New rider 98 VFR

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  1. usafs14

    usafs14 New Member

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    Hello everyone. I'm pretty new to riding but not completely new to motorcycles. I grew up around car and motorcycle racers (I chose cars lol) but never had a desire to ride until now. I'm actually get a 98 VFR from my step father soon so I'm glad I found this site to get started with my research. The bike hasn't been on the road much in the last few years because he lives out of state and stores the bike here. I know up front it will need an oil change, tires, and maybe battery. Obviously I wont be riding until I determine its condition, but is there anything specific to this bike or motorcycles in general that I should look for to determine if there are issues. I'm pretty mechanically inclined so I plan to do most things myself unless I feel completely out of my element.
     
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    Welcome to The World usafs14! You’re plan sounds solid and about the only thing that I would add is to flush/fill all of the fluids, that includes oil, coolant and clutch/brake lines.

    The one known issue with these bikes is the poor Stator/RR paring, or more specifically the connections between then and that the RR should be replaced with a newer type of regulator (MOSFET). There are more than too many post about this weakness and there’s are countless post on how to fix the issue. Do a search for “the drill” and you should be able to find the topic I’m talking about.

    Now, about those brakes. If you’re not aware, the U.S. 98-09 VFRs have a linked braking system and the bleeding process is somewhat of task. It’s not anymore difficult than bleeding other brakes but it has a lot more bleed points to deal with. If you have not already found the Honda Service Manual, go check out the downloads section of VFRDiscussion.com, its posted up over there.

    Anyway, congratulations on acquiring the VFR, ride safe and make sure you ATGATT.
     
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    Thanks OOTV definitely the information I needed that service manual is going to come in handy real soon.
     
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    Congrats. That's one of the VFRs I had. The best year IMO. Mine is still on the road somewhere and had over 90k mi when last I saw her.

    I came back to edit this post because I wanted to give you a heads up. The VFR is a smooth bike so pay attention to your speed. Quite often a newer rider can get in over their head with the bike because it's so smooth IMO. It's a bit of a sleeper in that most people don't consider it that sporty, but it goes fast enough to scare the piss out of you if you aren't paying attention.
     
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    Great advice Reg71. Funny thing is when the bike was purchased about 14-15 years ago my uncle raced it on his bike (kawasaki zx-11 slightly modified) and was pretty surprised the Honda kept up lol. For me this will be just going back and forth to work with the occasional Sunday scenic ride.
     
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