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adamv last won the day on December 11 2016

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  1. Maybe I need to move to be able to keep riding the bike I love! 😉
  2. Thanks all for your replies. I've found someone who's going to be able to help me out. Going to get the brake lines flushed, the seals checked, and I'll get new pads and rotors on the front while I'm at it I think just to make sure all is well and good.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Doesn't look like we have much that comes close to the characteristics of the VFR. While I like the V4, it's more the handling of the bike that I prefer. (Lean angle, cornering characteristics etc more than the engine type). Looking through the suggestions on paper (mainly using cycle-ergo.com): The FJ-09 is a very upright bike. I haven't ridden on one, but I have on a MT-09 and I think it's almost sitting straight up like you're on a tourer as opposed to leaning forward like you're on a sports-tourer. The Ducati Supersports seems to have a lean angle similar to that of the CBR1000RR, etc - so seems to be more of a sports/race bike. Too forward for my aging body I'm afraid. (The VFR hit's the sweet spot). The Motus seems to be a little closer in regards to lean angle (at least according to cycle-ergo.com). I haven't seen one before, but may have to check this out. Likewise with the Aprilia Tuono. VTR??? They were discontinued before the VFR was weren't they? The BMW R1200RS appears to have a little more uprtight position than the others. (Back at 19° but still might be worth checking out). Thanks for the suggestions. From what I can tell, regardless of what bike I purchase, there's nothing out there that comes close to resembling the type of ride style that the VFR offered. (Except for other discontinued bikes such as the Sprint ST1050). I guess scooters and Adventure Tourers are where much of the market focus is going these days which at least for me is a real pity.
  4. Interested in new at this stage, and are just wondering what options are closest to what I've previously experienced on a VFR.
  5. What does someone who has ridden VFR's, wants to buy a new VFR but it's no longer an option move to? The Sprint and VFR appear to be the only two bikes in their class. The next thing remotely close to them that I have been able to find appears to be the GSXS-1000F or Ninja 1000, of both which have very different handling characteristics and seating positions. Beginning with a lean angle that is almost half of what the VFR's is. Have I missed some options along the lines? Does anyone have any suggestions / recommendations of what one should consider when buying a new VFR is no longer an option?
  6. Thanks very much for your generous offer, but unfortunately I'm in regional Victoria. (so not even in the same state) :-) To answer the other questions - Reservoir levels look fine. I'm going to see if I can find someone who's mechanically minded (unfortunately we only have this one shop in town), to look at bleeding the brakes, and maybe at the same time check to see if we're able to inspect the seals. The seals are the suggestion that intrigues me the most at this stage along with bleeding the brakes. If the seals were creased or damaged, but not broken, under certain conditions (temperate, atmosphere, etc) - maybe they let some leak out on the very odd occasion which causes this. Anything else such as a brake in the line and I'd be expecting the problem to be getting consistently worse. But as said, I'm no mechanic. Are the seals exposed when changing the brake pads? As mentioned, the shop swears they didn't touch the fluid in the line, and whilst I've lost confidence in them I still doubt (and hope) that they would outright lie about something like that.
  7. Hi Guys, Thanks for the reply. When you're mentioning the seal (being folded, etc) - is this something that if I took to another mechanic they would be able to easily identify if it has been crushed / folded, or is it something that you can't really tell when you remove it (because you have to damage it to remove it, etc), and it just has to be replaced and see what happens? Also would this be a costly thing to get another mechanic to do? (To replace the seal, and/or reset the pistons). Primarily I would very much like to have a positive identification on what the cause is, in part to go back to the original shop and inform them, but moreso to know that the issue is resolved and I can have peace of mind. Thanks Adam
  8. Hi, I'm looking for some suggestions. I recently had my VFR serviced. During the service, they replaced the rear brake pads. After the service, I took my bike for a ride, and felt that the rear brake was a little spongier than normal. I figured that it may just be me or maybe that's the effects of having new pads on. About 40 miles later, going through some mountains I went to apply the rear brake, and then pedal just went down - right down well past where it normally does with no resistance at all - and there was no braking at all. (I was only applying rear brakes - I didn't notice or feel any braking from the linked/front wheel at all). After pulling over, I could use a single finger and push the brake down a significant way without any back pressure. If I pump the brakes, the pressure slowly builds up and the brakes come back online. I reported this to the shop who said that they only replaced the pads. They hadn't replaced the brake fluid, and that there's nothing that they have done that should have caused this to occur. They had another look, and ended up replacing the rotor telling me that the rotor was on it's way out (wearing thin) and that's most likely the problem. It didn't make much sense to me, as if the rotor was thin I'd expect it to be consistent with issues, but I'm no mechanic, so left it in their hands. I took the bike riding again, and found the brake still a bit spongy, but it was working again. I did notice a vibration through the rear brake on occasion if I applied the brake lightly. My mates said this may just be due to the new disk, and to hit the rear brakes hard to wear them in, which I did. I only noticed the BRRRRRR vibrations a few times. (This is a NON-ABS model). I then went and toured around 2,500 miles without having an incident with the rear brake until this weekend, where it did the same thing as straight after the service (just goes straight down again with no pressure). I'm not sure what to do. I'm no mechanic and have very limited understanding on the workings of bikes. The shop swears that they haven't touched anything in the brake lines and that they only replaced the rotor and the pads, and they have been unable to find anything wrong. Has anyone experienced this before, and/or do you have any recommendations on what I can do or where I should look? Cheers Adam
  9. I don't think it's necessarily a cult thing. Everywhere I go I hear similar desires in a bike that isn't made, effectively a VFR with a combination of: - No VTEC - A little more HP (Make it a 850/900 if needed)... - Back to Gear Driven Cams Desires listed normally include a combination of the above - over and over again. Honda isn't just not listening to you - it seems like they're not listening at all. But even though these requests are out there, maybe there is simply too much money to be made in other markets.
  10. I've been waiting for a couple of years now, hoping that Honda would take a new interest in it's Sports Tourer / VFR range. I'm now told there is a 2019 model (yay) - but it's only available in Japan (sigh)... I'm not sure how much longer I'm willing to stick around. I thoroughly enjoy my VFR, and would love to update it to ensure I continue to have a reliable bike and would like some added safety features, ABS, traction controls, etc would be nice which I don't have on my 09 Gen 6 model, but I'm getting tired of hoping for something that may never come. So I'm considering jumping ship. At this stage the Ninja 1000 seems to be the best option (as much as I hate the name. Interceptor is so much cooler 😉 ) but unlike Honda, Kawasaki seem to have a genuine interest in their sports tourer customers/market and continue to release new models with improvements. I don't mind sticking around if Honda were going to release something again - but from what I can tell, they seem disinterested in us and are chasing other markets such as the Adventure Tourer range, etc. Am I doing the right thing? Am I mad?
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