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Old 10-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #1351
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I've been searching for a 5th gen in my area for the longest time and have had zero luck.

I've got a line on a 6th gen ('04) with low mileage in great condition for a great price.


Do you guys think I'll get sick of the VTEC and wish I had held out for a 5th gen, or should I go for it?
IMHO, I'd get a 5th gen, for the gear cam whine and ease of valve adjustments. YMMV.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:43 PM   #1352
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For a 5th Gen windshield upgrade, nothing works like a Laminar Lip. I'd guess it works well for other iterations, too.

http://laminarlip.com/vfr.php
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:48 AM   #1353
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I've been searching for a 5th gen in my area for the longest time and have had zero luck.

I've got a line on a 6th gen ('04) with low mileage in great condition for a great price.


Do you guys think I'll get sick of the VTEC and wish I had held out for a 5th gen, or should I go for it?


I believe only the first year VTEC had the transition from two to for valves at 6K RPM. After some complaints they changed it to 7K RPM and this greatly reduced the abrupt change. I've ridden both and felt that yes you can feel it but unless you ride the bike right at that point it's very minor. I happen to really like the styling of those bikes even though I ride a 5th gen. I would say if you can get a deal on one of those go for it!
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:48 AM   #1354
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I agree, if it is a good deal jump on it. I much prefer the style of the 6th gens. The headlight/front fairing design is nicer and the under seat exhaust is a much cleaner design. It really opens up the back end of the bike and makes the bike look more svelte in the rear. I do love that gear whine though.

I have ridden an 6th gen and did not find the transition all that noticeable. Sure it is there but I would have a hard time seeing any scenario where it would cause me problems. I do not ride the bike at it's limit anyway, my own limits are much lower than the bikes.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:28 AM   #1355
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For a 5th Gen windshield upgrade, nothing works like a Laminar Lip. I'd guess it works well for other iterations, too.

http://laminarlip.com/vfr.php
This link? http://www.laminarlip.com/vfr.php
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:45 AM   #1356
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The problem is the smiley face appended itself to the link. The laminar link is valid w/wo the www.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:27 AM   #1357
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in 2006 they lowered the Vtec range by 200rpm to smooth out the power surge.
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:35 AM   #1358
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How do you like that windshield? How tall are you/where does the wind hit you? Nice set up, btw
Screen works great, im 175cm, a short guy, and the wind hits just short of the top of the helmet for me. top stuff when you lean over teh tank with it, the wind by passes you all together
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:02 AM   #1359
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2008 vfr vtec

I picked mine (08 w/5300 miles for $5k) up used about a month or so back. Sold a 929RR to get this one as I plan on taking a trip from Florida to Cali and back next March.

Initial impressions after about 1500 miles now are the VTEC is a non issue. People bothered by this transition I cannot understand. Power is lacking a bit in the lower RPM's but if you wind it out, she comes alive in the upper register.

I've added Heli-Bars and a set of OEM bags. Got a ZG Touring windscreen coming this week to get the air up a bit. I'm 5'8" and the wind bothers me a tad compared to the 929. Seat and pegs are fine for me right now.

Love the center stand, makes chain and tire maintenance on the road nice. Linked brakes are pretty nice as well. Suspension can be stiffened up satisfactorily for my 165 lbs and the luggage. I've got Pilot Road 2's on it now and the handling is very nice. It's not a heavy bike but it did add 130+ lbs from what the 929 weighed in at.

Fuel economy isn't too bad at 40-41 mpg steady. I usually cruise between 85-95 most of the time on the slab.

I don't see personally any major problems with performing the valve maintenance. Honda specs 16k mile intervals and they don't expect the plugs to get changed until 32k miles. All of it seems to be within the capability of the home mechanic if they take thier time and read the manual.

I think it's going to be a very nice bike for touring and commuting on for quite a few years.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:19 PM   #1360
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I traded up about a month ago from a '99 CB750 to a '01 VFR800. What a difference.
I see why people call this a "perfect bike", everything about it just works (for me )

One issue I have though, I ordered the solo seat cowl from Honda, and the paint doesn't match at all. Ok, well, it does. It's red, but nowhere near the same shade. Reading around VFRD they say R-157 is a factory variance color, meaning it changed through the years. I talked to an auto painter who said he could match it *crosses fingers*

Would custom matching the paint be the best route? I've seen colorrite, but I've read it's the same messed up shade I already have.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:05 AM   #1361
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Would custom matching the paint be the best route? I've seen colorrite, but I've read it's the same messed up shade I already have.
The other option would be to paint it a contrasting color (black? or dark gray) and call it a day.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:30 AM   #1362
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Nice setup. Thanks for posting.

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I will copy and paste over my post on another forum regarding the tank lock setup.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #1363
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That might be a good idea. The fairing on my yellow '00 has been repainted twice and is still the wrong color.

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The other option would be to paint it a contrasting color (black? or dark gray) and call it a day.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:38 AM   #1364
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I had a local shop match some paint to respray the beetle bags I got this summer...long story short...they did it (old timer w/years of matching exp), it looks good, but it was damn expensive...I was lucky, I was able to paint both bags w/ a pint at a cost of $150.00....a quart would have been almost $300. They used my rear seat cowl for the match...it has never been on the bike, so it was basically matching to a brand new paint...there is some slight difference on the bike paint, but you'd have to know that to notice it...but now you do... :)

Edit...the $150 was just for the paint...not the actual painting... Doh!




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That might be a good idea. The fairing on my yellow '00 has been repainted twice and is still the wrong color.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:01 AM   #1365
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Here we go.....

My "new" 2006 VFR 800 VTEC.....

After somebody stole my CBR600F '01 in may, i´ll be back on the road next spring

Here is a pic and next year i hope to bring a few more
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