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    yes insurance paid me out a few weeks ago, didnt get what the bike was worth to me, i was toying up the idea of a vfr1200, or a gen 8 vfr800 but the insurance just didnt pay me enough money, and decided not to get a bike loan at this stage, but i ended up finding low km immaculate a limited matt black 2004 cbr1100xx that i had always wanted, so got it for a good price. i still have a 1998 vfr800 gen 5 i rebuild for the track in the garage.
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    Last year was a 1969 cb750
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    I had 2 - a '76 in red and a '77 in yellow. Wish I still had the yellow one - sold it for a house downpayment.
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    The time has come to sell my beloved 5G. It has 135,000kms on the clock and needs nothing. List of mods: VTR1000F lower forks and rebound adjusters with 0.95kg springs, hiflow compression and rebound pistons with custom shim stacks. DMR modified CBR929RR rear shock with 21kg spring and raised 15mm RC51 SP2 front brake calipers with CBR600RR front master cylinder. CBR250RR rear master cylinder with all rear caliper pistons working together via internal drilling. HEL steel braided brake and clutch hoses. GSXR coil on plugs Upgraded charging system with FJR1300 regulator rectifier and ground fixes. Power Commander IIIUSB. Sebspeed rear set adapter plates and CBR929 rear sets. Rear hub rebuilt with all new Honda parts. 8 spoke rear wheel. Near new Pirelli Rosso III tyres. Zero gravity double bubble screen. 520 chain and sprocket conversion with +2 rear sprocket. Staintune low mount muffler. Delkevic stainless steel headers. Radiator fan overide switch. 6G right side radiator. Oxford heated grips. Hepco and Becker sports rack. Voltmeter. Many more I can't think of right now. Comes with service history and list of parts used. Does not use any oil or have any problems at all. No postage to the US, must pick up 🙂 Open to realistic offers.
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    Gents, Thank you both for your thorough replies. You both jogged my memory a bit (the RB has been sitting on the bench a while waiting for the headers) and, indeed, the RBR does work off the two OEM narrow bands (On the Rapidbike/Cyclepro website, it does state you must use the RBR in conjunction with the OEM sensors if your bike's equipped with them). Other experience on this forum suggests run with wide bands only - via My Tuning Bike; apparently, as per Yaman, you can't hook the wide-bands directly to the RB module (from the RB.US website: "If the stock O2 (Lambda) sensor/s have been disabled by an ECU flash or with installation of a factory option race ecu or an aftermarket ecu then My Tuning Bike Module/s can be used by itself"). So, I think your guess is correct, Downhill, and you can run one MTB in addition to the two (or one) OEM narrow. Finally, just to be clear, the RB doesn't actually need to have a wide-band connected to work; it is designed to work with the OEM narrow-bands but just requires more KM/miles to dial in. The wide-band allows for more instantaneous feedback. CandyRedRC46 is one of the forum's resident knowledge boxes on all things RB, and there is a RBR vs. RB Evo thread here in the archives somewhere. Agree with Rush2112's observation the 12mm OEM narrow-band and 18MM wide-band bung combo are the most user friendly combo for many.
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    Yep. Honda actually modified the instrument surround sometime during the 2000 production run: That's my '01, but my Y2k doesn't have those raised areas. Ciao, JZH
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    Yes. Same melt marks but not as “channeled” on the left side. I think the channeling is an artifact and not intentional. Just the angle of the sun at the time I would guess. Maybe caused by the crease/bend in the double bubble windscreen and that part of the dash being the right distance to be hit by the focal point of the converging light rays. I’m halfway tempted to try to replicate it, but it would take the right time of day, right time of year and the proper orientation of the bike. Like trying to create a sundial. Suppose I can try it with a flashlight to approximate the angle. Or, I could spend my time doing meaningful maintenance/repair on the bike.
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    You are correct, sir... the Rapidbike can use the narrow band OEM sensors with a standard map or the upgrade Autotune with a wideband O2 sensor. Heh, heh, heh... Bung-holio!
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    Absolutely. I've been commuting for 2 weeks without them since I sold my old Cr and noticed a big difference, especially when filtering/lane splitting. Wouldn't want to be without them. Plus they fill a gap in the headlamp coverage too.
