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  1. 14 points
    I recently bought a new 2020 Tracer GT as a do it all bike that would be just as comfortable taking my wife on a date, as it would be on a track day. My plan was to add some crash protection and eventually take it to the track as a second bike and just explore the limits of it. After having 2 months of track days canceled due to some virus going around, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw,SC was finally opening back up and P.R.E. the track day group I ride with, announced that the June 6th session was a go. This caught me off guard, as both of my bikes that I have been modding for track duty were not ready to ride. Since I had already paid for the day and I had a perfectly capable bike in the garage in the Tracer, I decided to give it a proper break-in. I had put about 400 miles on it, so I went ahead and changed the oil/filter and starting prepping the bike for the track. I am happy to report that the bike did fantastic overall. I was able to turn some pretty fast laps and was able to get within 1 second of my personal best on that track, that I did last year on a 2007 R6. I did find some limitations of the bike, when pushed hard: #1 The stock tires fairly inadequate for the track. This I knew going into it, but it is worth mentioning. Thankfully, I toasted the rear tire and can now put something a little sportier on it. #2 I found that I was bottoming out the forks on hard braking, even with the preload all the way in. I probably won't address this, since I don't plan on taking the Tracer to the track very often. You can see in the 3rd pic below that my zip tie is at the bottoming out point of the fork. #3 The stock brake setup is great on the road, but not up to snuff on the track. I was getting a decent amount of brake fade and on one occasion almost complete failure, due to fade and the ABS trying to compensate. SS lines and sintered pads should resolve this. Again, overall the bike performed better than I could have predicted. I found myself passing 600 class bikes with ease. They would be able to pull me on a straight, but if I carried enough speed through a corner, the HP difference didn't matter. Here is the rear tire. The right side is completely shot.
  2. 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.
  3. 10 points
    Yamaha had their Demo Days in Olympia today so I stopped in to see what they had to offer. Appointments were 45 minutes apart, test ride was 25-30 minutes and then 15 minutes to spray down the bikes and prepare the next group. When I got there the 1:00pm ride was already booked so I signed up for the 1:45 group, when we got back a lot more riders had shown up and the 2:30 group was booked and only a few spots left for the 3:15 group. I talked to the sales guy when I got there and he said not to worry about riding the T7 or the MT10 today, they had some in stock and would let me demo them at a later date to avoid the wait time but insisted that I HAD to try the Niken. First off the fueling is ultra smooth, way more than any flashed bike I have ridden, like B-Mode smooth with A-Mode aggressiveness, VERY impressed. The suspension was also impressively plush, we rode on urban surface streets and some rural farm land roads, man hole covers, pot holes, pavement cracks etc and I never got any spine jarring jolts, for stock Yamaha suspension, it felt great. 'Supposedly' the engine tune is milder and the bike weighs around 100lbs more than the Tracer, I expected the acceleration to kind of be a dog but it was sharp and smooth and pulled with authority. I only used A-mode, they call it 1, STD would be 2 and B-Mode would be 3. I tried all 3 for a second or 2 but liked 1 or A-Mode the best, especially considering how smooth it was. You always read about the front end and handling, I will say, had I not looked and seen 2 wheels out front, I never would have realized what I was riding from the riders experience, it absolutely feels just like a 2 wheeler. We rode through several traffic circles, right angle turns and some sweeping curves and I rode it almost as spirited as I would my bike (it was still a demo ride of course) and was instilled with confidence and grip through every corner. This was also the first time I have ever ridden with a quick shifter and LOVED it, I hit neutral a few times between 1 and 2 but other than that, just keep the throttle pinned and grab gear after gear. The only negative to report would be that the front brakes weren't exceptionally strong, the seat felt like it had a weird downward slope and the soft bags were kind of floppy on their mounts but other than that, VERY impressed with the bike. FWIW, for anyone considering going to a demo day, they had almost all of their bikes available to ride except the R1, VMax and scooters.
  4. 10 points
    Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas
  5. 9 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. 😁
  6. 8 points
    Mount Nebo, back of Brisbane Queensland, Australia.
