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About Africord

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    Norfolk, Nebraska
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    2002 Honda VFR800

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  1. I'm at 62,000 miles, or 99,200 kilometers. I've replaced components of the charging system (RR and stator), but everything else has been normal wear or "necessary" upgrades (seat, risers, pegs, voltmeter, STS auto signal, switchable circuit panel, and USB outlet). Do the maintenance, keep it clean, and you can enjoy it for a lot of years.
  2. I realize that the last post was a while ago, but I'd like to talk about how I use my 6th gen. During my riding season from April through October, I'll commute a few days a week, go on rides with friends on the weekends, usually less than 200 miles. I try to have at least one touring trip per year of at least 1500 miles. Over the past 9 riding seasons, that's worked out to about 40,000 miles of riding. I've been to 12 states in the mid-section of the USA with North Dakota and Minnesota on the North, Oklahoma, and Arkansas on the South, Michigan on the East, and Wyoming and Colorado on the West.
  3. Africord

    Ironbutt on my 2014 VFR 800

    I'm impressed. I sold my 2006 ex250 to get the 6th gen. I was tired of being blown all over the highway. Welcome to the Great Plains. A small frame rider could make this work. The gas tank has about a 300-mile range. I found that my shoulders tended to lock up around 200 miles on this bike.
  4. I'm surprised this one didn't show up from someone else. https://www.etsy.com/listing/627196253/honda-vfr-t-shirt-motorcycles-honda-fans?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_e-clothing-mens_clothing-other&utm_custom1=5cac458e-acac-45f0-96d7-cf34f0723ba8&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxvbdBRC0ARIsAKmec9bRlBdQfVLLrbcjK90HJoFprulYDhfm2VEeCFEFMK6I-zGPTQwCy0waAg0wEALw_wcB
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    Hypothetical Question

    I realize it was a long trip, but a safety inspection doesn't guarantee suspension, transmission, or engine condition, just that it is road worthy. VFR's are ridden to a higher standard!
  6. Africord

    Any News of a 2019 new model???

    Since Honda positioned the new Goldwing to pick up old ST1300 customers, we appear to be without a new mid-weight sport tourer, especially in the US. I would love to see a Honda alternative to the new R1250RT. No, that's not a typo. The 2019s will be a 1250 model.
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    No Electrical Power

    A dirty kill switch took out my 6th gen, but I had a lot of warning before it got ugly. I'm suspecting a wiring failure if a new battery wouldn't start it. The ignition switch could be the issue.
  8. I'll post the ride pictures in another post, but I just learned that a dirty kill switch could shut down your bike. I was getting hard FI lights, and bike quit on my recent Lake Superior adventure. I rode through 3 days of rain at the beginning, and two days later the problem began. My 6th gen shows 61,500 miles and is a 2002 model. I was able to restart the bike when the problem originally presented itself, so I kept riding. I gave up when it died 6 times within 30 minutes inside of a small town in Minnesota. I didn't have the time or electrical talent to sort this out, so my shop took care of me. They disassembled and cleaned the switch, and that was the end of it.
  9. Africord

    Smart Turn Signal STS

    I farmed it out to my maintenance guy. He said he ended up calling their tech support, which was how we discovered the first one was DOA.
  10. I recently had a Smart Turn Signal installed in my 6th gen and I am impressed with how well it works. It did take a second unit to get this to work, but I'm happy with the results. The turn signal now cancels when I straighten up the bike out of a turn. Normal lane changes require a manual cancellation as I don't normally lean the bike enough to be detected. YMMV. https://www.safer-turn.com/us/
  11. Africord

    Robust Accessory Connections

    The only downside to this is that the relay is hard soldered to board. I went with this instead. http://electricalconnection.com/index.php/product/honda-goldwing-power-plate-fuse-block/ and this to cover my grounds http://electricalconnection.com/index.php/product/master-ground-block/
  12. Africord

    What octane fuel are u using on your VFR?

    Maybe not. https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=450933 At least we get to support an alternative to this bad answer.
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    What octane fuel are u using on your VFR?

    I run mostly 87 non-ethanol. It's generally available in the Cornhusker State. (go figure...) I'll use 10% ethanol 87-89 if non-ethanol gas is not available.
  14. Last year, I found that my 3BR Powersports Tapp 2 Power Outlet (USB Power) was draining my battery due to parasitic draw. I knew that the answer was to move it to switched power, but I wanted to implement a solution that could overcome relay failure as well as a fuse failure. I"m not an electrical expert, my soldering is pretty sloppy, so I was hoping for plug and play, and a solution that would support other things such as an STS turn signal controller. This is going into my 6th gen.
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    Clutch Options

    Okay, clutch parts are in. I've just reviewed the shop manual, section 9, for clutch replacement. Why are they suggesting that you remove the basket to complete this process? Also, should I dip the steels and friction disks in 10w40 before install, or can they go in dry? The manual is silent on that part. I plan to replace all the steels, friction disks, springs and seals in this process.
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