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Lorne

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  1. Why don't they fit - too short, wrong fittings, or... ? Fwiw, when I installed an LSL handlebar on my 2009 VFR800 I couldn't make the stock cables work. No matter what routing they were too short. Someone mentioned that ST1300 cables (17910-MCS-G00 + 17920-MCS-G00) were the correct choice and they were long enough. They are about 100-120mm longer than the VFR cables, and have the same fittings.
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    Love the colour and the mood it sets in this photo. Well done
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    Yep, and it is a lovely stretch of NorCal's coast.
  4. Lovely photo. The scene reminds me of quite a few places in Oregon and NorCal. C'mon springtime.
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    I recognize that spot, it's one of my favourite parts of PCH. Starting southbound from Garberville or northbound form Fort Bragg makes for a great morning's ride.
  6. I used a set of ST1300 throttle cables, but had enough clearance with the electrical & hydraulic lines by rerouting. Unlike some of the other guys I couldn't make the original throttle cables work.
  7. Wow, sorry I didn't respond back in August. To answer your question, yes. The bar end weights reduced vibration almost as much again as changing to tubular bars. Plus, they added a finished look to the conversion.
  8. Au contraire, mon ami, early Suzuki GSX-R750s for example, had three hollow spokes that would be very easy to clean. Don't look as nice as Honda's designs but show that other affordable options exist.
  9. Here is the third Honda V4 GP bike, again from MCN Australia, this time Michael Doohan's 1994 NSR500. Time marches on, as do sponsors which explains the lacklustre graphics. Mechanically the bikes improved every year and in 1994 the NSR took Mick to the first of 5 consecutive championships. 1994 was also my first visit to a GP race, the USA round at Laguna Seca, California, where Doohan finished 3rd - his lowest finish of the year. Doohan's '94 NSR500
  10. Here's another Honda GP bike, again from Australian Motorcycle News. This time it's one of Eddie Lawson's 1989 NSR500s: Lawson's '89 NSR500 Very pretty, and pretty damned serious bit of kit.
  11. Motorcycle News Australia has a lovely photo feature about Wayne Gardner's 1987 Honda NSR500. These Honda GP bikes are spiritual cousins to the VF/VFR street bikes, despite sharing nothing with each other. Gardner's '87 NSR500
  12. That's perhaps a bit harsh. Between the gentrified developments complaining about the very existence of Laguna Seca and the feckless Monterey County board of supervisors it'd be tough for anyone to do better. Monterey County have, in a very suspicious manner, dumped SCRAMP as managers for Laguna Seca: Monterey County sham Don't forget that SCRAMP built Laguna Seca more than 60 years ago on what was then US Army land that was later deeded to the county. By contrast, COTA has benefitted from a very sweet deal with the state of Texas - not that there's anything wrong with that. I know that many -most - of you have never had the fortune to visit Laguna Seca. It is a beautiful place to see a race, though not always with the most exciting racing. Set in a bowl-like valley with grassy slopes dotted with oak trees, and if you clamber up top there are lovely vistas in every direction. You can walk beside the track almost the whole way 'round, and often find yourself mere feet from the racers. There is plenty of accommodation within 30 minutes of the facility, though I prefer Pacific Grove/Monterey. On Saturday night in Monterey they close Cannery Row to car traffic but there'll be hundreds of motorcycles displayed all along the street. Also great for people watching - all sizes, shapes, and colours. Also, Northern California has some fantastic motorcycling roads that those with a few extra days vacation can entertain themselves with. MotoAmerica has a tentative date of July 10-12, 2020 so fingers' crossed there'll be some on-track action at Laguna Seca next year.
  13. Thanks, Miguel, it never occurred to me that map data would be so troublesome. You work hard enough on VFRD so don't give it another thought.
  14. I noticed that location data isn't available in a photo's EXIF info. I know that it needs to be encoded to the file before uploading, and I do so for all my images. Then when uploading there was an option to display it or not. What am I missing? signed, Blind in Toledo
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    Lovely shot - a moody scene with great colour
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    From the album: 2019 WSBK Laguna Seca

    Atop Monitor Pass, July 2019

    © Lorne Black

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    2019 WSBK Laguna Seca

    photos from my ride to Laguna Seca in California
  18. And doesn't it look fantastic! Great job on the fuel tank & bodywork, and the paint work looks perfect.
  19. Hi Laura! (don't forget your manners, lads - a friendly greeting ought to be the way you welcome a first time poster) There are a variety of foam earplugs available from a safety supply shop like Grainger Industrial or AGS Safety - both are in Phoenix. A little trimming with scissors may help to make them more comfortable. Good luck,
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    The shade was thanks to it being 7:30 am on the first of May, and having a mile-high mountain right behind where I am stood. We had pleasant temperatures during our visit to Death Valley; highs (according to my VFR) were ~34℃ / 93℉, and 19/66° around 7:30 am. Atop 1660m/5500' Dante's View the morning before it was barely 7/45°. ps. I wrote about my trip here: https://www.vfrdiscussion.com/index.php?/forums/topic/78012-california-tour-2014/
  21. From new my VTec’s handlebars have vibrated noticeable more than either of my 5G VFR800s. In 2016 I installed an LSL Superbike handlebar conversion. In addition to the more relaxed riding position the vibration was dampened somewhat. But the aluminum ‘bars which cannot accept Honda’s bar end-weights because the wall thickness is much thicker than the steel oe bars. None of the aftermarket end-weights I looked at were any good. At my dealer a couple weeks ago I noticed that the CB1000R uses an aluminum handlebar. It won’t fit the LSL brackets as the centre section swells to more than 7/8”. But I reckoned that the end-weights might just fit, and ordered a set. When they arrived a test fit showed that I needed to bore the outer inch of my handlebars. I wasn’t keen to try it myself with just a hand held drill, but a local machine shop solved that issue. Assembling the bits was pretty straighforward, though a little silicone grease on the inner rubber o-rings helped. The first photo shows the various bits, and the two gifs show a comparison between stock and LSL. *Click to view the animation*
  22. To the op, sorry I haven't any suggestion other than to ensure that all is well with the bike. The transition on my '09 varies depending on gear, and on how quickly the revs are climbing. My one, short ride on a '14 didn't offer any insight into its VTec behaviour. And frankly, I was more interested in its off-on throttle response, and how that compared with mine. The VTec is all sizzle and no steak, and is a primitive system compared to its implementation on Honda's cars. The '98-'01 VFR800 have the same performance without the annoying (at times) hiccup in the middle of the power band. And without the equally annoying twitchy throttle that also plagues 6th gen VFRs It is clear from Honda's 2002 VFR press blurb that the goal was lower fuel consumption and lower noise, and VTec was their chosen method. I like my '09 VFR a lot, but despite VTec and not because of it. Fwiw, I've racked up 80,000 km on it, and another 120,000 km on my 5th gens.
  23. Well done on your seat repair. Fingers' crossed that it lasts a good long while. Btw, you have some options for seat colour; I know that 3rd gen came with black, grey, and red seats depending on which market. May well be other choices, too. For example, here's a pic of my '92 with the grey seat from my '91. plain alloy passenger bars as well.
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