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  2. I would agree to that.. I'm sure I have some very special places that there's no frickn way I remember where they are! (Mbe a couple beers will fix it?)
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  4. In the Netherlands, once I register my bike ( any number) I must insure it (at least liability). But then I can let anyone ride it occasionally. Road tax is Eur 10 per month Vehicles >40 yrs are exempt from road tax,. >25yrs only pay 25% of the annual fee, but may not be used December-February. Suspending a plate is Eur 24. reactivating free. Liability insurance for my VF500F2 for instance is like Eur 60 per annum.
  5. I'm with Jozef. I bought a No-Mar Pro Model 10 years ago. I've done almost 1000 tires since then. The equipment paid for itself the first year I had it. I was not happy with the service at my local Honda dealer. Bad attitude at the service desk, scratching my wheels, not doing a good job balancing them and charging too much. Take a look at how the wheels are balanced on the bikes in the showroom. The weights they use are all in 10 gram increments, meaning they round off at 10 grams, even on the brand new Ducati's. With 5 more minutes of work anyone with their own tire balancer can balance with a lot more accuracy than that.
  6. Nothing about #7 is special. You need a 19mm six point socket to loosen the lug nuts. The short lug wrench in the tool kit is there because it fits in the small tool kit. A little easier than packing a socket and long ratchet in case of a side of the road tire change.
  7. Bubba...there's a good reason why the Chinese don't make airplanes or elevators. The same reasoning applies to why I wouldn't use a air filter from them on my VFR to save $30. I'd buy a lawn sprinkler, a pair of socks, maybe some beach toys from them but avoid anything using Chinese products on anything of high value to me.
  8. I've been mounting, balancing, and repaired many flats for 10 years now. Installed almost 1000 tires now. I've seen many tires that were repaired with the "sticky rope". When I asked the owner of the tire about the repair in the tire, many of them have said they picked up a nail while on a ride a few years ago and never had another problem with it so they left it in until the tread was worn down. The sticky rope works very good as long as it's fresh and has not been dried out. If you brought your tire to me to be fixed I'd remove the tire from the wheel and install the 2" diameter patch with the rubber stem pulled through the puncture. With a small puncture right in the middle of the tread I'd have no problem or reservations repairing this tire. I would advise you to watch the air pressure for a couple of weeks, daily checks to make sure the patch is doing it's job and the speed rating of the tire is no longer valid...take it easy on the tire, NO track days of course. Regarding the Stop N Go "mushroom plugs" that are inserted from the outside and expand to a mushroom head on the inside, they are no good. I've heard reports on other forums they come out.
  9. I will never understand why some folk like black wheels. For example, here are three tricolore VTec VFRs, each with different coloured wheels. The one with black wheels looks, imnsho, just looks dull by comparison.
  10. Ignition Pulse Gen Assy from a 1994 Honda VFR750. Honda P/N#: 30300-MZ7-003. Should fit 94-96 VFR750. In excellent condition. All wires and insulation are in very good condition Removed from a working engine with 28K on the odometer. $30
  11. I know right, could you imagine paying $70 compared to $600+ for multiple registrations when you can only operate 1 vehicle at a time.
  12. Oil Pump Assy from 1994 Honda VFR750 will fit years 94-96. Removed from a running engine with 28K on the odometer. Includes all the tubing pictured and gears and pump drive chain. Pump assy has been stored in a sealed bag covered with clean oil.
  13. Rukka 70167-778-990-11 Apollo GoreTex Xtrafit waterproof Gloves size 11, Black. Condition is Pre-owned. I ordered these from Europe. Price on Cycle Gear is $249 (not including shipping). Almost new, I've worn these four times and while they fit, they run small. I usually wear XL gloves (11 US)...and I'd say these are a Large. My fault is your gain. GoreTex Xtrafit...membrane bonded to the leather...no loose inner liner...truly waterproof (I did the bucket test for 5 minutes!). Worn twice last Fall and twice this Spr I'll be using the funds to purchase the same pair, one size larger!
  14. Insurance on that GS450 is 14 dollars a year.
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  16. Finally installed my Ermax Rear Hugger with Chain Guard and swapped out the Delkevich pipe with the Staintune pipe. The Delkevich is louder even with the Decibel Killer, but I prefer the Staintune’s Polished Steel as well as its Deep sound without the decibel killer. Installation of the Ermax Rear Hugger and Chain Guard was a little trouble deciphering the instructions but once figured out all went well. Love the look and functionality of it also. Installation of the Staintune pipe was very easy and fit like a glove. It mounted fairly easy and looks good as the pictures show. I have the Delkevich for sale with the original box.
  17. Leon, I’m so disappointed! You post a tread with Playboy in the title and it’s just a motorcycle article? [emoji16] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Gotta say... a reliable independent shop is a valuable resource. If I had one in the neighborhood, I might not be so adamant about doing everything myself, but... c'est la vie.
  19. 2thdr

