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  1. Are you going to for VFRANON the global missing VFR Cabal conspiracy. Honda is behind it I just know it.
    4 points
  2. This is an excellent thread, some great ideas for tools, and puncture repair kitting for your bike. My own 2cents worth, your best weapon for anything going wrong is a very well maintained bike. Having done many group rides with the Ulysses Club every bike that has caused troubles has been the not so well cared for ones, apart from the unavoidable puncture. Really good bike care and maintenance is your best insurance against the unexpected. That said, always be well kitted up for a puncture. Cheers.
    4 points
  3. Well... it didn't get as cold here as previous winters, staying 45-55F most days. And rain hasn't been as continuous as predicted (always seems to be case). So went out for ride out to coast to Point Reyes Lighthouse last weekend via Mt. Tam. Didn't make it down to lighthouse though... too many steps to crawl back up!
    4 points
  4. Well Mr Club Racer from Scotland, this is your fault. I went for the " buy now, explain later " approach. Given they are discontinued ( confirmed ) and Honda will not make any more , certainly not for us , I bought today the last Red one I could find for £8,995.00 Brand new although pre registered , zero miles still in its crate. There are still 2 silver ones left at this price , but I had to have red. Managed to get a Titanium Akrapovic, quick shifter , rear hugger and bar risers in the deal although not for free but at a very heavy discount .
    4 points
  5. Also, get rid of that battery ASAP - if there is damage inside, and it shorts internally, it will turn into a ball of molten lead. If it had enough amps to start your bike it can still perform a suicide mission in your bike or even in your garage. My two cents:>>> Buy a Yuasa or other quality battery, I know they are more, but a fire under your arse while riding or a burnt down garage are not worth the $50 savings of a cheap Amazon/China made battery.
    3 points
  6. Went for a quick ride to Paluma with my mate Andrew and his new 6th Gen, only 8,000km on the clock and in pristine condition. He has owned a 6th Gen VFR before and has seen the light once again.
    3 points
  7. I had to haggle very hard to get it, the main issue is I wanted RED. There are still some silver ones left but not so many red ones. I think I will try and find a set of paniers for it but Im not paying full price for those . With regards to getting another bike past the bike police ( Wife ........do you need another bike ? ) , I have never forgotten this advert that I saw many years ago . I think Steve got many phone calls. 2006 Suzuki GSXR1000. This bike is perfect! It has 1000 miles and has had its 500 mile dealer service. (Expensive) It's been adult r
    3 points
  8. You are right. It shall be ridden like it was stolen !
    3 points
  9. I don't know about PayPal, but Ebay's " buyer protection" was an absolute joke the one time I engaged it - worthless. I would give it a negative rating if I could.
    2 points
  10. There's lots of selections. Actual manufacturer is unknown as there's probably at least 30 different Chinese factories cranking them out. You can't buy from Honda any more, you're not getting OEM anyway. Will just be getting one of generic fairings from China. Always check out reviews and store-ratings. https://www.ebay.com/itm//164106542721 https://www.fairingmaster.com/vfr800-9801-c-65_79_148/ https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000991678579.html One of few making their own. Very good, strong fibreglass race fairing, lighter and can survive twice as many crashe
    2 points
  11. My guess would be a "broken" battery, too. That's the updated OEM reg/rec, by the way, which I've not previously heard of failing. Ciao, JZH
    2 points
  12. Yes it was down, I had too many backup files piled up on the server and it ran out of space. Deleted a bunch of junk and restarted. Still dont know why it was piling up so much I have it set to delete old stuff. I ran out of time its my work week so I just got it up and running and will trouble shoot the backup thing later.
    2 points
  13. Another test to ensure you have no excessive battery current drain or potential short. (Up to the Ignition Switch) Carry out the Leakage Current Test prior to reattaching your battery Negative terminal. You may need to move your red meter lead to the DC Current measuring position. So with Ignition to OFF you must not read any greater than 1.2ma thats milli amps.
    2 points
  14. A blown main fuse (or faulty wiring or connections) is about the only thing that will knock out your clock. But for it to blow, you may well have a short in the R/R, or as mentioned a chaffed wire shorting to ground. Also the spade type connections for the Red and Red/White wires at the Starter Relay can suffer badly from burnt high resistance contact, check the state of these. Suggest before fitting the new fuse to first unplug the R/R, insert new fuse then switch on Ignition and make sure everything appears normal. With your meter to ohms measure the two Output Terminals of the R/R wher
    2 points
  15. Just forward of the battery box on the left side is a red top green bottom connector, Dissconect it, there is a 30 amp fuse inside. I'll see if I can get a pic. Your description seems to indicate a main fuse going. Doubt its the R/R as the bike tends to run erratically as the voltage drops and then dies.
