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Post by sammy347 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:43 pm

hello everyone my name is john from dublin, ireland. is it ok if i try to source some information on a 1997 vtr1000, i am 60 now, think i,m going through a mid life crisis, thinking of buying a 97 vtr but know nothing about them. will i be able to fit on it will i be able to handle it, what should i look for if i buy it. i am only 5.7 in, weigh about 11st, past bikes cg 125 cb 250 shadow 750 cb 500 fazer600 cb750, i have not ridden in about 3 yrs, glad of any info, cheers john

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Post by MacV2 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:39 pm

Your size wont be an issue, there are shorter bods on here with Storms, one springs to mind but I can't think of him right now...

Or your age again plenty of oldies on here, jeeze I'm 55 this year & I have 8 Storms...

The biggest thing I can think of is coming from IL4's Fazzer & CB750 you may find it unusual at first with a big V twin...You dont need to rev the nuts off them, big lazy tourque monsters, easy to be going faster than you think...& at first watch the engine braking, easy to lock the rear wheel if you go into 1st to early...

Apart from that there is a list of must dos... Check to see if it has manual CCT's or the std ones, habbit of failing & big bills if they do, £40 gets you a set of replacement manual CCT's & a couple of hours to fit...

Check the regulator / rectifier if its the std non finned one dump it ASAP & fit a mossfett type £50...

Check the rear shock linkage as they have a tendancy to dry out & seize... Compleat new bearing from a bearing factor £70, extra sleeves & bolts if required David Silver spares few quid a pop, dont buy the bearing from him or a Honda dealer as they will be twice the price...

After that good service, oil, fillter, air fillter & plugs...Change all the hydrulic fliud & give the callipers a good clean & pad check...Age of tyres ? If they are over 10 years old consider changing them, if thay have been standing on cement & are flat deff change them, regardless of how much tread they have old rubber goes stiff, they will have no grip in the dry & be dodgy to say the least in the wet...

Fork oil is worth changing if its origonal...20year old oil...

After that you can start making it a better bike & suited to you...Forks are on the soft side, plenty of people out ther you can service & set up the forks to your weight & riding style...Rear shock tends to be rock hard as std...A new shock works wonders...

There is plenty of info on here on all these subjucts have a good read through spesh...viewforum.php?f=31

Sounds like a lot to do & maybe a lot of money to throw at a 20year old bike but the same could be said of any 20year old bike...Horses for courses...

You may get lucky & the bike your looking at has a lot of these things done already...There are a few Stormers on here form Ireland I'm sure someone would be happy to help you out even looking at the bike with you before you buy...
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Post by sirch345 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:22 pm

Hard to think of you Mac as 55yrs of age this year :wink: :lol:

Welcome aboard John :thumbup:

Mac has covered your questions very well, so I can't really add a lot to that.

Normally going on the Firestorm is a reliable bike if serviced correctly, apart from CCT's (cam chain tensioners) and non-finned voltage regulator/rectifier failures, both of which Mac has already pointed out.

I came from a Suzuki GS1000 which is an inline four cylinder if you didn't already know. I would say the Firestorm is a fairly easy bike to ride first off, the only thing that caught me out on my test ride was thinking I was in top gear when I was only in 4th, and locking up the back wheel whilst entering a roundabout by changing down into 1st gear too soon (as Mac also pointed out). If you can get a test ride then go for that would be my advice, just remember the throttle is controlled by you and it goes both ways :wink:

I'm 61yrs old and bought my Firestorm in 2001,

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Post by alanfjones1411 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:40 pm

Can't add any thing to that except welcome to the forum. :wave:
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Post by sammy347 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:20 pm

thanks for all that advice, you see used motorcycles over are fairly rough maybe because theres no mot needed on bikes, so to get a cheap one you can afford is really hard, i will try add a photo of this bike to see what you think he said the seat had a rip and a small crack on fairing under the mirror, but the bike was running well how do i add a picture by coping and paste

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Post by tony.mon » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:30 pm

Have a look in the knowledge base stickies (the ones at the top of the lists) for how to post pix.
A seat cover is cheap enough, a secondhand seat is easy to find in acceptable nick, and fairings are easy to plastic weld.
If thats all that is needed you'll be OK.
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Re: vtr

Post by StormyRob » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:08 pm

Welcome to the forum mate. There are a surprising number of storm enthusiasts In ireland
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Post by fabiostar » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:48 pm

welcome along sir. storm have a good following north and south , im up the road in belfast but theres a few members not far from you :clap: ..

as mac (the cheeky fuk about height) says they are big lazy engined bikes but ,can gather there skirts up if you rev them......

have a look in the events section, we are holding a storm gathering up beside Newry in july and a few of the boys from you neck of the woods are heading upto it :D

PS im 5,7 aswell and only ten stone soaking wet.
the older i get,the faster i was :lol:

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Re: vtr

Post by jackson7715 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:12 pm

With all the talk lately on Facebook, I thought id check my RR out today. Seems I have the old small one (98) fitted still. Can I use the upgraded 2001 (finned) version as a direct replacement plug and play without splicing and dicing up wires?.

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Post by Wicky » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:09 pm

Yes - but at a minimum make sure its a genuine Honda one not a cheap Chinese copy that abound on eBay.

Though still highly recommend a properly fitted MOSFET FH type to put any charging system reliability worries to bed.

http://www.vtr1000.org/phpBB3/viewtopic ... ty#p351482

PS I'm just down the road from you and have the proper installation crimps for installing the new connectors.
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Re: vtr

Post by jackson7715 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:41 pm

Hi Wicky. Where abouts?

That would be great. If u got a link on what id need to buy, ill order it then have a ride about one afternoon.

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Re: vtr

Post by tony.mon » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:41 pm

Be careful if he offers to show you his bike gallows..... :mrgreen:
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Re: vtr

Post by sirch345 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:14 pm

tony.mon wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:41 pm
Be careful if he offers to show you his bike gallows..... :mrgreen:
:lol: you'll be getting him worried :wink:

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Post by gabi81 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:52 pm

sammy347 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:20 pm
thanks for all that advice, you see used motorcycles over are fairly rough maybe because theres no mot needed on bikes, so to get a cheap one you can afford is really hard, i will try add a photo of this bike to see what you think he said the seat had a rip and a small crack on fairing under the mirror, but the bike was running well how do i add a picture by coping and paste
Seat available if required cheap aswell :thumbup:
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Re: vtr

Post by Commando77 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:15 pm

Best thing I've done recently. 20 yrs on a classic and wished I'd made the move when I was yr age :D . 67 a week ago and looking forward to 3 or 4 thousand miles this yr. Go for it!

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