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    Hi All, Just joined the forum because I'm looking at a 2001 VFR800 that popped up for sale locally. Will be going to look at it later this week and would like some pointers on what to look for. From a brief conversation I had with the seller, the bike only has 6,900 miles, of which only 2,000 were put on by the current owner over the last 8 years due to health issues. It doesn't sound like he has much in the way of service records but did an oil change recently before putting the bike up for sale. Other than that, he claims to have just kept the bike on a battery tender and ridden it briefly "every now and then." Didn't really get into just how frequently or recently "every now and then" was, though. The bike does look mint from the pictures he sent, but I'd like to get some input on what all to do if there's not much more information to be had. I'm a returning rider after nearly 18 years off, and this is mainly a nostalgia buy, as my favorite bike from my youth was a 4G VFR. I no longer have the tools, time, or wherewithal to do my own wrenching, so I would be sending it to a shop for any major work. If anyone here is from the Dallas/Ft Worth area, I'd also appreciate a referral to a good tech with VFR experience. Thanks in advance for any tips, and I look forward to being back on a VFR!
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    Mind you, Ago raced on Aermacchi, not Gilera... Maybe I should look for a Simoncelli lid.... 😎
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    Hi everyone, Just wanted to say that my son and I bled all the brake lines and clutch line this past weekend on my 2007 VFR 800 RWB. We used this EXCELLENT guide from jay-d with no issues at all. All the lines were bled in proper sequence and everything worked as stated. We did it the old school way (no speed bleeders). Be patient, don't skip any bleeder screws as this will only keep old fluid in that section. It does take several hours to do this with two people. The one bolt that took the longest to remove was the forward bolt on the rear brake caliper backing plate. A straight wrench worked okay, just took several minutes to finally get it out. A short socket could not fit and a deep well socket was too long. I saw in the thread that someone bought a socket with a length in between the short and deep well. Good idea. Alternatively, we considered removing the rear sprocket. This looked like it would give a straight shot to the rear bolt with an extension and socket. Once again, thanks to jay-d for this excellent procedure and instructions. Bill Mersch aka MisterBill
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    Lovely day for it "Don't pay the ferryman" (cos it is free...) Some of them are out of season.... Had a look at an AGV Legend, but the L too tight and XL too loose.... (I have an ARAI head... 😪)
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    I’ve just de-rusted my tank so if you want to anything about that, drop me a line. Go along at least with a flashlight which will give you a chance of seeing inside. Ask how they stored the bike. Knowing what I know now, just putting it away long term with fuel in is not the right answer. Not saying you should walk away, but worth knowing that a low miles underused bike is not necessarily a zero issues bike. Other points have been mentioned. The only bits which would be likely to wear out by just sitting will be rubber. So you #might# end up having to replace seals in brakes and clutch (as well as tyres as a precaution), but these are not a big deal. You can only work out if it’s worth paying a big premium for such a low miles bike. If you keep it as low miles, great condition it should hold value reasonably well. If you use it without maintaining it as a garage queen, it will lose more money IMHO than the 35k bike. Stuart
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