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  1. 12 points
    How many curves are there on OR-242? It feels like 318 or so, but who has time to count with this scenery? The narrow asphalt snakes through the the Willamette National Forest up the McKenzie Pass, where 3,000 year old lava flows spread from Mt. Washington to the Three Sisters. I left early for a 350 mile morning loop. I hit the pass at 8:15am, which was just right. I almost had the road and Dee Wright Observatory to myself. I continued through Sisters and Bend, then rode Cascade Lakes Highway down to OR-58. Every Oregonian with a kayak was on the east slope of the Cascades today. A lot of people. Glad I had my helmet on. I was home in time for a late lunch.
  2. 12 points
    Recently went over the 12,000 miles on my 900 GT. It has been everything I thought it would be. I'd been riding a 95 Seca II for over 20 years and I had somewhat lost the thrill of riding. I started wondering if it was me or the bike, plus the Seca starting having a carb issue I could not figure out and was getting tired of chasing it. Funny thing is, after I put the deposit down for the Tracer, I found the problem which was something I created but didn't know it. So simple too....right there in front of me the whole time. Anyway..... Started looking for a suitable replacement. The FJR was just not by style, but I noticed the FJ09 was pretty close to what I was looking for. I went and sat on a 2017 and liked it except for the bars and seat....nothing aftermarket would not take care of. I then read about the 2019 Tracer GT 900 and the changes that were made to it. It was as if Yamaha read my mind on the bars and seat. I also wanted a bike I didn't have to add anything to, cept maybe suspension. My track bike has a quicker shifter, so I knew that was one thing I for sure wanted and I also wanted a fully adjustable suspension. 12,000 miles later.......it has been what I was looking for. It has brought a new thrill to my riding. I've found that sense of joy, pleasure from riding that had diminished somewhat over the years. The only things I've added have been fork preload adjuster stars, but I'm putting on new levers this week. And thats it. The best handling improvement was a change of tires which was due to the different front tire profile. I thought cruise control was kinda silly on a motorcycle........until I started using it. It is quite useful in alot of situations. In the hills where I ride, it is not unusual to come up on a pack of car just cruising.......I'll set the cruise at about 1 MPH under the packs speed and just have a nice leisurely ride without any throttle input....just flow...... I like that it can go slow well, easy and in comfort.........and then really haul ass well, easy and in comfort. It can drone down the freeway all day long, yet when the twistes are encountered, it doesn't disappoint in performance or handling. That 850 motor is just a joy. I haven't found its weakness yet in the power curve. It pulls from down low real well. That reminds me of the 95 900ss Ducati I had. Big twin torque with the revving capability of a inline 4. Something I've noticed about the motor is that it doesn't feel like the same motor when I first got it. Its smoothed out somewhat, power comes on different which made me wonder if there might me a mapping change at a certain mileage. I went full synthetic at 7500. Not sure that had anything to do with it. I can set cruise for 30 in 4th, and it just motors down the road...no issues, no surging, no nothing. I've even had cruise set for 35 in 5th riding on a road with small ups and downs and the motor just did its thing without any complaints. Then again, I can spin it up to high revs and it still doesn't complain....its just does it. The Tracer 900 GT came along right when I needed it.
  3. 10 points
    Hi all, this is my first post after buying my 900 GT a couple of months ago. The tips and advice from this forum have given me the confidence to add stuff to the bike myself that ordinarily I would have paid someone to do. So far I have swapped out the auxiliary socket for a double USB unit. Wired my sat nav into the spare socket under the screen, added an Evotech radiator guard, break and clutch levers, fitted Pyramid Plastic carbon fibre hand guard and rear hugger extensions and yesterday afternoon fitted a Black Widow exhaust system (which for the price £379.99 delivered to my front door) I think is awesome value for money. Happy to do a full post on my buying and fitting experience (with pics if the limits of my technological know how permit) if anyone is interested.
  4. 10 points
    I took off for Artist Point on Mt. Baker yesterday. The road isn't open all the way yet, but I was able to walk up the remaining portion. That's the Canadian border near the left most peaks. The bathroom roof in the parking lot. There's probably a good 20 feet of snow there. My bike below. You'll have to squint to see it. Chris
  5. 10 points
    I think Dave Moss has some good words here. What's the FIRST THING you do when you get in a rental vehicle. Answer. Adjust the seat. What do nearly ALL of us do when we get a new bike? Answer - get on and ride. In other words, we ignore ergonomics. We do try to change our body instead of the bike. This is the whole mantra of motorcycle tuning and ergonomics. There is no one size fits all. Moto manufacturers try - with most configurations somewhere in the middle, to try to appeal to the widest audience. Again, Dave Moss. Some people have wide shoulders, some narrow. Some riders are short, some tall. We don't all fit the mould of same-same. Adjust the bike however you wish, so it fits YOU best - so you're comfortable, relaxed, safe.
