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Old 08-03-2017, 01:25 PM
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Well I have purchased a new to me but old ride it's a 1999 vfr800 it's a one owner done 14000 klm , I still have my vtr of course but it's in bits at the moment doing the forks and manual cam chain tensioners the vfr came up for sale so I grabbed it for my daily ride so far am loving it I have done the steering head bearings and replaced the tyres . I am hoping to get my vtr back on the road this weekend and it will be my weekender . One great thing about the v4 no cam chains so never have to worry about that
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by 06vfirestorm View Post
Well I have purchased a new to me but old ride it's a 1999 vfr800 it's a one owner done 14000 klm , I still have my vtr of course but it's in bits at the moment doing the forks and manual cam chain tensioners the vfr came up for sale so I grabbed it for my daily ride so far am loving it I have done the steering head bearings and replaced the tyres . I am hoping to get my vtr back on the road this weekend and it will be my weekender . One great thing about the v4 no cam chains so never have to worry about that
Great choice, I own one of these myself (nearly done 100,000km).

The VFR is great but not perfect, and needs a little specific care and attention especially the electrics. There is a 3P connector for the stator wires on the LHS of the tail, and these get wet, corrode, overheat and then melt; my suspicion is that this is a source of many unnecessary stator or regulator replacements. If you are handy, it is a simple job to chop the connector out and splice in some wire to cover the gap, and apply heat shrink to make a permanent weather-tight connection. I did this, and it made a significant difference to the charging voltage.

Let me know if you need a service manual or any other info.

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Old 08-03-2017, 08:40 PM
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Those machines sound fabulous with the right pipes!
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:22 PM
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I always like those bikes but when I rode them I felt like they were a bit soulless. My cbr600s would scream and the vtr is a thunderbike with tons of character. This felt like a turbine to me.

Not that its bad but if I had to chose one I chose the vtr. Odd that the vfr evolved from a racebike that even Joey Dunlop raced.

They are awesome though. My B VTR has one of their swingarms.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:00 PM
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Jeepers I bet there was serious work getting the pipes and swingarm to play nicely. Great looking machine though.

My VFR does run a Delkevic muffler and makes great sounds, but quite different to the VTR. I have added CBR600F4 forks and brakes to my VFR as I wanted more adjustability and could do without the linked brakes, plus I have a modified CBR929 shock. I still think my VTR (on Ohlins, and with revalved and sprung forks) is a more natural handling bike, something in the geometry of weight distribution that is superior to the VFR. However, the VFR engine is an absolute peach, and makes the VTR seem decidedly agricultural, and the VFR has a much more sensible riding position (higher bars, lower pegs, more room along the seat). I'm just lucky to have both (and my ST1100 for those really long rides...).

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Wow this and an ST? Those are both bikes I have wanted. Well done. Not even sure if I have heard a VFR with a pipe.

Usually the Viffer type of rider isn't the performance exhaust type of guy.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:37 PM
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I agree the vfr is no vtr but as a daily commuter it is perfect I have removed the rack and fitted the solo seat cowl and cut the rear mud guard also, fitted later model mirrors I hate the ones that were on there they were the stock ones with a silly rubber condom as for my vtr I have spent a whole day on it and have fitted ape cam chain tensioners , checked valve clearances and overhauled the front forks what a day all done now ready for a ride tomorrow
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lovely looking bike sir. health to ride
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:58 AM
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So that is actually what I am doing to. I had removed some parts from my SSS VTR and need to get it back on its feet to ride as I do some major stuff to the daily VTR.
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