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  2. Fully agree with Philois1984. Great build quality, looks and reliability, excellent bang for your buck. Probably the most reliable VFR Built. All the previous generation electrical issues have been solved. And with the Deluxe version you get the centre stand and heated grips. Bought mine in 2014 and after 76,000kms its faultless. If you haven't had a VEE 4 before it's a great engine with soul and character. Would also make sure the owner has the original exhaust. Sadly Honda are no longer making them. If the price is right and the bike has been well cared for (with only 600mile it should be like new) then go for it, if sports touring is your category. Ride it and see how it suits you. As for a "good long term investment" I don't look at it that way. If you mean will the bike last a long time, with the right care absolutely. Good Luck.
  3. Check it hasn’t been dropped ect and maybe haggle a bit on price, personally I would still buy it if he won’t budge. There are also lots of really good deals on well maintained low mileage previous generation VFRs
  4. You are asking VFR forum members there opinion of VFRs👍I bought the same model sight unseen 4 years ago, had never ridden one or even sat on one. Everything you have heard is true. No flashy electronics and not the fastest bike out there, but build quality and engine character is excellent. A really good all rounder at a reasonable price. You won’t be disappointed.
  5. Quick note - agree the FH020AA is the MOSFET shunt R/R...but it does not get hot, I can put my hand on it, and its warm yes, but not hot..... It still functions fine as it should. Plenty have been sold with no issues and its still a viable option. Also the thermal images above are with an older shunt (non MOSFET) OEM R/R and the Series R/R is a Compufire design. I believe the bike is an Aprilia. But is still a good data point. (I did run a Compufire for 4 seasons) And again for the halibut... Here's my install of the FH020AA... - at the time I got this, I was in a hurry to get the bike on the road, so I went with this because I knew I could get it to mount quickly. I did consider the 847 at the time, but I didnt want to invent the mount up. In retrospect, I bet one of my 6th gen mount plates would do the job!
  6. Aloha Everyone, I'll get straight to the point. There's a 2015 VFR 800 DLX on my local Craigslist right now that is yelling at me to buy. 600 miles?! It is practically new - and from what I've researched on the reliability of these machines, I think it would be a good long term investment. I just wanted to see what you folks thought of it. Do you think its a good deal? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Despite what Jack’s page mentions about accessories and such, it’s not really relevant. What matters is how they work. Jack’s harness uses the battery as a power bank. With an SH847, once it senses the battery’s voltage drop, it’ll close the charging circuit and top up the battery, then, open the circuit, allowing things to cool. This is what offers component longevity. With the FH020, it will be seeing the stator’s maximum output, at all times. The stator and R/R will always be functioning at their maximum, which isn’t optimal and doesn’t allow anything to catch a break. It’s not getting carried away. The SH847 is spending a bit more money to increase longevity of components, by using the latest, available technology. Below are images I lifted from another page, comparing component temps between a shunt-style R/R and Series R/R. It’s pretty telling.
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  9. This is the thing that solved my charging issues, been good for 10 years or so.
  10. This is good info to know and understand when deciding which way to go especially if there’s plans for electronic accessories. I occasionally run a GPS but that’s it. As it stands I’m probably going to get the FH020 but SH847 isn’t out of the question. It’s just a matter of balancing the budget on this old girl, what’s realistic for the intended use and not get carried away.
  11. Just for clarification, the SH847 is a Series R/R and the FH020 is a MOSFET R/R. They’re two completely different circuitries. Series opens/closes the charging circuit, as needed. This allows the R/R and stator to run much cooler, as the stator isn’t constantly producing energy. It’s a superior R/R. MOSFET is still a shunt-style R/R, just like the original. It gets hot, just like the original. The circuitry is better than the original, which is why they’re more reliable. The stator is required to constantly produce energy, since the regulator is constantly shunting it off as heat.
  12. Well, you may have opened up a racing can of worms here, but fortunately your photography is far better than mine. Can you name the podium from Miller 2009?
  13. Excellent! I’ve emailed a couple times with Jack and I’m going to get an order placed. All I can say is he’s super quick to respond and explains everything. I’ll post an update when I install the Super MOSFET kit.
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  15. That's what it looks like after riding it home, I haven't had a minute to do anything with it yet. 54 000 km on the clock. It'll need tires and probably a chain to pass a safety so I'll do those first. A buddy has some new M7RR's that he doesn't need and they are the right size, so that's covered. I was thinking of a 520 conversion too since I'm doing it. As far as location I am south west of Barrie. Thanks for the welcomes!
  16. wader migh have godden in, so biggesd prob ma be clinder/pisdon ring corrosion. should have paper copi of FSM ad hand. sorri mi keboard is fucked. musd have dorque wrench, good dools.
  17. Very nice write up! Thanks for sharing.
  18. Hi JPmoller, Thank you for your donation of 5.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  19. wha ?? i see gears bud vfrs don' have a cam hangin oud de side beond bearing cover ????
  20. Thanks Cogswell, for joining in. Well, doing it myself is the main reason I started working on the bike myself. Aside from some 'sadistic' fun - then, as you say, you only have yourself to thank for the mistakes. Reason I started was the local big bikeshop screwing up the linked brake system... while over charging for service. We live we learn, so why pay someone else to mess you up 🙂
  21. Welcome.... yeah we need pics! Where in Ontario if you don't mind me asking......
  22. When you return the front to have it re-mounted - while there I might point out to the shop that the directional arrow is cast in to the spoke(s) on the wheel. That should never happen. I had a tire shop do that on a car that had directional snow tires. Hence why I finally knuckled down and got myself set up to change my own (bike) tires. Not only saves money, but also if something like that happens I only have myself to blame! He also should be willing to do it while you're there vs you making 2 additional trips. If not I'd find a new shop.
  23. You're on the right path IMHO... new R/R for sure. Connections need to be clean and tight, temporarily, if you need to ride, you could remove the terminals from the connectors..... either clean and solder them, or Oxgard and crimp them tight, wrap with electrical tape.... until your new R/R gets there. I ordered extra length from Jack too, had to chop off a lot of the yellow wires to get to clean wire, I used uninsulated butt connectors and good shrink wrap, crimped then soldered the bastages. What I found a little odd was the stator wires are only 16 gauge best I could tell, should at least have been 14.... and Jack's yellow wires are 12 ga. The PO of my bike had the R/R replaced (with an OEM), and the connections were fried very badly, I just caught it in time. Either of the mofsets will handle it.
  24. VFR Capt.Bob