  6. 9 points
    After a morning of heavy rains, the weather cleared up enough for me to sneak out for a quick ride. Random play of music over the helmet speakers, and out of the 5,000+ songs in my iTunes, the first three it spun up were: ”I Fought the Law” - The Clash ”Police Truck” - Dead Kennedys ”A Pig is a Pig” - Plasmatics Discussions & opinions of my music library aside, what’s the common theme here? Just about the time I thought “that’s a weird coincidence” I got tagged with instant on radar as I crested a small hill... 80 in a 55, and he had me dead-to-rights. The cosmos was trying to warn me, but I didn’t pick up the message in time. Fortunately the officer was very cool, and ended up letting me go with a warning since my license, registration, and insurance were all in proper order. Lucky break... I’ll pay more attention next time.
  7. 9 points
    I’ve always taken the approach of being honest, humble, and respectful. I waved an acknowledgment & started to pull over as soon as the lights came on & it was obvious he was turning around, and then pulled off at a turnout where we could safely get well off the highway. I figure if they have to chase you down, it just raises their blood pressure before you even make first contact. I had my helmet off before the officer exited his car, and was standing a bit away from the bike... I’m admittedly a pretty non-threatening guy (clean cut, balding, no tattoos or piercings), but I still didn’t want to do anything to make him nervous or suspicious of my intentions. I told him I had a mask in the saddlebag, and then waited for his okay to get it out... he seemed to appreciate that. The discussion was quick. I acknowledged I was speeding, said 80 sounded about right, apologized but didn’t make any excuse... He checked my paperwork, called in my license from his car, then came back & sent me on my way. He specifically thanked me for ‘owning it’ and wished me a nice day. This was the Texas Department of Public Safety (our state highway patrol), who have a reputation for being fair but stern... generally, if you get a ticket from the DPS, you legitimately deserved it.
  8. 9 points
    New member. I purchased my bike late last year and finally got around to performing a host of changes I've been putting off... swapped out the silver shrouds and side panels for semi-matte black. Upgraded the front and rear seat to a Bagster Installed Vortex sprockets (front & Rear) with a new DID X-Ring chain Swapped out the tires for Continental Sport Attach 3 (front and rear) Replaced the US spec pumpkin turn signals and installed a tidy tail Installed carbon fiber fork protectors (wanted to see a little less gold on the fork uppers) Next on the list is a Sargent Backrest (for the misses), a Puig Touring windscreen, and a Soundbomb (horn).
  9. 9 points
    Day Five. The Way Home. I decided to head home through Yellowstone again. I had been tempted to take my route north and ride the "Going to the Sun" road, but it still isn't open to the really scenic parts. And besides, there were still things to see. :) But first, I decided to take a side trip to Devil's Tower. I looked for the lights and aliens, but didn't see any. I've been to Yellowstone in the past, but there's always more to see. This is at West Thumb Geyser Basin. I thought this was it. What I didn't realize, was it extends into Yellowstone Lake. From there, I stopped at another place that isn't a major attraction for tourists, but is quite nice on its own merit. Biscuit Basin. This pool below reminds me of the volcanic rocks you find where the outside looks crusty and uninteresting...but when cracked open, there's this beautiful crystal inside.
  10. 9 points
    Mount Nebo, back of Brisbane Queensland, Australia.
  11. 8 points
    So fundamentally - good manners. They cost nothing and are yet worth so much. 👍
  12. 8 points
    ...at your next back yard BBQ you could fill those with water and have a swim!! 🧜🏻‍♂️
  13. 8 points
    Tuesday, I went with James (jtvisions) over the other direction to the Olympic Peninsula. (BTW, we met solely because he filled in his location in his profile. Without that info...we'd never have enjoyed the many rides we've taken together.) The route took us up north to Deception Pass. The way out was beautiful open pastures with mountains for a backdrop. On the Coupeville ferry. Almost out to Pillar Point. At Pillar Point. On the way home. At Lake Crescent.
