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  2. I am selling my Kaoko on ebay ( https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/183780196160 ) now, as I have installed an electronic cruise control on my bike for a year (https://www.mccruise.com/collections/honda-bikecruise/2014). It's not cheap, but is worth for money if you are a long distance rider.
  3. Lotta good info once I started digging. The Wiremybike website was also very helpful, even instructional video on testing R/R using a $6.00 harbor freight 7 function digital multimeter. I’ll know what the deal is when I get the fairings off and and check connectors and voltage output.
  4. Thx for your tip squirrelman, the problem with the clutch happened already two years ago so there was no long storage before, but I also think that the clutch is sticking together for some reason. Anyway, before I start to have a look on the engine I must clarify the condition of the frame. Yesterday I had time to go on with the disassembly and finally I could pull out the engine. With the frame now separated I noticed that the right lower tube has a slight bend to the outside whereas the left one (the subframe part) is straight. Unfortunately, I did not make any picture from the front but I marked the area in the picture. I don’t know honestly if this “bend” is original or a damage, can anyone tell me? Furthermore, when I connect the subframe tube on the upper part of the main frame it is dislocated on the lower side to the main frame (see also attached picture). There is not a lot of force needed to push it in the correct position, but again, I don´t know if this is normal or another indication that the frame is damaged/bended. Please let me know how it looks on your vf´s. BR
  5. Looks like a good coating, looking forward to the finished product.
  6. Exactly. The secondary MC on the LF caliper is what actuates the center piston in the rear caliper. After initial fill of the rear system you must manually work the secondary MC to remove the remainder of the air. It's a bit of pain, but the system will then work as intended.
  7. Just thought I'd chime in here too. Drove down to Duc2V4's place on Sunday to pick up my 2 sets. We had a good chat, and I left a case of ale for him & SF. The pipes look great! My GPR, and Scorpion mid pipes will need stretching, but my TBR will slip right on. I probably won't be able to mount 'em up for a few weeks as we have a race coming up, and there's a lot of prep to do on the car as well as the normal packing/RV related stuff. I'll post updates as things progress. Thanks again to you guys for making this happen. I still peek in the box in the garage with a bit of disbelief.
  8. On my '08 I cut that fuse holder out and replaced it with a heavier duty unit from NAPA. Also, a tube of Oxgard will treat all the connectors in the system if you want to go that far. Flat toothpicks work well to apply it. It's a conductive paste vs the oft mentioned dielectric grease which is an insulator. You'll especially want to remove the right side fairing and check (and treat) the connector with 3 yellow wires leading to the R/R. Those are notorious for frying themselves. Take a voltmeter and check across the battery terminals. You should get around 14v or a bit more with the engine running well above idle. If not, more needs to be done. Search on "The Drill" in the electrical forum for more detailed diagnostics.
  9. New fluids, tires, starter valve sync and my baby was running sweet. I know my 30 amp fuse holder was looking pretty scorched, burned wires and all but no problem until I decided to tweak around and look at the fuse. The contacts were dirty so I used a fine Emory board to clean them up a bit and replaced it. Fired it up and all was good except the now the fuse for the horn, running lights and turn signals must have blown because they all stopped functioning. I stopped tweaking after that and took the NT instead. Later with a less pissed off mindset I took the seat off and again felt the crispy wires and looked at the burned fuse holder and was glad I didn’t get stranded. I have zero electric diagnostics equipment and would like get this done at home if at all humanly possible. I appeal to the skilled and knowledgeable folks here to give some suggestions on how to proceed. It’s a 2007 non abs, had a ground issue a couple of years ago that was sorted out by a Honda shop in San Francisco, other than that zero probs with the electric system, no electric accessories. Go go slow I just turned 56!!!!!!!
  10. I'm curious if you have any updates for us, Randy.
  11. That camo pattern reminds me of spy shots of new cars where they try to hide the details before they go to market. Looks interesting from what I can tell. Is that a beak at the front, like and adventure bike?
  12. I just bought my 07 last year without bags as well. I suggest looking at ebay and the classified sections here and at VFRWorld. I suppose you could try FB Marketplace and Craigslist too, you never know. They come up every now and then but tend to go quickly. The VFR looks nice, like that new Cub too.
  13. has anyone put 91 wheels on a 2004
  14. Cleaned up the stands, got 'em wired up, the pivots masked, and wiped all the grease off: It's kind of pretty for the first 10 minutes after you get it shiny! And, for some reason, the damned cell phone will never focus on the side stand. Man cell phone cameras are amazing pieces of crap. After the first coat, I was impressed with the primer. I'm using SprayMax 2K Epoxy primer, which is a building primer that's extra durable. Good for crappy metal like this with pits and grinds in it from where I cleaned out the rust: Note the lower right how rough it looks. That's just how the metal is, I didn't sand that flat and pretty. Part of why I'm going satin black, and using a thick, black primer. I went three coats. I could have gone two on almost anything else, but those feet are hard to get at without over-soaking the surrounding areas, so I had to sneak up on it. This stuff builds really fast, and it's 2K, so you can recoat wet at 6 minutes, and it'll be dry to dust in 15 minutes. Here's the sidestand. Goddamned cellphone camera: Just trust me, the sidestand looks good. A nice, even matte black. It wasn't all pitted like the centerstand arm except on the foot, so it was an easier job. But, still, this 2K impresses me. The spraymax site says 6 hours overnight for cure. I'll spray the top coat tomorrow, which will be Spraymax 2K Hotrod Satin Black. I found an image of it on the internets: I thought it was a good enough match, and it is reputed to be super durable. We'll see how it comes out.
  15. I did my chainguard. Here it is before I've trimmed the vinyl: Looks not good up close. From 3 feet away it looks fine. Heh. Thanks for the idea. It really does look cool for very little money. Oh, the chain wax: Yeah... flingless my ass. I think for me I'll be fine without it, though. No water or mud for me, and I keep shit clean, so screw having to clean this stuff up.
  16. Got rid of a couple of pounds of ugly. Not a whole lot louder than stock but sounds better looks better. Didn't realize was using the front camera so video picture sucks but got the sound. before. Hope these links work. https://photos.app.goo.gl/zdmQQy5oWAXrQAY79 and after. https://photos.app.goo.gl/b57Ex4wGAoTkeE6R9
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  18. Good, "one click" is all we ever want to hear from a solenoid switch. All of the components in this situation (the clutch switch, the solenoid itself, even the wiring and connectors) are all very robust items, not known to deteriorate. So the cleaning will most probably take you well into the future.
  19. Cleaning of the lever switch seems to have done the trick. I took the switch off and unplugged the leads. Electrical Cleaner and compressed air. Reassembled. Now...one click squeezing the lever. One click releasing the lever. Doesn't repeat. Thanks all.
  20. Yes, exactly. As the clutch is eased out slowly. Stops when all the way out or in. I think I'll clean the electrical contact as suggested. Then maybe a new switch. Then digging deeper to the solenoid, where that is located. I started an implant procedure today. Extraction. Bone graft. Now 4 months healing, then the implant. $7000. The switch will surely be less... Thanks for all the advice. I'll let you know what happens.
  21. Grum

