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  2. Cheap option worked for me. Edit: no need for longer wires. I managed to make the throttle cables and hoses work - barely - and long term replaced them. 2" longer hoses from Galfer and the throttle cable came from something else - it may have been an ST1100. I got the idea from here somewhere, and it may have been that thread above. Edit 2: Absolutely no regrets long term. My final riding position is probably not too far from where Helibars would have come out, but I have all the options in the world now. Plus, the wider and taller posture gives you some crazy leverage if you ever really need to change direction NOW. I'm fairly sure I saved myself from eating a bumper at one point. The situation was my own stupid fault in the first place, but I managed to get myself out of it, and I don't think I would have with stock bars! Suddenly you can muscle the bike around like a really heavy dirt bike.
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  4. OK, so you can get a riser conversion on Ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Honda-VFR-800-fi-Street-Fighter-Bar-Riser-Conversion-1998-2001-MADE-IN-THE-UK/223482426590 They'll let you mount whatever you like, but you will need longer brake lines, clutch lines and throttle cables, and you may have to extend teh wiring harness, too. And if you go too high, you'll foul the fairing.
  5. Duc2V4

    Tires on sale??

    Rocky Mountain is my go to for tires online, if not I will get them from Chaparral in San Bernardino if I need them immediately. Their prices are good and I get a small discount for being signed up with them, essentially it comes out like no sales tax. The last set I bought was about a $2 difference from the price I got from RMATVMC. That being said, I believe that a lot of online retailers are now adding in state sales tax. A friend of mine just bought a set from RMATVMC and he said his invoice showed California sales tax. I know that Revzilla is now doing this, as their parent company (read affiliate Cycle Gear) has locations in California.
  6. Thanks TT! I found the thread in the 5th Gen forum. I have a '98, so it sounds like I might be out of luck since the mounting tabs aren't there? I'll have to take a look at the bike when I get home.
  7. I use Snap-On or Derek Weaver computer balancer. My changers are a Coats 220 or Derek Weaver which is the same model as the Coats Base Line. I let the owner watch. It is hard to scratch a wheel with a decent machine, but it does happen. Using sh1tty tools or tire irons can destroy the finish worse than a machine. My automatic machine puts all the force on the tire. It never prys against the wheel. When I upped my price to twenty dollars per wheeel, one of my neighbors got all pissed at me and bought a Harbor Freight changer... After he f--Ked up his wheels, he is now coming back to me. 20.00 is more than reasonable to have someone with skill, experience and the proper tools work on your bike. Here the average tire change is 50.00 to 80.00 per wheel. No one has better tools than I do. I am not even a shop or business. Just a rider doing tires by word of mouth.
  8. gr8vfr

    Tires on sale??

    Rocky Mountain has RoadSmart II for 173.08 and free shipping. I ordered four sets last week and all were either made 1119 or 1219. Dunlop must have had enough people ask for them. I have worn out a few sets year ago and they are decent sport-touring tires. https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/tires-and-wheels/dunlop-sportmax-roadsmart-ii-rear-motorcycle-tire-p?il_source=tires&il_medium=main-dunlop-roadsmart-ii-tires
  9. Road King?? Cool! I expect we'll see the sparks a flyin!
  10. Parting out the stuff I don't need from a 99 VFR800 that will be a long term project for me. It has a slightly modified subframe fitted with a modded CBR600F4i tail. The end was reshaped. I didn't do the work, but it doesn't look bad. Both tank and tail were repainted with spray paint. I'm thinking 100 for the complete tail (seat, tail, sub, filler panels, lights, etc) and another 100 for the tank since it's in good shape. Prefer local pickup, but will ship if I have to. Wheel, swingarm, 929 shock will be listed in the future as well so let me know if there's interest. I have a 2002+ complete arm stashed away too that I would part with.
  11. Just to add another data point, when I checked my pre-vtec 800fi-y valves at 32k miles, 11 of the 16 needed replacement shims to bring them into spec, as far as I could tell, that was the first time the cam covers had been lifted. The most recent check (at 64k miles) showed one that was on the minimum limit, but all others OK.
  12. Hey adkfinn, hotshoerob test fitted a cardboard cutout for me and this is roughly how it looks. There is a bit of a gap due to the slightly different shape of the triple clamp, but it does fit If you're interested send DM me your mailing address and I can get a quote on shipping!
  13. If this will fit a 5th Gen you can count me in for one. (I skimmed the thread but didn't see it mentioned)
  14. Duc2V4

    Tires on sale??

