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  1. After having met the fund drive for 2020 and the close of that awful year, there was about $600 or so left over from last years budget. I did not spend as much as I planned, since well ...we did not do much by way of meets, rallys, contests and the like. I owe that to the pandemic, and we just did not get together like we have in past years. So I am putting it forward for the future for safe keeping. I plan to upgrade to a new faster server soon, as this one has been a bit of a disappointment for me as admin, I have used every trick in the book and researched google articles, po
    17 points
  2. For those of you who like the VFR sound. This is a Gen5 at Phillip Island at a recent f track day, been 9 months since I've ridden a bike, first session was wet, so wobble around in this dry session for the first few laps scrubbing in new tyres, missing a few gear changes and getting the brain into gear. Put a microphone under the rear cowl and hooked up to a GoPro Hero 6 to capture the sound. It isn't as simple as you might think, the sound is so loud that it distorts, I chose this mic as it has an 140dB SPL, even then I had to wrap a few rags round it. I think I can improve on t
    6 points
  3. This is an interesting thread for me. Because of the nature of my job I spend a lot of time overseas, on ships. When I do get back to Maine I don't spend much time riding to town or locally, I try to get some good long trips in as I can. Since no Honda dealer wants to see me pull up on my 85 VF1000R, VF1100 Sabre or even my 97 VFR, I've put together a tool kit that for the most part has stood me well over the years. Things like service manuals and other things change between bikes (Spare spark box for the first Gens) but the little black bag goes with me on every bike. Its 9"X6"X4", generally
    5 points
  4. Here is Essential Superbike on the ultimate V4 the Nr750 or New Racer... I'd place the NR750 on a pedestal all by it's lonesome... it still looks down at all the other manufactures with you'll never top this level of engineering... it scared to FIM rulingbody enough to ban anything but round cylinders...
    5 points
  5. Miguel: Many Thanks for doing the heavy lifting around here, it is greatly appreciated that we have this resource for something we all really love. I have found the members here to be generous with their time and expertise and occasionally their patience. πŸ™‚ Glad to see it was a successful year financially. I have to say one of the reasons I'm here is that it is a Member supported Board, the opinions, reviews, Tech Tips, How To's, and General discussion are......................just that. There is no Agenda, commercial plugs, pop up ads, etc.. Its just about
    5 points
  6. I am amazed that shops are still selling them..... Also, recently I was at cyclegear picking up a few things and I end up talking to a BMW guy about to grab one off the shelf. Gave him the warning about the filters, told him he could go down by using one. He gave me a scoffed look at said, "K & N is quality" -- very sad, ok bud, sorry I mentioned it. (Ok, die idiot)
    5 points
  7. Yep, Wade is building. I spoke with him yesterday to ask him to notify us when he is getting close to completing our order so we can contact everyone who has placed orders for headers. As an aside here, I also let him know how many 5 gen vs how many 6 gen orders we have. To us VFR owners, the only difference between 5 and 6 gen headers is that 6 gens have a 5/8” shorter collector exit pipe, but, to the builder, there is more to it than simply chopping off 5/8” from the finished assembly. Because the mandrel bending machine clamps so hard on the tubing to bend it accurately, the tubes
    5 points
  8. Are you going to for VFRANON the global missing VFR Cabal conspiracy. Honda is behind it I just know it.
    4 points
  9. This is an excellent thread, some great ideas for tools, and puncture repair kitting for your bike. My own 2cents worth, your best weapon for anything going wrong is a very well maintained bike. Having done many group rides with the Ulysses Club every bike that has caused troubles has been the not so well cared for ones, apart from the unavoidable puncture. Really good bike care and maintenance is your best insurance against the unexpected. That said, always be well kitted up for a puncture. Cheers.
    4 points
  10. Well... it didn't get as cold here as previous winters, staying 45-55F most days. And rain hasn't been as continuous as predicted (always seems to be case). So went out for ride out to coast to Point Reyes Lighthouse last weekend via Mt. Tam. Didn't make it down to lighthouse though... too many steps to crawl back up!
