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  1. Haven't been around in a while. Sold my mint 2001 years ago and bought a Diavel. Lately, I've been searching for a perfect 2000. Something to could just cruise on. The Ducati is awesome, but sometimes I just want to take it easy. Getting older I guess. Ive passed on multiple "clean" ones. It's amazing what people think "mint" is. After a year or so of searching, I finally found one. No shit, 2800 original miles. Everything, and I mean everything is there. The only thing that I could find missing was the rubber frame plug for the idle adjustment. Tires, brakes, oil, coolant, brake fluid, all o
    8 points
  2. I sold my 6th gen VFR today. Very sad to see it go, but it was time. I'm so grateful for the tens of thousands of miles' worth of amazing experiences and memories made on that wonderful machine. I had seriously considered a couple other bikes when I bought my 2004. Specifically, a 2nd gen Yamaha FZ1, a Honda Superhawk, and a Kawasaki ZZR 600. I know without a doubt I bought the best possible bike for me, and it was terrific for almost all of the 14+ years I owned it, and the 96,700 miles I put on it. Also, I'm very happy I rode my VFR enough and kept it long enough to see 100,0
    5 points
  3. As expected, Ducati has rolled out an 1158cc V4 for the next Multistada. The surprise is normal valve actuation--springs not desmo. Have to think that over the next year or two there will be a Ducati that looks and feels very much like the 8th gen VFR. C'mon Honda!
    5 points
  4. I woke up the next morning and tip toed out of the room. We were headed back to Erie that day and it was only 130 miles, so I told my niece she could sleep in. I spent a couple of hours in the Lobby having coffee and answering e-mails before heading back to the room with some breakfast for her. At around 11:00 I grabbed my keys to move the bike under the Portico. I started the bike and in about 10 seconds it started to run rough, would not respond to throttle and died. Oh oh. I tried again a few times with no luck. Thinking about it the bike had died about a year ago on the Mass P
    5 points
  5. I wasn’t expecting such a response to my very trivial question, I have never had a PBJ sandwich guess I will have to give it a try.
    4 points
  6. Sat in a diner in Salinas one morning I was just opening a small jar of Marmite when an adjacent person called out loudly “Marmite ...Marmite ...that stuff tastes like a cats ass” .....whole diner laughs ...not to be at a disadvantage I leapt to my feet, proffered a hand and said in an equally loud voice “ Sir, I’d like to shake your hand, I’ve never met anyone before who tasted a cats ass, then admitted it to so many people”
    4 points
  7. Hi, Long time listener first time caller. I'd like a newer bike to complement my RD400. I've always really liked the idea of the VFR and hope for some advice. I'm totally down with an older bike. I even almost got a clapped out FZR600. So working on a 3rd or 4th gen isn't a problem. I can't find a single 4th gen for sale anywhere in the country. ebay, cycle trader. I've got a craigslist app and have looking in my area on Facebook. Any advice? Are these now just moving up to collector status similar to the 80s two stroke bikes that I a
    4 points
  8. Hello folks, Graeme here checking in from the soggy side of the Atlantic. As I seem to be spending a lot of time scouring the forums, I thought I should sign up! I bought my '93 VFR eight and a half years ago having never sat on one before, which was with hindsight pretty dumb as it turned out my long legs and riding style left me banging my knees against the fairing frequently and painfully. Thanks to this, and general life stuff, the bike didn't get much use over the following 7 years, mostly it would sit for 6 months, I'd buy a new battery, ride it a little, hit a snag (rectifie
    4 points
  9. I installed fork lights 2 years ago. I went for low, short, and wide using Rigid Industries SRM - M2. They are adjustable side-to-side and up-and-down. They make the inside of turns light up when I ride at night. Rigid offered a range of light patterns; I chose short shine forward and wide shine side-to-side. YMMV Along with LED headlight bulbs they add hugely to conspicuity. I had a local machinist make these up for a small fee. (Apologies to mellow dude who made up a couple of L-brackets from my specs. The 90 degree bend of mello dudes's did not work out.)
