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  2. Found a guy on eBay. We chatted back and forth a bit. He said no problem. We’ll see if the keys work. I just provided year, make, model and cylinder code. This obviously won’t work if you have HISS as you’ll need a matched key and ECU. Not sure about the linking policies on this forum, so mods can remove if not allowed. https://m.ebay.com/seller?sid=cyclekeysonline
  3. Great story. Your niece is going to be a motorcycle person !
  4. No idea... that key doesn’t work either. I’ll have to drill the cylinder and replace it... unless I can pick it. It’s only four tumblers, I think. airbox? What airbox? Going to have to acquire or 3D print a new one.
  5. my lights won't come on the only lights what are on is the side lights and everything else works theres nothing wrong with the fuses or the switches or the bulbs there is no buzzing and today I ad to get a new battery as it was dead this morning out off the blue
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  7. Yep. Exactly. Sound reasonable?
  8. Was the airbox attached to the carbs??
  9. How did you order keys? Is there a key-code somewhere that you can send to dealers and they cut matching key?
  10. yeah do DCT reset first. Then see if MIL comes back. Could very well have vacuum-leak that throws off MAP-sensor readings. 1. connect vacuum-tester with rubber-T to MAP-sensor input and get readings for cold-start and after warm-up 2. measure MAP-sensor output voltage at cold-start and after warm-up. Could also be malfunctioning MAP-sensor that's sending out erroneous data to ECU. Thus the MIL. Cold-start enrichment is triggered by IAT and ECT. They tell ECU engine/coolant is cold and it'll richen-up mixtures by +20% or more for easier starting. Measure resistance of those sensors and verify it's correct for various temperatures (0C, 50C, 100C, etc.) Any other driveability issues? Stumbling when you crack open throttle from idle? Unstable idle?
  11. Wow - I've never seen anything quite like that. The filth seems to have gotten in to the carb bores - crazy. Was it in a flood? Definitely don't want any of that getting in to the motor. I seem to recall someone removing a 3rd gen motor by laying the bike on its side then once unbolted lifting the frame off. This is going to be an interesting rescue. How does the inside of the tank look?
  12. Found a coat hanger and was able to hook the latch for the seat. Keys are on order. The layers of... stuff... though... I really didn't want to pull the engine for cleaning, but I might just be easier to get it out at a good working height to get all the nooks and crannies... I guess that will make it easier to work on the frame clean up too. It's not all doom and gloom, the tool set is intact!
  13. There is a DCT reset procedure in the service manual. It sounds like the dealership has created a lazy way of attempting the reset.
  14. Apologies! Meant to add the pic. Just got it back from having the steering bearings replaced and work has been wild so I don’t have any better pictures of it! Thank you for the dash and headlight advice! Great bike for sure. Hopefully will be getting some exhaust bits for Christmas this year since my wife is about over my purchases lately haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Congrats on new bike. General consensus is without pic, the bike does not exist:-) Easy part first, for the dash: For headlight: Just in case you're interested. Here's the latest thread on headlights. I went with rayzerman's suggestion. I like it, its bright and not too "messy" at night as most led's in headlights can be https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/94459-headlight-options/&do=findComment&comment=1111604 For other lights, superbrightleds is good source with different price points. Dash lights are from here btw. https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehicle/1998-honda-vfr800-interceptor-vehicle-led-lights?make=32&model=3468&year=1998
  16. So you would cut out fried connector for 3 sets of yellow stator wires. Then butt-crimp wires across so you have direct connection to RR plug? Basically replace stator-connector with butt-crimps?
  17. I'm going to use them to connect the wires from the stator on my CBR600 F3. The plug is fried on that bike. If it works OK I'll probably do the same thing to my VFR eventually.
  18. Hello all! just purchased myself a 2014 VFR1200FD-E having a blast with it but i've had some cold start issues lately which indicate towards MAP sensor (using the MIL lights to diagnose) i got off the phone to my local dealership recently who have requested, from cold (when it works) i let the bike idle to operating temperature until the fan kicks in then to shut the bike off? does this sound like a maintenance/fault finding exercise. what do you believe this does in terms of calibrating or resetting anything? many thanks in advance guys and ladies!
  19. So what did you end up using those butt-crimp connectors for?
  20. As it happens, a proper 3rd generation bagster tank cover has magically appeared from the UK in my mailbox. So I'm good for now. Just the same, if you do stumble onto any treasures... 🙂
  21. Hello all, new 1999 owner here. Was looking to replace my signals and tail/brake lights with LED bulbs. Does anyone have a quick cheat sheet on which ones fit there? Will they need resistors? First bike I’ve had with halogens in those areas haha Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. A while back, I measured the frame under my right knee at 165F on a hot day. And I agree with your assessment (ie that can't be good). But it mostly seems to be the way things are. Everybody lives with it. See if you come up with a similar number.
  23. Dutchy’s 5th generation bagster tank cover on his new 4th generation bike got me thinking again about finding one for myself. I have one on the cbr, along with the clip-on bagster tank bag. On the cbr, the cover protects the pristine tank from blemishes. On this bike, it’ll protect the blemished tank from looks of scorn. Yeah yeah, the tank isn’t all that bad. But I like the look of the bagster anyway. And wouldn’t ya know. JZH just happened to have an old one laying around. He sent it to me. Thank you John! You can still get these new, even for the older bikes. Here’s a source: ...Or like so many vintage parts, you can wait for one on EBay...if you don’t happen to have a generous friend with lots of extras... 🙂 There’s a strap for around the headstock, and two lateral clips for the lower sides of the tank. I had to rig those side straps with my old standby, zip ties. JZH recommended coat hanger wire. That'll be my backup. Like all bits on the bike, I’ll be keeping an eye on things just in case. Since it’s a cover specifically modeled for every tank, it fits pretty good. So the three attachments are fine. It’d probably sit there like a slipper with no straps at all. But the straps also allow you to snug it down and stretch it a bit, getting out any creases. As you can see below, mine is still creased in places. I expect these to work themselves out. Bagster says the creases come out faster in warm weather. No surprise there. Not much really warm weather expected in Connecticut for the next 10 months but maybe the infamous VFR frame heat will help. Or a hair dryer. I’m not concerned. I don’t have my matching clip-on tank bag here. But how hard can it be to scrounge a couple generic push clips to sew onto any suitable bag? Bagster even sells extra official push clips for the purist (not me). I’m thinking I might dig out an old backpack for the job. Something easy to toss over my shoulder at stops. The shoulder straps on any tankbag I’ve ever owned aren’t great for that. Meanwhile, my ALDI magnetic tank bag still holds on just fine even through the tank cover and whaddya know, I no longer I have to be extra careful about abrasive stray metal filings finding their way onto those magnets. Now a friend thinks the bike looks sortof stealthy. This was never my intention. Remember I was always aiming for a more updated traditional look, like Lorne’s ex. But it’s okay. Maybe I’ll rethink decals. Always something.
  24. I'm chuffed to see another vintage bike on a longer ride. Great trip. Thanks for posting. So, when are you gonna take the bike to South Dakota? It's screaming out from your rider map.
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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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      Close up

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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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