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  1. 16 points
    I'll tell ya what the problem is.... It's all those god damn dip-shits buying the Tracer 900 GT, that's what screwing up the fun here. Ever since that sofa of a bike came out this forum has gone to hell. Heated grips, cruze control, longer swing arm for "stability." In the meantime the average age has here gone up to 80 plus. Hey, just by a car why don't ya and join the Ford Focus forum. Pathetic: Touring riders putt-putting along at 40 MPH while enjoying the scenery. Adding light bars and loud horns to their bikes for increased conspicuity. Bah. If ya wanna be noticed pull a wheelie pass in the right-hand lane and give the cage the finger as you go by. (left-hand in foreign countries like England or Malta or Canada). As a true "FJ 09" rider I lament the state of things here and hope the Tracer GT crowd quickly ages out of this forum. (It shouldn't take that long.) Then maybe we can get back to having fun on REAL bikes that have snatchy throttles, lousy suspensions, low-hanging oil drains, and shake like hell over 100 MPH. Till then find me on Facebook trading insults with my hard-riding brothers. A mode or DIE you suckers...
  2. 15 points
    11/13/19 190,000 12/5/19 194,000 5/20/20 - 207,000 miles
  3. 15 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!
  4. 14 points
    I bought my '15 FJ09 3 years ago today as a new-in-crate leftover model. What a fantastic 3 years it has been with this bike. I have spent a lot of time and money making it my own but couldn't be happier with the end result. I have ridden 44,000 miles through 9 states and have never had a break-down or been left stranded, not even a flat tire or dead battery. The bike has ran flawlessly and only needed routine maintenance; 15 oil changes, 8 sets of tires and I am almost halfway through the 3rd set of chain and sprockets. I am looking forward to many more trouble-free miles.
  5. 13 points
    post your most bad ass FJ/tracer IN ACTION photos! 1 - wheelie down the corkscrew at laguna seca 2 - little blurp on hwy 36 in northern california 3 - "gotta let the photosgrapher know you know he's there" at the ridge motorsports park in washington 4 - this bike was made to be on one wheel. i THINK that's hopland grade in norcal...i don't remember.
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  8. 12 points
    I went out for a ride down to Woodland/ Cougar Wa. area today. The further South I rode, the colder and more overcast it got. The horizon eventually got darker and the roads got wetter from a recent downpour. I cut the ride short by about 80 miles but still rode 275 miles.
  9. 12 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 .
  10. 12 points
    1/3/20 4yrs and 9 months from purchase. Slowing down some, I'm getting old, 5/20/20 207,000 miles .
  11. 12 points
    ... used only by a little old lady to drive to church on Sundays.
  12. 12 points
    Very first pic with 600kms on the clock, taken in Fremantle Western Australia on a glorious winters day.
  13. 11 points
    I’m in the middle of imaginary touring with my bike delivered tomorrow...
  14. 11 points
    Finally finished up wrapping the side panels, getting the emblems stuck on and everything reassembled. All in all, I'm very happy with the result. It's got some slight flaws right up in the corners, but it's one of those "you need to know to look" sort of issues. Before: After:
  15. 11 points
    Got well and truly into wrapping my GT. Black satin on the lower, white panels, going to be ghost metallic blue everywhere that's currently gray. First attempt went pretty well, but still ripped it off and tried again (I bought lots of extra vinyl). Ended up really happy with how it looks. Slightly flawed (Not as clean as I'd like around the emblem), but overall it worked out very well. Gonna do the hard cases first, as I'll be able to get a really good result there and more practice before working on the tank "scoop" panels.
  16. 11 points
    Thankfully, in spite of anyone's disapproval, the 3-wheeled crowd is: 1) legally allowed to ride 3 wheels, 2) having fun, and 3) likely not caring about what others think.
