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  • Birthday 04/14/1985

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    Fort Irwin, CA
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    Red 2003 Honda VFR800 Interceptor, Yellow 1996 Honda VF750C Magna

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  1. Excellent running condition, reliable, lightweight commuter/weekend get-a-way performance cruiser. Comparable to Indian Scout. Some cosmetic damage, see video and pictures for details. Clean title, and registration is current until September 2020. I’ve made a number of comfort, performance, and utility upgrades to this bike to maximize its versatility. See the details below for specifics. Selling because I recently bought a sport-tourer, and don’t ride this bike as often. The bike needs to be ridden regularly to prevent fueling/start-up issues. Fairly inexpensive to insure and maintain, and was an excellent first bike. If I had the time to ride it more, and the garage space, I would love to keep it. I will allow test rides for serious buyers with a valid motorcycle license, and cash or money order in hand. No checks. No payment plans. Please PM if interested. Engine: Carbureted V4, 750cc/45ci Transmission: 5-Speed, chain drive. Performance Upgrades: K&N Air Intake Filter, CarbJetKit Stage 2 Jet/Pilot Upgrade, Cobra Slash Cut Mufflers, Progressive Suspension front and rear. Touring Features: Swappable/removable Memphis Shades windshields, highway/crash bar with touring pegs, Mustang touring seat, sissy bar with luggage rack, matching studded leather bib, saddle bags, and sissy bar bag, battery tender lead. Also Included: OEM travel toolkit and manual, all windshields, a second set of large nylon touring luggage, and a battery tender. DSC_0224 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0225 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0226 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0227 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0228 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0229 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr DSC_0230 by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr Magna Walk-around by Stephen Martinez, on Flickr
  2. Here's a couple photos of the finished product, with the top box at it's smallest and largest positions, and the racks mounted before the cases came in. They don't look quite as massive in person, but they don't look small either. I think they fit well with the lines and style of the bike, and their utility has far outweighed any previous reservations I once had about top-cases. I find myself using the top-case the most frequently for my daily stuff. Expanded I can lock my full face helmet in it. Collapsed, it's still big enough to hold my laptop bag, my gym bag, and my lunch, with plenty of room to spare. I've been using the saddle bags to carry the more "always on the bike" stuff, like rain gear, tools, 1st Aid Kit, etc., since they're a little more finicky to get in and out of. I did end up ordering some automotive grade amber LEDs on Amazon, and mounted them the back of the side cases, and then tapping them into my turn signals. Between the lights, and restocking my electrical connectors, it was roughly $20. The lights were about $11, and if you need to order some quick connect/disconnect electrical terminals and T-taps, you might be looking at another $10-$20. I felt the extra lights necessary considering where the saddle bags sit around the tail section.
  3. TL/DR: If you’re getting Shad luggage for your 6th gen VFR, you need to get a top case if want to build a tail rack, their soft side luggage system won’t work on the 6th gen VFR, and you’ll want the side opening hard cases if you’re running a top case too. Also, be prepared to add some extra signal lights. I recently bought a full set of Shad side case racks, top rack, and soft saddle bag supports. My initial intention was just to get the racks to make for better tie down points for soft luggage that I already had. Ultimately, due to the fit of the racks to the 6th gen VFR specifically, and after one frustration after another, I ended up getting hard side cases and a top case. Before I get into, I want to clarify that although I hit a number of frustrations with Shad’s products, I am ultimately very pleased at the final result. It still isn’t perfect, but life is full of compromises. I chose the Shad rack system largely because the previous owner of my VFR installed a fender eliminator, and the Shad system was the only system I could find that didn’t seem to use the stock fender as a mounting point. As a result of this design, I feel it’s one of the more inconspicuous rack designs, especially the side racks. I’m coming from a position of making my VFR a more capable commuter, and the occasional long-distance sport-touring. I run smaller saddlebags and a largeish, but far from massive sized sissy bar bag on my other bike, which has proven invaluable in general usability of the bike. I did run a large tail tunnel bag on the VFR for long time, but mounting and dismounting, although far from difficult, was kind of tedious. Additionally, I didn’t have any storage options other than a backpack and a tank bag if I ever took my wife for a ride on the VFR, since the tunnel bag mounts over the passenger seat. I also was leaning towards soft luggage in consideration of lane splitting. Soft saddle bags tend to be slimmer, and in the off event that I a bag rubs against a car (we are talking about CA drivers here), it less like to cause significant damage to the car, and the bags will most likely be unscathed. Unfortunately, with the way Shad’s racks fit the VFR, soft luggage isn’t really an option without some fabrication on your own. Top case/rack: Starting with the top case racks, they’re more like mounts… The top case mounts replace the grab handles beside the passenger seat, as two separate, larger, looped grab handles, with mounting points for a Shad top case. The mounts don’t connect at the rear to form a rack, and you’re pretty much required to buy one of Shad’s top cases, which come with their respective platforms. Shad cases utilize two different sized platforms, depending on which case you have. It is possible to order one of the platforms by themselves, to complete the whole rack assembly, but I went ahead and went full tilt and ordered their expandable 58X top case, which is excellent. Soft bag supports: I also ordered the soft bag supports, but what I didn’t realize when I ordered them (nor was it clearly shown by Shad), is that the supports mount to the TOP case racks, which run along side the seat, and over the turn signal light housings. It is IMPOSSIBLE to mount the soft bag supports on the 6th gen VFR. Further, the soft bag supports are cut to fit only on the top case racks, and do not fit on the side racks. So, ultimately, you’ll have to use Shad’s hard cases all the way around for the 6th gen VFR. Side Cases: I went with the Shad SH23 (top opening) side cases, trying to keep the overall profile of the bike as narrow as possible. I also prefer saddlebags that open at the top as opposed to the side for ease of loading/unloading. Unfortunately, the top opening cases are partially impeded by the top case (at least for the wider top cases). There’s enough flex in the plastic, where you can work the corner around the top case to open and close them, but it did make me scratch my head at the lack of polish. Brake Lighting: I did buy the additional LED brake light that mounts under the top case to compensate for the partial obstruction of my tail/brake lights. I also replaced my running/brake lights with LEDs. The Shad brake light is not a running light, and only comes on as a brake light. Also, it’s not really all that bright. It’s visible in daylight, but they’re more on par with the brightness of the stock incandescent running/brake light bulbs. I’m glad I bought the extra lights, but by simply changing the stock tail light bulbs with LEDs’ would probably be sufficient to compensate for the obstruction from the cases. Turn signal lighting: The side cases mount in such a way that they completely obstruct the turn signals from the sides of the back, and are really only visible if you are completely behind the bike. Admore lighting has some lighting solutions for some of Shad’s top cases and side cases, just not the cases I bought. Most likely I’m going to order a pair of LED strips to mount on the sides of the side cases, and splice them in with some sort of quick disconnect wiring rig. I’m also going to replace the both the front and rear turn signals with LED’s sooner rather than later. I planned to replace all the stock bulbs with LEDs as they burned out, but in the essence of safety, I definitely want to prioritize visibility since the cases significantly impair the turn signal light visibility. I plan on making an overview video in the near future, and will add it to the thread for reference.
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