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  1. F no, that's how we got all these stupid overweight adv bikes, numbers creep.
    11 points
  2. After much agonizing over various options, I rode over to the BMW dealer today and ordered a 2022 R1250RT. They have a couple due to arrive in the next eight weeks, but I wanted a very specific equipment set so I ordered a fresh build from the factory. Now I have a 5-6 month wait, unless there magically happens to be another unsold triple black RT with the Select package, tubular handlebars, and high seat option already in the USA somewhere. It should look like this: Initially I was leaning towards the S1000XR or Multistrada V4S, with the RT a distant third. Then I had chain issues during the North by Northwest Rally and decided it was time to switch back to shaft drive for a while. Some people will probably find it ironic that final drive issues drove me towards a shaft drive BMW, but so be it. I'm feeling lucky. 😎 I suppose the FJR1300 might have been a safer (and cheaper) choice, but it's even heavier than the RT and I'm not a fan of the FJR ergos. I haven't ridden an RT in quite a while, but in theory the R1250RT rider triangle is very similar to the FJ-09. I put 5700 miles on a 1997 R1100RT, so although the bike has changed quite a bit since then I am familiar with the basic format. Time to start de-farkling the FJ. Unfortunately I don't think I can spare the garage space to keep the FJ-09, especially considering I would probably almost never ride it. ☹️
    11 points
  3. This will be very interesting. I must say I'm intrigued.
    9 points
  4. I have to say the Dragon was fun, but you can find just as good about anywhere in the area and much of it with less traffic.
    9 points
  5. Unfortunately this isnt the first time in a hospital with an injurie. I have done rehab for other broken parts. But this is by far the worst injurie I have had. I learned to hold my ground with doc's and cranky nusres when I took care of my mother before she past away. I got a second opinion on my back last year, which I think was the right way to go fixing it. One thing that surprised me, was all the staff I have met at the 2 hospitals. Because thay all said thank you for wearing gear. Sorry if this doesnt make sense, falling alseep when typing. Wife's friend told her to keep me off the bike. And the wife responded "yeah right, he will be on one next summer."
    9 points
  6. If the tracer doesn’t meet your expections, for sure get something that does……. but dont blame the tracer….,.blame your expectations cause there sure are plenty that think the tracer is just fine…….me being one of them.
    9 points
  7. New Bagster Seat! Just put on today. Can't wait to ride tomorrow! Vive la France!
    8 points
  8. Been going to the mountains for two or three times a year for 40 years now. Discovered "The Gap" when a little old man I was helping pull his small fishing boat out of the lake at the north end said to me with some astonishment "You like curvy roads?...go that way," pointing towards 129. At that time it was all sport bikes and locals. A few years later I started reading about 'The Dragon' in all the motorcycle mags and the rest of the world found out about the little slice of motorcycling heaven, and turned it into the noisy, touristy, cruiser clogged, squid crashing, cop patrolled, destination that it has become. When I go there now I kind of treat it like the big roller coaster at the amusement park. If the line is not too long...I take the ride. There are so many good roads in the area (NC SR 28 all the way into GA, Warwomen RD, Wayah Rd, NC SR 281, 215, 209,107, US 276, 64 when there is no traffic. ect) that the Gap is no longer the focus. Don't get me wrong, if your a sporty rider it needs to be done, but get a good map and find some of the real gems in the area.