  14. 8 points
    The only foolproof way is to make sure the chain is perfectly aligned on the rear sprocket. Any other measurements of axel nuts and swing arm marks are really secondary to chain alignment. The inexpensive Motion Pro alignment tool is very easy to get on/off the rear sprocket and indicates the slightest misalignment between chain and sprocket. I run the alignment rod full extended for highest accuracy and sight down the rod under the chain guard. Easy squeezy.
  15. 8 points
    Since nobody makes a top rear rack that mounts above the passenger seat, i decided to fab my own. The only rack i see mounts behind the passenger seat. I started with a Givi BMW mount, I received the mount but it was made of steel and actually siginificantly heavy. I am fabbing my mount out of aluminum 4mm 6061. the edges of the mount still have to be bent to add strength. still under construction....
  16. 8 points
    I thought about it once...but no longer. Those that are looking for excuses to buy a lithium battery will make a big deal out of the 4 lbs of weight savings. But really, I'd be a lot healthier if I lost 4 lbs. I bought a replacement battery for my bike. It is the gel type battery. Cost? About $50. Battery technology is not "rocket science", and you can pick up a good non-name brand battery for little cost. As they say in economics, batteries are a "commodity" item. In other words, there isn't much difference from one to the other. So I'd stick with what Yamaha designed the bike to use. Chris
  17. 7 points
    A few from this weekend’s ride: The church where my wife & I were married. Chappell Hill, Texas:
  18. 7 points
    I've broken a couple of clutch cables over the years, and I've also had numerous hydraulic clutch failures (mostly in cars, but once on a bike). Having experienced both, I much prefer cables. I understand the appeal of hydraulic actuation, but cables are cheap and simple. It's a $20 part that I can proactively replace every 24k miles while I have the bike apart for valve adjustment. The Magura system seems like too much expense and complexity for marginal gain. The slipper clutch seems like the far better way to go if you want lighter clutch feel.
  19. 7 points
    After a very, very, lengthy period of "...should I, shouldn't I..." deliberations I fitted lowering dogbones (from Cosmo-accesories.com) and lowered the forks on my 2018 GT 900. A bit of background... I'm 5"6' with a 29' inseam (a shortarse), I could touch the ground (just) with one foot, the front part of my foot (toes to just in front of the balls of my feet) and had to lean the bike over slightly to get one foot down fully. Not too much of a huge problem whilst riding, but tough to paddle the bike in car parks or when coming to a halt on sloping ground etc. Then I was out on a ride, came to a T junction, stopped, put my right foot down and ..nothing... the ground wasn't where it should have been! Unluckily I'd chosed to put my foot down in the exact spot a very small pot hole was. Over went the bike tipping me onto the other side of the road. Luckily the bike only suffered a smashed rear numberplate and two minor scratches on the crash bars (thank God I fitted them a while back). What preyed on my mind was that if a vehicle had been turning into the junction I'd have been dumped right in front of it. So I started looking on this forum and FaceBook pages for information on lowering and it was clear that of those who had lowered their bikes it was almost a 50/50 split as to whether the pros outweighed the cons, with many changing back to the standard height. I fitted the new dogbones and lowered the forks yesterday. Now I can get the front part of both feet onto the ground with the bike upright and the difference is FANTASTIC! I have not changed the sidestand, I will have to be careful that I do not park the bike on an 'upslope' but on level ground, or ground that slopes 'away' from the left side of the bike. (The sidestand length was one of the major cons people wrote about, with many having it shortened by having a chunk removed or buyng an adjustable sidestand). I tried putting the bike on the centerstand and it is more difficullt than before but I did it with no drama, although I doubt I could do it with loaded luggage on it now. BUT I don't think I've ever used the centrestand whilst 'loaded' usually just while it's parked in the garage, so for me this isn't an issue. In a nutshell, it has changed riding my GT drastically, I should have done it ages ago and not wasted time dithering, listening and reading about the arguments for and against. If you are like me 'coping' with your bike being 'just that tiny fraction too tall' don't just cope with it. Get it lowered, it makes a WORLD of difference. I've always loved my Tracer, now I love it even more (which I didn't think possible) Cheers Steve
  20. 7 points
    In order (as best as I can remember)... Honda CB250N (Did 15,000 miles in my first year, with a solid frame rucksack on my back) Suzuki T500 (I had 2 at the same time) Honda VT500 Suzuki GS550 (Did 30,000 miles in 6 months despatch riding) what a great wee bike that was. Suzuki GSX600f Suzuki RF900 Yamaha FJ1200 Yamaha 1000 Exup Honda CBR600 Kawasaki KLX650R Honda CR250 (raced in enduro's and made it road legal) Yamaha FJ1200 Yamaha XT600 Tenere HOnda 650 Transalp (what a piece of junk) Yamaha FJ1200 Yamaha XT600 (painted blackboard black, ratbike) Kawasaki KDX250SR Suzuki GS(x)750L (Still owned) Suzuki GS650 Suzuki DL650 Vstrom (I loved this bike soo much) Honda CRF250L (current) Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (current) (There may have been others, but those are the ones I can remember. Not got many photos but here you go.... (that is not me on my GS(x)750, it's an old pal)