  17. 11 points
    "The idea of shifting with it under full gas is, in my opinion, out of question, unless you want to ruin your gearbox in short time. " That is simply not the case. Full throttle, clutchless upshifts using the quickshifter is exactly what it is designed for. If that were not the case, Yamaha would not offer it on their bikes at all, let alone with a warranty. The quickshifter cuts the ignition for an instant, unloading the shift dogs and allowing a smooth, seamless upshift with no shock to the drivetrain. They are somewhat less smooth at light throttle or when you are trying to modulate the throttle outside of what Yamaha has programmed into the quickshifter for ignition interruption and shift speed/duration. Addling a bit of clutch does help with the 1-2 shift, as the physical gearbox change is larger, skipping past neutral. Next time you are on the open road, starting in second or third gear, try holding the throttle wide open, zero variation, and as you near redline, actuate the shifter. You will be amazed at the speed and smoothness of the shifts. Rob
  18. 10 points
    Remove the vacuum caps off the throttle body vacuum ports: A little wiggle with your needle nosed pliers, and they'll pop right off. Easy as pie; don't drop them - they absolutely need to go back on when you're done. They're here: Note that the leftmost one is hiding behind that bracket. Connect your manometer/vacuum gauge: One lead to each port. Hang your manometer up where you can see it - the Carbtune Pro comes with a strap to hang it off a handlebar, but I prefer to hang it from the rafters in my garage so it's a little easier for me to read. It does need to be upright and reasonably level, though, don't lay it down. I marked each hose with different colored tape - this isn't really important, just be sure you know how they're connected and ideally connect them in order so it's pretty obvious what you need to adjust. Start the bike up, and let it idle till it hits operating temp. If using a Carbtune Pro, be sure to RTFM and use the restrictors to even out the readout, or the bars will bounce a lot. Still usable, for sure, but it's a lot easier with the restrictors in the hoses. Sync your throttle bodies: Note that one of the three adjustment screws (just left of the marked vacuum ports) is painted white. Mine is the leftmost (#1?) but it may be different on your bike. This is the master. Under no circumstances mess with this one - the ECU is calibrated to it, and your bike will run terribly if you do so. So, DON'T TOUCH THE WHITE PAINTED SCREW. Your objective here is to get the bouncy bars all as equal as possible. The actual vacuum shown doesn't really matter, just that they are equal. If you turn a screw clockwise, you'll cause that bar to go up; turn it counter clockwise and that bar will go down. Very small turns have very big effects, after any turn (I recommend 1/8th of a turn increments) quickly rev the bike a couple times to get the new setting to settle in. I find three quick half second revs does the job well. Side note: This bike is *LOUD* when revved without the airbox on. Holy cow. Loud. Even with the stock exhaust. The closer you can get them, the better. Even small bits out can lead to excessive vibration, particularly around 5000rpm, and if it's really far out you'll start getting a rough idle. (Green strap is Just In Case. I've never dropped a tank, but I don't want there to be a first time) Once you're all done, as they say in those repair manuals, "installation is the reverse of removal." Remove your manometer Put the vacuum caps back on Reinstall the airbox - don't forget it's two breathers, and be careful with the intake boots Reinstall the ECU Replace the gas tank (don't forget the two drain hoses, and be careful of the fuel hose when twisting the tank back.) Replace the narrow side panels, this time sliding them up and forward to get those tabs into their slots, then press the velcro in. Replace the scoops/inner panels, being sure to feed the indicator light wires back through their respective holes. Replace the top tank cover Replace the side covers, remembering of course to connect the indicators. Put the seat back on, and you're golden. Enjoy your feelings of accomplishment.
  19. 10 points
  20. 10 points
    My TRACER GT has been sold, happily to the first-to-see, who cannot believe his good fortune. I shall miss it, but after much recent chopping and changing of mind, shall-I or shan't-I, I decided that I have been very fortunate indeed to ride all the past bikes for so long without any untoward happenings, so at 80 n.o. but rapidly declining in matters material to safe motorcycling, it was time. I have enjoyed my time on this Forum, learned a lot and hopefully contributed something useful too. I shall not call-in from time to time as my worth will rapidly become irrelevant, so let me wish you all well in your riding futures. For me, it's pipe and slippers time, with a hot cocoa on hand...
