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  2. Hey MaxSwell. Those lights are so bloody bright they've turned the ground to white! What is that stuff?
  3. I love my LED lights. I can tell I'm much more conspicuous, whether coming up to traffic from behind or facing traffic. I do not get flashed by oncomming traffic. And the brights! Amazing coverage; and quite white. I've also mounted fork LEDs (short distance ahead and broad side to side). I used to hate the unlit inside of corners at night. Now I can see the inside of a curve twenty meters to the side. The "L" brackets I had made by a local shop allow my to adjust up and down and side to side.
  4. Welcome to the asylum. You obviously have great taste in mc's. And it's the fastest color. Safe and twisty riding.
  5. Need left side fairing for 2000 VFR in yellow.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Thanks. I use the same caps as well.Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. I've had angled valve stems for a long time. Never an issue and they've held air pressure well. I do use metal caps and high quality valve inserts.
  9. I'm collecting several questions at once. Is there any way to get hold of a transponder for a key or a full uncut key? I only see keys without transponders and would like to have 1 or 2 spares. I think Honda wants about 150+ EUR for a key, including programming, but I saw them on Amazon for ~20$. Is there a good place out of sight to mount 2 USB sockets? The only place I found is to place a small charger under the left tank fairing and run the wires up front. Also, I've searched for 1h for the elusive "white accessory plug" but was not able to find it. I'm now running the wires directly from the battery but would like to have them switched. I'm still waiting for the mating 6-pin plug to arrive, hopefully by then I will find out where the plugged plug is. Looking for something other than handlebar sockets. How do you handle phone mounts? I have a RAM 24mm ball afixed to the steering stem center, but it's out of sight. I 3D printed some hoods for 2 phone chargers, which keep the phone out of sun and slightly out of water. But it's unsightly, at best. Looking for something with Qi capability, if possible. I still have a TomTom that gets mounted to the same RAM mount, but it's a bit long in the tooth. Looking for something other than handlebar mounts.
  10. Speaking of key fobs here is my version. I'd be interested in having your friend make a better version of this one. Would he be willing to do that?
  11. Totally agree with this. I remember my first ride on the 86 VFR and I was suprised at the uneven pulsing at low revs compared to my previous VF bikes with the 360 degree cranks. My 800 was more of the same, and really wasn't happy below 3000 rpm either. By contrast I also have a VTR1000F and that is quite happy at lower revs, so go figure.
  12. Battery and electrical stuff position looks very nice. Ciao, Luigi.
  13. Yes, I'm pretty sure that's the one. The "goat trail" going north led eventually directly into the town of Noxon. Although I thought I could see a bridge across the reservoir just a little way south of where I camped. But I've found my TBI'd brain is not always reliable. While I made it to Noxon on my fifth gen, the trail really calls for an adventure style mc. Y'all have been warned. (hehe)
  14. The symptoms that are observed in other threads is that the bike's throttle response is too aggressive off idle, as when taking off from a stop, making it hard to smoothly and consistently launch the bike. Also, people report that starter valve vacuum out-of-sync issues causes a low-RPM vibration through the engine (think, less than 3k RPM). I hope this is what's contributing to my vibration issues that I've felt at low RPM. The reviews of this motorcycle online often include a description of how "buttery smooth" the engine on this bike is, and that's funny because this engine doesn't seem very smooth at all to me. It's not buzzy or vibey compared to some inline-4 or inline-3 motorcycles that I've ridden, but this bike is far from "buttery smooth", especially under 3k RPM, and especially at more than slight throttle openings. I saw one review where they said they can accelerate cleanly from 1k RPM! What??? Lol not on my bike you can't. If you are under about 2500 RPM my bike chatters and chugs so hard you feel like you're going to shake something apart. It's worth mentioning that I've adjusted the chain perfectly and still feel the same vibrations at low RPM. I will sync my SVs pretty soon, and report back here on any changes to throttle response and engine vibrations. I just got my sync tool in the mail yesterday. VERY high quality, by the way, most impressive for a $39 tool from China. It's larger and heavier-duty than I expected, with gauges that are nice and large, like maybe 5 inches in diameter for the gauge faces.
  15. ^^^ This is what you need to do.You’ve had decent suspension and, now, have that experience to compare to something stock. You’re never going to be happy with stock components, from now on. Just spend the money on Maxton internals. All my bikes have their front and rear suspensions reworked. It’s just a given, for me.
  16. I'm reaching out to my manufacturer again to see if they are open for business yet - hopefully I will have some on hand soon. I will be posting them up on eBay under the same acct, i will also post up a link in this forum once it's posted Thank you everyone for your patience!
  17. Just to be clear, I did not test acetone on the motorcycle, just on some random plastic piece to see how the paint lays down and how it looks. I'm washing the surfaces to be painted with soap+water and then isopropyl, before laying down the paint. On the test piece, acetone was starting to remove the base coats (both of them) but did not touch the clear coat (lacquer?).
  18. Acetone is a solvent for the plastics so be very careful Wash clean with water or ISO
  19. Well, I played a bit with the paint, it came in 3 parts. I managed to put the first layer (base coat / primer) in 2-3 layers and below are the results. From my tests on a piece of plastic, the clear coat is required, otherwise the paint can easily come off with some solvent (mild acetone). I'm afraid that the clear coat will ruin everything, because right now it looks almost perfect. Be aware that the pictures don't show exactly the reality, a movie would capture the flaws more easily.
