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lazyeye last won the day on March 23 2017

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About lazyeye

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    Factory Team Rider

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    Lebanon, OR. USA
  • In My Garage:
    2014 VFR800FD
    2012 ZX6R
    My SO's 2012 CBR250

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  1. I just got back from making the trip from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay. Rather than copy and paste it from my blog, please click the link (its not spammy or anything). https://crotchrocketeer.blogspot.com/2019/06/prudhoe-bay-adventure.html
  2. So am I understanding the consensus is that VTEC VFRs rarely need the check? Either way I'm not mechanically competent to do it myself, that's why I'm asking. @Marvelicious Salem Cycle Country service writer told me: "Nobody ever gets that done because its so expensive, just trade it in." Cycle Country tech said: "We never check the valves on any bikes" Beaverton Bob's Honda (where I got it) screwed up the fairings and over tightened the oil drain plug when I took it back for first service. Fred's Honda in Corvallis, when I took my high mileage CBR600rr to them for valves and plugs claimed they did the work, and then forgot to hook all the ignition components back up, stranding me in the parking lot. Later when i rebuilt the bike after a crash I found a suspicious lack of took marks where there should be them, and the original plugs. Waterworld Yamaha Medford screwed up the valve job on my dad's FJR. It was burning oil at an alarming rate and losing water afterwards and two visits later they couldn't fix it. Bob's Yamaha ended up fixing it. Kawasaki Honda of Medford changed the tires on my mom's Vulcan and delivered it to her to ride home with hand tight axles...
  3. Who has gotten their 36,000 mile valve service done by a mechanic/the dealer? How was the cost? Did the mechanic do it correctly? I'm more than a little paranoid about taking my 8th gen in this winter because I have zero faith in the local Honda dealers. One flat out said "when it gets to that mileage just trade it in", and the other managed to screw up the fairings when they put them back on after the 600 mile service and overtightened the oil drain plug to the point the edges where rounded off. Add to my paranoia when my dad got the valves done on his '14 FJR1300 the dealer completely boogered it up and ruined the bike.
  4. Rode out to the local lake to take pictures.
  5. I took this a few minutes before I got hit by a thunderstorm. Got soaked, but I got some riding in and that's what matters.
  6. Went out to a somewhat deserted highway and rode in a spirited fashion.
  7. To answer your question about upgrades, RaceTech offers upgrades for the 8th gen. http://www.racetech.com/ProductSearch/12/Honda/VFR800FD/2014-15
  8. A clean bike is a bike that never gets ridden. Here's my '14 in all of her road grime and bug covered goodness.
  9. Negligible gains with a PCV and Akrapovic exhaust, Buuuuutt I'm using the map from their website I haven't gotten it dyno tuned.
  10. I just replaced the sprockets and chain. Took me two days to do the actual work because I'm bad at reading the service manual and because I had to rebleed the clutch. I had a hell of a time with the clutch until I found an old thread on this board that says you need to loosen the top banjo bolt to let air out. Once again VFRD is a lifesaver.
  11. This week I replaced the front tire and cleaned the hell out of the front brakes. The brakes were awful, something to do with riding in the rain all winter, and they were sticking pretty bad. The front tire was completely thrashed because of an unexpected track day (Pilot Road 4 is NOT a track tire) and because I'm pretty rough with the front end. Anywho I went out and rode it today and was amazed at how much a handling difference a new tire and functioning brakes make. For a 550lbs bike the VFR can be pretty nimble when you put your mind to it.
  12. Greetings my Californian brethren. I'm kicking around the idea of riding down to Sonoma for the August MotoAmerica round. I don't really want to get raped on motel prices there like I am at Laguna Seca so I was thinking of camping at the raceway. For people that have done it; what's it like? Is it all RVs or does anyone moto-camp it? Thanks.
  13. So all those unhappy with BeIn can drop them and stream the MA series of the internet. https://motoamerica.com/2019/02/motoamerica-announces-live-streaming-for-2019/ On a tangent I was looking to book hotel rooms for Laguna Seca this year and then stopped when I realized it was going to cost over $200/night for Motel freakin 6. Salinas is hella cash grabbing, and then the taxes on each night was $40+! OK rant over.
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