  21. 7 points
    My new AK-20 cartridges came in this afternoon. Having never done any fork work in my life, I made sure to read the installation directions over and over, and watched numerous videos online on removing the factory damping rod assembly. I KNEW that it was going to be tricky to remove the factory rod without the Yamaha or an aftermarket specialty tool (which I didn't have, and didn't want to buy). I had initially thought about just running the forks by the local dealership and asking them to remove the parts for me. I'm sure they would have happily done this. But that takes time, and time is money as they say...Plus, it's Monday, and we all know that most Powersports dealers are closed on Monday. So I decided to give it a go myself. Traxxion mentioned in their installation directions that some customers had luck using an impact wrench to loosen the factory bolt. I tried that first, and while it did break the screw loose, once it was loose, the rod just began to spin freely. So it occurred to me that I could make a simple tool using nothing more than 3/4" schedule 40 PVC pipe which I happened to have laying around in the garage. 30 seconds of sanding on the belt sander to square off the end, and a few hits with a Dremel to sand out the cutouts, and I present this. Since the screw had already been broken free by the impact wrench, I needed only this tool, and the 8mm hex wrench to finish off the bolt. I'm a happy camper.
  22. 7 points
    Having lived in Alberta for nearly 25 years, I've seen a fair bit of it. One part I haven't spent any time on was Hwy 93, the Icefields Parkway. Now that my g/f and I have been riding a few years, we took the opportunity to change that! So, we took a couple of days off and made it a three day trip. Day 1. We missed our turn - we'd intended to head west at Leduc to Drayton Valley, but ended up on Hwy 13 instead. A side trip to Crimson Lake was certainly worthwhile. Hwy 22 is mostly straight, but full of incredible vistas. It was a bright and sunny day, with the mountains clearly visible to the west. Great day and perfect weather. Minor mishap when a Gatorade lid somehow worked loose and soaked some electronics...which miraculously dried out and worked fine. Day 2 is when the adventures started. 1A was as fabulous as I'd remembered. We enjoyed every foot on a great morning. As it turns out, lots of little stops made for a slow trip. Little stops like gearing up for rain. Like bike parts flying off - through no fault of her own, my g/f's Touratech lid blew off and we had to backtrack 20 kms to find it. A rock as a hammer, and another as an anvil later, and it was straight enough to keep stuff dry. We found out the hard way that neither of us have waterproof boots. Fine for back and forth to work in a bit of a drizzle, but it wasn't long before we were both sloshing water in our boots. We pushed hard through 5 deg C through the Columbia Icefields, but it was worth it. Every turn, every rise - was 'wow'. Arriving late to Jasper, roughly 10:00 PM, we found out ours was the last room in town. How was Highway 16, the fellow at the desk asked. We came up 93, I said. Hope you're not going to Edmonton, he said - road's washed out. ...and that's when we found out we might have to backtrack to Hwy 11 to Red Deer. Might as well get some sleep and find out tomorrow! Day 3 And, as luck would have it, after a big omelette and several cups of coffee, we only had to wait about 20 mins for our turn at the washout. One-lane, alternating traffic. Wasn't too bad. From there, Jasper is of course spectacular, but from Hinton to Edmonton - well, it's fast - but the scenery is nothing compared to the previous two days. We got home just in time for more rain! Incredibly fun loop, and I can see doing this many more times, with different routes. It'd be easy to do differently many times over. Photo album - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPgCYif
  23. 7 points
    Well I did the deal on the 2020 Tracer GT tonight, will pick it up Saturday. Beautiful bike. Thanks
  24. 7 points
    Well, having just completed the seat mod, lifting the front of my seat by around 4mm, it seems a good time to go for a decent length ride. Started recording where I met up with my riding buddies, so missed a chunk, but whatever. First stop was in Longview (name not shown, but it's the intersection south of Black Diamond, before heading west into the mountains) - specifically because of a tiny little jerky shop there. These guys make what's frankly the best jerky I've ever had, absolutely amazing stuff, and great to have on a road trip. Then into the mountains! The little side trip poking out in the left side is a jaunt around the upper and lower Kananaskis lakes; insanely cold but beautiful mountain lakes: Several groups of mountain goats made the ride exciting; coming around a corner to some 20 goats just chilling in the middle of the road is fun! Only managed a couple kind of bad photos of them; you want to be careful about being close to them because if threatened they will occassionally charge and headbutt - particularly if it's a large group. Then the bears. So many bears. Seems covid has really encouraged them to come out of the woodwork. They get sketchy, though, whenever there's bears on the highway, people stop to take photos, and there's always this push where someone wants to get a little closer than the last person... So you've got a two lane highway partially blocked off with cars and people milling about, the threat of momma bear deciding she's had enough of tourists and chopping people up, etc. Cool critters, but I'll leave the bear pics to people who don't like their arms.
