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  1. Ah, a man with taste !! Laphroaig is my favorite Scotch, too. Brian
  2. Those are nice shirts. Too bad about the customer service. Please update if the situation improves. Brian
  3. Great project, thanks for posting. I just got my Airtech-Streamlining RVF750 fairings on Monday, so I am just starting the adventure. Thinking of using dome head Dzus fasteners; what are you using for fairing fasteners? Brian
  4. Howdy neighbor ! Looking forward to viewing your rebuild thread. My '86 750 is in a long-term coma awaiting a rebuild some day. My '97 is waiting for some RC45 fairings from Airtech; that could also be an on-going long-term project. Brian
  5. Thanks for that info, Greg. I concur with the superior 'tweakability' of the EFI setup. For an E-85 conversion, the EFI/timing looks very desirable. Still, I have a soft spot in my heart for those carbs (agree the '97 runs well on carbs!). Brian
  6. Well Ken, I believe that you are very much mistaken then. Nope, I definitely mean "ethanol" (aka 'ethyl alcohol'). Methanol is a bit too poisonous for me, plus, I can distill my own fuel (eventually). Yes, less caloric value PER EQUAL MASS, but you have to use more ethanol than gasoline (air/fuel ratio), so ACTUALLY, you make MORE horsepower. Yeah, most people "wouldn't" because they don't really understand the benefits (cleaner burning, more power, environment, maybe less expensive, cooler burning, much higher octane), but yes, the mileage MAY decrease a small amount. I'm pursuing it for the POWER. We get an 85% ethanol blend here, so it is available (maybe add "availability" to the drawback list). Did you know that our Indy Car racing series uses E85? They certainly make plenty of power. Also drag racers like it. The high (14:1 maybe 15:1) compression pistons take advantage of the high octane and greatly increase the mechanical efficiency (power). Yes, there are certainly risks to excessive speed (shame you have such a repressive government, us too. ), but the extra power also translates to quicker acceleration. You understand all of that as you want to overbore and change camshafts for more power. On to fairings, yes, there are some European manufacturers and THOSE would probably be cost prohibitive for ME. Understood, we'll pick the best 'local' sources. Are you going to paint or use vinyl graphics? A while ago, I saw a French graphics company had made an RC45 fairing decal, but I can't locate that company now. Decals would be easier/cheaper/more accurate than paint for me. I need to find a spare engine to fool ('fuel'?) around with before I tear into mine, but the fairings s/b much sooner if I can find that decal. My timeframe is probably a year or 2 on the engine plans. Brian
  7. Ken, I, too, have the urge to make a faux RC45 from my '97. Focusing on the graphics; got any leads on vinyl graphics? I'm leaning towards Beasley Composites for the fairings. Thanks for the Mohawk camshaft lead; I'm thinking of custom high-compression pistons and ethanol, so different cams are possible. Pictures when able? Brian
  8. Fastdruid, I'm curious about your special note of E85. Have you run such? If so, I realize this is a carburetion discussion, but did you make any other optimization changes (higher compression/boost)? VERY interesting topic (retrofitting FI to older VFR's) and I agree that it is probably the better way to go for those with increasingly complex modifications (E85). Please, keep this thread going ! -Smack-
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