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  2. I have at least two gas tanks with dents in them. One I accidently dropped while maneuvering it around. Another with bigger dent put there when a deer slammed my knee into the tank. That one broke the paint. And my left little finger. And possibly another from an off-road excursion. (blush).
  3. I have a mc cover that came with my '98 VFR800fi from Oregon. It is yours for the cost of shipping. The lettering on the outside indicate: CoverCraft Ready Fit Front X - 103 R13 https://www.covercraft.com/us/en/product/pack-lite-ready-fit-motorcycle-cover.PSMPS?q=x - 103 It has strings to tie it off under the bike and an internal flap; I'm guessing it is to cover an exposed rear tire. It does not have a security wire in the seam so it has no theft protection other than to conceal the machine. And it could use a washing. Shipping woud be from 55423. It is quite light, shiny silver outside, a slightly softer interior matt finish inside.
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  5. Hi - did you ever resolve this ? Mine has done it since new - I get a strong judder/stutter/jerk as the vtec kicks in. Worse when wet - not clever if it kicks in on a wet bend or wet overtake. Been back to the Honda shop several times and they can't find a problem. Thanks.
  6. I didn't go into the valley so avoided the worst part, there was enough traffic that passing people was an exercise in futility and 2 spots where they worked on the road with only one lane so backup of 20-30 cars but most were at least moving 5 miles over the speed limit. A gorgeous road so I didn't mind too bad. Yeah the Dunlops that came were so bad I didn't even consider the latest Sportmax even though they are supposed to be great tires. They were not too bad when brand new but with every mile they turned more and more into sh*t oh and they seemed to turn into teflon when rolling over tar snakes.
  7. Hi guys, i thought i would add my 2 cents for what it is worth. I am wondering if you have got any further with your efforts yet? Just to spurr you on I have done this project on a ZXR 900 engine currently in a 7R frame and i can say that yes it was worth all the blood sweat and tears! Yes there lots of head scratching moments but nothing that someone else has already done, so just google it! I have learned so much from that project that I am now currently gathering all the nessasary components to do the same to a vfr750 gen4. I will also be adding a zx10r front end for the usd forks and radial calipers also adding an RVF body kit for the RC45 look. Iwill be using a microsquirt v3 ecu, triumph 675 throttle bodies and also going to a coil on plug system to save a little space. for what it is worth i think it will be hard work to adapt the vfr800 system/ecu to run with the 750. I am willing to share any info and help others where i can. It is good to find other people with a similar mind-set and the same "I want to do it just because i can". Dont loose heart cheers Nick.
  8. Err no I meant 0.1mm as in one tenth of a mm extra lift would not cause a noticeable difference on a dyno. Anything in the 100th of a mm would not be noticeable anywhere.
  9. I went with custom molded ear plugs with tiny Sony digital speakers... they cut 30db of wind noise and allow every note of the music through even at low volumes... perfect... I added a light weight Xact Sirius satellite receiver... Moozic non stop... I tested 3 sets of the custom molded ear plugs that are on the market and the ones made by Marylin Navia at Now Hear This are the most comfortable and the quietest not to mention they do not move out of place putting the skid lid on... http://plugup.com/cart/index.php And finally I interfaced Mr.RC45's Oh Shit Detector...
  10. Nice job so far! What kind of/wich fuel tank did you use?
  11. Looks really nice. If he would accept 3500, I think it's more than worth it. I looked at a pretty nice one yesterday and the seller was firm at 2500. But it wasn't nearly in the same league as that one. It looked nice for having 50k miles, but had chips on the wheels, a stain on the swingarm, and had never had the valves shimmed. Some ammo to use in your negotiation: there is a dealer in California with a 2001 with 6k miles and they're asking 4,000. So 5,000 from a private party seems like pie in the sky.
  12. Losing your hearing is no joke. I'm 63 and just started to hearing aids. Lost most of the high frequencies from years of working around gas turbines and steam turbines. I had a hard time hearing some people. Mostly women. Their voices fall in the ranges I could no longer hear. It took my wife about 5 years to talk me into the hearing aids. Wish I would have gotten them sooner. Protect your hearing. Once gone, it ain't coming back. Pick ear plugs that are comfortable. If they are not. You will not wear them like you should. I have the ringing in the ears. To me it sounds like summer crickets all the time. With the crickets and the new voice in my head that says "Low Battery" for when the hearing aid batteries get low. Combine that with the other voices in my skull. I hate it when they have a staff meeting.
  13. OEM tyres are always crap, mine came with Dunlop’s put me right off using them again Now Bridgestone T31’s, a fresh set will go on Tuesday
  14. The insurance industry has a free database of VIN's of salvaged, stolen or written off vehicles. It may also provide location info. Mite give it a try, or other similar VIN databases. https://www.nicb.org/vincheck
