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About Willy

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    Factory Team Rider
  • Birthday 03/31/1958

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    Eagle ID
  • In My Garage:
    2007 VFR Anniversary (sold)
    2014 Yamaha FJR
    2007 VFR Anniversary (bought a replacement)

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  1. Willy

    First ride Emmett 1.jpg

    Last January, Just above the city of Emmett Idaho, at a pull out on Highway 16. I bought this bike a few months earlier and it was in real bad shape. Tore it all down and went through most of the systems. I have a couple more nits to take care of before riding begins again this spring. Thanks for looking.
  2. Willy

    RS850 Replica

    Wow! Bodywork is looking great!
  3. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    Hard to know which way the wind blows sometimes.....
  4. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    Thanks guys. Yes I've been enjoying the fruits of my labor this summer. I've been in Idaho only for about two years and still trying to sort out the backroads. I really enjoyed last winters project and silly me looking at other used VFRs for this coming winter. Ssssshhhh…. don't alert my wife....
  5. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    Dittos to Tony. I was not there but can only imagine half of the effort it took to put this shin-dig on. Despite not attending - we all benefit from the generosity of Tony and others on this forum. Thank you.
  6. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    Thanks for posting up pics. Wish I was there. Ride safe. Cheers!
  7. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    All packed up and Bluebird is ready to fly. Leaving Sunday am. First night West Yellowstone. Then will meet some of you in Sheridan on Monday in time for dinner. Cheers!
  8. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    This is an MRA Vario Touring windshield. I purchased this one at Revzilla but other vendors offer them as well. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/mra-variotouringscreen-windshield-honda-vfr800-vtec-interceptor-2002-2013. I like it. When down you get full wind flow if needed on a hot day. And when up, it cuts noise and buffeting significantly. Works good for me.
  9. Last winter I purchased and refurbished a Gen 6 RWB with 48,000 miles (to replace the same anniversary edition I sold in 2013). This year I want to finally make it to SumSum. Since I'm no longer a spring chicken, and the bike has no mileage on it since taking it down to the frame, I thought it might be wise to get a few rides in to make sure every nut and bolt is tightened, and to be sure my maturing body are up to the roundtrip to SumSum. Last week I made a loop though the mountains just north of Boise. The spring snow melt run off has all the rivers and creeks at full capacity. And everything is green. Two mountain passes at over 6,000 feet (nothing by CO Rocky Mtn standards) but still had some snow at summit and day time temps at about 40F. Open roads - literally an hour of backroad mountain hwy between cars). Just a beautiful day. And today I put on about 250 miles in the desert of So ID along the Snake River. Also good roads, nice weather and no traffic. Overall the bike is performing well and the old body is acceptable with periodic stops "to take pictures". SumSum is looking feasible. Cheers!
  10. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    I know what you mean. I'm just making a point to get riding multiple long day trips as a way to tune up the body.... Cheers!
  11. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    Still planning to make this trip on the RWB that I refurbished over winter. Still working out a few bugs and trying to get some miles on it to make all the critters are shaken off. I have a room at the Rocket. Also working on my own stamina. I'm not in bad shape but also have not done multiple days on a VFR for about 10 years. (My FJR is much more comfy). My wife is encouraging me to trailer over there. Me? NAH! Just muscle through the backpain. Makes a cold beer at the end of the day better anyway. Axel I indicated that I'd meet you guys on the west end of the Lolo Pass. At the moment I'm thinking about a more direct route to reduce the number of days on the road (I know - missing the whole point). I'll PM you a week prior with a go/no-go. Looking forward to meeting everyone. Cheers Ernie
  12. Willy

    2018 VFRD SUMSUM 4

    Axel, thanks for all the planning. It looks like a great route. As noted Kooskia is a great spot for me to link up with you guys. I'll go ahead and book rooms as suggested. Looking forward to this. Didit, I'll look for the registration and get that taken care of. Thanks to you both! Cheers!
  13. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    Thanks guys for all the feedback!
  14. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    Thanks Moose. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Could not have done it without VFRD.
  15. Willy

    6th Gen Refresh

    Well although it was sunny on Sunday. The temp was just above freezing. Chilly at speed on the bike. Hence I kept the ride short.... We have snow expected this week. So hibernating too for a bit...

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