  21. 10 points
    Ok, get your new FJ-09/Tracer900 tshirts, hoodies, coffee mugs and even phone cases at the below address! https://teespring.com/stores/fj-09-tracer-900-forum-store Here are just a few of the shirts available. When ordering, be sure to see both the FRONT and BACK of the shirts. Also be sure to see the different colors availible for each shirt! Front ADDED 2-11-2019 - FJ09 Front and Back Shirt- EDITORS CHOICE! Added 2-11-19 - Tracer900 World Rage Front and Back BACK Front in Orange Back in Orange Many other colors available to order Another design Back And another design Back And yet another design-This one is front only! Front only shirt option Another front only option Again, these shirts/hoodies are available in many different colors. Many of these shirts also come in Womens styles as well, and those also have different colors available. Guys, she let you buy this bike, so remember to get her a cute shirt! Get your shirts here!! https://teespring.com/stores/fj-09-tracer-900-forum-store
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    Did 11,000 in the last two month, Now showing 85,350 miles. Pic from Joseph OR on my way home from Mccall, ID.
  24. 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 :>)
  25. 10 points
    Twisted Throttle is a company that sells motorcycle parts and they are really well respected by the ADV motorcycle community. As part of our agreement, I will be doing most of the forum posting for them as they are usually pretty busy fulfilling orders. Here are some of the things that I really like about Twisted Throttle. 1. 5% Cash back Earn points for every purchase. 100 Points = $1 . 2. Lifetime Tech Support- Their Gear Scouts will provide lifetime install and troubleshooting help on all of their products for as long as you own them. And these guys know their stuff. 3.Guaranteed durable gear . Twisted Throttle actually warranties all products at least two years, regardless of the manufacturer's guarantee. They only sell what they choose to use personally. As a Forum owner that is very picky who I choose as forum vendors, this is very important to me, and it should be VERY important to you too! They also Price match, they also offer free shipping for orders over $49.00. If quality products, tech Support and warranties above and beyond what the manufacturers offer is important to you, then I suggest doing business with Twisted Throttle. Here are their FJ-09 specific parts Here are their Tracer 900 and GT parts
  26. 9 points
    Since our Governor implemented phase one to lighten up restrictions on outdoor recreation, I went out for 370 miles of much needed "Two Wheel Therapy". Tiger Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass, Canyon Road (through Yakima Canyon) and White Pass.😎👍
  27. 9 points
    Hello! This is my first bike, a 2018 Tracer 900. Just wanted to show it to you with the accessories that I added and share my thoughts about them. I ordered the bike with heated grips and touring screen because of the multitude of negative reviews about the original screen. The right grip gets much hotter than the left one and this is a big let down. The service guys think that is because of the plastic tube on the right side that acts like an insulator... The touring screen is fine, no buffeting or vibrations at all but I get a constant wind noise on top of the helmet. If I open the air intake on the top of the helmet it gets quite loud (without ear plugs). I was surprised about how quiet it was on a bike with no screen at all. I added a wind deflector from Wunderlich (Vario Ergo 3D) but it made little to no difference. I am 6'3'' long and as you can see in the last pictures I'm probably to long for this setup (the screen is in the highest position and I usually ride i a more up right position) If I look through the deflector the image is a bit deformed because of the angles and curvature. For how expensive this thing is I expected more. The central mounting piece gets in the line of view a bit. The good part is that the bugs gets deflected from my visor and just some of them sicks to the top of the helmet. If I had to choose again I would probably try the deflector from Puig The led bar is rated at 40W and produces 3000 lumen. It has a wide beam pattern and my plan was to use it in the day to be more visible. After a long trip in the dark of the night I quickly realized that the Tracers low beam is not good enough so I will probably try another bar with a ''driving beam'' pattern. The Givi crash bars looks and feels very solid. Relative easy to install. The Givi belly pan/bash plate is also solid. I get it only for the looks. I plan to paint it in the same color as the tank. It reflects a good amount of engine noise up to my ears. I was surprised by this. It is more difficult to mount than the bars and a pain in the a... to align the pan with the 4 supports in order to get all the 8 screws in place. The Givi spray guard is also for the looks. It is super, super solid (both the metal bars and the glass fiber reinforced plastic guard)... an overkill in my opinion. The Bagtecs X16 pillion saddle bag is a very nice and practical addition because the under seat space is good for nothing. The 10cm/4 inch rear mudguard extension is made by me from a piece of black plastic. I get less water on the rear shock. In the front I have the specific Puig fender extender. Next on the list is a radiator guard and Shad rack for the top case. I will probably try the Givi big touring screen. The problem is that I can't get rid of the thought that I am too big for this bike In the last picture I have the slim summer gear om me. With the jacket, pants and boots for the cold weather I look much bigger and then I only think about a bear on a bicycle at the circus.
