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  2. update in pictures: selling the ohlins, wood is the new gold!
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  4. I didn't have to do mine until about 50,000 kilometres. That's when they started to weep but only out of one side. Changed the seals and bushings and rode it until 90,000 kilometres when I sold mine.
  5. It sure doesn’t feel like one; it’s more like a slightly coarse V-4. I love that CP4 engine.
  6. Keep it! Regarding seals, my 8th at 24k miles started to leaks small amount on the left fork. I hope the sealmate can help but I have a feeling it will need to be replaced sometime soon. The fact 8th gen VFRs dot have a fork seal protector does not help, even though, in anal about keeping forks clean after each ride.
  7. Is there an avg for fork seal replacement. Just wondering out loud. I've got 34,750kms or 21700 miles on my RWB. Was going to sell it but I have decided to keep it for this riding season. After the motorcycle show in Toronto I left saying jeez my VFR looks better than most bikes. LOL I do like Suzuki katana but with a sml tank I just don't know. VFR has been bullitproof. No issues, especially electrical, nada! Have I been lucky? Looking to take bike out of storage next week or so. Ride safe!
  8. Hi. hey, Sorry, I missed this earlier. I think I'm looking for a top case now. Actually the entire project is on hold until I see what happens in the next month or two.
  9. +1 But........ it still is a stinky i4..
  10. Some pics of the last ride before total lockdown in Italy few weeks ago
  11. Nice acquisition! Doesn’t the bank of V look so much nicer with fresh hoses? This post is déjà vu as I did the very same job last year after discovering the water pump was weeping. Leading up to that, I new I needed to replace the thermostat and a quick evaluation of the hoses’ condition led me to add the replacements to the parts list. I found the o-rings to be in exactly that condition. Additionally I removed the radiators to clean the fins with compressed air and HVAC evaporator cleaner. It was a great learning and familiarizing experience part of which was an understanding of the coolant circuits’ flow. I too went with Honda Type 2 auto coolant. The job was a success; no leaks and the coolant temp consistently runs about 100 degrees over ambient at speeds over ~30-40mph. The other memorable aspect of this job was I performed a valve clearance check/adjustment concurrently so that added some time. Good stuff - I think you’ll enjoy the piece of mind knowing the good condition to which you’ve restored that system. So, good job.
  12. I've owned this bike for 3500km's now, so thought I would update my thoughts. Even though the ST weighs the same as the VFR, it carries it's weight higher as the motor sits higher and more forward in the frame. It's fine with me as I like more weight on the front, but I struggle riding up my steep driveway on the grass when my ute is parked there, as it spins the rear and I go up sideways no matter how hard I try to stop it, the VFR with the same tyres had no problem wet or dry. It handles better than the VFR, but I found the VFR easier to throw around. This might change as I become one with the bike. The suspension is soft, but now that I'm more used to it I can compensate for it. You have to adopt a different style to the VFR to ride it fast, you need to rely on the torque and change gears less. You also need to be smoother due to the soft suspension, note that my VFR was far from stock in this department. It is more sensitive to correct chain adjustment, the VFR I used to run loser than needed, while the ST needs to be spot on to get the smoothest ride out of it. Fuel economy (not that I normally worry about this) is a lot better than the VFR, surprisingly so considering it's bigger displacement and available grunt. Loaded up with the paniers and tank bag full and riding fast I still managed around 425km to the tank when being somewhat sedate, and 325km when going hard on tight roads. Tank is 20L same as the VFR. The ST's motor is more or less useless under 3500rpm, so in comparison about the same as the VFR being useless under 4500rpm when you take in red line differences (this will depend on weather you're a lady or a man :-). And how good is it having a normal radiator in the right place? You don't even have to look at the temp gauge, slow moving traffic, stopped, in the heat, it doesn't matter, at 103°C the fan starts and temp drops, no fuss. Did I mention I miss the sound of the VFR? The ST is a lot more comfortable than the VFR on long stints, but I find it harder to man handle in the parking lot let alone on the side of the road (I'm a short