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    Skids, this inquiring rider wants to know if you notice an increase in your conspicuity as a result of your added lighting. I installed LED driving lights (wide & short distance) to my forks. They, along with the LED headlights, seem to attract a lot of attention both from on-coming traffic and from vehicles ahead of me traveling in the same direction. I make sure the fork lights are focused so they will not hit on-coming traffic in the eyes. And I get no one flashing their high beams at me.
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    2 hours later.... Managed to remove a lot of excess wiring loom and the On/Off switch too. Thanks again Grum.
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    Assume you will be using a plug similar to this. The center is the positive and the outer contacts are the negative. PM regards your March visit, take you up on that beer
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    You Sir, are a star. Thanks. Mrs Skids & I will be spending a few days in Melbourne next March. Happy to buy you a large beer!
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    Yep. The center connection in your plug is the positive so yes the positive 12v wire for your lights needs to connect to the center connection. The ground wire simply connects to the other connection in the plug.
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    Grum So just to confirm: I can connect the live/fused wire from the lights to the red wire on the male plug and the other wire from the lights to the remaining wire on the male plug?
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    Hi Skids. If you have no other use for the 12v DC socket then you should have no issues wiring up a suitable plug (both power and earth) to suite the 12v DC socket. Seeing you are only drawing approximately 2amps would think this is not an issue. I wonder if your owners booklet specifies the power or current rating for the 12v DC socket? There's no need to worry regards " blowing a set of £300 lights" you can't damage them by connecting them to the 12v DC socket, it's just a case of being sure the socket can supply the load. Worst case scenario is you blow a fuse.
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    5th gen motors and gear boxes are practically bullet proof. The PO might have changed the gears and not the chain. Go with a new set of chain and gears and you’ll be happy. They are maintenance items and they wear out...
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    Go with a new chain and sprockets set... especially, if you don’t know how old the current ones are
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    I’d be surprised if it is not your chain and sprockets. 6th gear low rpms accentuates the issue because of the power pulses from the syncopated firing order engine. That, plus tight and loose sections of chain can give weird sounds. If you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras (unless your in Africa!). How many km on your chain and sprockets?
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    Thinking out loud (so don't give too much credit to it), the 6 gearsets ride on 2 parallel shafts, so a bearing problem would seem likely to affect each gearset equally vs only one. It seems possible though that the 6th gear pair could have an issue of some sort, but unless abused dont often develop problems.. Typically I don't engage 6th until closer to 6,000 rpm which brings it to the 5,000 rpm area. I'd only be running 4,000 in 6th if going downhill and I'm too lazy to shift. It doesn't seem to like trying to put lots of torque through at lower rpm - even accelerating in 3rd or 4th from 3,000 rpm or so. If it turns out not to be the chain / sprockets (mite be worth a look at the front sprocket as well to rule that out), then maybe it is a gearbox problem. If so, a teardown is probably not the best approach. Splitting the cases is a daunting project that could possibly be stalled by parts availability and it could be difficult to find a shop that will undertake that on a 20 year old bike. It's probably more economical to find a used unit and swap motors vs trying to rebuild what you have. Hopefully the chain / sprockets is the cure.
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    Haven’s Budget Inn is where I like to stay in Franklin. It’s an old-school place and that’s part of its charm. Locally-owned and operated. It’s commonly referred to as “the hiker motel”, as they run a daily shuttle to the AT for through-hikers. As such, there is usually a bit of activity outside the rooms, with hikers hanging out, talking, and enjoying beverages. Rate is ~$50.
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    What is the state of your chain? Would experiment with its tension then test ride. Too tight, too loose, lack of lubrication, worn out can all create strange effects and noises.
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    I had one these. A 1975 model in red. Loved that bike.
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    On my bike it's not coming on with ignition. I have over 115kkm on the bike and have never seen it light tgh.