  7. 8 points
    If you use no oil, the engine will get louder, but only for a short time. After that, it'll be very quiet. Chris
  8. 8 points
    Got Tracey another garage friend!
  9. 8 points
    Been waiting two weeks since my test ride. Now they're safely home. Traded in our FJRs.
  10. 8 points
    Today, I rode the 3-Pass Loop. White Pass, Chinook Pass and Cayuse Pass. One of the best days of riding I have had in a LONG time. Google Maps
  11. 8 points
    Today I took a ride through Gifford Pinchot National Forest Google Maps
  12. 8 points
    Since I have my FJ-09 pretty much prepped for the Butt Lite Rally in September, it's time to do some longer distance test runs. This weekend is unusually free on my calendar, so I've been planning to do a long ride this weekend to test all of my mods. I've changed my plans a few times because the weather forecast isn't great; I guess Oregon decided that March and April weren't long enough so Spring weather has been extended into June. Butt... I must be prepared to ride even in sub-optimal weather, so I'm going. I plan to leave my house in Albany around 5:00am or so, and below is the route plugged into my GPS. I'll be riding this clockwise, going out to eastern Oregon and then down into California, passing through Redding, up to Happy Camp, and then back home in the evening along I-5. If I do the whole thing it will be 1014 miles according to Basecamp, but this loop has plenty of "bug out" opportunities where I can cut things short and head for home if I don't like the weather or something. Or I can just get a hotel somewhere. I'm also testing my Spot tracker. If anyone wants to follow along you should be able to do so at this link: SpotWalla - Public Trips Click the "Mid-June Test" link on that page. There won't be any data until I leave Saturday morning (June 13). But once I depart it should ping the satellite about every ten minutes. Wish me luck!
  13. 8 points
    Here you go, taken yesterday in Happy Camp, California.
  14. 7 points
    So i was looking at the seat and figured I could raise the front a bit more as there's vertical wiggle room between the upper and lower settings where that front tab sits. So.... I grabbed some fender washers and electrical tape and got to work. 3 washers seems to be about the max. There's now no wiggle room up and down and the slope is 3/8" less slope-y 😂. All original points of contact still make contact. It still seems secure and I think it's a great penny mod. Test rode for half an hour and mucho better.
  15. 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.
  16. 7 points
    Will someone please diagram this sentence?
  17. 7 points
    I’ve tidied this thread by hiding the posts that seem to be just arguing. If anyone involved wants them reinstating, contact me with a message.
  18. 7 points
    Guys just got the bike and drove it home . I gotta say I love it! It’s just as you said- the power is nice and smooth and doesn’t feel too sudden that would throw me off. Riding it in B mode, everything feels great compared to the Duke. The windshield feels great, barely felt any wind around me at 70-80 mph. The seat feels great too- one hour non stop riding Without me feeling the urge to stop just to stretch out. The freeway power is great, bike doesn’t feel it’s going to fall apart or struggling . Defenitely keeping this one for years to come! Can’t wait to make a huge road trip to Yellowstone maybe next week! Thanks for everyone’s heads up and tips ! Bike looks sexy as hell too and I don’t feel like a giant standing next to it!
