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  1. ...I bought this lightly used 2 year old VFR750, and haven't been without a Honda since then; several VFRs and a handful of VTR1000F. I'd bought the bike late that afternoon, and being early March it was a dark, damp first ride to visit my folks. I'd love to have it back, and in that condition.
    15 points
  2. Hello again fellow Vifferini! Some of you may have read my long winded story here of getting back on a VFR after a 15 year absence from riding. I then posted the clean up thread here about that bike. Since purchase I have put about 10,000 miles on it having an absolute blast riding around the fine state of Utah, USA. The warm weather season is short but we do have a handful of excellent roads with endless scenery. The bike is set up just like my first VFR and it runs perfect. I couldn't be happier with it. Well, the plot thickens...which is to say I tracked down and bought back my original VFR. The one that I bought new in Northern California back in 2001. Yes, my actual exact bike, VIN #00089. Turns out the internet can be an interesting and effective tool. I actually got in touch with the owner a couple years ago but he wasn't ready to sell at that time. Finally, in recent weeks he let me know that he had upgraded and would sell it back to me, and at a very reasonable price. I was more than pleased, and my teenage son and I made plans to pick it up two states away in California. Not wanting to drag my small open trailer 1800 miles there and back, I wondered if a motorcycle would fit inside the wife's minivan. The Google machine quickly confirmed that I was not the first to consider this, as I found multiple pictures of various bikes shoehorned into spaces more commonly filled with soccer moms and soccer kids. That said, we had to test before the drive just to be sure. After some general measuring I figured that if we removed the windscreen and mirrors from my current VFR, we might be able to load it through the side door, which is exactly what we did. "Easy does it. Left a bit! Watch the ramp!" Success! Even got the doors to close with room to spare. Took it right back out and put it in the garage, neighbors shaking their heads, unsurprised at my usual shenanigans. So with that confirmed we made our way out to CA to pick up the original machine. Let me say this, one-on-one time with your kids is absolute gold. While going to get my old bike was cool, 20 plus hours in the car with my son was the real highlight of the trip. He's a fantastic kid and we had great time making new memories doing something that wouldn't make sense to most people. We arrived just after dark at the seller's home after a full day's drive. It was great to meet the gentleman and trade a few stories. I pointed out the small scratches on the clutch cover. "Yeah, that was me, trying to put it up on the center stand one day wearing flip flops and it slowly went over on it's side on the driveway. Not my first bonehead move." It was so cool to see that it still had every mod that I had installed more than 20 years prior, save the Sargent seat, but I'll just use the one from my other bike now. Looking over the bike further I noticed that he had the db killer installed on the Staintune, something I never used in my ownership. "Have you heard it without the db killer?" I asked, reaching for my set of Allen keys. "I didn't know you could remove it." he said. A few seconds later I had it out and fired up the bike inside his carport. Let it warm up for a bit and then gave it a few mild revs. "Whoa you can't have it now!!" he said jokingly, "I should have removed that a long time ago!" We both got a laugh. Every VFR guy has their favorite pipe, an uncorked Staintune is mine, though a period Micron is a close second. The Staintune look and sound just can't be matched. I removed the windscreen and mirrors, having done this exercise once before, and we loaded up the bike in the minivan. I strapped it down securely using the factory seat anchors and several ratchet straps. It was almost as if the van was made for this type of thing. We journeyed back home and put the bike in the garage, with some new memories and a new chapter to start. Seeing double, this looks familiar. The more recent left, modded to resemble the original, right. It even has my original plate on the back as plates stay with the vehicle in California. So what now? Get organized, make the punch list. Gotta go over everything to see that it is clean and up to spec. Fluids, charging system, brakes, etc, a nice winter project. The seller provided me with some receipts of maintenance he'd had done recently at a shop near his home. New plugs, valves checked (all in spec), new coolant and brake fluids. Mentioned an issue of stumbling in lower revs that the shop couldn't rectify. Also mentioned a slight coolant leak on the left side and a dent in the left radiator. Interesting but no worries, I have time to look over everything and make it right. When I sold the bike in 2006 it had 26,000 miles on it. Now it shows just 39,000 miles. I can live with that. In general it looks to be in decent shape still, just needing to be gone through a bit. I first removed the side fairings to have a look at things underneath. Hmmm...of the 18 or so fasteners I removed, only 3 were correct and all were finger tight or less. Luckily you can still order the correct ones from Honda. It's clearly been down on the left side at some point. The coolant leak is from an epoxy repair attempt at the bottom of the reservoir. Actually glad to see it's not from the engine casing as the reservoir is easy to replace. Odd repair though. The left rad is indeed dented on the bottom and the bracket bent slightly, though it is not leaking. It will work until I can get another one. When I removed the tail fairing some of the tool kit fell out of the left side, clanging onto the garage floor, and there is a small crack on the left of the tail fairing at the franken bolt insert. Yeah, it's definitely been down. But....