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  2. It appears Auctmarts doesn't make a fairing kit for the 5th gen anymore.
  3. @Ziffer - sounds like a well thought-out route, I'll check it out, Thank you. edit: just taken a quick Google Maps look at that route. I never would have thought to head to the Olympic National Park, the start of Route 101 and the rest of that route looks stunning. Cheers.
  4. Which one? "There's no replacement for displacement?"
  5. Well, let's say you fly in to Vancouver BC, and make your way to the closest border crossing. From there you could just take I-5 south to Bellingham, WA. It's a nice mid-sized city (if you're into cities). At the south end of Bellingham is the quaint Fairhaven district. There are a number of good restaurants here, but my recommendation would be a place a little outside the Fairhaven district called the Cliff House. After that, you could travel down State Route 11, better known as Chuckanut Drive. Just follow Chuckanut Drive until you get to Burlington, where you will turn onto State Route 20, headed west. Hwy 20 will take you out to Fidalgo Island, at which point Hwy 20 splits and goes north to Anacortes or south down Fidalgo Island. You are going to want to go south. This will take you down the island through forests, past lakes, and over a very high bridge at Deception Pass. Just keep following Hwy 20 and you will get to Coupeville, where there's a ferry crossing. Take the ferry to Port Townsend, and continue on Hwy 20. You will T into State Route 101. At this point, you have a choice of going north or south. I would go north and follow 101 all the way around the peninsula. If you have time, you can head south out of Port Angeles, and go up to Hurricane Ridge. There, you can look across the tops of mountains farther than the eye can see. From there, you will have to head back north, back to Port Angeles, then continue west on Hwy 101. You will pass by the beautiful Lake Crescent, and through a rain forest. Then Hwy 101 turns south. Just follow it until you get to Aberdeen. From there, you can decide if you want to make the three hour drive to Mount Rainier National Park, or continue south on 101. Hwy 101 on the Oregon coast is also a favorite.
  6. Maybe by the time you're ready to ride again my road (yes I consider 33 to be my road) will be fixed. If not I would enjoy hitting some south OC/San Diego roads for sure. Been too long since I've been down there. Good to see you're on the mend. Kris sends her regards.
  7. Both. There's always a base map ECU uses to start with. Then modifies these pre-programmed values using other variables such as air-temperature, air-density (altitude), O2-sensor, etc. So underlying default map IS super rich. Then ECU uses O2-sensor feedback to dial back mixtures. This helps easier starting when O2-sensor is cold and ignored, mixture is richer for easier starting. Then as engine and O2-sensor warms up, ECU leans out mixture for more optimal combustion and power. Remember that '60s hot-rod saying...
  8. I'm on the list for the next batch of VFRD headers. I have a set of 98/99 headers that I could put on, but I probably won't bother with that. I'll just wait for the VFRD headers. A Rapid Bike is probably also in my future. I'm not actually having a problem with the way my bike runs. My o2 sensors are plugged in and I don't notice any flat spots or surging. This bike runs pretty darn good. I was more just curious if anyone had tried a 98/99 ecu on a 00/01 bike. I wondered if it worked, and if there were any hidden benefits/drawbacks. Cheers!
  9. Because, after reading thru the entire thread, and watching all the videos, I'm still not sure if unplugging the o2 sensors causes it to run rich or (after three minutes) causes it to run a default map. Opinions vary and it's not clear. Also, I just wondered if anyone has done it.
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  11. Tahoe is definitely worth a visit, especially up the west side on 89. Gambling is fading out, replaced with a lot of nice resorts and hotels. Even Ramsay opened up a restaurant there I tried out recently.
  12. I would check the over/under on the cost of a new ECU and making it work to include using the catless 98/99 headers or VFRD headers, vs. just buying a Rapid Bike Racing and fixing and upgrading it all at the same time.
  13. @Marsman99 thanks for the info m8, really appreciate it. I've driven through JT NP when I drove from Vegas to SD many many years ago, very interesting. Sunset views are always the best, especially when followed by good food and drink!
  14. Hey Skids, If you're coming to the southern part of Cali in the early part of your timeline (May), there are some beautiful desert areas to see. Death Valley and Joshua Tree National parks come to mind. These are great bike and car trips, but also offer great hiking/camping opportunities. Death Valley https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm Joshua Tree https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm If you come down to San Diego, I always recommend visitors drive up to Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma for the best views of San Diego and the coast north and south to Mexico. Do this at sunset and cruise back down to the city for an outdoor dinner in Little Italy or the Gaslamp area. Hey, you could even take in a Padres game at Petco Park. https://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm I live in North County San Diego. Look me up and we can ride a few of the best bike roads in SoCal (I have bikes) and sample some of the best microbreweries in the country. Either way, have fun.