    Tankbag magnets

    When I retire a tank bag I remove the magnets before I toss it. Use them to keep loose nuts and bolts while I work on machines or to organize my 1/4 sockets so they don't roll away. They are great for organizing and spill proofing your spare hardware as well. I made one half hearted attempt turning a non magnetic bag into a magnetic by gluing a retired magnet bag base of it. Epic fail and hillbilly looking monstrosity. Now I shop for for bargains and buy a nice dependable name brand replacement when mine are getting worn out. My creativity is far greater than my craftsmanship.
  25. Hate it when that happens. Especially when I change my own tires. Haha. I now highlight the direction arrow on the tire and rim with paint markers so I don't screw it up. Happy riding.
  26. slowbird

    Tankbag magnets

    I have been using the same Endurance tank bag for over 10 years. The stitching that held the magnets in tore after so many years and I lost a couple magnets. I loved it so much I managed to find a almost new one on Ebay and scooped it up. Here's to another 10+ years.
  27. Thanks Capt Bob - Grum found the 'bug' - tire was installed backwards and the wheel center on left side extrudes further than right side... did not notice at first.
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      First ride of 2020
      Happy New Year to all 🎉🥂🏍
      Thought I would start the New Year off with a quick ride around my hometown. Had the usual hot conditions, but not as bad as the southern states of Australia are copping it, the bushfires are nothing short of catastrophic at the moment, best wishes to anyone affected, stay safe.
      Also decided to try out my Xmas present, a Canon 90D. Decided to stay with a DSLR as I have used them all my adult life (SLR’s anyway) and have a few lenses and accessories I will be able to continue using. Very happy so far, 32 megapixels on a crop sensor means you have to be steady handed or jump your shutter speed up a bit. Lots to learn as it has many new features over my old Canon 400D. Will hopefully post some good photos in the future.
      The attached photos were taken on the Strand in Townsville, there were two dolphins celebrating the New Year about a hundred metres off the beach, all very tropical. The VFR now has 30,000km on her and I have owned it for 3 1/2 years, still looking pretty good I think.
      Once again Happy New Year and ride safe.
       




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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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