(and it's a big but), whomever dropped it did put on an OEM side fairing so that's a win, and everything else I can deal with quite easily. I also took a chance to check voltage and saw 13.70ish at idle and a solid 14.44v at 4,000 rpm, right where it should be as far as I understand. I'll keep an eye on things once I start riding it later. I made a list and ordered a bunch of fasteners and a new coolant reservoir, OEM oil filters and fluids. Just going to take my time and enjoy it. More to come. Cheers, Justin
    14 points
  3. Hi Everyone. My first Post So I'm building a VFR using a lot of different bits and pieces to get in the end my version of a 6X replica. Highlights are Triumph Daytona 675 Wheels. Triumph T595 Forks (45mm) Powder coated Frame, Engine Ported, Vapor blasted and painted. I will start posting photos of the build as it progresses
    13 points
  4. Spring of 1993 and I'd only had my '91 VFR for a couple months when I snapped this photo by Salish Bear totem atop Malahat Drive. Compared to many of the mountain passes I've crossed by VFR this is one of the lowest, but it is close by and offers a good view of Finlayson Arm - and, on a much clearer day, even the Olympic Range in Washington state to the south. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the Bubba Shobert-replica Bell helmet. It looked cool, but my next helmet, a Shoei X7, was a huge improvement.
    13 points
  5. Hi, I put together a poster that I want to mount in my home office. Thanks to Terry for posting the PDFs so I was able to assemble it using the PDFs he uploaded. I will attach it for anyone who wants to do the same. Print it out and have it mounted etc. Thxs VFR Poster.pdf
    12 points
  6. Gentlemen, I give you VIN# 00089. Looking nearly as good as the day I brought her home from the dealer back in May 2001. She's not perfect, but I'd say the time spent in the garage has paid off nicely. Cheers, Justin
    12 points
  7. I came across this today in a local online marketplace, thought you guys might get a laugh out of it as I did From what I got out of the ad the guy said it has a 1987 VFR700 engine that works great but would need a little work on the drive axle as it was twisting the axles he had kicking around The second picture shows the torque strip he left on the pavement. God the mind can sure go to some dark places when you get bored
    12 points
  8. I have been a confirmed fifth gen owner for many years, but recently a 2009 which had sat on the local auction site reached my "buy now" level. The bike has 85000km, and the PO had parked it in 2022 after an inspection failure due to thin front discs. I just so happen to have a complete set of near-new lovely gold wheels with discs that I bought speculatively 5 years ago. The bike also has the dreaded cam chain rattle at low revs, a cracked windscreen, leaking fork seals and very minor stationery drop damage, but the seller put zero effort into resolving any of those or even cleaning the bike for photos (or possibly at all, during his ownership...). His loss, my gain! I collected the bike last night and survived a chilly ride home which did not reveal any unexpected faults aside from weird handling due to low tyre pressures. I'm looking forward to peeling off the covers and giving this dirty bike a good scrubbing, and then setting to rectifying the faults. I am planning on trying the "two turns of extra spring preload" fix for the CCT but replacements don't look too expensive. I will also check out the valve clearances; as I don't want to buy the small dowels to lock the VTEC valves, can someone tell me what diameter rod I need to get to make my own? And no new post is complete without a photo...
    11 points
  9. I've been spending the winter scanning some of my old slides & negatives and this week I came across these two photos. First pic shows my 2nd VFR800 barely an hour after taking delivery back in Feb. 1999. It replaced my stolen red '98 and this time I opted for superfast yellow instead of yet another red bike. I'd had it fitted with a 3rd gen 8-spoke and both wheels painted a glossy pearl white. Beacon Hill park, in Victoria, is my goto spot for new bike pics. The 2nd pic shows my '91 VFR750 on it's final long ride, near Courthouse Towers in Arches NP, Utah.
    11 points
  10. Here is my recently purchased vfr. Love this thing. Just found the forum, will be perusing for this upcoming seasons riding. Cheers.
    11 points
  11. To all, and especially Duc2V4. I hope you don't mind me respectfully posting this excellent photo of Lance I happened to find on the web. I think it's a wonderful photo of the man and a special way for people like me who have not met Lance aka sfdownhill to remember him. I was so impressed by his and Duc2V4's tireless efforts in organizing the multiple runs of exhaust manufacturing to help out so many VFRD members, a truly great effort. A highly valued and respected VFRD member. R.I.P Lance.
