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About trapjaw

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    Bournemouth
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    VFR800Fi

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  1. Hey skant153, here's a belated thank you. I ordered this and now it's on my bike. Looks great, thanks!
  2. I'm not the original poster but since this thread has been bumped up, I'm also looking for a yellow seat cowl if anyone has one for sale.
  3. Thanks guys, there's a wealth of info here. I'm going to print off all the comments in this thread so I've got them as a reference. I believe the PO changed the fork oil fairly recently, so front suspension is okay for the time being. Bearings might not be okay, though, as some posters have suggested, so I'll try test 'em. Rear shock looks a bit worn and rusty; might be the original item. That'll likely need to be swapped out soon. I've run into a bit of a problem while giving the bike an examination - some of the fairing/bodywork bolts are frozen in place! I'm guessing the bodywork hasn't come off in some time. Any tips on how I can get them loose without stripping the heads?
  4. thanks Zarquon, that's quite a comprehensive list of things for me to check. I'll get on that, learning as I go (mechanical knowledge is fairly basic, limited mostly to easy stuff like oil and air filter changes, etc). Seems like there's quite a wealth of how-to's on this forum. Nice yellow VFR there in your profile pic kenbrough - I picked my bike for its condition rather than its colour, but the yellow is definitely growing on me the more I look at it 🙂 And yeah I'll be looking to get a GPS attachment for future touring.
  5. Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I'm in Bournemouth in the UK (originally from South Africa, though), and I just picked up a yellow '99 VFR800Fi. It's in excellent nick for a 20 year old machine, and has 54,000 miles on the clock. I'm not entirely new to VFRs, as I had a VFR400 NC30 many years ago (which was a fantastic bike, if a bit cramped), but am definitely new to the bigger VFRs. My new bike seems to have been very well taken care of. Last owner had it a year then bought a ST1100, but owner before him had it for a very long time. The mods that (I know) have been done to it are: Scottoiler on the chain Renthal handlebars conversion (very comfy, but he gave me the stock bars too in case I want to change it back) new-ish Yuasa battery upgraded RR unit MRA touring screen Oxford heated grips braided brake hoses Motad stainless steel downpipes and collector rack for a Givi monokey topbox (but no topbox, previous owner lost it) Oil was changed approx 1,000 miles ago. Everything else on the bike is stock, including exhaust can. To me it looks like the headlights may have been upgraded too but I haven't tried them in the dark yet. I'm planning on checking (and likely changing) the air filter, as previous owner didn't say it had been done. From the reading I've done so far here, it seems like the VFRness might be a good mod to make in terms of preventative measures (reliability is my #1 concern at this point)? Anything else I should be doing ASAP? Down the line would like to pick up a seat cowl, possibly upgrade suspensio , and perhaps an end can for a bit of a growl 🙂
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