    4 points
  11. Well Mr Club Racer from Scotland, this is your fault. I went for the " buy now, explain later " approach. Given they are discontinued ( confirmed ) and Honda will not make any more , certainly not for us , I bought today the last Red one I could find for Β£8,995.00 Brand new although pre registered , zero miles still in its crate. There are still 2 silver ones left at this price , but I had to have red. Managed to get a Titanium Akrapovic, quick shifter , rear hugger and bar risers in the deal although not for free but at a very heavy discount .
    4 points
  12. Here’s my tire usage for the year. My year to date mileage is approaching 28000 . Set1 Installed Feb 14; Metzeler Roadtecs (Tires cost $324.73) mounted at 44200 Mi Notes: High Flow Oil Filter installed during service for tires. This filter developed a gradual leak that eventually coated part of the rear tire. Metzelers had accumulated approximately 4200 mi when this occurred. No more non-OEM oil filters for me ! Set 2 Installed Mar 14; Pirelli STs (Tires cost $214.49) mounted at 48403 Mi. Notes: Pirelli STs replaced oil coated Metzelers. Instantly noticed more live
    4 points
  13. I pledge to ride more. Best to all.
    4 points
  14. I had been packing a CO2 setup in the event a flat tire during my travels. The main problem with that is @ 6 cartridges your rear tire is only at around 25psi, probably enough to make it to a gas station. It works. but not the optimum solution. Yesterday I came across a 12V dynaplug micro air compressor while browsing around. Looked at a few reviews and for $30 at CW it looked like a pretty good solution for dealing with a flat tire. This thing is really small and ends up taking about the same space as the co2 setup. The pump, hose, and cord easily fit under the s
    4 points
  15. I do agree with you on the point ; and I think its a big one, what are you getting from a 2020 VFR800 that you don't get from a 2014 VFR 800 . In fact owning 2 older VFR's (1999 & 2000 ) I would go so far as to again ask, what does a 2020 a 2014 or even a 2009 or 2003 VFR give you that a 2000 VFR doesn't , bearing in mind that I picked up a super clean 1999 VFR 800 for Β£1900 with 14,000 miles on the clock , and I would have to pay quite a bit more for anything younger, and thus question what else would I be getting if I pay more money ? All I can think of is heated grips. That said ,
    4 points
  16. I think there are five big issues that are responsible for the past decade being perennially disappointing VFR-wise, a couple of which have already been mentioned: 1. The road bike industry in the U.S. is now fully mature and saturated and has been since somewhere around 2000 or thereabouts. By this I mean: a. the pace of innovation has slowed dramatically since the 70s and 80s b. the ratio of road-ready-motorcycles to people-who-want-motorcycles is also historically high (Compare the innovation distance between a 1986 VFR 750 and a ten-year-ol
    4 points
  17. I heard it's gonna be a v5. πŸ˜‰
    4 points
  18. I've got a 3rd gen Staintune on my 90 model and with Staintune you have to cut the swivel off an old OEM muffler and reuse it with the Staintune pipe. That does look like the one on my bike. If you ever decide to sell it please let me know. I wouldnt mind a spare and I also have a friend with a 90 who is looking for one. NIck
    4 points
  19. Don't bother looking for an original shock. They will all be well past their sell by date. No one can rebuild them and not economically viable either. I know , I tried. Your choice of aftermarket shock is quite wide. After much research I went with a YSS rear shock . I am very pleased with it. I have had bikes with Ohlins / other high end shocks and I have absolutely no qualms giving the YSS shock a recommendation. Quality is excellent , beautifully made and went straight on with absolutely no issues. I am not lightweight , about 105 kg. I find the shock
    4 points
  20. Merry Christmas everyone. Some updates on motorcycle fun stuff. Got the electrical all sorted 100% now. I had a few things to address, specifically wiring new R/R to battery, adding an auxiliary battery connection for charging, accessories and monitoring voltage. Also the neutral circuit / light was not working when I got this bike....the engine would not run in neutral with the side stand down, which it should. Wiring the new R/R connections and adding an aux cord is very straightforward. Keeping the new connections on the positive and negative posts on the battery
    4 points
  21. This is motorcycle porn. Love the carbon fiber air intake runners. http://www.speedhunters.com/2020/11/honda-nr750-a-sports-bike-icon-on-the-streets-of-tokyo/
    3 points
  22. Also, get rid of that battery ASAP - if there is damage inside, and it shorts internally, it will turn into a ball of molten lead. If it had enough amps to start your bike it can still perform a suicide mission in your bike or even in your garage. My two cents:>>> Buy a Yuasa or other quality battery, I know they are more, but a fire under your arse while riding or a burnt down garage are not worth the $50 savings of a cheap Amazon/China made battery.
