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  1. 5 points
    A full stormtrooper outfit would be extremely safe, as they never hit anything...
  2. 4 points
    Just an out and about checking out the roads during what seems to be an epic season so far
  3. 3 points
    I love ABS. Going from 70mph to 0 between two rows of cars on wet and gravelly lane markings has a way of raising appreciation of the technology
  4. 2 points
    Looks like we will not be able to hook up for the pre ride. We will be riding in the area just can't get the days/directions to work out. Based on this conversation I am probably to old anyway. We should be in the Franklin area by Wednesday.
  5. 2 points
    I almost never look at my gear indicator. Just more useless complication IMO. Used to not having one. I also very seldom forget to turn off turn signals. I'm usually awake when riding.....
  6. 2 points
  7. 2 points

    From the album my trips

    Heading inland from Cambria, California on Cal-46 in 1994.

    © Lorne Black

  8. 2 points
    Thanks. old man squirrel learned somethin new today !
  9. 2 points
    Fark! I didn't realise acid rain was such a serious problem! ;-)
  10. 2 points
    Thanks HS, I imagine it was a royal pain in the ass to sort this out. We all appreciate your efforts to keep this site afloat.
  11. 2 points
    This is how I broke loose some airbox screws in my ST1100. Worked like a charm.
  12. 2 points
    I could not put this any better - wouldn't change a word. I'll never understand why some (many I suppose) don't get it.
  13. 2 points
    I have a 2007 RWB which I bought last year. What an incredible machine. Looks, sounds, presence and build quality. I wast just at the Toronto motorcycle show and to tell you the truth nothing in 2018 would make me want to sell my VFR except maybe a cbr11000RR but it does not have the all day comfort my VFR has. Need I say more. Nice pic GRUM. I've attached a pic of Freddie Spencer teaching on a VFR800 at his now defunct riding school in Vegas. Good enough for Freddie its good enough for me. LOL. Ride safe!
  14. 2 points
    Almost exactly 20 years ago I traded my VTR1000F for a spanking new VFR800. Both were first year models, and the first ones to arrive at my local shop. Over the years I've gone back and forth between VFRs and VTRs. It may be heresy to say so but my perfect bike would be a 5th/6th gen VFR with a VTR1000 motor. First pic is trade-in day, second is atop Sonora Pass, Cal., en route to the 1998 WSB races at Laguna Seca.
  15. 2 points
    If you are touring in the US, I highly recommend an AMA membership. Not so you can support lobbying, but you have a very inexpensive solution if you have a breakdown. On multi-day tours, I also carry a grunge brush and chain lube. Currently, I'm planning a 2300 mile trip in July, and know that my chain should be lubed every 500 miles. Since I'm going around Lake Superior, I'm planning on two-piece mesh gear with a rain liner and a polar fleece vest. Crossing into Canada means taking my passport and getting the Canadian version of my insurance card for the bike.
  16. 1 point
    Hindle exhausts in collaboration with http://www.ripplerockracers.com/ are in the process of finalizing the newest full 4-2-1 exhausts for the early VFR's. I'm not sure when these will roll out, or what the final cost will be but I'm planning on keeping up with the progress and hope to get one myself. Sounds like they're working on two variants, a high mount and low mount, both of which are right exit.
  17. 1 point
    Unfortunately I didn't do a thread for the trip, I did however take a lot of videos which I am in the middle of editing, will have to post some or put them on YouTube (don't hold your breath!!) If you ever get the chance to do a New Zealand road trip I highly recommend it, whoever designed these roads was definitely a motorcyclist!! And there is a world class motorcycle museum in Invercargill. Invercargill is also home to The Worlds Fastest Indian (of Burt Munroe fame) Renting the VFR was actually quite reasonable at NZ$112 a day, with unlimited kilometres. (2005 model with 80,000km on the clock) ran like a dream. I clocked up 4,300km in the 11 days I had it. Great roads, great wine and great food!! and the Kiwis are very friendly especially the biking fraternity. Attaching a couple more photos to wet your appetite. Both taken on the road to Milford Sound.