  15. Why its just a simple resistor. You probably could. You have to compare the wiring diagrams and make sure all the pin outs and the connector to the ecu is identical.
  16. I ended up using 14 AWG. The wires coming from the R/R look like 14. The wires coming from the stator appear to be smaller. 16?
  17. And yet another resurrection of this thread... I have a year 2000 vfr800. All this has made me wonder if a 1998/1999 ecu could be plugged into my bike, eliminating the circuitry and need for O2 sensor eliminators. Anybody?
  18. @Lorne 10 top tips, thanks. Will investigate those links. 👍
  19. As Bmart said, you have room to the lever clamps inboard. Also, your handlebars are marked ABM RL KBA 90928 0239. So, I dunno if they have the same shape as the LSL AN1 bars that came with my kit. Anyhow, here are pics showing the setup on my 2009 VFR.
  20. sorry I'm late to this topic, but good to hear you tracked down the problem.
  21. Last week
  22. Still looking for used fully adjustable shock for 185# w/gear rider for 2000 VFR800 for reasonable price. Thanks!
  23. You'll have read plenty of good suggestions so some of these aren't new, but here's my thoughts. 1. Founders Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/425/files/HumboldtRedwoodsFinalWebLayout2017.pdf This is one of the best spots to experience the enormous redwood trees. An you can jump off the Hwy 101 onto Avenue of the Giants. It parallels the highway but at a slower pace. 2. Monterey Bay Aquarium https://www.montereybayaquarium.org Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel are well worth visiting, and the aquarium is one of the highlights. If you plan to overnight, especially on an even weekend, it is best to book a room ahead of time. Time your visit right and you might catch an even at nearby Laguna Seca raceway. 3. Lassen Volcanic National Park https://www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm If the weather permits a drive through Mt Lassen park is a good way to spend an afternoon. 4. Yosemite National Park https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm A visit here is almost a must. Yellowstone Valley has the main visitor centres & accommodation, but also some great walking paths. If you have the time Glacier Point has fantastic views of the valley 3,000’ below, as well as El Capitan to the north and Half Dome to the east. 5. Hurst Castle https://hearstcastle.org Not my cup o’tea but friends tell me they thoroughly enjoyed visiting. 6. Lake Tahoe https://visitinglaketahoe.com Lake Tahoe is a beautiful part of California. It is busy during the summertime, but Hwy 89 on the west side of the lake offers the most dramatic views. 7. Pacific Coast Highway No driving trip through California would be complete without Hwy 1, the Pacific Coast highway. This is one of my favourite routes, and I’ve ridden it dozens of times. It can be cold and damp in the summer, tho. 8. Napa Valley https://www.visitnapavalley.com If you enjoy wine & wineries then add Napa Valley to your list. Lovely scenery, though the southern part is quite built up. Calistoga is at the northern end, and Silverado Trail is a much quieter road than the main highway, Hwy 128. 9. Golden Gate Bridge https://www.nps.gov/goga/index.htm Terrific views of San Francisco and the bay, especially from the headlands northwest of the bridge. Pro tip: you only pay the(modest) toll southbound. 10. San Francisco https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/muni/cable-cars https://www.fishermanswharf.org I’ve not spent much time in San Francisco considering how many times I’ve driven thru. If you should end up here take a ride on the cable car. We hopped on at Fisherman’s Wharf for a trip to Chinatown. The cable car is terrific fun to ride, and the scenery ain’t half bad.
  24. If you’ve already seen a lot of the coast and this is by car, I would consider this. Day trip into Big Sur from SF/Santa Cruz/Monterey, then inland from SF once you check out Napa Valley and the usuals. Drive through Yosemite National Park from the west side to the east, and expect to take a day taking it in. Spend a day in Mammoth Lakes, and/or drive north to Lake Tahoe to check it out. Drive down the back side of the Sierra Nevadas, or back through to the coast to go down through Big Sur.
  25. Bmart, Thanks. Yes, that would work, but I would definitely have to get the shorter levers. Bill Mersch
  26. I've looked at them. They don't list anything on their website for a 5th gen.
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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


    2. martinkap
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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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