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  1. Hi RobF, Thank you for your donation of 25.00 USD. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  2. RobF

    Sweet 86

    Aw man, I coveted that bike! I was in high-school when it came out. I can't remember what they cost at the time. $6K or $7K US? It might as well have been a million dollars as far as I was concerned. Only God could own a bike that perfect. I'm sure that bike is a large part of why I own a VFR today.
  3. I'm in my fifties and I've never owned a new vehicle in my life, so I would be inclined toward a used bike just as a matter of practical frugality. There are just so many great used bikes on the market. If I had a friend who was looking for a first bike and he didn't have a strong preference on mission type (i.e. *definitely* a cruiser, or *definitely* a sport bike, etc), my first draft answer would be: Suzuki SV650.
  4. RobF

    Old Tires

    If it were my bike, I would without a doubt replace the tires. As rubber ages it dries and stiffens, which reduces how well it adheres to the road surface. Old tires on an otherwise highly competent vehicle were implicated in the car crash that killed Paul Walker: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-xpm-2014-mar-26-la-me-ln-paul-walker-porsche-outdated-tires-crash-20140326-story.html Most of the awesome things that a VFR does (cornering, accelerating, braking) are mediated by a couple dozen square inches of contact patch. The performance of the bike is limited by the performance of those contact patches.
  5. Interesting! If you had prompted me with: 1. RC51 2. ZX9R 3. Blackbird ...I don't think I would have completed the sequence with: 4. VFR1200 These are all great bikes. The biggest knock against the 1200 is probably the tank range. If that's not an issue for you (and the RC51 suggests maybe it isn't), then the 1200 could be a big win for you. I have never ridden one, but my sense is that they are a seriously under-rated value, which means that there are some fantastic bargains to be had. I'll be curious to hear your impressions of the bike after you've spent some time with it. Welcome to the forum.You will not find a group of peers with deeper expertise than those here.
  6. C'mon, man! The gap between the surgical artwork that takes place in your shop and the half-assed monkey wrenching that happens in my garage is comical. That's why I never let my 6th gen read your posts. She would just be so hurt and angry to learn after all these years that there exists maintenance techniques beyond adjustable pliers, a screwdriver, and copious amounts of electrical tape. I have very much enjoyed reading this and your other recent thread: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/88146-pardon-the-nudity I know guys who have an engineer's facility with wiring schematics and I know guys who have an artist's eye, but I know very few guys who have both, as you clearly do. There is an impressive range of talent and craftsmanship on display in these threads, including the documentary narrative and photographs themselves. So much, beautiful work that is inspiring, educational, and envy-making all at once. I hope you will forgive that I hate you a little for it. It's really only a little bit of hate, and it usually goes away a couple hours after I stop looking at the photos. Usually.
  7. I have tried the ColorRite pens on my silver 6th gen. I wouldn't use them again, but it's always possible that a more talented hand might have achieved better results than I did. First, to give ColorRite its due, their color-matching was superb. I have no complaints there. The real issue with the pens, I think, is the clear coat. The "pens" are maybe more of a "marker" that uses a chisel-shaped nib to apply a liquid layer of pigment or clear. It's difficult (maybe impossible?) to use such a nib to lay down a layer of clear without the friction-based application process marring the soft color layer beneath it. Plus the pen applicator just does not lay down a smooth layer of clear. I later decided to just paint the entire fairing using ColorRite's spray can pigment with a 3rd party 2-component aerosol clear coat. That was also a bit frustrating, but I think good results could be achieved with practice. Practice that won't be cheap by the way, since the ColorRite products are premium-priced (relative to hardware store rattle cans). My advice to someone wanting to try the pens would be: 1. Consider the cautious approach and test the full process on an obscure part of your bike. 2. Consider trying just the pigment without the clear. Maybe it will endure inside the scratches. What will likely make the cautious approach difficult for you is that the ColorRite process is fundamentally consumer-grade disposable. Testing the process necessarily loads the pen's applicator nib with pigment or clear that will soon dry, at which point the applicator will probably never again function as well as it did that first time. You might be able to restore the applicator with judicious solvent use, but then you'll need to ensure all that solvent evaporates out, etc.
  8. I have a 2005 that I purchased used. I suspect that it probably spent at least a few years garaged and unridden. The notion that old fuel thickens and clogs the perforations or that the old seals fail just makes sense to me, so I'm inclined to pull the injectors and have them serviced. At the same time, I've also read that having the fuel injectors serviced is a form of performance voodoo. To my mind, the strongest argument in favor of the "voodoo" analysis is that inspecting the fuel injectors is not mentioned anywhere in the Honda maintenance schedule. Why would having the injectors inspected and/or serviced be omitted from the maintenance schedule?
  9. I bought my 2005 used in 2014. It had suffered a couple driveway tip-overs and had the scratched bodywork to prove it. No big deal. The other day, I was installing a set of BLS lowering blocks and the brake pedal alignment caught my untrained eyeball. I had always thought of the VFR's rear brake pedal placement as somewhat "discreet" as in "tucked out of the way", but now I was wondering if my bike was something of a sad outlier and rather than having a "discreetly positioned" pedal, maybe the pedal was just "bent". Here is a photo: Is my brake pedal bent in toward the bike, or is the misalignment between the plane of the footpeg bracket and the tread lines of the pedal normal?
  10. Hi RobF, Thank you for your donation of $25.00. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  11. RobF

    Crater Lake

    The jewel of Oregon.
  12. RobF


    The bike and the road are competing for top billing in this photo. I think I might have to give the nod to the road. It's like some Hollywood fantasy version of a road: swooping bends, immaculate surface, bold white lines left right and center, and everything landscaped in rolling hills of lush grass. Where are the pot-holes, gravel, tar lines, discarded syringes, and crumbling shoulders? I don't think I've ever seen a road like that in my life, except maybe the driveway at some yuppy golf-course or winery. I need to find out where this place is and move there.
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