    4 points
  10. 555 is more than a number... Wednesday October 7 I spent the day riding Southern Ohio back roads. The combination of superb fall weather, a freshly tuned VFR, and twisty roads made it one of the best single days of riding I have ever experienced. I’d like to acknowledge fellow VFR Forum member Tim C for listing some of his favorite southern Ohio roads earlier this year. I looked at his list and used it to augment what I already planned to do. Tuesday I77 from Charlotte,NC to Marietta,OH. 475 Miles Great weather albeit quite cool during the morning portion of the ride e
    4 points
  11. Well this is what happens when you spend too much time on bikesales.com, you end up buying things!! I have wanted a second bike for a little while, decided I wanted something a bit different from the VFR. Ended up buying this after riding my brother in laws Triumph America. About to head away for our wedding anniversary, in the car though or it will be our divorce weekend. Will post more info when I return. Enjoying it so far, have only done about 100km on it. I keep scraping the foot boards, a VFR it ain’t.
    4 points
  12. Great ride review and pictures. I'm surpised an Ozzy version of this sign wasn't present at the Daintree:
    4 points
  13. DAY 2. Malanda to Cape Tribulation and Return. . After a slow start to the day, we headed down the Gillies once again. Turned North at Gordonvale and rode through Cairns heading towards Port Douglas. We stopped at Ellis Beach just North of Palm Cove for brunch. Very nice bar and grill here with views out over the Coral Sea (not the greatest Photo sorry) Next stop was the Rex lookout about halfway between Cairns and Mossman. I came close to getting run over while taking this photo, what I thought was the exit lane from the parking was actually the highway, I
    4 points
  14. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Got it sorted using a hand sanitizer pump.
    4 points
  15. Love this shot. Great angle. Great Colors, Great composition. But oh dear that bike is bloody...................................BEAUTIFUL.
    4 points
  16. I got a good laugh out of this colour test...and then went out and bought a ZRX 😎 Sold the 2001 VFR and few years ago. Still looking for a top shelf 1997 or 500 interceptor.
    3 points
  17. Would be great to do an A-B comparison, start with a stock ride and then one with the headers! I know that my 6 Gen with the OEM 98-99 cat-less feels better than the 09 OEM headers and I'm looking forward to seeing how it is with the replica headers. Yes, I still have not installed mine, there are several reasons but hopefully those reason will come to an end soon! That being said, the difference they made with my 5 Gen was enough for me to grab another set for my 6 Gen.
    3 points
  18. Vegemite always reminds me of that ‘80s Men At Work song...
    3 points
  19. Axle Grease on toast commonly known as Vegemite. A concoction of left over Brewers yeast with various vegetable and spice additives. Bet you're all drooling over that! Yummo! We all grew up on this stuff. There was an advertising jingle to brain wash us as kids: We're happy little Vegemites As bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our Vegemite For breakfast, lunch, and tea. Our mummies say we're growing stronger Every single week, Because we love our Vegemite We all adore our Vegemite It puts a rose in every cheek.
    3 points
  20. I've lurked on the XX forum - there are only a few posts daily as the newest of those bikes are closing in on 20 y.o. A telling thing on VFRD is that you rarely if ever see posts from any of the moderators any longer. I guess after 15+ years there's nothing much new under the sun - every mod and farkle has been discussed over and over and there are no new generations to ogle. As the need for repairs rises with age, the nature of the forum changes. Everything has a life cycle and by now VFR's are probably late middle age. Ok by me tho - lots of nice folks on here and it helps keep my inte
    3 points
  21. Assuming the maintenance is not so bad- all fluids flushed, tires and chain in good condition then +1 on suspension for sure. At least refresh fork oil and seals. Adding new straight rate springs and is super easy. Updating the shim stack is not super difficult either - see my restoration thread. I did all of that. I used 0.85 kg/mm because I had them with me and when I can, I'll go for 0.90 that should be more suited for the weight of the bike - I'm around 80kg in full gear, but Vivian - my VFR - is in the 240-250kg (damn she's heavy). Here, we are talking about 200€ in
    3 points
  22. Ok...finally time to ride! I'm going to replace the rear plastic with another paint attempt (or a new part, if I can find one). But...it looks pretty sweet! Before and after: Still needs a full brake bleed, as I'm not sure the previous owners knew or cared to do all of the different LBS circuits and the rear fluid looks pretty awful. But overall ready to go in a few minutes. All the stuff I did: - New or repainted plastic, including the dash and gauge lenses] - Sargent saddle - Cleaned and flushed
    3 points
  23. Personally I favor the '99 vs the 2000 (I am biased) for a few reasons other than the mileage: 1. No catalytic converter 2. No wax unit (manual fast idle control) 3. My personal bias is toward the red vs yellow 4. One downside is that the '99 has mild steel headers - if desired that can be changed with the group buy on custom headers here - search the forums 5. Another are the condom mirrors - easily changed out for Y2K mirrors tho. If maintained, there's no reason the '99 engine can't go 200,000 miles - or more. Common wear items would be suspension, bu