    11 points
  12. Twelve and a half years ago I began to modify a CA-spec Y2k VFR800Fi: Today, under vastly different circumstances and with somewhat different goals I have begun to modify its UK cousin, a Pearl Tahitian blue '01 VFR800Fi. I actually haven't worked on or ridden bikes for several years, for various reasons which all sound like excuses now, but that ends today. It's a good place to start. I acquired this bike ca. 2016, with low miles and apparently no damage (we'll see about that...) Over the years, I also acquired a load of parts for it, such as: SP2 forks, SP1 front wheel, SP1 bottom yoke, 929 top triple clamp, Tommaselli adjustable clip-ons, 8-spoke rear wheel, SH847 reg/rec, GiVi and SW-Motech luggage, Nitron shock, VFRD headers, Harris hugger, 6th gen rear cushion bracket, Sato adjustable rearsets, 6th gen ABS rear caliper, windowed clutch cover, xenon projector headlights, etc. Sadly, no supercharger or custom underseat exhausts this time...for now. Where to begin... Mmmmm. I do love cleaning years-old chain spooge... Wish me luck! Ciao, JZH
    10 points
  13. We have all wondered how a vfr engine with forced induction takes this abuse right? Well at least I have! So to all those who have told me over the years that this is not going to last, the vfr can not handle this - you are wrong! No measurements have been done, I have just glanced over everything - season has started. This engine will be shelved waiting parts and getting ready for the next stage. A 17000km engine will be put in it's place. I don't have more time this week to tell the story but it will come 🙂 Have a good one guys - ride hard but mind your 3rd gear 😅
    10 points
  14. Count me among those . . . swapped mine during the Covid lockdown in '20, was great to have something to do whilst stuck at home. Main things I can think of * 5th gen engine bolts right in to the 5th gen frame - no mods needed. * The "cushion" (Honda's term - I would call it "swing arm mount") that connects the swingarm to the engine is different - requires a 6th gen version to mount to the engine * Yes, the swingarms are slightly different * 5th gen uses remote coils with HT leads, 6 gen is 3 wire COP setup. This is the BIG thing to contend with in doing a swap. I retained COPs. Alternative is to source 5th gen harness and ECU and swap all that over. * 6th gen rads are larger, IIRC 2 additional rows * 5th gen cylinder heads are about 1 1/2" shorter - creates no issues * Shorter heads mean that the cam timing marks no longer appear through the inspection hole in the 6th gen frame (most people don't know why that hole is there). Makes valve adjustments more difficult. Suggest checking valves prior to doing swap * Despite cylinder head differences, throttle bodies are a direct swap * Hoses, thermostat, everything cooling system is interchangeable * If keeping 6th gen electronics, you WILL need a VTEC solenoid connected to the harness or you will get a no-start * 5th gen has a smaller alternator than 03 and up 6th gens. Currently swapping a 6th gen alternator over. * Despite all the similarities in the engine block, water pump, etc, 5 & 6 G alternator covers are different and do not interchange. * As mentioned above 4th through 6th gen gear ratios are different. The 5th gen is under-driven by 1 additional tooth, makes for about 200 rpm or so increase at 70 mph cruise. Barely noticeable. * Power output is indistinguishable. Honda did not add VTEC for power, torque or any other discernable butt-dyno reason. Maybe emissions, marketing, or who knows why. I don't miss it, and I do NOT miss the insanely difficult valve adjustments on the VTEC - the main reason I swapped it out. * Despite keeping 6th gen electronics, there is no VTEC "hit or kick" . There is a subtle change going through 6,800, but if no one knew about it, they would have no idea - nothing like it is stock. * Wheels and front rotors are interchangeable. * 6th gen brake system has 2 proportioning control valves vs 5th gen 1 - bleeding procedure is similar, but different. The linked brakes are plumbed differently between the 2. * 6th gen has available factory luggage * I have seen 6th gen tanks swapped to a 5th gen - doable but requires trimming the 5th gen bodywork in the front where it curves around the tank * 6th gen has available ABS. I've read that about 10% came with ABS, but I know of no documentation of that. On 1 occasion I was glad to have ABS, for me a good addition. * 5th gen has more room under the seat. That's probably more than anyone wants to hear. Owning both, I don't note much difference between them. And now, having one swapped, there's even less. If it weren't for ABS and the factory luggage for long-haul riding, I would probably stick with the 5th gen. However parts are getting harder to find for them, so I don't know how much longer they will be practical for daily or long trip riding. There are still times when I start the 6th gen that I just look at it and still can't get used to hearing that whine from the cams. For my $, that was the best engine Honda ever did or will make. I'm super happy with it.