    3 points
  23. Went for a quick ride to Paluma with my mate Andrew and his new 6th Gen, only 8,000km on the clock and in pristine condition. He has owned a 6th Gen VFR before and has seen the light once again.
    3 points
  24. Hi All, Came across this site when I was googling info on the rear hub rebuild I'm in the middle of so thought I'd join up. The chap on here came up with a great solution to avoid the Β£86 costs for the genuine roller bearing by using a similar spec bearing but ended up fabricating an oil seal solution as the non Honda bearing didn't come with this. Excellent work. I'm trying to give the old girl a spruce up after 92,000 miles in the 18 years I've had it, so it's in bits in the garage at the moment as I work my way through the jobs list, which includes: Swing arm bearing r
    3 points
  25. I had to haggle very hard to get it, the main issue is I wanted RED. There are still some silver ones left but not so many red ones. I think I will try and find a set of paniers for it but Im not paying full price for those . With regards to getting another bike past the bike police ( Wife ........do you need another bike ? ) , I have never forgotten this advert that I saw many years ago . I think Steve got many phone calls. 2006 Suzuki GSXR1000. This bike is perfect! It has 1000 miles and has had its 500 mile dealer service. (Expensive) It's been adult r
    3 points
  26. You are right. It shall be ridden like it was stolen !
    3 points
  27. After many years of using various high quality polish products on my VFR's I feel I've really struck gold with this one. All my motorcycle buddies know how fussy I am with my bike apperance! Not sure if its available overseas and ok, it is an Australian product(no commercial gain to me). It's just the best and easiest I've found to date. Bowden's Carnuba Body Wax. This product goes on and off sooooo easily AND leaves no annoying white polish residue on your seat or any other black surface. Bike photo, just given a quick once over polish with this stuff. Cheers.
    3 points
  28. how long does it take to do a valve adjustment with that set of tools? πŸ™‚
    3 points
  29. Thanks Viffer. 4.5 years ago, Sonora Pass, everyone you see in the pic is a VFRD member. Same day:
    3 points
  30. From the album: Highwood Pass - Highway 40 - Kananaskis, Alberta

    A day trip through the Highwood Pass on Highway 40 - Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.
    3 points
  31. Hey Mello, perhaps you should have said. "Don't forget to fully torque up the filter to spec using the nut"! Then the nut may have smiled back and thanked you!
    3 points
  32. Whew! Danno and Grum are now first in line for international diplomatic negotiations. Good job, keep calm and spin the spanner. At least we have progressed from the early '70's Jinglish (half Japanese, half English and not good at either) service and owners manuals. Agreed - there is often a misunderstanding of terms and their IMPLIED meanings which can lead to significant frustration. In the final analysis this is a forum to assist VFR owners. Choose to follow the advice, or not. Simple.
    3 points
  33. Loftur, Correct front wheel location/fixing is of concern to all motorcyclists. So we understand your concern and really only want to help/assure you. Have you checked all the upper fork mountings to make sure they are all firm and there is no movement. Also, does the whole fork assembly move or just the lower slider. Maybe something is wrong in the fork. Grum is a bit of an oracle, when it comes to these bikes, and has helped a large number of members sort out problems. Like all of us, frustration builds when trying to explain stuff over the internet. Face
    3 points
  34. So tonight / tomorrow the Solstice arrives - Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, Winter in the North. In the cold, wet north, it's always good to see riding posts from our friends in the South to remind us that in some matter of months we'll get our chance again to get out and ride when the weather is better. And then on the flip side, in six months when it's winter south of the Equator those in the northern latitudes can return the favor and post up things to get those experiencing winter some vicarious adventures from our escapades. With lockdowns seeming to be here a while I look forward
    3 points
  35. Hello and thanks for letting me join the group here. Been riding for a number of years on mostly Harleys but fell in love with the VFR after seeing a beautiful 1993 white on white. I'd like to do a build/resto my own way so I've been searching for the right bike that also fits the budget. Well last weekend I became a VFR owner with this 1997 4th Gen. She wasn't running but after a little investigation I had her up and going with those sweet sounding gear driven cams. I'll start a thread on the build and thanks in advance for any knowledge from the group here. I've already lear
    3 points
  36. Maybe not quite 'hangers - but this Blackbird owner is workin' on it . . . I'm surprised he doesn't have a mini-keg on the pillion to carry extra fuel.
