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  1. 9 points
    ....twenty four little hours. Or the few short hours it took to rip out my Tracer's original fork innards and replace them with K-tech 20IDS fork cartridges. I am, as a rule, not one for superlatives and have in the past had a good deal of scepticism when people claim that various upgrades/changes have transformed their bikes. But in this case I find that there are no other words; my bike has been transformed! Over the previous winter I had ditched the original shock for a K-tech Razor Lite and at the same time performed a budget upgrade on the forks by dropping in K-tech springs for my weight and by choosing some more appropriate fork oil. These changes made an appreciable difference but I felt there was more to be had. Having trawled through reams of forum posts it's clear that the real problem with the Tracer's forks is valving and transport of oil. I decided therefore to bite the bullet and purchased K-tech's 20IDS cartridge kit. I could then make use of the K-tech springs I had purchased and fitted during the winter. The bike is now brilliant! The ride is much more comfortable and at the same time far more precise and stable. It's like the suspension is actually working and doing what it is supposed to! My new suspension in combination with my Scorpion slip-on and S-TEC Performance ECU flash have made my Tracer absolutely the best bike for me. It is light, fast, smooth and comfortable and it puts a grin on my face every time I ride it. I recently test rode a number of other bikes including KTM's big adventure bikes, but frankly they left me cold. Sure the 1290 has loads of power but most of it is unusable and frankly big adventure bikes are just that, big, unnecessarily so in my opinion. Sure the big adventure bikes will take you into the unknown but I don't ride off road. Frankly there is no other bike IMHO that offers the combination of benefits that the Tracer does. I was going to qualify that statement with the addition of "for the money" but frankly I don't think that bit of the statement is needed. With sorted suspension, a slip-on and ECU flash it is quite simply a brilliant bike. CS
  2. 8 points
    Today we did UT 12. Bryce Canyon, Escalante, Dixie NF, and Zion. We zig zagged across Southern Utah. It doesn’t disappoint.
  3. 8 points
    I woke up early in SE Tennessee. Jumped on the bike. Now I’m going to bed in eastern Colorado. In the morning I'll head west towards the pacific.
  4. 7 points
    Fitted some Denali DRLs to brighten up the front.
  5. 7 points
    Most people assume a gas guage functions nicely like automotive with the nice rectangular linear shaped tanks vs the odd geometric shapes of motorcycles... Start using the trip meter as your gas gauge... I only pay attention to the gas guage when the little menu screen goes into Reserve Mode... The more you ride the bike doing normal stuff you will get a good idea on how far a tank last... Avg seems to be 160-180miles before it starts flashing it's bar... What the display shows for MPG or whatnot is not important when you know 180miles is the time to start looking for gas under normal circumstances...
  6. 7 points
  7. 6 points
    I was showing a friend how the side cases come off and on the bike. I noticed the key in the lock mechanism was rather loose. After unlocking and unlatching the side case, I noticed that the 2 little screws in the back of the lock were both backed out almost all the way. I finger tightened them until I got home. The screws were backed out and I applied red Loctite to each of the screws threads and tightened them back up. The screw heads are the security torx type. You can buy a little handy dandy folding tool with multiple sizes of security torx screw drivers really cheap at Harbor Freight. Since I'm also an FJR guy, this issue has been going on for years on FJRs with the same side case setup. Multiple people have had their bags pop off the bike at speed which totally destroyed them. Once those screws come out on their own, you can lose the bags quite easily. When I checked the screws in the back of the lock on my other side case on the GT, they were still tight. I backed both of those screws out as well. Each of those screws had a little bit of blue Loctite on them, but not near enough to keep the screws secure over time. They backed out too easily. Please check your side cases lock screws ASAP. Even if they're tight, I would definitely remove them one at a time an Loctite them. Some folks use blue Loctite, but I'd recommend red since there is no reason to ever take those screws out in the future. Based on my experience with the FJR bag locks, those things will last for hundreds of thousands of miles.