    10 points
  15. Well, after a few months on the smart charger, in the garage (I have friends who think garages are for cars, go figure), and not moving an inch, the RC of course started immediately, manual fast idle aka choke pulled out. It's a Honda. Barely over 40 miles but far enough to get rid of the moisture in the crankcase, and get my arms and knees used to the sportbike position again. Around here this time of year the back roads that aren't well travelled get a bit of moss or other plant life growing in the middle of the lane where car tires don't go, so I took it easy. Mostly. I moved the odometer! 😀 PCH today just south of Tomales:
    10 points
  16. Well it is mid-summer here, and the roads are dry and clean. I took Bumblebee for a 300km jaunt along my favourite north Waikato twisty roads. I enjoyed the sublimely well-engineered masterpiece that is the 1999 VFR800; the coolant stayed nice and steady at around 78, the linked brakes were doing their thing and providing plenty of power, the suspension managed the worst of the bumps with the requisite combination of control and comfort (that's what you get with a Nitron shock and Racetech fork bits) and the Sargent seat cosseted my delicate bits gently!
    10 points
  17. I'll start it off with my storm trooper beauty resting by the side of the road last weekend.
    10 points
  18. Well folks, the rain of pain is OVER! Just received my notice from the DMV that my license has been reinstated! Still in shock at the moment but I'll be OK.
    10 points
  19. I live in an apartment with a small one car garage so space to store the VFR is limited. I tried a Harbor Freight motorcycle dolly but it was too long for what I needed so I decided to make one. I started by mounting the wheel chock on the end of the 2X12. For this I just drilled thru holes and used the mounting hardware that came with the wheel chock. I put the bike in the wheel chock and measured where I wanted to cut my 2X12. I put my cut line about 2" past the end of the rear wheel. This way the ramp can rest against the wheel during storage. I cut the 2X12 and then mounted the casters to the bottom using lag bolts and washers. The casters were the most expensive part of this build, about $10 a piece. But they have ball bearings in the wheels and roll really nice. Each caster is rated for 110 lbs. so I went with 6 of them just to be safe. I used the left over piece of 2X12 for the ramp (Originally I tried to get away with a 1/2" piece of plywood for this but it cracked right when I tried to roll the bike up it). I mounted the ramp with door hinges and the hardware that came with them. Next I added the side guides using the 2X4s. I cut a 45 degree angle into the ends where the guide on the ramp meet the guides on the main platform. These guides are really helpful. I tried to put the bike on the dolly without them it was very difficult to get the bike lined up properly. Getting the bike on and off is pretty easy but takes some effort. Because the dolly is so short the rear tire is still going up the ramp at the same time as you are trying to push the front tire into the wheel chock so you need some momentum. The dolly stays in place when loading/unloading the bike with all the caster brakes on. All in the supplies were about $200. I plan to store the bike on this dolly over the winter. I'm not sure if I will cause any damage to the front tire by storing it in the wheel chock. It's no deforming the tire much it's just kind of resting in there. Thanks for reading ,let me know what you think! Supplies: Qty Description Source 1 2" X 12" - 8' Lowes 2 2" X 4" - 8' Lowes 12 2" Polyurethane Casters w/Brake Lowes 24 1/4" x 1" Lag Bolts Lowes 24 1/4" Washers Lowes 12 3" Wood Screws Lowes 2 Door Hinges Lowes 1 Motorcycle Wheel Chock Harbor Freight
    9 points
  20. 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
  21. To our New Zealand and Aussie members. The celebration of ANZAC day is special in our hearts as we celebrate, honour, and remember those who gave their lives for the freedoms we have. Lest We Forget.
    9 points
  22. I just said goodbye to my Ol'Heavy. It was not easy but I'm happy because the young man who took her will be good to her and will most likely be joining VFRD soon. I will be much happier seeing her ridden. Looking back for a pic, I found this one. Appropriate because it was the beginning of the end. I loaned Andy my CB500x to join us on the PreRide. I ended up riding it one day and loved it in the mountains. The next year, Covid struck and I rode it while Rob rode Ol'Heavy. I became a much better rider on a bike that was 100lbs lighter and about half the horse power. It was really hard trying to get my old body back on the VFR. The other reason that the pic is appropriate is that it reminds me of the good times and great friends that have come from VFR ownership and membership here going back to '05. I will still be here for years to come, I hope, to continue enjoying the friendships.
    9 points
  23. Long term Honda lover! Had a 30 new in 89 and forever regretted selling it! Managed to pick another up just before covid struck and have finally got her on the road (with two disks) 👍 1988 14,000 miles and had its first MOT last week (Ornament before). Great to be back on one, although at 61 don't think I'll be doing what I did on the first one, Northampton to Bol d'Or in a day. 968 miles and it nearly killed me 😜 Andy M
    9 points
  24. Yes! As you might have guessed, im re-starting this adventure again. Updates will now follow semi-regurlaly again. Im sorry for the silence, but i seem to loose more and more of my free time as age progresses. Cheers to those who have helped keeping this forum alive and to the man himself! I was sure i had to start a new thread on vfrworld...
