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Hello, everyone: Brand new to the Forum, and brand new to the VFR. Getting things together to get the recently purchased 6th Generation (2002) on the road. Thanks already for the information I've reviewed that's been posted here. Certainly a wealth of knowledge for the 'newbie.' Cheers!
Hello All, Ive just become the proud owner of a 1998 VFR800 and thought I'd join the forum. She's rather high mileage at 68k and a bit of a shed really but I've wanted one of these for many years so will spend some time tidying her up. Luckily I've know my way round a toolbox and have done a couple frame-up rebuilds in the past. Not planning anything quite so involved with the VFR though. Riding style is mostly brisk weekend jaunts and the odd track day - looking forward to bonding with the old girl! Never thought I'd get on with linked brakes but prepared to give them a chance. After all, they should reduce diving and rear wheel lockup. Not sure how they will feel at "elevated" speeds though. She has an old worn Sergeant seat that is comfy and stainless exhaust can. Everything else is stock (and most of it needs upgrading). Electrical system seems weak and only shows 12.4 bolts with engine idling. No increase at 5k rpm either so stator and/or RR are probably toast. Hoping to replace RR with SH847 as they sound bulletproof but these are brand new and really expensive. Not sure if I should get the old stator rewound or buy another (cheap Chinese ones on eBay or expensive American ones probably made in China anyway?). Suspension is sloppy and vague on both ends so suspenders will need rebuilding/upgrading. Lots of great info on this site about swapping fork internals - going to look into that! Might get YSS rear shock or get a Fireblade unit rebuilt as per advice on here. Looking at other 325mm Suzuki shocks too. Brake system will need complete overhaul, including new discs and braided lines. Fluid looks like Guinness. Also intend to do valve clearances as judging by the state of this bike they've probably never been done. Then full fluids/filters service and fit Scottoiler as they really make chain adjustment easier. Ultimate goal is to have a mechanically sound machine that can be used through winter salt, weekend jaunts, and the odd track day. Basically I plan to beat on her mercilessly until the wheels fall off. The site is full of excellent advice/knowledge that I intend to use. Hopefully in time I will be able give something back as I learn more about this wonderful machine. Stray