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  1. 12 points
    So, a bit of an introduction and review of the bike all in one, LoL. BACKGROUND Ever since I turned my 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS into a one-seater, I've been wanting something to ride two-up with my girfriend. See, we had our second date on the Monster, and it was magical. She's been asking me ever since if I'd convert one of my other bikes back to a two-seater so we could ride together. That other bike is a XSR900, which is highly customized, and didn't really want to convert it back, LoL. But I love that motor so much I thought the Tracer GT would be perfect....and I was right! The way it came about was pretty fun, not only in the way I got it, but the way I surprised my GF with it. It seems the Tracer GT has been sold out everywhere for months. I know some folks at Yamaha Corporate and it seems that a rental company bought 300 of them all at once, and my local dealer helped Yamaha facilitate those sales. My local dealer also has ties with a store up in Utah (I'm in Vegas), and when they called to check they didn't have any either. A few days go by and I get a call saying the Utah store has one after all...awesome! TIME CRUNCH The only time I could schedule weekend getaway with the GF was the next weekend, due to our schedules. The idea was, to get the bike now, break it in for a week without her knowing, then take her on a two-up touring trip. But the bike was in Utah, and I'm in Vegas. My dealer was going to get it for me but it was going to be a few days...a few days which I didn't have. Went to the dealer after work on a Friday, did the paperwork (took 10 min), and ordered the Rear Rack, Top Case, Top Case Backrest, and Top Case Lock (to key to my ignition key). Only reason I got the top case was so she would have a backrest and feel more comfortable. I knew it would be way better than a 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS, haha. Found out there was a shuttle to Utah that dropped me a block away from the other dealership, so I was all set to get it the next morning. PICK UP So I told my GF I had to go to the airport, and that we were going out of town the next weekend on a surprise trip. To set the stage for this ruse...the last time we flew together it was on Spirit Airlines and they said during the flight if you show up to the ticket counter at odd hours you can great fairs super cheap. So while she was thinking I was at the airport trying to get flights for cheap, I was actually at the airport to catch the shuttle to Utah to get the bike! See, I didn't lie to her, I WAS at the airport! Hehe. The transaction was seamless, as I already had the paperwork with me since I actually bought it in Vegas. This is the 4th bike I got from these guys (in Vegas), and the owner of the Utah store is part owner of the Vegas store, hence their "ties". He actually used to work at the Vegas store when I got my first bike, so it was like seeing family when I picked it up. They came in early for me to charge the battery, and we went over the whole bike and did the PDI together. To my surprise, he said the bike has never been started, primed the tank by turning it on a few times to let the fuel pump do it's thing, and fired it up. Sure enough, ZERO miles on the odometer! Not 1 mile, ZERO miles! Because I was told they didn't have the bike, and now they do, I asked why. So the story goes...a customer had it on deposit since January. It was moved to the back of their shop (way back apparently) and forgotten about. The guy never bought it, and they never put it back into inventory, until we inquired about it. RIDE HOME I'm very particular about how I break in a bike, and I wasn't too keen on spending hours droning along the highway at a constant RPM. You can vary your speed some, but not to the extent I'd prefer. Luckily, there was a nice twisty road that bypassed a lot of the highway, and then I was able to ride through The Valley of Fire, and come back on the road from Overton to Lake Mead. Made for about a 4 hour ride with varying speeds, rpm, straight and twisty roads, etc. A little bit of everything. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Motor is same as my XSR900, so no surprised there. Thought it would be slower with a little extra weight with the side cases, etc, but didn't feel like it was lacking in power in any way shape or form. Wasn't a fan of the stock windscreen. Had nothing to do with buffeting (I'm 5'8" for reference), but it had to do with the sound. At low speeds, it felt like the air was ripping, if that makes sense. Only other nitpick was the stock seat. It's not bad at all, but the downward sloping does put you close to the tank, (I have the seat in the low position) and if you scoot back some, you will slide forward under braking a bit. I fixed both of those things immediately, but other than that, love the bike. Got home, did one more ride, and came home and changed the oil after 350 miles. QUICK FIXES - INSTALLATION OF AFTERMARKET PARTS, ACCESSORIES, ETC. So, here's the list of parts I installed immediately: - Yamaha Accessory Rear Rack (needed for the 39l Top Case. Installed in 3 minutes, super simple) - Yamaha Accessory 39l Top Case (chose this because it's a little taller than the bigger version, and the only reason I got it was for a back rest for my GF, so I thought taller would be better, as there would be more surface area vertically for her to lean against) - Yamaha Accessory Backrest for 39l Top Case (you have to drill 3 holes to install, and the top case is already marked for it - simple as pie) - Yamaha Accessory Lock for 39l Top Case (wanted the top case keyed to my ignition key. Install was a snap, works perfectly) - Yamaha Comfort seat set (Less forward lean, and the two raised cushion areas grab you better to prevent sliding forward. All in all better than the stock seat by far.) - MRA Touring Windscreen (It's actually about the same size as the stock one, but it's curved back towards the rider. That ripping of the air sound is now gone, and I didn't notice any buffeting issues. Install was a snap. - R&G Lower Frame Sliders - R&G Radiator Guard - R&G Bar End Sliders THE SURPRISE TOURING TRIP So, I'm at my GF's house early Sat morning (I stayed over). I say we have to go to my house before we leave because I got her an outfit that I forgot to pack. We go back to my place, and I show her all her Moto gear I got her. She's like awesome, but how am I gonna take it on the plane? I said, remember when you wanted me to convert the XSR900 back to a two-seater? Let me show you I said. I took her down to the garage, and when she saw the Tracer GT I said yeah, I'm not doing that, I got his for us instead! She loved it! We then left for our 800 mile journey. Went to Sedona, AZ, stayed the night, and then came back through the Grand Canyon South Rim. Couldn't be happier!
  2. 10 points
    Picked up my Tracer yesterday afternoon; wow, what a fukin' great bike. Even just puttin around in rain mode, I can feel what a willing partner in crime the CP3 engine is going to be. Really nice and stable feeling for it's weight as well; had some 35-40 mph gusts happening while I was out, barely noticeable, would have been blowing my Versys 300 all over. I don't think I'm going to need to have the seat customized either, feels great as is. Damn happy so far :>)
  3. 8 points
    Did a terrific ride down to Abingdon VA - the excuse was to have dinner at the oldest continually operating bar in VA. 843 mile weekend of mostly back roads from Northern VA down to the TN border. A hot 150 miles on route 29 coming home was the only downside. All the roads were good, but memorable was 61 into Tazwell; 16 (Back of the Dragon); 42 to Saltville; Sunday morning, 58 to Hillsville; 221 to near Roanoke; 419 to 220; etc. Good weekend on a good bike. Image was on the Blue Ridge Parkway vicinity Roanoke.
  4. 8 points
    Did 11,000 in the last two month, Now showing 85,350 miles. Pic from Joseph OR on my way home from Mccall, ID.
  5. 8 points
    After reading up on the Tracer since it's U.S. introduction, watching every YouTube video and hanging out here for some months I finally picked up my new GT yesterday and promptly took a 95 mile spin on her. It does not disappoint. I think I may even be able to live with the stock seat which will be a first for me as all my other ST bikes needed a new one. Will likely get a shorter windscreen for summer riding and I can already tell the stock one is not so good. Otherwise the bike is just what I hoped for in a middleweight ST ride!! And if that is not enough, I wake up this morning to read that Ivan now has a reflash for the GT!!!! I have his reflash on my Ninja 1000, ( which will now become my hooligan bike for some local rides ) and his tuning is superb. Life is good.
  6. 8 points
    You're obviously not using the bike properly. 😁
  7. 7 points
    I've done it on a 900 lb cruiser with street tires and the GT would be more capable. It's paved all the way and lots of pavement in Alaska, leave the dirt roads to the adventure bikes and you'll be fine.