arse and can only put down one foot at the time while sitting on it). I love the integrated hard bags and trip computer. The free TuneEcu program available to all Triumphs is fantastic to use, I've even managed to change the way my speedo reads to compensate for the -1 tooth front sprocket I've installed. You can also change fuel mapping, ignition timing, rev limiter, fan on/off temp, AFR, you can also test equipment by switching everything on/off and get real time readings of everything including individual cylinder vaccum to adjust throttle boddies. How good is that? I mean it, how good is that? Chain driven cams suck!!! Seriously (6th/8th geners will never know). Did I mention VFR sound?, Oh I did. How good is the rear wheel for everyone to see?
  13. FWIW, the wintergreen oil and rubbing alcohol work well. I've tried it on a couple of my first gens carb rubbers as they are no longer available. Worked the charm.
  14. Hi all, ages ago I posted about my 2010 model VFR800Fi overheating in traffic. Thank you all for your help and suggestions at that time. I couldn't find anyone who was experiencing the same problem, so these are my findings, I hope it helps someone: Problem: The bike finds it hard to cool down on some days when the temperature is over 32deg C, especially when in traffic. The fan does its best, but eventually the heat/cool cycle gets away, and it cannot get under 110, then keeps climbing 118 is the highest I've allowed it to go. I replaced the coolant, thermostat, reverse flushed radiators, checked flow rates, nothing would keep it cool on really hot days. Then I found the problem. Humidity and the tropics. The drier the air the quicker it can cool the radiators. Its that simple. I now live in Brisbane Australia, bought the bike new in Cairns and it lived with me in Darwin for a while. These places are humid AF, always 80 to 98%. When I ride up into the mountains (Atherton, Toowoomba, Kyogle) - no problem. Back down at sea level in the tropics, one long idle session, and I have to manage the hell out of how I'm riding to keep her cool. So, I found the following helped heaps: 1. Kill the engine when stopped at the lights, this is the worst place for it getting over 105 in a hurry 2. Use low octane fuel on really hot days - this was amazingly obvious once I tried it 3. Ride as fast as possible in clean air. Lane Split, Filter, leapfrog, whatever, just get out in front of traffic and stay there. Thankfully, it's autumn here now, lower temps and lower humidty. Cheers - Cranks
  15. I was mistaken regarding the riding modes, mode 1 is the most powerful, so at least it doesn’t get any crazier..... but yes you are right it is a crazy amount of power for the street. I rode it again today in mode 4 (rain mode) much more civilised. The problem with horsepower is it so addictive....
  16. Howdy all, I have a Gen 6, unfinished project I picked up for the sole purpose of swapping out some of the parts onto my 98 Gen 5. In particular, the full stainless Delkevic system, which looks very nice and for the couple of minutes that I had the Gen 6 started, sounded most beastly. My question to you VFR brethren is are there any difference is heads or ports or header clamps that I should know about before getting my hands dirty? The other kit to swap is an unresolved R1 front end, with R1 wheel and rotors. But that's another thread. Cheers
  17. Can't wait for my project to be done! If I have to travel despite travel bans...Seb has my baby!
  18. Supersprox will do a fresh cut to order on the rear. Ain't cheap...but not requiring a mortgage either.
  19. Have done, hey I'm happy for you to pay my shipping fees. Keep the mailing address as is. 😆
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  21. I got the bike with non-functioning brakes, so I don't have much of a baseline for what is correct. I went ahead and flipped it around and re-bled. It didn't seem like the SMC was pressurizing as I'd expect it to when manually activating, with the filter the correct way it does seem to firm up better now. This was the last issue to address of a months long project to get an abused and neglected VFR back on the road. Thanks for all the replies, she's ready to go now
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  23. nobody needs a bike that fast for street riding ! wretched excess. ☹️
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      Between 2 Jobs Epic Ride (Sep 1-18)
      Hi all,
      Thanks to all who responded to my thread on the planning page, bike is geared up and ready to go and I leave at 6AM from Ottawa, Canada on Sep 1. I’ll do my best to post photos and updates!
      Approximate route, counterclockwise starting in Ottawa (the blue dot)

