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burnes45 last won the day on May 30

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About burnes45

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    World Superbike Racer

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    Jacksonville, Florida
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    1997 VFR 750, 1983 Honda FT500 Ascot, 1974 Montessa 172 Cota.

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  1. Amen!! Just ride and enjoy yourself. No worries! Don't Make a mountain out of a mole hill!
  2. A few random thoughts from some one who worked as a technician in a Honda dealership from 1979 to 1988. 1st. I know this was 30 years ago but I believe the dealership business model remains the same. Technicians are on the bottom of the pecking order in the dealership. A quick Google search showed that the average motorcycle tech pay is $14.50 a flat rate hour compared to an average $100.00 an hour labor rate. This is about the same pay I was making in 1988 when the labor rate was $35.00 per hour. This being said, a skilled technician will not remain in a motorcycle dealership for very long. I personally went from a Honda motorcycle shop to an Acura dealer when they 1st opened for twice the pay and half the hours worked in a week. 2nd. The person working on your beloved VFR has probably never sat on one much less tried to perform any maintenance on one. Exceptions being shops that are centered on racing or performance tuning will have people on staff that are experienced and have a passion for what they do and are payed accordingly. 3rd. The question of the OP. From my personal experience from adjusting valves on thousands of bikes from 600 mile 1st. services to routine maintenance, very rarely would an adjustment be needed and when needed was not more than a .05 mm. adjustment on a shim over or under bucket adjustment which would not cause any adverse effects reliability or performance. 4th. I bought my '97 VFR with 20k on the clocks in 2012 I went through the bike changed the fluids, plugs and found a valve cover oil leak. When replacing the valve cover gaskets I checked the valve clearances while I was in there. No valves were out of specification. At 45k I had an acceleration issued and rechecked the valve clearance and they were still within specification turned out to be a carburetor issue. 5th. Knowing what I know I would not take my motorcycle to a dealership for any reason other than recall issues and even then when receiving the bike back would go over it with a fine tooth comb before riding it. 6th. Bottom line! Unless you can do the work yourself or have somebody you know and trust to work on it for you, Just ride it till the wheels fall off which will be a lot longer than the average person will keep and ride any motorcycle and save the money from that valve adjustment for new tires and chain and sprockets.
  3. Just arrived in Highlands. I will see everyone in the morning. I hope the weather holds!
  4. how big is the spring? Hard to tell from picture. If it is small may go on one of the pilot screws.
  5. Hi burnes45, Thank you for your donation of 25.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  6. Thanks Zero, I missed last year can't wait to get there and ride some twisties. Florida roads are so boring.
  7. I'm in! I just finished my Eventbrite registration. I'll be there Friday and Saturday I won't be staying at the Microtel as the wife and dog are coming with me. We will be at a cabin close to Highlands that I have never stayed at before. What time should I be at the hotel in the morning to find a group to ride with? Is 28 from Highlands to Franklin best route to take to the hotel? Looking forward to seeing everyone and some great riding.
  8. Good news. Thanks for staying on this for us.
  9. I have a '97 with Helibars and Oxford sport grip heaters. No issues what so ever in 2 years of ownership. You are correct the pattern is different. No issues with the wiring you can position them not to interfere with fairing. I have mine wired direct to battery. The auto off feature works like a charm. They get very hot at 100% usually run mine at 30-50%. Best bang for the buck I've made. One of the easiest too.
  10. I'm in! Bought a set of carbs last year for parts but the rubber parts wont last forever. Owning 20 plus year old motorcycles you have to plan ahead. Thanks for thinking ahead and setting this up. Hope we get enough orders to make this happen.
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    RM Suzukis Ground breaking. Roger Decoster ruled the world on one back in the day.
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    Fantic Trials 200. Only 1st place finish I ever had was on one of these. my Montesa 172 would not start [bad coil] borrowed this from my friend. Smooth tractor like power band with a pop when you needed it. Have not seen one in 30 years.
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    1911 Pierce Arrow. Very rare.
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    Speedway!! Got to see it in person to appreciate it. No brakes 0-60 in 2-3 seconds.
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