  15. Thanks again for all the input. Seller of the garage queen let me take a test ride yesterday. Good news is it seems to run great. I forgot how cool that gear whine sounds, and it really brought back memories. It’s also definitely more comfortable than my Triumph which is a big part of what I’m looking for in a second bike aside from the nostalgia factor. Can’t believe how much it dwarfs my Triumph which is a 1200 (you can barely see it in the back behind the VFR). Bad news is I got a better look in the gas tank with a pocket flashlight and there’s a bit more rust. Couldn’t take any pics, but the rust isn’t on the tank walls, and there doesn’t seem to be any particles or sediment sloshing around. The rust seems to be isolated to what looks like some sort of sensor - is there a probe of some sort for measuring the fuel level? At any rate it looks like a removable part. Oil and brake and clutch fluid all look clear from the sight windows. Im leaning in favor of the garage queen just because it saves me from having to make a two hour trip back and forth to look at the higher mileage one. Seller’s probably going to feel like I’m lowballing him, but he’s changed his tune a bit from telling me there are three other people coming to look at it later in the day to admitting most of the inquiries have been from flakes. Seems to currently be a buyers market for motorcycles. The local dealer actually has new, old stock 8g VFRs for $6,999 with zero miles and full warranty. What do you guys think is a fair offer all things considered? I’m planning on offering $3,500 but willing to go up a bit. I just think $5,000 seems a little too out of whack with the market especially with the higher mileage one also out there for $2,500 obo.
  16. Right, thanks, Mohawk - I assume you mean 0.01 mm 🙂 which would less show up on any dyne run. In theory the taget gap is precisely removed by expansion. A smaller value - applying your theory - would lift a tiny bit more but also not close valve, which I think is worse. I would think a "very small larger value" (so a very small gap at normal operating temperature) would be "filled" by the oil film (and therefore still no banging)
  17. The reason tighter is considered better is because you get more valve lift, thus in theory more power, but 0.1mm will not show on a dyno. The second reason is no cam banging across the excessive gap. Best to adjust using move around & get as close to centre of range with what you have & minimum number of new shims. But each to their own.
  18. My first fifth gen had 105,000 when it was KIA'd by that damn hooved forest rat. Check my gallery for pics of the pre-crash oil evaluation. Your mileage ambition seem low to me.
  19. Why stop there?😆 I'm over 104,000 and no signs of it slowing down!
  20. I still have a phone number of the fellow who bought it but it no longer works. That was a fabulous example. But I was looking for a red fifth and that seemed just a little too flashy for me for an old phart like me. And the young dude who bought it fit his personality. It was in excellent shape when I got it and when I sold it. As my first VFR800fi was approaching 100,000 miles I was looking for a backup machine. At yours was my first opportunity. I can certainly empathize with you. And if I come across it, I will contact you immediately. BTW: I am in the process of restoring another Y2K. If I can get it rideable I'll let you know and give you special consideration regarding the price. I'd even haul it to that very same parking lot. Take care Lobster.
  21. Hmm, there's a lot of folks out there with swapped out clutch covers, myself included...
  22. I think that front end looks fantastic.
  23. I'm jokingly referr to my tinitius. Many years ago (20 years?) I was "sitting" (mostly standing) in the 12th row, in front of the speakers, at a Rolling Stones concert at the Minneapolis Metrodome. My ears never stopped ringing since. I now wear ear plugs at music events. However that does not mean I'm not possessed. Sometimes I wonder why I do things. So if you know of a good one, let me know. BTW: I love your avatar! Probably because I recognize the same symptoms.
  24. How were the crowds on the roads. The one time I was there the traffic was really bad. That was when the government was giving out stimulous money and the roads were receiving lots of maintenance. Yosemite is quite the fabulous place.
  25. Hi guys, I have not yet needed to change any shims on my 1996 VFR 750. I have checked them a couple of times and changes are so small that it could be my skills being inadequate with the micrometer and feeler gauge. Recently I read it is better they are off target value to the "smaller side" - I don't understand this argument... maybe somebody can explain this? But it got me thinking, is it better to "hunt" being as close as possible to the target value. With my latest measures I realised that I can get them all better than 0.01 mm with just 3 new shims and moving some others around. What do you do - leave the shims as long as clearance is within spec or do you go for the closest to taget value every time?
  26. Reaching out to the VFRD community to see if anyone knows where this bike is or who owns it? I'd like to buy it back for the THIRD time... I sold this to a kid in MN, then bought it back from him, then sold it MaxSwell and I think he has since sold it. Please hit me via PM if anyone has a lead. Thanks. Miss the bike and miss this forum. Life has a funny way of getting in the way!
  27. Great work Good to see pics, also comments about full lock as I have wondered about this on my cbr steelie, not sure what the thumbs pointing down is all about though? I'm going to do this in the future thank you for sharing Gary pooville
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      Maggie Valley, NC Report
      My dad (Honda F6B), uncle (HD Electra Glide), and cousin (BMW R9T) returned last week from a 4 day trip from Ohio to Maggie Valley, NC. About 1500 miles round trip on my 31k mile 2001 5th gen (AMAZING bike). We rode the Tail of the Dragon (of course), visited Wheels Through Time museum, and rode the wheels off our bikes. Great trip, great roads, and a safe time had by all. 
       

