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Old 09-01-2011, 11:21 AM   #1261
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #1262
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Well that didn't take long. Regulator rectifier seems to have gone bad in the VFR. I'm leaning towards going oem Honda but am interested if there is any general consensus for a quality aftermarket solution? Stator is good and battery is new.
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:06 AM   #1263
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Well that didn't take long. Regulator rectifier seems to have gone bad in the VFR. I'm leaning towards going oem Honda but am interested if there is any general consensus for a quality aftermarket solution? Stator is good and battery is new.
Install a VFRness; cheap, easy and solves the problem. I have a Honda rectifier and no concerns now. Some guys use a RR off a Yamaha R1 but if you dont have the VFRness it seems the problem can return.

http://www.wiremybike.com/
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:01 PM   #1264
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Install a VFRness; cheap, easy and solves the problem. I have a Honda rectifier and no concerns now. Some guys use a RR off a Yamaha R1 but if you dont have the VFRness it seems the problem can return.

http://www.wiremybike.com/
The problem is not just on the VFRs. The Magnas are prone to the same failure. Some owners relocate the rectifier into the airstream to cool it off more effectively but that only works when the bike is underway. I ordered a VFRarness last week to put on my VFR and am going to work on something similar for my Magna.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:02 AM   #1265
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It's partly the design of the R/R that was used on several bikes from that era -- a "shunt" style unit. If you replace it, it's a good idea to replace it with a newer "MOSFET" style unit that doesn't shunt all the excess current to ground creating so much heat.

I replaced my R/R with a mosfet unit from a 2009 R1 (fits with no fin trimming) AND replaced the harness with a VFRness.

Even after long rides, the R/R is only just warm to the touch now.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:54 AM   #1266
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+1 VFRness on order.

Installed. Took about 2 hours, including the accessory fuseblock, although I am not totally happy with where that is located.

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:39 AM   #1267
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I believe this achieves the same as the VFRness if you're into doing it yourself (and cheap):
Monitor wire fix

LuciferMutt, if you don't mind my asking, how much and where did you get the '09 R1 RR?
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:47 PM   #1268
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LuciferMutt, if you don't mind my asking, how much and where did you get the '09 R1 RR?

Ebay for about $100 IIRC. It wasn't cheap but it was worth it.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:26 PM   #1269
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Thanks for all the advice, I wired in a RR from a GSXR yesterday (it was known to be good and cheap ie free), now the bike charges at a solid 14.1 to 14.5 volts but after a short ride today the Rect was burning hot and the bike barely restarted. I'm getting 70 ac volts from the stator and no path to ground through it so I am beginning to think the new battery I put in is no good, maybe toasted from an over charging situation before. I'm going to load test the battery and order a harness upgrade for cheap insurance but this is annoying I never know when my bike won't restart.
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:07 AM   #1270
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When I first saw photos of the VFR1200s, I thought they were ugly, but now after seeing a couple up close, I realize that the reason they are not photogenic is that they have some subtle curves instead of sharply defined lines that just don't translate well into two-dimensional images. After seeing them directly, photos just do not do them justice. They look great, really quite impressive. I hope they are as satisfying to ride as they look like they would be.
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:52 AM   #1271
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When I first saw photos of the VFR1200s, I thought they were ugly, but now after seeing a couple up close, I realize that the reason they are not photogenic is that they have some subtle curves instead of sharply defined lines that just don't translate well into two-dimensional images. After seeing them directly, photos just do not do them justice. They look great, really quite impressive. I hope they are as satisfying to ride as they look like they would be.

They do look better in person than in photos. However, the stock exhaust looks f'n ugly no matter where you are seeing it.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:11 AM   #1272
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Vfr1200

I test rode this little lady at a deal back in April


When I saw that they added a shaft drive to that single swing arm, I thought I was in love, but the price and smaller tank quickly turned me off. I'm not much a fan of the lines, but a good motorcycle is a good motorcycle regardless of looks.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:14 AM   #1273
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I am beginning to think the new battery I put in is no good, maybe toasted from an over charging situation before.
FYI a month ago my bike was hard-starting. I opened the "permanently sealedo not open" battery to find it bone dry. Filled the cells, put it in the bike, started right up; no concerns.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:17 AM   #1274
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It's partly the design of the R/R that was used on several bikes from that era -- a "shunt" style unit. If you replace it, it's a good idea to replace it with a newer "MOSFET" style unit that doesn't shunt all the excess current to ground creating so much heat.

I replaced my R/R with a mosfet unit from a 2009 R1 (fits with no fin trimming) AND replaced the harness with a VFRness.

Even after long rides, the R/R is only just warm to the touch now.
Another question- plug it right in or did you have to do any wiring? Thanks.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:24 AM   #1275
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Another question- plug it right in or did you have to do any wiring? Thanks.

It was plug and play, because I ordered the VFRness that wiremybike.com sells that is pre-modified to work with a Yamaha R1 R/R.The difference is the plugs for the R/R. The only thing I had to do was drill a different mounting hole in for one of the screws for the R/R because I wanted it held on by both screws, not just one.

So I got this VFRness:

http://www.wiremybike.com/product_in...roducts_id=681

And plugged it into an 09 R1 R/R.
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