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  2. I will pile onto an old thread here as well, I used to wear Sidi race boots as my "regular" boots...the only reason I'm not wearing them now is I got rid of them thinking I'd never ride again. Mostly I wanted the protection, but also because they fit under jeans just as well as over leathers. They are quite obviously motorcycle race boots with toe sliders and people who don't motorcycle are going to think they're odd looking. But 95% of the time I am also going to be in a motorcycle jacket, carrying a helmet, etc. and obviously on a motorcycle anyway. If you care what you look like walking
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  4. Also...the bike is far more faded than this set of pictures makes it look. Or at least to me. Outside, it's on the pink side with almost no gloss left except the tank.
  5. Back to cosmetics. I received my Sargent saddle in the mail, but everyone kinda knows what that looks like already. The old one was way, way past its service life and the last owner had fixed a couple spots with black duct tape. I haven't received any of my new plastic pieces yet, but I did get several eBay parts. Two pieces of plastic are unavailable anywhere in R157 Italian red, the front fender and upper left "meter cover" which is the plastic piece to the left of the gauge console. I got a couple rear cowlings and one of the left meter covers from eBay...none are as solid a
  6. Nothing like the VFR. Designed as a street friendly sport bike, not a sports-tourer. Might get one though, looks fun.
  7. First off, we need pics of your new ride so we can all be jealous of your good fortune! If you're going to remove the throttle body (to remove the plant?), then sending the injectors off to be cleaned (about $100) would be a great idea. Think of gas sitting for years - it degrades in to a varnish like substance that can clog the tiny holes in the injectors. Another item would be the fuel pressure regulator. You can pull the vacuum hose and see if there is odor of gas, in that event it should be replaced. How does the inside of the tank look? Does the gas smell odd or is there c
  8. Sounds like you made a good purchase, 1 owner and only 15,000 miles, that's the way to start out. And the VFR engine is very well-built and durable but the truth is that the rest of the VFR, its electrical system, its fuel delivery system and all are just standard Honda gear. By purchasing a 22 year old motorcycle you've put yourself in the position of having to do "old motorcycle" maintenance and refurbishment. If you're not into old motorcycle maintenance you may have made a mistake. If you've been a motorcycle guy long enough you've met "that guy" who loves motorcycles, lov
  9. Yeah, bike sitting around can get gummed-up fuel-passages that cause variable fuel delivery. Use fuel-system cleaner with healthy dose of PEA. - Red Line SI-1 - Techron Concentrate Plus - Gumout All-in-One - 3M Max Strength Fuel System Cleaner #08814 - Royal Purple Max Atomizer 18000 Not sure if there's way to test fuel-filter. Maybe just replace it? Also may be vacuum-leak somewhere. Use carb-cleaner spray to test all junctions on intake side. Anywhere there’s hose-clamp between parts that may be leaking. Use vacuum gauge to test for vacuum leaks.
  10. I would replace the spark plugs, and run a heavy dose of fuel system cleaner. I second the question of "what is the idle speed set to?" It may just be idling too low. Are you using the fast idle (looks like a choke) lever when starting?
  11. Hi Phil. You're getting me excited, nice write up and pictures, looking forward to the rest of the trip. You certainly have the nicest bike Cheers.
  12. Congrats on your VFR and welcome to the forum! 🙂 One obvious thing you probably already addressed but which I didn't see mentioned above, did you drain the old fuel from the tank and replace it with new gas? Also, did you check inside the tank for rust? I wouldn't think the tank would rust in just a year, but it's worth looking. One other question is what is the idle speed set to? Again, it's probably fine, but if it's set too low for some reason that could be a factor. Sounds like you need to clean up the injectors, etc. You could also try a fuel system cleaner i
  13. You're right. That does sound similar to a V4. Pretty cool illustrations of the different firing orders, too. Thanks for posting that link. As I've mentioned in a couple other places on the forum, I recently bought a BMW boxer twin. One huge reason I dig it is the engine, which has similar characteristics to my VFR in my opinion, even including the engine braking. The V4 is smoother overall, but they're both a blast to ride. Sounds like maybe I should look at a triple in the future, too. Anyway, I just couldn't buy an inline 4 or parallel twin that lacked as much
  14. This is not a boring old twin. The Aprillia has a 270° crank, and sounds and behaves like a V twin, just more compact. Don't underestimate the new generation of twins with the crossplane cranks, they have huge amounts of torque and are just as intoxicating as the V4 was in its day. With the power to weight ratio, latest equipment and all the electronics, they will leave the poor old VFR far behind. But it's not a sports tourer, they are out of fashion I'm afraid, and it doesn't seem like anyone is in a hurry to bring them back. Sad really. I couldn't find a replacement
  15. Hey no worries Max I’ll get on that and sort some photos of my bike..still doing a few changes and mods..
  16. Hey Dutch hi there hope all’s good your end..👍🏼
  17. Hey thanks to you all for the welcome to this great Mc site have a few questions related to my Vfr 800 VTEC and it’s an alarm issue..
