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Offline jimbojones23

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Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
on: January 18, 2021, 08:07:29 PM
Hi guys, I'm buying a 2011 CR from a dealer in Australia. Anything I should know or look for? Are there any common problems with these bikes?

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James

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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #1 on: January 19, 2021, 07:46:55 AM
Hi James, welcome to VFR ownership.  :031:

That model, based on the VFR800A Vtec-engined ST bike, was well sorted and had no specific issues I can recall.

The usual caveats for a 2nd-hand bike though, depending on mileage and how well looked after; oils, filters, brake fluid, tyres, battery, c&s etc.

When do you collect her?
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles

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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #2 on: January 19, 2021, 09:07:49 AM
Thanks Skids, exciting mate. Driving three hours to pick it up tomorrow. Be good to get a forced long drive. I think a screen will be one of the first things.

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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #3 on: January 19, 2021, 01:50:42 PM
The stock screen is surprisingly good.  Unless you are very tall I would live with it for a while.  You may well find it is OK.

No issues with mine other than the rear shock which is just not good enough, particularly if you have a pillion. I swapped mine for a Nitron which made a huge difference.  The clocks are a disappointment as they seem to have been lifted from a scooter, but they work well enough and I have not heard of any with water ingress.

The only aspect that I really dislike is how difficult it is to remove the fairings.  My old VFR800 fairings came off with a few steel fasteners and some crap plastic ones that were liable to break. But at least they came off and went back on without huge amounts of force; the velcro on the CR does not come apart easily.
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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #4 on: January 20, 2021, 06:36:54 AM
I got it! After 3.5 hours there on my duke 390 with a seat of wood then 3.5 hours back I'm a bit tired but love the bike. The ride home was significantly better than the ride there. I think I would like to look at a new screen, will it cut down the noise in my helmet??

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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #5 on: January 20, 2021, 06:50:52 AM
Excellent news.

Screens are a personal thing, depends on your dimensions. Be careful, you could waste money making things worse.
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles

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Re: Buying a 2011 CR in Australia, things to know?
Reply #6 on: January 20, 2021, 09:04:24 PM
I opted for a puig with Palmer adjusters on mine. The key benefit I found was that the palmers lift the screen away from the body of the bike thereby avoiding a vortex and causing excess turbulence around the top of the helmet.
As skids says a lot of potential trial and error to get what's right for you.
Worth doing though imho as the bikes a keeper.
Enjoy
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