  19. 7 points
  20. 7 points
    Hello fellow Tracer riders, I'm new here. My name is Linda, I'm from The Netherlands which is the same as Holland and that makes me Dutch 😁 I own a 2019 Tracer 900 GT and I love it. I have been riding motorbikes for 26 years now and the Tracer is by far my favorite one. I love to ride in the German Eifel and in fact, I've just planned a trip there for next July with my youngest son. He has a Kawasaki ER6 F (limited to 35kW 🙄) My husband has sold his bike, but occasionally rents a Tracer 900 GT, so we can ride together. I always ride my bike alone, so without passenger 🙂
  21. 7 points
    I went to bed early Friday night. I set my alarm for 4:00am, but I woke up at 3 so I got up, made coffee and breakfast, and hit the road just a few minutes before 4:00am. I rode I-5 south 40 miles through Eugene, then turned off onto OR-58 heading east. My PIAA driving lights cut a huge hole through the darkness, but with the summer solstice in a few days they weren't needed by 5:00am. I already had 60 miles on my fuel before I departed. The plan was to top up in Oakridge, which should have given me plenty of gas until Lakeview. Alas, when I rolled into Oakridge at 5:15am every station was closed. I checked the Chevron to see if I could self-serve with my credit card but the nozzles were padlocked. This is exactly why I installed auxillary fuel. In any other state this wouldn't be an issue, but Oregon has some stupid gas station laws. I just opened the valve on my aux tank and continued my ride. Without the tank, I'd be waiting 45 minutes or backtracking 40 miles to Eugene. Rain started shortly after Oakridge, and it was cold. 42 fahrenheit according to the bike, and dropping. Isn't this mid-June? When I stopped at Willamette Pass for a photo it was 37 and the rain was mixed with snow flurries. Snow! In mid-June!!!! A few miles down the mountain things dried up as I got into the rain shadow of the Cascades. I took the Crescent Cutoff road over to Gilchrist where I found an open Shell Station. Topped up, I rode north on US-97 a bit until turning back east onto OR-31. If you haven't ridden 31, put in on your bucket list. At Fort Rock I took some minor roads due east across Christmas Lake Valley. This was a new road to me and is straight and flat for miles. Boring to some people, I suppose, but I like the serenity of the high desert. Just be careful; you can roast a rear tire pretty quickly on roads like this. All too soon I was turning south on US-395 to Lakeview. I got into more rain along this route, and the wetness continued into California and just past Alturas. Although I've ridden almost every road in NorCal before, I'd never been on CA-299 between Adin and Redding. It's starts as a sweeping asphalt ribbon through alpine and high desert terrain, but traffic picks up as it drops down into foothills and oak savannah near Redding. My Spot tracker glitched out at this time and didn't ping the satellite for over an hour. Why? This was the least remote stretch of the whole trip. Weird. I continued through Redding west on 299. In Weaverville I had a burrito al pastor from a little taqueria, and then continued up into the Siskiyous. Great road, incredible scenery, lots of traffic. At Willow Creek I turned north on CA-96. This legendary road is 150 miles of sweepers and twisties along the Klamath River. Sure, the world has lots of roads like this. What makes 96 special? It starts at nowhere and goes to no place. Nobody has any good reason to be on this road, so when you ride it you have it to yourself. Several times I rode 20 or 30 miles without seeing a single other vehicle. Magical. By the time I hit I-5 I was getting pretty sore, having already ridden 780 miles of great roads. I turned north, set the cruise at 75, and arrived home just before 10:00pm, so 18 hours on the road. Miles according to: Basecamp: 1014 Google maps: 1017 FJ-09 trip meter: 1032 Sorry I didn't take more pics. My perfectly adequate Still Life with Motorcycle and Fort Rock was marred by schmutz on the lens. The crown for superior landscape photography remains with @betoney
  22. 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.
  23. 6 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 6 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
  26. 6 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 took advantage of the day off work to ride a short loop. After waiting for the day to warm up a bit, I took off from home, and threaded through a number of backroads, skirting by a various footprints of recent wildfires: the Camp Fire, Wall Fire, Ponderosa Fire, Wind Complex Fire, and the still smoldering site of 3 fires around Bangor we had this week. An ominous reminder that we live in fire country, and always have to be on guard. I crossed over the impressive Bullard's Bar dam, which is tucked away in a somewhat remote area, yet is the 2nd tallest in California (coincidentally, I passed by the tallest one earlier in the day, Oroville Dam), and the 5th tallest in the US. It's an impressive feat of engineering. Definitely worth a drive by if you're in the area. I soon hit Highway 49, and despite it being a holiday weekend, I had the road mostly to myself. The flowing curves, smooth pavement, and lovely scenery make this one of my favorite roads to enjoy a leisurely ride. I say leisurely because a few years ago I was pulled over by a deputy in an unmarked vehicle after I passed him on a curve at near triple digits. He gave me a stern lecture, and said that if I promised to slow it down and ride 49 more reasonably he'd let me go with a slap on the wrist. So I try to make good on my word. Once up past Sierra City, I veered onto Gold Lake Highway and stopped to stare at the gorgeous Sierra Buttes. This would be the only picture I'd take through the day. Stopped for a quick fill up at Graeagle, then scootched further down the way and connected with LaPorte Rd just outside Quincy. This is one of the most underrated, underriden roads I know. It has everything: tight, technical sections, flowing sweepers, tons of elevation change, 1000 foot drop offs, stunning scenery, and very little traffic or LEO presence. Common sense and self preservation are the only limits. I shut off the music in my helmet and put all my energy to simply enjoying this marvelous gift of a road. Altogether too soon I was on the downhill side of LaPorte, winding my way home back to Chico. Six hours of saddle time, many more hours than that of grins.