      Sep1: Day 1 has started well with a lovely misty sunrise over the Ottawa Valley. Temps are cold around 5C so with 180km under my belt I’m stopping for a warm up in the town of Deep River, ON.

      Had lunch at the Big Nickel in Sudbury, ON.

      Sep 2: made it to Thunder Bay, ON - gorgeous drive westbound over the top of Lake Superior. No pics right now because Tapatalk is down but I’ll post some later. Best restaurant name I saw - “Sue Chef”
      in Nipigon. Worst moment? Stalled the bike on an incline entering the roadway from the Wawa Goose and almost dropped it!
      Hemlo, ON - Barrick Gold Mine and the worlds biggest pile of gravel!
      Nipigon, ON

      Nipigon, ON

      Sep 3: And on the third day, it rained.  Left Thunder Bay before sunrise and made it an hour before hitting light showers, good thing I put the rain gear on because the last 20 min before I could stop for gas it was really coming down.  Linda at the Quetico North gas station/restaurant took pity on the soaking wet motorcyclist and was kind enough to make me an omelette and toast even though the kitchen wasn’t open yet. Heading to Minnesota today, rain should clear in a couple hours.
      Edit: I also got a free biker story from a couple that wandered in, which started with “I was pretty drunk when I left the bar, and I had a two hour ride ahead of me....”

      Arrived Bagley, MN:

      Off to South Dakota tomorrow!
      Sep 4, 2019: Beautiful ride across the 200 West (and south in Minnesota) today, warm temps and no traffic. Stopped in Fargo to see their Viking ship and the Fargo Air Museum, which had lots of planes, including one unique “Stealth Fighter”



      Today was a laundry day so after Fargo I slabbed it to Bismarck, ND and enjoyed the relative luxury of a hotel with laundry, a hot tub, and free breakfast!
      Sep 5, 2019: As I was leaving the hotel I met Jeff and Tim on Suzuki’s heading to Tim’s house in Oregon from Jeff’s house in Toronto. They had pretty much run an identical route to mine on Sep 2., and despite a more northerly route through Canada to get to Bismarck they also got soaked, and we all agreed that “Waterproof gear” does not always mean what you think it should!
      Jeff and Tim decided to ride with me south out of Bismarck on Hwy 1806, also known as the Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway which follows the Missouri River to the burial pace of Sitting Bull in Fort Yates. This was an excellent ride, full of big sweepers and lots of elevation changes and fantastic scenery.

      We then continued onto 1806 and then generally southbound on 63 from McLaughlin down to Eagle Butte where we stopped for lunch. By this time the temperatures had hit the 90s and it was HOT even at 65 mph. But totally worth it, especially for the view as you descend to where the Moreau River crosses 63 near Green Grass, SD.
      After lunch we continued south and picked up I-90 W for a few miles, destination was the Badlands National Park. This is really an incredible park and the vistas defy words, so enjoy the photos (I have a video I’ll try and post later)


      After we exited the Badlands I was headed to Rapid City, SD while they were continuing on to Deadwood, so we said our goodbyes.
      I checked into my AirBnb but the sun was setting so I decided to make a quick run to Mount Rushmore and back - I’ll be riding a pretty long set of twisties in there tomorrow, but figured I could get the sightseeing out of the way tonight. Although I’m only 1/3 of the way through the trip, the initial kernel of an idea was “I’ve never seen Mount Rushmore” so it’s great to be here.

      Nifty tunnel on the Mount Rushmore road:

      Was a long day with almost 750 km but some absolutely great riding.
      Sep 6-8 update: Sorry I missed a couple of days there, it got busy and I was trying to get back to an “early to bed early to ride” schedule.
      To [mention=5257]Sweeper[/mention] and [mention=35220]Tiutis[/mention] who recommended Iron Mountain Rd and Needles Hwy in the Custer State Park / Black Hills Forest I thank you ! those were the twistiest twisties I’ve ridden in North America (Arkansas and TOTD are coming up shortly so I may have to restate this!).

