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  2. It's just the original Givi trunk mount for the 5G. Integrates with their tubular side racks.
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  4. vfrcapn, mind posting a few pics and some info about the rear luggage rack?
  5. My parents had one of those DAF's when I was young. They took it in for a tyre change and the fitter drove it off the end of the raised ramp cos he didn't understand the Variomatic controls. 😆
  6. Haha, yes, those races were a blast 🙂
  7. Yes, and it is [was a blast) maybe Dutchy can post some pictures of the DAF cars (in orange if possible) racing in reverse! These were the Good old days!
  8. Well, at least you'd be able to drive as fast backwards as you can forwards!
  9. Grum

    20160227 170505

    Excellent photo, great composition, the bike shadow is very effective in this shot. Well done, love it.
  10. This is not a Wolf, but here's how I addressed the heat problem on my custom Laser underseats. The PGM-FI unit is attached to the underside of a Home Depot/OSH-sourced alloy sheet with outdoor Scotch Dual Lock tape, so it doesn't touch the hot alloy undertray at all. The cut-outs are to clear the seat mounting points. I didn't bother with nut-serts--the fasteners are screwed into tapped holes in the subframe (but I would probably use nut-serts if I were to do this again). Ciao, JZH
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variomatic
  12. Some pics of my wiring. I found the stock steel Wolf tray can get quite hot which I think is why they instruct to attach the ECU to the side of subframe. My PC2 will go back on the left side of the subframe before I put it back together. (When I started to take these pics today I noticed the ECU zip tie was broken and it was just loose behind the tail. So I got to tear in to this also! Beefier tie now added.)
  13. Agree with Cogs here, I'd hate to be towing anything with a CVT, heard too many a sad story regards CVT's, perhaps the very newer ones might be better. Also from what I've heard DCT's have been problematic in many European cars. Best auto trans is a torque converter type, that and a timing chain opposed to a belt were the two major reasons for buying Mazda cars. As always, YMMV.
  14. What's the mileage on the bike? Probably the best thing for now is to install a voltmeter up front so you can watch the trend of charging. You'll know then when it's time for the upgrades...And a quick inspection of the stator to R/R connector. -I'd probably would leave if alone for now since everything is "newish."
  15. That looks like work...
  16. Wow Cogs, really have to disagree here, I love CVT's! At least I did when I was 11 years old, and my Tecumseh lawnmower engine powered minibike had one. That centrifugal clutch was a CVT, sort-of, right? Seriously, I agree completely, the driving experience is lowest-common-denominator. But I do think that CVT is much cheaper than DCT.
  17. Thank you for the replies and compliments. Regarding the rectifier replacement, it's practically "brand new" because the bike is practically brand new. I read somewhere, though, that it's good preventive maintenance to replace it and the wiring?
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  19. Honda still sells the fillers for those slots for when you aren't using the solo cowl. Serves as the spacer and fills the open slot. PLUG, RR. COWL, 77220-MBG-000 They are about $6 each in Canada, so maybe $4 in the US.
  20. Here's where I am at right now
  21. Just remember you need a spacer between the frame & the rear cowl to stop the bolt breaking the cowl plastics. Those slots above the bolt are for the Honda spacer or the rear seat hump cover.
  22. I have a custom rear sprocket carrier of my own design based around a JT Quick Change (QC) carrier with Afam QC Ducati 916 520/45T lightweight steel sprocket. I ran Renthal alloy sprockets before which were OK with 530 chain, but wear out in 3K miles on the 520. So switched to steel.
  23. I've driven a couple of non-Honda CVT cars, and IMHO they suck. Miserable driving experience. I'm guessing CVT would be no different from Honda. Honda has used DCT I believe in some Acura cages, can't understand why they wouldn't go thay way. CVT can't be that much cheaper to make than DCT. Well, whatever Honda. Without a re-boot, your best days are behind you.
  24. Mohawk, are you running a Duc rear hub? I've been looking for a 45T (530 chain) but biggest I can find is a 44T, currently running a 43T with 16T front. I can convert to a 520 to get that gearing but my chain is brand new and hate to go buy everything over if I can find that 45.
  25. Don't feel too bad. It happens to everyone sooner or later. I did it in August while backing out of the garage.
  26. Well my toy has been used for 104 mile round trip commutes, 2.5-3K mile Euro tours. And any other use I could think of. Where possible its my preferred means if transport. And its much more fun.
  27. Their cars, now mostly with CVT’s, are the same. From about ‘92 and onward, they lost their way. To me, ‘82-‘90 was the Honda automotive heyday.
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      Juniper Pass

