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Old 06-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #1771
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So in thinking about this, it got me worried. Looking at the bike from the side, there does seem to be a hell of a lot of weight behind the rear wheel (three cases, maybe an added drybag or two, while the passenger is right over the axle) Would this translate into a front wheel traction problem out in the twisties? The handling does feel a tad awkward when leaning into freeway clover on/off ramps as is, and the baggage isn't even fully loaded. Now, I'm obviously not gonna be getting a knee down or anything with the SO on the back and all our camping gear, but should I be worried about losing the front when rolling on in a curve? Would losing the top case (which sticks out back the most) and just adding a drybag to the rack help at all?
First off, check your rear sag with passenger and kit and/or try dialing in more preload to the rear shock; after that, consider sliding the forks up in the triples a bit to shift more weight to the nose. The 5th gens really benefit from some additional rear ride height--or, as suggested as a quick fix for your situation, the secondary option of lowering the front--for a considerable improvement in handling, anyway. If you had more time, the CBR929RR shock swap is inexpensive and would surely help.

VFRs ain't exactly wheelie-prone, so it would seem your set-up has the front-rear weight distribution substantially out of whack; however, I think some suspension tweaks like mentioned above can go quite some way to getting things closer to where they should be.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #1772
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Hello all
(I've just left Orange Crush and have now opened the door to Road Warriors)

I've just purchased a VFR800 with all the boxes on it so i can start my new life as a tourer and I promised my wife, kids and my friends that i'll definitely NOT be modifying this bike......

Well, apart from changing the wheels from silver to black that is...



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Old 06-17-2012, 12:57 PM   #1773
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It'd have three times that but had an extended post-divorce time out a while ago...

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:26 PM   #1774
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... i'll definitely NOT be modifying this bike......apart from changing the wheels from silver to black that is...
And maybe red striped rims...?
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:58 AM   #1775
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First off, check your rear sag with passenger and kit and/or try dialing in more preload to the rear shock; after that, consider sliding the forks up in the triples a bit to shift more weight to the nose. The 5th gens really benefit from some additional rear ride height--or, as suggested as a quick fix for your situation, the secondary option of lowering the front--for a considerable improvement in handling, anyway. If you had more time, the CBR929RR shock swap is inexpensive and would surely help.

VFRs ain't exactly wheelie-prone, so it would seem your set-up has the front-rear weight distribution substantially out of whack; however, I think some suspension tweaks like mentioned above can go quite some way to getting things closer to where they should be.
Thanks for the tips. Before heading out for the weekend, I went and raised the forks by a centimeter as per the Oracle thread. Also played with the suspension and tightened things up quite a bit. Removed the topcase for the time being. It all added to to a much smoother fully loaded two-up ride.

On the way, I picked up a set of genmar risers from a vfrd member and we hit some twisties with all the gear. No complaints. In fact this was the first long 2-up ride on the vfr where I was egged on to take the longer scenic route, which I count as a big win. Even got to do some gnarly gravel.

Only issues were a freezing passenger at night and a broken mirror (overtightened it as it kept moving). Maybe it's time for some y2ks.




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Old 06-18-2012, 08:09 AM   #1776
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Rode my 92 for the first time since last year. Got other bikes and it kind of got pushed into the corner. I cleaned the carbs but it seems like it's loading up some. Hoping it's just the crap gas that was in the tank.

But I missed the sound and feel of the bike. It's the best sounding engine IMO. My Tiger 1050 engine being a close 2nd. It's not the prettiest anymore, but it only has 46k on it.

No more pushing it in the corner.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:15 PM   #1777
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I just wanted to show off while I can. I posted my VF1000R a year or two ago when I got it. Now it's heading back to California to the previous owner. At least it's staying in the family. I have the 750 to takes it's place. Now I'm shopping for a 5th gen VFR to make my daily but my 750 will be staying with me. She's a keeper.


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Old 06-26-2012, 10:48 AM   #1778
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Way better than the old Ninja 500 and with three givi bags I've got more space than I need.

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Old 06-26-2012, 10:53 AM   #1779
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Way better than the old Ninja 500 and with three givi bags I've got more space than I need.

Best VFR color (I had one identical )
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:11 AM   #1780
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Way better than the old Ninja 500 and with three givi bags I've got more space than I need.

Gorgeous bike and color.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #1781
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gosh, this new shock is going to kill me, 1200 bucks
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:54 PM   #1782
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:50 PM   #1783
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This pic makes me want to rip off all the racks and get that cowl back on there.

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:38 AM   #1784
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Just put new tires on the old boy...

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Old 07-02-2012, 06:10 AM   #1785
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