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Beautiful Bike! And, I'm quite envious that you get to store that beauty inside your home!

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Congrats and enjoy, she's beautiful! I agree, we might have seen the last gen of the Viffer, better stock up before they're all gone, as low $ as the gen8's are being sold for in the US it won't take much for them to actually have a chance at increasing in value over the next decades as a collector! :fing02::fing02:

 

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Run in? What is this?

 

Rev it's nuts off from the getgo! Just don't strain it (high gear/lows revs).

 

I don't have the same issue with a QS as you....perhaps alter the height of it??? I love it, especially combined with a fruity end can.

 

Beautiful bike! :beer:

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Congrats🙂

Take closer look at rear brake, make sure disc is clean and degreased and not messed up during pre delivery service. I would also wait with suspension eval until ambient temperature is closer to what you consider normal.

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I had a look at the rear brake. I think its a case of needing more bedding in and perhaps another bleed. I will bed them in the old fashioned way when it stops raining. 

Today I fitted helicopter tape to the tank and a tank protector over the top of that. 

I think I will remove the quick shifter. I haven't really got on with it and I am a little concerned about the long term effect it might have on the gearbox. 

 

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I'm with Careca on the suspension observations for UK roads. I collected my 8thGen in red last year and rode the 250 miles home on a mixture or motorway and twisty A roads. I had hoped the bike would be just like my old VF500F2 for handling but I was surprised to get home with a case or sore botty from the hard ride. Having got used to the full adjustability of a Suzuki GSXR but wanting to return to a more age- appropriate riding position and wonderful linear torque of the V4, it was a bit disappointing. Some months later I think I've got the suspension sorted for my style of riding; pretty hard, hanging off and lots of trail braking.  Accepting that it's a very personal thing, I offer these settings. I'm 85kg unkitted and around 110 kg fully geared for riding. I ride solo without luggage generally. Preload set for standardish static sag measurements. Front rebound, 2 turns out from fully hard. Rear rebound 2.25 turns out from fully hard. I tried coming 'down' from the Honda recommend settings in 1/8 increments but didn't see much improvement quickly enough so took a leap of faith, backed all the rebound off and instead slowly stiffened the response to where it's now. Personally finding this much better for our often awful road surfaces. On the rear brake I had similar thoughts so stripped down the calliper slider and regressed;  it's much improved but still nothing like the power I'm used too. I wonder if Honda weighted the rear brake action to prevent hamfooted skidding and balance the front action? Overall, I'm delighted and really happy back on a VFR. 

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Lovely - and you're just down the road from me - will keep a look out for you.

 

Enjoying my 6th Gen enormously - but at some point soonish I'll change it for a clean low mileage 8th Gen and keep it until we're all forced to ride electric bikes. Seems the perfect motorcycle for my wants and needs.

 

What difference does the Akrapovic exhaust make apart from looking good ? Would it upset my neighbours ?

 

 

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1 hour ago, BlackheathMatt said:

What difference does the Akrapovic exhaust make apart from looking good ? Would it upset my neighbours ?

 

With the baffle in, it's not much louder, but sounds much nicer (with it out, it was too loud for my taste).

 

As well as sounding/looking good and giving a bit more power, it improves fuel economy (by about 2-3mpg), lowers running temperature slightly and smoothes power take up from a closed throttle. It seems prices for used 8th Gen with Akro aren't much different from without, so it's a no-brainer IMO.

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2 hours ago, BlackheathMatt said:

Lovely - and you're just down the road from me - will keep a look out for you.

 

Enjoying my 6th Gen enormously - but at some point soonish I'll change it for a clean low mileage 8th Gen and keep it until we're all forced to ride electric bikes. Seems the perfect motorcycle for my wants and needs.

 

What difference does the Akrapovic exhaust make apart from looking good ? Would it upset my neighbours ?

 

 

No its not loud at all and being an official Honda part you can't remove the baffle. You won't upset anyone with it. Allegedly it gives you a few more bhp but the main gain is weight. It is much lighter. It will also still let the panniers fit if you have them .

There are some good deals around as well . Original list price was £895 for the Akrapivic alone  if I remember correctly. I got an Akrapovic , rear hugger & a quick shifter for £600 + postage . 

My friend just bought a new Crossrunner and they offered him the same kit for £700 fitted . I think dealers are clearing stock of parts they have . Have a look on ebay, thats where I got mine.

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If you have a Rapid Bike, no need to worry about changing maps - after making mods it will adjust to the proper AFR while you ride.  It's very slick. 

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I believe the ECU is able to adjust in this case. 

 

Once run in and with a few miles under its belt I will dyno it and see what its doing / making and if there are any gains to be had. 

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On 3/10/2021 at 2:43 PM, Presson said:

I should have added that reducing rebound seems to have softened compression response as well.

In the operators manual... it basically says stock settings are set closer to hard....

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