    9 points
  25. I'm not trying to rain on VFR80025th's parade, but since we're talking printing off VFR history stuff this seemed a good place. I'm not sure how many visit the other site, but a while ago I posted a vectorized version of the 5th gen engine cutaway illustration from the Honda service manual. Vector files are great because they can be scaled to any size without loss in quality, something normal raster images can't do. I later followed this by colorizing the cam gear train. The attached .zip files will be the vector file and high resolution images for the cam gear train so don't bother with the low quality images inserted into this post. vfr - black - red.zip vfr - white -red.zip VectorFR.zip
    9 points
  26. I have no idea which way they lean, didn't even bother to look. Can we please not start this? Every disintegration / near-disintegration of a motorcycle forum starts right here. I thought this topic was weather, motorcycles and riding motorcycles in weather. Have we learned nothing? I'll be working on motorcycles so I can talk about working on motorcycles, until I can ride motorcycles again, and then talk about that.
    9 points
  27. Last Saturday we stopped by Wade's and gave him the deposits for 15 headers. 11 have been ordered by members here, and Duc2V4 will have 4 more sets for sale, so if anyone hears of someone who might be interested in getting their 5, 6, or 8 gen VFR800 breathing better, please let them know how to reach us here. At this time, for the four extra sets, we plan on ordering 3 sets for 5 gen [These can have the collector exit cut 5/8" shorter to become 6 gen headers] and 1 set for 8 gen with front radiator [vs the side radiators of 5/6 gens]. Wade has two orders in production ahead of ours, so we're approximately 6 weeks away from having the pipes ready to pick up and take to the passivators. Onward and upward!
    9 points
  28. I LOVE THIS SITE and I am so very pleased to read that it's going to be around for a while longer. I'm not currently active on VFRD and I'm bikeless for the first time in 20+ years (wife, toddler, baby, dog, house, business) but knowing that VFRD is alive and well makes my heart happy. I've met several wonderful people via this forum, benefitted greatly from the technical information/advice etc, and I hope to utilize the site more again soon (I see an awesome 5th gen for sale south of chicago....). THANK YOU SO MUCH, HISPANICSLAMMER for your continued dedication and hard work.
    9 points
  29. 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
  30. Hello from Northern Ireland! 👋 I'm back to riding after a number of years away (15+). Decided to cautiously dip my toe in the water about 6 months ago and bought a brand new Yamaha NMax 125 scooter. Well, put it like this, within 1 mile I knew I wasn't going to enjoy the slush box belt twist and go experience. I needed back on a geared bike! Before I'd stopped riding, I'd worked up from a CB250 superdream, through to a 600 Hornet and 929RR Fireblade. I finished up with a Z750 and 700 Ducati Monster before hanging up my gloves,. so I really don't know what I was thinking buying the scooter! I guess it was just nerves about finding my skills again safely, now that I'm a bit older and wiser. One of the best test rides I'd had years ago was on a 6th gen VFR800 VTEC. I owned the 929RR at the time and couldn't believe just how fun the 800 was. That engine note.... and the snap on/off VTEC was hilarious. So, my focus was on getting a clean VFR 6th gen. 3 failed attempts to buy later - 2 from a local dealer who promised to call me as soon as he had one coming in (but didn't) and a private seller of a 12k mile VTEC which I offered the asking price on. The problem though, I'm in Ireland and he was in England. Despite offering to send over proof of ID and a bank transfer deposit, he sold it out from under me. It was then that I spotted a lovely 5th gen 50th anniversary for sale locally and to my surprise... I knew the owner! I've known him back 20 years and he was ALWAYS a fussy owner. 24hrs later, the deal was done. Just 19k miles on it and in lovely condition. The proper 50th anniversary panels without a mark on them and the matching seat cowl I bought it on the spot! I'll freely admit.... the first run out didn't happen for a couple of weeks until the conditions were right. Bear in mind this is my 1st geared bike ride in probably 18 years! First issue was getting used to pulling the bike from the garage safely! No grab handles didn't help, but I remembered my bike lessons, leaning the bike into me a bit, one hand covering the brake just in case. Got geared up... got the bike warmed up.... then set off. Perhaps some might say I was mad after this time to go straight to an 800, but I knew full well that if I started on a smaller cc bike I'd hate it within hours. I never liked my 600 Hornet and always preferred something with more low down torque and longer gearing. I needn't have worried! I'd say it took about 10 minutes before I was right at home again! The VFR is a delight to ride and just right for where I'm at. I can short shift and just enjoy that rumble and whine of the cams... but give it the beans here and there. Just perfect! Previous owner fitted a voltmeter so I quickly realised that the charge system was NOT up to scratch! Discovered a TourMax R/R in there which seemed to be the well known weakness here. Stator tested well with zero ohms resistance on all 3 coils, so I'm currently mid way though installing a MOSFET R/R supplied by Kevs Shed which I'm sure many of you have watched on YouTube. Kev does a full R/R kit right down to the