  18. As some of you may recall, I had planned a motorbike trip from Townsville to S.E. Queensland back in July. I still haven't gotten around to doing a ride report, too busy transporting all the goods everyone is buying on the internet during this bloody Covid outbreak (I am happy to have a job though!!). This will probably be done in one day at a time but I will try to be prompt with further installments. I am no Wilbur Smith so don't expect too much. My mate Andrew and I were going take a couple of weeks off to ride to the Gold Coast to go riding with my brother-in-law Grant. Unfortu
  19. Not sure if it's a "track/race" boot you're looking for, or just the best protection money can buy? Either/or, this boot has you covered! Another nice thing is, you can just buy the outer shell, in a variety of different color combos, used to even be able to special order what you want ... so the customization possibilities were endless as well!!
  20. These aren't the same as the "older Security" boots, which is why I assume they're the "Evo G3"s? The older ones had a bit more of a hard/fiberglass inner boot than these seem to? Great for racing or the track, speaking for the ones I had/have(including several "crash tests"), forget about walking around in them, except for at the track ... which usually consists of a few hundred yards ... each way! No bias, but I worked for a place that sold Daytonas, and ended up with a used pair of the TransOpen GTX ... still wearing them 20 years later. Have even used them as my "s
  21. http://v4dreams.com/maintenance.html, never seen this site before and plenty of excellent reading, love the removal of the footpegs and may try and locate a second hand pair to play around with so I can keep my originals
  22. Hello all! My name is Victor, I'm new to the VFR world, and new to fuel injection bike world (coming from a carbureted GS500). I just bought a 1 owner, 15k mile VFR800, (It has not been used, and just stood around for over a year) the thing is absolutely gorgeous, and I think about it everyday. The issue is, it has a idling/running problem. I wanted to ask here for some of the expert opinions before I go throwing money and parts at it. Here is the issue, 1)Bike will take a while to start. The starter will go off, and I have to rev the throttle for it to run. (sometimes even that d
  23. +1 on the Daytona's. I'm on my 2nd pair of Road Star GTX's. Rock solid boot and comfortable enough to walk around in. I have wide feet and wear 10.5 US. I ordered Euro 45 and they were a bit roomy towards the front of my foot. I added a nice pair of insoles and the boots are perfect. So comfortable. They will need to get broken in, but after that, you will have one of the best all around boots that money can buy.
  24. I had good luck restoring the plastics on my ZX7R I redid with smearing everything that was black plastic with vaseline and letting them sit for 3 days and then buffing the parts out. I got that idea from Iconic Motorbikes on their website as a restoration tip. NIck
  25. 2003 vfr800 please help? Please update!
  26. I just added to the collection. I have a 99 ZRX1100 that is done up like an Eddie Lawson replica and a 78 XS750. Those are the rideable ones as I have 2 83 Yamaha Visions. One is my old racebike that just needs to be made street legal again, but I hold out this hope that I might race again. Very doubtful though.
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      Another Epic Ride
      Lost a job recently so decided to spend some quality time on my moto. Took a 3 day tour of SD/WY, solo keeping a generous 6+feet distance from most individuals and animals (luckily)
      Day 1, left Denver and arrived Hot Springs, SD. I was immediately greeted by lovely twisties of Hwy 395/87 and the bison on a way heading to Custer. 
      Stayed overnight in the Center Lake campground, roughing it sleeping in a hammock (my first). Dipped to 48F overnight so I was a little chilly. The campground is awesome: clean showers, beautiful lake, wildlife around.. 
      Day 2, left the campground and I was immediately on the Needles Highway. I’ve been on it a few times so I did not bother stopping to take pictures because I was enjoying the road basically to myself early morning. The is super twisty and has a few on way tunnels carved out in the rocks. Epic ride! I continued riding to the Spearfish Canyon after a short stop for breakfast in Hill City. SC is another must do: flowy, moderate speeds ride! Left SD heading to the oldest National Monument in US. The roads around it are triple digit sweepers but kept it sane being alone and seeing some cops around. After a quick picture at Devils Tower, rode to my cabin in Buffalo, WY. 
      Day 3, after sleeping not that great, I stopped for a drive through coffee at Macdonalds:). I wonder if I was their first customer on a motorcycle going through a drive through 🤪. After slurping the god-sent beverage, off I went over the Big Horn mountains. It was a cold foggy morning in the mountains so I missed some of the scenery. The fog lifted as soon as I reached the peak, and I was happy to be able to see more than 20 feet in front of me. Again, did not stop for pics, I was just happy to avoid any potential collision with the wildlife and being warm enough to enjoy the corners. The west side of Hwy 16 is better anyways, smooth pavement and nice views. Stopped in Thermopolis, WY at Bear Cafe for brunch-great food!
      The canyon heading south of town is beautiful!! Then, the boring shit of 120 miles to Rawlins.. Not terribly so but after all the good roads, this was definitely a drag. The highlight of the ride back to Denver was a ride through the Medicine Bowl mountains (Saratoga to Centennial). Nice road and lots of snow still on the sides..
      In summary, the best part of my trip is the Black Hills, SD. You literarily can spend 3 days and explore some of the neatest roads and not have to go far. They also take care of their roads, and the wildlife is the icing on the cake: watch out for wild turkeys, deer and bison of course. 