      I took a day off from work and also from my bicycle training to take out the Veefalo one last time before the weather turns ugly, supposed to snow the rest of the week and possibly start sticking to the ground along the Colorado Front Range. I took a leisurely pace up hwy 105 toward Morrison and got reacquainted with the bike since its been over a month since I took any sort of twisties on it at all, hwy 105 is a scenic ride along the front range between Denver and Colorado Springs, its mostly easy fast sweepers and lite traffic so its a favorite road of mine when going north. Then I have to negotiate a bit of traffic near Highlands ranch and up hwy 470 into the mountains. I decided to take the Morrison Exit and try either Lookout Mountain or head up Golden Gate Canyon - this time it was Lookout Mountain, I was sort of making it up on the fly as I went along. Lookout Mountain is my old bicycling haunt from my days while I was working at Coors, its a killer ride and all uphill - I don't think I could do it today If I had to, not quite there yet! I saw a whole bunch of riders doing it though and wished I was in shape enough to be there doing it as well. 30 more lbs and I will be able to do it! On this day I would do it on the Veefalo instead.





      I took a video from the gateway to the top at the Lookout Mountain State Park, getting past riders, the guy in the green jacket actually pretty much astounded me with how far he had gotten in the short time it took me to set up my camera, some 3 miles at least and up to the gateway from the turn off at hwy 6! Amazing I thought. I took the first two turns slow then got more comfortable as I went up further, till I was doing well, I made some gearing mistakes and took the tight 15mph marked hairpins in the wrong gear so I lugged it a bit on one or two. Still enjoyed it though and then got off at the top and hiked over a rock outcropping for an overview of the road for the pictures below.




      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado


      Zoomed in


      Lookout Mountain Park top of the mountain

      From there I headed up interstate 70 to Idaho Springs for a beer at the Tommy-knockers brewery, I was the only customer in the joint - slow day for them so they treated me like a king! I got a nice tour of the place sort of impromptu, they made me a nice Pastrami sandwich on rye and with the brown ale it was fantastic. I must say the beer is much better there than in the bottles - its always good at the brewery. I am glad I stopped


      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs


      Idaho Springs Colorado


      Mashtuns and fermenters


      Rows of fermenters

      I finished my lunch and since the road to Mount Evans is right there I headed up Squaw pass hoping to get in some nice pictures I wasn't expecting what I found, ICE IN ALL THE SHADY PARTS


      Icy patches on Squaw Pass definitely taking it easy on that road

      There were some section where the ice covered the whole road for 300 yards or so I had to roll through it with my legs out to help keep the bike from sliding and falling over, I took it real slow. A Ford pickup was right behind me so I pulled over to let him pass but the guy was going slower then even I was so I pressed on - in places where I could see I just cut over to the oncoming lane and out of the ice where the sun was shining on the road more, but some places there was not alternative so I just had to go slow, good thing it wasn't slick but rather they tossed some gravel over the worst parts so I had some traction!

      I did stop for pictures in all the best spots


      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate


      Elephant Butte Park and Denver


      Close up


      Veefalo on Squaw Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Juniper Pass


      Mount Evans

      My route A is home B is Tommy-knockers


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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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