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    Portland, Oregon :(
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    1999 VFR
    2008 VFR ABS
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  1. I have a Powerlet socket in my steering stem wired to the battery. Comes with a spring loaded cap. It brings power to the cockpit then when parked the connector from the tender goes in sending power to the battery.
  2. Mr. Grum - you sir, are correct! I mis-stated that. Must have been a momentary wave of optical dsykenisia that came over me. I seriously doubt that it matters which goes in first. It seems odd that Honda mentions installation order but remains silent on driving the bearings in and how to seat them. I have a bearing puller that fits in the inner race that has a wedge shape slot cut in it that faces to the inside. I then use a large long blade screwdriver from the opposite side that fits in the wedge. Driving it with a hammer forces the 2 sides of the wedge out against the inner race, grabbing it. Then it's just a matter of driving the bearing out.
  3. Looking at the FSM, no mention is made of how far to drive in the bearings, but it does say to install the left 1st, then the distance spacer, then the right bearing. It also says nothing about installing the spacer one way or the other. I installed mine like other press fit bearings, driving them in to resistance as they seated in the wheel. I had no binding of the spacer and the bearings rotated freely. If the spacer isn't square inside it could possibly bind. If you have a slide caliper you could measure around each bearing edge to the wheel lip to be sure they're square to the opening in the wheel. Before doing anything drastic you might take a drift and see if you can move the spacer around and free it up.
  4. The Toro kit used a belt driven supercharger vs turbo. Peak HP 173. Not huge torque numbers but that's difficult to achieve with small displacement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPcFBgnSE7o
  5. Boy that looks nice. Congrats. What kind of hugger is on it - can't quite tell from the photos? My only complaint with my 4th gen were the softly sprung forks. Nothing that a good suspension tweak couldn't cure. Other than that I loved that bike - I regret trading it in as will the former owner of this one. Never had a problem with it and it was beautifully made. The 4th gen VFR was the golden age for Honda Great bikes.
  6. The toughest part is finding one . . . 🙂
  7. This video may be of interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG6c_uhrVOw I'm not sure what to make of this. Unless I interpret incorrectly (a distinct possibility), it appears that tensioner failure is more "unwinding of the spring" vs actual parts wear or breakage. All he seems to be doing is to rewind / reset the spring to account for wear. I'd love to know if that's correct and if what he's doing just gets the tensioner back to where it's working again as intended. That would beat spending the cash for new ones presuming the procedure works. CCT's seem to be like stators - some engines go quite a good ways with no issues, while others need service at a shorter interval. My CCT's are nearing 30,000 miles and no issues (knock wood).
  8. On my '08 I cut that fuse holder out and replaced it with a heavier duty unit from NAPA. Also, a tube of Oxgard will treat all the connectors in the system if you want to go that far. Flat toothpicks work well to apply it. It's a conductive paste vs the oft mentioned dielectric grease which is an insulator. You'll especially want to remove the right side fairing and check (and treat) the connector with 3 yellow wires leading to the R/R. Those are notorious for frying themselves. Take a voltmeter and check across the battery terminals. You should get around 14v or a bit more with the engine running well above idle. If not, more needs to be done. Search on "The Drill" in the electrical forum for more detailed diagnostics.