    The Crash

    Hi Lee! This is Steve's wife, Christina. I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your account of this day. I don't think you should waste any time lamenting how you inconvenienced anyone. I can only speak for myself, but witnessing your fall touched me profoundly. I may not know you well, yet have the utmost respect for you as a person and a rider, and now a writer. I think of you often and wish you continued healing. I pray for you and your beautiful family to experience joy and peace. I truly hope our paths will cross again one day... All the best, Christina
  20. didit

    The Crash

    From the moment I received the call, my heart dropped thinking about you all. From the feeling of helplessness watching a fellow rider disappear over the edge, to the angst for the pain you have gone through. I was so sorrowful not being on that ride with you. So much more so when I go the news. Lee, take the time to heal right, you only have one true shot at it. You are an inspiring soul to me and I look forward to our next meeting. All my best wishes, from back in July to now and the coming future for a successful recovery.
  21. Yes, yes I do. Like you, I also opted to have the dealer who I purchased my MV Agusta and several Ducati's, Guzzi's and Aprilia's from do tire changes for me as I felt my time was far more valuable than the cost of having it done. All went well until one of their newly hired techs wrecked the Carbon Fiber BST I had fitted to one of my Ducati's - this, after being assured they would be as pristine as they were when left them. Much to my chagrin (and theirs) this was not the case as my rear wheel was severely damaged to the point of requiring replacement. Sure, they covered the cost and a whole 3 months later I had a new wheel. That was it. I was going to do my own wheels, balancing included. I purchased my No-Mar changer and mounted it to the floor in one of the corners of my garage. I also purchased a Marc Parnes balancer and must say there's a certain zen-like feeling for a job well done after every R&R. Now, my riding buddies actually wait until I can fit them into my schedule to mount and balance theirs too. They ride their bikes in after having their tires shipped right to my door and ride away with fresh rubber on their machines. Being that I'm as OCD as I am, I even take the time to clean up the forks, swingarms - clean and lube the chains and they're on their way. What do I charge? Initially I was doing them for a 6 pack of Franziskaner Hefeweizen or StaroBrno Beer, until one day they (5 of 'em) decided the work I was doing was worth far more so they came up with $80 as being a fair compensatory number. We always have a great time watching current races or whatever else might be on, on the wall mounted garage TV. After all they are my pals. I was fine with the beer. Now, they'll show up on their bikes, hop into my car and head to the liquor store and get me my beer anyway! As an aside: The equipment paid for itself quite a while ago. :) J.S.
  22. https://motokicx.com/hrc-honda-rc45/?fbclid=IwAR04q--oF7_wTAI76H7wRGh7oGbG0AVRxXFg2zTsSoHu0pLeDcSLXTsydvA @BusyLittleShop
  23. Thanks to everyone who offered advice!
  24. I'm watching this thread closely but I have a local independent shop that does a perfect job every time with never a scratch for $30 per tire/wheel if I bring them in. The owners are the mechanics and are straight up people. Right now, my time is worth more than $30 per hour. If any of this changes, I'm going to do my own.
  25. I have broad form motorcycle coverage that makes me legal on any bike, whether I own it or not ($114 per year). Then I have some individual policies on a few. Licensing can get expensive, but for my area in my county, it's about $70 per bike per year. But I will sometimes swap plates around on similar bikes. My obviously vintage bikes have collector plates, but I still don't do that on my Interceptors that are eligible because they don't look eligible. Don't want any unnecessary conversations.
  26. It's the same in the US and probably every where else. The vehicle is insured, not the driver. Multiple vehicle owners - count me in that - are just as unhappy here. To the latter, I'm not sure what that assessment is based on. If you read "The Crash" thread posted recently, there's nothing about being left for dead by the medical community. Just because the government pays for it does not make it better.
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      Maggie Valley, NC Report
      My dad (Honda F6B), uncle (HD Electra Glide), and cousin (BMW R9T) returned last week from a 4 day trip from Ohio to Maggie Valley, NC. About 1500 miles round trip on my 31k mile 2001 5th gen (AMAZING bike). We rode the Tail of the Dragon (of course), visited Wheels Through Time museum, and rode the wheels off our bikes. Great trip, great roads, and a safe time had by all. 
       