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    Hi all, Thanks to all who responded to my thread on the planning page, bike is geared up and ready to go and I leave at 6AM from Ottawa, Canada on Sep 1. I’ll do my best to post photos and updates! Approximate route, counterclockwise starting in Ottawa (the blue dot) Sep1: Day 1 has started well with a lovely misty sunrise over the Ottawa Valley. Temps are cold around 5C so with 180km under my belt I’m stopping for a warm up in the town of Deep River, ON. Had lunch at the Big Nickel in Sudbury, ON. Sep 2: made it to Thunder Bay, ON - gorgeous drive westbound over the top of Lake Superior. No pics right now because Tapatalk is down but I’ll post some later. Best restaurant name I saw - “Sue Chef” in Nipigon. Worst moment? Stalled the bike on an incline entering the roadway from the Wawa Goose and almost dropped it! Hemlo, ON - Barrick Gold Mine and the worlds biggest pile of gravel! Nipigon, ON Nipigon, ON Sep 3: And on the third day, it rained. Left Thunder Bay before sunrise and made it an hour before hitting light showers, good thing I put the rain gear on because the last 20 min before I could stop for gas it was really coming down. Linda at the Quetico North gas station/restaurant took pity on the soaking wet motorcyclist and was kind enough to make me an omelette and toast even though the kitchen wasn’t open yet. Heading to Minnesota today, rain should clear in a couple hours. Edit: I also got a free biker story from a couple that wandered in, which started with “I was pretty drunk when I left the bar, and I had a two hour ride ahead of me....” Arrived Bagley, MN: Off to South Dakota tomorrow! Sep 4, 2019: Beautiful ride across the 200 West (and south in Minnesota) today, warm temps and no traffic. Stopped in Fargo to see their Viking ship and the Fargo Air Museum, which had lots of planes, including one unique “Stealth Fighter” Today was a laundry day so after Fargo I slabbed it to Bismarck, ND and enjoyed the relative luxury of a hotel with laundry, a hot tub, and free breakfast! Sep 5, 2019: As I was leaving the hotel I met Jeff and Tim on Suzuki’s heading to Tim’s house in Oregon from Jeff’s house in Toronto. They had pretty much run an identical route to mine on Sep 2., and despite a more northerly route through Canada to get to Bismarck they also got soaked, and we all agreed that “Waterproof gear” does not always mean what you think it should! Jeff and Tim decided to ride with me south out of Bismarck on Hwy 1806, also known as the Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway which follows the Missouri River to the burial pace of Sitting Bull in Fort Yates. This was an excellent ride, full of big sweepers and lots of elevation changes and fantastic scenery. We then continued onto 1806 and then generally southbound on 63 from McLaughlin down to Eagle Butte where we stopped for lunch. By this time the temperatures had hit the 90s and it was HOT even at 65 mph. But totally worth it, especially for the view as you descend to where the Moreau River crosses 63 near Green Grass, SD. After lunch we continued south and picked up I-90 W for a few miles, destination was the Badlands National Park. This is really an incredible park and the vistas defy words, so enjoy the photos (I have a video I’ll try and post later) After we exited the Badlands I was headed to Rapid City, SD while they were continuing on to Deadwood, so we said our goodbyes. I checked into my AirBnb but the sun was setting so I decided to make a quick run to Mount Rushmore and back - I’ll be riding a pretty long set of twisties in there tomorrow, but figured I could get the sightseeing out of the way tonight. Although I’m only 1/3 of the way through the trip, the initial kernel of an idea was “I’ve never seen Mount Rushmore” so it’s great to be here. Nifty tunnel on the Mount Rushmore road: Was a long day with almost 750 km but some absolutely great riding. Sep 6-8 update: Sorry I missed a couple of days there, it got busy and I was trying to get back to an “early to bed early to ride” schedule. To [mention=5257]Sweeper[/mention] and [mention=35220]Tiutis[/mention] who recommended Iron Mountain Rd and Needles Hwy in the Custer State Park / Black Hills Forest I thank you ! those were the twistiest twisties I’ve ridden in North America (Arkansas and TOTD are coming up shortly so I may have to restate this!). After Needles I continued up to Deadwood and had a route of Montana’s finest secondary roads planned but things went a bit sideways in Belle Fourche, SD. I pulled into a gas station, noted the wet mud accumulation on the ground in front of the gas pump, considered finding a cleaner spot, then didn’t. 30 seconds later my bike was lying