  28. 9 points
    I lubed the chain... and then spent a sunny afternoon up at Mount St. Helens.
  29. 9 points
    I bought a Tracer GT today, replacing my 2015 FJ09. Somewhere north of 44K miles Love this engine......
  30. 9 points
    Bought a Renthal Street Naked bar (819-50) and as I don't use the hand guards and didn't want/need to tap the ends to take the 16mm insert, I designed and printed up a couple of simple bar end inserts that have a 6mm thread to accept my existing 'decorative' bar ends. They simply press into the inside of the bars as an interference fit (~14.4mm). Nice and firm without being too tight but allow me to tighten the 6mm screw without the whole thing turning inside the bar. If you have no need to tap the bars but still want to attach bar ends this might be something to consider. If anyone wants the file or a version of it (e.g. different thread type/size) I can send it to you for you to print if you have, or know someone with a 3D printer. Designed: - Rendered for printing: - Printed:- Bar End (6mm):- Installed: -
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  33. 9 points
    Hi all, picked up my new Tracer 900 GT today, I test rode one and loved it, especially the engine. I live about 80km south of Sydney in Australia. I sold my 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 a great bike also recently and I am really happy with my choice. I love reading all of the stories and different mods that people do.
  34. 9 points
    Thanks all for the suggestions. This trip finally happened at the end of September, with a route modified by Eaglerider availability. The location in Atlanta that rents Yamahas suddenly went from "everything available" to "nothing available" right as I was ready to book the bike. I knew I might not get my first choice (FJR) as I waited, but I didn't expect every choice to evaporate. I called them up, the guy said it wasn't lack of bikes, it was the inability to process all the bikes out the door in the high season ... so once they reach their processing limit they shut everything down. Sounds like a bad business model to me ... sit on idle inventory for lack of hiring another person ... but c'est la vie. So I changed the start to New Orleans where I could get a BMW. Basically, I was set on avoiding HD. This trip was triggered by a conference in Orlando. Objectives along the way were to hit the Tail of the Dragon and also to get in quick visits to cousins in Huntsville AL, Atlanta GA, Gulfport FL. Plus whatever would make it interesting. Since the Smokeys are not actually aligned well for efficiently getting from New Orleans to Orlando, and also Atlanta is not really on the way from Huntsville to Gatlinburg, there were many miles and I was not able to do all of the cool things on the way (e.g. I completely skipped the motorcycle museums and any hiking). Summary: Day 1 - 495 miles - New Orleans to Huntsville, via a ~220 miles of Natchez Trace Day 2 - 401 miles - Huntsville to Gatlinburg, via Atlanta Day 3 - 443 miles - Gatlinburg to Savannah, via Tail of the Dragon Day 4 - 312 miles - Savannah to Orlando Day 5-7 - Orlando Day 7 - 107 miles - Orlando to Gulfport Day 8 - 325 miles - Gulfport to Key Largo, via Everglades Day 9 - 262 miles - Key Largo to Miami, via Key West. 2345 miles total. BMW R 1200 RT. 8 states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, N Carolina, Tennessee, S Carolina, Florida), none of which I'd been to before. It started on a Friday night in New Orleans, with a quick evening visit to Bourbon St. Le Bayou restaurant on the balcony ... excellent! Day 1. New Orleans to Huntsville. Saturday morning pick up. BMW R 1200 RT. Saturday was New Orleans to Huntsville. Notable were the first of many state lines into Mississippi, and the Natchez Trace from Jackson way into Alabama to US 72. Day 2. Huntsville to Gatlinburg. Sunday morning I roused my cousin and his Harley, and dragged him as far as the Georgia stateline. He wouldn't go any further! This was a long day with a social stop in Atlanta, and a few hours wasted unsuccessfully searching for a charging cable for Suunto watch (with which I track the routes ridden), since I had forgotten to pack mine. Ended in Gatlinburg after dark. I was disappointed in Gatlinburg. Naively, I expected a small town nestled in the mountains, not the hill billy themed bright lights "Las Vegas of the Smokeys" plastic tourist destination (Ripley's and all) that I found. Day 3. Gatlinburg to Savannah. Finally got started on daylit Smokeys. I did the Tail of the Dragon only once, north to south. Here at the border. Only once, because I wanted to make it to Savannah for the night. I ended up on Wayah Rd which honestly I enjoyed more because there were fewer vehicles and instead of being on a "destination road" I was just exploring some country road I'd never seen or heard of before. And I found the Appalachian Trail (gotta do that end to end some day as well). Day 4. Savannah to Orlando. Savannah was fun. I actually had some time in the morning to hang out in town