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  1. Terry is right, its pretty thin out there for the stock sizes in a matched set. I bought a set of Pirelli Sport Demons for my 86 VF500F, but have not used them yet. I bought them based on my experience with my 87 VFR which I used Sport Demons on because of the 16"/18" combo. They are bias tires and you will never confuse them with radials, but all in all they performed fine. Otherwise you would have to either sneak a 120 on the rear as part of a set or change rims. A buddy of mine out in San Diego who is part owner of a bike shop swapped a pair of 17's onto his 86. Think they were F3's. The machining was extensive and there was a swingarm conversion/modification and the front rotors/calipers still needed alignment. Unless you have a lathe and milling machine and the resources of a proper MC shop its probably impractical, certainly was for me...………..:) My oem rims looked fine after looking at all the mods needed. Good Luck.
  2. I bought an 83 with 26K a few years back for $250, so Leon is spot on. Tank was intact but rusted, cleaned it with some Phosphoric acid and let it dry for a week or so, Went through the carbs, fork seals, MC's, calipers, sprockets, chain, new battery, 3 yellow wire fix, grafted a VF1000F 17' rear to the bike for better rubber selection and recoverd the seat. Ended up with a fun to ride bike. This may not be your first Gen Interceptor, but keep you eyes open, they are great bikes. And yes they are definitely a piece of motorcycle history.
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    4th Gen beauty.
  4. Really nice looking example! Glad to see bikes like this in OEM condition.
  5. OK, I've booked a room for Thursday the 14th, as noted I have another Motorcycle related event that weekend about 160 miles away. I'm really only doing this to make Sweeper forever regret offering me free beer :+). My door to the hotel is 1161miles, I don't own a truck or trailer, so It will be a long day on Wen, then a short hop Thursday, hopefully there early afternoon. Of course 12 hours after booking I get a message can I join a ship in Italy. I cannot tell you how many MC trips I've had to cancel because of work. Turns out though the timing is fine and should not be an issue, which is good as riding my bikes doesn't pay particularly well. Look forward to meeting a few new faces and of course the great group from last Fall.
  6. Good point, I need to check my valves again. Last checked 16K ago, Everything in spec, but trending towards adjustment. Bikes got 83K now, so it may be time. Owned a second, third and 4th Gen and never have to remove the cams, a testament to Hondas engineering more than my maintenance skills I think. If I do have to go in, it will be my first time doing a Bucket and Shim bike as all my first Gens are screw and tappet. Read up on it about 18 months ago before I checked my clearances, guess its time for a review.
  7. Hmmm, if memory serves me right, at last years Fall ride you had excellent taste in beer. Its on the calendar, lets see how long it takes my wife to notice. 🙂
  8. This is a long way out, and I have a conflict that weekend, but the conflict is motorcycle related about 2 hours away in NC (First Gen V4 group). So, if I'm not shipping out during this time I'll try to swing by for at least a beer, probably Thursday the 14th. That makes it a definite maybe :).
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    Just bought

    https://www.discounthondaparts.com/oemparts/c/honda_motorcycle/parts
  10. Hi FromMaine, Thank you for your donation of 25.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
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    What a nice example of a 4th Gen. I never get tired of looking at the lines on these bikes.
  12. Just a note, Dennis Kirk carries Vesrah products, including gaskets but don't stock the VFR750 Gasket kit, it would probably have to be ordered. The part # is VG-5149-M.
  13. Yes, me to, but I did notice who ever built that nice under seat exhaust did so in a way the bike was able to keep its center stand. 👍
  14. Athena do make good kits. I talked with their rep at the Motorcycle show in Milan about 4 years ago, and he told me they have an office in the USA. http://www.athenausa.com/catalog/motorcycle If they cannot help, try these guys. I bought a VF1000R kit from them at a very good price. https://www.ebay.de/itm/KR-Motorcycle-engine-TOP-END-Gasket-Kit-ATHENA-HONDA-VFR-750-R-RC30-88-93-/172397945569?hash=item2823b7e2e1 They call themselves ItalyRacing (199750 reviews, 100% satisfaction) They communicate with you in German, and the kits ships from Poland, where I assume its produced. I was very happy. Notice its says Athena, mine said KR. I think the factory in Poland builds the kits for Athena. Vesrah are good also. Dennis Kirk in the US carry them and they are found on E-Bay http://www.vesrah.tokyo/product-line/gaskets/ Discounthonda who carry oem parts show parts #'s for the kits but the kits are not available. The individual parts are though at huge cost when added up. https://www.discounthondaparts.com/oemparts/a/hon/506ca710f870023420a3fb70/gasket-kit-a
  15. That's to bad, I did not know the were out of business. 3 years ago I lost my throttle side at 430am in the dark in Portland Maine. A 20 minute search with my flashlight convinced me it had landed somewhere in the grass off the road. As this is a major highway and it dark I decided to continue south to Virginia to meet some buddies. I figured I'd look again when I came through. Well 9 days later as I hit the Maine border I saw snow, by the time I was in Portland there was about a 18" on the ground. The roads were clear enough, it was just one of those late April snow storms we get. I wasn't going to find it and I left anyway shortly after returning to work overseas for 4 months. I do have the left side that was still on the bike, but it is the older style, not like yours. It looks like the one on the right. Looking at pictures of all the types they offered I'd say the billet sizes are all the same, just the finish is different. Don't think the black would be hard to replicate, but you would probably have to talk with a machinist about the grooves. Its yours for shipping if you have no luck anywhere else. I went out to my garage and found it before writing this and put it on my kitchen window so I don't have to paw around trying to remember where it was if you do later on. Michael
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    That's a great photo.
  17. Yeah, understand trying to keep it as simple as possible. Looked at doing an entire fork swap with the CBR900 so I could keep the 16" front because I like it, but the tubes are way to short, which in addition to triple trees I'm looking for longer tubes. I already have white rims on my 4th gen, if I can figure this approach out, that rim will be black by sunset...…..:)
  18. That is a really nice job, and it opens up a world of rubber choices now. IMO, getting modern rubber on these old bikes is the single best mod you can do. I've managed to get a CBR 900 front rim 16 X 3.5 mounted om my 1000R, but ran into difficulties with the calipers. In the interest of expediency I jut kept my oem rim on for now, I'll revisit it again at some point.
  19. Sorry, not a 2014 but some red VFR's with white rims. The one on the bottom was my 91 3rd Gen. that I picked up in England when I worked there in 2015 .Bone stock colors, it was a great bike, it was my only transport. The one on the top is my 97 4th Gen. Its got a 3rd Gen rear rim, front is original rim painted to match. That's in my garage now.
  20. The rose amongst the thorns. :)
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    Lobster boats in the harbor lining up tp get hauled, its the end of the season.
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    Rockport Harbor, about a mile from my house.
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    Assorted V4's

    Pics from over the years on V4's
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