aluminium mount plate, silicone wiring loom and self resetting breaker. I've a new set of Bridgestones to go on as soon as that's done and a set of AS3 Performance stainless coolant hose clamps. I wasn't happy with how some of the mild steel fittings look under the fairings on inspection. After that, it's going to my local mechanic for a top to bottom health check. I plan to powder coat the forks and perhaps the side and centre stands. I've been ordering a lot of OE fittings to refresh anything that's either missing or showing signs of age. Whilst I aim to keep the bike close to original, those condom mirrors DID have to go! I've also talked to Scorpion exhausts and they are making up an OE look can with no branding so I can let a bit of that sweet V4 sound out without changing the look too much. As for that wee NMax, well, only 130 miles on it and I'd lose a fair chunk in depreciation to get rid so soon, so I've come to actually quite like it for what it is. Great for a quick run to the shops when the sun's out and room for a large bag of groceries under that seat! It's staying... for now. Thanks for reading the ramble... and I'll have plenty to ask over time no doubt 👍
    8 points
  31. Out of Winterization, installed a battery, primed the fuel system and checked the tire pressures... and rode the 95 for it's Spring opener. Nice rip in the Snohomish Valley after work and stopped for a beverage and some sweet potato fries at one of my favorites places, Duvall Grill and Tap Room. EDIT: WRONG FORUM!!! Sorry. I'm still leaving this here.
    8 points
  32. Well, after roughly six months of being able to ride again, primarily commuting, no "real" ride yet, but hey, at least I'm able to ride...or am I? Had another little hurdle thrown at me, hand surgery. Seems my left hand suffered from "trigger finger". For the most part, my hand worked like normal except when I used it in a fist for grabbing something. Essentially, it would "lock up" on me, and it was difficult to straighten my hand back out. Ironically, riding a bike and working the clutch didn't seem to be affected by this, so that was the good part. So last Tuesday I had it operated on. Figured it wasn't going to get better on it;s own, so I went forward with the surgery. I had two options, option 1, full anesthesia, option 2, local numbing and be wide awake. Well, after my "other" operation, I felt fully comfortable being awake for this one, especially since that was an option. So that's the route I took, numb the hand, and operate away. Much like my other surgery, the afterward was uneventful and believe it or not no pain! None, not even a little ache. There is some discomfort when making a fist, which is encouraged, well, at least to move my hand like normal as much as possible. That to me was expected, as the affected area was a bit swollen and I did have a sutured wound. Although I technically still ride in this current state, I am encourage to not ride until at least 2 weeks from the surgery date, so not a 9 month wait like the last one. So with dealing with a bunch of "life" stuff and work, I at least have stuff to occupy my time, and it's already been a week, so this time things seem to be moving faster at least. On another positive note, I helped a friend of a friend acquire a 98 5 Gen for $2,900.00! It was listed and was located about 10 miles from me so I went to check it out and if he didn't want it, I was going to buy it! Well, he ended up buying it and I helped him get it freshened up, as it had been sitting for a few months. There was few little pieces that needed attention, that I was able to fix/resolve for him and while he and I were talking, he tells me that not only is he a ski and snow board instructor, he also does motorcycle training. Well, needless to say, we became fast friends! I agreed to help out on a few other things and he said he would give me some one on one rider training, so I took him up on that the Saturday before my surgery. Let's just say, although my street skills are good, I can definitely use some "training" time, I am a little bit rusty after not riding for a while. Oh yeah, prior that Saturday morning we went to the 'Cars and Coffee' at the American Honda HQ in Torrance, CA. Anyway, good to be alive folks! IMG_3358.MOV.mp4
    8 points
  33. Well, it is mid winter here. Plenty water on its way to the North Sea... 1 Celcius....
    8 points
  34. I've finally graduated from fighting with tire irons. 🥳 I'm sure some of you have seen this thing, but for those that haven't it's a portable tire changer. It comes with a duffel bag so those of you doing track days can toss it in the vehicle or trailer with the bike. It's not cheap, but it's priced competitively with another manual changer that's been on the market much longer. Unlike the No-Mar, this doesn't need to be bolted to your garage floor. I'm about 75% of the way being proficient with this. I can have a tire ripped off the rim quickly, and the first bead install goes fast with assistance from the duck head. The last bead and managing the drop center is what I need practice with. I popped my spare VFR rim on it and played around with install and removal of that last bead. The last attempt took under a minute with no struggling. The key is managing the drop center and making sure the tire stays oriented on the duck head correctly. The Rabaconda comes with a stepped hub adapter that fits nicely in the 5th gen rear rim, but I had their universal big hub adapter on order with the changer. It sandwhiches the rim from both sides and stays in place when manipulating the wheel. I'll keep using it for rear wheel tire changes.
