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  1. Definitely not gonna touch that set with a 10 foot pole. Obvious signs of fire damage along with the small bits of rust, Nope for me. Unfortunately it isnt just bent but its kinked, so no way of fully straightening it. Sad thing is I was in for a front suspension service and upgrade... Working on getting new inner tubes but cant find anything in stock, even the honda dealer cant order them anymore....
  2. Honestly I would have to disagree with the 5th gen being overgeared. Makes for a lovely relaxed cruise at highway speeds. From the limited reading material there *is* a difference in R/R from the 98-99 and the 00-01 5th gen. It is less likely to melt your connectors. However it wouldnt be a simple swapover because the connectors are different. Better off solving the issue as described in one of the many posts. Enjoy your 5th gen. I know I do. Although i did get the sad news today that my front forks have a kink in them. So didnt end up servicing the forks, desperately looking for new ones
  3. Installed the Givi Wingrack for an upcoming camping trip. Took a lot of muscle to get this to fit, bolts and washer combos, either the rear subframe is crooked or the rack is, because the gap between the rack and fairing on the left-hand side was non existent and rubbing on the paint. Got a new key cut so i can remove the rear seat with the rack installed. Finally went the bike with some plastic and metal restorer (do it once a year now and it makes a huge difference, oil-based but leaves absolutely no residue) Love this product and can highly recommend Owatrol Polytrol Before After
  4. @Ughandi Thats what creditcards (with purchase insurance) are for 😄 There are much more affordable 5th gen plastic options Nah but jokes aside, I have alot of experience on chinese sites like Aliexpress. Almost all Aliexpress sales are well protected, you can open disputes if the parts dont fit or are not as advertised and then get your money back. Some sellers are hesitant to give money back but then someone from the platform reviews the case and decides from there if you cant come to an agreement. The sketchier stuff i either use my creditcard's 'insurance' or Paypal.
  5. Any chance you have found a speedo healer somewhere while building the bike up? most likely to be placed under the fairings or under the seat. When putting back the speedsensor did you check that the end of the speedsensor was seated properly in the sprocket nut?
  6. Yeah that hits the logic part of my brain in the right way. 😄 let's settle on that one. Cool and good to know.
  7. @Dutchy Might take you up on that if I'm ever near you. but according to the rest i might not be missing anything apart from the triangle. Pretty sure you are also on the VFROC, but forgot the username you use there 🙂
  8. Oh wait. So the right hand fairing shouldnt have foam at all? Wow thats even more confusing to me 🤣 Well then i guess, apart from the triangle piece im not missing anything. Weird tho, that difference between left and right. The parts list on MSP.eu also show qty 1 for all foam strips. @stuartb3502 Yep you are correct, they sort of seem to seal around the radiator, possibly smoothing/channeling the airflow over the radiator? Still weird to have this over one of the radiators and not both. Or could it be because that one is powered by the fan and needs more channeling of the airflow to be effective. Just speculating here
  9. Hey guys, Took me a while to notice, but i replaced the fairings on my VFR last year after a crash. But i noticed im missing the foam strips on the left and right cowling. What do you think they are for, and could someone maybe provide pictures of the placement and dimensions of the foam strips (might buy some foam adhesive to cut to size). Thanks in advance! -Ariesblade
  10. im guessing you mean the toolkit? heck no. definitely not leaving that at home. Has come in handy numerous times. I dont notice the weight difference, and the toolkit fits 90% of my gfs bike as well.
  11. Yeah i know, buti didnt know it existed until after i had already removed the rear cowl, so knowing that before hand, it would've been unnecessary to remove it. Oh well we learn... 🤷‍♂️
  12. @vfrcapn Bungee cord for the win! I have had a cord to test for such a long time now. But finally got round to installing it. After removing the rear bodywork, i noticed that there is a slit in the rear mudguard allowing the bungee to be installed without removing the rear cowl. Oh well i was already there so did some cleaning, and inspections (especially around the R&R) Thanks for the clever insight about the bungeecord, so happy to finally have one 😄
  13. Very curious about this thread. What exactly is the benefit of swapping out the injectors. Say id swap em for the 929 injectors. what is the difference?