    7 points
  9. Today I put away the ginormous FJR1300 side cases and went back to my factory hard bags, which have seen no action since the outer lids were re-sprayed gloss black last spring. I did a nice ceramic coating on the lids, and added these splendid little black/silver accents:
    7 points
  10. Why the Tracer 900? After weeks of research on my laptop, which is connected via complicated mechanisms to the worldwide information system called the Internet - a system where you can find useful and useless information (such as that black patent leather shoes cost just 2.5 euros in Vietnam), it turned out that the Tracer 900 and I could really become friends. And who has too many friends. Our friendship was already put to the test on the third day (that was at the end of June 2021), when I banged my shin against the rear grab rails, the pain in my ears singing a song by Stromae: Formidable (a song I don't even think is that great). Since then things have been better: we travelled across Europe to Venice, got on a ferry there and had a great time in the mountains in Greece. From front door to front door: about 2800 km. What's more (1): I don't like the red stripes on the tank. I pulled them down - you can't see them on the photo yet. What's more (2): I had to realise that the Tracer is a bit bigger than my girlfriend's SV650, which I rode over the North Holland dikes in winter. Everything is bigger, except the sound. The standard tubes on the SV650 are stunning. Big! (Well. This is also information that is now available on the internet because I just wrote it: SV650 sound tremendous!) What's more (3): I've had my licence for just about as many years as a sawmill worker who cut off 4 fingers on his right hand. What's more (4): I lied above: I don't own a front door! I live on a 110-year-old cutter in Amsterdam. I grew up in the Tyrolean mountains, where they have impressively beautiful thick front doors. What's more (5): I take the liberty of politely asking your permission to pester you for the rest of the time with poorly formulated stupid questions, which you then pityingly answer with: this has already been dealt 250 times in 54 different threads with. Look it up first, you lazy git. That's it. Bang. I introduced myself.
    7 points
  11. I am thinking of making this a late-September tradition. Those Rocky Mountains are beautiful at any time, but add in the blaze yellow of Aspen leaves turning, a pinch of red here and there, and perfectly pleasant temperatures, and I'm in heaven! I have been struggling getting my riding buddies to commit to any solid ride plans this summer. I have a 6-month-old, which doesn't help either (but she's worth it). Fortunately, my wife is amazing. She supports me in my two-wheeled addiction, and is willing to give me some time for moto-therapy. I decided to just put something on the calendar and go. I decided to go see a few things that I haven't seen before in the Rocky Mountain NP area (couldn't get into the park with their timed permit system), then head south and west toward Gunnison and then the San Juan Skyway. This would be a fairly fast-paced 3 day excursion. I just fitted my Givi panniers, so I was excited to see how they did (they did great up to about 90mph, then the front end gets a little light and unstable...the owner's manual does say not to use both panniers and a top case.). I packed up my gear and was ready to head out Saturday morning! Preview: More to come...
    7 points
  12. Thank you for contacting MadStad. We would love to build a windshield system for the Tracer 9 but we haven't had a chance to get our hands on one. If you happen to live in Central Florida, please let me know. We have worked with customers in the past - they lend us their bike, we design and build a system for it, they keep the system (no charge) and we only ask for their feedback on the system and how it works. Thanks, Dan MadStad Engineering (352) 848-3646 madstad.com/pages/faq Hey, someone could get a FREE $320 windshield from them ! I would take them up on their offer but I am in Upstate NY. I DO NOT work for Madstad.
    6 points
  13. There are many things that I like about my 2020 Tracer 900GT, and a few things that I don’t, it’s built to a budget so I should expect a few gripes. What I hadn’t considered however was that a ‘Sports Tourer’ would be fitted with a seat that is so unsuitable for touring……what were Yamaha thinking? After about an hour of riding my arse felt like it had “taken more of a pounding than a Bangkok Ladyboy” and was screaming for it to stop. if you are happy with the seat, then good for you, this post will probably be of no interest. I tried an ‘Airhawk’ pad on a recent 800 mile tour, it helped but it is also quite slippy and caused ‘Mr Tompkinson and the twins’ to say hello to the tank every time I braked, especially at traffic lights, and my deep, dark voice turned into a boy soprano as I uttered expletives at Mr Yamaha’s incompetence. Anyway, problem solved, I took my seat to my local upholsterer who is a biker herself, and she has added new base foam and memory foam, made a new cover for my seat with a faux suede top (very grippy, no more sliding) and has added some double diamond stitching in a nice blue that matches my paintwork, the difference in comfort between my newly upholstered saddle and the stock Yamaha piece of junk is ‘night and day’. scores on the doors out of 10; Yamaha Stock Seat = 2 AirHawk Pad = 7 Upholstered Seat with Memory Foam = 9