  8. 7 points
    Remains of an old cast iron factory.
  9. 6 points
    Is it unique enough? Oudewater in the Netherlands.. http://imgur.com/gallery/ERPLoRZ
  10. 6 points
    @duhg - It took awhile, but today I decided to go get some pictures of obsolete businesses in Houston’s east end: Believe it or not, that typewriter shop is still in business. A neighbor wandered over to see what I was up to, and filled me in on the story: The proprietor is a gentleman named Smitty, who has run the store for decades. It was already a struggling business when it flooded during Hurricane Harvey, but (and this is what I love about my city) the community pitched in to help clean up & repair as best they could, and Smitty is back open for business. Hours are limited and apparently not consistent nor predictable, but you have to respect the determination & resilience.
  11. 6 points
    Soooooo.... I did this. Got the tracer. Wanted to wait till I had clocked my first 1000km on it before i reported back, to try and minimise the cognitive dissonance getting into my reflections. And also see if I survived After purchase and use, my exact question I realised, essentially boiled down to whether I should get a bike with abs/TC and actually the QS vs one without. The tracer is clearly a lot more powerful than the versys as well, but that power is optional and quite easy for me at least to decide to not use. Boy is it a lovely machine. I have enjoyed every minute on it and every minute thinking about riding whilst off. One of those 'would I always be disappointed if I hadn't made this decision' decisions? Definitely. Mode B is the big answer to getting going with it. I have done the odd ride in standard recently and can see the move happening soon-- no big drama at all in the difference between the two. I actually think it might be a bit smoother when pulling away in standard. So far I am up at blue belt skill level from a motojitsu.com point of view. Haven't dropped the bike (will probably tomorrow😀), but come close when trying to nail the 16ft u turn. Still working on that. I have crash bars installed also now as well as the Shad 59x top box (love it!!) . I have done at least 500 emergency stops whilst practicing. And Abs is totally and utterly the right choice. Plus in Malaysia when it rains it is often like the sea coming down out the sky. And the bike performs beautifully in these conditions. Feels planted. What is interesting is how easy I have found the switch from my 10bhp automatic scooter to the 115bhp big bike. Almost easier to steer with any speed. At slow speeds definitely harder, but practicing on the motojitsu skills is proving invaluable on the road at traffic lights etc and particularly splitting which is de rigour here in Kuala Lumpur. The big bike is unsurprisingly way better for the 30km motorway commute. I bought the thing thinking it was going to feel a lot safer than a scooter with the ability to drive more positively, and it has definitely panned out that way. That plus the complete fully armoured gear I now wear. Should my view on these things inform others making similar choices, - well only maybe. I am clearly very inexperienced compared to most and my mindset is at the very end of the scale re safety first (eg. I wear full armoured gear all the time in the consistent 90+ f heat), which might not match everyone's sensibilities. But can the tracer work as a first bike - so far so good as long as you practice all the time and try and get better and safer everyday. Any big bike is clearly a weapon and needs to be respected as such, but tameable. Are there better options - inevitably, though I honestly think in my local market it is a fair choice. And the scooter practice for a year has been surprisingly helpful.
  12. 6 points
    The floating Cafe at Grantham, Queensland, Australia.It was washed away in the floods and put back when the water subsided.
  13. 6 points
    Today, I used the FJ to introduce another generation to the world of motorcycling, and connect some family history. The first photo is my father-in-law, on his Velocette somewhere in the early 1950s. Yesterday, I had the honor of taking his 13 year old great-grandson out for a couple of hours of riding on a gorgeous spring day. The smile says it all. As long as kids like this are getting introduced to our sport, I think the future of motorcycling looks pretty bright.
