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  2. Great introduction post and photos! And an amazing looking VR500F. 👍
  3. How lucky we are to have such technical excellence on the board.
  4. I used the Permatex Aviation Form-A Gasket for the wiring grommet only. I used Hondabond 4 for the two spots on the gasket. The Grommet Sealed really well and is holding strong. Cheers!!!
  5. Welcome Danno. You've provided more tech help prior to introducing yourself than I have, well, ever. Always appreciated. Had to decide, on a tight budget, on my first VFR. The tariff-beating VF700 won out over the VF500 simply because I decided I couldn't live with the dayglo red seat. Yours looks just right.
  6. JZH

    NR 750

    I used to do a lot of parts sleuthing re the NR and I never saw anything other than red parts in the Honda parts catalogues (I have both the Japanese one and the ROW one in my study). French dealers at that time sometimes re-sprayed bikes in custom colours (i.e., lots of "Rothmans" RC30s somehow got discovered in France), so I'm sure that's what happened with that particular bike. Also, of course, Visordown doesn't employ the most rigorous of fact-checkers... [Yes, it is an RC30 "brake torque arm", but it is only on my bike for the bling.] Ciao, JZH
  7. Good eye, pardner, but that's a French-spec FL or FM, based on the "Carat" emblem on the upper cowl. There might even have been different fonts for the two years, but I'm just not bored enough to check! Ciao, JZH
  8. I have a Healtech GiPro on my 3rd gen. I started with a cheap knock-off, but the real thing (although expensive) is a solid piece of work and won't fall apart on you... The 3rd gen VFR has a mechanical speedometer, so the easy plug-n-play the 4th-gen and up guys get is not happenin' for us 3rd gen guys. Healtech, however, sells a mechanical speedo adapter kit (GPX-WSS), which is also robustly made, but is actually something you could make yourself if you're familiar with Hall-effect sensors (which are cheap as chips these days). The adapter is usually installed at the front whee
  9. Noticing the gen 8 Viffer and the 17-19 CBR1000rrSP have the exact same front fender, twinzies. 😎
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  11. Arrow exhaust for sale, fits 2014-2015 VFR 800. Nice sounding quality Italian exhaust. $300 firm. No scratches or dings. Call Don at 5616991305 or email at Jrmotorsports38@gmail.com
  12. after going on you tube and watched a video i managed to release the stopper in the barrel and out popped the lock, thanks 👍
  13. Nice story. Amazing that a con rod could be snapped like that. Thanks for sharing
  14. I used KevCarver's post to convert my dash lights to LED: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/93624-pre-refurb-questions/&tab=comments#comment-1107966 Here is the list that you need (Fifth Gen Only): Bulb Size Color How Many Where it Goes: 194 Amber X2 Turn Signal Indicators 194 Blue X2 LCD Screen 194 White X3 Dials 74 Red X1 Oil Light
  15. So... Just an update on the situation. I have now stripped my bike completely and have the engine out. Unfortunately I found some water in no 4 cylinder, when turning over engine the find tdc it squirted out the exhaust port 😑 This is a concern! Next problem is when putting oil into cylinders to lubricate them after displacing water, I found the head gasket on the back was leaking. Next step is take the heads off and inspect cylinder/pistons for rust and or pitting. Any advice would be gladly received
  16. Impressive story welcome to the forum... the VF500F holds a special place in my heart too... I tried like hell to persuade the employees at Honda R&D to produce a 600 race bred V4... Paul Venture and Matt Cardenas who are employed at Honda R&D research analyst motorcycle research product planning...
  17. I just realised I never posted an intro, how wude!I started riding at 13-yrs old on dirt-bikes in my friends' backyards in Saratoga, CA where I grew up. When I got my driver's license, I wanted motorcycle, not car like all my friends. VFR 1986 had just come out and I was in love!! Unfortunately I couldn't afford it, so I bought its little brother VF500F. Then I went off to university and acquired some other fun bikes: 1988 first-gen Ninja 600, then ZX-7R, and RZ-350. Being distracted kid with busy student life, it sat neglected for while on patio next to ocean. When I got back t
  18. I went +2 on the rear sprocket on my 5th and like the change. I will consider modifying the gearing further next time around, but +2 on the rear doesn't seem to have any downside on my street ridden 5th gen, in fact quite the opposite. I still think my bike has a lot of under utilized top end for spirited but responsible street riding in New England.
  19. Hi, try this one https://kojaycat.co.uk/epages/950000457.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950000457/Products/SFC4WR&Locale=en_GB Another idea is to ditch this design altogether and improve it. See how power flows from battery to starter solenoid, then fuse-A circuit taps for power from starter-solenoid terminal? You can bypass that cable section and 2 connectors by connecting fuse-A directly to battery like fuse-B. Then use better design-specs on fuse-holder and wiring. Factory ATC/ATO fuses max out at 30a and you have issues well below that with bare brass spade te
  20. Must pack an egg or two . One other thing I have done is cover the tank and rear fairing in paint protection film / helicopter tape to stop the tank bag / luggage scratching the paintwork. Its a bit fiddly to do, but not impossible, and I have found that doing it in sections is best. Everything is done, I am literally waiting for the weather to improve then im off............
  21. All outstanding tips & pics, so thank you! Since it's not exactly riding weather here, I may take that alternator cover off in the coming weeks. DannoXYZ - for that connector, do you recommend any parts site for that connector? The one I ordered on WireMyBike doesn't exactly look identical to the one I have, although it does come with the 4th wire it says I may/may not need, and searches net me a red connector that doesn't specify VFR800, and shows 15A instead of 30A.
  22. No video on changing out the light bulbs. Simple enough, remove nose cowl and remove the bulb holders, the larger ones are for turn signal indicators and backlighting. Those are 194 type, use correct colour for the lens it goes behind... amber for signal indicators, green for illumination. The smaller ones are for warning lights, use appropriate colour for each, they are #74. The GPS bracket is one I had from years ago. TPMS bracket is similar but mirror image. You can easily make one from 1/8 steel, 4 screws mount the GPS cradle, you can put yours vertical if you like, standard Garm
  23. Odd eh? Perhaps preview stored some other picture. Anyway, here proper pic of very good idea to double-up on power wire.
  24. First, good on you for finding the failed starter relay connections. Many owners have already replaced the stator, rec/reg, and battery before noticing it was the culprit. So, yes, you should inspect and open & clean every connector on your bike. Pay particular attention to the connector on the alternator feed harness, and at the rec/reg. If you are feeling adventurous you could remove the alternator cover and check the condition of the stator. Any blackening of the coils is bad news - see below. Don't forget to have a new gasket on hand.
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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.




      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado


      Zoomed in


      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


      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs


      Idaho Springs Colorado


      Mashtuns and fermenters


      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


      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


      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate


      Elephant Butte Park and Denver


      Close up


      Veefalo on Squaw Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Juniper Pass


      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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