    6 points
  14. Big, much more technical ride today, well outside of my skill level. Started down TransAlta Rd, then down a cliff into a dried riverbed. Crashed once in here, as the riverbed was filled with deep gravel - all sizes, but mostly 2-3" rocks and some big rocks - just got overconfident and failed: Ironically, I crashed it in the flat portion, but had no trouble with 2' deep crosscuts from more recent rivers and more broken and uneven parts. Overconfidence. Anyways, then followed the riverbed for half an hour or so and stopped on what was an island: Then back, up the cliff again. Herein was crash #2, and let me tell you: there is no technique that makes picking up a bike that is tank down, wheels up in a deep rut half way up a steep, long incline easy. Even with two of us, it was damn hard. No pics here, it was dark and super difficult, just wanted to get up the hill. The rest of the ride back was uneventful. No injuries to me, and the crash protection did its job well, but the worries about the stock exhaust on right side crashes are well founded: both times, I had to bend the muffler back out to clear the swingarm. Ordering a Huzar high mount exhaust today. However, going back to the purpose of the thread: Even at this point, with two crashes, the bike performed admirably and really helped me ride well outside my skill level. It can only do so much of course, but really it's MUCH more like a dirt bike than a big adventure bike. So easy to ride, even in crazy stuff. Also, it took the abuse like a champ. It went down *hard*, particularly the second time, and nothing broke - not even the cheap looking plastic handguards. Turns out they can deform quite a lot and spring back into shape. Forks are horribly out of alignment though, gonna have a wonderful time straightening the front end tomorrow. Rode home with wildly canted handlebars. I can see the advantage of something like a drz400, but I wouldn't want to give up my asphalt performance to get it. I did *not* envy my buddy on his Super Tenere (pictured) or the third guy on a older BMW (also had to pick his bike up twice, and holy hell was it heavy). Watching him struggle to maneuver his 600+ lb beast around even with several years more offroad experience than me really helped me appreciate how number the T7 is. Also: tail bag has to go, gotta get a tank bag instead. Need to be able to get back over the rear seat for more rear wheel traction at times, and the bag really got in the way.
    6 points
  15. There. Fixed that for you… 😉
    6 points
  16. I had a 2016 GXS-S1000F before I got my Tracer. That K5 motor is terrific. Brakes and chassis were good. Front suspenders were okay, awful stock shock. But here is where it really lost me. The ergonomics. I'm not ancient, only 45, but I live with a lot of lower body injuries. Peg/seat was too close, even with different seat and pegs. The stretch to the bars, even with risers, I still wasn't a fan. And basically no wind/weather protection, even with a larger shield. If it was a second, have fun bike, it might still be with me, but I'm now a one bike guy. And no regrets with the Tracer.
    6 points
  17. Right? So nice to see Suzuki come out with something really appealing. They've been treading water for a long time, just releasing basically the same bike over and over, year after year. Good to see more competition in this space.
    6 points
  18. Hi everyone. New Scottish Tracer 900 GT owner here, back to bikes after a few years without... Previously had Yamaha Thundercat (YZF600R) and Aprilia Falco. So the Tracer is a bit more upright than I've been used to. But I'm loving the touring capability of the Tracer's luggage. Previously I've toured using soft luggage with all the hassles of arranging waterproofing that entails. The Tracer has lowered suspension links fitted by the previous owner, although I have the original links, so plan to switch them back when I have time, as it seems that ground clearance is at a premium with standard suspension already...
    6 points
  19. So just a follow up on my bike with a couple pics. I got my ECU back from Ivan today and got my bike back together. Just came back from a ride and I am over the moon. This tune is perfect. A - mode is smooth, throttle response is crisp and the bike pulls smooth and hard all the way to red line. All throttle snatch is eliminated and its just a joy to drive. The exhaust with the baffle in sounds great....just loud enough to sound great without being obnoxious. I absolutely love this bike! Pics of exhaust, etc.
    6 points
  20. That’s tasty, and I’m honestly surprised it’s taken Suzuki this long to produce it. I would absolutely look closely at that if (when?) the time comes to replace my beloved FJ.
