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Gebruiker last won the day on September 18

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About Gebruiker

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    Connecticut, USA and the Netherlands
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    1992 VFR
    1993 CBR1000

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  1. Neither of us know the history of our bikes. Once I discovered the problem, I did notice what could have been a small staking dent maybe. But dent or not, it wasn't doing its job. Since it has never become a known unknown around here in 30 years, it seems unlikely to be a major issue. Unless of course, all non-stakers are now dead and therefore failing to report in... But now that you have doubled the sample size of unstaked axles, it might be a good thing for more gen3 owners to check into. πŸ™‚
  2. I don't think folks are actually arguing with you Leon, only trying to explain why you're wrong.πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› Actually, it seems they're mostly pointing out that the reduction in sponginess resulting from ss lines is probably a noticeable and good thing overall. VFR78 raises a good question about how they might affect ABS brakes.
  3. I can't comment one way or the other. My experience is like yours. I've never had a clip master link fail on a bike, but I've only ever used them on smaller bikes. And they sure are convenient. It seems to me one of the more experienced, not to say um courageous? VFRd members, Dutchy, once took a bike from the Netherlands to Sweden(?) without even the clip installed on his chain and lived to tell the tale. But I may not be remembering the story quite right... 😁 If DID is even selling a clip link for its chains, then they must have some faith that kind of design security.
  4. I was under the impression that ss brake lines did not expand with use while 'normal' lines did. So that, when you squeezed the brake on normal lines, some of your force went into that expansion, like squeezing on a balloon. With steel lines, all your levered force went through to the pistons. So it not only would feel tighter, but would actually be tighter. But as usual, I'm talking through my hat. I've never had the circumstance to know any real difference. Granted the piston and pads are predetermined, but maybe lesser force would be required with ss lines to achieve the same b
  5. Am I imagining things or did you put a clip master link on your new DID chain? πŸ€” It sortof looks like it from your pictures. No judgement from me. But some folks think a riveted link is the only way to go. And your buddy will be wanting the bike back when he sees the job you've done. How did you polish up the aluminum bits of the frame?
  6. Wait. You mean I can just pick up what, 4?, standard 3.7v Lithium batteries, solder them together and have a perfectly usable VFR battery? That seems too good to be true. I may be reading too much into your comment. If you have more information on exactly how to do that please elaborate. Thanks! (FYI I always think of electrics as rocket science.)
  7. How insensitive! My fat butt 3rd gen looks just fine from certain angle, in a certain light. Was that design a structural thing? I think I've seen some modified tails on them. Presumably welding is involved. Can a 4th gen tail be swapped in?
  8. So, what are you going to do? Continue with your common-swap-lithium-battery plan for all your bikes? And try the lithium battery one by one to make sure each reg/rec is happy? Or swap all your reg/recs too? Or continue to think about your options? πŸ™‚ We appreciate pioneers who boldly try new tech with their machines before we have to. BTW, when you get it, please let us know how your covid-19 vaccine works... 😁
  9. Is kydex the material they use on original heat shields? It looks like good stuff to have around. Apparently it can be shape molded and used for all sorts of things. Best of all for me...it's inexpensive! Have you figured out why half the air intake was taped? I'm having fun looking at your progress. Your bike came with some of the opposite issues that mine had. And it's good catching up. Thanks for posting.
  10. Why didn't you just turn the thing upside down and patch the tube like a proper Dutchman? I think I have an extra one of these laying around. It's yours. For next time! 😁
  11. I'm pretty sure the switch assembly can be installed on American bikes without much trouble. If you wanted the light....mmmmmm, not sure it'd be so easy. Besides replacing your odometer gauge, you'd need a sensor somewhere. I wonder if your bike is pre-wired for that. JZH or one of the knowledgeable guys might have an idea. But it sounds as if you have a perfectly good way to avoid problems anyway πŸ™‚
  12. SeaFoam Since getting my bike 2 1/2 years ago I’ve been diligently following the unofficial Honda maintenance schedule as known by Honda riders the world over: 1 Add gasoline of choice every +/- 200 miles. 2 Glance at oil once in a while, just to see there’s some in there. I'm pretty sure this is in the book, right after "Your new Honda will give you many years of trouble free riding pleasure if you follow these few simple steps... Anyway, having done this, the bike has lived up to its promise. Always starts. Runs smooth. Thank you Honda.
  13. Yes! Yes! Unless you count Canada, then No... 😁 You're not missing much. I think I prefer the old fashioned reserve switch...which we don't get. My fuel gauge is so finicky, the light comes on when I have about 2 gallons left in the tank. So I've learned to just keep an eye on the trip odometer which I reset at every fill up.
  14. You gave him the bike, and a free maintenance program with it?! How about a Shell credit card for when he needs gas? 😁
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