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  2. I thought I might have a failing CCT. I got a louder exhaust and the noise went away 🙃
  3. Howdy guys, new to the forum. Been wanting a (2010) VFR1200f for WHO KNOWS how long and I finally found one. The POs were EXTREAMLY hesitant to tell me what was wrong with it other than the fairings being in pretty bad condition. There was a slight burning smell and a very small leak, other than that though, the bike ran fine, had a clean title, looked straight, and was worth the $3500 to me. But, it's been sitting in my garage for 6 months half way through a valve adjustment job before I move onto more checks. This is insane and the most ridiculous "maintenance" job I've done on any of my 15 bikes over the last 12 years. Am I dumb? Because after all that, I still have these questions: 1. How do you tell it's on the compression stroke? Is this ANYTIME the piston is at TDC? The manual seems to differentiate. 2. It specifies piston #2, but do you change which piston you're working on (rotate the crankshaft) to TDC-CS depending on which valve set you're adjusting? Or do you keep it at TDC on piston 2 for all adjustments on the engine? 3. There are three adjustments PER cylinder. Even the guys at the shop were shocked by this. I see the lobe and the adjustment below the lock nut under the rocker arm, but where's the third...? Cheers!!!
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  5. We now have very similar looking bikes Skids, between the identical colour, screen, brake disks, etc!!! Today I fitted an MCCruise electronic Cruise Control system. Very happy with it, and hopefully makes me less likely to get points. It's slightly surreal having the bike go along without me being on the throttle, but works really well.
  6. Phosphoric acid is main ingredient in naval-jelly. Does great job of removing rust also, but stops at good steel! :)
  7. That's a sharp looking bike. You will enjoy it for sure.
  8. Continued my journey to Lourdes.. Miles and miles of dried sunflowers.. Except for 1 field! Drank some blessed water... Could park in the courtyard of the neighbouring hotel... KARMA! My wife is from Luxembourg
  9. As you’re having a lot of stuff vapour blasted you might be interested in having a home test kit, this is a pretty good article https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/testing-cracks-home-diy-dye-penetrants/ For £12.15 delivered https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302312973984?hash=item466341e6a0:g:hY4AAOSwmxVdlzbl
  10. You want the Roadstercycle SH847 Kit. It includes a Shindengen SH847 Series R/R, which is the latest in R/R technology. Also, it includes a stand-alone wire harness that gets the charging circuit out of the bike’s main harness and it adds a 30A breaker before the battery, two things that add a level of protection. Lastly, this setup uses the battery as a power bank, which allows the R/R to open/close, or cycle, the charging circuit, which allows the stator and R/R to run cooler. Forget about the VFRness. It’s a waste of time and money. I was working in a Honda dealership, in 2000. We had gotten in a new VFR that I drooled over, everyday. Unfortunately, there was no way I could afford one. The memory of that bike has always stuck in my mind, so I get the affinity for yellow bodywork. As much as I don’t like the wax idle unit or catalytic converter, I’d still go for the 2000. Just keep in mind, despite its low mileage, it’s still a 21yr-old bike and will need all the same maintenance items as a higher mileage bike of the same year.
  11. Text messages sent to your cell phones. Even tried to get Brian to change his mind, but he's chillin in Salt Lake City. In: jeffyjeff tjclyde St. Stephen RC1237V RC 1237's mystery friend Fog likely on the coast, dress warm for a chilly start. Bring your cameras, better yet, GoPro if you have one. Glad to be getting back together. See you all on Saturday. Jeff J.
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  13. Long live VFRs, be they dead or alive! 😁
  14. Wow, no wonder you're happy with it. Magnificent resto tomk1960, beautiful bike beautiful workmanship, Congratulations.
  15. What's your aim? Do you want it completely removed or just disabled? To disable, it might have its own fuse, or at least a power connection to your battery, just remove that. You could then easily enable the alarm whenever you like, It may be a good resale accessory to have functional in the future.
  16. i'm sure that guy is very good, but.......... i do carb cleaning/rebuilding too, charge less than that guy, and i just finished cleaning and fuel tube O-ring replacement on 2 gen 3 bikes................ unless people are seriously OCD, they don't need their carbs totally stripped down to each nut and O-ring as very often only one or 2 small jets need cleaning and the bike will run fine. i do alot of carb work, and most need very simple cleaning of idle jets and maybe new float needles, and that's all. i could make more money if i insisted on a total a stripdown of every carb that came in, but i just do what's necessary (and a couple of preventative things) to get my riders going again as quickly and as economically as possible.
  17. Holy Cow! That thing is chowdered. Glad to see you were not injured as that could have ended in so many different ways. Hard to believe a properly staked axle nut would fail in this way. You obviously have your suspicions, hopefully you can bring it back to spec.
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  19. Before his death Smith did a lot for the community - it's too bad it ended the way it did. Entrepreneurs usually have that streak of risk taking in them, otherwise they'd never get things going. It's a delicate balance. No doubt about museums losing money. I was involved with the Wilsonville car museum before it folded. It was a great place too, but like Evergreen, a bottomless pit for cash. Too bad it didn't make it.
  20. Klim offers a 30% military/government discount with their VIP program. The ultimate two piece would have to be the Badlands Pro A3 (it's rated CE AAA).
  21. Haha. No farkling I'm afraid. A bolt detached itself and I wanted to see what type it was.
  22. Mite want to check out this recent thread which toward the end on the linked page goes through a similar, but it does not sound identical problem. If it's only leaking you may be in luck if orings and bits can be sourced for a rebuild or otherwise an external filter could be rigged up as suggested in the thread. If, however you need a new petcock for the rrason you'll see discussed it's going to be tough. As you've discovered it's no longer available. The owner was lucky enough to source a tank off ebay that had a good petcock. You may need to rig up something custom. Have a read and see what you think. BTW, no comment re: exes, but a photo of your current 1990 love interest is always welcomed! https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/95638-rescuing-a-92-vfr750f/page/5/&tab=comments#comment-1129768
  23. Here are some images I took this afternoon. I hope they help.
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      December 2020 Southwest
      The second week of December I went down to the Southwest to see a bunch of big rocks.
      Read all about it on my blog: https://crotchrocketeer.blogspot.com/2020/12/snowbird-december-2020.html
      (I'm really too lazy to copy it all and pictures and stuff into a post here)

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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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