    8 points
  35. Well, got my paperwork for the DMV ready to go, next the Dr. will need to do his part and then DMV should be getting a hold of me to have a discussion. So what happened in the mean time? This little bird followed me home on Saturday. Yeah, I need another bike, like I need a hole in the head, oh wait, I already got one of those back in January! The hole, not the bike 😉 Actually been a bike I've been wanting to get for some time now so I decided to grab one when the opportunity struck. So Saturday the owner rode up from San Diego, met me at a mall parking lot right off the freeway, I gave it the once over, took a little spin in the parking lot and then bought it. Talked him down a few hundred, because there were some bits that needed attention and he was aware of them so we split the difference between my offer and his listed price. Until I can legally ride again, I did need a new project, so this one became that project! Any Hawk Owners here on the forum?
    8 points
  36. Hello all. I'm not new, but I have a new VFR. I bought a 1995 750 today. Browsing Facebook Marketplace can be fun, but sometimes expensive 😀. I probably paid too much for the bike, but it is in good shape and they don't come up for sale too often. It has almost 50k miles on it, but that didn't worry me much. I was disappointed to find that the tool kit was missing, so I'm going to have to find an appropriate pin wrench to adjust the chain. Charging system looks good (at least for now). All the plastic is there, but there are some small cracks and a few missing tabs, but I think it is all fixable. The inside of the tank looks almost new. I go to get my tag on Friday, and I'm looking forward to taking it out for a ride. Here it is, nestled between the 1982 Nighthawk 450 and the 1988 Supercharged MR2.
    7 points
  37. Hi everyone. Just purchased a 2016 VFR800F. Very, very excited. Good times ahead.
    7 points
  38. 7 points
  39. Finally found the rear wheel and purchased it yesterday. It is a OZ GASS RS-A 5.5" 7LBS. A savings of 7 pounds. Thanks to SEBSPEED for the spacers and caliper relocation kit. For sale brand new triple tree 45mm CBR900RR, rear wheel 2002 VFR800 and rear hub with a and 45 T sprocket. I have various parts for 6th gen and 2nd gen VFR700 AND 750.
    7 points
  40. Beautiful memories. There's something about how bikes can link us back to memories of places we've been and trips taken. Ten years ago I was stranded on the dock at Cherbourg, France, because the ferry I was catching home to Ireland (an 18 hour overnighter) had a radar problem. Eventually we were allowed to board but I had to leave my VFR quayside. They were basically only allowing us on to give us all a place to sleep for the night. They attempted to empty us out the following morning with promises of other ferries but a few of us hung on and explained that we were entitled to do so under EU law. There was no guarantee that an "alternative sailing" would actually take us and once you've left the boat you're on your own. Eventually made friends with many of the staff, got a tour of the ship, saw the bridge, got the VFR onboard and got home a day late. The poor French lad I'd helped out through this, on a nice Kawasaki ER6, had a day robbed from his tour of Ireland because of it but I managed to get him a cabin so he was comfy (until he got to Ireland where it pissed rain..poor guy). Photo below of the VFR fully-loaded dockside. The two Beemer guys disappeared the morning the ferry was emptied, think they chanced the "alternative sailings" thing. Actually the Larry David lookalike there was riding a Honda Silverwing maxiscoot! One more edit - I'm sitting here now with my baby daughter asleep in my arms and am married to the woman who I was traveling back and forth to France for. We've our own little home, a lovely little dog, and a shed where I can work on/admire my two VFRs. If you'd told me that was gonna happen 10 years ago when that picture was taken I'd have been astounded. Life moves fast.
    7 points
  41. Well thanks everyone who kicked in these last two days I was able to renew the software license that expired and thus upgrade to the latest security update. Thanks
    7 points
  42. I've ridden over 300000 miles on various VFRs, completed my own valve shim checks on my early 98 model VFR which did 130000 miles so I have a lot of history of valve shim services. With the VTEC engine, I decided to get my engine serviced by Honda and it has been very noticeable that over the years and with new models (98 > 2008 > 2015 >2018) the valve shims needed changing less often so I decided that unless my current 2018 model showed any signs of engine issues, I would not do the valve shim service (add to that Honda moved the check from 16k miles to 24k miles with the 17/18 model). However, I confess I gave in and just had the first shim check completed by my local Honda main dealer and to my surprise (not), there were no shim changes required, all within spec. The bike has done 35,981 miles from new. Now I'm not suggesting anyone else does this, you get your services done when you believe they need doing, but for me that's an interesting, if expensive way of proving what I thought.
