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  1. I picked up my new ride yesterday, to replace the 2014 in white that was nicked a couple of months back. This is 2014 too, and has another 6k miles on it, but is in better condition. Plus it has the Akro exhaust, which really does seem to smooth power transfer at low revs. A few points of interest: 1. It's gorgeous. I thought white was the best colour, but I now realise how wrong I was. I caught my reflection in a shop window this morning and looked a real badass. Given that I'm the least badass person going otherwise, that pleased me. 2. It came with the seat cowl and side blanking plates. I consider this a minor miracle. 3. The heated grips switch light is green rather than red, even though like my previous bike it's a 2014 UK model. Any ideas? 4. These stickers on the wheels. I've never seen them before. Are they a genuine "part"?
  2. Pheasants are the big problem round here. Every year gamekeepers release millions of the brain-free pie-fillings into the countryside so half can be shot and half can be run over. They're big enough to do a bit of damage too. Picking my new bike up next week -- another 2014, this time in black, and with an Akro exhaust. (The white panniers will look a bit weird on it, but distinctive, I guess!) Thinking about security after this unpleasant experience. There's nothing I can really chain it to, and I can't rely on parking it in the same spot so a ground tie in the kerb is out. I'm hoping a good D-lock through each wheel will be enough of a deterrent. Don't think I want to go with an alarm, as there are some very bassy exhausts round here and it might get set off.
  3. I'm having the reverse problem. There's a bike I'm thinking of buying, but it only has the cowling, not the normal pillion seat. I can't find used examples anywhere, even ebay, and the Honda parts catalogue prices it at £221!
  4. Got the settlement a couple of days ago. Despite my insurance being cheap, I think they have paid slightly more than book value. And they were as good as their word in sending back one of the keys for the side-cases. So I'm happy with them. (Big difference from my car insurance payout a few years back.)
  5. I've found a replacement bike I like the look of, but it already comes with the side cases, which is reflected in the price. Assuming I get a key back for mine (which the insurers reckon will be no problem) does anyone think my old ones will be easy to sell for a few hundred quid? That might be the clincher. This bike also has Dunlop Sportmax tyres. I know little about them except that no one on here seems to rate them. But at 7500 miles, they can't be the originals, so the previous owner must have liked them? Or maybe just decided to replace like for like. (My bike came with BT23s, which I thought were OK. I replaced the rear with a T30 which I thought was much better.)
  6. The photographer's shadow at bottom-right indicates the bike is owned by Horus, the hawk-headed god of ancient Egypt, so you might want to cut down on the insults.
  7. I think pretty much all forums like this are in decline to some extent, their user-base swallowed up by Reddit and Facebook groups.
  8. My insurance was cheap. Whether it's decent, I guess I'm about to find out. (Though they have said I should be able to get a key back for the side cases.) BTW, I've at least got back the licence plate and what I think is the immobiliser -- someone handed them in to the police after finding them in their garden. So I guess my bike is now going around with a duplicate plate of someone else's VFR.
  9. This is a pretty low crime area, and she sounded embarrassed about it later. But yeah frustrating that the whole thing might have been avoided by her shouting out of the window. Thanks for advice about opening the panniers. I am hoping to get another VFR, as I loved it so much. The local Honda is having a think about what the best option is re the locks. (ETA: they reckon best option is to get new barrels fitted anyway.) I've tried them this morning, but they can't get a blank. Can't even find one on eBay.
  10. I can't find a number on the key, or anything that looks like a key number in the documentation. Where would it be? (Though hopefully Thumbs's suggestion will work.)
  11. Cheers, I don't know if you saw the ETA I added to my last post? I had the same idea.
  12. Thanks guys. Not sure what to do about this. The insurers' claims team wants me to send in all the keys. I still have the panniers which use the same key. What should I do? Is it best to send in just one key, say I lost the other, and risk a lower market valuation? (Assuming it will affect that.) If I tell them the situation, what are they likely to say? Anyone know? ETA: I guess, since it won't need the immobiliser, I can just get a copy cut for the pannier locks?
  13. Sadly my beautiful white 2014 got nicked from outside my house the night before last. I hadn't realised the steering lock was so easy to break. Won't be making that mistake again. :o( Frustratingly, a neighbour witnessed the thieves wheeling the bike away, but in her half-asleep state she thought it must be the owner and a mate taking it away to start it somewhere less built up so they wouldn't wake anyone!! I guess that makes sense ...
  14. Yup, mine does this, and most noticeably the first time after starting (even if the engine is warm by then). I'm pretty sure I read more than one review before I bought, that said the same thing.
  15. I'm not sure what the exact worst-case consequences of not checking/adjusting the valves on a VFR might be, but I'm pretty sure it's not the deaths of hundreds of people. Say a competent valve check costs £500. If the likelihood of ruining the engine by not checking was 10%, then the cost of wrecking the engine would have to be £5,000 or above to make paying out the £500 worthwhile (even assuming you could know it was being done properly). If the risk was only 5%, the cost of failure would have to be £10,000, which clearly it isn't as you could replace the bike for that. Have we any idea what % of VFRs suffer engine failure because of non-checking of valves?
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