and bucket lifter profiles are done in such a way to make that happen. Keeps the wear even. They wouldn't last long otherwise!
  8. Life’s full of choices. We can’t have everything - we have to choose. Otherwise we’d all have garages like Jay Leno and I’d have all three ex wives. HA HA HA!
  9. Any advice on where to pour a bit of engine oil to aid first startup? Do I drop some down the spark plug hole? Drizzle a bit over the open area under the camshafts?
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  11. Hello Folks, Got a bit more done today - valve shims adjusted and buttoned up. More on that below. First, an update on some of the engine case markings. The ones that look like they were made by machine match the camshaft clamp numbers inside. Funny how I’ve never noticed before (although my engine has never been clean enough to make them out before!). Markings on outside of cylinder head (facing throttle bodies)... ...matching camshaft clamp. Different code in front and rear cylinders and they both match their respective cla
  12. Might also be generational thing as well. Seems VFR owners are on older side compared to new riders who are buying Ninja 400 and R6s. Without much interest, VFR owners may just be hanging onto their bikes. Kinda like enthusiasts of Model-Ts and pre-war Rolls Royces. There's just not many younger folks getting into it.
  13. COVID syndrome Cogswell. There is a push for outdoor activities, boat sales through the roof, RVs, people road trip like never before. I look from time to time at CL and there is general decline in number of for sale offers. There were times where search for Aprilia would not produce result in whole sunshine state. In local Walmart there was waiting list for bicycles at some point last year. If you combine this increased interest with economical uncertainty, people hang to and use what they have.
  14. yes, there are many who don't know how to navigate roundabouts efficiently. They drive like they're only one on road. They don't interact well with others. So yeah, definitely shove them aside
  15. For years I have searched Craigslist for VFR's and a few other bikes that interest me. On a few occasions I've picked up a few bits and pieces for spares that are NLA. I have each region's search bookmarked and open them all at once in tabs, running through them quickly. Winter time slows things down each year, but this year it seems to have slowed to a crawl. I can't recall the last time I saw a 4th gen for sale. Is it just me, or does it seem like there are fewer (or very few) used VFR's for sale these days? If so, is that due to the virus? Or are maybe owners holding on to them no
  16. To partially agree with you Danno we have to recognize two types of runabouts. One large diameter runabout where relative speed differences are small once direction of intersecting vehicles becomes close to parallel at the merge. This case is similar to merging into expressway where paths are parallel. Second are small diameter neighborhood runabouts where speed difference between vehicle making through tight turn and approaching vehicle is of great magnitude. Before proceeding with turn I need to see approaching offending vehicle matching my slow speed , only then I stop pointing nose of my
  17. Near where I live, 2 roundabouts are doubling up as a landing place for UFO's.... "Control Tower", glide path and touchdown area....
  18. Yielding is same as straight-line merge onto freeway. What I hate is when people get on freeway at 20mph, then accelerate. This causes an entire 1/4-mile row of cars to change lanes or slow down. Better to get up to speed on on-ramp to be exact same speed as existing traffic, then zipper over into gap between cars. Then you don't interfere with existing traffic in any way. I make sure I merge as if I'm invisible, that is, existing traffic doesn't have to change course or speed. Same with roundabouts, think of it as merge-ramp. To avoid making anyone slam on their brakes just for yo
  19. The Gilera's are not mine. A friend is looking to sell them. Him not being computer/social media savvy, I will start posting across the web and filter out the tire kickers... 🙂 Located in the Netherlands, both are registered for road use. ****UPDATE*** The 150 Sport is sold! To me The 1962 Giubileo 150cc café racer is still for sale!
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  21. I am lucky enough to be able to keep my motorcycles, can’t really put dollar value on them. I had to sell some of my interesting hobby cars though, that I regret very much. Not enough space for all the cars after kids started to drive....
  22. I love 'em, my wife hates 'em. But I got used to them when I was stationed in Europe, so that may help explain the difference. I wonder if they're even mentioned in the drivers' license exam. In Missouri, they put a Yield sign for entering traffic, but just like everything else, it doesn't always work. But they beat the hell out of 4-way stops.
  23. Spot on. I like them more that 4 way stop yet people here more or less obey stop signs. Yield signs not so much....
  24. Sometimes you just make a mistake, and you don't realize it until it's too late. I had a car I loved, a 2005 Honda Civic Si (the 2-door hatch generation no one bought), which I traded for a new 2007 Honda CRV - a nice, practical family car to meet our needs - and two weeks later I regretted it very, very much. I hated that CRV. It was a great family car but soooo boring to drive. That buyer's remorse is on my mind while I'm looking at cars to possibly replace my Miata. I adored my VFR and miss it sometimes, but I love my new bike and it's been a suitable replacement
  25. Those photos make me want to go to the garage and give my motorcycle a big hug.
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      Another Epic Ride
      Lost a job recently so decided to spend some quality time on my moto. Took a 3 day tour of SD/WY, solo keeping a generous 6+feet distance from most individuals and animals (luckily)
      Day 1, left Denver and arrived Hot Springs, SD. I was immediately greeted by lovely twisties of Hwy 395/87 and the bison on a way heading to Custer. 
      Stayed overnight in the Center Lake campground, roughing it sleeping in a hammock (my first). Dipped to 48F overnight so I was a little chilly. The campground is awesome: clean showers, beautiful lake, wildlife around.. 
      Day 2, left the campground and I was immediately on the Needles Highway. I’ve been on it a few times so I did not bother stopping to take pictures because I was enjoying the road basically to myself early morning. The is super twisty and has a few on way tunnels carved out in the rocks. Epic ride! I continued riding to the Spearfish Canyon after a short stop for breakfast in Hill City. SC is another must do: flowy, moderate speeds ride! Left SD heading to the oldest National Monument in US. The roads around it are triple digit sweepers but kept it sane being alone and seeing some cops around. After a quick picture at Devils Tower, rode to my cabin in Buffalo, WY. 
      Day 3, after sleeping not that great, I stopped for a drive through coffee at Macdonalds:). I wonder if I was their first customer on a motorcycle going through a drive through 🤪. After slurping the god-sent beverage, off I went over the Big Horn mountains. It was a cold foggy morning in the mountains so I missed some of the scenery. The fog lifted as soon as I reached the peak, and I was happy to be able to see more than 20 feet in front of me. Again, did not stop for pics, I was just happy to avoid any potential collision with the wildlife and being warm enough to enjoy the corners. The west side of Hwy 16 is better anyways, smooth pavement and nice views. Stopped in Thermopolis, WY at Bear Cafe for brunch-great food!
      The canyon heading south of town is beautiful!! Then, the boring shit of 120 miles to Rawlins.. Not terribly so but after all the good roads, this was definitely a drag. The highlight of the ride back to Denver was a ride through the Medicine Bowl mountains (Saratoga to Centennial). Nice road and lots of snow still on the sides..
      In summary, the best part of my trip is the Black Hills, SD. You literarily can spend 3 days and explore some of the neatest roads and not have to go far. They also take care of their roads, and the wildlife is the icing on the cake: watch out for wild turkeys, deer and bison of course. 