and check out some of the nearby sites. Bonaventure Cemetery, Wormsloe Estate were cool stops. Somewhere in S Carolina ... That night, the folks at the Hard Rock Hotel had me park the bike in this little alcove. I thought that was pretty cool. Let's skip over the conference that triggered this whole trip ... Day 7. Orlando to Gulfport. Uneventful. Day 8. Gulfport to Key Largo. Went through the Everglades and had a few gator sightings. Day 9. Key Largo to Miami via Key West. It is unfortunate it was so rushed, I got to Key West and spent about 30 minutes for some pictures and the fastest brunch ever. I made it back to the drop-off in Miami at 3:30pm with plenty of margin to 5pm, but I was a bit paranoid something would go wrong with traffic or a flat or something that would make me late. Key West to Miami is nominally 3.5 hours, I could easily see an accident on a bridge or something making it 4-5 hours. I finally dropped it off at Eaglerider in Miami. While there, I met some Brazilians who had just completed 7000 miles in two weeks, from Miami to Chicago to Santa Monica (along Rt 66) to Miami. All on Harleys. And that's it! 2345 miles. I'd love to have more time to go through the area more slowly and savor it more. Except Florida. Honestly, I wouldn't particularly mind if I never go to Florida again. The highest elevation in the state is something like 330'. That's about all you need to know about it.
  35. 9 points
    Rode it to the hangar where it briefly shared space with its winged brethren.
  36. 9 points
    I woke up early in SE Tennessee. Jumped on the bike. Now I’m going to bed in eastern Colorado. In the morning I'll head west towards the pacific.
  37. 9 points
    ....twenty four little hours. Or the few short hours it took to rip out my Tracer's original fork innards and replace them with K-tech 20IDS fork cartridges. I am, as a rule, not one for superlatives and have in the past had a good deal of scepticism when people claim that various upgrades/changes have transformed their bikes. But in this case I find that there are no other words; my bike has been transformed! Over the previous winter I had ditched the original shock for a K-tech Razor Lite and at the same time performed a budget upgrade on the forks by dropping in K-tech springs for my weight and by choosing some more appropriate fork oil. These changes made an appreciable difference but I felt there was more to be had. Having trawled through reams of forum posts it's clear that the real problem with the Tracer's forks is valving and transport of oil. I decided therefore to bite the bullet and purchased K-tech's 20IDS cartridge kit. I could then make use of the K-tech springs I had purchased and fitted during the winter. The bike is now brilliant! The ride is much more comfortable and at the same time far more precise and stable. It's like the suspension is actually working and doing what it is supposed to! My new suspension in combination with my Scorpion slip-on and S-TEC Performance ECU flash have made my Tracer absolutely the best bike for me. It is light, fast, smooth and comfortable and it puts a grin on my face every time I ride it. I recently test rode a number of other bikes including KTM's big adventure bikes, but frankly they left me cold. Sure the 1290 has loads of power but most of it is unusable and frankly big adventure bikes are just that, big, unnecessarily so in my opinion. Sure the big adventure bikes will take you into the unknown but I don't ride off road. Frankly there is no other bike IMHO that offers the combination of benefits that the Tracer does. I was going to qualify that statement with the addition of "for the money" but frankly I don't think that bit of the statement is needed. With sorted suspension, a slip-on and ECU flash it is quite simply a brilliant bike. CS
  38. 9 points
    Well the deal is done! I'm very excited about the new addition to the garage. Thanks to everyone who helped with great information! I put 70 miles on riding it home. It was a mix of city traffic, interstate, and country road. Despite the rather hot day (90f) the bike was an absolute pleasure. It's funny going from the massive Harley Davidson to this bike. It feels like being on a dirt bike. The bike looks like brand new, as it should with only 2700 miles on it. I feel like I got one helluva bike for $4800. For now I don't really have any critiques as I'm still in the "afterglow" stage of ownership. Which is certainly better than buyers remorse. It just seems like a nicely balanced bike that will do a lot of different things. As far as the issues mentioned, as well as others I've read about on this forum - - No discernible handlebar vibration. I've experienced far worse. - Clutch cable appears to be good - no sharp angles. - VIN ends in 2300, so based on what I've read, the shift shaft isn't an issue. Anyway, I'm glad I found this forum. I greatly appreciate the help and information. I look forward to participating in the future. 👍
  39. 9 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.