  25. 7 points
    Just went for a ride since it was 71 instead of 81 this morning at 7AM. Got out and road till about 11AM. Back roads out here by Lake Bistineau. Our lake has tons of cypress trees that are full of Spanish Moss. Real scenic. Stopped a few times and took pix of the journey. Notice the store is closed up but the windows are painted like they still open. It was nice for it to feel a bit chilly with the mesh jacket on for the 1st hour. After that it was just right. Just as I got home it was getting hot. Says it was 87 and felt like 106. Yeah this is southern humidity! Still a fun bike too. 😁
  26. 7 points
    Amazing. This is perfect. Now, I run my seat in the upper position, so things look a bit different, but this worked great for me. I went a little further than @smurph. What I did was removed the tank retaining bolts right there under the seat, lifted it a bit and slid a pair of washers underneat (one per bolt) - this raised the rear of the tank by 2mm. That same piece, of course, is the piece that has the slots for the seat height adjustment, so this immediately raises the front of the seat by 2mm. I then put giant 4.25mm fender washers taped to the frame, *under* the plastic seat base that @smurph taped the washers to. I did this because trying to tape washers to that plastic base (or the seat itself) was difficult: they'd get pushed off when I tried to slide the seat on. However, when taped to the frame underneath, they simply hold the rubber stops up and are never subjected to lateral stress. This made an *enormous* difference, the seat feels completely flat now, and I can move around on it without feeling like I'm going to slide into the tank as soon as I relax. It's more stable, too, less side to side tippiness. By raising the rear of the tank, you can get a lot more adjustment room, but to be honest you don't really need much. Even the little bit I got it up here makes a tremendous, immediately noticable difference. Lift the rear of the tank a bit. Washers onto the frame. And done! The advantage of going this way is you can still easily change the seat height in the normal way without needing to move spacers around. If you stick spacers permenantly to the plastic insert, you'd need to move them to still keep the slope when you adjust the seat height.
  27. 6 points
    I've wanted to see if this would work for a very long time, but was dubious. I've wanted a bluetooth ODB2 scantool connection on my bike forever - I keep one on my Jeep, and being able to live-monitor engine data is extremely useful for troubleshooting problems. Also, it allows you to make really bitch'n dashboard displays (the real reason right here!) The handheld Autel scanners... well, they work for reading codes and resetting them, but that's all and they're kind of shitty to use. Having a smartphone or tablet able to read/reset codes, but also graph sensor data in realtime is WAY more useful. Those bluetooth scantools that allow you to live monitor engine data are awesome in cars, but I feared Yamaha's 4-pin connector wouldn't have everything they require to work, or just plain wouldn't work with Yamaha's ODB2 implementation. I ordered an adapter regardless, though, because hey - I want to be able to reset codes if nothing else, like if I run the bike on the centerstand, for example. But it works. It really works. Now, I'm not using one of the cheap $5 blue ELM323 adapters, for two reasons: First, they're notoriously unreliable. Second, they draw full power all the time. In a car, this isn't a really big deal, as your battery can hold up to a couple weeks of this before you notice it when starting, but on a motorcycle? Our batteries are notoriously... Limited. As my goal is to leave the adapter connected 24/7, so it Just Works whenever I've got my phone in the mount, I need one that can go to sleep when the key is turned off. Enter the Scantool ODBLink LX: OBDLink LX Bluetooth OBD-II Scan Tool for Android & Windows OBDLink LX Bluetooth will turn your Android or Windows device... The MX costs more, but it's only advantages is that it works with some manufacturer specific features (Ford, GM, and Mazda) and we don't care about that. The LX is still spendier than the $5 AliExpress dongle, but at $60 it's still pretty damn cheap for a motorcycle tool/farkle. Tada! I ended up routing the wire under the seat latch bracket, but here we have