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  2. I don’t know where people get the misconception that VFR’s don’t need valve checks, the gear driven cams give a softer more controlled valve seating, so reduce the wear, but most I have looked at get receding valves on the inlets, that is worse than increasing clearances, that just make noise & lose performance. Receding valves close the gaps & eventually burn the valve seat if you leave it too long. As far as 6th/8th gens, with cam chains, they should be done same as any other cam chain valve controlled bikes. It is not a hard job to check valve clearances on any bike. If they are within tolerance then you can leave them alone, button up & job done. The Vtec makes it a PIA job, so people avoid it. But if or rather when it does go wrong, you will regret having to pull a head to replace a valve & valve seat ! As always YMMV.
  3. Today
  4. My concerns are that the bike is a new 2017 model. So if the dealership has had it for that time what do they do to maintain the supplied battery? The battery a Yuasa YTZ12S is a factory activated AGM battery. So could the dealership have had the battery lying around for 2 years without proper care? Until the battery is properly load checked I'd guess you may have a shorted cell. Generally the charge voltage on the 8gen's is very stable at 14.5v. (Fancy new type of R/R). Good Luck - Would be very interested on what the dealership do for you, and if they carry out a load check.
  5. St. Stephen

    Peel's Ferry

    What a fun trip. Leave KCMO, lunch in Springfield, some fun on 125 (finally some curves!), and then on to the Peel Ferry! (which is in Arkansas). Then...Push Mountain Road aka 341! Still one of my top five roads, anywhere.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Additionally I changed the air filter and spark plugs. I opted for the Champion 9698's instead of the NGK's and the bike runs perfectly. Thanks to everyone for their constructive support . My next project is an alternative to the stone age suspension and replacement to the rusty radiator. Thanks again for your advice and suggestions.
  8. Didn't think I'd be doing this until well past the 100k miles mark but I committed to getting down to one bike and I still want to be able to ride dirt roads etc... Sold my 250L Rally a couple of weeks ago so now it's time to sell the VFR. Without a doubt the best vehicle I have owned. 100% reliable, if you exclude the split OEM seat cover. I just changed the oil and would ride around the country tomorrow. After putting on the new tires which are included. i'll be sad to see it go. Really hoping someone buys it that will put a ton of miles on it. Current mileage is a 70,279 and this will go up by about 250 miles/week until it sells or until the replacement bike arrives. Full maintenance history documented. First two oil changes were Mobil 1, every one after that (5-7k miles) was Amsoil. Final drive fluid changed regularly with Amsoil gear oil. Nearly every gas fill up logged (333 fill-ups, avg. tank range 204.2, avg. mpg 49.4). Extras include: Electronic cruise control Ohlins shock with remote preload adj. Traxxion AK20 fork cartridges Sargent seat (bought 10/18) Guhl flashed ECU brake light flasher Garmin AMPs powered GPS mount Oxford heated grips Arrow exhaust(2nd one,put on some time around 55k miles) still have stock exhaust) Honda touring screen addition Vortex adjustable clutch/brake lever Front and rear Pitbull bike stands OEM side cases and top case(with OEM top case rack) Front and rear coax connections for heated gear or other power needs New set of Dunlop RS3 tires. The current tires and also RS3 and may need to be replaced with the new set depending on when the bikes sells/buyers needs. OEM maintenance manual The bike has the expected scuffs and blemishes that a 70k mile bike has but there are no dents or scratches on engine cases, swingarm etc.... I see a lot of value in this bike (high quality/reliable/capable) so pricing is a bit difficult given the miles but I guess the market will decide. I am asking $4500 but am open to offers.
  9. That sounds great, VFRpwr. Great timing too as I was just about to place the order for the small production batch.
  10. Welcome to the asylum from the land of interesting weather. You obviously have great taste in mc's. Condolences on the tip-over. Now you can forget about keeping your machine flawless and focus on the pure joy of riding. Your machine looks fabulous.
  11. Everyone knows the electrical gremlin plagued 6th Gens are the best! No seriously good luck whatever you choose but get a 6th Gen.