    2 points
  16. From Maine: "Years of experience generally mean years of having to figure out how to get up and running again." and "Some who don't know me laugh" From Grum: "That said, always be well kitted up for a puncture..." My Input...have some eggs handy too, for a different kind of puncture........😲
    2 points
  17. I feel that inspection of the rear axle and related bearings is an important but commonly overlooked practice. I wanted to do this earlier, but getting into this kind complicated assembly was a little daunting for me, so I put it off. I was in need of a new rear brake rotor install that would require the rear axle to be removed from the bearing block. While everything was out in the open, this was the time to closely inspect the axle/bearings for wear. Bearing removal from block for cleaning and repack also was on the agenda. Examining the cleaned axle, I see that t
    2 points
  18. Thanks for the kind words. There's an old saying "Experience is a harsh teacher, she gives the test first, the lesson after". Years of experience generally mean years of having to figure out how to get up and running again. I Have worked on boats and ships for over 40 years now, all Blue water crossing oceans, so no radioing for a tow to port. In fact on a trip from New Zealand around Cape Horn and on to West Africa, at one point the nearest land was Antarctica. Which one of the engineers pointed out probably did not have many places to pull in for "some microwave popcorn and a spa
    2 points
  19. Glad you have it all sorted with the broken plug thread removed. Seems highly unlikley that after washing your bike suddenly all 4 plugs go bad! More likley you had a flooded situation and fitting dry, clean plugs would rectify that situation, as would drying the original plugs and purging the cylinders. Nice new plugs always a good thing anyway. Advice - whenever you start a cold engine, make sure you either head off for a ride or let it warm up a little. Shutting off a cold engine can cause a flooded engine situation for the next cold start.
    2 points
  20. Not only is what you bring impressive, it all fits into that little camera bag! But you forgot to mention what you take with you on every ride: the skill, knowledge and experience to use those tools when problems arise. I have far less of that type of stuff to bring along! But my multi-day trips are alone more often than not, and I of course search out those desolate places that lack cell service. My tank bag always has a battery-powered air compressor and a tire repair kit (Dynaplug), tire pressure gauge etc. On overnight trips I always bring a Weego--compact Li battery which can
    2 points
  21. Coming along nicely! Very tidy work, I like it!!! :) Some products that may help you: silicone electrical tape - won't dry up and get crispy like regular vinyl or PVC-based tape. However, my oldest sample is 5-yrs old, so not sure how it holds up to my 50-year standard. adhesive shrink-wrap tape - for those times when you've got connectors already attached and want to seal up wiring and joints upstream.
    2 points
  22. Selling the thing I swore I never would, but moving in a few months....This is 5th gen VFR, 18K miles. Single side swingarm ( change A rear tire in 5 minutes), great drive camshafts ( whines slightly like a supercharger, not chain noise like the gen 6 went to in 2000 along with the vtec system that made no more power, but tripled the time to adjust valves, added weight, and made the motor lose its distinctive sound derived from the RC45). No offense to the later gen guys, they are great too but they aren’t a 5th gen.Custom suspension, new F/R springs, Front valving. Tuned by Lindeman racing in
    2 points
  23. Took these recently of my other ride, will have to take some of the VFR in the same location.
    1 point
  24. I think you mean "stake" vs "sake". Its intent is to positively keep a retaining nut in place. Typically a staked nut is used in an application where the consequences of a nut backing off is high or critical - sprocket, drive shaft, etc. In the internet photo the blue are inspection ("witness") marks, but also illustrate how the shoulder of the nut is bent in to the recess on the driving shaft, usually with a drift, punch or maybe a chisel. You'll always need a new nut when doing this. If you look at the one you're working with, you'll probably note it looks similar to this. If you have
    1 point
  25. Hi all, So I've decided to upgrade the bike for long hauls by adding a GPS mount and power outlet to my 2009 ABS. I didn't have any room to mount the power outlet on the inner fairing plastics because the ABS module takes up so much room. I'm working on creating a new mounting bracket to hold either a power outlet or USB, or combination of the two. I'll hopefully be working on the prototype this weekend depending on the weather and other commitments, but here is the solution I have come up with so far. As I progress I'll update y
    1 point
  26. Well that is good news, appears your cheap and nasty battery is open circuit. What brand of battery is it that has failed? I'm sure you can just fit your new battery hook up the R/R and ride away. Just make sure you check the charging voltage both at idle and 5000rpm. Lets know how you get on. Good luck. Cheers.
    1 point
  27. Not an uncommon fault and usually repairable. There are printed circuit tracks in the display that corrode and break, but can be repaired by bridging a new wire around the break. https://vfrworld.com/threads/5th-gen-clock-pcb-repair-w-pics.53437/#post-564971
    1 point
  28. Thanks guys, that confims it wasn't just me. Thought I might have overloaded the forum!!
    1 point
  29. I think it was the Forum Grum, I got the same message here in Maine. At first I thought it was our Flakey Internet here, we are in a fairly rural area and surrounded by mountains so Cell, Internet, and GPS are, well, not always available. After a day I contacted a member in Alabama to confirm if it was me or the Board. He to said he could not get on. I'm guessing it's maintenance related.
    1 point
  30. In a word, no. Computers are not my forte. If you read above I can't figure out how to get all the pictures and text where I want it and have to keep hitting reply and posting more. This is the first forum I have ever posted pictures to so there is some progress.
