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Dustin last won the day on March 4 2014

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About Dustin

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    Maple Ridge, BC
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    2002 Honda VFR800 VTEC

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  1. Dustin

    Cyclops LED

    Speaks well for the longevity! I'm very curious about them now!
  2. Dustin

    Cyclops LED

    Terry, roughly how much many miles would you guess you've put on those LED bulbs? You mentioned 2 years but that could mean 5000 miles or 50,000
  3. Dustin

    Cyclops LED

    Great info, thanks Terry
  4. Dustin

    Cyclops LED

    I use Philips Xtreme Vision bulbs for both low and high beam as well as Denali auxiliary spotlights attached to the mirror mounts to supplement. It works very well. I have considered the Cyclops bulbs but I am not convinced that LED drop-ins will match the beam pattern of normal halogens in the stock housing. They may be brighter but I really care more about the 'quality' of the light. Also, I don't really want the big, bulky fans and coolers as well as the extra electronics taking up space.
  5. Dustin

    5th Gen vs 6th Gen VFR800

    If you're comparing to the 5th gen, I like my 6th gen for the: - Excellent quad headlights - Quiet low speed/low rpm operation - Hard luggage - The styling - The delightful undertail exhaust - The VTEC howl There are technical changes that I suppose could be appreciated but that's neither here nor there. Both bikes are tremendous.
  6. Dustin

    Winter glove recommendations

    I have been using Five WFX series of gloves for winter duty for about 5 years. They have been performing very well for me without using heated grips for my winter commuting down to -10C Personally, it's always the top of the hand and especially fingers that suffer so heated grips never really did much for me.
  7. Dustin

    Tires!

    I've always wanted to try the RoadAttacks. The only Contis I've tried were the ContiMotion, which sucked.
  8. Dustin

    Tires again !!

    My S21 rear states maximum 508 lbs at 42 PSI cold. If you consider my 550 lb bike, 200 lb me with gear and 20 lbs of luggage, that's 770 lbs going down the road. If you factor a static 50/50 weight distribution, that's still 385 lbs on the rear tire without any forces acting on it. Even shifting 15% to the rear through acceleration would bring you close to the maximum. Maybe I'm mistaken but the recommendation of 36F/42R seems very reasonable for regular, every day street use.
  9. Dustin

    2002 badging/decal US edition

    Here's a US '02
  10. Dustin

    Tires again !!

    But it is the standard recommended rear pressure for most bikes these days. As far as I'm concerned, 36F/42R should be where people start and then adjust based on their preferences. This is especially important when asking for advice online as this is a worldwide community with people in completely different climates, on different road surfaces, different skill levels, different sizes & shapes and different uses. A 300 lb dude in Florida who only goes up and down the highway at 90 mph certainly shouldn't be running the same tire pressures as somebody 170 lbs carving up the Alps in autumn. It's my opinion that the manufacturer recommended 36/42 offers a broad compromise between stability, responsiveness, handling, tire life and ride comfort for most people in most situations on most tires.
  11. Dustin

    Tires again !!

    36/42 is the recommended pressure and is definitely not going to be an issue. I start there and adjust based on feel, outside temperature and load. Different tires are better with different pressures for me. My current Bridgestone S21 are perfect at 34/40 but I will bump it to 36/42 for carrying a passenger. I may run a tire with a softer carcass at only 36/42, like the Avon hypersports I ran a few years ago. A rigid/hard tire like a Dunlop Roadsmart II always works best for me with 32 front, 38 rear. Your mileage may vary!
  12. Dustin

    Tires again !!

    It's surprisingly common for people to put the maximum pressure posted on the tire, not understanding what they're doing. I try to point people to the pressure recommendations on their swingarm.
  13. They will probably last a lot longer in areas with smooth roads. I get the mileage fink gets from T31s out of hypersport tires, even though I do a lot of two-up touring with loaded luggage. I typically see 13-15,000 km from sport touring rubber on my 6th gen. FWIW. I'm on S21s at the moment but I think I'll go for the T31s when I'm due for a change. Tire mileage varies a lot based on rider, climate and the roads themselves.
  14. Dustin

    Another successful Year

    Hope it won't be a long winter for you guys back east! Out here on the rainy west coast, my VFR stays active all year. If I'm lucky, we'll have a mild winter and I won't have to skip a day.
  15. Dustin

    Tires again !!

    5000 km on a BT-023 front is awfully strange. Those things wear like iron in my experience. I remember seeing over 16,000 km from a set I ran on my 6th gen.
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