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  2. Pm me also. i am interested in the tune for the 6th gen. Ty.
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  4. No worries, do what works for you and I trust Jamie implicitly. Just for clarity, Jamie isn’t saying the 929 shock is dangerous to ride he is saying if he didn’t attend to all the details it would be dangerous... I just wanted to head that off before any swirl started 😎
  5. Next time you are heading this way - let me know. I am a convenient stop on the Cassiar route to Alaska! Which honestly - is the best route to Alaska. As for taste in bikes - I have to admit that I stumbled on this one. Back a long time ago I had a '85 vf500f that I loved. Unfortunately, she came to an ignominious end at the hands of an inattentive driver of a ford tempo. I had lusted after VFRs in my youth - but could never afford them. I wasn't really in the market for a sport-tourer as I live in ADV country - but the price just kept coming down and down - until I really couldn't say no. As for dirt - maybe some stiffer springs, more aggressive tires, some upright bars???? I know sacrilege - but if Honda made the Africa Twin and Africa V-Four - I am going shopping because I love that engine!! My plan is to get her completely sorted mechanically this winter and go for a nice long cruse somewhere warm this spring. I don't really want to modify anything. Just nice and stock and reliable and Honda! If I still lover her when I get back - then it is true love.
  6. I just had a email conversation with Jamie regarding the CBR929 to VFR conversion. He has discontinued that option and explains why in this excerpt from his response. The simple answer is no, the 929 shock does not work on your VFR. What we used to do was take about half the parts of a stock CBR929 rear shock and mate them to new parts that we designed and fabricated ourselves to build a shock specifically for the VFR. There are many details to consider when doing this, details most people won't be aware of. Without attending to all of those details the 929 shock would be very dangerous to ride. Since the introduction of our BD40 series rear shocks we discontinued the CBR929 conversions. The BD40 is not much more money but allows us to offer features you can't get using the 929 as the base. The BD40 also offers performance advantages as well. To attempt to adapt a CBR929 shock to your VFR would actually cost more in the end than one of our BD40 shocks. Appreciate the idea anyway. Thanks
  7. Jamie makes and installs an adapter for the top bolt on the 929 shock that makes it a direct swap out/in with the stock shock and adds a little rear ride height to improve handling.
  8. Hit 14K and did all fluids and a new set of shoes. This is what a Q3 Plus looks like when the sides go first. Happy that I burned through the sides first though. Great tires for the bike!
  9. Not much is better than a day at the track. Love the opportunity to spend time over 8,000 rpm. I usually end up with a "Wah Hoo" also.
  10. Does it need any modifications to fit into the VFR?
  11. If your up for it, I would recommend buying a used CBR929 Showa rear shock and send that to Jamie for rebuild/respring. They are cheap on the auction sites and it will give you greater adjustability for compression and rebound dampening and it has an external reservoir to help keep the shock oil cooler and last longer than the original... I'm pretty sure he does it for the same $295 as your stock shock and you will get better performance 👍
  12. That Fifth looks great in white. It's about time you got an example of the best generation Dutchy. Do it!
  13. Welcome to the asylum. Your anticipation level must be off the chart. You've come to the right place for all things Honda V4. Once you've figured out who the liers and BS'ers are.
  14. Same here! I had Jamie install fork internals and a rebuilt 929 shock. What a transformation! The bikes handling in now nearly telepathic. Absolutely the best modification to my '01 VFR800fi I've made; and I've made a few.
  15. I just talked with Jamie and he graciously took a little time to educate me on the options. One option was to install his brand new shock with spring at $675. This option brings you into serious racing type speeds. The other option is for me to ship him my showa unit and he revalves, installs new seals, and new spring at $295. This option improves general handling & is good into track day events. In addition to the rear shock, he also recommends respringing/revalving the front forks at $335. If you need the seals and bushing replaced also, that might be additional cost? I am assuming that shipping is in addition to the costs mentioned above. After a talk about my riding style, Jamie felt that the showa rebuild/revalve along with the fork enhancements, I would be a happy camper. And it is not too expensive. So when I get my suspension apart in the dead of winter, I will send Jamie my shock and forks. I will share my findings after the VFR gets its suspenders back on.