  28. 6 points
    We just got back from Arkansas, with a bit of Louisiana and Missouri.
  29. 6 points
    Hey all, So I bought a 2019 Tracer 900 (Non-GT) new for a stupid deal I couldn't say no to. My background is in track riding and racing so the stock suspension left me extremely wanting. For comparison my track bike is on Öhlins pressurized forks and a TTX36 rear. After the first track day this year since COVID I connected with a race shop that does suspension tuning at the track, they happened to have a YA 537 with a 1.00 spring in stock that I got for a pretty great deal. I rode on the stock forks and Öhlins rear for a few weeks before it became extremely apparent how weak the front suspension is on the Tracer 900. Fortunately for me GP Suspension located in California is about 10 minutes from where I live and earlier in the year they rebuilt the suspension for my track bike. I brought my Tracer to them and instead of ordering the Öhlins NIX 30 cartridge kit I decided to give their front cartridge kit a try. I just got the bike back and the different is fairly astonishing. I also had 1.00 springs installed in the forks. While the stock suspension would dive fairly deep into the stroke under moderate to hard braking the 25mm Cartridges keep the bike far more under control while under braking, the valving keeps the forks far closer to the middle of the stroke so even braking under rough roads does not upset the chassis like the stock suspension did. For my street bikes I tend to aim for 28-30mm of sag and got the Tracer set at 30mm very easily with some help from the tech at GP. Likewise setting my rebound was very easy, thankfully you can set a very solid baseline rebound on a bike standing still, compression takes a little more trial and error while riding. The stock suspension is fine for a budget piece of kit but the shared compression and rebound functions in the right fork leg really end up compromising both and leaves the left leg as a dummy with a spring and fluid only. All in all I am pretty crazy about the setup of the GP Cartridges and Öhlins shock and I would recommend it to anyone considering suspension for their Tracer. If you have any question let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.
  30. 6 points
    With my carefully calibrated “damn, that’s gotta be tight enough” meter
  31. 6 points
    Just a lovely ride out, around 100 miles or so, all over the back roads around me, mostly 3rd and 4th gear twisty quiet roads, with hardly any traffic. No idea where I was going most of the time, just enjoying every moment, and working on my lines through bends and on getting the feel for the bike a bit more, especially the wider rear tyre and the engine braking. Stopped by the lochside for a cool off and a drink and a smoke. The chicken strips are slowly narrowing. I cannot believe how much fun I am having on this bike, I was giggling and laughing on one particular amazing road, the A712 between Crocketford and New Galloway. Well surfaced, and just corners all the way, I would pay to ride it. It is one of the most fun roads I've ever ridden, and it's only a few miles from my home. Got home to Eric the pheasant and his lady friend dining on scattered birdseed, 2 yards from my window. As an archer the temptation is great!
  32. 6 points
    Had a little run over some hills near the English/Welsh border. Wales still out of bounds for us from England due to their tighter restrictions over covid. Very happy with the new tail bag, plenty of room and liking the looks. Bit trickier getting on and off bike now though. 🤷‍♂️ Nice views from Clee hill today, getting very warm at the moment. Quite happy to get home and back in shorts, t shirt and a beer or 3. 🍻
  33. 6 points
    Exactly this. Just ride it how you feel most comfortable for now, @Victorvnv... it's got easy-to-use power everywhere. This bike tends to bring out the inner hooligan in all of us, but maybe give it a few days before you go exploring in the upper rev ranges. Fair warning: Once you get used to the CP3 motor, it's absolutely intoxicating.