  18. 1 point
    I doubt you would have any issue with 55/60W bulbs as these are very common in other headlights so it seems likely that the standard H4 plug would be specified to be used with these. I have had past experience of a plug melting issue with a single 80/100W H4 bulb however. The headlight fuse is 20A so that will be enough for 240W total at 12V; as you switch from low to high I guess it is possible you could have both sets of filaments live instantaneously so 230W max, just below the fused rating. Like Maxswell I happily used 55/60W bulbs in my bike without any consideration for its electrical health.
  19. 1 point

    From the album Golden/Silver 2016

  20. 1 point
    Last July, my dear son wrapped my beloved 5th gen around a power pole, and landed himself in the hospital for 42 days. I consider myself very lucky that my wife did not ban motorcycles from the garage for good, but I promised her to downsize (power wise) and my next bike would have ABS. She said "OK, but no more VFR"; that's fine with me...never was attracted much to the 6th gen anyway, and the 8th gens are too expensive for my budget. I've had pretty good luck so far buying older garage queens, restoring them to roadworthy condition, and riding the piss out of them. I was looking for a Suzuki or Kawi 650 twin, but ABS models in my price range are rare. I saw a BMW R1150R on Craigslist, but it sold before I could see it. I became enamored with the BMW roadsters, and before long, that's all I was looking for. My search lasted from November to February, but I finally came across a pristine 2002 R1150R, 20,000 miles, rides like new. Hard cases included and a list of accessories and options as long as my arm... sweet.New fluid changes before any serious riding happens, along with new tires. So I took the old girl out for a shakedown ride yesterday. 241 miles down to Monterey and back via Half Moon Bay on the Pacific Coast Hwy....had to heat up the oil before draining it, right? I was impressed by the torque output of the 1150 boxer. That R1150R charges out of the curves like nobody's business. Fun. No burst of power from midrange to redline like the VFR, but not really missed much; after my son's near fatal accident, I doubt I'll be exploring the limits of my riding ability ever again. I always had fun riding my VFR fast enough to make the suspension squat in hard cornering. Don't know if the telelever/paralever set up will behave in similar fashion; too tentative to find out right now, given the condition of the 8 year old Bridgestone BT023 tires. I'm sure the ride will get interesting once new rubber is mounted. Range. I topped off the tank at the start of the trip, and went 181 miles before the fuel light came on. By my calculation, I'm getting right around 40 MPG, regardless of how heavy handed I ride. Don't recall ever getting less than 45 MPG on my 5th gen, and 250 mile range was easily possible. Don't think the BMW will do anything near that, but 200 miles on a tank seems attainable. I hope that the R1150R lives up to BMW's reputation for durability, but mentally preparing myself for a higher maintenance requirement. Don't plan on tossing my VFRD affiliation, #1 because I like you guys, and #2 I think the pile of 5th gen parts in my garage still qualifies as VFR ownership. Wish me luck. Jeff J.
  21. 1 point
    Maine - how did you mount those specifically? My lights are too big but the ones you have or maybe those Skene lights that ducnut mentioned may look reasonable there.
  22. 1 point
    I recently drove through Iowa (ugh) and on a long stretch of nearly vacant interstate, there was a run over deer about every 100 to 150 yards. I would hate to travel that road often or at night. If you don't turn off your turn signals with discipline, cars behind you will give your signaling no credibility and start assuming what you will or won't do. It's a good way to get hurt. Also, what MaxSwell said.
  23. 1 point
    SC Projects, sounds awesome, looks pretty good Titanium with Carbon fibre cap
  24. 1 point
    They're coming to take me away ho ho, ha ha, he he! To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and I'll be so happy to see those strong young men in their clean white coats.
