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  1. Yes ! We found him ! The Dutch speaking French !
  2. A VFR laying down is not the best thing to look at. The fact that it comes with a costly bill makes it even worse.
  3. ... which is the only thing to watch out for. But just do it the right way right away, as you don't have a second chance ...
  4. Indeed. Me neither. For me, the biggest stress was not knowing what would come next, because if after 15 kilometers, the road would have become unuseable, it would have meant that we would have to return this complete distance. So in the video, at 06:30, it was a real relief to know that we were not too far of civilisation on the other side of the pass/mountain any more. Note that that was after about 12 kilometers / nearly 40 minutes of off-road ... 😅
  5. LOL ! I'm Flemish indeed. Must be a birth defect, I guess, as I'm in no way aware that something's malfunctioning 🤣 Well, that gearbox was on my former bike (a K1300S), and I honestly don't know, but I didn't hear any strange or cumbersome noise, so I guess it was not too bad for the bike. (I somehow remember a Danish joke making fun of the Norwegians - "Gammeldansk" and "new Norwegian" were the keywords - as I used to work with Danish and Norwegians in another life 😎)
  6. See it's memorable ☺️ Low on fuel was none of my problems then, luckily : it took enough effort keeping the bike upright, I could've missed fuel troubles ! But when talking about "low on fuel" : I remember my Alps trip of 2 years ago, where switched off the engine in the descent (of the Alps' Col des Champs), to retain as much fuel margin as possible to reach the next fuel station. There's an (English-undertitled) video on my youtube channel about this "event" too. Now that I think of it : I seem to learn best ... only after having been in trouble 😨
  7. Last september, my motorbike friend and I went riding in the Pyrenees. When preparing the route, I remember having struggled with BaseCamp which was unwilling to use a pass I wanted to do. Then I must have forced BaseCamp too much somehow. The result : unexpectedly and unintentionally, we ended up in doing some off-road. Fully packed (2 side cases, top case, and tank bag), this wasn't the most "inspiring" moment of the trip. Memorable, at least to me ... (there are some GoogleMaps links in the video's description)
  8. As I bought my VFR800F second hand, I never received these covers, unfortunately, because this is really nice when the pillion's handles are removed (and the passenger cowl is installed)...
  9. Which is even more stupid, as the passenger seat is gone...
  10. As I notice an older video of mine gets quite some traffic, I have reasons to believe that some people here could benefit from it too (originally made in Dutch, but English undertitles are available). Applicable to the Zümo 595 and 590 (same support). And I even think it also applies to the 395 and the 390, but this has to be confirmed. Parts list included in case people want to order online the parts used in this video. Take care, of course : other signals aren't available any longer (which is the logical consequence when you want a less cumbersome cable loom). But you can still have the GPS's spoken commands over the (bluetooth) intercom if you have one available...
  11. I'm married to such a hot girl. Two kids (and over 20 kilograms) later, I still think she's hot, and I still love her like on day 1. So yes, quite analogous : the same applies to my bike ! Even with topcase and side panniers.
  12. If we really have to go off-topic, I prefer the Suzuki's being talked about. Indeed, Rins made my Sunday, last weekend...
  13. POTUS's language is spreading, so to see.
  14. Now that I think of it, I made a video not so long ago, which is going some of the steps you want to have more information about. Even if my video handles disabling the self-cancelling effect of the indicators, the panels have to be removed, so the video is partly useable for what you intend to do ...
  15. If you're already having trouble, being an American, with decoding British English, what then should people say who aren't speaking English as their mother tongue ? 😓 But then again, reading the instructions, and looking carefully at the bike : it really are 2 different bolts !!! The one is 5 mm, the other one is 6 mm indeed... as described in the instructions 😎 It seems to me that you're not only having problems with the (English) language, but also with the metric system 😉 (to be clear : I'm not all too serious here 😉)
  16. Don't know exactly what you call a decent insurance, but around here, a decent bike theft insurance costs you an arm and a leg ... each year 😅
  17. Never needed more than 1 single key myself 😎 What would you use a (e.g.) third, fourth key for ?
  18. Well, if the insurance company really needs this second key, AT LEAST make sure you OPEN both panniers BEFORE sending both keys. Because then, you can always re-adapt both lock(s) to another key. This may be attractive if someone else is interested in buying them second hand. And even for you, if you intend to buy another such VFR. This is all in the assumption that you still have the complete inner lock sets for adapting to other keys. If you don't, you can buy (2) new (inner lock) sets of these for about (twice) 23€ (I have the reference numbers to order, if you want, I just bought 2 such sets). I am as good as completely sure that even then, spending 46€ costs less than another ignition key !!! It might even be possible to claim these 2 lock sets from your insurance company ? If they don't pay the lock sets back, you might claim your panniers are completely worthless otherwise, without the original keys. If they would have to chose between paying you back 2 side panniers, or only the inner lock cylinders, I think they will have chosen quite quickly !
  19. Not afraid of drones (measuring your speed from far away, well beyond sight) ? I heard this can happen in the States (= being caught for speeding by means of drones), or isn't this all that probable ?
  20. I don't know if I understand correctly what you mean, but for 23€ per lock, you can buy the needed material to adapt your lock to your ignition key. And if you're a little lucky, your second hand topcase could maybe contain that 23€- set : if you still have the complete set, you can adapt that lock to your ignition key.
  21. If it'd have to be anything else than bronze, I'd take pearl white (for this pearl white bike) !
  22. If it can help anybody : for my (pearl-white) model 2014 VFR800F (color code NH-B53P), I bought a set numbered 08L70-MJMD10. This set includes the 2 side panniers (the right one of them carrying a heat protection shield), and a set of 2 rubbers.
  23. Not that I ever did this (= ride with 2 AND fully loaded with luggage), but this setting seems far below the adjustment I would be tempted to setup. I myself would set it to one white bar remaining visible, as a starter. As an alternative, you could ride your bike close to a wall (bike should be horizontally level), and mark where your headlight is shining when you're alone on your bike. Then, at the same distance from the same wall, set your preload as higher tensioned as you think it should be, go and sit together on the bike, and I'd consider the preload to be adjusted properly if the headlight shines at the same point (height) on that wall ...
  24. Me neither. Honda engineers rule 😎
  25. You may be correct but I would think, on the contrary, that using the tire at its same "cold" pressure would have the effect of increasing the tire pressure on its own, due to the higher outside temperatures ?
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