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  2. What!..... that I overloaded the forum!
  3. Silver mountains, silver road, silver bike, very nice.
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  5. Good news, take it for a good run, see how she goes, make sure you don't have the Fi light come on. It may have just been burning off excess fuel or condensation.
  6. Another test to ensure you have no excessive battery current drain or potential short. (Up to the Ignition Switch) Carry out the Leakage Current Test prior to reattaching your battery Negative terminal. You may need to move your red meter lead to the DC Current measuring position. So with Ignition to OFF you must not read any greater than 1.2ma thats milli amps.
  7. Thanks guys, that confims it wasn't just me. Thought I might have overloaded the forum!!
  8. Zero volts is strange, maybe the bump in the road caused an internal battery failure, where one terminal does not connect to the plates inside the battery. Even old messed up batteries read half a volt or so...
  9. Just thought id let you guys know the bike did not want to fire for 12 hours. I work as a EMT so i was gone for my 3 day shift when i got back my bike ran great i think i just needed to sit but seems like it is burning off oil in the exhaust now
  10. The idea is to test voltage measurement while you're cranking. If you see 13.2v drop below 10v, then you've got dead battery. Why it's dead is another matter. Looks like you might have bad RR or short in wiring somewhere.
  11. I think it was the Forum Grum, I got the same message here in Maine. At first I thought it was our Flakey Internet here, we are in a fairly rural area and surrounded by mountains so Cell, Internet, and GPS are, well, not always available. After a day I contacted a member in Alabama to confirm if it was me or the Board. He to said he could not get on. I'm guessing it's maintenance related.
  12. no comment... https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/fbi-agents-raid-ducati-north-america-headquarters/ yes, it was down. Expired cert?
  13. Can anyone confirm or deny if the forum was dead for the last day or so.? I kept getting unable to connect with server, or something like MySQL server is down!!!! Just want to know if it was only an issue at my end or a genuine forum problem. Thanks.
  14. Yes, I double checked my terminals (removed and reinstalled, they are clean and tight). I'll charge the battery overnight tonight and check it out tomorrow and take it to O'reilly's and load test it, then test without the R/R. Thanks so much for all the help. Hopefully I can update tomorrow with good news that it's just the battery!
  15. When you get it home, remove the battery, try charging it then have it load tested by your nearest automotive spare/accessories store. Remember - battery voltage is not an indication of battery capacity, its ability to deliver plenty of cranking amps. You need to be 100% sure of your battery status before going any further. AND AGAIN - Have you confirmed your battery terminals are clean and tight? As soon as you have the battery sorted and you are able to start the engine you can then properly check your charging voltage and system. For the moment leave
  16. Well, that's encouraging at least! It is strange about the battery, I agree. I was getting low mV readings when I would first contact the battery terminals with my multimeter (set to DC, had to go test on my car battery to make sure I wasn't missing something), but it would immediately drop to 0. I admittedly wasn't the one to install the battery, but I bought the bike from a friend, and he installed it about a year ago. I will also check my battery tender output and verify that it's not pumping out too much juice. When I finish pushing it home (and verify the output
  17. No that's not the case. If you got No continuity that means you don't have a shorted R/R. And a shorted R/R would take out your 30amp fuse, your fuse was not blown. 0 volts at the battery is the strange one. This could mean an internal short has occurred in the battery. Even a flat battery will indicate some voltage, but 0 volts is serious, perhaps you have a dead battery. Make sure your meter is set to DC volts when measuring!
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  19. So, if my testing method is correct, my R/R is toast! I set my multimeter to measure continuity, and measured across the pins for the green and white/red wires, and tested both polarities. I got nothing either way, which if this R/R is a diode like I understand, means this one is toast. It is a SH701-12 with a metal back and heat sink fins. My connectors to the RR look good, not burned. I haven't checked the starter connections yet. Anything else I can test? And what's the best replacement options for 2021, since it seems like every 3 years o
  20. Bad news bears! I am getting 0V on the battery terminals! The 30A fuse was in perfect shape, but I went ahead and replaced it anyways, no change. Something worse than just a blown fuse here. I don't see any wires under the seat that are obviously worn through, or even chafed. I'm about to look up how to test the RR, but yeah, not riding it home this time!
  21. The fuse is just a standard automotive green 30amp blade fuse, just not the miniature type. You need to measure at the R/R itself to be sure there is no low ohms reading between the two output terminals. Meter set to lowest ohms range, not Diode range, you are checking for a dead short or very near to it. FIRST - Make sure your battery terminals are tight. At this stage we are just assuming that the main fuse may have blown!
  22. Lots of great advice here! My old KLR liked to pop the glass main fuse every now and then, but it had a spot for a spare, so it was a quick fix (as long as I remembered to refill it!) What form factor fuse does it use? I'm done with classes and headed to the auto parts store for some fuses! And Grom, should I just be checking if it's strictly grounded out? Or should I check for a certain resistance?
  23. That.....is good advice. Simple and avoids a possible repeat performance.
  24. If you can, bring two, and some tape. That way if it is the main fuse you can tape a spare to the underside of the seat, on the fuse holder itself or wherever you feel is best. That way you will have it with you if it ever happens again. I think every bike I have has a spare main somewhere for when I don't have my full tool/spares kit with me. I do hope its something as simple as a fuse, Good Luck.
  25. A blown main fuse (or faulty wiring or connections) is about the only thing that will knock out your clock. But for it to blow, you may well have a short in the R/R, or as mentioned a chaffed wire shorting to ground. Also the spade type connections for the Red and Red/White wires at the Starter Relay can suffer badly from burnt high resistance contact, check the state of these. Suggest before fitting the new fuse to first unplug the R/R, insert new fuse then switch on Ignition and make sure everything appears normal. With your meter to ohms measure the two Output Terminals of the R/R wher
  26. This seat is in good condition with no cracks in the plastic pan and no rips in the vinyl. Please see attached pics for condition. Please use livingyoung30@yahoo.com of you are interested. Local pick up preferred, but shipping is available for $90.
  27. Awesome! Glad it was figured out! Thanks to Grum and his suspicion of the clutch bumps! First time I heard of it. Good info to keep in mind now. Weird issue on the clutch tho. Especially if you see the clutch plates separate. Only taking it all apart will the mystery be solved.
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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:
       




       
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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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