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  3. Dutchy - thank you; great pictures. I assume this is part of the pressure switch. I have never taken this fuel pump apart and my mind does not quite grasp how pressure is "transferred" to this switch... I guess it make sense once I take it apart. Squirrelman - great. I went reading again - this time with stern focus on details. I'm a little embarrassed - service manual page 19-23 (61MZ700). In my book it reads 900 cc/min or 30.4 US oz/min. My rough estimate is this engine can't consume more than 395 cc/min, so 800 or 900 cc/min does not make any difference at all. I'm not too thrilled about permanently bypassing the fuel relay... but I do see how this would rule out 1) pickup, 2) CDI, 3) fuel relay and 4) bad connections. Well, more correctly, a problem with one those 4 issues would not escalate into a fuel delivery problem. Checklist for now is: 1. Flow rate, fuel pump 2. Contact point, fuel pump; check and fix 3. Float levels as they sit in each carb 4. Electrical connectors from fuel pump all the way to the pickup; check and clean Btw - the drawing on page 19-23 is wrong - filter is upstream of pump 🙂 Or do I need a new brain?
  4. The owner is Jeroen Versteeg, he organises trackdays; here his FB https://www.facebook.com/trackdays.forall No doubt he will understand your english Maybe wait a little with contacting him; last week a participant died at the Assen track. Rider crashed in light rain, was hit by one of the 2 bikes that crashed shortly after him. Funeral is tomorrow.
  5. New set: I filed the old contact point somewhat, but you can see the effects of sparking By design, there will always be a spark. This can be diminished by adding a diode in the path. These pictures were lost when Photobucket ransomed the stored pictuers..... but if you google you will find similar how-to's
  6. Lawrence of Vee Phoria with custom bike builders Shelby and Sukhee... Monster Energy Girls Cannery Row Laguna Seca Missed me... Got me...
  7. I'm so disappointed! He posted a link with RC45 in the title and it's in Dutch! 😟
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  9. the fsm specifies the flow rate. bypass the often-defective pump relay with a wire. FLOW RATE: 800cc/27 US oz/ minute
  10. Hwy 140 in Nevada near the Oregon border. Whole lot of nobody out there. My dad and I met in Fields, Oregon for a cheeseburger at Fields Station. Part of a thousand mile weekend mini tour for me.
  11. A bad earth was my thought too, Grum has shown the position on a 6G (02-). The 98-01 5G has a similar earth block as part of the main wire harness located on the left side of the bike below the seat. It is probably still wrapped up in tape but you will be able to feel the rectangular shape before you unwrap it.
  12. Check the Earth Block - Orange junction box left front side of bike. This unit has multiple green wires that are commoned together that cause many EFI issues. The trick is to cut the wires from the block and neatly solder them all together. Would also check the ECM Grounds, A9, A20 (Green/Pink wires) and B1 (Green wire) to make sure they are solidly connected back to the battery negative terminal. Note ; A connector on ECM is Black, B connector is Gray. You'll need a good multimeter for this continuity check. Another thing to be sure of is that with Ignition ON that you have a good 12v at ECM B8 (Black/White wire) a low voltage here, especially while cranking may not allow the injectors to operate. Post Edit - Thanks Terry, sorry, wrong location for the 5th Gen. Should be left side below seat.
  13. Do inspect the "contact points" inside/top of the fuel pump. A replacement kit is available when these are eol/starting to "weld" together. I will dig out some pictures tomorrow. Close to midnight here...
  14. Downloaded translated and saved... thanks Dutchy... I'd love to learn the VIN but no speak the language...