  14. Honestly already looking super sweet! love it, and i think adding a matching paintjob might be a bit overkill. Maybe some HRC stickers? 👀 What are those super chonky grips? For paintschemes maybe the 6th gen RWB? But balance out the colors a bit more? so more red, and maybe less white? Could look very good on your 4th gen (PS i think i spotted an 8 spoke rear wheel , damnn)
  15. Those Colors!! I will patiently, but not so patiently, wait for pics ON the bike
  16. Okay thats interesting, Last summer, riding through the alps i didnt notice much difference in idle speed and power delivery. We're talking elevation changes from 200 meters to +1500-2200m (650ft - 6500ft in freedom units ). granted i wasnt pushing hard (unknown roads and not wanting to spoil a fan.fucking.tastic vacation) But I can get the use-case for the lever. Good to know. I luckily havent had to touch the wax unit. Lets pray to the Viffer gods i dont have to 😉
  17. What are those advantages? Could you explain that to me? I own a 2000, with the wax idler and have only once had the engine die on me after starting (when still cold and it was around 0 degrees C outside). I think that my startervalve sync has helped with preventing this from happening more often. based on logic, not facts 😛
  18. Man that thing looks mean, but clean 🔥 personally not a fan of the mirrors but thats me. Nice man!
  19. My 2 cents on screens: I currently use an MRA adjustable Touring screen in light smoke. Its a little creaky and old (hinges are a little weak, above a certain speed, idk like 160 kmph?, it slams to the lowest setting) but it really does the job, around 6 positions, lowest is used in summer, im a hot head and then the wind just about reaches my face, Position 3 (middle position) for standard use, gives me the best compromise of taking the pressure off my head and little to no turbulence (noise). Position 6 works most effectively under 80kmph if you want as little wind as possible, go above that the screen does tend to buffet, slam closed sooner, but also just generate more noise. (im 178cm tall if that helps?) Personally, I love the MRA, gives me the flexibility when i need it, and at the lowest point looks way less dorky than some other touring screens (yes lol thats important to me) Some information in general about screens: The aerodynamics of windscreens on bikes are complicated, so they often have complicated answers and/or compromises. What do you want the screen for? less pressure on your chest or helmet? less noise? Ask yourself that first as they yield different solutions E.g. Do you want quiet? the solution is not simply mounting a higher screen. The reason you 'hear' air is turbulence, air being disturbed is what causes the windnoise you hear. So your best solution would be 'smoothen the airflow around your helmet' If you want a really nerdy and in depth response on what screens are best, let me know, otherwise this post would be unnecessarily long XD
  20. This is where I am at now. I love the way the bike is now. And I do not wanna be drilling out threads, too destructive for me. I still have the flathead flushmount screws if I were ever to get my hands on a sargent, because the slots perfectly fit a 5 eurocent coin, and i always keep one in my wallet 😉
  21. This was just following a polish from a wonderful Forum member from the VFR owners club in the Netherlands. Fantastic work. And i imagine this is what she looked like coming off the showroom floor. My god. @jroberts427 special tag just for you 😉 PS added a cheeky Swiss alps pic as well.
  22. As for seats go. You all have given me so much info. Reading @bmart's description of the seats I am prety certain that my butt is more corbin suited when i think of my complaints about the standard seat. I mean its not a terrible seat, but wouldnt mind an improvement if its with a decent pricetag. Unfortunately those second hand prices are high man. (and also not nearby) Reupholstry might be an option for me, as i have a spare seat in the closet, and also theres an option for that in the Netherlands, and well praised
  23. My man, after 15 months of ownership, I still treat my VFR like a newborn puppy. My phone is filled with pictures and I would gladly share them. If theres a topic to shamelessy dump your beautiful pictures then I will gladly do so. I have many pictures of trips around the country, Germany and the swiss alps so.... 😉 And god the colour is an addiction for me. definitely not saying the other ones are ugly, but man... it sparkles, even after 21 years of sunshine and wear.
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