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  1. Left work a tad early to beat some of the traffic into the valley. This is near Carnation Farm with Mt Rainier in the background.
    9 points
  2. About 40 miles later on the other side of Carnation after two lovely roads, over the ridge, down the road a bit and back over on a different road... Cascade Mountains in the background.
    8 points
  3. Hi all, I've been looking for the right 5th gen for several years now and finally came across it this last week, a 2000 in yellow with 7k miles, yes, 7k...she needs more love. Already the proud owner of a trusty ST1100 for long hauls, and comfy cruises. My first impression is that the VFR is like a controllable rocket. What is it someone said, if the ST1100 and the VFR were women, you'd marry the ST, and date the VFR...I didn't say it, I'm just reporting what I read 😉 Also, I've been the custodian for eight motorcycles to date, and never thought I'd own a yellow until I saw a 2000 VFR. I do pretty much all my own maintenance and repairs, so I may be asking a few questions. Even though this bike has no milage, I'll spend this weekend changing the oil, brake fluid, flushing the coolant and doing the chain because you never know when they were last done - clean slate. Happy to finally be in the club.
    6 points
  4. Had a ride today on twisty bits, really like the ZR7S! I can't believe so many bad reviews I have been reading of it, mostly it's performance. For my ride style it's perfect. I like torque in low rpm, as I only rev the engine out now as then on straights as going out on a faster road from a small one. Ok it's no power house at high rpm, but fast enough for me. Actually it feels like a V4 more than a I4 it is. Handling is sweet in the twisty bits, and ride position is sweet also. 😎 Weather not as warm as it looks, after 22 really warm days temps are down to normal here
    6 points
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  6. Finally got everything bolted on and up and running. Wow is all I can say. Much smoother, more power, and when the VTEC activated there was a MUCH smoother transition then I have ever had on this bike before. I'm a firm believer that all the bullshit I went through getting these installed was WELL worth it. (only issue still out there is the header was approx 1/2 inch too short for my stock Staintune mid pipe. The slots in the midpipe allow about an 1/8 of an inch of the end of he header pipe to be exposed. I installed the clamp over that area and am not going to worry about it. Thanks again to this group for getting it done and for helping me out with questions. Nick
    5 points
  7. I recently participated in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride here in Townsville, it’s for a good cause and I enjoyed the ride. I’ll attach a photo. I’m going to display the Triumph at a “All British Day” here in Townsville tomorrow. The bike is still spotless from the DGR so no real work required.
    5 points
  8. Age clearly hasn't mellowed you has it now.... You are clearly a youngster here on VFRD though (joining at the end of last year) by the tone of your response to a fellow motorcyclist. Had you been here a couple of years longer you'd have noticed we treat each other with respect here....
    5 points
  9. He did? Shit. News to me, am I still welcome? Not a 5th Gen in sight here...
    5 points
  10. Sheesh. Don't think there's a chance of that.
    5 points
  11. As promised here's a photo of couple of bikes that folks here are interested in. More to follow.
    5 points
  12. So my wife's Nephew had asked me before Covid, if we could ride to the Isle of Man for the TT races. Unfortunately the world got in the way & so we were trying to do it this year, but as they say we missed the boat. So I suggested the Classic TT, but he could not get those dates. Next suggestion was the NW200 in Northern Ireland, where I used to live & still have some old friends. So my friend Leigh (Red VFR750 4th gen) Nephew Dave (Kawasaki Z900RS) & me met up near Birmingham & one overnight Ferry from Liverpool to Belfast later on Wednesday night, took a ride up the A2 coast road on Thursday morning, which is both a great road & has fantastic views & scenery. Stopping at a few places & at one of my favourite places Ballintoy aka the Iron Islands from Game of Thrones. Or a very good Place fishing spot 👍 Cut to the chase and we watched the Thursday evening races from my friend Paul's house on the course. How close to 180mph bikes do you want to be ? Watch out for the slip stream trying to suck you over the gate. If you see the helicopter shots from Thursday you may see the Blue & Red VFR's in his garden 👍 Friday, no racing, so a free day. Caught up with my sister & my 94 year old mother, (just to explain the random pic), paid a visit to the Joey Dunlop Memorial garden in Ballymoney & tried to get to Joey's bar (but the queue for the bar was 50 deep) then off to Magilligan Point, who knew they built a peer & have a ferry there now? When I was a teenager there was an old fella with a couple of DUKW's "Ducks" that he would drive over to the other side, if you were brave enough. Pics of the cliff I nearly rode my C90 off many years ago 😳 Saturday we viewed the races from Portrush along the coast road to Portstewart. Apologies for the camera work or lack there of 🤷‍♀️ A leisurely start to Sunday with a proper Irish Fry breakfast followed by 100mile ride back to Belfast via the west & south sides of Loch Neagh (the largest body of fresh water in Europe) & back via part of the Ulster GP course & pits. Ferry back overnight & a 200 mile ride home today along the England/Welsh border via Iron Bridge (I'd never been there before). Best of all NO rain for the whole trip, 650 miles for me 👍 Enjoy https://share.icloud.com/photos/046rSuWK5ScNKefUAItcKEqkQ
    5 points
  13. As an owner of a couple of Honda's with linked brakes, I have not adhered to the "replace all pads together" advice. My ST1300 eats rear pads at a much higher rate than the fronts. so I just manage the pads on an as-needed basis. I currently also have mismatched brands of pads too, but so far nothing has exploded and any ditch excursions have been entirely of my own making. Next thing you'll be telling me that I need to have matching brands of tyres front to rear!