      After Needles I continued up to Deadwood and had a route of Montana’s finest secondary roads planned but things went a bit sideways in Belle Fourche, SD. I pulled into a gas station, noted the wet mud accumulation on the ground in front of the gas pump, considered finding a cleaner spot, then didn’t. 30 seconds later my bike was lying against the pumps, when my muddy riding boot slipped off the centrestand as I lifted the bike. After righting the bike, I noticed I was missing a right side mirror - the stem snapped. Long story short, I decided to straightline Hwy 212 through Montana (which was pretty fun):

      but by the time i got to the hotel my duct tape job wasn’t doing so well.

      A quick trip to Home Depot and I fashioned this up which is lasting well after 2 days and about 900 km of riding:

      Anyway yesterday and today were spent in Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks. Rode up the Beartooth Highway;

      Jackson Lake:

      Saw a red 8th gen VFR with red hard bags near Shoshone Point today if that’s anybody in here, and then I rode down the awesome Hwy 191 in Wyoming to Rock Springs, WY.
      Sep 9: Left Rock Springs under sunny skies today, with warm temperatures, perfect riding weather. First stop was to see the wild horses of Rock Springs, WY - I took a ride down a gravel road through their territory and was not disappointed! After spending a little while observing these guys I continued south towards the Flaming Gorge Recreational Area, named after the red coloured mountains. I stopped for lunch at the Red Canyon after crossing into Utah. In this part of Utah they have many signs warning of open range cattle grazing, and there they were! After lunch I stopped at the Dinosaur National Monument, incredible display of fossils still in the quarry where they were discovered - just a crazy number of dinosaur bones in one place! Finished up the day with a pretty scenic but straight drive southeast into Colorado and stopped for the night in the town of Craig, CO. This marks the halfway point of my trip - 9 days down, 9 to go. I’ve travelled just over half distance as well, 5,468 kilometres. I’ve refuelled the motorcycle 21 times since I left, and only eaten 2 restaurant and one UberEats dinner the entire time. Looking forward to the second half of the trip, seeing some good friends in Denver, riding some more twisty mountain roads and then on Sep 12, turning the bike east for good!
      Flaming Gorge

      Wild Horse Canyon Road, Pilot Butte way of in the distance.

      More Wild Horse Canyon Road


      Sep 10, 2019: Great ride southeast through Colorado today, through the Medicine Bow Forest, Yampa Valley, (thanks again [mention=35220]Tiutis[/mention]) and then Rocky Mountain National Forest up to 3.4 km high before coming back down to Louisville (Denver) where I’ve checked into my FriendBnB.
      Part of the reason this update is short is I spent an hour today organizing a new chain and sprockets for the VFR. I was worried about my chain before I left and sure enough 4 days ago I get a “clacking” sound on engine braking - adjusted the chain that day, and again 2 days later for a slightly less scary sounding “clacking”, and I’m at max adjustment (replace chain). I spoke with my home dealer and he agreed another 3000 miles on that chain is probably not a great idea.
      So DennisKirk to the rescue with an overnighted chain and sprocket kit, and I made an appointment with Aurora Honda which was recommended by [mention=37591]GreginDenver[/mention] - thx Greg!
      So as a result I didn’t stop for too many pics but here they are:
      Finger Rock, Yampa, CO

      Next to the Colorado River, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
      Estes Park, CO

