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About Darrenk

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    Factory Team Rider
  • Birthday April 4

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    Columbia, SC
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    2013 VFR1200FD

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  1. I had one fall off, but it was my mistake. The rear hook wasn't properly seated. Frankly, I'm surprised that it latched all the way closed. Wife and I were leaving a hotel parking garage when it came off. We'd only moved a few hundred meters at a pretty slow pace. Sounded like something exploded behind us with the echo in the garage! I stopped, picked it up, and made sure it was properly hooked on, and then drove 200 miles home with no issues. When I got home, I inspected the bag closely and realised that the bag had been rubbing on the edge of the rear wheel. The bag looked like someone had
  2. Wife and I decided spur of the moment to head up to Maggie Valley for two nights. Found a place to board the dog, set extra food and water out for the cats, and we left Tuesday morning. First, a quick stop for gas revealed a battery on its last legs, so we headed to Carolina Powerhouse Honda for a new one. 20 minutes later, we were on our way. As far as slab miles go, one could do a lot worse than Interstate 26 West from Columbia to Asheville, and we made decent time and most importantly arrived at the Quality Inn in Maggie Valley safe and dry. The hotel has been recently refurbished and the r
  3. Welcome back to the fold! I've always been fond of the blue color...what exhaust is that?
  4. A quick Google search of "VFR800 rearsets" yielded hundreds of results. Some can get pretty pricey...
  5. I have very similar scrapes on my fairing. A tipover at the top of my very steep driveway resulted in a 15 foot slide on concrete. When I eventually get a touring bike and put the big Viffer back to pure sportbike, I'll probably get a set of aftermarket injection molded fairing and get them custom wrapped or painted (I'm thinking Repsol livery). For now, a little Bondo body filler before you paint may help the larger areas. On the passenger grab rails, I just used a black Sharpie; like you said, just less noticeable from afar...
  6. Wife and I went out for a short ride yesterday. We were headed north on U.S. Route 1 (Two Notch Road) near Pontiac in NE Columbia. A solo rider on a red VFR1200 with side bags passed us headed south. I waved, then realized it was another 7th gen, but the wife wouldn't let me turn around and chase you down...
  7. So after 5 years, 30,000 miles, and a few gas station and garage tip overs, I’ve found that my fairings have taken a bit of a beating. I looked into having the original set repaired and repainted at a local shop and it would cost as much, if not more than replacing them with all of the filling, sanding, and other prep. So then I looked into replacing the “left and right middle cowls” as Honda calls them, with OEM parts. The least expensive I can find for my color code of NH463M is $577 each! I found the candy prominence red for $286 each. Why the huge disparity just for the color? Would it be
  8. Tracked down a pesky coolant leak...turns out the water pump weep hole is more than weeping, so I ordered a new one. At least I’ll get the coolant flush and refill done at the same time...
  9. I have no idea, but I can count on one hand how many others I’ve seen “in the wild.”
  10. Hi Darrenk,

    Please tell me what make/model is your brake lever. I have installed the LSL handlebar and now I need a shorter brake lever.

    Thanks for your attention.

    1. Darrenk


      I just bought it off EBay...no idea of the make/model.  Very inexpensive, though 

  11. +2 I did the same thing before and after the recall was performed, and to be honest, I can't tell much of a difference on the center stand. On the road, at parking lot speeds, the difference is quite noticeable.
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