    4 points
  14. They are embedded with a chip that senses mismatched pads and sends a disruptive vibratory signal to the Secondary Master Cylinder on the fork, causes it to stick, and starts the process all over.
    4 points
  15. A quick hello to say hi,just purchased a 2000 vfr800 for a Swiss alps trip coming up so I'm sure you guys will be of some help with a little maintenance tips😉
    4 points
  16. 20240602_173214.mp4 Did the sound not work again?
    4 points
  17. Had a look yesterday at a barn find (private collection of some 150 Italian bikes going up for auction) with some pals.
    4 points
  18. Haha, hang in there Exuptoy. This is one of the friendlier forums you will find on the interweb, with an incredible wealth of VFR knowledge. And as of right now you have a rim and a swingarm more than me when it comes to owning a VFR! There's a bunch of folks here who stop what they're doing and contribute their time and knowledge to help someone they've never met get a V4 running again.
    4 points
  19. More from the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum yesterday. One thing that stood out to me re the NR was how wiiiide it is! There's a lot under that bodywork. Here's a photo from the front: (BTW my RC-51 has exactly the same turn signals as the RC-30. Probably the same as 20 other Honda street bikes of that era.) Even the tach says NR: And one of my favorite race bikes, I've seen one once before: Finally...
    4 points
  20. You still hanging out around that area of SoCal? I was just there a few weeks ago and a neat stop is the Honda HQ in Torrance. This is the lobby... just park in visitor parking during normal weekday work hours and waltz right in. No entry fee or anything.
    4 points
  21. Hi all, just joined and thought I'd introduce myself, just bought a 1997 VFR750 in need of a little love, runs and rides fine just looking a little tired, Oldred as I'm old and the bike is red! I'll be asking lots of questions along the way so please have patience as I've been away from the scene for a while. Graham
    3 points
  22. Cool bikes! I'm also partial to an ST, I had a 1990 1100 for 40,000km and now have a well-used 2004 1300 to go with my yellow VFR.
    3 points
  23. Must say I really like this ZR7S Kawasaki! First it has really comfortable ergonomic, even more than the Bandit! Second it has a sporty front geometry so steering is fast, I like that! Suspension is not sport bike hash but still not to soft, actually on firm side of comfortable suspension. Brakes are good. Engine is sure old school, it doesn't rev as high as the Bandit, but it has lots of power in low rpm, torque, so nicer to ride around in lower rpm, ride lacy, but still power enough to be fun as you rev it out. Ok, power animal here, but enough to have fun in the twisty roads I mostly ride. Happy so far really 😎
    3 points
  24. Understanding Brake fluid color is the key to preventing clogs... DOT 3 DOT 4 and DOT 5.1 are Glycol based fluids and are designed to signal moisture contamination by changing color... the fluid will start to turn golden, then light brown, then dark brown indicating that it has absorbed progressively more moisture. Eventually, if left unchanged beyond the recommended service interval, the fluid will become dark and yukky, indicating high amounts of water absorption and thus badly contaminated fluid... Moisture Contaminated
    3 points
  25. I just stumbled across this website, which is the work of technical guru Mike Nixon, who has worked for both Honda and Kawasaki in senior techical roles in the US. There is some fascinating technical content on the early generation V4s that I have not seen before, and there also looks to be a wealth of technical guidance on all sorts of topics. https://www.motorcycleproject.com/text/v4_page.html
    3 points
  26. Gaz66... That quote wasn't referring to you, but I did almost post suggesting that. It was very clear to me that he was looking for info, not parts, from a fellow enthusiast. He said so exactly, clarifying why he was here. Is your point of view some kind of gate? Your second reply was quite honestly, strange. The un-apology. You still haven't "passed the test", but Happy Friday. Have a good weekend. Fireblade with a VFR SSSA. Not new ground, but... Fuck to the Yes.
    3 points
  27. 5th Gen.....yes. And 6th. And 4th. And 7th. And X models. And more. So much more.
