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About Asphalt_Pilot

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  • Birthday 11/12/1963

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    CT
  • In My Garage:
    '94 VFR (black)
    '96 VFR (red)
    '90 Hawk GT NT650
    '10 Yamaha FJR1300
    Lotsa parts
  1. Note change posted to info above - unfortunately, no early-bird BBQ this year!
  2. +1 on the recommendations for battery and regulator. If the battery wasn't cooked before, it may be compromised now. Also, highly recommend a voltmeter install, even if you do replace both R/R and battery. The charging system is the weak point on the VFR and it takes major efforts to overcome that. Make sure you replace the R/R with a newer, cooling-finned model (the OEM is now like this). VFRness is also a great idea, and not a hard install. Do these things, and this bike should provide reliable transportation for tens of thousands of miles. I probably have 100k miles on 4th gen VFRs, and have never seen a spark plug issue like that one!
  3. Mark your calendars! WDGAH will once again be held the weekend after Labor Day. I know many of you on VFR-D have joined in the past. Please join us if you can for our annual northeast VFR enthusiast gathering. It's hard to believe it, but this is the 23rd year for this event! Home base is once again West Lebanon, New Hampshire. We have again secured a group rate at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. The price actually went DOWN from last year - $99/night, based on double occupancy. This of course covers not only the room, but the excellent buffet breakfast. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BY AUGUST 8 to guarantee the group rate. You can always cancel without penalty, as long as you do so at least 48 hours in advance. See the WDGAH web page for online reservation instructions, including the group discount code and password. All details, including route recommendations, etc., are found on the website: www.wdgah.net NOTE: due to conflicting business travel, Bryan will NOT be hosting his usual Friday Early-Bird BBQ. Gather at the Salt Hill Pub (walk through the parking lot) instead? Hoping to see you there! - Marc '94 Honda VFR750 '96 Honda VFR750 '89 Honda Hawk NT650 '10 Yamaha FJR1300 A bunch o' parts
  4. Nice write-up, great pics. I LOVED riding Salt River Canyon, with my buddy the late, great Bruce Wilson (VFR guru and all-around good guy). I live in Connecticut, but went down there for his wedding - and we spent 3 days prior riding some great roads in Arizona. Somewhere I have a great pic of me along the canyon, standing next to Bruce's VFR (he was riding his Hawk).
  5. Asphalt_Pilot

    WDGAH XVIII

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    Can't help you in Canada. Probably best to make your way over to the Vermont/QC border in a relatively direct manner. Cross over into Vermont. If you need to make time, just follow Interstate highway I-89. Otherwise I'd recommend getting over to Route 100. It's the classic north-south motorcycle traveling road. Generally good sweepers, not too technical, but enjoyable on a motorcycle and makes decent time. Plus, it minimizes the route numbers you'd have to follow! I've pasted a link to a Google map below that might help. Google Map from Ottawa to West Leb, NH
  6. Yeah, probably. One thing I have learned through decades of riding and several motorcycles is that it is very easy to over-lube the chain. Most of us (me included) just put way too much on there. Regardless of how much you put on, one key to long chain - and sprocket - life is to make sure you WIPE OFF the excess - aggressively. Otherwise you just collect dirt and debris, generating a nice grinding paste. Recently I've gone for elegant and simple - I just carry a small dropper bottle of 90 wt gear lube. a drop or two on each link, and wipe the excess off. Very tidy, actually.
  7. Asphalt_Pilot

    VFR at 100k Miles

    Some pics from my VFR when it rolled 100,000 miles on the odometer. Route 8, Otis, MA. 9-25-2011.
  8. Miscellaneous pics of my VFR and the road . . .
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  10. Beautiful pic . . . but there are some things wrong here, I think. No gear cam drive, and the carbs look kinda strange . . . is this a Suzuki or something?? (ziiippp . . . ducking and running) MJB (lovin' the V4 gear-driven cam whine)
  11. Look for 13.5 - 14.5 volts (roughly) at anything above 2000 rpm. The r/r has two failure modes (I've had them both!): 1) The voltage will drop below 12 V -- meaning the r/r isn't charging the system and you are running off battery power (but won't be for long because the battery will die). 2) The voltage will jump to like 18 - 19 V -- meaning the r/r is failing to regulate the voltage. This is the more common failure mode. It will 'cook' your battery. This happened to me on a multi-day trip. Stopping and then starting the engine sometimes made it work, but a couple of times I had to let it cool off before it would regulate again. This has been a problem with older VFRs as well (had one fail on my '85 VF1000R). Some have failed at low mileage, but most seem to fail around 20 - 25k miles. The r/r on my '94 lasted until 55k miles. Consensus is that the failure is heat-related; the replacement OEM r/r Honda now sells has a decent heat-sink mounted on it and is a much better unit. I think that unit was introduced in '01 or so. If you don't see cooling fins on top of your r/r, you have the old type. You can see them by removing the seat. One key item that is often overlooked is to also make sure that you have good grounding points on the frame. Remove the bolt holding the green grounding wires, and use a brass or steel wire brush to clean the ring terminals and mating frame/bolt surfaces. Even if they look ok, cleaning can make a difference. The primary grounding point on a '94 - '97 is on the right frame above the brake pedal area, don't know about other models. Also periodically check the white connector where the r/r plugs into the harness. If it's discolored (brown), that is due to heat. Keep a close eye on it. These will burn to the point of melting if the r/r gets too hot. (almost happened to me, but I caught it before the r/r failed). Honda recognized this problem and sells a connector repair kit. I highly suggest that you install a voltmeter, and carry a spare r/r if you plan any multi-day trips. My voltmeter saved me from the aggravation of a tow and a day or two waiting for parts, far from home. This is the only weak point on the VFR, so best to prepare for it!
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