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  1. **SOLD** Used Double Bubble windscreen for 98-01 Honda VFR800. Tinted, in good shape. I went back to the stock windscreen. $30 plus shipping, I figure $50 shipped should cover it. Thanks, Justin
  2. Maybe build a cafe racer out of it? There have been some really cool examples built from VFRs. Just a thought. Justin
  3. I grew up in Sacramento and enjoyed many rides and trips to the coast. It is just over 300 steps to the lighthouse. Not ideal in riding boots! Great pics! Justin
  4. Ha ha sounds (and looks) familiar. Same story here, came back to a VFR after 15 years. Loving every minute of it.
  5. Ahh yes the ol' broken 2x4 seat mod. That used to be all the rage back in the oughts. 😉 Glad you got to row a few gears. Justin
  6. Went for a ride the other night and I'm happy with the LEDs. There are minor bright spots at the top and bottom of the LCD screen but the overall improvement is well worth it. 😎
  7. I actually didn't put LEDs in the dummy lights so I can't speak to the effect on the FI light. I just put 5 LEDs in the main board illumination slots. I figured the dummy lights get used so little they weren't as likely to burn out any time soon. Justin
  8. Went for a ride the other night and noticed one of the dash lights had burned out. Great time to upgrade to LEDs! I read some forum posts on the topic and found some suitable LEDs on Amazon. They were priced well and are slightly lower wattage than the stockers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08229N2Y5?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details The package of 10 gives enough to do the main lights on the VFR and 5 for use on my 1992 Mustang which I'll install soon. Here's the LED compared to the stock bulb: Everything came off easily, just take your time and keep track of the fasteners. I learned as well that you don't have to remove the blinkers, nor do you have to disconnect the blinker plugs or the headlight plugs. I just placed a microfiber on the front fender and let the nose fairing rest on that. From there I removed the 3 10mm nuts securing the gauge cluster. It is then easily pushed forward to access the dash bulbs. The LEDs fit just fine and had no issue with polarity. Everything went without a hitch. With the LEDs installed I turned the key to verify all looked good before reassembly. Took a few minutes to clean things up a bit and put it all back together. I was pleased not to have any left over fasteners, bonus! And now for the before and after: For just a little time and even less money I am very pleased with the result. Still need to go for a night ride to see how they look in the wild. Cheers, Justin
  9. Here you go. It's a cold start with some revs after I let it warm up a bit.
  10. This reminds me of a coworker's favorite quote: "Ladies, if a man says he'll get it done he'll get it done. There's no need to remind him every 6 months about it."
  11. I'm 45 years old. Plan to ride as long as I can. First bike in 1999, a 91 CBR600F2. First VFR, a 2001 bought new in 2001: Current VFR, another 2001 set up like the first one: Cheers, Justin
  12. Looks right. This is what I am using on the fronts: EBC HH Sintered Front Brake Pads for VFR800F1 98-01 024186_FA261HH / FA261HH
  13. Great minds think alike! Looks clean! Justin
  14. Thanks, good eye! The 5.0 has it's own story. I bought it the first time in 2002, sold it in 2007 then found it again (my actual car!) and bought it back in Dec 2018. It was a total basket case and had 350k miles on it. My family and I spent 14 months doing our version of a full resto-mod. Body, paint, brakes, suspension, interior, fully rebuilt drivetrain, all in my garage. It runs well and dynoed 263hp/302tq at the wheels which is a nice improvement over stock. Thinking I might go single turbo at some point in the future. Our local news station even did an article on it: https://www.ksl.com/article/46782464/after-more-than-a-decade-saratoga-springs-family-finds-their-mustang-that-got-away Cheers, Justin
  15. I had a double bubble screen but I went back to stock. Having the air hit lower than my helmet was better than hitting right at my helmet.
  16. You can get the Sargent with black piping for a slight discount. ($499 US vs $519 US with red or yellow piping). They are rather pricey but I have had a Sargent on two 5th Gen VFRs and couldn't live without it. It is so much better than stock, particularly for long days in the saddle. https://www.sargentcycle.com/Seats-Accessories/Honda-VFR-800-1998-2001-Front-Rear-Set/Black-WS-507-19.html Let's see some pics of that Tahitian Blue! We only got red and yellow in the states. Justin
  17. @Grum With the bike having been parked for an extended period of time (years possibly), do you think there is any possibility of part of the fuel line or related components being clogged from the Ethanol used in US fuel?
  18. That was me. See my post from May 2 on this thread. Pics and part numbers included.
  19. Hmmm....sounds like its running on less than 4 cylinders. Possible misfire in the mix?
  20. Always figured it came from the pipes being made out of stainless steel. Love the look and the sound anyway.
  21. Also posted a short start-up vid for those wondering what a Staintune sounds like. I did a few revs after the bike had a chance to warm up. Sounds so much better in person.
