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About ScottieDucati

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    1992 Honda VFR400R - Race
    1992 Ducati 851 - Race
    1999 Kawasaki ZRX1100
    2001 Honda VFR800

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  1. ScottieDucati

    Steering issue?

    Got the AllBalls head bearings in, and DMr fork cartridges installed. Took her today for an inspection sticker and little shake down ride... [emoji1305] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Steering issue?

    That sounds amazing! Don’t have pics of them together.... but here’s my Italian... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Steering issue?

    Spot on about the bearing issue. I didn’t go into that detail (thanks for sharing it) but even doing that check on mine... I had three people try it and none noticed. Needed a super gentle touch because it’s barely there. Parked it and have the AllBalls setup ready to rock just need to bang it out. Speaking of I should probably just bin my FS thread.... Anyways on tires... I have come to really love Metzler Interact. Z6 on my ZRX, just upped to the Z8 and they’d be my first choice for the VFR. Work really well for heavier bikes, and phenomenal in the wet with good wear. Have enjoyed Angel ST/GT, PR3/4, Dunlop’s etc but something about the Metzler seems just well suited to 500 ish lb sport bikes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Steering issue?

    Look straight down at your front tire on a contrasting background so you can see it’s profile. Run your hand across the tire as well. You’ll tell if you are squaring it off. Otherwise my 5th gen with only 11k on it had steering head bearings already notched. Not bad and barely discernible but it’s there and causes the same feeling as well. Highway hits straight up and down do a number on the traditional head bearing. Switching to all balls. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My 399 lb VFR848

    FWIW, the service manual references the little "wear indicator" sticker on the chain guard, which is on the shorter side. This is where I set mine (or as close as I could get it w/ the new chain's length). It seems based on the offered adjustment, this is on the shorter side of things but I have appropriate slack in the chain. I probably should / could have erred longer, (can always cut it down later) but will give this a whirl for now. In theory, one could drop the front end a bit (more forks above triple) to compensate for lowered rear ride height if experiencing any handling issues and being on the shorter side of things with the wheelbase, if you run out of swing arm angle, it can do bad things. However, if you adjust accordingly a shorter wheelbase should turn quicker, a longer wheelbase should be a little more stable.
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    5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    Welp, here's hoping another avenue pans out. Mike at G-Force may be very well starting a new chapter in his career (kick-ass opportunity) and I would imagine this (not being a full fledged ongoing activity yet) is going to fall to the back burner for quite some time.
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    5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    Well sorry to upset the apple cart here gents but I have a potential update. My engine builder (G-Force Engine Development) was talking with Tyga on this topic recently and they may well be turning around on this, but we're looking to G-force to lead the development effort and Dyno tuning. Mike would need a bike in No. Cal., and one in So. Cal. For different reasons. One in So. Cal. to 3D scan both bike and exhaust, and the other in No. Cal. to eventually Dyno tune. (I think I have that right way round). In in any event, what I do suspect is the end result would be of high quality, come with documented performance benefits and at a pretty reasonable price as are Tygas systems in general (IMO). It it seems things are a bit splintered here and I wouldn't want to piss anyone off, but this is a real company and storied V4 Honda tuner looking to collaborate, and seems the stars are a bit in alignment. I dont have much detail beyond that but idk, should we take a poll here?
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    98-2001 5th gen Rearset adapters - Sebspeed Customs

    IN like Flynn. Could you let us know what the bolt spacing is for the rearset mounts? I'm curious, it looks mighty close to what my NC30 uses....
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    5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    I'm still in for a 5th gen setup, but no way is 100% upfront payment for goods yet to be produced going to fly. At most, a 50% payment is fair to cover material costs, etc. I'm just confused, should I go to the kickstarter? Is there a more official way to get this together? I'm happy to pay materials costs and some labor up front, but damn well expect a) a spot in line and b) a general timeline of availability. Giving someone a grand on a whim that it may or may not happen later is ridiculous... almost as bad as giving them $500! But some of us are crazy enough to do that, just need things setup in a transparent way. I may be new here, but this isn't my first rodeo. We have gone all the way to Cosworth to get custom pistons made for our VFR400 race bikes, and I've done a group buy with Sil Moto (a bit over a decade ago now) for 851/888 SBK Spaghetti Exhaust systems. Yes, I get needing the "commitment" to do a small production run, but no the risk shouldn't 100% be on the buyers. Any good shop will happily make such an arrangement as above to cover materials, and recoup labor (or partial labor) after they're made.
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    5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    May as well chime in, '01 5th gen here and very, very interested in headers!
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    5th Gen Solo Racks - CLEAR OUT

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