[OntVFR] Shopping for a VFR again. Need input on VFR's re: ABS, LBS. And 999

mike mckinnon 2bikemike at gmail.com
Tue May 3 14:40:47 EDT 2016

Through the years I have remained partial to the 98 - 2001 models. My 99 I
got with 23000 kilometers on it and it was a mess of dirt and grease and
grime at the time, sprockets. Chain, seals, breaks etc..... It cost me $800
in parts to make it like new and 16 hours of disassembly/ cleaning labor.
These days I'm at 73000 and that is barely broken in for this motor. My
bike is pristine with no dirt no corrosion no rust. If you were able to
find someone else who maintains a bike like I do, it would be a good bye. I
was out on it last Sunday and it still amazes me the smoothness the
quickness and the power on tap in just about any gear. Some years ago there
was a lot of chatter about needing a bigger engine, but unless you are
riding 2 up of heavy people and added luggage and may be towing a trailer,
I just don't see the need for a bigger engine. My buddy has a FJR 1300
which is also an awesome bike but when we are riding together I have no
problem staying on his tail no matter where we ride or how fast we are
going. If we were to go to a straightaway race track and he cranked his all
the way up he would definitely lose me but for normal street riding it's a

On May 3, 2016 2:26 PM, "J Tam" <jordantamlists at gmail.com> wrote:

> NOTE.  I'll be getting all the cash back for tires and bits.  His intent
> is genuine,  It's just that he days four times longer than normal for
> anything.... and, as I predicted, it's riding season and it's STILL not
> plated and insured by anyone.
> VFR.
> Surging. Thanks 2bikemike , for the VTEC surging vintages (02 to 06)
> Comparisons:  Just wondering if there is much difference in TCO and
> rideabillllity  for the same purchase ballpark, between an older/low
> mileage bike and a newer / higher mileage bike, assuming there is minimal
> corrosion (connectors, seals, fasteners, pipes).  I'm leaning towards the
> latter, just for the sake of no surprises.  IOW,  I'd rather spend cleaning
> and oiling time, than rust-removal time.
> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 2:18 PM, J Tam <jordantamlists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Andrew,
>> Forgot to note that  Neither the Father (legally blind)  nor the Son,
>> rave kid, have any M*  licences at the moment.
>> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:50 PM, Andrew Carlyle <carlyle.andrew at gmail.com
>> > wrote:
>>> The insurance shouldn't be a problem. As the owner your friend may need
>>> to take out a policy in his name and list you as principal operator. It
>>> will be rated on your driving record. You may be able to do it yourself
>>> with only minimal involvement from him but not sure exactly what may be
>>> required.
>>> On Tue, May 3, 2016, 12:28 PM J Tam <jordantamlists at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hello Listers,
>>>>    It's been a long time. Sold the VTR with a busted head. And, Last
>>>> Summer, I Inherited a Ducati 999S that  got parked outside for 5 years.
>>>> 1200 kms on it, but a lot of corrosion and busted fairings, mirror mount,
>>>> mirror, timing belts, levers, brake pedal, Tires, seized dry clutch.
>>>> Owner's Father is a great friend of mine, but ownership is still in the
>>>> Son's name.  I fear my friendship with the Father will go down the crapper
>>>> IF  I continue this saga, since he wishes to retain ownership, and allow me
>>>> to ride it for free. I've installed new tires, fixed the rusted out clutch
>>>> plates, refilled all the fluids and took it out on a dealer plate last Fall
>>>> for a weekend. It definitely is more radical than any sportbike I've ever
>>>> ridden ( FireBlade, CBR 600RR) , in terms of wrist pain, lower neck pain,
>>>> and pegs ... but what a scalpel that thing is.  How's that for a unique
>>>> drama?
>>>> 1. Does any insurance company entertain the thought of  a  2006 bike,
>>>> being owned by one party yet ridden solely by another?   Since the Son let
>>>> his M2 lapse last Fall.
>>>> 2. Advice on how to mothball said 999 in storage IF the Father
>>>> maintains his current stance?  I've asked him to sell it to me, hand him a
>>>> "promisory note"  to resell it back to him with a month's notice, just So I
>>>> can feel good about fixing it up the proper way, instead of his frugal,
>>>> non-biker, old craftsman mentality?
>>>> 3. VFR800.  I'll likely tire of this soap opera this weekend or next
>>>> and Just buy a VFR800 just to get back on the saddle.
>>>> Any opinions on ABS? VTEC? LBS  from those riders who have tried the
>>>> 4th gen, 5th gen, latest gen?  Since, my 1991 VFR had none of these, and
>>>> I'm thinking I'd dislike only the VTEC.
>>>> 4. Thanks again to Robyn and Brian for keeping this list up and running.
>>>> Rubber side down y'all, see you on the roads SOON!
>>>> Jordan in Toronto
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