       









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      VFR1200 Project Bike
      Hello everyone,
           First post here so a bit of an introduction.
      I am Coxy, I like taking things to bits! I thought I would come on here to document my VFR1200 project build. 
      I've built a few bikes in the past, the start was putting a TDM900 engine into a TRX850 chassis, I used this on the road and the track and it was great fun:



       
      Eventually I got to the point where I wanted a bit more power on track to keep pace with the big boys on the litre bikes, I ride at Croft and Cadwell mainly, so no massive long straights. I figured around 120bhp would be enough to limit the losses on the straights so I decided to fit an MT09 engine into the TRX.  Power went up to 120bhp, and the weight of the bike was slashed (the mt09 engine is 13kg lighter  than the TDM lump). I spend 2 years refining and tuning it on track and its now its this current condition as featured in Practical Sportsbikes:
       




       
      Fitting the MT09 engine turned out to be a lot more involved that I originally anticipated, and I ended up rebuilding the frame around the headstock and the top tube. 
       
      Here's a video of the one of the last session from last year on it:
       
      So, after all this i started thinking that I wouldnt mind building a bike virtually from the ground up. and I always fancied a V4. I like the look of the shaft drive VFR1200 setup, and after about a year of searching I managed to locate one at the right price:

       
      The plan is to use the engine, swingarm and wheels, and build a bike around that. I'll put another post up to show where I have gotten to so far! 
       
       
       
       
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      Juniper Pass

      I took a day off from work and also from my bicycle training to take out the Veefalo one last time before the weather turns ugly, supposed to snow the rest of the week and possibly start sticking to the ground along the Colorado Front Range. I took a leisurely pace up hwy 105 toward Morrison and got reacquainted with the bike since its been over a month since I took any sort of twisties on it at all, hwy 105 is a scenic ride along the front range between Denver and Colorado Springs, its mostly easy fast sweepers and lite traffic so its a favorite road of mine when going north. Then I have to negotiate a bit of traffic near Highlands ranch and up hwy 470 into the mountains. I decided to take the Morrison Exit and try either Lookout Mountain or head up Golden Gate Canyon - this time it was Lookout Mountain, I was sort of making it up on the fly as I went along. Lookout Mountain is my old bicycling haunt from my days while I was working at Coors, its a killer ride and all uphill - I don't think I could do it today If I had to, not quite there yet! I saw a whole bunch of riders doing it though and wished I was in shape enough to be there doing it as well. 30 more lbs and I will be able to do it! On this day I would do it on the Veefalo instead.

       

       

       

       

      I took a video from the gateway to the top at the Lookout Mountain State Park, getting past riders, the guy in the green jacket actually pretty much astounded me with how far he had gotten in the short time it took me to set up my camera, some 3 miles at least and up to the gateway from the turn off at hwy 6! Amazing I thought. I took the first two turns slow then got more comfortable as I went up further, till I was doing well, I made some gearing mistakes and took the tight 15mph marked hairpins in the wrong gear so I lugged it a bit on one or two. Still enjoyed it though and then got off at the top and hiked over a rock outcropping for an overview of the road for the pictures below.