against the pumps, when my muddy riding boot slipped off the centrestand as I lifted the bike. After righting the bike, I noticed I was missing a right side mirror - the stem snapped. Long story short, I decided to straightline Hwy 212 through Montana (which was pretty fun): but by the time i got to the hotel my duct tape job wasn’t doing so well. A quick trip to Home Depot and I fashioned this up which is lasting well after 2 days and about 900 km of riding: Anyway yesterday and today were spent in Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks. Rode up the Beartooth Highway; Jackson Lake: Saw a red 8th gen VFR with red hard bags near Shoshone Point today if that’s anybody in here, and then I rode down the awesome Hwy 191 in Wyoming to Rock Springs, WY. Sep 9: Left Rock Springs under sunny skies today, with warm temperatures, perfect riding weather. First stop was to see the wild horses of Rock Springs, WY - I took a ride down a gravel road through their territory and was not disappointed! After spending a little while observing these guys I continued south towards the Flaming Gorge Recreational Area, named after the red coloured mountains. I stopped for lunch at the Red Canyon after crossing into Utah. In this part of Utah they have many signs warning of open range cattle grazing, and there they were! After lunch I stopped at the Dinosaur National Monument, incredible display of fossils still in the quarry where they were discovered - just a crazy number of dinosaur bones in one place! Finished up the day with a pretty scenic but straight drive southeast into Colorado and stopped for the night in the town of Craig, CO. This marks the halfway point of my trip - 9 days down, 9 to go. I’ve travelled just over half distance as well, 5,468 kilometres. I’ve refuelled the motorcycle 21 times since I left, and only eaten 2 restaurant and one UberEats dinner the entire time. Looking forward to the second half of the trip, seeing some good friends in Denver, riding some more twisty mountain roads and then on Sep 12, turning the bike east for good! Flaming Gorge Wild Horse Canyon Road, Pilot Butte way of in the distance. More Wild Horse Canyon Road Sep 10, 2019: Great ride southeast through Colorado today, through the Medicine Bow Forest, Yampa Valley, (thanks again [mention=35220]Tiutis[/mention]) and then Rocky Mountain National Forest up to 3.4 km high before coming back down to Louisville (Denver) where I’ve checked into my FriendBnB. Part of the reason this update is short is I spent an hour today organizing a new chain and sprockets for the VFR. I was worried about my chain before I left and sure enough 4 days ago I get a “clacking” sound on engine braking - adjusted the chain that day, and again 2 days later for a slightly less scary sounding “clacking”, and I’m at max adjustment (replace chain). I spoke with my home dealer and he agreed another 3000 miles on that chain is probably not a great idea. So DennisKirk to the rescue with an overnighted chain and sprocket kit, and I made an appointment with Aurora Honda which was recommended by [mention=37591]GreginDenver[/mention] - thx Greg! So as a result I didn’t stop for too many pics but here they are: Finger Rock, Yampa, CO Next to the Colorado River, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO Estes Park, CO Estes Park, CO Sep 11, 2019: Spent the morning visiting with friends and the afternoon sorting the bike out - replacement mirror arrived and is installed, and got a new chain and sprockets as well. Some issues with the speedo sensor but they replaced it and we are good to go! Shout out to Aurora Honda and forum member GregInDenver who recommended them. Staying in a weird Days Inn tonight in Colorado Springs which has an identical mirror image building across the parking lot which is a Super 8. Went into the Super 8 by accident, and while waiting to check in I met a member from ADVRider “tourbus” - I told him I didn’t post there since I stay (mostly) on the road but his opinion was “it caters to everyone”. So happy accident, really nice guy who was “disappointed” that the Trans Labrador Highway is all paved now (I mentioned to him that it was much safer for motorcycles as a result and he just scoffed at my self-preservation instinct!) Only decent pics I have from today are the bike in the shop and my buddie’s puppy, Boomer, who would not sit still for a photo. Apologies one more pic, the awesome RC51 they have in their shop (it belongs to them, not for sale apparently!) Sep 12, 2019: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! The Good! Last day in the mountains started off great, clear skies with a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak - somewhere about 4km high. with a lot