    6 points
  21. I was finally able to go for a ride today. It wasn't a long ride (40-ish miles on the long way home from work). I noticed a big improvement. I didn't slide forward at all coming to a stop. I am probably the only one who doesn't hate the stock seat. I've done an SS1000, and several 600-900 mile days without much issue. The slope mode will make it even better for me!
    5 points
  22. This. 100% this. It's so refreshing to see bikes that a lot of us will actually use and enjoy in the real world, over multiple years of ownership. It all comes full circle, eventually...
    5 points
  23. About 100 lbs heavier and 12 hp less than my trusty FJ. Seems like those specs are heading in the wrong direction.
    5 points
  24. Changed the oil and took up some 15-20mm of excess chain slack. I should have checked sooner I guess. There is wear on the front sprocket and the chain feels tired. I will put chain and sprockets on my to-do list over the winter. This year will include a valve lash check, so that will be exciting.
    5 points
  25. We spent the day riding different motorcycles. The trade space was small with vendors but the show had plenty of moto brands willing to let us try their bikes. Triumph, Harley, and Indian said, here, follow this loop on your own and have fun. Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Zero, and Royal Enfield all had guided (and mostly boring!) routes. Except for the Zero we got 15 to 20 miles on each of the bikes. We rode 150+ miles on demo bikes today. In no particular order: Yamaha Tracer 9 GT: an incremental improvement over the FJ09. Windscreen better but still needs work. Throttle better but, except for the Indian FTR 1200, still the worst throttle I rode all day. Don't feel like I need to rush out and buy one. Mine is good enough. I could not fit my size medium modular helmet in the side bag. All of the Triumphs had good ergos and good to excellent seats. Triumph Speed Twin: biggest surprise of the day. What a fun bike. Clean air. Lots of acceleration below 100 mph. Good ergos but the pegs are a little high. I could see buying one in a few years if I could be ok with the foot peg height. So small, quick to turn, and easy to ride that I didn't realize it was a 1200. Triumph Scrambler 1200 tall: fine. Vague front end (21" wheel and 80/20 tires). Lazier than the Speed Twin even though it's the same engine. Triumph Speed Triple: maybe the biggest disappointment of the day. No low end torque. Hard to turn. Felt bigger than it was (not in a good way). My buddy has a Street Triple 765 and it's a much better street bike. Triumph Tiger 850 Sport: good ergos. Ok windscreen until I got on the highway and then almost as bad as the FJ. Didn't feel as nice as the FJ. TERRIBLE VIBRATIONS. Motor had pull but in minutes my hands were tingling. I could not own this bike. Triumph Tiger 900 (Sport?) GT: same ergo/windscreen comment. Vibrations tolerable but the FJ motor is just better. A little vague steering. Smooth suspension. Ergos good enough that you could comfortably ride sitting or standing. HD Pan America: seat height lowering at a stop is a killer app. The other vendor reps were jealous Harley thought of it 1st. Liked the motor although my buddy said his kept surging at 4000 rpms. Shifter was stiff. Bike was fine. Electronic suspension was way too busy. Worst suspension of all the bikes we rode (except the Sportster rear). It had us vibrating and bouncing on a very good road. HD Sportster S: terrible ergos. Forward controls and minimal seat and I felt like I would slide off the back at 70 mph. Handled decently well but it's the only bike that hurt my back and hip today at least in part to all hits to the rear tire going straight up the spine. Looking forward you see the giant front tire just ahead of the gauge. Zero SRF: 1st bike I rode today. Neat bike. If I still commuted in LA, I would consider it but it would mean giving up moto trips. Very nice to ride around under 60. Starts running out of power around 60 - accelerates but not as well right when most bikes we rode were pulling hard. Good, clean air. Good handling. Good ergos but pegs are a little high. It's as heavy as the FJ but feels lighter. Indian Challenger: Rode this while waiting for the FTR 1200 to be available. It's HUGE. AND IT'S SOOO NOISY. WHAT? I SAID NOISY. The base beats of the engine and the buffeting of the windscreen was so NOISY. Raising the windscreen didn't reduce the noise but cut off the little airflow I had. Solution - turn up the radio and make it NOISIER. And whatever settings someone used - the radio sounded bad. How does someone ride this cross country? The bike was heavy off the sidestand. The reach was too far to the handlebars. The back rest leaned back so far it gave no support. And It cost $32,000 as equipped. I was actually surprised at the handling - much better than expected, and I never touched the floor boards down. Engine didn't care what gear I was in because of all the torque, but shifting took effort and planning. Indian FTR 1200 Carbon: ok bike. Reminds me of a Honda 929 or a similarly aged liter bike, maybe? Relatively light weight but makes you work to turn it. Follows a line after you get it turned into the corner. More vibration than I'd like. Decent ergos. Fuel surging was bad - hold a steady throttle and the bike would make little accelerations. Each shift made the bike jump even with the clutch pulled fully in. It was at just under ¾ of a tank and showing 70 miles to empty on the fuel computer?! Nice gauge - as good as the Triumphs. And Americans have figured out to make dead stable, usable mirrors even when the rest of the bike is vibrating.