       

       

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      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado

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      Lookout Mountain Park top of the mountain

      From there I headed up interstate 70 to Idaho Springs for a beer at the Tommy-knockers brewery, I was the only customer in the joint - slow day for them so they treated me like a king! I got a nice tour of the place sort of impromptu, they made me a nice Pastrami sandwich on rye and with the brown ale it was fantastic. I must say the beer is much better there than in the bottles - its always good at the brewery. I am glad I stopped

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      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs

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      Idaho Springs Colorado

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      Mashtuns and fermenters

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      Rows of fermenters

      I finished my lunch and since the road to Mount Evans is right there I headed up Squaw pass hoping to get in some nice pictures I wasn't expecting what I found, ICE IN ALL THE SHADY PARTS

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      Icy patches on Squaw Pass definitely taking it easy on that road

      There were some section where the ice covered the whole road for 300 yards or so I had to roll through it with my legs out to help keep the bike from sliding and falling over, I took it real slow. A Ford pickup was right behind me so I pulled over to let him pass but the guy was going slower then even I was so I pressed on - in places where I could see I just cut over to the oncoming lane and out of the ice where the sun was shining on the road more, but some places there was not alternative so I just had to go slow, good thing it wasn't slick but rather they tossed some gravel over the worst parts so I had some traction!

      I did stop for pictures in all the best spots

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      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate

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      Elephant Butte Park and Denver

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      Veefalo on Squaw Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      Mount Evans

      My route A is home B is Tommy-knockers

       

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      Not that it matters and not that I expect anyone had noticed, but to those who sent me "where are you?" I would like to say I am back. Not only that I am officially returning to VFRD after nearly 2 months break but I have also ridden my Hawk last weekend and had FUN! Let me restate that; I had major fun riding! Something I have almost given up on.

      Most of you have been riding your whole adult lives and riding is not only a hobby to you, it is part of you. But I started riding three years ago and even though I have encounter some setbacks, till this spring I loved riding with whole my heart. However, I have always considered riding as my hobby. As a hobby which suppose to make my life better, more fun and more rich. Life is too short to do something which we don't fully love.

      My love of riding received a first major scar this spring: I lost a friend on the racetrack. He was a total stranger who offered me his help after I lowsided at CMP track last year. I still remember hearing his "Hi, my name is Todd, do you need help?" while I was duct-taping my roadrash from ripped jacket. He helped me straighten up the shifter and we kept in touch. The next time we saw each other was the day he died.

      With 9 months delay, I can say that Todd's death shook me more than I have realized. It rooted fear in me which was fueled by seeing and hearing about others getting hurt over and over again. If I was to summarize this year - it would be one big accident report. I became sensitive to every broken bone, every roadrash, every lowside. And even though I did 10 track days this year, I became slower and slower and slower. Suddenly, I have acquired this 'grandma' riding style on the road, frozen with fear that behind every corner there is car standing in my lane, or major sand trap or deer staring at me ... I was crippled with fear not only for me about also for my fellow rider.

      So, at the end of this year, I rode more and more by myself. I could not bear the feelings of responsibility for others on the road and my lines were crippled by my own fears. It all culminated this fall at WDGAH. In a freaky accident Love2rideh82crash was taken down by a truck crossing into our lane. I was done. I finished the weekend, locked the VFR into a garage and took a break.

      Until the last weekend, I pretended that motorcycles do not exists. As a last instance after 2 months break from riding, I decided to go to CMP track to see if I can still have fun. I also felt like I should go for the memory of Todd. I went and I had fun! I had much more fun than I expected and the most fun on track I can remember. Suddenly the whole track connected into an uninterupted line of turns and I felt one with the bike riding around! I was giggling like a little girl in my helmet and keep on giggling ever since smile.gif

      Granted I was not the fastest one and through out the weekend, I have never exceeded about 60% of my riding abilities, but I had no "oh-shit" nor 'blond' moments. I could have maybe go faster, I could have brake later for the turns and I could have lean further, but I am no Rossi nor Stoner. I decided to ride for fun and I had amazing blast riding well within my comfort zone.

      I was proud of myself when, after bandaging Ricks arm, I was able to distance myself and go back to riding without the year-long fear. I did feel bad for him but the feelings were not crippling my lines nor my mind. And when a total stranger came to me and said "Hi, my name is Todd", my heart stopped for a minute though but I suddenly knew that my life went a full circle. I probably will never win MotoGP :idea3: , but I am back! :wheel:

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