      Estes Park, CO

      Sep 11, 2019: Spent the morning visiting with friends and the afternoon sorting the bike out - replacement mirror arrived and is installed, and got a new chain and sprockets as well. Some issues with the speedo sensor but they replaced it and we are good to go! Shout out to Aurora Honda and forum member GregInDenver who recommended them.
      Staying in a weird Days Inn tonight in Colorado Springs which has an identical mirror image building across the parking lot which is a Super 8. Went into the Super 8 by accident, and while waiting to check in I met a member from ADVRider “tourbus” - I told him I didn’t post there since I stay (mostly) on the road but his opinion was “it caters to everyone”. So happy accident, really nice guy who was “disappointed” that the Trans Labrador Highway is all paved now (I mentioned to him that it was much safer for motorcycles as a result and he just scoffed at my self-preservation instinct!)
      Only decent pics I have from today are the bike in the shop and my buddie’s puppy, Boomer, who would not sit still for a photo.


      Apologies one more pic, the awesome RC51 they have in their shop (it belongs to them, not for sale apparently!)

      Sep 12, 2019: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
      The Good! Last day in the mountains started off great, clear skies with a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak - somewhere about 4km high. with a lot of hairpins with hundred foot drops on the side and no guardrail!

      The Bad: Unfortunately there was an “erratic” individual who was being escorted off the mountain, which caused a traffic jam on the way down - so I just went back up again, stopped and took photos - a great morning, 2 deg Celsius at the top however brr.

      More good stuff - After that I headed east across Colorado and Kansas, although straight and flat, the views are impressive.
      Kit Carson, CO

      Brandon, CO

      The thin tree of the town of Towner, CO

      Colorado - Kansas State Line

      Windmill on Hwy 96 - Nekoma, KS

      Changed time zones again, this time into Central Time Zone - it will take 4 more days before I get back to Eastern time! Spending the night in Great Bend, Kansas.
      The ugly: sorry to say, but the hotel I stayed in the night before was terrible - to sum it up, drugs. I went out around 9pm to move the VFR closer to my room and there was a couple using a crack pipe in the car next to me. Then three guys on Harley’s showed up at 1:30am and proceeded to drive around the hotel parking lot with much revving. Initially I took pity on them - perhaps they had been delayed and were late arriving and could not help the loud exhausts. But when they parked outside the hotel lobby blaring rap music until 2:30 am, and I saw a constant stream of people coming out of the hotel, I figured they are selling drugs - pathetic hotel didn’t even call the cops. Sorry Days Inn Colorado Springs, I won’t be back.
      Sep 13, 2019: Today was a long day (700 km) playing catch-up after the motorcycle maintenance, so I didn’t stop much for photos today. Beautiful clear sky and 20 degrees C - As I drove further east into Kansas the plains full of wheat gave way to more green and trees and it started to feel a lot more populated (bigger highways and a lot more cars).
      Off Hwy 15, Mulvane, KS

      I also saw an increasing number of Mexican restaurants, grocery stores and businesses, and was surprised I could listen to a “Regional Mexican” radio station out of Wichita, KS, “KYQQ Radio Lobo” for nearly 2 hours, as I crossed into Oklahoma.
      Stopped for lunch on an abandoned piece of highway near Ponca City, OK

      Different kind of windmill (Hwy 18, near Burbank, OK)

      When I checked into the hotel tonight the clerk asked if I was here for the motorcycle rally, to which I replied “motorcycle rally”? I ordered a pizza and while they were making it I took a quick ride into downtown to see what was up - 3 bikers flagged me down for some help, and I met Mary, Freddie, and Sue from Oklahoma who were here for the rally.
      Mary, Freddie and Sue with Sue’s Harley Trike

      Mary and her Harley

      Must have been Friday the 13th, as I pulled into the pizza place it was getting dark and I noticed one of my headlamps was out - thanks to my riding buddy we’ve had a spare in our emergency kit for years so I replaced it and then went over to Walmart to grab another- thanks to the forum guides on replacement, haven’t done this since 2009!Last time I replaced one the second failed within 1,000 km - at my current rate that’s Sunday!
      It’s not delivery, it’s deVFR!