    Just received an email from Competition Accessories showing $40 Dunlop rebates.
  15. Two seats for 3rd Gen. Corbin is solid but covering is well used and starting to break down. Corbin quoted me $275 to recover this to like new condition, which they did for my '99 Corbin and it came out great. Stock seat has been previously recovered. Corbin $75 + shipping Stock seat Free + $shipping
  16. And the whole point there is one good apple does not mean the barrel is full of good apples. As any scientist will tell you a sample of one has NO statistical worth as there is no data to compare it with. I once had a brand new Honda UK test model CBF250, straight from the factory in Brazil to Honda UK for assessment, then sold to me. When they delivered it I noted a drip of oil on the head to barrel join fin. The driver made a note. I later put a big bore on it, but the front left head bolt would not torque down. When I stripped the barrel off again the alloy the stud screwed in to was very soft & had stripped the thread. A helicoil failed too. So I bored it out & made a steel thread reducer insert & that fixed it. But would that single example prove that all CBF250's were made of bad metal ? NO. Your bike, your valves, your choice. But I'd expect a discount if buying one where the owner could not prove the checks had been done at least prior to sale. As always YMMV.
  17. Good friends of mine raised his daughter in a manner that would give over 99% of parents massive coronaries. I'm not even a parent and I certainly raised an eyebrow. Well, the kid turned out to be very well-adjusted and very successful at everything she tries. And, a lot more aware of the world around her, with ten times the critical thinking skills of anyone else I know except for her parents. So was their parenting "good" or "bad"? I guess what makes viewpoints like these intriguing is that "good" and "bad" are sometimes rather arbitrary terms, defined perhaps by norms that folks just cheerfully march to. Maybe it's too much work to challenge prevailing ideas. Oh, and for what it's worth, last year I had my 8th gen at the dealer for the full maintenance routine. Valve check was part of that. Bike comes out, I get the bill, it's surprisingly small. Hmmm. No valve check. I inquire. Old-skool wrench comes out. I should mention he's a well-respected fellow around here who also races on weekends, and it's usually friends of the shop who get this guy out of the other six to have their bike worked on. I ask him about the valve check. He says the first check is never necessary on these motors but he did check them... using the ol' screwdriver stethoscope trick. Your Mileage May Vary
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  19. I've already done the helibar thing but as I age even further the bars on the ST or big FJR look even more comfy...anyone ever done that? I guess all the various cables, switches, hydraulic lines would need a complete overhaul as well, right?
  20. I'm giving to anyone who wants, a full stock exhaust system off my '04 VFR. Free, all you pay is shipping (would like to keep it to lower 48 states). DM or email: hoghead@gmx.com
  21. thepretender

    Tires on sale??

    Its riding season no need for sales if you need them your gonna buy no matter the price.
  22. Bent

    Tires on sale??

    Well, I guess tire prices have just gone up significantly. Was shopping the internet yesterday and I just don't see the tire deals that used to always be there on "premium" brand tires. Oh well.
  23. Spending money on something because it's a good price is a summary of Walmart marketing. Does spending the money save you money? 89,000 miles on a well taken care of VFR is a non-issue. Buying an 8th gen. for what it really is might be a valid point. I rode mine 185 miles in all twisties yesterday and the difference in rpm's needed go move the bike is kind of amazing. The 8th gen. torque at lower and mid-range is so different that I find I can move around at much lower rpm's than either a 5th or 6th gen. which I've owned. The 8th gen. stays out of VTEC mode much more because the bike just doesn't need it. Who cares that the top end speed is less than 10 mph lower? 6th gen's are fun to ride too. I just found mine needing to stay in VTEC mode a lot more of the time in the way and places I ride.
  24. Hey CaptChaos, Sounds good. I take it you have a VFR1200? Ill see if there is anyone close to me as well with a 1200 that can help with measurements. Just on quick glance i think the upper clamp on the VFR800 and VFR1200 have a similar shape.
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      Salt River Canyon and Tombstone, AZ
      My good friend John invited me (I may have imposed) for a visit from cold Massachusetts down to sunny Arizona for an extended weekend of riding.  He's kinda giddy right now as he just bought a new bike and this was his first long ride.  We rode for three days, the first two days were with his other friends, so we had a group of four.  John's new bike is a Harley Sport Glide and his buddies were also on Harleys, I was the outlier riding John's old love, his Honda Interceptor.
       
