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  1. As raYzerman noted, it does take a bit of fiddling but not too tricky to remove. With good lighting and a soft pad for your knees you ought to be able to see what the hang up is.


    While you have it off you might consider painting it - I went with a silver-grey trying to match the frame.



  2. 4 hours ago, trmoyer said:

    Sigh........ Yes, you guys won the pool on this, bad mechanical seal weeping out the inspection hole...

    It's never good form to engage in schadenfreude. But you'll have a water pump you can count on not failing in the middle of nowhere.

  3. 10 hours ago, Tiutis said:

    Everyone’s risk tolerance is different, but I am glad I went.

    My planned ride meant crossing the border into America. Unfortunately, travel to the US has been restricted since early spring. Doesn't look to promising in the near future.


    I suppose a ride in BC & southwestern Alberta is possible, but even here life is still far from normal.

  4. On 5/30/2020 at 1:34 PM, Tiutis said:

    ...decided to spend some quality time on my moto. Took a 3 day tour of SD/WY...

    Thanks for sharing the story of your trip. This year's pandemic put paid to my trip this year, so I have to live vicariously through others'.

  5. The 2002+ VFR800 introduced larger, 43mm forks. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen VFR750 & VFR800 and 41mm forks.


    According to Partzilla, the fork cap is the same on '94-'97 VFR8750 and '98-'01 VFR800. Unfortunately, they also show it as unavailable.


    But there ought to be about a gazillion of 'em available from 'retired' VFRs.

  6. 1 hour ago, trmoyer said:

    ...the water pump was dripping a little.

    Sort of bummed but it could be worse. 

    Indeed, it may still be worse. With a 20 year old engine the water pump shaft and/or seal may be the source of the leak. Keep us posted.

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  7. 5 hours ago, Terry said:

    The VTR has lots more torque and does indeed sound mean, but it is not the sophisticated engine that the VFR is, and sounds kind of agricultural

    Agricultural? Ooh, that stings 😉 They do sound pretty good with a set of Yoshimura RS3 cans


    5 hours ago, Terry said:

    Its is not much different in weight to the VFR

    I've owned 3 VTRs in between my various VFR750s & VFR800s and found the VTR to feel much lighter than any VFR. The low bars, high pegs are an issue if you weren't born this century.

    5 hours ago, Terry said:

    only has 16L so realistically 13L before the low fuel light is on

    Ah, yes, the infamous RLOD. The VTRs biggest shortcoming is it's lack of range. I found that on trips the mileage is not much less than my VFRs, but combined with the small tank the range was maybe ⅔ of the VFR. Fwiw, of my VFRs the 6th gen has the greatest range, then the 5th gen, and lastly the 3rd gen.


    Here's a pic of my last & favourite 2005 VTR1000F.




  8. On 5/29/2020 at 10:48 AM, VFR80025th said:

    I am considering adding a Cb1000r to the stable

    No telling if it'll make production but Honda displayed this concept version of the CB1000R. Styled like the 1979 CB900F, though it would look really hot in the CB1100F colours.



    Honda CB-F.jpg

    Honda CB750F.jpg

    Honda CB1100F 1984.jpeg

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  9. 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.

  10. 9 hours ago, JZH said:

    JT probably still makes the front sprockets, as the last time I checked, a lot of Hondas used the same sprockets.  I once made a drawing showing the relevant JT front sprockets and their dimensions, but I can't find it anymore...  The 41T rear might be more difficult, as OM is 43T and the next most common is 45T.








    Is it this drawing:



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  11. 4 hours ago, Rocks98 said:

    Did you reroute the controls or go with longer ones?

    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.


  12. On 8/22/2019 at 10:44 PM, Marvelicious said:

    Has it made a noticeable difference?

    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.

  13. 18 hours ago, fatshoutybloke said:

    I suppose alloys aren't strong enough without reinforcing ribs of some kind, which inevitably means nooks and crannies but if they're solid the wheels are too heavy and it's way too expensive to build them hollow.

    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.


  14. 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 





  15. 22 hours ago, LPadilla34 said:

    I'm Laura from Phoenix

    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,


    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*











  17. On 7/12/2019 at 11:09 PM, BusyLittleShop said:

    I was so surprised to feel the hit in Honda's famous linear power

    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.

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  18. 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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