  14. 6 points
    Well, after three days of polishing, waxing, armor all-ing, and RRR of the headlight/instrument bracket, the bike looks practically new again except for a few love marks from the various roads and bugs that decided to leave their permanent mark. The new RS IIIs feel great and the bike is ready for the next adventure. Unfortunately, this will be with a new owner as I have made the move to an adventure bike while I am still young (49) and strong enough to handle such fun (or frustration). This was a fun bike to ride and it re-inspired me to enjoy motorcycling again after suffering through a boring sport bike for a few years. I managed to complete the Lake Superior Circle tour and also a 3250 mile trip to Boise Id. and back in nine days last year with the bike performing the solo runs flawlessly. Life has changed for me and I have chosen to seek adventure in my own backyard (state) with a few select out-of-state rides here and there. I have also joined an adventure riding group to be around more like-minded people as I miss the camaraderie of group rides. An interested buyer has offered $5K for my 2016 with 19,850mi. with the tall touring V-Stream windscreen, Givi crash bars, Fz-6 rubberized foot pegs, new tires, new-ish chain, Beak, and pre-wired for GPS/phone.
  15. 5 points
    Natchez Trace bridge, I believe it’s like the tallest or longest concrete span in the US
  16. 5 points
    Doesn't qualify for the Competition my bike is parked by the Cafe but you can't see it but a significant bridge ...Pegasus Bridge
  17. 5 points
    Ride to Arizona from Vancouver Washington South of Gerlach, Nevada We started by dropping one day and 330 miles to avoid riding in the rain all day but end the next day riding in the rain in, no less, Northern California. From the Oregon border to Cedarville we encountered rain in spots and then 5 miles of wet gravel as they were repaving CA299 by using the old asphalt and base as the new base for the new asphalt. We stopped in Alturas for an early dinner to warm up and then we proceeded to receive snow going over the pass to Cedarville in 39 degree temperatures. This is May in CA for Gods sake. We went on to make it to Tonopah, NV, then Kanab, UT in relatively dry weather, but with 20-30 mph winds and temps not over 50 degrees. Travel from Tonopah to Utah had us riding through 4-5 valleys between mountains, each being 12 - 20 miles across, and the road was alway straight. Met a friend in Kanab and continued to Jerome, AZ. All was good, but we were making time to avoid rain at the Tower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and leaving as the rain started, but leaving it as we returned to the East. After landing in Jerome, we were greeted with a major down pour. The winds on AZ64 were 20-40 mph and temps were in the low 40's at the Tower. It made for a fun ride only because we were beating the rain. This is May in AZ for God's sake. After looking at Arizona Highways by Kathleen Kemsley and noting the first sentence, “April in the Southwest means perfect temperatures and sunny days, riding in a mesh jacket and Kevlar-lined jeans.” We were in AZ riding in winter jackets, long underwear and rain pants in May just a couple weeks later. We made it to Clifton, AZ the next day, dry and sunny most of the way, but temps still only in the 50's. This was followed by the best weather so far on this trip with a ride to Albuquerque the next day. We skipped US191 due to rain, and snow in Alpine and rode NM78 and US180 going North. NM117 presented a very pleasant surprise with the El Malpais Nat. Monument, and most of the roads having very good pavement. Albuquerque to Chama took us on many NM back roads, stopping at Los Alamos to visit the Museum, then breezing through Taos and finished the ride in a totally perfect new snow covered Carson Nat. Forest with temps in the high 30's. Dropping in elevation to Chama it was still partially wet from the night before but it wasn't raining when we got there. We changed our route form going across Colorado because they were calling for snow in Lake City about the time we were to be there and ended the day going to Hanksville, UT by way of Farmington, NM and Mexican Water, AZ. We started the ride in rain gear for the morning 40 degree weather and finished the ride in strong winds, cold temperatures and rain from Natural Bridges to past Lake Powell's canyon. The day was saved by an outstanding dinner at Duke's Slickrock Grill in Hanksville. We passed through Capital Reef Nat. Park (free) and took the senic view drive, a must do. We carried on to Oden, UT, and Jordan Valley, OR with nice weather and temps in the low 50's, but found it very enjoyable because we were wearing long underwear in May. We altered our route after