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  1. I just recovered my VFR after extensive maintenance was performed. Wow does it feel smooth and fast after the service ! 1) Valve Clearances 2) Replace Fork Oil 3) Replace Rear Shock After reading all the commentary on this forum and others about leaving the valves alone, I did just that. That strategy ( if it ain’t broke/don’t ask don’t tell) worked great for the first 60,000 mi of this VFR’s life. Then the top end started making ticking noises,not bad but enough to make me a bit paranoid. 6 Valves were out of spec and required replacement shims. Because
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  2. Well, you just never know. I have a friend who just got back into bikes after a 40 year hiatus. Over coffee one day he said both his kids were away this summer and he thought his wife would be fine with him doing a road trip out to Calf. and back for about 30-40 days. Well I had ridden with him a few times and noticed things like going into neutral at stop lights and signs, forgetting to turn off turn signals, relying on mirrors rather than turning for a look, that were worrisome. So I few days later while putting a new chain on his bike I bluntly invited myself along for the first
    2 points
  3. Sept 14, Just back from the shop. 60163 Mi.
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  4. Just wanted to say hi to you all on this forum heard some good reviews about this site.. so hi everyone..😎
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  5. For the bikes I've looked at so far the best tells if it was on it's side for me were: mirrors (these seem repainted at the mirror back part) rear brake pedal (usually gets bent in, can't tell from this picture for this bike) the pillon handles (these seem scuffed on the second picture) Fairings might be original, just repainted. Usually you can see this on the inside when you remove them as they wouldn't be fully painted there and can check for repaired cracks form a fall. If the bike was repainted the lacquer finish should be inconsistent and might have a sort of orange peel look
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  6. Batteries can either fade away, or just die suddenly. My understanding is that the inside of the battery has many thin lead plates separated by the glass matt (in an AGM battery) or gel with the electrolyte present. The lead surface develops fatigue from cycling and eventually starts to shed, and the shed particles can form a bridge between the plates and cause the short. This seems to be more common in a hot battery than cold, so the dying battery will seem fine on a cold start but then won't have enough juice to start the hot engine. I can also confirm that crossing the polarity
    1 point
  7. The battery is the quickest thing to change and would be consistent with what you are seeing. If it develops an internal short, then a jump battery will be struggling against that and the jump wires will get quite hot - been there and done that, on my daughter's car. Try repeating the jump battery exercise but with the original pulled out of the circuit.
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  8. Hit this a couple weeks ago on my '04. Bought the bike from its first owner with 4,225 miles on it in August 2006. My goal for 2020 was to see this number on my VFR.
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  9. 3 VTEC Shims out bf spec. 3 Non VTEC shims out of spec.
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  10. Wonderful photos. A refreshing change from ride reports (like mine) with photos of "the bike at the monument or at the gas pump", etc. I have to ask - the curiosity is killing me - what is that long/narrow red attachment to the 4th gen's frame just behind the clutch cover?
    1 point
  11. Amazingly my niece was ready to go at 0615. She wanted a picture of her bike with mine so we set it up. If you look at the right side of the pic you can see the back of my nephews 84 VF1000F. Wish I had taken a picture of it as its in amazing shape. That done with I loaded up and I went over the rules, feet on the pegs always, don't get on/off till I say so, sit up straight, that kind of stuff. I got on the bike, started it up and looked over at my niece. Well the full weight of responsibility hit me like a tractor trailer. I sat there for a full 2 minutes having a thin
    1 point
  12. Are you hoping to sell it on for $80,005? Because I think you might be disappointed.
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  13. The next morning my nephew and his wife and I had a quiet coffee in their back yard. I went through some of the logistics. Although we share the same last name I wanted a photo ID. Passport, check. Medical insurance, card is in the passport, check. Consent form, in the passport, check. Phone? yes. I took out my Atlas and ran them through my route, which was just to retrace my route back. It was low risk virus wise, had lots of Hotels, restaurants and scenery along the way, and points of interest. My only deviation was to spend an extra day in Vermont so I
    1 point
  14. Fair enough ! Here's my bike. Thanks for the warm welcome.
    1 point
  15. Great write-up FromMaine, brought me back to my New England riding days. With me in western MA, my brother (ancient K75) living between Augusta and Belfast, and my best riding buddy (new bike every other year: 5th gen, 6th gen, FJR, ST4...) in Lexington MA, I spent a lot of time on those roads. One summer near the Maine coast we noticed that the rear Dunlop on my 6th gen was now a slick. Emergency calls led me to the Harley dealer on Rt. 3 just east of Augusta. Got me in and out in an hour, cheap, one of my best dealer experiences ever. You just never know.
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  16. Me neither, I zero my trip meter at every fill up and usually gas up again around 180 miles or so. I should one day take it past 200 miles, but I haven’t done that to date.
    1 point
  17. It can be welded. Have to find someone who tig welds and knows what he is doing. Looks like that piece could be stainless.
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  18. Used a maxi-sized 30 amp fuse holder to replace the B fuse. Mine was getting discolored.
    1 point
  19. I don't know of any online VIN checkers that give anything other than the most basic information--which does not include the market designation. But, then again, I'm old school and have paper Honda Parts Catalogues for all of my bikes, so how would I know! I found a .pdf of a ROW 2002 VFR800 Honda Parts Catalogue in my files, however, which confirms what I would have guessed based on my experience with VINs of somewhat older Hondas. In your VIN, "JH2" indicates that the manufacturer is Honda, "RC46" tells us this is a VFR800, "A" I will get to in a moment, "X" is the VIN check di
    1 point
  20. Check out the classifieds now, I have and Ohlins rear shock and a full set of Race Tech gold valves for your 02 for only $500 plus shipping. Funny I started this thread way back in 06 and it's still a good one.
    1 point
  21. The bracket was a mistake to order from roadstercycles, Mellodude (here on VFRD)makes a much nicer bracket that doesn’t need to be cut or modified and I could have oriented the connectors towards the back of the bike. Contact Mellodude for more information via a private message. No good! Locktite! Crimped and soldered this had to be taken apart to fit through my chosen path The circuit breaker will reside here Mounted in place
    1 point
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