  25. 1 point
    These are cool bikes and Yamaha deserves to sell truckloads of them. Every time I see one, I imagine it decked out in RD350LC bodywork, white with the blue/tuquoise stripe. Maybe I'm just getting old and nostalgic?
  26. 1 point
    So I was on E Bay looking for some parts and I saw a vintage Hindle 4 into1 exhast system on the site, I let it sit for a while and saw the 80+ people watching it, after looking at the pictures of the corrosion on everything I decided to pass on it, Fast forward, I couldn’t help my self so I hit buy it now, after receiving it I was pleasantly surprised as the pipes were nickel plated and the muffler was just dusty, so I had the header ceramic coated in black and polished the muffler and am very pleased with the outcome, it’s my vintage bike so I wanted the vintage look, not a carbon fiber modern looking exhast,I think it looks great! I also bought on E Bay a right rear foot peg bracket and cut off the peg and contoured it so it’s the muffler hanger. Sorry to those who were watching the auction, You snooze you loose! I may sell my stock collector and the F-1 mufflers at some time not sure yet?
  27. 1 point
    I've owned a 5th, 6th, and now a 7th gen. I hate the 7th gen fairings with a passion. Give me fairing bolts any day.
  28. 1 point
    Your method for testing the detent on steering head bearings is one I used when I heard a loud cracking noise from my front end on braking hard. There was an obvious notch in the centre position. With 40k on the bike I examined the steering head bearings when removing my forks for an oil change. Looked like original bearings with a little grungy grease on them. Didn't have time to replace the bearings so I lubed them. Once put back together the detent was gone and they perform as they should. Intend to put stiffer fork springs for my weight this year and will replace the steering head bearings at that time.
  29. 1 point
    Interesting story. It must have been quite a feat of engineering to tie those 3 motors together and run all the power and torque through a gearbox that could take it. RC did a great job for me on both my bikes and cars. I'd definitely use them again.
  30. 1 point
    That they were everything was there i just think the screws were all the way closed and i couldn't get the tool so i just shot off a .22 roumd bullet and used the shell casing for the tool worked wonders
  31. 1 point
    I had the same issue with my 1200. Turned out to simply be a bad connection by the clutch lever. There are a couple of them there...make sure they are all secure and it might solve the problem for ya.
  32. 1 point
    Landlover, I think you already have the bases to start an adjustment of your front/rear braking ratio. I wouldn't change anything, yet. I would get out and practice my braking in a controlled environment such as an empty lot or street with no traffic. Do your normal braking and measure the distance it takes you to get stopped. You are the only person that knows how much you normally squeeze the front brake and how much you normally press down on the rear brake. Once you have a distance it takes you to stop and you already know how much you are applying on each of the brakes, you now have a baseline from which to judge the results of making changes. If your bike has linked brakes, anytime you apply only the front you are getting some rear because of the linked brake design. Your owners manual should explain this and give you an idea of the ratio. With that in mind, I would then go back to your practice area and start changing the feel of the front brake and rear brake. I like making these type of changes is small increments. You are going to squeeze a bit harder on the front and press a bit lighter on the rear. Measure the distance to stop and compare to your baseline. The results should be a shorter stopping distance. As you progress in your experimentation, you can include the front brake only, as well as the rear brake only, and of course varying degrees of different pressure ratios. You will be getting results that you have read or learned during training, but are now experiencing first hand. Depending on your bike, your preferred ratio of front/rear brake ratio may in fact differ from others on a different bike, or different than you would experience on a different bike that you ride. But through the process you should also be getting various results of which you can select the results you most favor. I personally prefer using mostly front brake to dump off a lot of speed quickly and use some rear brake (and less front brake) just before the full stop to smooth out the bike weight distribution, especially when riding 2-up. Regardless I want to avoid locking up either front or rear at any speeds, but especially at higher speeds during an emergency stop. With that said, my bike responds well to using a lot more front brake. My brakes are not linked, and neither are they ABS. I have read many times the recommendation of certain front/rear ratios. I think these recommendations give us an idea, which is to use primarily front brake with some back brake for most effective braking. However, because I use my hand for the front brake and foot for the rear brake, and have no system on my bike that tells me how much brake I am actually applying on each, I find it impossible to determine actually the exact amount I am applying!! I do find that practicing different methods and ratios and measuring the results, provides me with the confidence to safely achieve normal braking and maximum braking.