      Lots of highway time on the way back made me want to upgrade the ol' 5th gen with some helibars, taller screen, and a throttle lock though...

      Happy motoring!

      PS - you must eat at Butts on the Creek if you stay in Maggie Valley...we found it on the first night and ate there 3 times.






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      VFR Visits the White Mountains
      View from the Kancamagus Highway looking south.
       
      Probably my favorite area to ride in my neck of the woods, the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains between Conway and Lincoln, NH.  It's only about two hours from my house (near Boston) if you take the interstate and a local highway (I95 and HWY 16) heading up the east side towards Conway, which is what I did.  There's three tolls along the way totaling $3.50.  Alternatively you can take I93 north all the way to Lincoln only paying one toll that costs $1.  93 is faster but 95/HWY16 is more interesting.  This is the longest trip I have ever taken on my Interceptor in a single day, 400 miles and man was I sore the next day.  Didn't help that it was really hot later in the day and I didn't hydrate enough suffering some leg cramping.  I should add, there are a lot of pics of the Interceptor below... I've been here quite a few times with my other bikes and really was just thinking about taking photos of my bike at some of my favorite stops.
       

      Chocorua Lake is a great place to stop and just chill.  Very relaxing and usually not too busy.
       

      The Swift River that runs along the eastern side of the Kancamagus Highway.  Lots of people just wade and play in the water here.
       

      More spectacular views from the top of the highway overlooking the mountains.
       

      A lunch stop at One Love Brewery in Lincoln, NH.  The bartender recommended these French Dip Sliders and now I would recommend them as well.  Really good.
       

       

      There were a pair of antique cars stopped along the Basin which is just north of Lincoln along the Styles Bridges Highway in Franconia Notch State Park.
       

      A view along Franconia Notch.  A really mellow divided highway with sweepers that cut between the mountains.
       

      A retired Cog train.  These trains still run up Mt. Washington.  Notice the angled engine that is designed for going up the grade of the mountain tracks.  This old model is sitting along HWY 302 near a restaurant.
       

      Stopped along Saco Lake.  You get here from Franconia Notch by taking HWY 3 or 302 from Styles Bridges Highway (I93) N.
       

      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.
       

      Took a stop at the Flume for a break from the heat and get some water in the beautiful visitor's center.  This is a great place to visit if you have more time.  For a small fee you can take a two mile hike through some amazing landscapes.
       

      Bonus VFR pic!  After the Flume I headed home along 93 south.  70mph posted all the way to Concord, NH.  I had a few runs of 80mph keeping pace with the traffic.  Surprisingly I was effortlessly getting 200 miles per tank with a bar or two on the gauge still showing when I stopped to fill.  I didn't hit vtec all that often but I wasn't babying the bike.  I'd be lying if I said the VFR was comfortable for a 400 mile day for me.  I can do it but I was quite sore the next day.  Still, love the bike and glad to know that I can take it on a longer ride, especially since most of my favorite roads are at least an hour away from 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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      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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