Honda VFR 750 XC Makeover

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Quacamole, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    Like he said...use water :D. 1 l of water = 1 kg
  2. Lappeman

    Lappeman He's Down Again!

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    Anymore recent updates to this awesome project?
  3. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Yeah me too, I'm dying to see more and more..:evil
  4. nzrian

    nzrian Been here awhile

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  5. Frank from Quebec

    Frank from Quebec Adventurer

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    Congratulations on a superb build !!

    One other way of checking tank leak is to put a little air pressure in it and to spay some bubly soap on the welds.

    Frank
  6. achile

    achile Been here awhile

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    so...any updates??? I keep checking the thread!
  7. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Greetings to all followers!

    Major changes in the project. Engine and frame will be changed for KTM SM990, go them for mickey money - could not resist. Engine is with 4000km only.
    Sold the VFR engine. Laser measured the homemade frame and found the steering neck misaligned - can be fixed. So it will stay on the shelf till I get some inspiration
    to proceed and get a new VFR engine. Or if anyone is interested, can send it and charge for postage only. All other parts for KTM are bolt-on
    so I dont need much, except tank and front plastics.

    Idea is to mix SM and ADV as been done before. With longer adv on swingarm it
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=696823

    Some comparsion pics:

    Frame comp.


    Engine comp.

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    Things I have




    It turned out to be bolt on project rather than complete build,
    but will post the end result.
    All needed parts are on the way - soon it will be unleashed!
  8. duxrneet

    duxrneet Been here awhile

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    I'm confused, but it looks like you're having fun :D
  9. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    So much for my vfr750xc. Parts of KTM SM, SMT ADV used. Turned out quite a beast!

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    It has been fun!
  10. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    So sad, you project was one of the best I have ever seeing, best of luck with the new bike..
  11. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    Gotta say I'm sad as well. The VFR would have been really interesting but you are certainly ahead of the game with a KTM.
  12. HighFructose

    HighFructose Banned

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    :clap thats what im talking about, all that work on the VFR mutant never would have compared to your new bike.

    now its time to ride :evil
  13. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    SO SAD.
    Your project was so cool.
    I understand just wanting a bike to get back riding, but keep the frame and motor and keep building.

    Your bike is one of the few that made me decide to cut my RT up and build the adv bike I want to ride. I am a few wires and my seat return from taking my first test ride, and you ditch me....:cry

    I really hope you decide to straighten that frame and buy another cam drive VFR motor for it and finish that project.
  14. MartinPetren

    MartinPetren Swedish Adventurer

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    Have you taken any pictures of your build? This thread delivers, but perhaps you have something alike?
  15. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    I thought the frame was awesome and bike had a ton of character. However I completely understand and support why you went to the KTM build. Mixing and matching components from various bikes, it is so difficult to achieve that factory look. Sometimes it's better to stop, reassess the true goal, and continue.

    I think your new bike looks great and I bet it's a blast to ride.
  16. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Here is my build thread...mot as nice as Quacs, but it is improving everyday. I will be adding some new pics soon. It is almost on the road for some preliminary ridimg test so I can double check some changes out and see what has to go and what stays....I hope to test it TODAY.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=889253

    I am not picking on Quacamole...I get it, just want to finish a project and get riding, but I really hope he continues on the VFR...just cool and different. My build has been done before by others, so it is just my version of it...not nearly as interesting as Quacs.
  17. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Greetings and thanks to all supporters there. Summer here is short and I just wanted to get out there and ride, that´s the reason for switching to KTM.
    But yes, planing to finish the VFR also one day. Also xs650 engine should arrive next week or so, for my scrambler/sled build. Will continue building when it gets cold here.

    Keep up with the good builds kellymac530 and sailah, I also need to get some alu welding skills for the future swingarms!

    Ride safe!
  18. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Since the weather here is not riding friendly anymore and I just managed to get some Honda antiques - looks like there will be version 2.0

    Starved 89' VFR and Africa Twin 650 frame.

    You'r thinking what I'm thinking?

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    Greetings to all builders out there!
  19. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    My guess is that you won't fare that much better getting that big VFR lump into a way-too-small space than the previous build, but we all vicariously enjoy watching you try, so go for it!

    - Mark
  20. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello Quacamole,
    this 'But yes, planing to finish the VFR also one day.' was the sentence I wanted to read. I feel sorry that I haven't found it earlier!
    Keep up your good work!
    Kind regards, Bambi