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  1. 5 hours ago, Grum said:

    Holy cow! 115,872kms! :ohmy: That's Unbelievable, do you actually use your rear brake? Must be a hell of a lot of highway riding with that distance surely.

     

    My 8gen OEM rear pads were spent at 49,000kms, I thought that was good going! Fitted EBC 488 HH's

    I had 70,000 miles on my rear pads too! I mean I took them out to clean the caliper etc. Recently I went with some sort of organic pad set up and cleaned the caliper and used new seals etc. I recently got a new braided brake line too from the UK. No pictures but bike has all steel lines around like all my other stuff has. Beautiful build quality not duplicated now, love these bikes.

  2. 22 hours ago, mtnpat said:

     

    I like that solid white bike, you just don't see too many white ones and I think it works well with the VFR 3rd gen styling.  Oh and cool to see the same exhaust on someone else's bike.

     

    It was nice of my buddy to give me the bike as a birthday present......he actually said something like this is for 25 years of NOT buying you a birthday present.  He wasn't going to do anything with it and was at a point where he was trying to consolidate down to fewer vehicles and projects so getting it out of his way hopefully cleared his focus, also gave him back some garage space!  I have offered to build him a bike (with him) and I will ask again, I just can't do it at somebody else's garage without my tools.  My place isn't so bad, he should just come over.  He actually wants me to sell him my ZRX, but I keep trying to steer him towards a modern fuel-injected bike so he has no hassles.

     

    You are right about it being a labor of love getting these older bikes back on the road, not everything is still available from Honda and well as you said they are 30 years old, stuff like hoses, switch and wires, seals and gaskets are approaching not doing there job as well anymore.  When I initially got this bike home and spent 5 minutes looking at it I could quickly count up $1000-1200 in parts it needed.  Tires, battery, chain and sprocket, carb overhaul, gas tank refurbish.  Oh and it needed a windscreen.  After getting into it I also discovered it was not charging, had a non-functioning fuel pump and broken or cut fuel lines, etc.  I'm at $1325 in parts right now and that should be it minus a small amount of primer and paint.  After I ride it, then I will decide what else I want to do like suspension, for now I just want (demand really) a safe and reliable bike.  I love my Honda ST1100 so much and it is a spectacular bike, I'm sure this one will be a winner too!

     

    I will definitely need to find a place to break the speed limit, by a lot!  I hate having a fast bike and not being able to use all that power and speed.  I am fortunate to have a ton of twisty fun roads, but no safe places to do top speed runs without risking going to jail.  I am thinking some track days at Summit Point Raceway in nearby West by god Virginia are in order!  

     

     

     

    I look at things a little different than other people, that being said, I have not bought a new new motorcycle since 1993 and that bike cost $3999 (the good old days.) So, my used 1991 used VFR with 4000+ miles cost me $4500 26-27 years ago and I am still running it (can you say, "Ahead of the game?") That particular bike I have bought things without looking at prices so much (I get things at 10% over dealer cost and have Fun funds set aside on Ebay.) Without getting into networth ect it is cheap to keep an older bike on the road compared to buying a 15,000 dollar Busa or some other higher dollar new bike (which could possibly get me into trouble here.) BTW I do ride fast here and have a clean zero point license (hope I dont jinx myself LOL.)

     

    When you get a new used bike its pretty automatic that your going to have to lay out some cash for a least tyres, battery, and other ancillary stuff. My 93 had a dead regulator/rectifier out of the box, it had new tyres and chain and sprockets on it (bad master link that was replaced at a cost of ten dollars.) You get the picture, I am not penurious when it comes to spending money on these bikes because once your done, you have something that (sounds like a cliche) you can't buy for money. The build quality of these bikes is really good, they did not cheap out what-so-ever. I like what you did with the fuel lines and how you repaired the tatty carburetor plastic tray. I was able to get OEM replacement fuel lines when I needed them and ended up getting Samco radiator hoses from the UK for both of my bikes.

     

    I did club level racing here in South FL when I first moved down here, did a light weight sportsman and a heavy weight sportsman class. Had fun, they did not have track days when I was involved with it. If I was going to do a track day, one of my VFRs would be the last bikes I would go out on, (and this is where my head is) if you even have a low side accident on one of these bikes, you basically going to be screwed for parts. Plus one of these bikes that I own is called, "First Wife" can you imagine flogging your poor first wife on a track day? I think not LOL. I would get a dedicated track bike if you wanted to go that route, Ninja something or other or maybe a nice 600cc inline 4.

  3. Enjoyed your story and pictures, nice friend giving you that bike for your B-Day! Someone gave me a free complete motorcycle as a back-up parts bike which I ended up using everything from the wiring harness to the engine on my high mileage unit.

     

    I have two of these generation 3 bikes. My 93 has the same pipe you have, interesting front brake set-up with the master cylinder. I have some EBC full floating rotors on my 91 that I bartered off labour on. Had my 91 since 95 bought with 4500 miles for $4500 and it has 82,000 now. 93 was bought for $500 with 15,000 miles and has 32,000 now (93 was brought home like your bike, on a trailer.)

     

    It takes labour/love/money to properly resurrect a neglected or just a 30+ year old motorcycle period. I took my 93 on a 250 ride for my 55th birthday during the holiday Thanksgiving Holiday and it rode like a top, 90mph cruising with passing 135mph, maxed out for a little way 150mph. I still have to tell myself they are old bikes, but Honda did give us the beauty of the engine Rev range, so why not indulge it sensibly?

     

    Good luck and keep on posting.

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  4. You need a tank, you going to make a mismatched "Frankenstein" bike? My 91 was that way until a friend shamed me into painting it. Its a 91 but was bought with 92 livery colour. My 93 was bought with a tank like yours, they installed a new pet cock thinking that would solve their problems I guess (it did'nt) it did save the bike from any use which was a good thing. I bought it with 15,000 miles as a rolling bike that turned over, thats all I knew. I got a replacement gas tank fairly quickly for it on Ebay and used it for years. I ended up buying a another tank on Ebay as it was way nice without a hideous dent that looked real ugly. So, my 93 is on its 3rd tank LOL crazy chit. There are alot of tanks out there you wont have a problem, I am holding on to my old white one for what ever reason (there was someone that sold me a used Penske shock to these style bikes years ago off CL, I called his number because I wanted to buy his rolling parts bike, number was out of order, I am trying to replay the tape in my head to find the warehouse district he worked out. Anyway, PEaCe and happy wrenching/riding.

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  5. Morgan Carburetor synch tool. I had the Motion Pro one with fake mercury and it sucked out loud. Morgan tool, I can do the synchronization on my Gen3 bikes in five minutes with three associated flash lights and a ninety degree screwdriver from my Triumph days. Tool is great as it simplifies the entire process which is key.

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