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JZH last won the day on December 9 2019

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About JZH

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  • Birthday 01/01/1965

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    London, UK/So. Cal., USA
  • In My Garage:
    6 VFRs, an RVF, an ST, 2 CBRs, an RS and an SXV

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  1. I used to have a black plastic hugger made by Pyramid Plastics on my '93 FP, but I don't know what happened to it. It's tricky to mount a hugger on a SSSA, but it is certainly possible. I've got a Harris one on my RC46 in California and a Durbahn one on my RC36 in London. The latter is actually an RC30 hugger, because it's mounted on an RC30 swing arm. The mounting holes would probably be different on an RC36 swing arm (and it was very expensive!) Ciao, JZH
  2. Emulators? VFRs haven't had damping-rod forks since the RC24. Do you mean aftermarket valves, e.g., R-T Gold Valves? In any case, the '98 RC46 has cartridge forks, so the bike's existing cartridge can either be re-valved or in some cases (not sure about this particular model) entirely new aftermarket cartridges can be retro-fitted into the existing forks. Ciao, JZH
  3. Hey! What's wrong with bling? Ciao, JZH
  4. Your ignition? The ignition switch? Ciao, JZH
  5. Wemoto in the UK is a very reputable outfit, but they're not a VFR charging system specialist. After years of trying other things (Electrex, etc.) I've gone back to OEM-spec Shindengen, only, on my bikes. Ordinarily, heat transfer paste and cooling fans were only "useful" on the original OEM reg/recs without cooling fins. We're talking 20 years ago! Modern MOSFET and series reg/recs are almost bullet-proof and do not require either heat transfer to the frame or extra air cooling from an external fan. Ciao, JZH
  6. A bunch of 0-rings... Just drill out the rivets, tap the holes and buy some o-rings. If it still leaks, buy some different o-rings! I've done this a couple of times, but I don't know where the threads are. Here's one: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/82015-leaky-4th-gen-gas-petcock/ Ciao, JZH
  7. There's nothing much to do if the 3rd gen doesn't have a center stand. The TBR on my 3rd gen was designed for a 4th gen. If you insist on having an aftermarket header on a 3rd gen and retaining the centre stand, it's still possible, but it gets complicated... This pic shows why the 3rd gen main stand is kinda in the way: I don't remember if the temporary bracket in the picture above was 35mm or 40mm, but I think I settled on 40mm for the final design, which gave me enough clearance for the header outlet. However, in order to get the ground clearance back I had to raise the rear of the bike by flipping the eccentric from the top to the bottom. And in order for that to work I had to countersink one of the rear brake bracket bolts. Then my side stand was too short, so I had to lengthen it to keep the bike from falling over... I ran the bike that way for years, but in the bike's current (stalled!) project phase I've actually removed the center stand. Ciao, JZH
  8. I'm pretty sure the new dash was to solve this very problem, but I find it ugly. I actually bought a spare set of earlier clocks for my blue bike to swap the surrounds over. Ciao, JZH
  9. I really should ship that bike over here. I miss her badly. Not having her around makes me do crazy things like plan to put V8s in vans. Just as soon as I figure out where "here" will be... (Muscat, Amsterdam and Zurich have all been possibilities this year.) Ciao, JZH
  10. Definitely bent (pretzeled, really). The shift lever is easy to find second-hand, and fits other VFRs (like my 3rd gen). Brake lever looks expensive to me! Ciao, JZH
  11. Yep. Honda actually modified the instrument surround sometime during the 2000 production run: That's my '01, but my Y2k doesn't have those raised areas. Ciao, JZH
  12. US-spec bikes of that era had no light switch. The lights were always on, so all you needed was a high beam switch on the other side. UK-spec bikes of that era had light switches: off, P and H (with P relating to the position lights). I long ago re-wired my US-spec bikes to use light switches (as well as Passing light switches), which just requires some used parts and some extra wire and terminals to do it in an "OEM" way. Ciao, JZH
  13. It's cheap to upgrade the ground connections, anyway: You can upgrade the grounds and then check for an improvement--before buying any new parts! And if it doesn't help, you haven't wasted any money on something you don't need to do as part of a charging system upgrade anyway. Ciao, JZH
  14. Which ones are LifePo4? Ciao, JZH
  15. FWIW, Honda's OEM lithium batteries are explicitly identified as "Lithium Ion", according to the press release I linked to above. Ciao, JZH
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