  40. 9 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.
  41. 9 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.
  42. 9 points
    You're obviously not using the bike properly. 😁
  43. 9 points
    After seven months, today I have a running motorcycle! Fixed the valve clearance, set the cam timing and synced the throttle bodies. A quick ten Mile test ride confirmed she's good to go. Super stoked!
  44. 8 points
    we rarely have to ban anyone. I do ban people for phucking with our volunnteer moderators, cause they were all hand picked for being really cool and rational people.
  45. 8 points
  46. 8 points
    I just picked up my bike from the shop after having them do the 2nd valve check @ 44,000 miles. They also changed the spark plugs and coolant and synced the throttle bodies. My first valve check was at 23k and all of the exhaust valves were tight, this time all of the valves were within spec. I actually went in back and talked with the mechanic, the same guy who adjusted them the first time. He said everything looked good with the valves, there was nothing he was concerned with and he didn't see the need in altering my service interval. The plugs looked good as well, at over 21k he said the center electrode tips were just starting to lose their sharp edge. Throttle body sync just needed a slight tweak on one cylinder, not sure what brand tool they use but he said "one cylinder was 1-2 bars off". Not too much to report, I'm glad everything checked and looked good. I don't have to worry about it again for another year and a half.
  47. 8 points
    TRAVELLING NORTH AGAIN – mostly easy riding on a long and winding road… Part 1 - setting the scene I like to try to get away for a decent trip about mid-year to head north into warmer climes – at least, that’s the excuse – but life got in the way in 2019 and it was not until much later than usual that I managed it. This year’s ride was a bit shorter – and much later – than I’d have liked, but the 13-day/ 4543km/ 2726 mi round trip in mid-to-late October was still very pleasant indeed, with no untoward incidents and no bike trouble. Not for the first time I aimed for the tiny, remote coastal town of Cooktown in Far North Queensland. The town is named – long after the event – for British maritime explorer, cartographer, and seafarer extraordinaire Captain James Cook, RN. The plan, such as it was, called for travelling inland on much of the way north, then meandering south along the coast on the way home. On various BMW Boxer twins – Roadsters and GSs – I had often ridden these roads before, so they were pretty familiar to me, but that didn’t lessen the enjoyment of just being on the open road with no tight time-frame or specific programme to follow. And I was again travelling solo… much preferred, unless with Mrs Wordsmith as in the past. Cooktown is a tiny town on the Coral Sea coast in Far North Queensland, with a population of only about 2600, by road about 330km/ 200mi north of Cairns and a whisker more than 2000km/ 1200mi north of my home in Brisbane as the kookaburra flies. Somewhat further by motorcycle… Rather than give a day-by-day account I thought I’d write a few hopefully interesting and/or different points about places and events along the way. Bear with me if it’s rather disjointed – I’m scribbling for my own and other Traceristas’ pleasure (I hope!), not for a Pulitzer Prize! First off, my home State of Queensland needs to be put into perspective. It’s huge – eight x the size of the UK, three x the size of France, and almost three x the size of Texas. That’s just Queensland, not Australia as a whole, so any travel from one end of the State to the other is going to cover a lot of territory! The maps below show the ride north to Cooktown, and the ride south and homewards. The inland route north, at 2298km/1379mi was just a fraction longer than the 2245km/1347mi southward coastal ride. Normally I’d ride up the Brisbane Valley Hwy to start my inland route to points north, but as I’ve done that road to death I decided initially to hasten up the parallel main coast road, the M1 Bruce Hwy, for the first ~200km/120mi to Gympie before then heading inland, so as to be in the slightly warmer coastal strip to start the journey. Quick, but just another busy multi-lane highway. The Bruce Hwy is the main interstate coastal route from Brisbane to Cairns, Queensland’s northernmost town of any size, and my jumping-off point for Cooktown. It is undeniably quicker than my meandering inland route, but countering that it’s also undeniably boring at times, while the inland ride over sometimes quite ordinary roads and through small country towns is somewhat more challenging and decidedly satisfying from a rider’s point of view. For my Aussie friends, the