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About carlgustav

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    Heart of Dixie
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    2007 VFR RWB
    1984 VF700F
    2002 Aprilia Mille
    2001 XR650R
    2005 R6

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  1. carlgustav

    A tale of woe, and maybe hope ...

    I actually see that some US bank savings rates are as low as 0.01% ... so, even ?better? . Another plus for me, although I'm still working, I've also started collecting a monthly pension payment from a former employer. It's not much, but it's more than the bike cost ... ACE
  2. carlgustav

    A tale of woe, and maybe hope ...

    I recently picked up what I thought was a 1984 VF750F with less than 2K miles (claimed) on her, turns out to be an '83. I have an '84 VF700F that I bought new in '85, rode her until 2008 when she quit running, and she's been 'put up' ever since. I have always wanted the 750 sister, and I allowed that long time desire to cloud my judgement. The 'clouds' were so thick that I overlooked numerous red flags and still made the purchase, probably for double what the bike is worth. Some red flags I ignored: - was told she had run 'recently', but we couldn't get her to start - throttle action sticky as h*ll, could hardly get the butterflies moving, choke no better - nasty smelling gas in float bowls - clutch not operable - front brakes barely there, rear brake not working - right side fork cap missing - much dust/crap found under seat and in the tail section area - lower fairing melted on left side - model/VIN sticker normally attached to the frame on right side, missing PO revealed that the bike had been down. Not so much a red flag, but I should have taken a much closer look after learning this. Should have paid more attention to the title/VIN as well. Instead, I took her home. I ran a VIN check on the actual number, and the report shows 1 accident, no salvage, no theft, and multiple registrations. With every re-registration, the odometer reading is claimed accurate, a claim that isn't worth all that much I'm afraid. At home, I had a closer look: - VIN on frame does not match that on title, 2 characters incorrect - front right caliper attached with mis-matched bolts - right side engine mounting bolt incorrect - right side muffler exhibits minor scrapes - mirrors are not original - battery strap bolt not original - right side sidecover lower mount tab broken - spark plugs not stock So enough of the woe, there may be some hope. On the plus side: - externally the tank is in good shape, PO sealed the inside but may have sealed the fuel feed as well, so this is a minus and a plus - the upper fairing, side panels, and tail piece still look good, just minor scuffs you'd get with a 'barn find' - seat cover original and in good shape (no tears) - all the electrics (headlight, turn signals, etc) work - the engine cranks and spins freely - there is spark - the radiator looks fresh inside as far as I can see in there, copper look is good - forks are in good shape, almost like new - inside of valve covers very clean, cam/valve area very clean, cam lobes appear to have almost no wear. They are 90% grey still, little to no polish, and no pitting - transmission shifts up/down thru gears by hand at least So, overall, I'm disappointed, but it's my fault. Now my plan is to clean the carbs and see if she'll run. If she does, I'll warm her just enough to drain the oil, then have a look inside the crankcase covers. If these areas appear as fresh as the cam area, I'll try to make her street worthy again. I'm not sure what I gain by writing this, but I feel better having done so. And should I go ahead with this project, I will be using all the knowledge about 1st gens that this forum (and the 'other one') has, which is considerable . ACE
  3. carlgustav

    Which tires for upcoming track day?

    Have used Michelins in the past, decent tires. Switched to Dunlops (have used D211, GPAs, Q3s) and am now using Q3+s. These are good tires at a good price (especially during rebate offers). I don't think you can go wrong with Q3+s, warm up time is good as they are street sport tires. Have not tried the track oriented Q4s, but plan to. I'm probably in the minority, suggesting Dunlop . ACE I stand corrected, saw kirtovfr reply after posting .
  4. And once you're doing a good number of track weekends per season, and have made it solidly into your 60's, you'll start paying that over $50 again ... just sayin ... ACE
  5. So what is really being lost here, your passion for your bike, or your passion for riding? I ask b/c you seem to be venting in both areas. Owning/riding any bike, classic or not, involves time, money, effort (unless you're Jay Leno, then it's just money), and risk. Only you can figure out if your passion is strong enough to keep it all up. I could be more sympathetic to your venting about sore shoulders, but honestly, from the pix I'm pretty sure I'm a good bit older than you, so just stretch more and grab the Aleve 😀. I've ridden track with guys who are close to 70. Just rode the track this past weekend, sore as hell now. We're all getting older, we have no choice in the matter. If your passion is gone, then so be it. Otherwise, suck it up buttercup, fix that very nice bike (it's your dream machine, remember), and keep on truckin ... 👍. ACE
  6. carlgustav

    Oem Parts/ Honda Ext. Warranties

    Well, sure is nice to know that a business rated top notch 11 yrs ago ... is still top notch . Don't see that too often. ACE
  7. carlgustav

    Newbie from north Alabama!

    That warrior is a beast . Thx, she's an 07 RWB anniversary edition. Most folks seem to think red is the fastest VFR, but I like this color scheme . She was hacked a bit for a speed event in TX in '13. Here we are waiting our turn to launch: My first in the VF family. I still have her in my shed, waiting for some loving care: My favorite V-twin: In track trim: Ebay body work so as not to damage too much of the original. And a perfectly timed photo: I still have my Ape, but she's going back to the street. I picked up this R6 (green/wht/blk in pic) end of '16, for track fun: And last, but certainly not least, my little xr650r: All but the VF700 run, maintenance is a bit of fun . Enjoy your ride . ACE
  8. carlgustav

    Newbie from north Alabama!

    Also in N. AL (Hsv), welcome. ACE
  9. carlgustav

    Aftermarket Brake & Clutch hoses

    And if you get this kit, you get Dupont virgins too ... .
  10. carlgustav

    Need advice on purchase of 86 VF1000R

    Been here, done this. Pristine R6 for sale, some well known 3rd party to handle finance/bike transaction. When I kept pressing to come view the bike and maybe test ride, the 'deal' began to fall apart. If it sounds too good ... If you're within a few hours of bike, press for view/ride ... ACE
  11. carlgustav

    5th & 6th VFR 800 Header build

    Nice. I have $ in on the 'go fund me' site, can they be applied towards possible purchase? The other thread is so long I can't remember if you've answered this question already, if so, sorry. ACE
  12. carlgustav

    Anybody do track days?

    A horse of a different color, my XRR at Tally ... Ace
  13. carlgustav

    Rapidbike Evo And Racing Related Questions !

    Thx CR. My bike is basically stock, with a slip on. If the Tyga headers ever become a reality, I may go that route. But from what you wrote, that still may not require any re-mapping. I have the adaptive thingy (tech term) turned off due to issues that creep in over time. These showed up early on after installation & Yaman helped me set the adaptive map (?) back to 0s. That was good for a while, then about 1000 miles into a loop I rode last summer, the issue came back. So I just disabled that part & she runs smoothly. ACE
  14. carlgustav

    Rapidbike Evo And Racing Related Questions !

    I have just a few RB related questions, I have the 'race' module, on a 6th gen. 1st, does picking up the 'you tune?' module negate the need to find a convenient dyno tuning shop? I'm not even sure there's anyone near me I'd trust to dyno my bike & try adjusting the RB maps. 2nd, I may be riding out to CO to watch the PPIHC activities, how might the RB module behave with altitude changes? 3rd, I just replaced plugs and noticed my idle speed dropped a few hundred rpm, normal? I guess this last question strays from RB questions, but just wonder if there's a relationship? TIA. ACE
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