  22. I have had a ton of fun riding this summer. The bike is running awesome but I still had a few things left to address. I noticed there was a leak at the right fork seal so I ordered OEM seals, bushings, and related bits as well as Honda SS-8 fluid. Luckily there is a YT video for the 6th gen forks so I just followed that. One trick for seating the new bushings and seals, if you don't want to buy the tool, is to wrap the fork tube several times with electrical tape or painters tape. That worked well and did the trick. Also took the opportunity to clean up the forks and brake calipers. With the forks done I decided to go for a 600 mile shake down run in Southern Utah. People kept telling me about Hwy 12 being one of the best roads in the state so I scheduled some time off and headed South. Hwy 12 goes from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon and it was epic. 78 degrees and only light traffic since it was mid-week, with amazing scenery at every turn. Highly recommended if you are in the area. I didn't get a lot of pics but here are a few. On the way home I noticed a slight vibration in the front at freeway speeds. I knew the tires were a few years old and suspected that might be the culprit. Once home I looked at the date codes on the tires. Sure enough, 2014 front and 2015 rear. Oops. Even with good tread remaining that's still over due in my book and the front was cupping. Time for new meats. Inspired by another thread on the forum I ordered some Michelin PR2s from Amazon. They were priced well and people seem to like them. Went for a short scrub in ride last night and it feels like a new bike. Still looks great at 20 years old. It's a shame we get snow in my area but there's still time for a few more rides while the weather is good. Cheers, Justin
  23. Hello all and hope you are getting some great riding weather where you live! I have been making some progress as parts have been coming in. While I liked the functionality of the tank bag that came with the bike my eyes couldn't handle the plastic mounting ring that was bolted to the fuel filler cap. I ordered a stainless steel bolt kit and the fix was done in minutes. Interesting to note here that 4 of the bolts on the cap ring are simply cosmetic. They bolt into the ring but they don't actually attach anything. Just makes it look more uniform guess. I like the smoother lines on the tank without the mounting ring. I took some time to bleed the clutch line which was easy enough with my brake bleeder tool. I am going to bleed the brakes with the help of another local VFR owner later this week. The clutch fluid was a little dark but not too bad. Also took the time to carefully clean out the clutch MC. Nice to have this task done and documented on my VFR maintenance spreadsheet. There were a few small bits missing from the bike that I wanted to have in place. Franken bolts and some miscellaneous pieces. I love that you can go to the Honda parts fiche and order just about any small OEM part you need. Many of the larger parts are no longer available but most of the smaller bits are. I had previously done some voltage testing and everything was in spec but I didn't know how old the battery was. Upon cleaning off some dust I found a date inscribed into the battery: 4/25/11 (!) If that is accurate all I have to say is wow! That and the battery tender the PO used must be magical. I would have never thought that a battery would last 10 years. Not wanting to risk an issue out on the road I ordered a replacement and put it in with the current date inscribed. The rear brake pads looked low so I ordered a new set from the local Honda dealer. I also ordered EBC HH for the front and they should be delivered this week. Yep, the rears were due: New set installed: Did a full coolant flush using Honda Type 2 50/50. I wasn't expecting it to be blue for some reason but it will work all the same no matter the color of the dye. As the gents from Project Binky would say: Sorted! The chain looked a little old (minor surface rust in some spots) and I wanted to go back to the 17T front so I ordered a DID gold chain (Flava Flav!) and 17/43 sprockets. The front is a lightweight design and seems to emit a slight vibration so I have ordered an OEM rubber insulated front sprocket to use instead. Worth noting here that my cheapie Amazon master link flaring tool self-destructed upon first use. You do indeed get what you pay for in tools I have found. I had enough of a flare to ride but I wanted a little more so I stopped by the local Honda service dept and they flared it a bit more for me free of charge. Great service at Monarch Honda in Orem, Utah. Torqued to spec and looking good. While looking through the service manual I noticed the spark plug replacement interval. Thought I might as well start fresh there and ordered some NGK Iridiums that should easily last longer than the standard interval. I will install them this week. Also bought an OEM windscreen from a forum member. Compared to the DB screen, the stocker is about an inch lower which places the wind below my chin instead of right at it. Took a few minutes to install and we are good to go here. Lastly, I did a bit of initial polishing. I have done some automotive detailing as a side gig in the past and still have all of my stuff. I hit the tank with a dual action polisher just to see how soft the paint was and how it would react. Got some finer scratches out but didn't want to get too aggressive with it. Also hit the Staintune with a cotton buffing wheel and compound. It looks better but needs a big industrial wheel to be done right. No worries though, it looks good enough and sounds amazing. I need to polish the rest of the bike and do a proper detail once all of the maintenance is up to date and I'm no longer removing panels, etc. Cool to see the metal flake in the Honda wing on the tank! On Saturday I took my bride of 18 years on a ride up the canyon. Our very first date was on my original VFR back in 2002. The ride was awesome. Nice flowing sweepers, waterfalls and a some lakes to pass by. Had lunch at a park in Heber, UT and then cruised back down the canyon. Made sure to properly engage tunnel mode through the short tunnel on the way. 😉 I am absolutely loving this bike and riding again. I can't believe I missed out on riding for so long. Just a few more things to address and I think we'll be ready for summer! Ride safe and take care, Justin
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