Discussion in 'General VFR Discussions' started by viffviff, Nov 4, 2017.
But Princess Leia is always up for ride according to her owner. She never really goes anywhere cause they can't get rid of her.
Entering the thread again with some trepidation! (I didn't want to kick off trouble between forum members). I'd like to thank everyone, (yes everyone - even the off-hand funnies! lol), for the replies. All expressed valid views from different standpoints and I am much better informed as a result. The VFR is a great 'all-round' bike (maybe overpriced new compared with competition), also a bit overweight by modern standards, but still a good bike at each iteration (though the early 6th Gen is my least favorite - VTEC cliff-edge). It has been a couple years since I was last on the forum, seeking help for my Fi. It is great to see the community is still very much alive, and willing to offer lots of advice! One of the joys of owning a VFR was being part of the community. Thank you
Good video. I need to put my bike back together and get back to the track.
I'm going to play devil's advocate, in the SS's favor.(in reguards to the first post)
Mirrors. They're terrible. Vague comment. What exactly don't you like about them? It's a V2 motorcycle. What did you realistically expect? I own 2, 990 Super Dukes. One with tiny , schmancy bar end mirrors, one with stock mirrors. Neither are perfect, but you see plenty well enough to tell if a car is off to your side. They do the job.
Bits fall off. Vague again. What parts? And if you know certain parts are prone to falling off, like most of the shifter on the Honda 919 did, just put some Lic Tite on them.
False neutrals on the second bike you rode. I get that problem on any bike I own if the shifter isn't adjusted to fit me. Adjust the shifter.
Fairings mis aligned. I never noticed that. Maybe so, but the one I rode was beautiful.
Bump stop melting. That's a design flaw. Not a deal breaker. Easy fix: Keep moving!
Here's a funny thread I found while researching an answer to a post Bubba made in another thread dealing with centerstands. Not only does Ducati not offer a centerstand for the "Supersport", but owners are being cautioned by other owners against putting too much weight on their side stand (for example to tilt the rear wheel up a bit to lube the chain or leaning against bike to make a phone call) for fear of puncturing their engine case!
Also, I'm curious now about one of the posts in the thread linked above where a guy wrote the following quote below. Do our VFR side stands attach to the frame? I'll check my bike when I get home tonight but I'm curious if anyone knows the answer off the top of their head.
On my 5th and 6th gen, the kickstand attaches to the rear cushion, so I guess that could be considered part of the frame.
I use kickstand turning on all my bikes..... It just makes life so much easier.
I agree drive them end and spin them around
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I've seen guys tip all the weight of their bike on the side stand, and I just cringe! A short, fat stiff old dude that I know, climbs on his bike with the side stand down.
The side stand was never meant to hold all the weight of the motorcycle. It wasn't designed to hold up a rider as they're climbing on and off. I know guys do all the time, and get away with it. I don't need the lecture. It just never looked like a good idea to me.
I've heard that some sidestands are designed to break before enough force is applied to bend the frame. <I don't know if that is true, or which ones, but that makes sense.
I think when the situation DEMANDS it, then go ahead with the act of spinning the bike around on its sidestand. Although I think it's wise to just park the bike properly BEFORE the sidestand goes down so as not to encounter a situation like that on a regular basis.
I agree also that NOTHING that small is designed to withstand the weight of 500+ lbs. of bike, and then must withstand the forces of being spun around. It's only attached by ONE large bolt!
A vfr with good suspension set up good tyres and a GOOD rider is a very effective track bike I've a gen 5 and it handles lovely on the road and in fact the extra weight is better on crappy UK roads as these light supersport bikes (I've owned alot) bounce all over the place where as the vfr feels planted.
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He wouldn't do that long on a Triumph, side stand is alloy and short movement from on to off
That also takes care of spinning the bike on it, it'll just break
Wish I had known that 50 years ago, oh well, haven't broken a side stand yet, think I will keep doing it!!
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