      You never know what it's going to be like when riding in a group, in particular if you are riding with folks you never met before.  Fortunately they were good guys, unfortunately they don't like to stop so I missed capturing some great scenery but you gotta roll with the flow in these cases.  Also, I made the mistake of not cataloging our meals, some great Mexican food can be had in Arizona.
       

      Which one of these is not like the other.
       

      240 plus miles and no stops other than for gas, lunch and one time to sort directions.  This was our destination for the night, Heber, AZ.  This charming canyon runs through the middle of town, no bigger than a large ditch.  I'm assuming it becomes a bit more grand further along.
       

      Heber is a very, very small town.  A handful of houses, two antique stores and a couple of restaurants.  Plus cow skulls and aliens.
       

      We are at pretty high elevation, 6,627 feet and it was cold the next morning.  Mike, the ride leader, wanted to get rolling right away but it was just barely above 32 degrees.  We coaxed him into a long breakfast and passively packed quite slowly, warmed up to about 42 degrees when we headed out.  Fortunately for me John's VFR has heated grips.
       

      Our main destination is Salt River Canyon.  This is not that canyon, Jeff is standing right at the edge of the dropoff though it's hard to tell in this photo, it is a long way down.
       

      One of the neat things about riding in the desert are the long views to the horizon and the mesas and mountains in the distance.
       

      We are on the north side of the Salt River Canyon lookout.  The highway winds down the canyon walls to the bottom along the river and then rises back up to the other side.  Some spectacular views, technical curves and switchbacks and lots of other riders.
       

      Here is a panorama of the canyon from the floor along the river.  See if you can make out the road descending and ascending on either side.
       

      Under the bridge looking south along the canyon walls.
       

      This happened more than once, Jeff, John and I were all on a Cardo comm and our ride leader wasn't connected.  The few times we made a stop he kept on going and he either had to turn around or wait.  Mike was a good sport about it, he's a great rider, spent 20 years as a moto-cop in San Diego and LA.  We all said our goodbyes after a BBQ lunch back in Tucson.
       

      The next day it was just John and I and we took a meandering route to Tombstone, AZ.  Those not familiar with Tombstone, it was an old west town that earned it's fame for the gunfight at the OK Corral.
       

      I saw many mines on my ride the days before and again today.  These are massive projects.
       

      The dusty town of Tombstone, AZ.  It's a tourist attraction now with workers dressed up in period costumes and barking along the main street to come and see a gunfight or watch the can-can dancers.
       

      You can go for a stagecoach ride or shoot a revolver at a shooting gallery if you so desire.
       

      I was hoping to go and see the "Highest Kicks in Town" at the Oriental Saloon but John steered us towards Big Nose Kate's for our lunch.
       

      Now normally I don't drink when I'm riding but I'm in the Old West at a saloon so I broke my rule.  Mine is the shorter darker beer.  And that lovely lady was our bartender, didn't catch her name but when your a cowpoke rolling into town for one night what's in a name anyway.  She was absolutely wonderful and quite charming.
       

      The famous cemetery of Boot Hill.  Apparently this used to be free to enter but now it's an attraction with a gift store/museum and a fee to walk the grounds.  Didn't really feel like a tour so I snapped a quick photo at a hole in the fence.  According to John at least they cleaned it up now that it's a paid attraction and I understand that there is a guide or guidebook to explain the sites in more detail.
       

      In the Old West they say the good guys wear white but in John's case this isn't true.  He may be wearing black but he is one of the most generous and kind people I know.
      So long pardner, we got to ride these horses back home to Tucson now.  Ride safe!
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      Another Epic Ride...Kind of
      Who remembers Viethorse and his epic trip to the USA from Vietnam? Believe it or not it has been five years since this Saturday night by the fire. 
      Well, this time America goes to Vietnam to share some ride experience courtesy of Viethorse. I am headed to Hanoi and points north for some
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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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      We rode into Flornece and the heat on the temp gauge showed 100f, only in Colorado can you go from 65 to 100 in a matter of 12 mintues! We looked back at the wet mountains it was just covered with rain clouds, we hit it at the perfect time!

       

       

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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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