[OntVFR] Low utilization and other options?

Chris P cmpark at gmail.com
Thu May 24 11:18:39 EDT 2018


I put exactly 0 km on my VFR last year... but at least I managed a trip to
Germany/Austria/Italy/Switzerland and put 2200km on a BMW F800GT in the
mountains (the F800GT is capable, but not as fast or fun as a VFR).

I have already changed the oil on the VFR for this year, and will be riding
it. I promise!

ChrisP
(5 kids and a bird... and some motorcycles)

On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 7:34 AM, Taylor, Brad <brad.taylor at tc.gc.ca> wrote:

> 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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>    3. Re: 3 tanks of gas. (Robyn Landers)
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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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> 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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> 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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> List." <ontvfr at vfr.on.ca> Subject: [OntVFR] 3 tanks of gas.
> 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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> From: Robyn Landers <rblander at uwaterloo.ca>
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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!
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> 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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> 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
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> > On May 23, 2018, at 5:26 PM, Robyn Landers <rblander at uwaterloo.ca>
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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!
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> > Robyn
> > '93 VFR "Snow White"
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