  15. As a matter of fact, they do make planes and lifts. Passenger and fighter jets, as well as developing stealth technology and becoming world leaders in AI. They also make most of the worlds high end electronics. But I admit they also make a lot of cheap rubbish. Keep in mind that Boeing make planes, specially the new 737 Max that has been grounded for months because they don’t work and fall out of the sky. I wouldn’t buy an unbranded chain, but would buy a branded chain made in a China. It’s not rocket science.
  16. The pump does work - tested with a short and empty bowls; clicks steadily until bowls are full. I just realise one flaw with my test - I did not test the relay. I should have put my reasons 🙂 A few times (maybe 2-3 during last 12 months, I experienced abrupt power loss (it still accelleration - but its like you switch off x procent power at once) during hard acceleration at about 7-8000 RPM. I'm not able to duplicate it, so I'm somewhat in the dark. I assume it also could be a rarely sticking float too... Earlier this year I cleaned the carbs - jets (boiled in mild vinegar), o-rings changed, new float valves, checked the air-cut-off valves (changed two with cracked o-ring), checked vacuum pistons+needle, cleaned SE (that really helped). Float heights checked (I used one carb to test all floats; now thinking about that approach I realise it assumes all carbs to be totally alike, but as floats are NOT adjustable, I guess that might be ok). Even though everything looked pretty clean before idle is now sooo smooth at 1000 RPM (after a sync and adjusting pilots; pilots NOT adjusted lean of peak - I adjust to about peak). All jets and needles are stock. As the power loss have accrued again my carbs clean is either a bad job or not the problem. So that is why I though next step would be fuel delivery. Flow rate would have been nice - that could clear tank strainer, fuel filter (about 1 year) and pump.
  17. Does the tach move when you crank it?
  18. I looked into the common service manual...nothing there either. My guess is since the pump operates in a pulse-mode.....that a flow rate is not spec'ed. As long as there is flow from it, not a trickle, but a flow...then it is probably adequate enough to keep the float bowls full. Since these years will work by gravity flow....at lower speeds....again, it seems like almost any amount of flow out of the pump is good. I have tested others by putting the fuel line into a container and then apply power directly to the fuel pump and watched the flow. Do you have one that is not working at all?
  19. I think all three colors look good on that white 8th gen, not so much on the RWB - but to each their own. For me, "tame" is relative on a bike with flashy metallic stripes and (in my case) a gutted exhaust. Anyway, I like the black wheels on my RWB mainly because i'd rather ride than clean.
  20. Hi, I have been through my Honda VFR 750 Service Manual (1997) as well as Clymer - can't finde any information about flow rate for the fuel pump. Do I need glasses or is it just not there? In any case, the actual number (or reference) would be very much appreciated.
  21. Measure the o-rings and just buy them from McMaster Carr or a local o-ring shop. I choose Viton when possible to resist alcohol corrosion.
  22. When you say that you hear the fuel pump priming you're saying that you can hear the climbing pitch of the whine that it makes as it builds pressure? If all you're hearing is the fuel pump running for a few seconds at the same flat pitch (not in a climbing pitch that indicates it is building up pressure in the fuel system), then the fuel pressure regulator might have given up the ghost.
  23. I suppose it's not the kill switch if you hear the fuel pump priming, side stand switch maybe?
  24. Hey anyone have a part number or possible equivalent part number for the tiny o rings on the pilot air screws? I have a definite leak on one at least. Fiche shows I need to buy an entire kit? Surely there’s a cheap and accessible substitute, right?
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      Maggie Valley, NC Report
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      Sitting right at the edge of Crawford Notch along HWY 302.  Right after this is a big drop down with some fairly tight turns.  It's a fun run as long as there isn't traffic holding you up.