chosen route heading north was as follows: bold indicates overnight stops: · Home to Monto on the Bruce, Wide Bay, and Burnett Hwy - 520km · to Emerald on the Burnett and Capricorn Hwy - 456km · to Charters Towers on the Gregory Developmental Road – 488km · to Cairns via Townsville on the Flinders and then Bruce Hwy – 485km · to Cooktown on the Captain Cook Hwy and Mulligan Hwy – 349km Part 2 - the roads more travelled… I left home in mid-October, the middle month of Spring. The past winter had been both the driest and warmest in the 155 years that records have been kept, but my later-than-planned departure meant some rain, high temperatures at times, and some humidity, so against expectations my wet-weather jacket remained close at hand and was used on a handful of occasions. Very unexpectedly, on the morning of my second day on the road the small inland town of Monto was enveloped in thick mist or fog. Rarely seen here, but I delayed my early departure as I knew the road ahead was quite twisty, undulating, and mildly challenging, so it was helpful to be able to see the highway. Very strong winds – typical for this time of year – seemed throughout the trip to always be in my face, or from the side, pushing me around quite a lot, which with my gnat-like upper-body strength I found quite tiring at times. In Cooktown itself and along the tropical north coast temperatures were up to 32°C/ 90°F, and throughout the trip I wore only shorts and polo shirts when off the bike. While riding, the highest temperature reached 36ºC/ 97ºF down the east coast on my way home. The longest day’s ride was 585km/ 351mi on the first day of the return leg, as I took a detour to view an impressive wind-farm near Atherton. On very mixed road surfaces that covered just about every sort of surface you could imagine the recently re-vamped suspension with K-Tech components was brilliant. Unfortunately, I hadn’t received the new BAGSTER seat by the time I set out on this trip – it arrived while I was away - but the stock GT seat was adequate for the journey. On my second day on the road, heading for Emerald, I had a sudden moment of déjà vu, recalling that I’d been past there before, and had taken a photo in that very spot, backgrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Minerva Hills National Park. That photo later appeared on the cover of the local BMW Club magazine, showing my BMW R1200 R Roadster there in September 2013 – where did all those years go since then? Part 3 - places to lay my head… In the past I’ve mostly been happy to take pot luck with accommodation as I found that gave me great flexibility, but this time I booked ahead for much of the journey, using the Booking.com website. Given the unpredictability of motorcycle touring, the ability to cancel bookings without loss within a day or two of the intended arrival dates is quite a comfort, as is the ‘pay on arrival’ procedure. The average price paid per night was $106, with a couple of places including a light but adequate breakfast. Mainly I stayed in basic but perfectly decent three-or four-star budget-priced motels, although I did splash out a bit at Airlie Beach, taking a lovely upper-level room for two nights in a posh four-star apartment building overlooking the harbour, and with lovely ocean views. Mostly I had only one overnight stop at the various places, but I’d included three nights in Cooktown, and the two nights in Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays on the ride back home. I figured that I was unlikely to be in either of these pleasant places again, so I had to make the most of it. Riding north at about 25km from Cairns I called into Palm Cove, as it required a detour of only a few hundred metres. Palm Cove is a lovely tranquil seaside village where my wife and I have spent many a happy holiday, and there, with plenty of time to get to Cooktown, I enjoyed a nice bacon ‘n’ egg and English Breakfast tea at an outdoor coffee shop, sitting outside right opposite the beach. I’ve never regarded Cairns as much of a place - it’s a pretty transient touristy town, and doesn’t even have a beach, just mangroves and mud-flats – but it is a good spot to park for few days while exploring the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda, the Great Barrier Reef, Cape York, Cape Tribulation, the Daintree, and other more interesting places close at hand in Far North Queensland. Part 4 - about Cooktown... There’s only one road, the Mulligan Hwy, in and out of my destination, Cooktown, so I had to ride a short section of about 220km/ 130mi twice, up and back, but I never mind that as I reckon it’s always worth seeing the countryside from the other side of the road! This was possibly the easiest ride on this trip, the stretch of the Mulligan Hwy