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  1. Hi vfr80025th, I had exactly the same sensation with my 8th gen and it was driving me crazy. Bmart is of course right. However after much fiddling I've arrived at the following front and rear. I weigh 95 kg fully kitted and no luggage on the bike; seems to work on bumpy uk roads. Front preload 4.5 rings showing. Rebound 1.5 turns from full hard Rear preload at 4 from fully soft. Rebound at 1.5 turns from hard. Hope that helps
  2. If you don't mind, what's the source of this insight? In the business or just a well trodden biker? Quote Hi Skids, as you ask my opinion comes from many thousands of miles in all weather over many years particularly up and down the A1/A14/A11 and the M/A40/49 plus scratching on backroads in Herts, Bed , Bucks, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Wales on all the different tyre types mentioned. My thoughts are based on riding on UK roads. I have no affiliation whatsoever with any tyre manufacturer. Everyone has a view about tyres and we all have our own preferences. I really don't like Dunlop, Bridgestone and Avon, but I know others have different preferences. My thoughts were an attempt to break the tyre requirements down to basics for UK road riding
  3. Some thoughts and assumptions: to enjoy the performance of the 01; you need grip wet and dry - it's the UK so it rains and you'll get caught out. You ride on A, B and C class roads with variable quality pavement; you need a softer carcass. You want good mileage without squaring off. Steer clear of Bridgestone and the hard carcass, look for ST tyres. Metzler, Michelin and pirelli will all be great. Personally I'd steer clear of Dunlop and Avon as they are slippery at moderate angles of dangle in the wet. Hope that helps
  4. Hey Stuarbt, I'd say a good investment given our UK winter salt conditions on the roads. A full header system replacement would have easily cost you double. Love the quality look
  5. Excellent work, thank you. Now with all the correct torque values for the 14-15 models and the 16 on versions; surprisingly different
  6. That looks stunning! I guess you'll be investing in cleaning materials to keep your supermodel buffed up! Seriously, you've given me an idea now...
  7. Clearly beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but is this a great example of the last V4 ( especially for those of us not lucky enough to own or afford an RC45)
  8. I know some people who swear by the BT023. The ones on my bike came new for a used machine from somewhere called 'Aberdeen' which appeared to be a salty place. I digress, the Bridgestone solution was not for me; squiggly on white lines and easy sliding in corners under throttle and surprisingly quick to flatten off making them very sensitive to surface imperfections. The bigger problem was very stiff sidewalls which seemed to amplify the rather basic suspension Honda chose for our RC79 VFRs. Done 150 miles on the new tyres now and happy to recommend Michelin Road 5 for sport touring, scratching etc
  9. Just replaced a set of Bridgestone BT023 tyres with only 2k miles on them with Michelin Road 5s. The difference in handling and bump absorption is like night and day. Ok, I've not fully scrubbed the new hoops in yet but my earlier deliberations about fitting a 3-way adjustable aftermarket shock and sorting out the fork springs and valving are now on hold as the Michelin's have done the job. I admit to being a fan of Michelin's, having used them on other bikes, but I hadn't expected the difference in 'feel' to be so pronounced.
  10. Power used irresponsibly is always a problem. Just because its there doesn't mean it needs to be used. In an old job I was generally using 60-80% rpm to go forward. Up to 115% was available but the speed and fuel penalties were potentially severe so one got used to being cautious and keeping to plan. Idiot behaviour on the road also has potential penalties but personally I'd still like the capacity for that fast overtake or acceleration away from hazards. It's a question of self control and responsibility. In short, I don't agree that there is a definitive upper HP limit for road riding but I do agree that not everyone gets that.
  11. What roads, well that would be telling wouldn't it. But they were far from straight. And yes we do have lots of speed cameras. Cheers
  12. Rode 95 miles today mostly at around 40-60 mph on very twisty and narrow roads which were also quite bumpy. Gets you very good at trail braking and thinking a long way ahead to plan your moves; don't be too sorry for us. Last 20 miles were at around 80-115 mph (oops) avoiding various ' cages' as you folks like to call them and exploring the full range of bank angle on traffic circles. Overall 57 mpg. The 8G is a truly remarkable machine and excellent on UK roads. Great fun. Now hiding in the garage in case anyone noticed.
  13. Personally, I much prefer the look of the Suzuki. As an ex-GSXR rider I can be certain that the Suzuki engine (of that design) will be hugely torquey and incredibly smooth at low revs and small throttle openings. It will be a bit buzzy around 3-4k but smooth above and, oh lord, the power from 6k up just brings out the hooligan (or the fella who wants really snappy overtakes). I've never ridden a twin so can't really make a comparison in regards to how the power and torque goes down, but in my experience Suzuki suspension has always been sublime; massive feel on the front end yet also extremely plush and compliant whether at speed or tootling. Based on the info available right now I'd easily go with the Suzuki. Yeah, the Honda looks ' nice' but my guess is it will be adequate rather than exciting. Then again beauty and benefits are in the eye of the beholder and holder!
  14. Owners Manual VFR800F from 2016 View File Honda Uk supplied an updated Owners Manual for the VFR800F from 2016. The valve inspection interval has moved to 24000 miles/ 38400km (page 54). There may be other changes in the document over earlier versions Submitter Presson Submitted 03/29/21 Category Owners Manuals and other  
  15. - Suspension is "meh". Once I figured out that Honda set the bike up at the factory to run on glass roads piloted by small, fit people, the adjustments were obvious really enjoying the reviews in this thread and reassured that my own thoughts about the 8 gen reflect many other owner's views. It is a heavy beast and still not got completely used to that; it weighs as much on its own as my old GSXR 750 with me in it. I was intrigued by the stomper's comment on suspension as I'm still fiddling; what changes did you make from stock? Mind you some of my problems might be due to the Bridge stone BT023s I've got on - stiffest abd most uncomfortable tyre I've even known. Going back to Michelin as soon as these are toast
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  18. Brilliant advice from the community as usual. If I understand the OP correctly, the issue is about how to transition hung off one side to the other quickly. I'll leave well alone the question of whether hanging off is necessary or desirable on the road; I do sometimes and on rough surfaces it often helps stabilise the chassis provided the legs are carrying the body weight. For a quick transition, bring the hung off leg back to the tank, grip the tank with both legs and slide the butt to the other side while also repositioning the upper body keeping the arms relaxed, then drop the leg on the side you've transitioned too. Tank grips really help. Ditto all the other points about keeping the CofG low. Track training really is to be recommended but for a good read try the Haynes book 'Performance Riding Techniques by Andy Ibbott ( Foreword by Keith Code). ISBN 978 1 84425 697 6. Hope that helps
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