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JZH last won the day on March 7

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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. Fantastic work! Plus, you can make three more for your friends at VFRD! All of the panels were the same colour on US-spec bikes and all other models, except for the 1993 ROW models (like mine), which had silver lower fairing bits. In that case, the lower fairing, the metal fairing pieces and the side stand cover were all silver, etc. That said, after I had my little off-road excursion in the Sierras in 1991 (the "Bodie Handstand Dismount") I discovered that Honda's own metal fairings didn't really match the plastic fairing colour, so they may as well have been painted a different colour... Ciao, JZH
  2. I think I heard that other manufacturers do this, too. Yamaha, maybe? I'm glad Honda is doing it, but I'm sure the parts aren't going to be cheap! Ciao, JZH
  3. I couldn't get my email verified on Disqus, so I couldn't comment under the article in MO, but the owner posted a picture of the bike's current ECU: I don't have the ROW Parts Catalogue for the RC45, but I do have the JDM one, and that is clearly a "European Direct" spec ECU (the J-spec one has part number 38770-MW4-003 and probably has a "J" on it). It's a cool story, which fortunately ended well. Jumping through all of those bureaucratic hoops would have tried the patience of a lesser mortal! Ciao, JZH
  4. Any second-hand Honda switch pod from eBay that looks like yours should swap housings with yours. Of course, it could also snap off... Ciao, JZH
  5. JZH

    European tour 2020

    That's a good, long trip. When are you planning on doing it? I think most of Europe will probably be locked down until summer... Ciao, JZH
  6. The yellow in the ROW was a '99 colour, so manufactured before the Y2k changes, which have been problematic for those of us with "final edition" 5th gen VFRs. I've found that declared mods that are not expected to significantly increase performance (I don't think most things would do that--certainly not a re-mapping device, alone) do not affect my premiums at all. However, I am not a 20-something single lad with a job as a market trader... Ciao, JZH
  7. No, but it also looks like it won't last a season of riding. I've had steel luggage brackets that cracked and had to be re-welded en route, and those look like simple alloy angle. GiVi itself had to re-design their (steel) VFR800Fi brackets because their earlier design just couldn't take the punishment. Let's just say that doesn't look "over-engineered" to me! Ciao, JZH
  8. You can rent bikes, though! I had a free day in Cairns several years ago and rented a VTEC (from a dodgy dude--that's another story--but the VFR worked fine!) Ciao, JZH
  9. The "fishwrapper" is still going...you're confusing it with Motorcycle Consumer News. Ciao, JZH
  10. I made my own silicone hoses for the yellow bike in California. Per Mohawk's pioneering efforts several years ago, which he detailed here some time ago (there's a link to his thread in my "Yellow Peril" build thread). You could, of course, do the same with quality rubber hoses--for a lot fewer bones... Ciao, JZH
  11. Yes, 240mm in length. It originally mounted from the back, and those two mounting bosses used to be not half-corroded! Unfortunately, it is a very complex shape, as you can see from the first picture above--well beyong my capability to model. I think it would have to be scanned or fiberglass-molded. Ciao, JZH
  12. We still have Motor Cycle News (a weekly tabloid, basically) here in the UK, but it's totally unrelated to the US magazine. At least there won't be any more confusion when I mention "MCN" across the Pond... 😕 Ciao, JZH
  13. I have an old R-157 one with buggered mounting bosses. Let's see if I can find it... I'd be happy to send it to anyone who would make a 3D printing file of it to share with the group. It's just under 240mm in its longest dimension. Ciao, JZH
  14. I have the Power Core software running on my computer, but my PCV unit is not recognised by the Dyno Control app. The C3 Tuning app (part of the Power Core suite) does recognise it, so I believe the problem is that the Dyno Control app only looks for Dyno modules, not PCVs. So, unless I'm doing something wrong, I think we still need to work with a friendly DynoJet dyno operator and a PCV owner, to see if the patch actually works. Ciao, JZH
  15. Just get some bent ones off the 'Bay. Assuming you mean the cap that screws into the fork tube, the exact same part number was used on the RC36 since 1992, and all pre-VTEC RC46s. Ciao, JZH
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