  8. 6 points
    Late posting this… trip took place in July. Hooked a trusted FJ-09 riding buddy @urbannomad to come along and explore eastward, toward Gaspe peninsula. A bit of a snapshot of our trip. Took Kawartha way through to Haliburton (CF-100 “clunk” in photo) and Calabogie out to Ottawa, then Got to ride some dirt roads in Quebec. Roads were great once we crossed into Quebec, but some would suddenly transition to gravel/dirt… causing excitement. Overall lots of fun. Route 132 toward Gaspe, along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence had its charm, but it wasn’t until past Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, where topography got interesting. It was right then that we got caught in a flash rain storm, complete with gusting winds and lightning. We powered through. Sunset soaked coast following the storm in photo. Enjoyed the coastline, and hit a few attractions. The cool looking lighthouse was a site of the first Canadian Marconi Telegraph station (1904), then a site marking (somewhat) the landing of Jacques Cartier in 1534 (dubbed Canada’s birthplace by the Gaspesie, although the confederation was established much later). The Perce Rock is just that… a rock sticking out of the ocean… a cool looking natural feature just begging to have its photo taken. It is possible to walk up to it at low tide, but it didn’t look low enough at the time to even try. Overnight stay in Edmundston NB (map shows Bathurst, but we cut thing short in NB), ready to cut through the province in the morning and cross into Maine toward Bangor along 11 and 2. Saw lots of moose and deer warning signs, and did see one young moose looking to cross. Continued along highway 2 the next day toward the White Mountains and Gorham NH. Took some photos at the Grand Trunk Railway station and headed for Mount Washington. The top was in the clouds, but it was neat getting up there nonetheless. Moving west, we had stopped by the makeshift memorial along hwy.2, the site of that tragic accident where an out-of-control pickup truck took out a group of bikers in late June. Seven souls perished. Had a chat with a local and we then rode off toward our next overnight stop near Montpelier NH. Crossed into NY the next day, on a ferry across Lake Champlain. Once in NY state, we rode toward Adirondacks. Roads were great, but car traffic was heavier than what we experienced in the same area back in late May. We then pushed toward Syracuse NY… our last overnighter before we’d slingshot home the next day. Nice trip… about 4,300km in all, over a leisurely 7.5 days. Suspension mods worked great. Glad I am finally done with it. Handlebar could use a bit more sweep. Good project for the off-season. Have Labrador and the "rock" (Newfoundland) on the radar next.
  9. 6 points
    After much reading and deliberation ( Woolich tune and a Graves Titanium exhaust $$$...hard to resist; or Ivan's tune with a slip-on and put the $$ saved into the suspension....sensible) I lobotomized my bike on Thursday afternoon and sent her brain across the continent to Dr. Ivan for his specialized surgery 😀 Today before noon her brain arrived back in Arizona, and shortly thereafter she was restored to life. Reattaching the fuel tank, I started her up. I could tell right away, just running on the centerstand in the garage, that the exhaust note was a little deeper and the engine smoother running. Monsoon dust storm kept the initial test ride short: Yes, the throttle feels like a cable throttle now Much smoother as felt in vibes at the handlebar- stock tune with the hand guards removed the vibes were almost annoying at 5+K , now much less and almost non-existent over 6+K Definitely cooler running by at least 5 degrees "feels" like there is slightly more power Low speed precision maneuvers are much easier, the throttle is steady at low rpms, no "hunting" anymore No more funky exhaust sounds Yep, cruise control at 8mph... Talking with Ivan on the phone, a lot of the magic is in his complete remapping of all the ignition timing. Money well spent
  10. 6 points
  11. 6 points
    *Ding ding ding ding ding* You've got it in a nutshell. I have also just test ridden a range of other bikes in my almost annual summer test ride bonanza where I try to scratch that itch for something new. But frankly every time I got back on the Tracer I just thought to myself "this thing is bloody brilliant, why on earth would I chuck tens of thousands of Kronor at buying something that is essentially no better for me, just newer?". CS
  12. 6 points
    I test rode a 2017 FJ-09 today! That's a good mix of ergos and excitement! It will need a Sargent seat and a slight rise in the bar height for sure, but I'm sold. I want one. I'll miss the Tenere for its smooth ride and leg room, but It was so refreshing to ride a responsive flickable bike again. It reminded me a lot of my FJR, just lighter with more zip in the low end. Now to sell that Tenere... I bet I could sell it for enough to pick up a used FJ-09 with nothing out of pocket. Wish me luck!
  13. 6 points
    Fixed. In other news... The FJ has a new garage mate!
  14. 6 points
    @koth442 @texscottyd Yeah those bikes turn heads wherever we go. My FJ is only slightly overmatched. Lol. The buddy with the MV has 2 of them, a red and black and the one you see, a Ducati 996 and 2 big dog choppers. The buddy with the RC-51 also has a Speed triple and some really cool remote control planes. They are obviously single. 🤣
  15. 5 points
    Yesterday on Grossglockner hochalpenstrasse
  16. 5 points
    One from yesterday... not sure where to put it though...