    1 point
  31. Not without a lot of work, but it fits! Finding a spare RC30 swing arm is part of the fun, however... Ciao, JZH
    1 point
  32. My friends press was a harbor freight at around $140. It however, came with a ram that was not perpendicular to the platform. He easily fixed the issue but you could take it back. Could probably find used ones cheaper.
    1 point
  33. Yep; the bike ran badly then stopped hence my thought around poor fuel flow/pressure being a possibility.
    1 point
  34. Congrats on your new bike!! And yes, ride it like you stole it. (Except during break-in, and except near known speed cameras.) 🙂
    1 point
  35. Hmmm, spark-plugs have coating that allows them to be installed dry... one time only. If you re-use plug, then it's best to put some anti-seize on threads. To get out: 1. spray PB-Blaster to loose threads and let sit overnight 2. use large screw-extractor to remove.
    1 point
  36. Ride it .....motorcycles should die with hot tyres, not fade away
    1 point
  37. I know what you mean. I check the weather forecast every couple days, thinking maybe it'll be warm enough one day to at least ride to work. I work from home most of the time, but have a short commute to the office, and if it's warm enough I'll head in on the bike even if I don't need to work at the office that day. It's supposed to get up to 40 here the next couple days, and that's my threshold. Fingers crossed! 😉
    1 point
  38. Given the bike started after the tip-over it is unlikely to be anything electrical. I wonder if the sideways excursion has kicked up debris in the tank that has now clogged the fuel pump. Might be worth running the pump into a container and verifying there is good flow. There's a procedure in the service manual (5-47) for this which is not too onerous.
    1 point
  39. Ok, here's wiring reduced to single headlight and single relay (wiring-colours are from this kit). Only side-effect is no headlight shutoff when cranking engine. But shouldn't be problem, it's worked this way on my CBR600RR for past 15-years without any issue. You can remove one headlight circuit completely and most of both relay circuits. Leaving just enough to connect to new relay. Might want to mount relay securely first, then figure which wire and lengths you needed to reach. Bu = high-beam trigger from dimmer-switch to white on relay-socket Green
    1 point
  40. The only issue I ran into was the high beam and low beam only work if both relays are in place, even though I only have one bulb. I don't know if the bulb is different from the VFR, or if I can wire it differently. I try to put the VFR bulb in tomorrow, and see if that helps. Otherwise I may just have to leave both relays intact. I will use the NASA method recommended by Danno to shorten up all the wires tomorrow. I made a print for my headlight bracket so I can mill that out on Monday. Just have to tidy up some stuff and front will be done for now. I will eventually make some side panels, mou
    1 point
  41. From the album: retirement tour

    Ellery Lake on Hwy 120
    1 point
  42. This is an interesting thread for me. Because of the nature of my job I spend a lot of time overseas, on ships. When I do get back to Maine I don't spend much time riding to town or locally, I try to get some good long trips in as I can. Since no Honda dealer wants to see me pull up on my 85 VF1000R, VF1100 Sabre or even my 97 VFR, I've put together a tool kit that for the most part has stood me well over the years. Things like service manuals and other things change between bikes (Spare spark box for the first Gens) but the little black bag goes with me on every bike. Its 9"X6"X4", generally
    1 point
  43. As an owner now driving my second electric car I can in fact saying that I’m never going back to gasoline powered car. Having said that I love gasoline powered motorcycles and the VFR in particular. Since there is a lot of wishing going on in this thread and if I could get my way I would love to have a V4 powered Honda in a touring roadster like the BMW R1200R. I would be happy with the current power plant too but certainly wouldn’t mind an updated design.
    1 point
  44. Happy New Year, hope all is well. I got some more things completed, I'm very close to the last step - tires. Meanwhile, out in the garage (driveway) I synchronized the carbs which was the step before fixing the gas tank which is right before tires. I find the idle speed screws on the VFR750 uniquely hard to reach compared to other 4 cylinder bikes including my Honda ST1100 V4. Basically on this quartet of carbs the screws are on the bottom. And actually not that hard to get to at all if you have the correct tool, which I bought. With a 90 degreee extended-length scr
    1 point
  45. I'm not near up to speed on getting the text where I want it and pictures as well. Here's my birthday and Christmas haul on titanium and aluminum goodies...Can't wait.
    1 point
  46. I bought mine new in March 2020 Ayrshire Scotland, good eh lol I paid £9999 and got panniers, quick shifter, hugger and Akrapovic exhaust
    1 point
  47. I know US models don't have HISS but Australian, UK. etc models do & because I only had one key & needed a spare just in case this is what I did (just so people know if you lose a HISS key & don't have a spare the only fix is buy complete ECU, key, barrel from Honda unless you kept the silver tag that came with new bike which has a serial number, that is only number Honda can do a replacement key with if all original keys lost & that key has to come from factory). I can't take credit for this procedure as was found doing search & asking questions but the info came from oth
    1 point
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