  34. 6 points
    Good Ole Col.Teague at the Mt Washing Cog Railway in NH. (He's retired.) I would have shot you a working steamer but like a lot of stuff the Cog is closed due to Covid.
  35. 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? 🤷‍♀️
  36. 5 points
    Just rolled over 4k, did a section called the twisty 60. It's not much but it's really all we got around here, drinking and farming, farming and drinking. No records set, lots of bears on the road for some reason. 4 hours straight and 200 miles is about all my body can take without stopping.
  37. 5 points
    After a second discussion with Dan at Traxxion, I decided to go with the AK-20's and a Penske 8983 rear shock. It should give me all the handling performance and more of the rebuild option, as well as better bump absorption and more complaint ride for touring. They had to order the shock and it will take about three weeks before it is built and shipped.
  38. 5 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.
  39. 5 points
    I had today off so I got up early to try to beat the holiday traffic and get in some miles. I ended up doing a little 322 mile loop from Albany, Oregon up US-20 through Sisters, north on US-97 a bit, then back home via Detroit. After Sisters I took Lower Bridge Road to Terrebonne. This is a wonderful little back road that twists through a shallow canyon made by the Deschutes River. I planned to ride one of my favorite routes through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, but the tribal authority has closed all roads off US-26 to non-locals. Huge bummer, but I can't say I blame them. Before Mt. Hood I turned off onto Skyline Road, a perfect ribbon of asphalt through the upper Cascades. I love this road more every time I ride it. Much of it is single lane, but the pavement is nearly perfect and traffic non-existent. I rode most of it at a mellow pace with my chinbar open, just enjoying the forest. Skyline ends at Clackamas River Road, which I followed down to Detroit and OR-22. Detroit Lake was dotted with literally hundreds of boaters. My wife really wants a PWC but the chaotic scene at Detroit makes me question the logic. At Mill City I hopped off highway 22 and took the usual back roads home. I was home in plenty of time for some afternoon chores and date night with Mrs. KeithU.
  40. 5 points
  41. 5 points
    Wow, some amazing stories here. Mine isn't so wild but here goes. Riding on a lovely wee twisty road, on my FJ1200 , with my wife on the back, and we were having a brilliant time, till we hit traffic ahead of us, and I just brushed the brakes to slow down a wee bit, when a deer jumped right across in front of us , leaving a wee couple of tufts of fur on the fairing around the headlight from it's hind leg I assume. We got away with that one. I had a huge alsatian dog attack my front wheel once, and I tried to accelerate away , and it took another lunge, and I went right over it with both wheels, somehow staying upright. I stopped the bike, shaking like a leaf wondering what to do with a dead dog, and as I turned to look, it got up, like something out of a terminator movie, and started running at the bike again. Man, I never accelerated so fast. That was a monster dog. My most bizarre one though was on the Isle of Arran, on my vstrom, with my pal following on his bmw gs adventure thingy, brilliant wee twisty up and down bit of road, and I was really getting into it, when I looked in my mirror and no sign of my pal, so I slowed down a bit to let him catch up (he was rubbish on that bike, at 5ft 2" it was just too big for him) , then I went over the brow of a hill, and there in the middle of the single track road , was a freaking peacock, and it instantly fanned up all those big od feathers. I know it's adrenalin and everything, but I swear to this day it almost blocked out the sun. I was so confused I barely managed to stop the bike before I hit it. Bikes are brilliant, we all have so many stories
  42. 5 points
    Hi New member here. Signed up to learn a little more about the Tracer 900. It is a bike I am dreaming about. Currently riding a 2008 Yamaha FZ6. Good bike so far. I will post some questions in the other sections.
  43. 5 points
    Nice! Is this what happens when you feed a Tracer after midnight?
  44. 5 points
    I love the euphemism “investigate” @texscottyd when we all know it means “I already have all the options in my basket and just can’t decide when to press the buy now button”. Do you wait until the second/third/fourth beer, the rest of the household is in bed, decisions seem so clear at 1am? Your browser has already entered your credit card details and you just need to enter the CVC code?