  17. 5 points
    I'm going to leave the beach challenge for @micah2074... we're waiting, dude But as a bonus round on the 'favorite place' challenge, I wanted to throw something a little different into the mix. It's not technically a favorite place, but just a roadside rest area near Jones Creek, Texas that always makes me smile when I see it. It was here, way back in the spring of 1990, that a friend I highly respect pulled me aside after a very spirited run down the local river road. His comment to me: "You've got to slow down or you’re going to kill yourself. I think you could be a damn good road racer... you should look into that." That simple remark set the wheels in motion, and for the next 20 years I was doing some combination of sprint and endurance racing, including several years instructing for a track day program after I retired from competition. I ride on the street just for fun now, but I can't help but smile when I think about how a simple conversation on a Sunday morning ride changed my motorcycling experiences for the better. Good memories of a favorite place...
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    I understand completely. We have to deal with weird weather to enjoy all those twisty roads.
  20. 5 points
    I must be on lvl 4 then
  21. 5 points
    Sunrise in South East Queensland, Australia.
  22. 5 points
    Another set of sweepers
  23. 5 points
    First, let me say that I have no prior knowledge of any flash tuners good or bad, or any that sponsor this, and other forum's. I have owned ton's of bikes and have been riding for 48 years, never once had a ECU flashed, although my 2015 FJ 09 needed it in the worst way. However, I didn't like the bike enough to invest 300.00 more dollars in it. Now I own a 2019 GT and absolutely love it, but still unhappy with the throttle surge and other ECU related issues. So I took the plunge and mailed my ECU to Ivan , and his flash is undeniable the best 400.00 dollars I have ever spent on a bike that I liked enough to keep. His flash is everything that he claims. He has, and did everything that he said he would, also he answered the phone, and called me when he said he would. His turn around time is one day! I would highly recommend Ivan's flash, but guy's, get your bike ECU tuned, it's a beautiful thing! PS. I have read some topic's of owner's not happy with the smoothness of the power shifter, mine was jerky too, not anymore, the flash helped it too.
  24. 5 points
    I've been waiting for this...
  25. 5 points
    Yeah, you do. Trust me on this one! @captainscarlet - Amazing, isn’t it? The entire persona of this bike changes with top shelf suspension upgrades. @betoney - You and I have been among the more vocal advocates, so I’ll reaffirm your statement: Although it’s a lot of bucks, suspension is still the best bang-for-your-buck investment on the FJ/Tracer.
  26. 5 points
    They are Shinko 705's. Don't like to go off topic, but since I did not post when I installed them a few weeks ago I will add some general comments. First set and very happy after approximately 2,500 miles. An acquaintance and avid adventure bike rider for many years recommended them. That and this review with tires on an FZ-07: Shinko 705 ADV Tires Tested ... He has tried every dual sport tire under the sun and kept going back to these. Have a lot of gravel fire and lumber roads in the mountains around here, hence my choice. No vibration (except below 10mph but who cares) and great traction on all surfaces, wet or dry ( haven't been in mud yet). Tracks well in loose gravel. Needed a little more effort in cornering than stock, and to be expected. After raising forks (for more than one reason) cornering takes less effort that stock tires did with factory fork height. An added and unexpected bonus is that tires are not fazed at all by ruts, sealed cracks in pavement etc that tended to push stock tires around at low and high speeds. For $200-220 for the set it is hard to argue. I looks like I will get at least 6,000 miles from rear tire.
  27. 5 points
    Because it's written to protect stupid people from themselves. Never ever depart from the recommended shift points or tires or you'll die
  28. 5 points
  29. 5 points
    Rode with some fast company today in the blistering South Florida heat. Just shy of 200 miles today.
  30. 4 points
    Tuners disable the AIS (if you want them to) by getting the ECU to force the AIS solenoid valve to remain closed. This is an easy way to close the system, and doesn't require any surgery on the bike. The solenoid valve can still leak or fail... I know, not likely. I simply chose to blank out the ports and remove components that no longer serve any purpose. Just another way of getting there.
  31. 4 points
  32. 4 points
    Thanks for the peer review Piotrek, that's a great point about straining the bracket. I checked it and indeed the skewer was flexing the bracket inwards in a way the stock adjusters wouldn't. So here's Version 2. I added a couple of aluminum standoffs and washers to brace between the two sides of the bracket. I also added fender washers on each outside edge so the skewer has more purchase on the bracket. The spacing for the standoffs and washers is 83mm (3.25").
  33. 4 points
    That's a good point. Perhaps run the skewer thru a pipe or spacer of some sort between the brackets...
  34. 4 points
    It's a dry heat! And for those from humid areas looking for sympathy: include dew point, which is much better indicator of how dry or humid it feels than humidity numbers
  35. 4 points
    Just had my first valve check and major service on 2015 bike at 25,500 miles. All in spec. Throttle bodies were good too. Bike runs better now though. New plugs and air filter perked it up, I guess.Brakes better too with new fluid.