reaching Jordan Valley and went on to Burns for the night and riding on to our homes in Portland, Vancouver area the next day, with the warmest temps on the trip, ending arriving home at 73 degrees. Because we were like horses heading to the barn, we shorten the days by one getting home. Total days was 11. With all the changes in plans, threat of rain, snow, low temperatures and bad weather, this ride still ranks up near the top of multiple day rides for being one of the best. Of course, having good riding buddies is half the battle, and weather isn't near as bad when you have good rain gear which also helps keep you warm when used as a wind break, especially when the wind is coming from the sides at 30 mph. The ride to Hanksville, UT was one of my most exciting and visually rewarding rides, as it rained sideways and the sun peaked through the clouds, here and there, the wet rocks were vibrant as I have never seen them before, the wind wanted to blow you off the bike, and our visors needed to be cracked open to keep them from fogging up thereby causing droplets inside and out. I will never forget it and do not want to do it again in those conditions. We ended with 4,017 miles. Longest days were 517 miles and 411 miles, and most were around 350 miles.
  18. 5 points

    From the album: Garuda

  19. 5 points
    Finally got to ride the dragon!
  20. 5 points
    Just reporting in that I had a tremendous 8 day 2,100 mile trip on my Tracer GT from NJ across MD, VA, WV, southern Ohio along Ohio river, Kentucky and then back home. Daniel Boone state forest was beautiful as well as Monongahela and G. Washington state parks in VA. Unfortunately yellow Monarch butterflies were everywhere in Ohio/KY (musta been migrating) and I reduced the population by a few dozen cruising thru the area. Butterfly killer is how I'll be known. Bike was flawless. Love the triple. Anyway, a few pics:
  21. 5 points
    The ECU flash from Ivan's Performance did not disappoint! I re-installed my ECU this weekend and although I didn't get to ride as much as planned I did get a few hundred miles in. I paid close attention to how the bike performed at all speeds and functions as best as I could before I got the ECU flash and then did the same after the ECU flash. I did not do any top speed tests or run each gear to redline or anything of that nature but I did ride aggressively at times, though I wasn't trying to outrun any MotoGP racers. Here are my observations... The bike feels smoother now in all rpm ranges, noticeably smoother. If you think you're happy with the bike as it is from the showroom don't ride one that has Ivan's flash, it will change your opinion. I can easily stroll through low speed areas (25-35 mph) without the bike feeling like it is searching for the correct fueling. Before the ECU flash the bike ran almost like it had bad gas when trying to maintain a steady low speed (2nd or 3rd gear in school zones, downtown areas, etc). You may not notice this much with the stock exhaust, but with a aftermarket pipe you will hear and feel this much more. The throttle cut is no longer an issue. I tried like hell to feel a throttle jerk and I failed miserably (yeah!) Normally my hands get numb after about 30-45 minutes, I rode 1.5 hours straight with no issues. Cruise control now works in every gear which is nice when cruising through state parks and other long stretches of low speed areas. (oem settings for cruise only work in 4th, 5th and 6th gear) I did not try using cruise control over 100 mph yet, but I'm sure it would work fine. Did someone say Autobahn?? Other than the ECU flash, the only other engine/performance mod I have done is a full exhaust. I rode with the baffle/db killer installed, have not ridden with it removed yet (very loud). I will probably try it soon just to see if there's any noticeable differences. I highly recommend Ivan's ECU flash. I believe he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable tuners available. I was willing to pay the extra $ for his services. I have nothing against other tuners, I just have no experience with them and don't know how knowledgeable they are . Ivan has been around a while and he has never steered me wrong. This was not my first time purchasing from Ivan and I doubt it's the last time. I have never met the guy in person but he was very polite and answered all my questions and concerns. I hope this is helpful, feel free to ask questions and keep the rubber side down, Dan
  22. 5 points
    Today I pulled the exhaust baffle out of my Graves Exhaust and let 'er rip... Oooo how I missed that siren call that ignites my soul... Full disclosure: it's "Memorial Day" weekend and I was tired of hearing them goofy shiny things people call " Harley Davidson" or whatever they are...
