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

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  1. My set might sit on the shelf for this season.... just didn’t want to miss out! First time in a decade someone actually pulled something like this off! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Are there no solid DIY threads or videos on YouTube? I had no clue what I was getting into doing timing chain guides on my car, the internet has everything you need but specialty tools! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I guess I’d rather a tinge of condescension than propagating the idea maintenance can simply be ignored. Apologies for the tone. I really do believe ensuring your bike is safe and maintained is 100% an issue of personal responsibility. Then again I almost got killed when a buddy failed to notice his car’s tires were utterly bald. In a state that doesn’t require inspections no less. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. If any mechanic tells you they’ve learned everything they can they’re not worth paying. I’m always learning, started learning how to check valves about a decade ago. By now I’m comfortable doing top ends and basic timing. Working on bottom end stuff now. Every time is a learning opportunity and more should view maintenance as valuable lessons to be learned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I offered the option to have it done for you, but either way maintaining a vehicle is a responsibility. I’m fairly sure I’d be on solid legal ground in terms of liability as well if you want to split hairs. No you don’t need to do it all yourself. Yes you absolutely need to maintain your equipment. Do valve adjustments really amount to a safety issue? Well maybe not but I’ve seen some carnage as a result of engine failure. Simply not doing it because it’s hard or expensive is irresponsible and honestly it’s just sad the lack of knowledge or respect for what mechanical maintenance means. Personally I paid to maintain my race bikes and learned to do it myself when inevitably I ran out of funds. If I couldn’t pay, or couldn’t fix it myself, I wouldn’t play. Yes my background was solidly in a racing environment for many years and I’m glad it was. Many lessons learned the hard way where the consequence was failing tech, or breaking equipment or breaking myself. Motorcyclists take their own lives into their hands every time we ride. Show some respect for yourself and others by learning how and when to maintain your bike. It’s almost as if the Owners Manual for every bike ever made tells you everything you need to know about maintenance for a reason. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. The valve adjustment is probably only a risk to yourself getting stranded. But to consider a major maintenance item unnecessary is ridiculous. It’s more the philosophy at play and coming from a road racing background you literally are responsible for your and everyone else’s safety. From basic fastener securement to maintaining all systems to a high standard. Once you actually master your mechanical skills you see with your own eyes that yes they go out of spec and also what can happen if left alone. VFR800+ is slightly better than my NC30 engines that can strip the chrome from your rockers, hammer valve seats, guides and stems.. wreaking havoc on the top end. No matter how well engineered these bikes are nothing is immune from poor maintenance, heat, and materials degradation through repeated stress. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Some people fundamentally believe, to be an adept motorcyclist, you must master both the aspects of riding (vehicle control), and the ability to maintain your own equipment. After all, you’re the only one that’s responsible for your and your equipment’s safety. If you lack the abilities to control your motorcycle in all aspects of riding, or maintain it (or the ability to pay for it to be maintained), you’re now putting others at risk. Grow up and own it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Weird, I’ve had to adjust my valves on my stock VFR400R, buddies ‘99 VFR800, and plan to check my ‘01 next winter. All of them had well under 30k on them. Even my ZRX1100 needed three shims changed out at 28k miles. No two bikes are the same and no cylinder shares the same conditions. Things will expand differently. Your valve clearance matters and is part of regular maintenance for a reason. If you can’t manage to either do them yourself, have a friend help, or find a reputable independent shop you’re a fairly sorry excuse for a motorcyclist. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Ninja 1000 really is the modern equivalent albeit an I4. It blows the VFR8 out of the water in terms of power, handling and brakes. I still love my 5th gen tho. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I saw and realized it wasn’t torqued was just hoping for an indent! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Cylinder 1 looks as they should but not squished at all? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You want the larger gaskets so the Inner Diameter when squished isn’t sticking out into the airflow. I think you’re overthinking this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Fitting headers is always a bit of a battle. Beats trying to do em on a V8 car though.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Haven’t got round to mine yet and will be a while as I’m basically ticking off several boxes (R/R, VFRness, Ohlins, Headers, Staintune, PC3 & solo tail box mount)... but I’d expect a fair bit of fiddling to get a proper header installed. Rubber mallet and 2x4s are your friends. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Hey I mean if heat’s an issue just ride faster [emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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