    3 points
  28. Looks handy for when you do a good job. 🙂
    3 points
  29. Skippy lives on! REDSLUT2.0 still pulling commuter duty And wee Gil put put puts around the area... 20240526_151211.mp4
    3 points
  30. Now running lovely. Body work is next and I've never painted anything myself before so wish me luck 20240519_193057.mp4
    3 points
  31. Hi Captain 80's I've just done my truck in metallic gold and know exactly what you mean about scratches in the primer, I'll need to do some sections again to rectify! I have a small repair to do on the left side around the flasher as it blew over in a storm before I owned it but that part had received a very bad paint job in the past, I have a good friend who has his own paint and body shop so I'll see if he can help me out when the time comes. Thanks Graham
    2 points
  32. Oh.... sorry. Yeah no heat shield of that type on the 86/87.
    2 points
  33. How long has it been since I had this same question? It was probably about a year or so after I bought my 1990 VFR750FL brand new and was looking to buy my first aftermarket slip-on exhaust, so let's say 30+ years. IIRC, that was an aluminum Two Brothers Racing C2 oval with a polished stainless steel link pipe. Time sure flies... Anyway, the short answer is: no. Manufacturers of aftermarket motorcycle parts like exhausts do not, for the most part, "tune" their parts for different applications. A BMW specialist, or a Ducati specialist may do it, but certainly not companies which cater to a wide variety of models and manufacturers. It would be crazy cost-prohibitive. Therefore, an exhaust end can for one bike is unlikely to be different, apart from the connector pipe and (maybe) the mounting bracket. In theory, a manufacturer could run each model on a dyno, adjust the internal diameter a few mm larger or smaller, or a make the end can length a few cm longer or shorter, to achieve optimal performance, but in the real world if an aftermarket "go faster/louder" part can be made to fit, as far as the manufacturer is concerned, the R&D is finished! Ciao, JZH
    2 points
  34. It is all over when you have to match oil. Just sayin'. 🙂
    2 points
  35. Cannae go to Portugal and not eat grilled sardines can I? 🙂
    2 points
  36. For Info - The Service Manual has a Typo error and lists a DTC of 24 instead of the correct code of 23. The Reference of Page 5-52 is for the correct Code 23. See attached.
    2 points
  37. Looks sharp, from a brutha from a different mutha. 🙂
    2 points
  38. No affiliation and I've never used them but I have this in my saved links which may be of use with the RC26 https://v4dreams.com/products.html
    2 points
  39. Spent an hour tracing the electrics on the VFR this evening, and I may have found the problem. A chaffed wire tucked up under the headlight cowl. Seemed to be contacting part of the front frame and shorting out. Anyway, stuck a pice of insulating tape over it and went for a quick spin, all electrics back online! Lights working perfectly. No more blown fuses! I'll take the bike for a 10 mile run simply to ensure it is all okay, but I'm confident I've traced it and nailed the problem. Thanks all.
    2 points
  40. How dare you sir! That is actually my wife, she was dressed in pink though. 😂
    2 points
  41. I may hang about here anyway as I might grow on Gaz.😂😂😂
    2 points
  42. It is very difficult to help you. Need to answer the questions you are asked. Jumping around onto the next thing you thought of is not a way to solve your problems. So over to you. Cheers
    2 points
  43. The GoPro was a pain in the ass all weekend so I missed a lot of great footage. This is what I got.
    2 points
  44. The only sketchy thing that happened to me in ten days. Stupid GoPro.
    2 points
  45. I didn't get a chance to visit Solvang, but I did stop by the Petersen Automotive Museum. They have a number of bikes that all seemed to be on loan from the Barber collection out of Birmingham, AL. I'll try to get out for their Vintage Days again this year. I only got to hang around SoCal and family for a week before riding 2,600 miles back home. My go-to "welcome to SoCal" ritual is to enter on I-8 to Ocotillo, then jump on S2 through Anza-Borrego to 78. Take 78 to Julian for food and beer. No VFR on this run. I made the trip on Honda's largest twin.
    2 points
  46. Just checked my GPS..... May 2023 - May 2024 14,874km I donot have the GPS on all the time so I reckon 19,000km does it. Come May 2025, the plan is to work 32hrs/week from 40 now. Come May 2026, that will be a 40 year working life... time to retire. But................... health should play along as this and other threads remind us all off...
    2 points
  47. They did it in 2007. My head did explode, cuz for me they managed to fuck it up by putting the wrong bodywork on the wrong frame and wheel colors. That dark red bodywork would have looked killer with the black frame and wheels. And give the Anniversary a silver frame... like the one you're celebrating. I nearly managed to convince the Sales Manager to let me swap the bodywork on a pair and have the opportunity to offer one-offs, brand new VFRs. With an Anniversary Model getting ABS and the deluxe rear shock. (Think those were the mechanical differences?)
    2 points
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