  23. 5 points
    I finished up the last of my long list of mods today and went for a 200+ mile ride after work. List of modifications to date: Terry Adcox custom seats Akrapovic carbon full exhaust Cogent Dynamics Rear Shock Cogent Dynamics rebuilt/ re-valved Forks Higdonion Trail Cage Radiator guard ECU Flash by Vcyclenut Barkbusters Handguards Rox bar risers Heated hand grips Givi Trekker Outback Sidecases Givi Trekker Dolomiti Topcase SW-Motech rear rack Custom LED Integrated Taillight Super Tenere Turn Signals Adventure Tech Auxiliary LEDs Givi Sport Windscreen Perfect Squeeze Phone Mount Avon Trailrider Tires And some more I'm forgetting right now.
  24. 5 points
    I thought I was going to have to moderate this when I saw the title of the thread 🤪
  25. 5 points
    I read great reviews, so figured I would give it a try. I also ordered a case on Amazon. I will have to change it again in 4 weeks after almost 5k miles between 2 road trips. The weather is finally changing around here, time to RIDE!!!
  26. 4 points
    Oh great, around here that’s gonna be about as easy as getting a picture of two unicorns next to the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Good challenge.
  27. 4 points
    This is cool: LINK TO NEWS BLURB Yamaha has signed a deal to make its Niken the official support bike for the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and La Vuelta.
  28. 4 points
    Nice! It's an iron counter balanced bridge. On the picture of saus 1860 but it's grom 1760... Next challenge: Your FJ09 next to a FJ09 in exactly the same color setting as yours.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    What a great bike; really enjoying getting to know this machine. Like Coop said, it's just about the perfect bike for me: light enough, more than nimble enough with enough power to lose your license in a hurry. I appreciate the refinements Yamaha has built into the bike, while still retaining it's Hooligan soul. I've ridden out a gas tank on on the Highway- very comfortable with the cruise control ( got some extended front frame sliders, let me stretch my legs out a bit, that'll help on the long hauls). Done lot's of 30-50 rides in the twistys up in the mountains as well as slogged through a fair amount of stop and go traffic. The bike hasn't disappointed in any scenario so far. I'm finding the seat good as long as I use my knees to grip the tank- got some cheap grip pads, wow, what an improvement in cornering and braking control, going to have to get some better ones, it's a bitch trying to get them to stick to the plastic panels. The windshield is pretty damn noisy, I'm thinking of trying the MRA windshield for a little less noise. The suspension seems decent off the floor- good enough to wait for 20k or so before upgrading. The brakes are more than adequate. But the Fuel range is a bit short- although the bike seems to get about 42-43 MPG consistently, it be nice if you could confidently go 200 miles before worrying about fuel. I have to admit to a wee bit of a let down; albeit, a self-inflicted one. I rode the first 200 miles in Mode B with TC 2 ( getting to know the machine, haven't ridden anything this sporty since I was a kid with a Honda 400/4 SS ( ok a lot less sporty). Put her in Standard after that. Finally had enough miles on the clock to put her in Sport mode with the TC off. OK, I guess I was expecting fireworks- can't keep the front wheel down , going to need a new rear tire real quick scary kinda stuff. It is super quick, no doubt, and feels like it would not take much urging to loft the front wheel or spin the rear tire, for sure. But it wasn't scary :>0. That's good in a way- I've got 9k into a Blueprinted engine in my Dyna- and no it's not as fast as the GT, but it ain't much slower; and the GT is plenty fast enough, although I'm thinking full pipe and some airbox mods with a re-flash just for shites and giggles I'ts no wonder this bike is so popular in Europe- budget price with kickass fun and amenities built-in ;>)
  31. 4 points
    Yes when muppets do not correctly refit the engine breather tube to the air box and it gets kinked over, the engine builds pressure and pops the seal with the least resistance. The Mt/Fj-09 air box to breather hose needs to be correctly clock so it doesn’t kink.