    3 points
  37. I also think the eighth Gen is a superior bike to the sixth but I loved the RWB paint job on the sixth and the under tail exhaust. I know the under tail exhaust is heavy and all that, I just like the look. I also think the luggage is better on the sixth, not the mounting hardware but the cases themselves.
    3 points
  38. Oregon has always been forward thinking - way ahead of the curve. These days in other states these are known as "Covid chains". Rather than outlawing road grime as they did here, governors lock down their states mandating that all riders "shelter in place". Without any riding going on, chains stay in as-new condition. Of course, if you want to put a mask on your chain you may be allowed to ride if traveling to shop for essentials such as chain lube or micro fiber rags - and of course you must park your bike at least six feet from other bikes to ensure no grime or splatter is transferred t
    3 points
  39. Oh,that . . . I have a chain oiler and switched over to running Simple Green through it - works great!
    3 points
  40. Nope. Well, we still have agricultural soil and what have you, but Governor Vic Atiyeh outlawed road grime and chain splatter back in the 80s. It's funny nobody thought of that sooner. Really did the trick. These days everybody's rear wheels and hubs are as spotless as Cogswell's. No reason you couldn't try the same thing in New England. Write your governor.
    3 points
  41. I have the HF tire machine, along with the Mojolever and Marc Parnes balancer. I do at least 8 sets of tires a year for myself, and another few dozen for friends. I only charge them a 6 pack of Hazy IPA πŸ˜€. Keeps my fridge stocked all summer...
    3 points
  42. Motorcycle tire Log/Record Locater. Works surprisingly well as a beer cooler also. Great write up, real world, first hand experience is a great resource and a benefit to all who ride. To the OP, thanks for taking the time to do this. 🍺
    3 points
  43. If you're paying $150/ set for installation, as much as you ride it would pay to set yourself up to mount & balance them yourself. Check out Mojolever and Marc Parnes balancer - those are the two main tools I use to do mine. I use a 14" car rim with heater hose on the edge to hold the wheel while working on it.
    3 points
  44. Yes it was down, I had too many backup files piled up on the server and it ran out of space. Deleted a bunch of junk and restarted. Still dont know why it was piling up so much I have it set to delete old stuff. I ran out of time its my work week so I just got it up and running and will trouble shoot the backup thing later.
    2 points
  45. The only issue I ran into was the high beam and low beam only work if both relays are in place, even though I only have one bulb. I don't know if the bulb is different from the VFR, or if I can wire it differently. I try to put the VFR bulb in tomorrow, and see if that helps. Otherwise I may just have to leave both relays intact. I will use the NASA method recommended by Danno to shorten up all the wires tomorrow. I made a print for my headlight bracket so I can mill that out on Monday. Just have to tidy up some stuff and front will be done for now. I will eventually make some side panels, mou
    2 points
  46. Hello , I have been getting my VFR ready to tour/get out just as soon as we are released. If you are going to France, the first thing I 100% recommend is security. The French love stealing and I have never been to France without them trying to steal my mode of transport ever. This is what I have done so far and I am not into hard wiring stuff running many cables and drilling , screwing and doing things that I can't reverse. I have a tank bag with a power bank in it and run everything from there . It works for me and I can take it all with me when par
    2 points
  47. Maybe riders such as that guy will have a new category in the Darwin Awards - "killed themselves in the most stupid way possible . . . "
    2 points
  48. 1100 miles in a day.........not possible
    2 points
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