of hairpins with hundred foot drops on the side and no guardrail! The Bad: Unfortunately there was an “erratic” individual who was being escorted off the mountain, which caused a traffic jam on the way down - so I just went back up again, stopped and took photos - a great morning, 2 deg Celsius at the top however brr. More good stuff - After that I headed east across Colorado and Kansas, although straight and flat, the views are impressive. Kit Carson, CO Brandon, CO The thin tree of the town of Towner, CO Colorado - Kansas State Line Windmill on Hwy 96 - Nekoma, KS Changed time zones again, this time into Central Time Zone - it will take 4 more days before I get back to Eastern time! Spending the night in Great Bend, Kansas. The ugly: sorry to say, but the hotel I stayed in the night before was terrible - to sum it up, drugs. I went out around 9pm to move the VFR closer to my room and there was a couple using a crack pipe in the car next to me. Then three guys on Harley’s showed up at 1:30am and proceeded to drive around the hotel parking lot with much revving. Initially I took pity on them - perhaps they had been delayed and were late arriving and could not help the loud exhausts. But when they parked outside the hotel lobby blaring rap music until 2:30 am, and I saw a constant stream of people coming out of the hotel, I figured they are selling drugs - pathetic hotel didn’t even call the cops. Sorry Days Inn Colorado Springs, I won’t be back. Sep 13, 2019: Today was a long day (700 km) playing catch-up after the motorcycle maintenance, so I didn’t stop much for photos today. Beautiful clear sky and 20 degrees C - As I drove further east into Kansas the plains full of wheat gave way to more green and trees and it started to feel a lot more populated (bigger highways and a lot more cars). Off Hwy 15, Mulvane, KS I also saw an increasing number of Mexican restaurants, grocery stores and businesses, and was surprised I could listen to a “Regional Mexican” radio station out of Wichita, KS, “KYQQ Radio Lobo” for nearly 2 hours, as I crossed into Oklahoma. Stopped for lunch on an abandoned piece of highway near Ponca City, OK Different kind of windmill (Hwy 18, near Burbank, OK) When I checked into the hotel tonight the clerk asked if I was here for the motorcycle rally, to which I replied “motorcycle rally”? I ordered a pizza and while they were making it I took a quick ride into downtown to see what was up - 3 bikers flagged me down for some help, and I met Mary, Freddie, and Sue from Oklahoma who were here for the rally. Mary, Freddie and Sue with Sue’s Harley Trike Mary and her Harley Must have been Friday the 13th, as I pulled into the pizza place it was getting dark and I noticed one of my headlamps was out - thanks to my riding buddy we’ve had a spare in our emergency kit for years so I replaced it and then went over to Walmart to grab another- thanks to the forum guides on replacement, haven’t done this since 2009!Last time I replaced one the second failed within 1,000 km - at my current rate that’s Sunday! It’s not delivery, it’s deVFR! Sep 14, 2019: I set off early this morning from Poteau, OK for a couple of reasons: 1-the afternoon temperatures were supposed to be HOT; 2-I wanted to beat the motorcycle rally to the scenic route so I didn’t get stuck behind them; and 3-I had a tour booked of the Graceland Mansion in Memphis at 4pm. Coincidentally there was a motorcycle exhibit at the “Graceland Exhibition Center” so I was able to get a discount ticket for that as well! *edit*: this day contained the southernmost point of the trip, Hot Springs, AK at 34.5 deg latitude. Rode south out of Poteau on Hwy 59 to the start of the Talimena Scenic Byway in the Ouachita National Forest - already 24 deg C at 10AM. At the start the asphalt is in great condition, mostly high speed (70-90 km/h) sweepers with lots of hills. The last 10 miles of the road on the Oklahoma side are pretty rough asphalt, not confidence inspiring. As I crossed the border into Tennessee the asphalt immediately improved, the sweepers remained the same. Haven’t figured out videos In Tapatalk so forgive the YouTube: http:// [/url] There were a couple combinations of turns that had me feeling like Valentino Rossi near the end however! Queen Wilhelmina State Park, TN After that I took mostly backroads (Hwy 270 and then Hwy 70) all the way up to Little Rock, AR, and then continued on to Memphis, TN. Hwy 70 east of Little Rock has a really nice section along Hills Lake, then it straightens out. Really nice day of riding and little traffic, but it hit 34 deg C and It was toasty on the bike! I didn’t get the ticket for Elvis’ motorcycles, but the “One Hundred Years of the American Motorcycle” exhibit had more than