  16. Welcome to the asylum Suskwa29. You obviously have great taste in mc's. And you've picked the best generation. FI and gear-driven cams. And I do love riding in your provence. Had the opportunity to spend a month touring BC and I must say the roads were fabulous and the scenery quite spectacular. On top of all that, the people I met were welcoming. The folks I met at a PNW meet-up were very fun.
  17. Never a tree or other solid object (I do not consider hitting the ground a solid object). I have to admit to bouncing off of a barbedwire fence though. Good thing it was not "solid". (blush) Back on topic: Over 200,000 miles, with much of it camping along the way, with the bike out in the elements and at risk to dispicable bike thieves and vandals, I've never seen evidence of tampering with the machines. Another knock wood here
  18. Hi Everyone Just to share I have Jamie DMr front and rear, and it's brilliant!! I do not have enough words to speak well about it 😃 No more sloppy suspension, as soon as you seat on a VFR for the very 1st time with Jamie DMRs Kit, you immediately notice the diference, and you will fall even more in love with your VFR, builts your corner confidence, rear is now a bit more taller increasing handling, bike is much more stable etc etc etc Again I do not have enough good words, best mod ever, worth every single dollar shipping it to Portugal 😃 Would order tomorrow again 😃
  19. You appear to be missing Caol Ila, and Laphroaig ... you should try to correct that . ACE
  20. Here in Essex too, especially this time of year. I saw a video of someone who hit one at speed on his Fireblade, split his visor, gave him vertebral whiplash damage and totalled his bike when it ended up in a ditch. PS, I love "brain-free pie-fillings", stealing that!
  21. Some news again. I got the rear tyre changed, or more accurately, I learned how to change a motorcycle tyre. With proper Motion Pro tools and plenty of information over the internet, I was able to put the new (old) tyre on my rear rim. I damaged a little bit the gold paint in the process. This is probably a mix of me learning and a no super quality paint job 😞 I need help from a colleague with a proper air compressor to put the bead in place. I did not balance it. It was not. I think the garage I went to put the original tyre back after the paint job does not have what it takes for single sided swingarm / automotive kind of wheel. Result is tyre does not touch the swingarm anymore which makes me feel safer so I started using it again. Odometer is currently around 99800 km. I do my best to shoot it at 00000km 😉 Also, I removed the dark tainted high screen for an original one. Wind protection feels better. With the high screen, I had all the air deflected right into my helmet which made the situation super noisy. Last but not least, my whole stable. All are currently usable 😁
  22. bdouvill

    My restoration thread

    Place to store all my resto thread. External links seem to break regularly.
  23. Pheasants are the big problem round here. Every year gamekeepers release millions of the brain-free pie-fillings into the countryside so half can be shot and half can be run over. They're big enough to do a bit of damage too. Picking my new bike up next week -- another 2014, this time in black, and with an Akro exhaust. (The white panniers will look a bit weird on it, but distinctive, I guess!) Thinking about security after this unpleasant experience. There's nothing I can really chain it to, and I can't rely on parking it in the same spot so a ground tie in the kerb is out. I'm hoping a good D-lock through each wheel will be enough of a deterrent. Don't think I want to go with an alarm, as there are some very bassy exhausts round here and it might get set off.
  24. You guys come over and we will have a "session"....
  25. Powerbronze wind deflectors (dark smoke). We will see how they do....temps in the morning as of yet only at best 48 F or so...southern California...I know other places got that real winter snap.
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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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    1. Barrys Den Diner at Texas Creek




      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.






      Bishops Castle from behind the trees






      Young kid way way up on the railing to nowhere


      Map of the video ride

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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!



    2. martinkap
      Latest Entry


      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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