  32. 4 points
    Mostly AZ- 88
  33. 4 points
    Is there any other way?? 😎 Smooth, twisty asphalt, sticky tires and well sorted suspension coupled with this kickin' CP3 motor, life doesn't get much better than that.
  34. 4 points
    193.5 miles per tank is far from definitive. How fast were you riding? Headwind or tailwind? Easy or hard on the starts from stop? How many starts and stops? What type of fuel? I just rode from Buffalo, NY to Pittsburgh, PA in the rain. Filled up the first time at 200 miles and still had half a gallon left. I've also raced around on the twisties and was ready for a fill up around 175 miles. Pro tip: fill up before you run out of fuel. 😁
  35. 4 points
  36. 4 points
    Repeat after me: tires and suspension first. IMO they're pretty crap but fairly predictable. If only commuting would probably use em up but otherwise no regrets tossing them early. Like Roadsmarts the rears are just average and the fronts are easily overwhelmed. No regrets tossing them and replacing with my preferred Michelin Power front + Road rear combo.
  37. 4 points
    The “continual high pitch buzz” after the fuel pump is done its 4 second cycle, is the stepper motors for the YCC-T system. They settle into the “start” position, and are waiting for a command from the ecm. -Skip
  38. 4 points
    As a former technical writer of (computer) manuals that no one ever read, I say RTFM !
  39. 4 points
  40. 4 points
    After trading for the GT, I used it as designed, and took a 3,400 mile trip through the southwestern US. The bike is good on long interstate runs, where the cruise control is appreciated, but is a total blast when the roads become twisty. The power of the triple is great, even at elevation. The riding ergonomics are good for long days in the saddle. The stock suspension worked fine for me with some extra preload to compensate for the load. The stock windscreen works well to deflect wind, but is noisy. No buffeting for me. The seat padding is ok, but I do not understand why many of the manufacturers build seats that slope foreward like this one. The combination of foreward slope and grippy cover material makes for an uncomfortable backside. A Corbin is planned. Overall, a great bike.
  41. 4 points
    Tomorrow’s plan. Today was basic maintenance day... time tinkering in the shop is always time well spent.
  42. 4 points
    I have been through there many times and taken every bridge across the Columbia at some point - Simply GORGEOUS area. I actually dont mind taking I-84 through there due to the scenery, I usually pull get off I-84 in Mosier and ride Rowena Crest.
  43. 4 points
    Man those new dashes look nice....
  44. 4 points
    Got new Michelin PR5 tires (front & rear), new chain, and new sprockets (front and rear), replaced brake fluid (front and rear) Bike rides like new!
  45. 4 points
    Got new rear rubber, right angle valvestem and brake pads.🙂
  46. 4 points
    Range varies depending on your speed, headwinds, etc. I have made it 200 miles on one tank, but this morning I had the fuel warning flashing at 130 miles after running close to 90 mph into a headwind.
  47. 4 points
    I have obtained the FJ! The, what I thought were cheapo chinese LEDs, are actually Clearwater LEDs! And the previous owner kept a maintenance log! AND left a set of sprockets in the pannier that the dealership apparently did not notice.
  48. 3 points
    I saw another red FJ yesterday on the Blueridge Parkway near Cherokee. We were going in opposite directions. Which one of you was it? Here we are at the high point. The Cornbread Mafia has gained a couple on new members.
  49. 3 points
    Today I fitted a Beak. Found one that is preformed to fit around spotlights. Might get it painted to match rest of bike.
  50. 3 points
    Rode this one yesterday. Lots of different ways to go depending on time.