    5 points
  26. Got my new Corbin seat today and got it on the bike. Black natural leather on the seating areas, titanium "carbon fibre" vinyl on the sides, blue piping, medium silver thread. The "titanium" colour of the side panels is much lighter than the design simulation looked (disclaimer: they tell you straight up that colours in the design page may not be accurate) may not be what I would have chosen, but it actually integrates pretty well with the bike. Overall I think it looks great. Now, on the more important element: How does it feel? In a word, great. Far more even weight distribution than stock; with the stocker weight is really concentrated on the ischial tuberosities (your "sit bones" if you aren't a career physical therapist and simply can't make yourself call them that. But I digress...) while with the Corbin weight is evenly spread over the entire surface of the seat, including weight going through the backrest lip of the seat. I felt an odd warmth throughout my butt while riding, and realized it was circulation; my ass is not used to getting blood to it while on the stock seat. Go figure. I also like being able to push back into the rear lip of the saddle. On the stocker, I could do that, but only with my butt slightly off the back edge of the front seat; not real comfy. My only, very minor, niggle is that the seat pushes me a bit forward from the stock position, which at my 6'3" height is noticeable. Only had a short ride today, and time and longer rides will tell the whole tale, but I am very pleased so far, and very optimistic regarding longterm results. I just wish it had showed up two weeks earlier, before I spent the past two weeks romping around the twisty roads of southern British Columbia, to the tune of 850 km. My butt would have liked having it for that trip! With the Corbin, and the MRA windscreen, I have addressed the two issues I thought needed attention on the bike as delivered. I have nothing more I really want to change at this point. We'll see how long that lasts lol.
    5 points
  27. I have nothing to add to the other wise words shared here, except to add my sympathy and wish for a full recovery.
    5 points
  28. Oh, I agree with you, this will all become standard equipment, same with radar assist cruise control (or whatever its called), its just not a selling point, in ANY way - for me. If you had 2 identical bikes, one with an IMU and one without, I would not pay extra for the IMU. Give me cruise control and heated grips and I'm good to go.
    5 points
  29. ...And we think cracked oil pans are something to worry about. 😲
    5 points
  30. Technically nothing, since they won't take a deposit until a build date is confirmed. But after adding a top case and state license fees this should be a ~$27k USD transaction. Thankfully there's no sales tax in Oregon, so the state fees for title and four years of registration should be ~$300. I've never spent five figures on a motorcycle before, and this will blow right through that barrier. 🤑
    5 points
  31. When you Google "FJ09 cracked oil pan" or "FZ09 cracked oil pan" you'll have your answers.
    5 points
  32. Got a good deal on a set of Michelin Road 5s that I’m looking forward to scrubbing in.
    5 points
  33. It beat the KLR650, Royal Enfield Meteor 350, Honda Rebel, BMW R18, Indian Super Chief (or whatever it’s called). I like my bike but that would have to be the most pointless comparison ever. Its a million times better than a toaster
    5 points
  34. So many sweet bikes and so little money and room!
    5 points
  35. Well. Everything is home. Thank goodness.
    5 points
  36. Having owned a 2020 AT, there is no way I would buy that bike. I sold my AT for the tracer because of the motor alone. It's boring as hell and the fueling was quite snatchy. The triple has WAY more character and more power. I really hate that manufacturers are dialing up all these twins. Mainly because they are cheaper to make but they mostly suck, lol. Give me a triple, a v twin or an inline 4 before a parallel twin!!