enough, I’ll limit myself to 3 of the too many photos I took! Real live Motus V-4! The frame is kind of busy but it looks good - if I didn’t have the perfect V-4 already I’d consider it! Caterpillar Bike by Orange County Choppers 1949 Harley Davidson Model S (I think) Ok one more because I’m a sucker for side exhausts - 1994 “Kawasabi” And...I like this paint job (HD race bike): Sep 15, 2019: Last nights hotel had a somewhat unique outdoor feature - a sport motorcycle gang (see video). http:// Today was another hot day, 28 deg C by 9AM, high of 34 deg! I left Memphis headed northeast towards Bowling Green, Kentucky. The grain and oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma have given way to cotton. Bells, TN I stuck to back roads (and for much of the day followed the Memphis-Bristol highway which is the 1st Tennessee Highway) - Hwy 70 - interspersed with some backroads I picked and some that came recommended by [mention=382]tbzep[/mention] - Hwy 69 up to Big Sandy, TN, then took the ferry across Kentucky Lake and had a really fun time on Hwy 232 on the east side of the Danville ferry, which was freshly paved. He neglected to mention how fun the road which connects Big Sandy to the west side of the ferry is! Waiting for the ferry (Danville Rd., TN) I’m on a boat! (Danville Ferry) My destination was the National Corvette Museum, which is across the street from the Corvette factory. I had a great visit (just sharing the best shots here). Corvettes destroyed in the sinkhole incident Corvette parking only outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant! While scoping out the factory exterior, I met a New Yorker named Brian (and his wife whose name escapes me) he had ordered a new red Corvette and wanted to get a factory tour (they aren’t doing them right now). He told me about two motorcycle museums - Wheels Through Time, in Maggie Wheeler, NC and Motorcyclepedia, in Newburgh, NY. Tonight is my last laundry night, so as I’m waiting for the dryer to free up I’m dangling my legs in the hotel pool! Sep 16, 2019: The day was promising to be another hot one so I got on the road early, riding generally southeast from Bowling Green, KY, back through Tennessee. I took a lot of beautiful curvy backroads but no time for videos or photos because I was heading to my friends house trying to get there for dinner. I did see this interesting place, credit google maps for the photo: Dalton Bus Service Graveyard, Baxter, TN The other “sight” on my list was US 129, also known as the “Tail of the Dragon”. It was not too crowded on a Monday but I still saw plenty of sports cars and lots of bikes - can’t imagine on the weekend! It lived up to its reputation, as did the rest of the Nantahala Forest! Tree of Shame Me on the Dragon After that fun I continued through North Carolina on Hwy 28 that got me very close to my friend’s home southeast of Asheville. It was a great visit, and I made *another* new best friend, Rocky! Sep 17, 2019: This day really turned out to be a marathon, it was worth it. Left Asheville and jumped on the Blue Ridge towards Roanoke, VA for 4.5 hours! Basically this the whole time: http:// After that I took a couple of side roads and ended up on I-81 North, and did that for four hours to my hotel. 9h30min riding today, 863 km. As of tonight I have travelled just over 10,000 km in 17 days. Speedball, out. Sep 18, 2019: 10,818 km later and I’m Home! Bridge to Canada from New York State Got up nice and early today in Chambersburg, PA, waffle and sausages, and coffee for breakfast, and I was off at 7:45AM. A little bit of rush hour traffic going through Harrisburg and then it was smooth all the way home. 789 km in 7h42m (+ stops), averaged 102.5 km/h. Total time end to end was 9h09min, not bad! Some other trip stats: 1st song I listened to on the trip: “Swing” by Savage Last song (Music on shuffle for the last two days): “Seven Days” by Sting Number of states passed through: 18 (Minnesota,North Dakota,South Dakota,Wyoming,Montana,Utah,Colorado,Kansas,Oklahoma,Arkansas,Tennessee,Kentucky,North Carolina,Virginia,West Virginia,Maryland,Pennsylvania,New York) Where I slept: AirBnB: 4 nights Days Inn: 4 nights FriendBnB: 2 nights Super 8: 2 nights Travelodge, Ramada, SureStay, Under Canvas, Motel 6: 1 night each Best night (other than my friends houses, which were by FAR the best!): Day 3: Cabin in the woods (AirBnb), Bagley, MN Worst night: Day 11: Days Inn, Colorado Springs, CO (drug dealers at 2AM in parking lot!) Lost items: one motorcycle jacket liner, and possibly one golf shirt (hoping I’ll find it when I unpack, but I haven’t seen it for days.....) I’ll post a few more stats and random photos in the next few days, hot shower and relaxing is on the menu!
