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RobF last won the day on December 31 2020

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About RobF

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    Oregon
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    2005 VFR800 ABS

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  1. These two bikes are also at the top of my "possible next bike" list. I have looked at the 1000 SX extensively. I guess my short answer is, if price wasn't a factor, I'd maybe(?) go with the BMW. It's a great bike with lots of "mature rider" refinements. In a moment when the sport-touring concept is somewhat out of fashion (and therefore under-represented in the new model lineups) the 1250 RS is a completely credible "upgrade" from the VFR. That being said, I've never owned a BMW, but spending my own money on one would definitely feel like a gamble. Everything I've read
  2. It's the Brits wot done this: http://www.oecbi.com/blog/vehicle-speedometer-accuracy-how-fast-are-we-really-going U.S. law specifies a +/- accuracy. UK regulations prohibit a speedometer that under-indicates speed.
  3. Would be very curious to see the before/after report from RC if this proves successful.
  4. Rust on the ABS pulser ring is super common. I haven't heard of any performance issues on account of the rust. You can remove it with naval jelly or the like. I have heard of people painting/coating it to prevent further rust. I can't find the link to document that.
  5. My observation from watching craigslist is that prices for used bikes have indeed gone up around 5% or so relative to last year. That is, a 2017 model year motorcycle that was $10K in 2020 might very well be $10,500 today. I'm guessing that COVID has boosted demand somewhat (people aren't spending money on dining or vacations, plus stimulus checks) while simultaneously decreasing supply somewhat by slowing the arrival of new stock into the market.
  6. Pages seem to load much faster now. Thank you, Miguel.
  7. It's looking like I will have a week or two for a big trip in September. Hopefully, the COVID situation will be well under control by then. As a first draft, I'm looking at a rough triangle that connects Eugene, Oregon; Calgary, Alberta; and Cody, Wyoming. Any recommendations for routes, roads, destinations, or accommodations from veterans of the northwest?
  8. Welcome! Love the first post. Excellent project and media. Keep us posted. Although, I gotta say, the story of how this bike came to you -- "squished while stopped at a light" -- will give any motorcyclist the heebie jeebies. Well, this motorcyclist anyway. Regarding: The clutch cover mod is very trick-looking. The resident expert is SEBSPEED, who fabs them in his NY shop, given a cover you provide: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/82289-my-sebspeed-custom-clear-clutch-cover-experience I woul
  9. Hmmm... not sure why that came through as from "Guest", but I wouldn't want you to think I wasn't good on my word. Anyway, happy new year to all. May your 2021 be filled with joy and prosperity and open roads. Be a hero be the guy who puts VFRD into the black for the year.
  10. Alright, boys. It's the end of the year and I'm filled with wine and good cheer. Let's put VFRD over the top. I'm good for another $25. Anyone care to join me?
  11. I think there are five big issues that are responsible for the past decade being perennially disappointing VFR-wise, a couple of which have already been mentioned: 1. The road bike industry in the U.S. is now fully mature and saturated and has been since somewhere around 2000 or thereabouts. By this I mean: a. the pace of innovation has slowed dramatically since the 70s and 80s b. the ratio of road-ready-motorcycles to people-who-want-motorcycles is also historically high (Compare the innovation distance between a 1986 VFR 750 and a ten-year-ol
  12. Welcome! I think the SH775 R/R works in the 6th gen, so it might be nice to have as a spare. I believe the most common failure modes of the 6th gen R/R tend to be: Under-engineered wiring to the battery OEM serial unit wears out ...so preventative measures often involve upgrading the wiring and/or replacing the stock R/R with a MOSFET like the FH020AA. Speaking of stators, the 6th gen stator does not receive sufficient oil cooling and has a habit of dying, with the mean miles to failure maybe somewhere in the 30K-50K range.
  13. I can't speak directly to your question of whether or not the 6th gen rear sprocket fits the 5th gen, but I would assume it probably does. In either case, folks who want to change sprockets often buy after-market products that will fit a wide variety of bikes: http://sprocketcenter.com I believe the stock sprocket gearing on the 5th gen is 17/43. On the 6th gen, stock is 16/43, so the 6th gen is geared a little lower in this regard, as you noted. I went a step further and dropped mine (-1/+1) to 15/44. This is about an 8% reduction in gearing. On
  14. RobF

    California Coast

    I get that this was taken in California, but I saw this photo and immediately recognized the Oregon coast vibe (rocky, overcast, and cold looking). Also, I knew it was the Pacific Northwest rather than Maine because the ocean was on the left.
  15. Nope. Well, we still have agricultural soil and what have you, but Governor Vic Atiyeh outlawed road grime and chain splatter back in the 80s. It's funny nobody thought of that sooner. Really did the trick. These days everybody's rear wheels and hubs are as spotless as Cogswell's. No reason you couldn't try the same thing in New England. Write your governor.
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