    4 points
  37. I am excited to see the bike, mainly because I am really liking to see a resurgence of interest in Sport Touring bikes that all but disappeared for a few years there. I am guessing it will look nice as well. DCT - not interested, and yes the bikes are all going to get heavier again ( I was impressed the T9 got lighter for its specs!), especially with the heavy DCT. I've thought a bunch about the power of the CP3 plant (in my '19), and yes at times I would LOVE more go fast mojo.... but I also think its kept me from doing some real stupid things the CP3 is just a great all around engine, I ride with people on 1200cc plants, and yeah they just always have a TON of grunt anywhere, where I need to be in the right gear. But overall, this bike should be very nice bike (I almost bought an AT before I decided on the Tracer).
    4 points
  38. I am 75% sure this will work for the FJ-09 and FZ-09... but am waiting on some verification and I am loving helping out the community like this, it helps my very very small business, and helps everyone else!
    4 points
  39. Clegg78- I just placed my order in your store. I can't see how my Bagster seat would mount any different than a Yamaha seat. Last year when i bought it new there was not any difference with how it installed on the bike. I am taking a weekend trip on 10/15-10/17 so that would be a great time to test it out if it arrives in time. Thank you for offering an economical solution for the seat slope issue on our beloved 2019-2020 Tracers.
    4 points
  40. Great bit of advice. I wish I'd followed this more carefully during my own rehab.
    4 points
  41. Here in the U.S. the Suzuki GT+ is $1100 less ($13,800 vs $14,900) than the Tracer 9 GT and $4,400 cheaper than the top spec Versys 1000 SE LT+, though it doesn't have the IMU, electronic suspension, heated grips or a center stand if those are important to you.
    4 points
  42. $13799 msrp. Looking even better.
    4 points
  43. Ha. Apologies, I didn’t mean it like that. Just meant I hope you enjoy her and have safe travels. I’m sure that’s a bike that will eat up the miles.
    4 points
  44. I'd be willing to send a set to someone with a 15-17 to verify fitment for me. Also for anyone with a Tracer 9 as the forward mount is different on the 9, if they could take detailed measurements for me, I'd also make a version for that. I just shipped my first handful of orders of these yesterday and have a few more to ship out today.
    4 points
  45. it was raining today so I went for a ride. I got wet.
    4 points
  46. I got rid of our trusty old toaster that never missed a beat because it looked dated. Bought a new one with LCD panel and multi program. It does everything great except produce toast as I like it. Theres a lesson there for everyone I think. Don’ get me started on the electric kettle.
    4 points
  47. Another example of "what the VFR should have become". Man, Honda missed the boat after owning this segment for decades. When I look at this bike, I see a Triumph Sprint GT mixed with a Z1000SX. The result is stunning. Well done Suzuki.
    4 points
  48. 4 points
  49. Same as @roy826 - I've had zero issues with any of the GSX-R Suzukis I've owned. And the K5 based motor is arguably the 'best of the best' as a usable street motor: Smooth, power & torque everywhere, and you would have to maliciously mistreat it to have any reliability concerns. This thing could (should?) be a legit home run. First bike that has seriously made me consider 'what's next' in my post-FJ moto world...
    4 points
  50. Back in the 80's and 90's we didn't have GPS. And for some reason those are the best riding memories I have. Maybe it's because there were less cars on the road. Maybe it's because I was young and alive and about to conquer the world. But we got around pretty well and getting side tracked was part of the fun. Google maps works pretty well for me.
    4 points

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