'03 VFR bad karma? - Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
REXGUNN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Sactown, CA
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
'03 VFR bad karma?

So, recently acquired a vfr for commuting purposes as the rc is just not set up for that and bike seemed like a good deal. One owner, all service records back to new, etc...Fast forward three weeks and "new" bike is sitting with r/r charging problems and I'm back on rc. Suppose the cosmos is telling me something?
REXGUNN is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:08 PM
Senior Member
 
92VFR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
About the only thing it really says is that Honda had a lot of R/R problems in that time period. I have a much older VFR that has been flawless since new.
92VFR is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:29 PM
Moderator
 
SubSailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 6,469
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Rectifier/Regulator issues are a known problem with the VFR around that era. It's one of the few weak points of that model.

Check if you can replace it with a R/R on the later model VFR, or if you can replace it with a Shindengen MOSFET R/R used on recent bikes.

There are also threads on this forum for replacing the OEM RC51 R/R with a Shindengen unit that may provide additional info as well.
SubSailor is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:45 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
b.miller123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 2,010
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Yep, very typical VFR issues.




I'm always right.

2011 Bike of the Year
b.miller123 is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 07:40 PM
Senior Member
 
jondog9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 8,653
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Quoted: 317 Post(s)
Here you go! This will keep you busy for a day.
I used to have an 02. How do you like Vtec? Miss the cam gear whine of the RC51?

https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6540

John, 2000 RC51 #000100

jondog9 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 09:54 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3,636
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Best year VFR...1986



nobody is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 11:18 PM
Lifetime Premium
 
The Stig's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chiba, Japan
Posts: 4,617
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
I have an older ('90) VFR with about 67,000 miles, most of which were done riding mostly in the higher areas of the rev range in the first 8 years of it's life. I resurrected it from 15 years in storage last year after importing from UK to Japan & it still runs perfectly.
I use it for less challenging trips, such as an 80 km ride to Tokyo & back, carrying passengers, riding inpoor weather & things like that.

Sounds like you got the 800 V-Tec 2nd generation. These later VFR's are supposedly good bikes. Probably a rectifier issue. Get it sorted and you should have a great and under rated bike.

nobody, the '86 was a good bike indeed but I reckon the 750 Pro arm models were better. Also easier to find good tires for. Early FG - FK models had 16" front wheels.
Still great bikes to this day. Honda don't build them like they used to.

Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.
The Stig is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 11:46 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3,636
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You may very well be right Stig I'm just biased...lol



nobody is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 12:17 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
madbuyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Indy
Posts: 8,335
Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Quoted: 226 Post(s)
'03 VFR bad karma?

I want a 2007...the anniversary colors kick ass. GL, it's not karma....no such thing. Shit happens


Sent from Motorcycle.com App



The very first schoolbook that was written had God all over it. --Dave Mustaine
madbuyer is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2013, 01:06 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
The Stig's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chiba, Japan
Posts: 4,617
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nobody View Post
You may very well be right Stig I'm just biased...lol
I think I am too, so we meet somewhere in the middle, lol.
But yeah, there were lots of improvements from 1990-1997.
For example, all pro arm models had shims & buckets instead of tappet adjustment - which mostly never went out of spec. (Mine have never needed adjustment in 67,000 miles either ).
The best I think is the 1994-1997 range as it was kinda styled like the NR750.
Lots of detail changes for that model and it's lighter than it's predecessor too.

The first 800's remind me of teapots, not sure why and the next generation look a bit like big scooters, but that's just me. They got V-Tec & more capacity yet much the same power, all in the name of emissions standards and things like linked brakes in an effort to appeal to born again bikers with less polished braking skills, then ABS which isn't a bad thing I suppose. They also lost the gear driven cams as Honda's bean counters frowned upon this non necessity until the whining stopped...

Lets not go into 1200 VFR's. Sales have resembled erectile disfunction for Honda.
It's so ugly that few nurse a stiffy for their latest and greatest.
Seems they lost the plot there and in doing so, dropped the crown of the best all-rounder...

Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.
The Stig is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome