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  2. Plus, I am thinking I may have an issue with the CAT in my 6th Gen exhaust, but kinda just a stab at a problem that recently came up. Would prefer to not have that bulky CAT/pre-muffler thing, if it's not doing anything ... which it's not! O2 sensors already bypassed, along with most any other emission type things that have no valuable function!
  3. I picked up some slip ons for my 6th Gen, and the guy I got them from pointed out a fairly decent set of OEM headers for a 5th Gen available as well ... but I didn't move on them and they vanished. Just wanted to confirm if would work with no issues? 5th Gen doesn't have the "pre-muffler w/CATs" is my understanding, but possibly still has the O2 ports? Any clarification here would help ... main concerns if just any fitment stuff ... outlet for the 6th Gen ends up in the same place etc?? Weight savings is the only advantage I assume? Still a stock header ... just on a b
  4. Any speculation on if the Summer Summit for 2021 will happen? I missed the 2018 Sum Sum and was really looking forward to the 2021 event. Then that thing happened that put a major crimp on just about everything. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my schedule open just in case. PLEASE enlighten me on what the future might be for the 2021 event!
  5. Congratulations. That sounds great. You ever get down around the kc area on your bike?
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  7. We were the last off the boat, good thing as I drove off the ferry I was staring at quite a steep hill. I pulled over and had a walk up. OH yeah this was interesting. If you actually stopped at the Stop sign you were on a 30 degree incline and had no line of sight to the right. They may as well put up a sign with an arrow pointing down saying "Drop bike Here" If you crested the top even a little bit you were in the roadway. Right I loaded my niece up and said Hold on tight as we are either pop up onto the road or hit the brakes hard. If you think were are falling get away from the bike.Her ey
  8. During my tour around Lake Huron several years ago I opted to take the ferry on the NE side of the lake instead of riding around Georgian Bay. Between the time I spent waiting for the ferry and actually on the boat I might have been able to just ride around the bay. But at that point in the tour I was kind of happy to just relax and enjoy the ride. That big ferry had nice lounge areas, a full kitchen/restaurant, and even a gift shop. It was a nice boat ride. I've also been on a couple very small ferries, basically just floating platforms with engines that get you across a small
  9. Welcome to the Honda V4 asylum jefferson from The Land Of Interesting Weather. Contratulations on your choice of a Very Fine Ride. Can't wait to see your new machine.
  10. Just bump up the rear ride height 10mm or so. That'll effectively shorten the side stand and quicken the steering to boot... Ciao, JZH
  11. I had booked a room in Albany as there are some nice roads on the NY side of Champlain, plus I wanted to surprise her. We got to Charlotte in VT and got off of rt 7. WE drove down this little road for a while and there it was, an operating ferry, quite a big for the Lake. We got our tickets and waited until called. There are 3 Phases to your first ferry ride, on a motorcycle no less. The first is the excitement of it all called "The what are we doing here?" Phase. The second is the "Are we there yet?" Phase. The third as
  12. That may be the best contribution to her growing up you could have done for her. IMHO TV is mostly a wasteland. Except for motorcycle racing of course!
  13. Well, gasket would be needed to put stuff back together. For now, you can at least measure thickness of individual clutch discs and plates along with thickness of entire stack. Also measure clutch-springs if you have tension-measuring devices. Otherwise, free-height will do. I usually replace springs with stiffer Barnett ones while I'm there.
  14. Bike's not looking bad for six years old and 46,000 miles. It's just a pup.
  15. Before going to sleep I had a look at the weather, it called for heavy rain in the morning clearing in the afternoon. So I told my niece to sleep in and booked the room for another night. Next morning I walked across the road and bought some breakfast, I was soaked by the time I got back, probably a good call hanging for the day. Years ago when I had my daughter we did 2 days in heavy rain in the Pacific Northwest. I checked into a Hotel just outside of Seattle and ran out immediately to grab some dinner so we did not have to go out later. When I got back to the room my daughter ha
  16. An Update. Rebuilt the master and slave cylinder. Was in the process of putting the slave cylinder back on, but couldn't get it back on because the rod was pushed out and couldn't get it pushed back in. Decided to drain the oil and crack open the clutch cover. Looked at a couple of the rings, but didn't know what I was looking at and had the replacement ones at my house and not where I was working on my motorcycle. I hadn't looked at the manual yet on replacing the clutch (replacing the clutch was going to be the second phase after the MC/SC), so I looked
  17. Lots of people just look at me when I tell them its a 97. I always liked the look of white wheels and Italian red on the third gens, and the fairings on the fourth, so when I sold my 3rd gen in the UK 5 years ago I kept the rear rim🙂 I thought the same thing, if I do go to SD, might as well head north and have a look.
  18. It’s fine for me, so that’s 2 Brits with no problem and 2 Americans who do have a problem Only thing I can think off is we have roads with a crown in the middle and 3-4” of fall across to the channel, most roads in the USA are concrete and dead flat .....and cracked to fuck, overbanded, etc, etc
  19. With the clip-ons being above the clamp, I’d place it similarly to the 3rd Gen seating position, which is quite sporty, especially compared to a 6th Gen. I’ve yet to see or sit on the RS, though. With Helibars and lowered pegs, it might be a pretty nice ride. Alternative; not replacement. Every generation of VFR, 800cc or smaller, is below the top of the tank. The HeliBars on my 5th Gen are right at the top of the front of the tank. Lowered foot pegs, just like many put on their VFR, would help the peg situation. The tech is a huge bonus, to me.
  20. Thanks for the report, very valuable piece of information
  21. Recently acquired a 4th gen yoshimura half header system ( https://youtu.be/AccQDJ2CIQM ) from a forum member Yoshi. Really did not need this system, but the "unobtainable opportunity" to actually get my hands on this system was too much to resist.....lol. Really thought this would be a winter project, but could not resist to install right away. Lost the center stand but gained a t rex sssa rear lift (stand). Sounds and looks great. And the perceived performance gain is all about the smiles per miles.
  22. You should seriously check out the blog posts and how-to's at v4dreams.com He does a great job at restorations and has some very good tips for saving plastics and other original parts. I go just to see what the guy is up to every week. Saving clear-plastic windscreens: http://v4dreams.com/shop-blog/saving-a-windscreen http://v4dreams.com/shop-blog/project-23-update Reviving black plastic mirrors: http://v4dreams.com/shop-blog/mirror-magic Cleaning out a rusty fuel tank: http://v4dreams.com/shop-blog/fill-er-upwith-vinegar
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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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