      Sep 14, 2019: I set off early this morning from Poteau, OK for a couple of reasons: 1-the afternoon temperatures were supposed to be HOT; 2-I wanted to beat the motorcycle rally to the scenic route so I didn’t get stuck behind them; and 3-I had a tour booked of the Graceland Mansion in Memphis at 4pm. Coincidentally there was a motorcycle exhibit at the “Graceland Exhibition Center” so I was able to get a discount ticket for that as well!
      *edit*: this day contained the southernmost point of the trip, Hot Springs, AK at 34.5 deg latitude.
      Rode south out of Poteau on Hwy 59 to the start of the Talimena Scenic Byway in the Ouachita National Forest - already 24 deg C at 10AM. At the start the asphalt is in great condition, mostly high speed (70-90 km/h) sweepers with lots of hills.

      The last 10 miles of the road on the Oklahoma side are pretty rough asphalt, not confidence inspiring. As I crossed the border into Tennessee the asphalt immediately improved, the sweepers remained the same. Haven’t figured out videos In Tapatalk so forgive the YouTube:
      There were a couple combinations of turns that had me feeling like Valentino Rossi near the end however!
      Queen Wilhelmina State Park, TN

      After that I took mostly backroads (Hwy 270 and then Hwy 70) all the way up to Little Rock, AR, and then continued on to Memphis, TN. Hwy 70 east of Little Rock has a really nice section along Hills Lake, then it straightens out. Really nice day of riding and little traffic, but it hit 34 deg C and It was toasty on the bike!
      I didn’t get the ticket for Elvis’ motorcycles, but the “One Hundred Years of the American Motorcycle” exhibit had more than enough, I’ll limit myself to 3 of the too many photos I took!
      Real live Motus V-4! The frame is kind of busy but it looks good - if I didn’t have the perfect V-4 already I’d consider it!

      Caterpillar Bike by Orange County Choppers

      1949 Harley Davidson Model S (I think)

      Ok one more because I’m a sucker for side exhausts - 1994 “Kawasabi”

      And...I like this paint job (HD race bike):

      Sep 15, 2019: Last nights hotel had a somewhat unique outdoor feature - a sport motorcycle gang (see video).
      Today was another hot day, 28 deg C by 9AM, high of 34 deg! I left Memphis headed northeast towards Bowling Green, Kentucky. The grain and oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma have given way to cotton.
      Bells, TN

      I stuck to back roads (and for much of the day followed the Memphis-Bristol highway which is the 1st Tennessee Highway) - Hwy 70 - interspersed with some backroads I picked and some that came recommended by  [mention=382]tbzep[/mention] - Hwy 69 up to Big Sandy, TN, then took the ferry across Kentucky Lake and had a really fun time on Hwy 232 on the east side of the Danville ferry, which was freshly paved. He neglected to mention how fun the road which connects Big Sandy to the west side of the ferry is!
      Waiting for the ferry (Danville Rd., TN)

      I’m on a boat! (Danville Ferry)

      My destination was the National Corvette Museum, which is across the street from the Corvette factory. I had a great visit (just sharing the best shots here).


      Corvettes destroyed in the sinkhole incident

      Corvette parking only outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant!

      While scoping out the factory exterior, I met a New Yorker named Brian (and his wife whose name escapes me) he had ordered a new red Corvette and wanted to get a factory tour (they aren’t doing them right now). He told me about two motorcycle museums - Wheels Through Time, in Maggie Wheeler, NC and Motorcyclepedia, in Newburgh, NY. Tonight is my last laundry night, so as I’m waiting for the dryer to free up I’m dangling my legs in the hotel pool!
      Sep 16, 2019: The day was promising to be another hot one so I got on the road early, riding generally southeast from Bowling Green, KY, back through Tennessee. I took a lot of beautiful curvy backroads but no time for videos or photos because I was heading to my friends house trying to get there for dinner. I did see this interesting place, credit google maps for the photo:
      Dalton Bus Service Graveyard, Baxter, TN

      The other “sight” on my list was US 129, also known as the “Tail of the Dragon”. It was not too crowded on a Monday but I still saw plenty of sports cars and lots of bikes - can’t imagine on the weekend! It lived up to its reputation, as did the rest of the Nantahala Forest!
      Tree of Shame

      Me on the Dragon

      After that fun I continued through North Carolina on Hwy 28 that got me very close to my friend’s home southeast of Asheville. It was a great visit, and I made *another* new best friend, Rocky!