    7 points
  43. Hi all, I posted here a few times explaining how I was guilty of letting my lovely 750 sit in the shed and gather dust. Well, this summer I really got to work on it and it's back on the road. I put together a little PDF with pics and some text for a work group and thought it'd be nice to share it here. Enjoy! VFR presentation.pdf Here's how it looks now:
    7 points
  44. Hi, am so sorry for your loss, Friends Of Lance, I found out the day after Thanksgiving about Lance’s tragic passing from my mutual friends Facebook post. I’ve known Lance for many years and we lost touch for a while there, but we were back in touch since early 2016. Hearing about Lance was such a shock and I share in your deep sadness and also your respect and love of this wonderful person who left us way too soon for sure. Not having much information, and not being certain I had contact information for his family, I did a Google search and very thankfully found your post here. I am a few weeks now past the realization that Lance is no longer with us and thank you for the photos and the stories you posted. I found some old emails from Lance fhat included his family emails (jokes he sent as mass mailings, so I’ve since reconnected with his dad and I will be at his service tomorrow. You are right he was wise beyond his years and funny and an incredible writer, and pretty much good at anything he tried his hand at. I’m hopeful that he’s doing good work from the other side as lots of help is needed on this planet. May his memory be a huge blessing for all who knew him. Take the best care, his friend, Karen
    7 points
  45. This RD500 inspired kit from Velocity Moto for the XSR900, I think looks great
    7 points
  46. Well, as you can see from omgvfr's post, the headers are here, he's just lucky that he lives in So Cal, so was able to stop by and pick his up first hand, rather than wait for shipping. On that topic, I'm flying solo right now as sfdownhill is away this week, so I'm trying to tag team this with my day job and doing the boxing up at night. There's a few on here who have not responded to my last post yet, but rest assured, they'll be boxed up and ready to go along with the others. I was able to get them all boxed up last night but need to get the shipping labels done and then get the boxes dropped off, so they can get to their destination. Here's what the front of my garage looks like at the moment. And a peek at what to expect once your box arrives (if you're one who has a set coming). Hoping to get all the labels printed and onto the boxes tonight. I know, I know, "Hurry up Duc, we've been waiting so long!"
    7 points
  47. Figured time for another update about me and my condition. On the good side of things, all of my last Dr. visits and test since my last "episode" say I'm pretty much mended and I am now getting to the last days of the 90 wait period that got reset back in April. What does that mean? I finally become eligible to submit my paperwork to the DMV to see if I can get my license reinstated! I have to say, I know there are other members here who have had to put off riding for one reason or another, although mostly seem to be based on physical issues and recovery. However, feeling like I'm back to normal and feeling like literally nothing happened to me has been the hardest thing I've had to deal with. Riding has been such a HUGE part of my life, starting in my teens and ultimately being suddenly being interrupted in my mid 50's was a shock to my system. It was all just too foreign to me, something I hope I'll never have to deal with again, and I know those other members feel the same. Even though I'm only days away from submitting my paperwork, it still feels like an eternity away. OK, enough feeling sorry for myself, I'm almost there and feel so grateful that, not only can I share my story, but can tell it to you all personally. As some of you may know, I'm also part of the crew that is involved in getting the "WyLD" headers to our valued members and as such, know the pain of "hurry up and wait". Being that this was a big part of my personal "pain", I had to do something. If you follow that thread, you'll know that I opted to purchase the last few headers, that for one reason or another, just didn't get purchased. "F" that, this is going to happen sooner rather than later! In other words, you can thank my personal situation for getting this moved forward sooner rather than later. I'm not looking for praise here, I'm just saying, I didn't want fellow members to have to go through what I've been going though for these last few months! Trust me, it's not a good feeling. Although I have been keeping myself busy, not only with personal projects but some projects for my friends and friends of friends. Another passion to riding, is working on bikes, I'm no Sebspeed, but I have my moments and have been able to help many members and friends get their issues resolved. I'm not one for making money from this but more the satisfaction that I could contribute and help others and this alone has helped me keep myself occupied enough to not think about my situation, so there is some benefit to me there. Being that I have limited travel options, I tried to spend a lot of my time stuck at home in my garage (D's Garage as I like to call it) and work on little things I never got around to doing when I didn't have this travel issue. Some of which are for fixes/updates to my Ducati, 01 and 09 VFRs (Re: my name Duc2V4). All in all, I am feeling really positive and hope to be able to ride "legally" again with those I have shared rides with in the past and possibly other members I have not met personally yet. Oh yeah, in order to get things moving along faster, I've might have made a deal with the Duvel... Cheers, D
    7 points
  48. Finally some good pics. Full Moon on the rise tonight. Not as "Super" as expected, but still pretty cool.
    6 points
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