  12. Quickly, go out and buy a lottery ticket! Thank goodness you are ok.
  13. I wonder if Honda didn't switch to a better material for their friction plates as well. If I needed to rebuild my clutch for some reason, I would pursue it further. In the mean time, my 5th gen slave cylinder showed up... just waiting on the rebuild kit. It's in good enough shape that I could probably just drop it in, but since I'm in there...
  14. EXACTLY! I've put hundreds of hours into fiddling and tweaking everything. It's not done until I say it's done. So I don't want to let it go so easy. Lots of thefts posted on local boards. People suck. At home, it is in the garage, but I do modulate the garage door to mitigate it becoming an oven sometimes. Genius! Puts disc locks to shame. And it would surely cost less for a new chain and sprockets than a caliper and disc.
  15. Last week
  16. Part number 18380MZ7003. PM me if you have something available. I'm away for 3 weeks working in Jacksonville FL shortly, so it may take me a day or two to respond. Thanks
  17. Thx SF. To be fair, my headers are one of the prototypes so some issues are possibly expected. My header leaks that you refer to are quite small, and maybe can be sealed with the Permatex stuff. Not sure if the stuff will stay in place though. Center of pic up top: And in joints: Once I seal the large leaks, these may have a negligible effect at idle, and maybe no effect at running RPMs? ACE
  18. Hunter gatherer in his natural habitat, scouring The Land for some of the last 2019's white gold....
  19. Who is this directed at? The Honda pictured as my avatar picture thing is a RC213V-S. If that’s what you’re inquiring about. https://www.motorcyclenews.com/bike-reviews/honda/rc213v-s/2015/
  20. Cost is $150 plus shipping from Michigan. I will post pictures when I get them next week.
  21. Thanks, Leon. I had to give that a full listen. On my first VFR trip around Europe (Summer 1993) I recall listening to my cassette of Rattus Norvegicus over and over, on beaches, in hostels, walking around towns. Classic! Ciao, JZH
  22. As I typically get 10000km from a back tyre, that works out to riding just 3000km per year! I must have a much more understanding wife.
  23. Just a thought. When you said you looked it over, how close did you look? It may take a magnifying glass to see tiny splits in the tracks which could be enough to break the connection. If you use a meter to test each track you'll soon be able to eliminate that as a fault or find something you didn't see before.
  24. It does now, I had to put some thought into it but it does now. Thanks for the help.
  25. If anyone is interested in the location of an after market voltage regulator on a 3rd gen I thought I would give you my idea's and end result After making a block of wood roughly the same size as the regulator I am installing ( FH020AA ) I found it would not fit 100% in the original location. In the end I made up a new mounting plate and moved it back behind the rear brake fluid reserve. It fits well here, does not hit the side panel and the seat does not get in the way, in addition I think it will get better air flow here as there is an air space on the back side of the plate. I am also hoping the 1/4" plate will act as a large heat sink and draw any heat away from the unit Once I get everything finished up I will update the fit/issues if anyone is interested
  26. I had the gear indicator drop out on me this morning. I was downshifting to avoid traffic and it’s not have done it forcefully enough. Once I shifted again and it had time to think, the indicator returned.
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      Salt River Canyon and Tombstone, AZ
      My good friend John invited me (I may have imposed) for a visit from cold Massachusetts down to sunny Arizona for an extended weekend of riding.  He's kinda giddy right now as he just bought a new bike and this was his first long ride.  We rode for three days, the first two days were with his other friends, so we had a group of four.  John's new bike is a Harley Sport Glide and his buddies were also on Harleys, I was the outlier riding John's old love, his Honda Interceptor.
      You never know what it's going to be like when riding in a group, in particular if you are riding with folks you never met before.  Fortunately they were good guys, unfortunately they don't like to stop so I missed capturing some great scenery but you gotta roll with the flow in these cases.  Also, I made the mistake of not cataloging our meals, some great Mexican food can be had in Arizona.