       Sep 17, 2019: This day really turned out to be a marathon, it was worth it. Left Asheville and jumped on the Blue Ridge towards Roanoke, VA for 4.5 hours! Basically this the whole time:




      After that I took a couple of side roads and ended up on I-81 North, and did that for four hours to my hotel. 9h30min riding today, 863 km. As of tonight I have travelled just over 10,000 km in 17 days. Speedball, out.
      Sep 18, 2019: 10,818 km later and I’m Home!
      Bridge to Canada from New York State

      Got up nice and early today in Chambersburg, PA, waffle and sausages, and coffee for breakfast, and I was off at 7:45AM. A little bit of rush hour traffic going through Harrisburg and then it was smooth all the way home. 789 km in 7h42m (+ stops), averaged 102.5 km/h. Total time end to end was 9h09min, not bad!
      Some other trip stats:
      1st song I listened to on the trip: “Swing” by Savage
      Last song (Music on shuffle for the last two days): “Seven Days” by Sting
      Number of states passed through: 18 (Minnesota,North Dakota,South Dakota,Wyoming,Montana,Utah,Colorado,Kansas,Oklahoma,Arkansas,Tennessee,Kentucky,North Carolina,Virginia,West Virginia,Maryland,Pennsylvania,New York)
      Where I slept:
      AirBnB: 4 nights
      Days Inn: 4 nights
      FriendBnB: 2 nights
      Super 8: 2 nights
      Travelodge, Ramada, SureStay, Under Canvas, Motel 6: 1 night each
      Best night (other than my friends houses, which were by FAR the best!):
      Day 3: Cabin in the woods (AirBnb), Bagley, MN
      Worst night:
      Day 11: Days Inn, Colorado Springs, CO (drug dealers at 2AM in parking lot!)
      Lost items: one motorcycle jacket liner, and possibly one golf shirt (hoping I’ll find it when I unpack, but I haven’t seen it for days.....)
      I’ll post a few more stats and random photos in the next few days, hot shower and relaxing is on the menu!
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      Eight days of riding.
      In an effort to escape from the endless miles of straight roads in North Queensland I headed 1500km south to  Kyogle New South Wales for a few days of riding the twisties  around Northern NSW and Southern QLD with my brother in law. Had the bike serviced prior to departure including a small hole in the bottom radiator fixed ( I now have an R&G radiator guard fitted) 
      On my way through Brisbane I had a new set of pilot 5s fitted and some new rear brake pads. The weather was cool (actually freezing for a Nth Queenslander) 4 to 6 deg in the mornings, otherwise it was perfect. 
      My brother in laws bike is a 1979 Triumph Bonneville Special that he has owned since new, only his second bike and probably the last bike he will ever own. Having lived in Kyogle for around 20 years he is a human GPS for a radius of about 300km. It was of course over all too soon. 1500km of straight roads later I was back in Townsville. All up I did just over 4500km the bike ran perfectly the whole trip. It may be useful to know that over the first two days I used all the coolant in the reservoir/overflow tank. I was panicking that I still had a leak in the radiator but since topping up the tank on the morning of day three it hasn’t moved. Was obviously a lot of air in the system after the radiator repair.
      The bike is now cleaned and polished and I am planning my next escape from straight roads.

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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.




      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado


      Zoomed in


      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


      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs


      Idaho Springs Colorado


      Mashtuns and fermenters


      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


      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


      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate


      Elephant Butte Park and Denver


      Close up


      Veefalo on Squaw Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Mount Evans

      My route A is home B is Tommy-knockers


    2. martinkap
      Latest Entry


      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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