      Lots of highway time on the way back made me want to upgrade the ol' 5th gen with some helibars, taller screen, and a throttle lock though...

      Happy motoring!

      PS - you must eat at Butts on the Creek if you stay in Maggie Valley...we found it on the first night and ate there 3 times.






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      VFR Visits the White Mountains
      View from the Kancamagus Highway looking south.
       
      Probably my favorite area to ride in my neck of the woods, the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains between Conway and Lincoln, NH.  It's only about two hours from my house (near Boston) if you take the interstate and a local highway (I95 and HWY 16) heading up the east side towards Conway, which is what I did.  There's three tolls along the way totaling $3.50.  Alternatively you can take I93 north all the way to Lincoln only paying one toll that costs $1.  93 is faster but 95/HWY16 is more interesting.  This is the longest trip I have ever taken on my Interceptor in a single day, 400 miles and man was I sore the next day.  Didn't help that it was really hot later in the day and I didn't hydrate enough suffering some leg cramping.  I should add, there are a lot of pics of the Interceptor below... I've been here quite a few times with my other bikes and really was just thinking about taking photos of my bike at some of my favorite stops.
       

      Chocorua Lake is a great place to stop and just chill.  Very relaxing and usually not too busy.
       

      The Swift River that runs along the eastern side of the Kancamagus Highway.  Lots of people just wade and play in the water here.
       

      More spectacular views from the top of the highway overlooking the mountains.
       

      A lunch stop at One Love Brewery in Lincoln, NH.  The bartender recommended these French Dip Sliders and now I would recommend them as well.  Really good.
       