it. Scantool provides the ODBLink software which is pretty great, but if you want more customization the Torque Pro app Torque Pro (OBD 2 & Car) – Apps on Google Play See what your car is doing in realtime, get OBD fault codes, car... for android and IOS, is bloody amazing. Now, obviously, this allows you to check and clear codes. But wait! There's more! Other cool stuff you can do: Graph and log engine data - Compare absolute throttle position with actual ECU throttle position (unsure if your engine is limited in 1st? Now you'll know), compare RPM/load/fuel consumption, track actual fuel trim levels, monitor fuel consumption (instant fuel consumption in graph form, particularly paired with other engine data, can be quite handy) - there's literally hundreds of data points. And download this data for import into spreadsheets, too. Track actual wheel HP produced calculated by weight (bike and you) vs actual acceleration Track 0-60mph / 0-100kph times automatically in the background (high scores! Yay! Practice launches with real data!) Show (and graph, and log if you want) current lean angle Show (and graph, and log if you want) current acceleration/deceleration g-forces Include GPS display in your dashboards (with full mapping functionality) And so much more. I'm too excited to really go into detail. Once I get an appropriate MC dashboard set up, I'll post some videos Yeah, yeah, yeah, but screens are distracting and you'll die! Clearly, use responsibly.
  28. 6 points
    Interesting video from Dave Moss on how to ensure all is aligned properly if you’ve had the front wheel off (or presumably the brake calipers too). It may explain why some people get a clunk when braking, if the calipers are not fully aligned? I’ll try this next time.
  29. 6 points
    Yesterday I had a very nice motorcycle day. I test drove three different bikes, but more about that in different threats. What was also very nice, was that the guy responsible for importing Roadlok in Europe came to my home to see how we could fix the issue with the Roadlok not fitting on the Tracer without removing the reflector. He had modified one of the spacers (he shortened it)and we fitted that on the bike, together with a spacer that came with the Roadlok. The thing is, if you use the standard spacers, the reflector is causing the Roadlok to become slightly misaligned. And though one might be able to tighten the bolts of the lock in such a way that the lock fits, it will be under continuous tension. But with one of the spacer adjusted (by shortening it by 2.8mm) it fits. All in all, I'm very pleased with the service provided and with the lock.
  30. 6 points
    Hey Tracer 900 Forum, I have been preparing my 2019 Tracer (non-GT) for a 10 day camping trip and finally received and installed my luggage for the occasion. It was the last bit of upgrades I needed to do to make sure I could transport enough kit for myself and my girlfriend for a 10 day camping trip. Installation was fairly easy aside from getting the Givi bracket inserts that go into the OEM subframe slots to fit onto their brackets which required me to more or less use the slots on the bike to hold them in place while I used my body weight to pull down the Givi bracket to fit them onto the rubber inserts. These 48L Cases are huuuuuuge, surprisingly I have to check to make sure they didn't fall off when I start riding, they are essentially unnoticeable aside from the extra weight which is minimal. Other upgrades include... MCCruise Cruise Control Yamaha Heated Grips Yamaha Quickshifter Yamaha Heated Comfort Seat Yamaha 50L Top Case Puig Touring Windscreen Radiator Guard Michelin Road 5 Tires GP Suspension 25mm Cartridge Kit Forks Ohlins YA 537 Rear Shock Puig Enduro Footpegs Puig Trail Passenger Footpegs (not pictured) TechSpec Tank Grip Pads (not pictured) You may be thinking 'Damn my dude, why didn't you just buy a GT?' Well that is a great question my intrepid reader, the answer is I got an absolutely screaming deal at the beginning of COVID for this Non-GT leftover and I was planning on upgrading most of the parts anyways so the literal $5,500 out the door price hike to get a GT was nonsense for me. Anyways if you have any questions about the parts added, what the process was like to fit anything, or otherwise. I did all the work myself (aside from the forks) so I am happy to explain any questions you might have.
