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  2. I always thought of it as selective hearing loss. Only hear what you wanting to hear. LOL
  3. Yesterday
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  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. 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
  13. Hmm, there's a lot of folks out there with swapped out clutch covers, myself included...
  14. I think that front end looks fantastic.
  15. 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
  16. I am on a budget, although I could have afforded his full asking price. I first saw the ad posted on CL yesterday and was excited because it looked like a decent bike and was local to me, but yesterday, after I made arrangements to see it today, I started doubting it's the one because it was yellow. My last bike was yellow, so I'd prefer a red one. If this 2000 had been red, I would have bought it and bit the bullet to pay to get the valves adjusted. And the seller texted me this morning claiming "his phone is blowing up" and first come first serve, but since I called first, he'd wait for me to see it before showing it to anyone else. I didn't believe him, it seemed like a tactic. On the way over I told myself, I can overlook the color if I can get a good deal. And when he was trying to close me on it, he said how rare good VFR are. But I told him about the original owner 2001 with 13k I saw 2 weeks ago that sold for cheap. So deals are out there. There is another really clean looking one in another state I'm considering, and it's red but costs more than the yellow. The one really cool thing about the yellow one I passed on was the staintune exhaust. But seeing it today made me realize, I really don't want to get another yellow bike. I liked yellow on my last bike, it was something different, but I don't want to get two yellow motorcycles in a row.
  17. Last week
  18. What I meant to indicate was that the sound might be related to the intake flapper not operating properly.
  19. too ugly for my bikes..................😮
  20. So the 5th gen VFR only has a single pintle injector. The 4 hole is a major improvement over this & the CBR929 injectors are a drop in fit. The 6th gen uses 12 hole injectors, but the research I have done seems to indicate from empirical evidence that the change from 1 to 4 hole is really good but the step from 4 to 12 less so. The later larger hole count injectors seem to be more about reducing emissions than improving performance. If there was a readily available 12 hole that would fit then I would have tried them. There are some rather expensive ones designed to fit Hayabusa's which used the same single hole injectors as the VFR. but $500 seemed a bit steep for an experiment ! Maybe if the 4 hole prove to be a good upgrade then I might entertain those expensive ones but not if they don't at least double the gain from the 4 hole injectors. I just did about 50 miles today & as per the last time I used s zero map on the RBR the bike was very fluffy at the beginning. After the 50 miles of O2 auto fuel correction, the seat of the pants feel is really good. I'll get another 50-100 mes on it then get it dyno'd. Looking at the fuel correction tables, where the stock fuel pressure was adding up to 35% more fuel, the new setup has reduced many cells, so injector delivery is working as intended now. But importantly the cells that matter in the mid range to highend are adding or not removing fuel duty cycle, so more air must be flowing. The bike picks up really well now in any gear from any revs in sny gear, where ss with the lower fuel pressure it always seemed to lag a bit !
  21. You may notice that those of us who are previous customers of Daugherty Motorsports will mention "rebuilt" rear shocks from other Honda models (929 and 954). That was how Jamie Daugherty used to operate, rebuilding and modifying these shock to new (better) specifications to be installed on other motorcycles like our VFR800s. Now Jamie has moved on from the 929 and 954 shocks. He's offering his own new, custom built rear shock under the name "BD40" which he is producing to customized specifications for a number of different motorcycles, including our 5th Gen VFR800s.
  22. Black isn't the worst choice ;D Hides the dirt! I've been powdercoating my wheels gold for every red VFR I get. Looks AMAZING, but it definitely let's everyone know when they're dirty or not haha. (Clear coats on top should be a given) Then again, you should clean them every week anyways. Here's a picture for any reference.
  23. That's absolutely not true about BMW bikes in my ownership experience. The reason a lot of old BMW motorcycles are around is because they last a long time and the owner's love them. I've owned two of them and rode the hell out of them just as I have three VFR's in almost all twisty riding (that's rough use) with no front end grip issues. My experience with BMW front ends is that they stay planted better than VFR's. My two BMW's were bullet proof, one being boxer engined, the other being an in-line four. BMW has a much better warranty than Honda does. With both of my BMW's, there was not a single repair needed. In hanging out in the BMW shops, I observed that BMW's, where I live, are used harder than VFR's by more fanatical and competent riders than most Jap bike owners. I did let the shop do scheduled valve adjustments because they do a real inspection of the whole bike while at it and found nothing in need of repair, ever. I found BMW shops to be exponentially more competent than Japanese bike shops with their notorious incompetence. I just did book PM as I do with VFR's. I wish I had another BMW right now but don't have multiple bike syndrome enough to do it. I've also had a really nice BMW M Roadster. I tracked it for fun (not racing) and it was bullet proof as well. I had the intake improved, chip edited and left the exhaust alone as it was huge in stock form. Once again, the only time it entered the shop was for oil and tire changes. I let a stellar European shop do the oil changes, again, because they looked over the whole car and, once again, the car never required a single repair though it did eat tires due to track use. That car saw redline every time it left the garage. Other, non-M series BMW cars are disappointing from a cost/benefit point of view (3 series compared to say, a Camry or Accord) but, like Mercedes junk, some people will pay for perceived status which is their business. I pay for genuine (not perceived) performance. It's much easier and more truthful for me to say that VFR's are more unreliable (electrical), except for the 8th gen., which is the best one yet based on owning a 5th, 6th, and now 8th gen., than a BMW motorcycle. Not trying to be argumentive, just my real world experience, not hearsay. Sorry to write a book but clarification was needed from a prior owner.
  24. It's time to do it. Anyone have a bullet point procedure on the two processes? Thanks.
  25. The whole thing is just goofy in my opinion. Instead of adding a couple lines of code to their ECU, they add two coolant hoses and a wax actuator. I capped the nipples supplying water to mine and installed a manual choke cable which is virtually unnecessary in warm weather.
  26. Hi. I'd purchase one of these If you have any left? Edinburgh UK. 2002 vtec with hiss.
  27. Nice... That's the level of excellence I expect from eBay.
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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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    1. Barrys Den Diner at Texas Creek

       

      https://contour.com/stories/bishops-castle-run-to-wetmore

       


      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.

       

       

       

       

       

      Bishops Castle from behind the trees

       

       

       

       

       

      Young kid way way up on the railing to nowhere

       


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      We rode into Flornece and the heat on the temp gauge showed 100f, only in Colorado can you go from 65 to 100 in a matter of 12 mintues! We looked back at the wet mountains it was just covered with rain clouds, we hit it at the perfect time!

       

       

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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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