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  2. I did years ago, sold the case as it proved WAAAYYY to big on my 4th gen. I will did out some pictures tonite...
  3. My 1954 Gilera smoked more than an Sioux chief.... 🙂 No surprise with one (of 2) compression rings broken as well as one of the oil scraper rings....
  4. 1st place I'd look is the airbox. Check if the carter ventilation spews excess oil pressure.
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  6. My bike will be spending August and September out of the garage and I would like to find a decent motorcycle cover. Not too expensive but not garbage either. Needs to fit over the OEM side cases too. Any thoughts?
  7. It's definitely oil, it has that slight blue hue with the acrid burnt oil smell. Unlike the condensate this Puff of Smoke lingers in the garage too. Oil consumption is minimal to nonexistent I would say. No brown mayo in my sight glass. I use synthetic which really helps reduce the condensation buildup within the Crank case. I'm also fairly low on the ODO, Sub 30k km. Out of all the 6, 4 stroke bikes I've owned, this is the only one that's ever done this. My buddies pannigale does it on every start up, but I think that's due to the larger clearances on the piston rings that Ducati uses on its bikes.
  8. I have recently purchased a OEM Top Box for my 2010 Gen 6. Has anyone fitted lighting (Parking/Brake/Indicators) in an OEM Honda Top Box?
  9. Before replacing battery, check your charging voltage. If it's fine overnight, you may not be charging well enough while riding.
  10. Yeah, that drop looks like a proper dyke over here!
  11. Here's a low res photo that gives a better prespective of the slope behind the VFR. Less than a foot behind the bike it drops off pretty dramatically. It's good to be lucky sometimes.
  12. Have you got a link to that Fink? All I can find is some film
  13. Leon, you live in the Netherlands. I would be shocked if you did not ride a bicycle! 😀 Ross
  14. I've used these guys on a couple different bikes. Cheap, and the quality seems OK. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MZS-Clutch-Brake-Lever-Fit-Honda-Interceptor-800-VFR800-1998-2018-VFR800F-02-18/283319266215?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item41f724eba7:g:41oAAOSwPYNcJcE-&amdata=enc%3AAQAFAAACcBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%2Fn%2BzU5L90Z278x5ickk7PdDazAlGltMLJlUhrWsD04LqFAXKb4Sy2k9tSnIXOwKnnBQpchDHzsNzu2X%2B6N8b8u5Rgn1Y8lwoHbBHjtCfbd5cycDNBDgMgmE%2BMTxlGcF2ecoa6GQDEn%2BCVu9OIvoLroFskGYZbMnXz4nauJYg4I0MBG6joQBGVDOjP%2F6djVT5THK3uAk34m0d8RgiPiPyddoFWk%2BXI4fjYOlbdD4Pf2%2BwSXhVrHYrd%2BCUthQqrSxBJUjpkloXwR5y66xEgFEoeektQmJHHIoVxmv97abnNEeq597lskU9gXn9nn8Hm4y21wBpZz2YHB1d7cOFexqJR%2B2aVkn3HHvb%2BBmQkocPbxddVsKQc%2FWY64l%2FkO6RxdBRsV5XII2VLxym3nFwO7PKgYs4QSn0t2lvM1qMv0O%2B2BLZLhLWid55%2Fvu0Llo22qc8v93Q2%2FGZNQDEwm1XWRAfJOy2Y5rTyTy%2B4DZj1WREFY4hSfvN2nLVoFOPc9eZLanXvA2%2FANskX3H%2FcDImOuULpD1Lu7ZbMZF4%2FGbd%2BwZmKNwr0HCwVLgqYF6xoUhvl2JMBosTy0VBkONNTEoaiCJIZlfTiH3G1ndbZdlua2bTtTQglZVvq0wWax3XfjwOvvKKVofTLYq%2F47rqSoIjKFcy8YUpxsyPs83gOr4KMbKJ6puMTRr55MeAwNCS5Z%2FsffALnC1npfiOwtB7cibggCSCEPn6Jwimx4YVTXBXi5KDJO1kF%2BK8c5ssQfTZ8qIYT3bifoCtENqQ0rqIB9OR%2F%2Fme4E0laRO1yQwqa1AH3lV%2BA%3D%3D|cksum%3A2833192662159bf0d15f026c4a97bd340681fecf546f|ampid%3APL_CLK|clp%3A2334524
  15. Thanks Pete. Check those terminals are tight, the Yuasa is a top battery, surprised it may have died in 3 years. Any long periods without riding or charging? Yeah this COVID stuff sucks, my Red Lady is itching for a ride!
