[OntVFR] Low utilization and other options?

Taylor, Brad brad.taylor at tc.gc.ca
Thu May 24 07:34:55 EDT 2018


Reading the sad stories about bikes sitting in sheds and only getting one or two tanks of fuel a year leads me to believe that we are all struggling with similar challenges. Two years ago I found that I wasn't really enjoying my 25th anniversary VFR and it was sitting. So I sold it for far less than I should have and looked elsewhere for entertainment. It was really hard to find time to do anything and for the longest time the bike wasn't replaced. Then I found myself in a situation where I was away from the family (lots of spare time) for about six months and I decided to get a mountain bike to fill in some of the evening hours. Well I rode that thing a thousand kms and had a blast on it. I can't say that it was more fun than the VFR but it was different fun and also much better for me. Of course, once I was back at home with wife, kids, job, house maintenance etc. things are right back where they were and I struggle to find an hour to go play on anything. I still have the mountain bike and I have just finished resurrecting a 2001 XR650L dual sport that I commute on and explore but it's seldom that I have a day to just go ride and that's really the issue. 

On a completely different note, I went to St George Utah last month to ride the badlands with a fella who has a Youtube channel called Everide. https://www.everideadv.com/
I rented a KTM 350 and went out with a group of five dudes to explore. It was quite an epic adventure that I would recommend to anyone who like a bit of off road fun once in a while. The scenery is really beyond words and it's like riding in the world's biggest sand box with endless trails, river beds, butes, whoops, hill climbs and flat out high speed desert roads. 

So I can't complain too much I guess but it would be nice to have a few more hours of spare time to just play.....on anything! Perhaps a VFR1200? That is my next VFR and it will be the 8th when I find it. 

Brad Taylor

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   1. 3 tanks of gas. (Peter Chang)
   2. Re: 3 tanks of gas. (northernvfrdave)
   3. Re: 3 tanks of gas. (Robyn Landers)
   4. Re: 3 tanks of gas. (Davidson)


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Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 13:52:19 +0000 (UTC)
From: Peter Chang <pjchang at rogers.com>
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Subject: [OntVFR] 3 tanks of gas.
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That's all I put in my VFR last year....? :( Aiming for 10 tanks of gas this year in the 17 yr old VFR....
Will be filling up for the 2nd time this afternoon!
Need to solve a slow leak around the bead of the rear tire...? loosing almost 1 PSI /24h....
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Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 10:58:10 -0400
From: northernvfrdave <northernvfrdave at gmail.com>
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Peter, you did better then me. I think I only put 2 in mine last year. Got my VFR new in 07 and put 80,000kms on it in the first 6 years. Last 4 years I've only managed 8,800km more.?
I hope you make your 10 tank goal. Mine is in storage still and most likely stay there until we can sell the condo in Toronto and get back to a little slpwer pace.
Dave Weese
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That's all I put in my VFR last year....? :( Aiming for 10 tanks of gas this year in the 17 yr old VFR....
Will be filling up for the 2nd time this afternoon!
Need to solve a slow leak around the bead of the rear tire...? loosing almost 1 PSI /24h....
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Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 15:26:02 +0000
From: Robyn Landers <rblander at uwaterloo.ca>
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Subject: Re: [OntVFR] 3 tanks of gas.
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Similarly, I've put very few km on the bike these last few years.
Circumstances.  But I need only another 3500 or so to roll the odometer at 100,000 and thought it might be nice to do
that this year, as the bike reaches age 25.   Vintage class!


Robyn
'93 VFR "Snow White"



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Date: Wed, 23 May 2018 17:52:40 +0200
From: Davidson <did at rogers.com>
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Subject: Re: [OntVFR] 3 tanks of gas.
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You guys are making me feel better.  I thought I was the only one.  
Have th me VFR up on kijiji.  Only a few nibbles so far...

---David

> On May 23, 2018, at 5:26 PM, Robyn Landers <rblander at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> 
> Similarly, I've put very few km on the bike these last few years.
> Circumstances.  But I need only another 3500 or so to roll the 
> odometer at 100,000 and thought it might be nice to do
> that this year, as the bike reaches age 25.   Vintage class!
> 
> 
> Robyn
> '93 VFR "Snow White"
> 
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