  45. 5 points
    Welcome! I think people focus too much on engine displacement when looking for a first or second bike, while ignoring things like overall weight. Weight has a huge affect on your ability to handle the bike and learn. You mentioned that maybe you should have gotten something in the 600-700cc range. The Versys 650 is in that range, and it has less power than the Tracer. But it also weighs about the same as the Tracer so in my opinion there isn't a huge difference in terms of your learning curve. Also, although the Tracer is powerful and has a great motor, it isn't one of those deceptively fast bikes where you are cruising along and all of a sudden you're going 100mph without realizing it. Yes, it'll go that fast if you really want it to, but 100mph on the Tracer *feels* like 100mph. If you get in over your head on this bike you have no one to blame but yourself. I would never recommend the Tracer as a first bike, but as a second bike after something like the KTM 390? Yes, you should be fine.
  46. 5 points
    Thanks guys, I now feel eager to drive it home tomorrow . From Berkeley to San Jose . Riding bikes really became an addiction but as skills get better so do bikes get expensive . This bike took all my savings plus a couple grands from my credit card so hopefully I don’t have to/ feel the need to change it in the next 3-4 years lol. I am 34 so I am kinda mature enough not to care about being the fastest beast on the road, as long as I can pack up and have fun road trips and once in a while have a chick behind for a scenic ride I am happy. Will post on here in the morning when I bring the new baby home !
  47. 5 points
    I mean, really. All I can say is Wow, what a brilliant bike. Out in glorious sunshine, ended up exploring all over the place , no idea where I was a lot of the time. Brand new tyres, so having to scrub them in, stopped to take a couple of photos of the bike. And it CHUCKED it down, it was hammering back up off the road. Hahahaha, I was soaked to the skin in about 5 minutes, although the protection on my body and arms and hands was awesome, my legs got soaked clean through to my skivvies. Lovely, you all probably know that delight. THen the sun blasted out again, and I rode home on more familiar roads , really starting to get the feel of it. I needn't tell you all about how amazing the bike is to ride, suffice to say, I am exhilerated and tingling with the sheer joy of being out playing on it.
  48. 5 points
    @Michiel900GT - I found this under the front left corner of the passenger seat. I'm not sure it does much besides cover a sharp edge as I couldn't find any marks on the underside of the seat where it made contact. 🤷‍♀️
  49. 5 points
    As someone who recently upgraded the suspension on the FJ I can say it made it a new and better bike. The new tracer has better suspension then the FJ but not that much better. Having the suspension setup to your own weight and riding style makes a huge difference. My FJ is also my daily. I upgraded the forks with AK-20 cartridges from Traxxion Dynamics and it really made how bad the rear shock is stand out, so I put a pensky double clicker on the back. I just wish I would have done it sooner.
  50. 5 points
    To answer, do I still ride to new destinations . Sometimes, most of my rides are between 100 and 400 miles. I am 77 yrs. old and don't like to be gone overnight I have only done so twice since I bought the bike. I have done one Iron Butt SS1000 and ridden every mile of every highway in Oklahoma. Even the short rides are great, I've never had a boring ride and hope I can do this many more years. Now about the bike. I bought the bike new April first 2015 at K&N Yamaha Tulsa OK and they have done all the maintenance . They have been great and gone above and beyond to keep me on the road with very little down time. There was a factory recall on CCT and it was replaced twice . The third time it was replaced with aftermarket manual adjuster, no more problems but had to replace cam chain. Replaced fuel pump at about 50,000 miles. I wasn't stranded, it would only run about 30 mph. Replaced stator at about 150,000 miles. Valves set five times , plugs, air filter, throttle body check. Changed to V Stream windshield after two years. It is much better. Everything else is stock. I am impressed by what didn't go bad . It still has original clutch, all bearings, fork seals and does not use any oil or leak any fluids. Thank you for your interest and kind words. Slowing down some I'm getting old, 5/20/20 - 207,000 miles . 6/25/2020 212,000

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