  33. 1 point
    I picked up my 4th BMW Oilhead boxer last SEP.. low mileage, (under 18k), and low cost (under $2.8k). They are easy to work on and relatively reliable for their age. If you have servo-assit ABS, that system drains the battery at standstill while the engine is at idle. Extra drain on battery with Servo-assist usually cause battery to perform poorly in colder climate, especially if you like to use the heated grips like I do. I'm waiting for my Servo pumps to fail and remove all the ABS from the bike. BTW, get some engine guards on those cylinder covers.. Magnesium cylinder covers are more difficult to replace these days.. new ones from BMW cost upwards of $200 each. [url=https://www.ebay.com/itm/183104658325]Cheap $30 engine guard from China works wonders when you have a spill.. even at low speed.
  34. 1 point
    VFROZ, That is a thing of beauty. I have a million questions about your bike... To keep it short, where did you get those rear sets, and what kind of exhaust do you have? Looks immaculate m8.
  35. 1 point
    Thank you gents. I actually didn't get a chance to meet the previous/original owner directly. The bike was on consignment through a nearby powersports store. What's really funny about the Punisher emblems was that I never noticed them in the first hour looking over the bike. It wasn't until they wheeled it out on the floor when I went to sign for it the next day that I saw them, and it made me kind of laugh a little. My Jeep Comanche had a Punisher sticker on the roof under the headliner that I discovered not long after buying it. It seems to be a rolling theme. I agree, the paint job on the 1200 is amazing. What is more amazing is how similar the two bikes look in the sun. The 1200 is a little brighter, but check out the metallic pearl effect on my GL1000 in direct sunlight. Very similar.
  36. 1 point
    Not sure where in the world you are located but here is the part # 64512-MBG-010 And a link to a Honda Canada site. https://www.bike-parts-honda.ca/honda-motorcycle/assignment_spare_parts/64512MBG010 https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.ca%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F282857311594 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. 1 point
    I love it! Could be a good theft prevention method?
  38. 1 point
    Of course you adapt and habituate. That's all part of the process. Still just about everyone I know going from carburetors to injection perceives the experience as jerkier. Whatever the mechanism behind it. At first, that's the way it feels and sometimes even later you realize how sensitive they are to input. Same difference is all I'm saying.
  39. 1 point
    Well I don't want to argue over semantics but saying fuel injected bikes are more instantaneous to rider input is just explaining why the riding experience is jerkier. Also if we take the polar opposite viewpoint and say that carburetted bikes are less instantaneous to rider input that's equivalent to their being some delay to rider input which translates as a smoother riding experience in terms of throttle usage or behaviour. You may be right but I wasn't wrong. Edited to remove a possibly offensive bit, I piqued, and I apologize. I'll admit it. Hindsight's 20:20.
  40. 1 point
    Sounds like your 5th Gen's battery is about done, was it already weak before the cold weather arrived? All of the symptoms you listed are battery related. While the 5th Gen's PGM-FI ECU was pretty advanced for its time, I don't think they (Honda) included system voltage compensation for the coil dwell time (that sort of ignition control feature is a relatively recent development in both cars and motorcycles). So if your 5th Gen has a weak battery that's causing lower than normal system voltage the standard coil dwell time commanded by the ECU will not charge the coils well enough to get a good spark at the plugs.