      Normally I would continue along HWY 302 to Bear Notch Road which connects with the Kancamagus Highway and bypasses North Conway and Conway.  Bear Notch Road is very technical if you take it at speed but today there was too much traffic so I turned around and went back around 302 to Franconia Notch before heading home.

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      I have not been to the Greenhorn highway all summer, the road to Bishops castle - its always fun railing the turns on that fast sweeper road, then the tighter stuff down to Wetmore. I met up with reddog in Woodland Park and we checked out the sky and thought well maybe we can go around Pikes Peak to a turn off at Twin Rocks and avoid the angry looking clouds sitting over Pikes Peak. We got lucky and missed most of the rain. Heading south on High Park road we saw a rare site, motorcycles holding up cars! We figured it was a new rider and sure enough it was a woman on a metric crusier and her husband not far behind riding 15 below the speed limit - of course in a section with no sight lines for at least a mile, we had to pass 3 cars and 2 bikes.

      Reddog was saying over the blue tooth sena communicators they should pull off - but honestly I am sure she was so white knucked kung fu grip on the handle bars she probably had no idea there were cars behind her! I did not mind too much cause I know the road well and knew we were going to be into a passing zone soon enough.

      Then over the back road to Cripple Creek we were soon on hwy 50 - Reddog was astonished at how bad they messed up that road with tar snakes, the hill down to the Arkansas River was so full of tar snakes it was like riding over a slip and slide water park as wide as the road. It was awful - sections we did over the years at a 100 plus are now very dangerous and not advisable to ride much over the speed limit if even that.






      Lunch was a bacon cheese burger with weird maple syrup flavored bacon? It sort of ruined the burger which was very tasty but the maple syrup was just too much. Hit the spot though after we both peeled that stuff off. Then back on the road to Westcliff where we finally got some rain, just enough to clean the bugs off the visor. They dont call them the wet mountains for nothin!

      Then soon we were pushing the speed up a bit and turned off on the Green Horn hwy at McKenzi Junction and then I rolled on the throttle and let her rip all the way to Bishops Castle - thats a very fun fast ride for 15 min or so of good stuff. There is more good twisties if you keep going but the best stuff is on the way to the Castle. Bigalow Divide its called is the best part.






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      Not that it matters and not that I expect anyone had noticed, but to those who sent me "where are you?" I would like to say I am back. Not only that I am officially returning to VFRD after nearly 2 months break but I have also ridden my Hawk last weekend and had FUN! Let me restate that; I had major fun riding! Something I have almost given up on.

      Most of you have been riding your whole adult lives and riding is not only a hobby to you, it is part of you. But I started riding three years ago and even though I have encounter some setbacks, till this spring I loved riding with whole my heart. However, I have always considered riding as my hobby. As a hobby which suppose to make my life better, more fun and more rich. Life is too short to do something which we don't fully love.

      My love of riding received a first major scar this spring: I lost a friend on the racetrack. He was a total stranger who offered me his help after I lowsided at CMP track last year. I still remember hearing his "Hi, my name is Todd, do you need help?" while I was duct-taping my roadrash from ripped jacket. He helped me straighten up the shifter and we kept in touch. The next time we saw each other was the day he died.

      With 9 months delay, I can say that Todd's death shook me more than I have realized. It rooted fear in me which was fueled by seeing and hearing about others getting hurt over and over again. If I was to summarize this year - it would be one big accident report. I became sensitive to every broken bone, every roadrash, every lowside. And even though I did 10 track days this year, I became slower and slower and slower. Suddenly, I have acquired this 'grandma' riding style on the road, frozen with fear that behind every corner there is car standing in my lane, or major sand trap or deer staring at me ... I was crippled with fear not only for me about also for my fellow rider.

      So, at the end of this year, I rode more and more by myself. I could not bear the feelings of responsibility for others on the road and my lines were crippled by my own fears. It all culminated this fall at WDGAH. In a freaky accident Love2rideh82crash was taken down by a truck crossing into our lane. I was done. I finished the weekend, locked the VFR into a garage and took a break.

      Until the last weekend, I pretended that motorcycles do not exists. As a last instance after 2 months break from riding, I decided to go to CMP track to see if I can still have fun. I also felt like I should go for the memory of Todd. I went and I had fun! I had much more fun than I expected and the most fun on track I can remember. Suddenly the whole track connected into an uninterupted line of turns and I felt one with the bike riding around! I was giggling like a little girl in my helmet and keep on giggling ever since smile.gif

      Granted I was not the fastest one and through out the weekend, I have never exceeded about 60% of my riding abilities, but I had no "oh-shit" nor 'blond' moments. I could have maybe go faster, I could have brake later for the turns and I could have lean further, but I am no Rossi nor Stoner. I decided to ride for fun and I had amazing blast riding well within my comfort zone.

      I was proud of myself when, after bandaging Ricks arm, I was able to distance myself and go back to riding without the year-long fear. I did feel bad for him but the feelings were not crippling my lines nor my mind. And when a total stranger came to me and said "Hi, my name is Todd", my heart stopped for a minute though but I suddenly knew that my life went a full circle. I probably will never win MotoGP :idea3: , but I am back! :wheel:

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