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  2. @ridervfr YSR50 in the garage 👍, but surely you mean '89 not '98. One of the coolest 'toy' bikes ever.
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  4. Hope you picked out Grum's exceedingly wise comment to use a 6-point socket, not a 12-point socket. 6-points are much less likely to round off a tight fastener.
  5. I agree - the 50:1 gas is not the problem. I keep a can of it around for power equipment and on a couple of occasions others inadvertently used it in non 2 stroke engines with no issues. If it's old and deteriorated that's a separate issue from the 50:1 mix. If you doubt the valves are opening, with the engine off and air filter out you can roll the throttle wide open and look down the throttle body at the intake valves to see what's happening.
  6. Sounds a bit like a ruptured Fuel Pressure Regulator. This dumps excess fuel into cylinders 3 and 4. Remove the vac hose from the FPR, is it dripping with fuel?
  7. its a good thing to do, I owned one of my gen3 bikes for tens of thousand miles before I deleted it. Its a gross system with a lot of typical Honda overthink engineering. Bear in mind this bike had no expense spared on its engineering and parts. Its a very special machine - back to point. I had a welder weld up the hard metal pipes after I removed them from the bike and I may or may not have replaced some of the fancy silver gaskets associated with the mounts that go to the cylinders. Next was some miscellaneous plugs from the auto parts store to address the elbows off the air box and then som
  8. MJH sorry for your woes. I don’t think a 50:1 fuel oil mix would cause any of this. Maybe a slightly oily exhaust and maybe fouled plugs. When you say No #04 cylinder intake chamber was full of fuel was it both ports or just one? If both then either both valves were closed when you looked or you have something wrong with your cam shaft assembly. Remove the plugs and turn the engine over to cycle the intake non Vtec valve. If it is just one then the one that’s full of fuel would be the Vtec valve which keeps closed until 6800 rpm. Now there shouldn’t be an
  9. Error code 34 is due to an unexpectedly high, or low, feedback voltage coming from the exhaust servo (referred to as the EGCA in service manual). Sounds like you may have pulled on the cable that controls the exhaust flapper inside the muffler. Which in-turn rotated the servo wheel to either the fully counter-clockwise (or fully clockwise) position. Makes sense, given you mentioned that you had to move the exhaust out of the way. You can try to physically rotate the servo wheel to it's mid-way position and retry (mid-way between fully counter-clockwise and fully clockwise). It shou
  10. So, it still would start and run, but as it got worse, the RPM needed to keep it running kept getting higher and higher ... so it was now more like hitting 8-9k to get it running on all 4, and it would die on it's own unless you kept giving more throttle, and even then, sometimes keeping it running was next to impossible. So I start pulling it apart, drain the tank, pull the airbox, and look down the intakes with the throttles open ... and what do I see? Front 2 cylinders, #2 looked a bit "wet", and #4 is full of fuel! One of my biggest concerns/issues ... cannot figure out why the
  11. So, some quick background ... most likely related, but not entirely sure? Put between 1-2 gallons of gas in the tank that I did not realize had some 50:1 premix in it, but was with another 3-5 gallons of good gas, basically filling the tank at "home", prepping for a future ride. One issue could be, that I then didn't ride it for a week or so, so the "premix" prob settled into the bottom of the tank? When I did get around to going for a ride, everything was just fine ... ran great all day, a nonstop 3-4 hour ride, never stopped or dismounted, besides at lights/ stop signs, totally about 170ish
  12. I found a pair of R1 fmf apex cans and just modified the hanger . should bolt right up
  13. 1. That comment was not directed towards you 2. There is a well built battery compartment under the seat 3. None of that stuff matters on a $600 bike, don't be a snob, bikes are for riding.
  14. My goal is to reduce clutter and weight. I did a google search and found some. My wording wasn't right or something when I searched on eBay even though the ones I bought were there.
  15. Hi Gang, new to the site!Got a new tire put on the back wheel today and I went home to re-install my wheel. Had to slightly move exhaust out of the way to take wheel off and put it back on and also had to loosen exhaust valve cable a bit.I get ready for a ride, start it up and the bike sounded louder than usual? Then the engine light started to flash= error code 34. Damn ! How can I fix this and clear the code? Appreciate your help.Al
  16. Well...I said "try one." 😜 I don't plan on buying a $25K anything bike any time soon! Of course just as I typed that I realized my bicycles are getting into crazy territory anyway, so who knows...
  17. Pal of mine fancied a wee spin... My VF was at his place so I had the wrong lid..... VID_20200926_135416.mp4 VID_20200926_135453.mp4 VID_20200926_140221.mp4
  18. Is there a good reason to disconnect the PAIR valve if the bike is running okay? To be honest, I don't even know if the thing is still installed on my bike (3rd gen). But I'm never inclined to fix something that isn't broke.
  19. All the manufacturers must be looking at the possibilities. Not sure how they'll emulate the purr and whine of the engine. 🙂 vfrcapn said: I'd like to try one too, but $25K for base model and $40K for premium version is a bit much...then watch the first few episodes of Long Way Up and see what you'd be up against. I'm ready to give it a go, It won't be long to wait. We know how quickly this technology is advancing.
  20. Ha! I didn't expect this many helpful replies! You guys are all awesome 🙂 God Bless!
  21. Lefty-Loosey. That pinch bolt is torqued to 54 ft-lb, so it's on there pretty tight.
  22. Right hand thread, sounds like you were going the wrong way, so it will be good and tight now. As Terry suggested, penetrating oil (applied at the split so it gets into the thread) can't hurt. Beyond that some heat (again on the lower threaded portion) will expand the aluminum swingarm faster than the steel bolt. Sometimes a good rap with a brass or aluminum drift directly on the head of the bolt helps free up corrosion in the threads. For reinstall wire brush the threads and apply some anti-seize to prevent galvanic corrosion and torque to spec.
  23. And use a 17mm Single Hex socket.
  24. Nothing fancy there; loosen counterclockwise. If it is really stuck on, it would do no harm to apply some penetrating oil first.
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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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