       

      There were a pair of antique cars stopped along the Basin which is just north of Lincoln along the Styles Bridges Highway in Franconia Notch State Park.
       

      A view along Franconia Notch.  A really mellow divided highway with sweepers that cut between the mountains.
       

      A retired Cog train.  These trains still run up Mt. Washington.  Notice the angled engine that is designed for going up the grade of the mountain tracks.  This old model is sitting along HWY 302 near a restaurant.
       

      Stopped along Saco Lake.  You get here from Franconia Notch by taking HWY 3 or 302 from Styles Bridges Highway (I93) N.
       

      Sitting right at the edge of Crawford Notch along HWY 302.  Right after this is a big drop down with some fairly tight turns.  It's a fun run as long as there isn't traffic holding you up.
       

      Normally I would continue along HWY 302 to Bear Notch Road which connects with the Kancamagus Highway and bypasses North Conway and Conway.  Bear Notch Road is very technical if you take it at speed but today there was too much traffic so I turned around and went back around 302 to Franconia Notch before heading home.
       

      Took a stop at the Flume for a break from the heat and get some water in the beautiful visitor's center.  This is a great place to visit if you have more time.  For a small fee you can take a two mile hike through some amazing landscapes.
       

      Bonus VFR pic!  After the Flume I headed home along 93 south.  70mph posted all the way to Concord, NH.  I had a few runs of 80mph keeping pace with the traffic.  Surprisingly I was effortlessly getting 200 miles per tank with a bar or two on the gauge still showing when I stopped to fill.  I didn't hit vtec all that often but I wasn't babying the bike.  I'd be lying if I said the VFR was comfortable for a 400 mile day for me.  I can do it but I was quite sore the next day.  Still, love the bike and glad to know that I can take it on a longer ride, especially since most of my favorite roads are at least an hour away from home.
       
       
       
       
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      I have not been to the Greenhorn highway all summer, the road to Bishops castle - its always fun railing the turns on that fast sweeper road, then the tighter stuff down to Wetmore. I met up with reddog in Woodland Park and we checked out the sky and thought well maybe we can go around Pikes Peak to a turn off at Twin Rocks and avoid the angry looking clouds sitting over Pikes Peak. We got lucky and missed most of the rain. Heading south on High Park road we saw a rare site, motorcycles holding up cars! We figured it was a new rider and sure enough it was a woman on a metric crusier and her husband not far behind riding 15 below the speed limit - of course in a section with no sight lines for at least a mile, we had to pass 3 cars and 2 bikes.

      Reddog was saying over the blue tooth sena communicators they should pull off - but honestly I am sure she was so white knucked kung fu grip on the handle bars she probably had no idea there were cars behind her! I did not mind too much cause I know the road well and knew we were going to be into a passing zone soon enough.

      Then over the back road to Cripple Creek we were soon on hwy 50 - Reddog was astonished at how bad they messed up that road with tar snakes, the hill down to the Arkansas River was so full of tar snakes it was like riding over a slip and slide water park as wide as the road. It was awful - sections we did over the years at a 100 plus are now very dangerous and not advisable to ride much over the speed limit if even that.

       

       

       

       

       


      Lunch was a bacon cheese burger with weird maple syrup flavored bacon? It sort of ruined the burger which was very tasty but the maple syrup was just too much. Hit the spot though after we both peeled that stuff off. Then back on the road to Westcliff where we finally got some rain, just enough to clean the bugs off the visor. They dont call them the wet mountains for nothin!

      Then soon we were pushing the speed up a bit and turned off on the Green Horn hwy at McKenzi Junction and then I rolled on the throttle and let her rip all the way to Bishops Castle - thats a very fun fast ride for 15 min or so of good stuff. There is more good twisties if you keep going but the best stuff is on the way to the Castle. Bigalow Divide its called is the best part.

       

       

       

       

       

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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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