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  1. I’m wistful over the departure of the VFR from the USA market, but as long as they keep building them in Kumamoto, there’s still hope.  Unfortunately the Japanese domestic bike market has virtually collapsed.  It’s perhaps 10 percent of what it was 20 years ago.

  2. On 2/16/2020 at 4:08 PM, Grum said:

    A couple of fabulous photos and a couple of great bikes Shinigami. I've done 72,000ks on my 8gen and currently on my second chain with the original sprockets, due for a chain replacement in a few thousand k's however I will probably only replace the front sprocket, a close inspection of the sprockets recently revealed no visible wear! I've successfully ran at least two chains to a set of OEM sprockets for many years, I'm a bit of a fusspot for checking tension and regular lubing. YMMV.

    That RF650 brake fluid is expensive, I know it's a very high performance product, but does it still require replacement every two years as per normal Dot 4?


    Thanks!  Yes, the RF650 is a little bit overkill.  But, I like overkill on items like that.


    I live in a very arid climate, and it’s possible to go up to 4 years between flushes, but I still stay with a two year interval.


     I have never had such low chain wear on my old 6th gen or on my current CBR600RR, 20k miles and the chains would be done, though I do pay attention to adjustments and lube.


    Despite everything being well within spec on the 8th gen OEM chain and sprockets,  I just felt it would be prudent to change them out before the season really kicks off here.  I’ve seen the results of failed chains, and want no part of that.


    Same with the spark plugs, the old ones looked great, but I hate to push intervals on items that can drop ceramic bits into a cylinder.

  3. large.A5BE58E3-F0EF-48E6-96FA-0F64BA9F6ED7.jpeg.1141d771c36f1f252e33b782d8e88849.jpeglarge.AF74E48E-D4CE-4540-87C8-CF2B91DF148E.jpeg.c4a8b7500312158bef92763cc1184344.jpegGot a bunch of things done all at once:


    New DID chain and Sunstar sprockets despite everything still being in spec, with the OEM chain and sprockets still looking good at 40,150 miles (!) (I only use Honda spray lube on the chain)


    New adjustable billet levers from Japan


    New NGK iridium plugs


    Coolant flush


    Brake and clutch fluid flush and replacement with Endless RF650


    Endless PRO2 front pads


    New Honda OEM quickshifter (busted the peg on the first one)


    Honda synthetic oil and OEM filter


    Honda OEM air filter


    Then I went for a ride!



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  4. On 12/19/2018 at 9:32 AM, FJ12Ryder said:

    I think the worst thing, besides losing the money in the first place, is the constant dangling of the product as "almost finished",

    "nearing completion", "nearly ready to ship",  etc. Why can't they just be up front and ethical about it? "Sorry guys, we fucked up

    and found out we can't do what we thought we could".


    Well, exactly.  At no time did they do anything except aggressively shill the thing.  What's amazing is the Stockholm syndrome-like attitude of some of those who were left with nothing for their money.

  5. On 11/22/2015 at 11:53 PM, Shinigami said:

    I imagine horror stories like the British drone company failure and the apparently soon to be/continuing horror story around the Skully helmet may have poisoned the well for some of us when it comes to this sort of thing.


    Well, as I said three years ago on this very thread...

  6. You didn't ask me, but I will tell you that I carry two charged spares for my Sony Action Cam and would never consider any kind of recording unit that would not accept an affordable swappable spare battery. That is a deal maker/breaker on an item like this.

    Two or three hours of battery life is a non issue if you can carry spares. But there's not a chance in hell I will run a cable to something attached to my helmet.

    Edited to add: You deserve props for coming onto the forum to address these questions directly. I am pretty well known in my industry and would never post on a public forum on the topic- way too many mud wrestlers out there.

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  7. I'm about 3/4ths of the way through a set of PR4's on my 8th gen and seeing pronounced feathering of the sipe blocks both front and rear. I suppose I have done too much aggressive canyon riding for the intent of these, but after 3000 miles with about 1000 left on the rear, the handling is still excellent. Getting at least 25% more treadwear out of these compared to PR2 on the 6th gen.

    Next will be a set of Dunlops, Q3 front and R2 rear.


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