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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Terry Hansen

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Posted September 05 2001 - 03:24 AM

I picked up a '99 Honda VFR 800FI. I was looking at a Bandit 600 and the VFR. After riding the VFR I had to have it, very civilized (compared to a pure sportsbike), more power than I'd ever need, great suspension, very comfy and that V4 sound is something else Posted Image!!

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted September 05 2001 - 07:21 AM

ohh.. damm, I thought you were talking about a bike, not a bike... Posted Image Ya know, the non-motorized kind..

congrats anyway, I just bought a bike too, a custom Seven Axiom Ti that probably costs as much as some motorized bikes but I plan to ride it forever being Ti.

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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Paul Wu

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Posted September 05 2001 - 08:25 AM

Hmm, old cyclist habbits die hard. I thought the same thing when I read the title. I also fall for the sports pages when they a rider had a good day, when they meant a horse rider. Go figure.

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted September 05 2001 - 09:59 AM

VFR800fi? That has to be one of THE greatest bikes ever made. Of course I am a little biased Posted Image Here is a before and after shot of my exhaust can move.

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Since I used be into mountain bike racing before I got into motorcycles I can look at a "bike" thread and be happy either way it turns out!

Small pic of my old Bicycle

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted September 05 2001 - 11:53 AM

Hey Jin, how'd you like those Girvin forks??? My first full suspension bike was a Proflex Beast.. Heavy as hell but was kind of fun to toss the thing around... Now I kind of ride more X-C than downhill, especially when all the real DH courses are basically ski courses here and they charge $$ to ride them which I try to avoid. I eventually sold it and bought a much better X-C duallie that I ride today. But I remember my Girvin Vector.. the thing had a lot of pivots and I had lots of problems with the MCU's but I remember changing the oil in the ODS system to something lighter.. I sold it recently to a person in Florida (where does he ride I wonder).

That's one weird handlebar... and I like your purple rims!!! Posted Image

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#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted September 05 2001 - 12:35 PM

My girvin was one of the first Pro Carbons they made. It was a fork made in a odd transitional period right after they stopped calling their linkage forks "Vectors" and changed to the 3" design. It uses the new style legs, hanger, dropouts, bushing, with the old style 2.5" travel linkage and 2.5" MCU/oil shock. Changing to a coil spring and light weight oil helped out 300%. Love the fork for XC work (a little heavy by today's standards though, and a little short on travel). I love the way it tracks and it's stiffness! Switched to a Marzocci Z3 right when it came out (around 97 if I remember correctly)... but quickly switched back to the Girvin. Guess I'm just set in my ways. The I put the bike together myself... from scratch:

-Wheeler 5900 Aluminum Frame (Easton 7005 straight gaged aluminum... stiff as HELL!!!)
-Gripshift SRT600 8 speed shifters
-DeoreDX rear Der (with Avid Rollamagig)
-DeoreLX front Der
-Wheels custom built by me using sun CRE16 rims and Sovos hubs and a 11-30 rear cassette, 3 cross
-Generic Sadle and seat post
-Profile 2024 AL handlebar
-Specialized Strongarm cranks (drop forged versions)
-Nashbar clipless
-Magura HS22 hydrolic brakes
-Profile XC Durango wraparound bar (made famous by Ned Overend!)
-Perdo's grips (and only Pedro's!)
-Kore 130mm x 10degree stem
-Specialized Team Control/s Kevlar bead front tire
-Continental XC Pro Kevlar bead rear tire

Two wheels good... 4 wheels bad! Keep the rubber side down!

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#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Terry Hansen

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Posted September 05 2001 - 04:50 PM

Guess I will have to keep my old Stumpy M2 for a couple more years Posted Image.
Jin, what kind of exhaust are you running? Did you get a kit to move it? Looks much better that way.


#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Jin E

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Posted September 06 2001 - 12:56 AM

It's a very old Two Brothers C4 round exhaust. The Sbend pipe comming from the collector is replaceable... so I bought a high mount Two Bros S-bend pipe off of a fellow lister (The VFR list group... gotta join!) and install it. At the same time I also bobbed the tail (cut down 1/2 of the 10" of black plastic hanging down from the rear end... makes a much cleaner look to the rear). I like it... it really shows off the single sided swingarm. the only problem is that I can't use my sadle bags any more! On long trips I might have to switch back (only take about 15 minutes though).

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