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Old 02-20-2009, 06:31 PM   #91
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I am beginning to see a pattern here. Those of us with only one bike have had a dual sport and own a VFR, and those who own more than one own a VFR and a dual sport. Am I seeing something here that isnt so, or am I just crazy. I had a KLR650 and hope to own another one when the VFR is paid for.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:32 PM   #92
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:47 AM   #93
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My 1986 750 with my KLR. Had around 80,000 miles at this time and went through about 25 owners... Great bike and I would love to buy a 400cc next time... Looks like junk cosmetically but was mechanically very sound and no one would ever steal it. Kerker pipes were a bit too loud...

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Old 02-21-2009, 08:39 AM   #94
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One thing about the way it vibrates through the pegs at high RPM. Is this normal? Most people rave about the smoothness of the bike.
Check your chain for proper adjustment and tight spots. If that's good, have the starter valves synced.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:34 PM   #95
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I don't think it could be the chain, as the bike is equipped with an automatic oiler(scottoiler).


What are the "starter valves"?
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:37 PM   #96
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Bought it last summer with 5200 miles on her with the Two Bros carbon pipe and the unmolested stocker included. Put alittle over 4k on her thru the fall. What a sweetheart, and I haven't owned a four banger since my 1982 CB900F.
Hope to never sell it. But I said that about the S3 and the Tiger.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:19 PM   #97
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It has 50,100 miles but, seriously, its super clean. I can only wish my KTM and GSXR would age so gracefully. The only thing I plan to do is replace the steering head bearings sometime this year.
Replace them with tapered bearings and live happily.

You can google the Honda part numbers pretty easily.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:27 PM   #98
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I don't think it could be the chain, as the bike is equipped with an automatic oiler(scottoiler).


What are the "starter valves"?
Just because the bike is equiped with an automatic chain oiler doesn't mean the chain can't be out of adjustment or worn out.

Starter valves are described beginning on page 5-78 of Honda service manual, and starter valve synchronization is described on page 5-81. They are associated with the f.i. system.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:34 AM   #99
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Thanks for the tip, the guy also had the service manual....didn't get much use with under 4k miles in 11 years

On an unrelated note: here in Illinois it is snowy and cold again. About three weeks ago it got up to 63 degrees. The streets had a lot of salt on them, so I declined to go for a ride even though I really wanted to. I thought "spring is here, wait to get the bike out until the roads are clear.....it isn't going to snow again"...........arghhh


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Old 02-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #100
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I've got an '02:


In the garage with the FZ6 streetfighter:
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Old 02-22-2009, 11:46 PM   #101
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In the garage with the FZ6 streetfighter:

Let's see the front of that.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:12 AM   #102
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PU Skunk How close are you to the NC border and which side of SC? I second the streetfighter pic request to.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:39 PM   #103
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Here's and update on the 99 VFR I bought for $2600. I put 600 miles on it this week so its at 50,700 miles. It looks showroom new and has an impressive folder full of maintenance records, but I think I understand why the seller let it go cheap. Worn steering bearings take all the joy out of sporting riding. A bad thermostat keeps the ECU on the warm-up map and it only gets 32 mpg. The battery keeps going down due to a bad regulator. So I have all three things that tend to go bad on high milage VFRs. No problem! I'm gonna fix em all and put another 50K on this great machine.

Oh, and thanks for the tip Kbasa.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:09 PM   #104
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After renting a VFR overseas several years ago have had my heart set on one. Found a mint '01 previously owned by a meticulous middle aged gent who bought it new. He put 12,800 miles on it over the eight years. Kept service records. He traded it for a Triumph Scrambler at my BMW/Triumph dealer and after mulling it over for a spell brought it home yesterday. Looks like it had just came out of the crate. Will probably swap out the exhaust can and that's about it. There's nothing like a VFR. Could be in the barn a looooong time.



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