  9. Try PM'ing Mr. mello dude - he's got R/R issues dialed in, including a slick mounting plate for an upgraded R/R that's better than what came new from Honda. Not sure if it's used on a 5th gen - but no doubt he can steer you in the right direction. https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/profile/8220-mello-dude/
  10. Call me derelict - I totally forgot about Crater Lake - great suggestion! It's it's almost in my back yard. The cobalt blue of the water is something else that cannot be captured by a camera. It's an extraordinary sight. The old Mt Mazama, it blew its top about 7,700 years ago leaving the 600 meter deep Crater Lake caldera behind. It's Oregon's only National Park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Mazama Another road I like across Oregon is from Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood (at about 1,800 m) across to Fossil (name derived from the ancient fossil beds in the area) and on across to Baker City. Great roads, great scenery - not much traffic. One of my favorite "out and back" overnight weekend rides. https://goo.gl/maps/4aF3mUokMmfY6TDu8 Timberline Lodge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timberline_Lodge Road from Shaniko to Fossil
  11. My $.02 for a few can't miss motorcycle roads . . . Plenty more than what I list - Cherahola Skyway, Deals Gap, etc. Others will surely offer theirs as well. Hwy 12 from Kamiah, Idaho to Lolo, Montana (photo below - 2006) - sign now reads "99 miles". No civilization for the entire way - through wilderness area. Undergoing repaving this summer tho - likely some construction delays. Check the Idaho highway department website for updates. https://goo.gl/maps/bMYqSGC9n3dTbeN5A Beartooth Pass from Cook City, Montana to Red Lodge, Montana - national scenic highway - pass summit 11,000 feet - 3,350 meters. Awesome summit view is probably 100 miles in every direction. Both this and Chief Josef, below are on the north side of Yellowstone if you wanted to visit there. https://goo.gl/maps/kT69mJRVSX8ZFbpD6 Chief Josef pass https://goo.gl/maps/6L2BJ6fLXWQUsXm87 Bluff, Utah to Arizona border. The road's only average, but the scenery . . . oh the scenery . . . below is Twin Rocks at Bluff, and Monument Valley, UT - 14 miles north of UT/AZ border. Can combine this with a Grand Canyon visit. This glosses over tons of other scenic areas in Southern Utah. Work east on Highway 12 to Zion Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase - Hwy 12 has tons of great scenery. Monument Valley And the Grand Canyon - there aren't many things that draw breath from the body - it is one of them. Calling it "Grand" is probably an understatement - it's beyond words. You absolutely cannot grasp the immensity of it from a photo - only in person does the true gravity of it sink in. Looking at the exposed rock is looking back hundreds of millions of years in time. It should not be missed. The photo is on the South rim - lots more views there than the north side but also far more crowds too. If I could visit just once (and on a bike) I'd probably go South side. Lots of great roads in Northern California - for example, Redding (or start in Red Bluff and take CA 36 the entire way) to the Redwoods - ancient forests with some of the largest trees on Earth - "Avenue of the Giants". https://goo.gl/maps/sQ49Kdypy1XKW33u7 Plenty of awesome riding in Colorado - Montrose to Durango as one example. https://goo.gl/maps/qPUPvrLwz4mL9GSX6 Try Googling "Best US motorcycle roads" or similar - you'll get lots of suggestions. http://www.motorcycleroads.com/best/?s=75 You mentioned the Space Center in Florida - seeing the shuttle Atlantis is also an awesome sight. You can see Endeavour in Los Angeles, but it's not displayed as well. It's much larger than the launch video makes it seem. Stand there and imagine something that large accelerating from a standing start to a speed of 5 miles (8km) per second in just 8 1/2 minutes. Incredible. Best to get this trip in while you can before the next gov't reduces us to riding electric scooters and motorcycle touring is just a quaint memory. If you make the trip, be sure to post photos. Cheers
  12. Good read. This sentence " The first 1,200 Interceptors were sucked out of dealerships so fast, it made our ears pop. " is sad commentary on how much times have changed. Now, 4+ years after the last one was imported to the U.S., they can still be found new in dealer's showrooms.
  13. Right out of the Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons. Great shots.
  14. Check in with CornerCarver - he's got his Toro bike tuned using a Rapid Bike setup. He's got it dialed in - definitely knows what's what with 6th gen forced induction.
  15. Was the replacement coolant silicate free? Coolant such as regular Prestone or similar that contains silicates will ruin the WP seal. For comparison my '08 has nearly 30,000 miles - no leaks. I check for minor leaks when the coolant's under pressure using tissue wound up to a pencil shaped tip - even the slightest amount will be absorbed and readily apparent.
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