  20. I read that you had dropped the bike and them quickly glanced at the pictures and thought "Oh no, expensive" fortunately I read on, it's all for access. Still not a good feeling, but at least you got away with it relatively well.
  21. Also interested when available again.Will you be posting on ebay under the same account?
  22. Congrats on your VFR and welcome to the forum!!? I'm guessing your bike has been lowered, judging by the handlebar locations on the fork tubes.Which would mean the rear was probably lowered, too.I don't know if that's a good or bad thing for you, but even if you don't need it that low, this being your first bike you might be more comfortable flat-footing it at stops for now.You can always raise it back up for more cornering clearance later if so desired. Have fun, be safe, and keep the rubber side down!
  23. Speaking of angled valve stems, are there any drawbacks to having those on the back wheel?
  24. Thanks Mohawk, mileage is just over 30k so just about run in really? my guess is the forks have never been serviced prior to me working on the bike so it’s a fair suggestion that wear and tear maybe part of the problem, although in my defence, no obvious wear was visible on the bushes but that doesn’t mean the cartridge internals aren’t knackered. I’ll start with trying heavier oil but I’m not convinced of the improvement. ill post once done though. Pete
  25. Oh in answer to the question, Yes.VFR Stanchions, VTR sliders, Traxxion Dynamic Cartridges & CBR929 callipers ??
  26. Well using 7.5wt oil is the major problem. You have a valve system that is around 20years old. Depending on mileage & fork oil changes will determine the amount of wear. They were poorly damped when new, so using 10 or 15wt oil would be a good start. Then it’s a choice of either upgrade the valves or the cartridges, or replacing the forks. There are plenty of threads here on how to or what worked for others. Have fun ?
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      Another Epic Ride
      Lost a job recently so decided to spend some quality time on my moto.?Took a 3 day tour of SD/WY, solo keeping a generous 6+feet distance from most individuals and animals (luckily)
      Day 1, left Denver and arrived Hot Springs, SD. I was immediately greeted by lovely twisties of Hwy 395/87 and the bison on a way heading to Custer.?
      Stayed overnight in the Center Lake campground, roughing it sleeping in a hammock (my first). Dipped to 48F overnight so I was a little chilly. The campground is awesome: clean showers, beautiful?lake, wildlife around..?
      Day 2, left the campground and I was immediately on the Needles Highway. I’ve been on it a few times so I did not bother stopping to take pictures because I was enjoying the road basically to myself early morning. The is super twisty and has a few on way tunnels carved out in the rocks. Epic ride! I continued riding to the Spearfish Canyon after a short stop for breakfast in Hill City. SC is another must do: flowy, moderate speeds ride! Left SD heading to the oldest National Monument in US. The roads around it are triple digit sweepers but kept it sane being alone and seeing some cops around. After a quick picture at Devils Tower, rode to my cabin in Buffalo, WY.?
      Day 3, after sleeping not that great, I stopped for a drive through coffee at Macdonalds:). I wonder if I was their first customer on a motorcycle going through a drive through ?. After slurping the god-sent beverage, off I went over the Big Horn mountains. It was a cold foggy morning in the mountains so I missed some of the scenery. The fog lifted as soon as I reached the peak, and I was happy to be able to see more than 20 feet in front of me. Again, did not stop for pics,?I was just happy to avoid any potential collision with the wildlife and being warm enough to enjoy the corners. The west side of Hwy 16 is better anyways, smooth pavement and nice views. Stopped in Thermopolis, WY at Bear Cafe for brunch-great food!
      The canyon heading south of town is beautiful!! Then, the boring shit of 120 miles to Rawlins.. Not terribly so but after all the good roads, this was definitely a drag. The highlight of the ride back to Denver was a ride through the Medicine Bowl mountains (Saratoga to Centennial). Nice road and lots of snow still on the sides..
      In summary, the best part of my trip is the Black Hills, SD. You literarily can spend 3 days and explore some of the neatest roads and not have to go far. They also take care of their roads, and the wildlife is the icing on the cake: watch out for wild turkeys, deer and bison of course.?

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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.

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      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.

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      Lookout Mountain - Golden Colorado

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      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

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      Tommy-knockers Brewpub Idaho Springs

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      Idaho Springs Colorado

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      Mashtuns and fermenters

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      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

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      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

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      Echo Lake at Mount Evans showing off my new plate

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      Elephant Butte Park and Denver

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      Close up

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      Veefalo on Squaw Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      Juniper Pass

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      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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