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  1. Terry Smith

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    1588389498.jpg It's been 25 years since I sold my 1986 VFR750FG. I also owned (from new) a couple of tarriff-buster VFR700FG's as well, back in the day. Last night I took a gamble and bought another 86 VFR. It's done 105,000km and has seen some action, but it looks to be mostly complete and stock aside from some paint and the mufflers. I'm hopefully riding it home some 840 km next week. Wish me luck.
     
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    sure ! good luck, terry, and be sure to check the charging system output both cold and hot b4 you set out. and remember that "shindengen" translates to "you be walkin home, sucka !"
     
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    Beautiful Mate! Good luck on the journey... The Squirrelman is wise.
     
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    Good luck! Have fun!!
     
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    looks fine for another 105,000km. Doubt it will even be warmed up - lol

    Thats a good test drive..
     
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    Aside from carrying basic tools, puncture kit, some duck tape and cable ties, I was just going to check tyre pressures, oil and coolant level, chain tension and lube and tyre condition before setting off. I've got a small onboard voltmeter which I'll hook up along with a DIN plug to run a compressor in case of a flat. The bike was checked over for a WOF (equivalent to MOT) yesterday and aside from a weeping fork seal (being replaced Monday) was declared fit for road use. I'm flying to the city (Nelson) for work and it just happens to coincide with the pickup, so I need to pack extremely lightly. Hoping to make the journey all in daylight too with one overnight stop; there's four hour ferry trip in there too. I'm a bit nervous but excited.

    Picture below is of my last VFR...I've aged a little since then.
    vfr750f.jpg
     
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    I've been worrying about all the things that may go wrong on my journey home

    Here's a question for the experts, if the fuel pump decides to quit, can I bypass it and rely on gravity while the fuel level is high enough?
     
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    Not sure the hose is long enough to reach, but I think I read somewhere that it is possible…
     
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    My VTR1000F had no fuel pump and was totally reliant on gravity; I'm hoping not to find out if the same will be true of the RC24, thanks for the replies.
     
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    Well dang, COVID has intervened. After 166 days with zero community transmission, we've had five cases pop up overnight, one of which has been confirmed as delta, so the country has been fully locked down for 3 days and my area for 7 (and probably longer). So no trip to Nelson to collect and ride it home, and even third party shippers are paused, but I will use them to bring the bike home when the restrictions allow.
     
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    Booooooooooo!!!!!!!! Sorry dude, sounded like a good adventure.
     
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    Yeah, shit happens. Probably better to have the bike shipped safely to my Man Cave and give it a good going over before the big ride.

    Actually Captain, you might be able to give me some advise. The bike is missing the stock turn signals, and I've decided I want to return it to near original if possible. I have been looking for the rubber blocks that connect the turn signal shell to the frame, OEM looks horrendously expensive, can you recommend any alternatives?

    I have secured a decent looking set of stock mufflers from Japan (for $20, but don't ask about the shipping cost), so need to source some turn signals and tidy up the bodywork. Then there's the usual maintenance items, I figure I'll be up for a new shock, maybe YSS or Hagon.

    I was contemplating a bit of a resto-mod as I have a complete front end (VFR800Fi triples and uppers, VTR1000 lowers and innards, plus a 6G wheel) which I suspect will bolt on mostly easily, but the lack of speedo drive will be a barrier. So will probably keep the front end stock with maybe new springs and emulators.
     
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    Do you mean this style?

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    Yes indeedy.
     
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    Yeah, looks like they are scarce over there. Willing to source some and put together a set and ship to you if that would make it cheaper.
     
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    Is there a pattern part that will do the job for less than OEM? Suggested brand?
     
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    K&S make good replicas, but hold on before purchasing anything. There's some model swapping that can be done to tuck in a bit and still look stock. I'll update this thought later today.
     
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    These for the rear. Actually VF500F front stays, and they are the shortest of this design.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/171420992498?epid=1130421019&hash=item27e97cc3f2:g:~K4AAOSwhlBfzll8

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/393215527538?epid=1130421019&hash=item5b8d78ca72:g:HmUAAOSw2WBfZYS6

    And this is what you want for the front. Allows the turn signal to clear the cowling and just a little stem is visible.
    These may be the same length as stock on the VFR rear, but this is the length you want.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/193872595701?epid=171212868&hash=item2d23b50af5:g:QHMAAOSwraBgFpOt

    I can take some pics of one of my VFRs with these installed if you would like to see the end result.
     
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