  31. 6 points
    I found a picture of my own CB400N, this was us having a rest on the way from Johannesburg to Durban back in 1981. Note the black chrome Moriwaki 2-1 pipe and the Fiamm air horns, even back then I liked a good sound when I hit the hooter button. The distance is around 550km and in those days it wasn't the freeway it is now so it took most of the day to get there. This is the bike loaded up for a 2 week holiday, believe it or not we rode it 2 up like this! I still have that open face helmet tied on the back but I don't wear it anymore.
  32. 6 points
    That's exactly what I did, I made a bracket for the power on LED for the MCCruise and another for the TPMS unit with rubber mount.
  33. 6 points
    Pick her up and hold her with the front wheel resting over your shoulder. Gently pat the seat with your hand. Be sure to have a shop towel on your shoulder to catch any liquids that she might spit up.
  34. 6 points
    I had my seat adjusted today. Did it with the previous Tracer 900 GT and decided to do it again with the new one. I had two things adjusted: flatten the curve of my seat and had it filled with gel. The first picture is after the foam for the seat was placed. They then created a place to add the gel and filled it with medical grade gel. They covered it all with a thin layer of foam and placed the original seat cover back. The good thing is it "only" cost me around 250 euro. Much less though than a Bagster seat.
  35. 6 points
    I replaced my factory battery with a lithium battery 2 years ago. I ride At least 20k miles a year in any weather from 10F on up. I run a gps, heated gear, and phone charger. I’ve never haD a problem with the Lithium battery. As a bonus I swear the thing is about as heavy as a baseball. Now that I’ve posted this glowing review I fully expect it to crap out on me next week.
  36. 6 points
    No need to remove the tank or fuel line. Remove all 4 of the tank fasteners, lift the tank and rotate it 180 degree backward. Place it on a towel where the seat would normally go. There are 10 screws holding the airbox lid on, do yourself a favor and use a cordless drill with an extension and magnetic bit to (slowly and carefully) remove them.
  37. 6 points
    This is taken from Windy Ridge the other day. Looking at the North East face of Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake. Having this and Mt. Rainier both literally in your back yard never gets old.
  38. 6 points
    Got the Traxxion AK-20s installed today. They nailed the spring rate and preload settings for me. 40mm sag on the money. The recommended compression was about a half turn too hard, and the rebound was about a quarter turn too hard. The hard bumps are LOADS better, but unfortunately this has just re-emphasized how crap the rear end is. The Penske won't be in for a few more weeks.
  39. 6 points
    Oh, my god. @betoney had it right. That 47 tooth rear sprocket is wild. And it was exactly what I needed to get the feeling I loved so much with my MT07 back; that wild, hard acceleration off the line. With the stock 45, it just wasn't quite there. I mean, obviously, being a CP3 it's always grunty as heck, but it just wasn't quite there. I'd imagine for the bulk of normal people the 45 is a better way to go (or probably even lower or +1 in the front) because Normal People don't want random power wheelies. I do Yeah, you push through first faster, but I find I just end up a bit higher in the rev band, getting it up and above 4500 and keeping it there without feeling like I have to work for it. It's just there immediately. I can't stop grinning. That's just so damn much fun. That was exactly what I was missing.
  40. 6 points
    It may well be the case, but it's not relevant if it is. We all change over time, and there's no fixing that. God knows, I'm older, slower, fatter, and definitely closer to the grave, so I'll fix what doesn't suit me on the bike because I can't become younger again. Maybe I'm taking the bike backwards, but if the end result is me enjoying the bike more, then it was the right move. That said, seriously dude, you're just being a dick. Don't be a dick.
  41. 6 points
    All of them. Seriously, almost all modern Sport and Sport-Touring tires have amazing performance and decent longevity. For every report you read of someone getting 10-12k out of a set of tires, you will also read of someone having them worn out within 4-5k. I would be willing to bet if the average rider tried 4 identical bikes, all with different brand tires in a blind test, they wouldn't be able to differentiate one tire from another. Buy a quality, name brand sport touring tire that you can get for a fair price, they are all good.
