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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chad_NC, Feb 5, 2009.
Getting off of this
And riding this, is like riding a cheetah, then jumping on a rhino.
Picked up a VFR that needs some loving since it's been sitting for several years.
Dayum! That's a sweet looking garage queen.
Give it love and lots use (lots of both) and have fun!
Wanting to get into a VFR, selection seems to be slim in the $3,500 and under in my area. Found a 98 with 68,000 on it I can get it for mid to high 2,000's, owner seems very detial oriented, records kept etc. Would anyone be scared of this bike? He basically rode it everyday for a couple years. Is it shot or "should" it be trouble free for many miles to go? I'm trying to find something to do a couple week trip to Yellowstone etc on this summer. I'll do it on my Ninja if I have to but.....don't really want to
I would not be scared of the bike, but I would want to have time to ride it a bit and sort out any issues that may need addressed before doing a long trip. At 68k, aside from the obvious wear items like tires, pads, and chain; the following would be concerns (not necessarily likely, but possible. You'd wouldn't want to deal with them a day before starting out on your Yellowstone trip - awesome place by the way):
front wheel bearings
And normal but not frequent maintenance items like the last coolant change and brake/clutch fluid changes, valve checks, throttle body balance (FI equivalent of a carb sync), air filter change and at that mileage, maybe a fuel filter change.
If his records address all or most of those things, then you can go for it with a fair degree of confidence.
(rotors and clutches can go 100k easily, but if ridden hard, could need replaced much sooner).
And of course, check the charging system output.
I just installed a pair of white oggy knobs, from promoto an australian group, no cut delrin frame sliders on my 2011 vfr800
Interesting you remove the left radiator and overflow with out breaching them, engine spacers, 1 x 40cm long engine bolts, and add a new spacer, the oggy bracket becomes a spacer, and forks into a slot on the new spacer on engine bolt b.
White the right side, u just replace the engine bolt B, slide the bracket ontop, and the other end pokes out for the engine bolt A, and it just clips on.
Fairings arnt any harder to put on and off again, although you have to take the actual knobby bits off the brackets before you do.
Not so, my f4i had oggies, 3 drops, none damaged, except 3rd low side, i ground off a part of the oggie and it bent the bolt. replaced, admittingly they went through a fairing bolt and into the frame, but were perfectly located for low speed drops.
thats why i went genuine oggies, as i have herad of cheapies, not working and acting as a hole punch.. hope they add upto it, their location doesnt appear to be actually ontop of the radiator, just set back slightly. above the fairing, i figure in an off, if the backet did bend, it probably bend onto the fairing and backwards, away from the radiator.
I understand they are for low speed and stationary drops,
That's an awesome lookin' 4th gen. Brother!
I have a red one like that, a '96 picked up almost 3 years ago, still not finished doing it up to my standards!
Noticed the drilled heel guards... I thought those needed something too, stock they remind me of some old serving spoon from Grandma's pantry.
I skeleton-ized mine kinda' resembling expensive aftermarket rear-sets.
Gonna' get nosey now... what year and mileage, how about that pipe, and, er'... how much did you steal it for?
Lots of good info to research about these bikes at sites below:
Good luck with that honey, hope it's lots of fun and adventure!
The charging system is the weak link in the bike, especially the regulator/rectifier. I would have no worries at all about the engine.
Get over to VFRD
and do some reading and ask questions. A wealth of knowledge over there.
98 is a highly desirable year. First year of fuel injection but still has the gear driven cams. With good records I wouldn't be scared of it at all.
It may need some regular higher mileage maintenance items addressed soon such as fork seals and bushings, chain and sprockets, F and R wheel bearings and steering head bearings, etc.
Find out of the Reg/Rec has been replaced with a better unit and if the rear shock has been replaced because at 68K it's definitely shot.
Thanks to all that answered. Looks like I've got a lot of learning to do. Turns out when I met up with the guy I kind of, sort of, knew him. He's a tech/sales guy at our local Honda dealer. I'd seen him before, this was his personal bike.
Maintenance wise it's had:
Lots of oil changes with Mobil 1
No changes to the charging system that he was aware of, he said he'd had it for 20,000 miles or so.
From the sound of things he rode it more or less, daily. It needs a VERY good bath. I also may paint the crappy bodywork something simple like white, more on that below.
I got it for $2,500, the only thing that worries me is it has some crappy aftermarket plastics. I'm worried I paid to much for it with it having non stock bodywork. It's got one of those Chinese body work kits on it so it doesn't fit the best.
One thing I've noticed is that it doesn't seem to turn in all that well but I've been riding a Ninja 250 recently and a KLR before that so I'm sure it will take some getting used to.
You can stop worrying about whether you paid too much for it or not. You did.
That won't prevent it from becoming a great ride (though maybe not a great looking ride).
The turn-in issue will probably go away with new rubber.
Some tire profiles are worse than others in combination with front spring rates and inflation pressures, especially as the tire wears.
What's on there now? Try a different brand next time.
Or maybe check the head bearing torque?
Good point, forgot that one
(Academic to me, I've never had excessive torque on the head bearings cause noticeable-to-the-point-of-objection influence on the turn in, but I've had tire profile/wear issues that made a night and day difference.)
Heavy bikes like the VFR have famously under-inflated tires when bought from clueless POs. Rear should be 40-42psi and the front should be 36 or so. EVen a few pounds under and mine starts to handle terribly. New tires, proper inflation and adjusting the sag with the preload adjusters solved all my turn in problems.
Well I picked up a 97' last Saturday so it's time to check in. The previous owners, including the seller who is a fellow inmate, took exceptional care of it. It only has 16K on the clock and aside from 2-3 insignificant scratches it is in mint condition with plenty of extras.
I was getting it inspected not too long ago and I mentioned to the shop owner I picked up a vfr. He looks me in the eye and says "A vfr huh? Well that was a big mistake." :huh
After a 150 mile loop I can safely say no fucking way!
It still needs some heli-bars though
He's right, you know. I'll give you $1500 for it but you have to deliver it to me.
Yes but appears to be very minor pipe rash and engine cover every so slightly scraped.
Yeah I figured, stupid whim buy. Saw it, bought it, simple as that, although most of my purchases are like that so I guess I just need to get used to it. I'm pretty good at tweaking and painting and making stuff look pretty. Maybe not perfect but I will whip it into respectable shape. I'll paint the crap plastics and they may not fit the best but they'll be less tacky. It needs new rubber, it's got Bridgestone Battle-axes (sp?) on there now and he gave me another used set of the same to put on it but they ain't going on there. I also got a seat cowl and a spare seat so maybe I can sell the used tires, the extra seat and the cowl and make back at least a little bit. I'm thinking Mich P2's or something along those lines.
And after the first ride around the block....the sound...I don't care if had pink sparkly unicorns painted on it, I'd ride it just to be able to listen to it. My god these things sound good.
Got to check and see about the RR and see if it's been swapped for an aftermarket unit and then I'll get some tires on order and blow it apart for cleaning and painting. I'll post pics when I get it done. Appreaciate all the info guys!
Dude I got a 2000 with 11,000 miles in perfect condition for $3600
The corbin saddle, carbon vance and hines, and helibars to boot.
When it comes to buying bikes I keep $ at home ready to go at a moments notice.
But you did good and your bike should last you for many miles.
From my bicycle wrenching days over tightening the head bearings makes the steering notchy. Check to see if the front is squared off.
Not stupid. You've got the right view of it. A better deal could've been had, but it was worth it to you. Enjoy.