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jeremyr62 last won the day on January 22

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    1986 VF500F2 (UK)
    2018 FJR1300AE

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  1. Not quite. The European mainland originally got the half faired VF500F model (but with Comstar wheels, not the cast variant). I had an Austrian version like this. Maybe some Euro countries got the F2 later in 86 (like Dutchy's). The UK never got the half faired model. You see quite a few Italian VF500F half faired models but not the F2. Pity one can't make a living from knowing such useless info....
  2. VF500 forks were either black or red. Any other colour or bare means they have been molested by a prior owner.
  3. Taking you back to 2017 after your dyno testing, you did a top speed run on a private test track (Autobahn) and got 194 km/h. Were you sat normally when you did this, or like me in a tuck laying on the tank (189 km/h)? Enquiring minds need to know..
  4. You appear to have stepped off the set of Debbie does Dallas. And wasn't the R45 just about the slowest BMW boxer they ever made?
  5. Offroading? That's no way to treat something so old and venerable. And the bike probably doesn't like it either.
  6. As a final final post in this thread, I did actually end up selling the bike. Spur of the moment thing. Put it up for sale and it sold immediately. The new owner seems pleased with it so I am glad it will be used. Just got a VF500F2 left now, and a huge FJR1300 for the serious stuff..
  7. That VFR RWB colour scheme is fantastic. I could never understand why it never made it to Europe (AFAIK). Well definitely not the UK.
  8. For midgets? Or is it like that famous father Ted joke
  9. Are you on holiday or in search of work again? 🤔
  10. Yes, you are probably right. However it has to be better than BBQ paint. The bike doesn't get use that much either so I am hopeful it will give me a few years. Getting a stainless collector fabbed would be enormously expensive. Reproducing the internal plumbing is not trivial and you really need to do that to avoid the flat spots. I am aware of the Predator but I heard it wasn't great, but 59hp is a huge number compared to the very limited dyno data I have seen, which normally suggests about 50hp.
  11. Hard to say. It is incredibly thin. To be fair to the company, corrosion protection isn't their primary focus and how they sell it. It's more to do with heat management although with a coating that thin, even though ceramics have low thermal conductivity, it's still hard to imagine it making a huge difference. Anyway time will tell. I agree, the headers do hold up better but I have quite a few very rusty ones in my collection too. If it works well and does prove a good barrier to corrosion I might get the OE silencers done in it.
  12. Decent OE exhaust parts are getting harder to find these days. I have tried a variety of VHT and BBQ type exhaust paints on the headers and balance box and they have all pretty much proved to be not great at standing up to typical Irish and UK weather. They flake off and corrode pretty quickly IME. So I took the plunge and sent a spare system I had to https://www.performance1coatings.com/ based in the UK. They took them as I sent them in cleanish solid painted condition. They blasted them with what looks like alumina grit and them plasma coated them in their volcanic brand of zirconia ceramic. Turned them around quickly and I received them back extremely well packaged. They look OK. They did not coat the ends of the headers. I probably should have removed the exhaust gaskets prior to sending. The coating is very thin indeed and very uniform. The imperfections you can see in the photos are in the underlying steel, not the coating. The acid test is how well they perform. I will swap exhausts in the spring so will have no idea until then. Wasn't cheap but then it is a high tech coating.
  13. She's enjoying it too by the looks of it..
  14. Took me a while to figure out you weren't suggesting some kind of deviant dutch perverted practice there. They give you a bit of mouldy old carpet for the seat but its more to do with the vinyl being 34 years old. If I can find someone local to recover it, I'll get it done. The vinyl is torn in two places already anyway..
  15. As a final post on this, I took the bike to the UK from Ireland over the weekend. About 800 km in total. Bike managed it without any problems at all. Weather was grotty so didn't push the boat out (no pun intended) regards speed and handling. The seat didn't like the ratchet strap and the vinyl cover is in need of replacement. But that's about it re issues. A truck driver took my photo on the bike too. Never happened before and I 've done that journey hundreds of time on far more exotic/expensive machinery. He must have owned one in the past I reckon.
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