    3 points
  24. Fabulous photo that. No doubt taken in the dead center of the town!
    3 points
  25. Even better, in Australia, southern hemisphere, we can drive on the "wrong"' side, change gears with our left hand and do it all upside down. ..............
    3 points
  26. Bonjour GazKent. Suspect you are seeing some nasty voltage drop somewhere. Assume your Battery is charged and healthy and terminals are clean and tight? First thing I'd check is the Main Blue Connector toward the front left side of the bike. This major connector has caused many issues for the EFI system in the past. It can cause severe voltage drop for the Main EFI power being the Black/White wire (beyond the Engine Stop Relay, ESR) and includes your Fuel Pump. This power comes in on the bottom wire of the Blue connector (see attached), being the Red/White wire then the
    3 points
  27. Don't order the Roadstercycle install bracket. I have custom designed mount kits for the 6th gen for both the Fh020 and Sh847........
    3 points
  28. Yep. You want a Shindengen SH847 Series R/R. You can go the Roadstercycle route, which contains everything and is a simple swap (I have his kits on 2 of my bikes). Or, you can find a 2014+ Suzuki V-Strom 1000 R/R, which is an SH847, and build your own kit. This is how you want to connect your new R/R.
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. White on the white bike looks ok, white on the red 8gen looks a little strange to me. White wheels on the RWB 6gen looks well suited. But the Red, Black and white wheeled 4th gen looks a treat. Hearing from those that have had white wheels say its a PITA keeping them nice and clean. Agree with Mello and Sparkie, I think the factory bronze on the 8gen is a Great looking and practical color, it looks neat on the Red, White, Silver or Black 8gen. And as always YMMV. Cheers.
    3 points
  31. I would do this before you start changing parts. The dielectric grease inside the switch housing becomes very stiff with age. Take the switch housing apart and clean out the old dried up grease and Re-lube. I used a q-tip to remove the grease, wd-40 to clean and dissolve the grime and a spray silicone lube with a dab of some new dielectric grease. Works better than they did when I bought my 1998 new. I lived with the horrible turn signals for a long time. Don’t fire the parts cannon just yet.. Clean and lube the switch.
    3 points
  32. Completely agree with you Gebruiker. Software geeks have a fantastic way of turning a perfectly working system into one that doesn't.! Feel for you HS, must drive you crazy. Thanks for all you do, we wouldn't have this forum without your efforts.
    3 points
  33. Part of the reason I put a ez oil drain plug in. Big Syringe or pump from hand sanitiser or similar and some tube and suck it out
    3 points
  34. From a tech perspective the 8th gen is antique. My 2017 Ducati SuperSport (base model) has far superior ABS, Traction Control, and ride modes. Funny about the 790, I had a buddy that bought one and only kept it long enough to trade it in for the 890 when it released. He said the 890 was a better machine in many ways. Funny how a year difference can do so much.
    2 points
  35. You can ride mine. I'm sure we'll meet up sooner or later.
    2 points
  36. You lose about 15 lbs when you remove all the emissions stuff and with the cat removed. I also removed the ugly ass center stand and got Pit Bull stands for maintenance.
    2 points
  37. Thanks for taking the time to write this up and post the photos. As I may have already mentioned, your niece might be too cool right now to say how great this trip was, but in five or 10 years this will probably be one of the great adventures of her life story. Nice bike also!
    2 points
  38. When I was in Australia, my driving routine was to come to an intersection and signal a turn with my windshield wipers . . . (if I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand). I felt like an idiot! Driving on the opposite side of what one is accustomed to can be a humbling experience!
    2 points
  39. If your brakes are already delinked you could grab one of these and put a Brembo caliper on it;
    2 points
  40. Clean the contacts in the kill switch.
    2 points
  41. NICE! I love the gold wheels almost more than I love the white wheels that I sometimes see people put on these! Did you powder coat them?
    2 points
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