  36. 4 points
    Now THAT is what I was looking for! Excellent and thanks for sharing.😎
  37. 4 points
    As a sensitive north american fatty I'm going to have to seek out anti bullying help. Lol. Over-coddling is thick here and seems to know no continental boundaries. The various ktm street bike forums showed me that. But at least it's not as uptight as fjrforum. Omg, they know drama.
  38. 4 points
    Beautiful places to ride. Was there 2 months ago. Trinity Lake below.
  39. 4 points
    I find that on flat Florida roads I wear out rears faster than fronts and in Carolina mountains the fronts go faster. The OEM tires on it I got about 5000 miles on them and had plenty of rubber on them, other than a bit flat in the center of the rear. Brought the bike up here and then rode another 2000 and wore out the front, while the rear still could have gone a little more. I then put on Dunlop Roadsmart 3 set. Have ridden around 4000 miles on them and front might go for one more 250 mile ride before I hit the wear bars and the back could easily go 1000 more. Point is it's mostly your riding style, types of roads surfaces, and aggressiveness of riding. By the way these are great tires and I have another set waiting in the basement to go on. They really start out very neutral and light in the steering and don't noticeably change as they wear. P.S. Spellcheck says it's tire not tyre. Besides, American English is the most popular. The Brits may have invented the language, but Americans streamlined it and made it more efficient.
  40. 4 points
    I must ride one! For those times when a V-Max feels just a little bit sluggish...
  41. 4 points
    I had this on mine, nothing to do with your helmet. Note the piece this arrow points to--this piece is kinda loose. I took some foam, like the kind you seal around doors and windows with (where one side is sticky) that was about 1/4 inch thick and put some pieces around this piece to seat it permanently. No more weird whistling. It drove me nuts when I first got the bike. I had to work the foam in there with a screwdriver, you want pressure on this piece from all sides to keep it firmly in place. Never heard it again. Been through serious heat and rain, so far, that foam has held steady. It goes without saying foam placement should be out of sight. It happened from the moment I had the bike, fixed it right away. Good Luck!
  42. 4 points
    I LOVE reading posts like this. - For the money involved, I completely understand a lot of riders skepticism but there is nothing like seeing a riders face come back from a ride after a suspension upgrade. The ear to ear grin and look of awe and the obligatory "why did I wait so long?" 😎 As a "bang-for-the buck" upgrade, NOTHING comes close to a suspension upgrade. I agree with you on the bike "transformation" - suspension, ECU flash and sport tires, a smile on my face every time I ride the bike! 👍
  43. 4 points
    oops ...an MT09 Tracer 900 FJ09 triple engined triple barrel named and all!!
  44. 4 points
    Hi! I’m happy I found this forum and enjoy everyone’s posts. I’m a returning rider after about 10 years and just bought a Tracer GT! My last bike was a Suzuki SV 650 which I also loved. But—I am so thrilled with my Tracer!
  45. 4 points
    Here’s mine. A flat piece of plastic zip tied to the guard. Some heavy duty Velcro and a piece of bicycle inner tube. It’s been there for about 3 years. Occasionally I have to cut and use a new piece of tube. It’s been through more rain storms and washings than I can remember.
  46. 4 points
    Side case decals and small LED's. The LED's replace my 'bar' one I had, that was hidden when I put on the beak.
  47. 4 points
    Plus a Tacoma and a Porsche..... nicely done sir... @koth442
  48. 4 points
    Hi everyone. Been lurking for a few weeks. Took me a month and cost me about $1,500 to read the first 326 pages to get caught up! Learned a ton thanks to everyone's contributions. Installed Sato Racing bar ends and eBay shorty levers. Happy with both. More play in levers than I'd like, but I guess that is why they were $30 and not $150. Did bar ends as part of removing hand guards as I found that bike became unstable on hwy in turbulence from other vehicles. Took it out for a ride and can say it definitely made a difference. I have also raised forks 15mm to help alleviate stability issues at higher speeds and that made a big difference as well.
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    I wouldn’t leave the spanner in there. It’s going to come loose at some point and if you’re riding at the time, could damage not only your bike but perhaps a following vehicle. If it was a small nut I would leave it, but not something that big. The panels are really simple to remove; the descriptions sound long, but after the first time you do it you can have both sides off and tank off completely within 20 minutes I reckon. You won’t even have to go that far as you’re only removing one side. You’re so meticulous about things @wordsmith that leaving this seems out of character.