    Hopefully Simple

    Definitely no need to remove the tank. Just prop it up to the maintenance position, you should be fine to work around it. Cheers.
  22. I just found an absolutely pristine '07 w/only 4k miles on it. Has never even seen rain. Replaced the tank with a brand new OE one due to one small dent in it (old tank up for sale, BTW...). Rest of bike is immaculate, not a scratch anywhere. However, the original owner never put the bags on it. Anyone know where I can find a set of 6th Gen bags and mounts to go on it? Color is no issue, as I'll have them repainted if need be. Oh, and it is in the garage alongside my '16 VFR1200XD and wife's '13 VFR1200FD, along with a few other things...
  23. I'll have to take new shots later today. No filter.
  24. Greg you are exactly right in the cause of this sound. I think you'll find the clutch switch is a bit dirty and making intermittent contact so the solenoid is buzzing. Some contact cleaner in the switch should help, or adjust the clutch lever position a bit. A new clutch switch is also a cheap thing to replace.
  25. So you're saying that (in the sound file you included) the bike is making this sound in response to you moving the clutch in-and-out? And that's the only item that's changing during that sound file?
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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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      Early Fall Ride
      It's that time of year around these parts when the weather is difficult to rely upon for consistent temps and the amount of sunlight diminishes significantly.  What do you do before Winter sneaks up on you... you ride when you can.  I took an extended lunch break this last week on a supremely beautiful day with temps in the 70's for a quick ride around Ispwich, Essex and Goucester.  Had an enjoyable little hike to the ocean, a satisfying meal and saw some quirky roadside oddities.


      A great little stretch of road off of HWY 1, it's not fast paced, it's on the short side for distance but the scenery is really nice and the roads are a real treat with a few technical turns thrown amongst the sweepers, plus there is hardly any traffic which is so rare around these parts.
       

      Nothing beats the cod bites at JT Farnham's Famous Clams, so many clam shacks around this is my favorite with great outdoor seating.
       

      The Interceptor approves of the view.
       

      Hanging out at the gazebo in Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.
       

      I don't know the name of this location and I can never find it on a map but I find myself here often when I'm just meandering down roads that I like between Essex and Gloucester.
       

      The tree line before the ocean at Rafes Chasm Park.  It's a very short hike off the road with some tremendous views.
       

      Some wildflowers along the hiking path at Rafes Chasm Park.
       

      Bird in flight looking south along the Atlantic coast.


      I saved the best pic for last!  The elephant even has matching red, white, blue livery.

      Looking forward to a few more Fall rides before the bikes get packed away for the year but I don't think any of them will be as nice as this.
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    1. Barrys Den Diner at Texas Creek

       

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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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      Young kid way way up on the railing to nowhere

       


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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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