      Which one of these is not like the other.

      240 plus miles and no stops other than for gas, lunch and one time to sort directions.  This was our destination for the night, Heber, AZ.  This charming canyon runs through the middle of town, no bigger than a large ditch.  I'm assuming it becomes a bit more grand further along.

      Heber is a very, very small town.  A handful of houses, two antique stores and a couple of restaurants.  Plus cow skulls and aliens.

      We are at pretty high elevation, 6,627 feet and it was cold the next morning.  Mike, the ride leader, wanted to get rolling right away but it was just barely above 32 degrees.  We coaxed him into a long breakfast and passively packed quite slowly, warmed up to about 42 degrees when we headed out.  Fortunately for me John's VFR has heated grips.

      Our main destination is Salt River Canyon.  This is not that canyon, Jeff is standing right at the edge of the dropoff though it's hard to tell in this photo, it is a long way down.

      One of the neat things about riding in the desert are the long views to the horizon and the mesas and mountains in the distance.

      We are on the north side of the Salt River Canyon lookout.  The highway winds down the canyon walls to the bottom along the river and then rises back up to the other side.  Some spectacular views, technical curves and switchbacks and lots of other riders.

      Here is a panorama of the canyon from the floor along the river.  See if you can make out the road descending and ascending on either side.

      Under the bridge looking south along the canyon walls.

      This happened more than once, Jeff, John and I were all on a Cardo comm and our ride leader wasn't connected.  The few times we made a stop he kept on going and he either had to turn around or wait.  Mike was a good sport about it, he's a great rider, spent 20 years as a moto-cop in San Diego and LA.  We all said our goodbyes after a BBQ lunch back in Tucson.

      The next day it was just John and I and we took a meandering route to Tombstone, AZ.  Those not familiar with Tombstone, it was an old west town that earned it's fame for the gunfight at the OK Corral.

      I saw many mines on my ride the days before and again today.  These are massive projects.

      The dusty town of Tombstone, AZ.  It's a tourist attraction now with workers dressed up in period costumes and barking along the main street to come and see a gunfight or watch the can-can dancers.

      You can go for a stagecoach ride or shoot a revolver at a shooting gallery if you so desire.

      I was hoping to go and see the "Highest Kicks in Town" at the Oriental Saloon but John steered us towards Big Nose Kate's for our lunch.

      Now normally I don't drink when I'm riding but I'm in the Old West at a saloon so I broke my rule.  Mine is the shorter darker beer.  And that lovely lady was our bartender, didn't catch her name but when your a cowpoke rolling into town for one night what's in a name anyway.  She was absolutely wonderful and quite charming.

      The famous cemetery of Boot Hill.  Apparently this used to be free to enter but now it's an attraction with a gift store/museum and a fee to walk the grounds.  Didn't really feel like a tour so I snapped a quick photo at a hole in the fence.  According to John at least they cleaned it up now that it's a paid attraction and I understand that there is a guide or guidebook to explain the sites in more detail.

      In the Old West they say the good guys wear white but in John's case this isn't true.  He may be wearing black but he is one of the most generous and kind people I know.
      So long pardner, we got to ride these horses back home to Tucson now.  Ride safe!
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      Another Epic Ride...Kind of
      Who remembers Viethorse and his epic trip to the USA from Vietnam? Believe it or not it has been five years since this Saturday night by the fire. 
      Well, this time America goes to Vietnam to share some ride experience courtesy of Viethorse. I am headed to Hanoi and points north for some
      photo ops with our Vietnamese correspondent. Stay tuned for some epic photoes from the other side of the world. Anyone have a message for


      Gettin' the party started


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    1. Barrys Den Diner at Texas Creek




      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


      Map of the video ride

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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!



    2. martinkap
      Latest Entry


      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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