  41. 1 point
    Unfortunately the thermostat is buried deep in the "V" of the engine, under the Fuel Tank, Air Box and Throttle Body. Not an easy job but it has to be done, the bike will run so much better afterwards. 5th Gen thermostats always fail (eventually), but they don't all fail the same way. Some stick open, some stick closed, some develop a sticking (stopping) point short of either full open or full closed (or in between both). The resulting symptoms are sometimes hard to diagnose as thermostat related. You've got the most obvious case, and it's the worst case also. The VFR engine hates running cold. Good luck the the replacement. My advice (while you've got things disassembled) is to also replace the two short hoses that connect from the thermostat housing to the cylinder heads and replace the O-rings for the cylinder head connections. I refurbished a '99 a year ago (January-February of 2017), here's a forum thread of my work (with lots of pics and explanations) http://vfrworld.com/threads/refurbishing-my-99-5th-gen.52488/
  42. 1 point
    Toilet Paper--don't ask.
  43. 1 point
    I've book the time off work.. Just trying to make sure the boat goes in the water early enought to have it looked after before this event.
  44. 1 point

    From the album Moose

    Cleaned up the wheels, new tires, and forks reworked.
  45. 1 point
    At 71 (and 4/5th) of age, I didn't realize until I read this thread I should have a sit-up bike!!
  46. 1 point
    I wasn't being snippy at you Jhenley. When I said "you" I meant that in a general statement. I do fully understand what you're saying. I live in SoCal where there are A LOT of fast cars, trucks, SUV's, with uber-powerful engines, so I know what you mean about others being able to keep up. But that statement should be taken into context. Keep up with you WHERE? Twisties? Busy Freeway? City? Open interstate? The only venue these fast cars have a chance to beat a VFR is the open interstate IF they have the space and distance to do it. I remember seeing a video from Brazil where a loud-mouthed Audi R10 driver kept bragging that he beat two liter bikes on their freeway. Well yeah they were lucky to be alive! And his Audi top speed is probably above 190? While the liter bikes probably 186? Clearly he had the advantage. But if you saw the video it was obvious the Audi was on the ragged edge of causing a massive pile up! Truthfully, you won't encounter many Audi R10's. Further, look at the VFR800 roll on numbers from 45-65 then 65-85 or 65-100....one would need a twin turbo something to keep up (not pass). But once in the open those same cars will pull away at 140+ as the VFR reaches its top speed. That scenario won't happen often. 99% of the time you will be ahead on a VFR800 when you factor in other vehicles around you. The maneuverability of a sport bike is more than enough to keep fast cars at a distance in public roads MOST of the time. I'm sure Honda can make an 800cc V4 with 120 rwhp. But they're not willing to invest millions just to get that engine to pass emissions for a bike that's not going to sell so well. Like I said, even Ducati didn't think 120 rwhp was necessary on their SS. Even Kawasaki's Z1000 isn't flying off the showroom floor either!
  47. 1 point
    I'm a little more optimistic. With a title-winning motogp V4 I figure sooner or later Honda will come out with a high-end production sporting V4, whether they call it a VFR or not. With Ducati moving their production engine configuration in line with their motogp, maybe Honda will follow? In the meantime, I recently spotted an amazing Interceptor III prototype here in the Bay Area:
  48. 1 point
    I know, man. It's so weird to admit that while "we" all love it, I can understand why a lot of folks look at it and don't get the appeal. I couldn't say for sure, but if I had to guess, I'd bet the average VFR fan is over 40, a former sportbike rider who doesn't feel like riding a beast anymore, and someone who grew up loving the line. Sure, there's something special about the bike, character, etc etc, but anyone looking at it on paper or during a test ride in a vacuum would be hard pressed to say it is better than its competitors. Not that I give a damn; it's still the first bike I grab the keys for every day.
  49. 1 point
    I used RC Fuel Injection for the injectors on my 6th gen. Service was quick - and I think it ran about $25 per. I mailed them with out with no problem. They're in Torrance if that's close to you. Cleaning made a large difference in the engine's smoothness, especially at low throttle settings and low rpm. Definitely worth it. https://www.rceng.com/
  50. 1 point
    What do they fend off? Ships? Evil? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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