  16. Yeah, replaced with OEM Yuasa replacement. Might take it to battery world tomoz on way home. If it starts in the morning hehehe. Stay safe Grum, sad to see the current trend in VIC.
  17. Yeah agree, strange its fine when cold! Did you replace the original with the OEM Yuasa brand? If in doubt take your battery down to Autobahn as I did and have it tested. But it does sound like a battery issue your experiencing. OR you have loose battery terminals, worth a check. Cheers.
  18. Gday Grum, My battery has just gone 3yrs old but having some issues. Starts fine 1st time every morning but for a while now when stopped to get fuel etc when restarting its cranks really slow and takes a couple of cranks to just fire. I,m thinking battery but strange as fine when cold.
  19. I scored a new 2014 in 2017, actually 3 years ago on 15/7/20. Did oi,l coolant, brake, clutch, new battery. Tyres weren't bad and were punctured early on. Hope you get a great deal.
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    Fuel pump issue

    Good skills and excellent help Grum
  21. @RC79NC001 great shots!!! I concur that not all bicyliclist are jerks; I ride one each week...... And after a crash on my 4th gen they helped me as well See that left turn in the top left corner at the farm? Riding "spiritly" on a dike, I see an elderly couply approaching on bicycles, the man "wobbling"a bit. So I keep an eye on them as I approach them. The road ahead appears to go straight. As I've passed the couple, my full attention goes to the road ahead..... OOOOPS.... it drops away to the left, I slam the brakes, turn in but -you recognise this bit- I ran out of road and onto the grass. As the VFR slides away under me and spins, I recall "CROSS YOUR ARMS!!!"... The farmer's wife and 2 guys on sport bicycles help me get the VFR back on the road. The farmer's wife did comment: "you are not the first and won't be that last to go down in this corner "I can see you weren't going too fast or braked really well. Most of the time we collect man and machine from the gate/barbed wire 3 metres down at the bottom" In the end, it was a bit af ABS, a sprained ankle and a bit of pride Welcome to the club!
  22. Not ride it so that when you're gone, it ends up in a skip or on Ebay???
  23. white or blue smoke? My bikes (VF(R)/RC51) are parked outside most of the year and will most of the time "smoke white"a bit; condensation that disappears. I have no measuarable oil loss My now gone 4th Gen had a clear clutch cover and at times the inside looked like light brown mayo. That was the condensation. Once heated up it would disappear..
  24. Duplicolor High Performance Wheel Coating Silver HWP101. Its been on there 6 years, still looks fine and you can wash and scrub them if need be. I painted the mirrors as well. Very close to the same color as fork and I think it is close to the same as frame. The frame on my 2000 is extruded alum and they just clear coat it. I originally tried the silver body paint I used (House of Kolor) and it flaked off. 😞 The Duplicolor wheel coating was easy, just clean them well, then deflate the tire, I use the cardboard from a 12 pack of Coke and cut it into some 12" long arcs and slipped it between the deflated tire and rim as a mask. If you don't rotate the tire while deflated, you don't have to rebalance. I have only tested this theory to 110 mph though.
  25. Are you sure it's not just condensation coming from the exhaust, very common with cold starts? - Is your bike oil level dropping excessively?
  26. When my daughter first started riding I jokingly told her the first thing you do when you crash is take a picture. Well, she eventually did and yes she did.[emoji16] Glad to see someone else sees it the same way. If nobody’s hurt might as well document as a reminder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. Hey all. So it's been about 2 years since I've had this happen now, but randomly during a cold start I'll get a burning oil like Puff of Smoke from the exhaust. Never happens after long stints of no use though Ive never had a motorcycle Puff before. And on my car I ended up replacing the valve guide seals. The car at that point was blowing smoke at every start and worse the longer it would sit. Which isn't a similar symptom to my vfr Is this a normal thing for a 6th Gen vfr? Has anyone else had a random Puff of Smoke during start and found the cause?
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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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      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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