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    The down pipes remind me of my first bike,
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    I can't image what 26 years without riding would be like, let alone be paraplegic for that long as well, he definitely has a lot of spirit. I heard from a few people that he's down in So Cal quite a bit as the Moto America HQ office is in Costa Mesa. My friend Steve ran into him and his family on Father's Day at a Red Robin right around the corner from where I live.
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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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    If it’s running fine why would you want to replace or clean them? O2 sensors are not something that need servicing, they usually last the life of the bike.
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    Thanks Mohawk, my VO2max is peaking right now and I'm seeing some interesting colours! Not to be unnecessarily picky but aren't all engines that use a primary chain to drive the clutch spinning "backwards"? I'm thinking of CB750/900/1100Fs and of course Z1s, GS1000s etc, before the move to direct gear drive of the clutch basket. Probably even Harleys? To get the same with "modern" engines a jackshaft is usually employed e.g. the MV 800F3. I never owned the 550 but did have a CBX400F back in the day, I never had camchain issues on that one but it used to have quite the appetite for sparkplugs and got quite sulky at low revs until they were swapped.
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    Top banana Terry wins the free air. Just breath a little deeper on your next inhale 👍😀 I’m not certain but I think it was the first production bike engine to run backwards. In the UK it had a terrible reputation for cam chain issues, I’m fairly certain that was caused by people turning the crank the wrong way whilst setting the valve clearances. I never had an issue in many miles on mine. And yes 572cc
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    It's not a 550? (actualy 572cc). Also the crank spins backwards due to the chain primary drive.
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    Ah but do any of you know what’s unique about the CBX550 engine ? 1L of free air to the first person with the right answer ! It’s a good one as one of Ho da UK senior techs did not know it !!!👍😀
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    I think that RC24 (26?) looks so stunning!
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    Hey only three and a half years later to the next update. Not much has changed going by the pic. But lots of things have changed. A 2015 R1 front wheel is now resident in the workshop, nearest thing to the 848 10Y rear wheel I could find that was an easy fit - straight bolt-on, 2004 R1 discs fit, axle fits. The SebSpeed c;lear clutch cover has received a couple of additions to spruce it up. All other work not shown in pic, but the bodywork is seriously underway at the moment.
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    NO LONGER AVAILABLE This 1991 3rd gen VFR750 has clean non-salvage Arizona title Rear wheel NOT included, but the good condition, straight OEM 5/6 gen rear wheel/tire in photos can be had for $150. Does include all the following: - all powertrain parts engine, carbs, airbox, etc - OEM headers - straight frame, swingarm, forks - straight front wheel - dent-free gas tank [one scrape - see photo] - seat [tired but no rips or holes] - handlebars/controls - complete undamaged instrument panel/gauge cluster - complete front and rear brake systems - everything else in photos except rear wheel Available for local pickup in North San Diego county. I am posting it here for a week in case a VFRD member has been looking for a 3rd gen project. After a week it gets listed as free to the vultures on craigslist. No offense to craigslisters - sometimes I'm one of the vultures, too.
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    Changed the coolant draining only the water pump plug. I got about a little over 2 quarts. That’s about 80% of the coolant capacity. I think I’m content with that, if I change every other year going forward. Despite it was the 1st coolant change (almost 6years and 24k), it looked nice green color, not too dark at all.
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    Perhaps this rendering will look better....
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    Hi Skids. Without knowing the current draw of these lights, I'd suggest using a 12v relay. On the 8gen there is an OPTION (Rear) connector designed for fitting an alarm system not sure if the 800X has it. The Black/Yellow wire is a switched positive you could use to drive a relay coil. So to the relay coil is the Black/Yellow wire 12v then the other side of the coil to a convenient Ground. Now connect a Positive from the battery to one of the Relay Switching contacts then the other end of the relay switched contact to your Spotlight 12v positive. Ground your Spots to a convenient ground. Hope this helps.
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    Some photographs on my favorite rest stop on one of my recent daytrips riding through Northern France, here in Fauquembergues.
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    Hello..from Greece! Στάλθηκε από το Redmi Note 7 μου χρησιμοποιώντας Tapatalk
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    Yeah I got home in Sep 18th, had to recover for a couple of days and then started new job! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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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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