  42. 5 points
    Oh boy. Where do I even begin other than to say the current generation Gold Wing is the finest motorcycle I've ever owned. I will NEVER replace it. I can't give it higher praise than that. It's not without it's flaws, but IMHO, it's about as close to a perfect motorcycle as can be for me. I put just over 14k miles on my '18 bagger before realizing that I needed the trunk and trading it for the 2020 Tour model. Perhaps it would be helpful if I compared it to our triples.. The Yamaha is faster, lighter, has better lean, and overall a much more spirited bike to ride. And believe it or not can carry more cargo when equipped with better luggage. The stock saddle bags on the Tracer are more useful than the ones on the Gold Wing, and my GIVI Top Box is more useful than the trunk on the Gold Wing. BUT, and this is a HUGE BUT (giggity), I would choose the Wing over the Tracer for any trip longer than about 200 miles. It is immensely more comfortable, and smooth as silk no matter how fast you're going. You just can't beat a flat-6. There are really just a few flaws that come to mind. The Seat: It's adequate only for about an hour to hour and a half of riding. I now have an aftermarket Ultimate seat. Luggage: it's a good deal smaller than previous generations, and you got what you got. There is NO replacing it for something else. But that being said, it's enough for a 4-5 day trip for me. Tupperware: My goodness is this bike a PITA to work on. You can have the fuel tank off of the Yamaha in under an hour. The Gold Wing? Hah! Better part of an afternoon (or weekend! for the first time you do it), and better not lose the 100 or so screws and plastic pushpins. Normal maintenance is easier, however. No chain maintenance, of course, and the oil changes are as simple as any other bike. Easy to get the wheels off, too. Having both bikes is the perfect combination. (And now I have Android Auto on the 'Wing. Yeah!)
  43. 5 points
    Sorry to hear about your accident. Off to check the cost of flights to the USA
  44. 5 points
    I have always ran it on the side stand, since the filler neck is now the highest point in the system, any air bubbles should rise to the top.
  45. 5 points
    Yesterday I unexpectedly found myself with a few hours free time, so I decided to go ride up in Plumas County, specifically the Genessee-Beckwourth Rd. I had recently given it as a recommendation, and since I'd not been on it for a few years I wanted to check it out. This is a tiny (sometimes one lane), out-of-the-way road that connects two small towns through remote country that is dotted with gravel and dirt forest roads. There are faster ways to get from one town to the other, so there's little reason to go on this road, other than the sheer joy of riding it. So I quickly punched in the directions into my phone and headed up the mountains. I got onto this glorious road, and within 15 minutes I realized I was not on the right road. I hadn't actually checked the details on Google maps before leaving, and the route led me through shorter, but gravel roads. I had no cell coverage, so I couldn't download the needed details onto the map, and my rookie mistake, I did not take my trusty paper maps. I spent an hour crisscrossing gravel roads, trying to get to the right one, to no avail. So I pulled the plug and backtracked out of the wilderness on the shortest possible gravel road back. Just another reminder to myself, technology is awesome, but old school sometimes saves the day.
  46. 5 points
  47. 5 points
    Went and had a look at a Multistrada today, came home via Beechmont, Maroon Dam, Moogerah Dam and the Fassifern Valley in Queensland, Australia.
  48. 5 points
    Installed Spiegler braided brake lines (~200$) and the 2014 R1 Brembo master cylinder (~150$). Time consuming and not a very exciting job, hardest part was to screw the back hoses bracket back in, considered leaving these lines loose, or maybe just zip tied, but at the end, with help, managed to get it. Kept a zip tie on both levers overnight, next morning triggered the ABS pump on the grass and bled once more. The brake feels much more responsive and defined, overall glad I did it.
  49. 5 points
    I read a lot of different bike forums and when someone asks about replacing or modifying a part, inevitably there is always someone saying they should have bought a different bike to begin with. So what bike do you recommend? What bike has the same motor characteristic and agile handling at a similar price point that you don't have to personalize and has the same dealer/service center network? 🤷‍♀️
  50. 5 points
    After a few days of 40-50 mphs winds and lashing rain, the sun appeared. So the bike came out of it's bed for a wee 30 minute ride, which ended up being around 4 hours. One of those rides where you come across great wee roads, just by taking turns you haven't before. I found some excellent twisty bits with decent tarmac, and a few times had the bike through bends absolutely perfectly, and oh my, what a rush. I had an absolute blast. Ended up on a few single track gravel roads, super twisty up and down, but with such a narrow road and really tight corners with high trees and hedges all around I was just bimbling along wishing it was a closed road so I could have more of a go at it without embedding myself in a tractor or a horse's rear end. It's a long time since I just went for a ride, rather than going somewhere. Here's a couple of wee photos, to highlight a couple of nice spots I came across... The one with the boat is at a wee village called Palnackie. The other is Dundrennan Abbey, built in the 11th century.

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