AC Capehart/New Wheels

Created Wed, 02 May 2007 06:17:35 +0000 Modified Thu, 01 Jul 2021 18:59:39 +0000
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  Well, I&#8217;d been hankering for some time. But tonight it became a reality. I purchased my 4th motorcycle. (No, I still don&#8217;t have the other three. I&#8217;ve only had one at a time, I&#8217;m no Jay Leno.) This one is just a little less crotch-rocket than I&#8217;d owned before. It still has zip, but it&#8217;s just a little more dignified, and a lot more comfortable. When I took it for an inaugural spin around the block, it was strikingly familiar.
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  I&#8217;d forgotten how comfortable and pleasurable it is to be riding a motorcycle. It&#8217;s still an unfamiliar ride, and I should definitely have some parking lot time just getting the feel of how this particular bike handles. I&#8217;ve been wanting a Honda for quite a while. Even when I bought my most recent Kawasaki, I wanted a Honda (at the time, I wanted a CBR 600). Now, I&#8217;ve got a VFR. It&#8217;s the largest bike I&#8217;ve owned at almost 800 cc&#8217;s. It&#8217;s a sport-touring bike instead of a pure adrenaline, just-off-the-track sport bike, but it&#8217;s right for me. Just a little more mellow as I mature. A little.
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      And it came with all the accessories &#8212; the solo seat cowl, the optional passenger handles, a very nice bagster tank bra and bag, a Givi monokey tail bag, a nice staintune aftermarket exhaust. I&#8217;m feeling well set up here. Now I just need to find (make) time to get out some, away from the city and traffic. Maybe even take <a href="http://www.pashnit.com/curve.htm">a tour</a>.
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      What follows is the original craigslist posting that I replied to:
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        I LOVE my VFR and I have it setup just how I like it, but&#8230; I want to take a trip to South America and my VFR would probably be more work than it&#8217;s worth, sigh&#8230; Got a setup dual-sport that you want to trade?
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        My loss is your gain&#8230; This baby is damn near perfect.<br /> This is Honda&#8217;s 5th generation interceptor, one of the most consistent performers in sport touring history. This is NOT the vtech edition, but the edition the Vtech guys wish they would have bought after they do their homework. Same slick, v4 engine, same v4 growl, same legendary comfort and performance.
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        Cosmetically, I scraped a few parts this winter when I slipped the back out on a wet painted line mid-u-turn. Translation: I wasn&#8217;t moving very fast, but if you&#8217;ve dropped one before, you know it doesn&#8217;t take much&#8230; If you want an immaculate dealer perf. bike, this isn&#8217;t it. It was a few months ago, but some scrapes in the right fairing and engine cover prevent it from being as perfect as it was&#8230; It wouldn&#8217;t take much time, effort, or in parts to make this cherry. I just won&#8217;t do a 2 hour repair and try to sell it as new&#8230; I looked at a lot of &#8220;dropped in the garage&#8221; bikes before I bought this one and I can guarantee you that mine doesn&#8217;t look half as bad as ANY of the ones I looked at that had been &#8220;dropped in the garage&#8221;. 🙂 The bike is kept inside all of the time and was by the other owner as well.
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        It has around 30,000 miles but has been completely kept up and sorted. I would love to ride this baby to Chile and back, but I don&#8217;t trust the roads, and I can&#8217;t afford to keep two bikes&#8230;
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        The rear is new, the front has plenty left.<br /> Chain and sprockets are new.<br /> Oil and filter are fresh.<br /> Fuel filter and air filter are fresh.
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        Add ons that I can remember:<br /> Heavy Throttle Meister<br /> (Don&#8217;t know how I slabbed it without these)
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        high mount staintune exhaust<br /> (absolutely the best exhaust for the VFR hands down &#8211; Sounds like a mean V8)
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        givi top case rack and top case &#8211; I even mounted the optional back rest<br /> (I think you could mount the side bags with some added hardware)
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        turbocity Fuel pressure regulator<br /> (takes out a mid-powerband surge)
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        Bagster tankbag and tankbra combo<br /> (tank bag LATCHES onto the tank-the bra ain&#8217;t pretty, but the tank is pristine)
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        Stock exhaust and bike covers also go with it (I don&#8217;t want any reminders&#8230;)
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        and probably more that I don&#8217;t remember.
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        Come take my baby away before I change my mind&#8230;
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