       









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      VFR1200 Project Bike
      Hello everyone,
           First post here so a bit of an introduction.
      I am Coxy, I like taking things to bits! I thought I would come on here to document my VFR1200 project build. 
      I've built a few bikes in the past, the start was putting a TDM900 engine into a TRX850 chassis, I used this on the road and the track and it was great fun:



       
      Eventually I got to the point where I wanted a bit more power on track to keep pace with the big boys on the litre bikes, I ride at Croft and Cadwell mainly, so no massive long straights. I figured around 120bhp would be enough to limit the losses on the straights so I decided to fit an MT09 engine into the TRX.  Power went up to 120bhp, and the weight of the bike was slashed (the mt09 engine is 13kg lighter  than the TDM lump). I spend 2 years refining and tuning it on track and its now its this current condition as featured in Practical Sportsbikes:
       




       
      Fitting the MT09 engine turned out to be a lot more involved that I originally anticipated, and I ended up rebuilding the frame around the headstock and the top tube. 
       
      Here's a video of the one of the last session from last year on it:
       
      So, after all this i started thinking that I wouldnt mind building a bike virtually from the ground up. and I always fancied a V4. I like the look of the shaft drive VFR1200 setup, and after about a year of searching I managed to locate one at the right price:

       
      The plan is to use the engine, swingarm and wheels, and build a bike around that. I'll put another post up to show where I have gotten to so far! 
       
       
       
       
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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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