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Vf500F2 Aka Mbd Incubation Period At Least 52 Years

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On the left, the grip sits flush. The throttle tube does stick out a few mm. I will do a Rolling Stones on it.

 

Paint

It

Black

 

:beer:

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You will get water up your tube (ooh err missus) which might not be good for long term rust free reliability. Anyway I am sure you know what you are doing. The grips are good by the way. The auto off feature is really worth having IMO and makes wiring them in direct to battery really easy

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Happy to report my new textile riding gear holds up in a 1 hour downpour motorway ride. Will get a pair of braces to raise the waist of the pants.

 

Good thing an airco unit cooler is located in the garage

 

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And for 20 euro, could not not pick up this 2nd hand rack :-)

 

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Horses for courses.... She's a workhorse now after a couple of years galavanting.. 😎

 

Topbox next, so I can take my office shirts wrinkle-free into the office. (Plus there is a small beer brewery up the road so I can safely transport a couple of bottles home) :tongue:

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This is a message from the RSPJE

 

the Royal Society for the Protection of Jeremy's Eyes..

 

:tongue:

 

 

 

Avert your eyes NOW!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just had to post these to redress the balance.

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"Balance has been restored in the VF500F2 universe"

 

Amen....

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11 hours ago, jeremyr62 said:

I just had to post these to redress the balance.

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Does that "tank bra"/base plate have a label with a partnumber? Looked for it online but nae luck...

I gave my (magnetic) tankbag to my niece (poor student..) and am considering options here. The old tankbag I have now leaves black rub marks....

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Looks like a Baglux/Bagster. 

 

I actually owned a VF500F for a few weeks on my very first trip to Europe, before I traded it in for a Kawasaki GT750 (yes, I know...) and I remember trying to get some sort of tank bag to fit over that silly fuel tank wart.  My high-tech solution was to get a 1/2" camping foam mattress, cut a hole in it and strap down a rucksack using a bungee cargo net!  Maybe if I'd found one of those "Five Stars" GiVi racks I'd have kept the VF for the trip, but I was concerned about luggage and touring on a chain-driven bike (which was, essentially, my first bike).

 

Ciao,

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Yes, its a Bagster. It's called a Universal Harness; Easy. It fits OK but the Bagster tank bags  I have don't fit it too well. It's almost like the bag fittings are too long. However they do fit with some adjustment of the front straps on the bag and it's a decent solution. There are two versions. The  Easy trail and the  Easy road. Mine is the trial. You might get a better fit with the road version.

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~UKP 50 🤢

 

Lemme ponder on that one.....  

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Apart from new chain and sprockets, oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs, coolant and -why not after 32 years- a new radiator cap..  🙂

 

 

 

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Yeah, doing 12,000RPM on a 500cc V4 is insane,

but HONDA makes it sane....  🙂

 

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4.4mm left after 40k miles

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Yeah, they lobes/clearances are checked every 6,000km and she gets fresh MOTUL 5100.

I reckon that the VF500's never suffered from "chocolate cams"and mine being an '86, HONDA by that time made absolutely sure the parts were A+...

This time round (3rd check, so after 18,000km) only one tappet required adjustment.

 

Done 4,000km commuting on her now since August 1st and apart from the occasional small glug glug of adding a bit of engine oil to keep the level spot on, smooth sailing.

After 10-15 minutes warm-up/riding towards the motorway, she's doing a steady 80MPH (and sometimes a "wee" bit more) for 80km's each way. So if she would NOT use ANY oil after 800km blasting I would worry as well.  The Dutchy told me that on their 3 hour endurance VF500 they'd add 1 liter during a race.... :fing02:

 

I cut and glued an end an oem rubber grip on the end of the throttle tube. Time will tell if it holds...

 

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I've got four VF500 engines, three 86 versions and one 85 before Honda did the upgrades with line bored camshafts etc etc..  Only the 85 has a pair of marked lobes and they are not that badly marked. That engine is toast anyway due to rod knock. The 86 engines are all OK. Hard to know what the real story is. 33 years is a long time for the truth to get corrupted. Anyway who cares now. TLC and a well functioning cooling system are key to longevity in my opinion.. Can't say I notice much oil being used in mine but I'm not commuting on it and 4K km is more than I do in a year.

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