north from Mount Molloy towards Cooktown with its numerous creek-crossing bridges being fully completed only as recently as 2006. It’s a joy for the motorcyclist, well-surfaced with wide-open sweeping bends and very little traffic in any direction. I’ve visited Cooktown many times, the first time almost exactly 20 years ago. Then, with my wife riding alongside me on her Suzuki Bandit 600 and me on my BMW R1100R boxer twin, we rode from our then-home of Melbourne ~3600km/ 2200mi to Cairns, parked the bikes in a storage facility there, and took a short light-aircraft flight up to Cooktown for a few days. We have both revisited many times, but in all those twenty years hardly a blade of grass in Cooktown has changed! It’s a sleepy little town, if not actually comatose, but it’s different, and for unknown reason appeals to me, hence my return. Nowadays Cooktown is a pretty run-down town, which many might describe as a ‘nothing’ sort-of place. Frankly, I’d agree, but it exerts a strange pull on me. As noted earlier, the town’s name comes from the arrival of Captain James Cook, RN, at the mouth of the Endeavour River – named after Cook’s ship – in July 1770. Shortly after he ‘claimed’ the continent in the name of the English king of the time. The ship had been damaged on coral reefs and was in grave danger of sinking until Cook careened it at the river mouth, where he and his crew spent seven weeks repairing the damage and doing some local exploring. Cook was a brilliant cartographer, so the site was easily identified years after his departure, although all traces of his enforced stay there would have long disappeared. Reaching Cooktown after the enjoyable 349km/ 209mi ride north from Cairns along the Mulligan Hwy after crossing the Great Dividing Range, I had three comfortable nights in the pleasant and inexpensive Seaview Motel, where I’d stayed several times before. It’s right at the mouth of the Endeavour River, with great views. The owners have always been very obliging and again allowed me to take the bike behind the property and park it under cover in a large laundry shed, out of sight of prying eyes and wandering fingers. One of the reasons for this trip was again to visit the excellent if (from memory) slightly-dated James Cook Museum – no immersive displays or interpretive exhibits here – and again acquaint myself with Cooktown’s fascinating history as a gold-rush town back in the 1870s. But alas – the museum was closed until mid-2020, being restored and repaired ready for the 200th anniversary commemoration and celebrations. Just my luck – but there is another smaller and just as interesting museum in town, run by the local Historical Society, so this satisfied me. Maybe it’s just that it’s at the end of the road, even though it’s another tough and very unforgiving 830km/ 500mi dirt-track – strictly by 4WD only – to the northernmost tip of Australia, but the journey is often more important than the destination, and I always enjoy visiting Cooktown. I doubt I’ll ever do so again, so I’m pleased that this worked out. This was my third or fourth ride along the Mulligan Hwy, and I really looked forward to it. It ends at Cooktown, which is where the tarmac runs out on this eastern side of Australia, so that was it for me too. For my Aussie chums here – and anybody lucky enough to be visiting Australia – the Captain Cook Hwy north of Cairns runs 87km/ 52mi to Port Douglas and beyond, and simply has to be on your bucket list. It offers unsurpassed sweeping ocean views and some mildly-challenging twist and turns. And at times the motorcyclist is so close to the beach that it seems almost possible to reach out and touch the sea or the sand! Part 5 - lots of scenery… Scenery inland along the way north – and there was lots of it – was sometimes pretty uninteresting to the point of being almost boring, but occasionally it was spectacular. The tropical savannah grasslands of the interior were parched and dry, this being before the start of the tropical wet season in northern Australia, and little greenery was to be seen until on my ride south I reached the elevated temperate country of the Atherton Tablelands, famed for its dairy products, tea, marijuana, and coffee-growing activities. I love our sunburned country, but in truth much of the outback interior cannot be called attractive. It’s not easy not being green. But small coastal towns fringing the Great Barrier Reef such as Cooktown itself, Palm Cove, Mission Beach, Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays, and others more than made up for the slight monotony of some of the inland riding. Heading south my route home was as follows, bold again showing overnight stops: . Cooktown to Cardwell via the Atherton Tablelands on the Mulligan Hwy, Gillies Hwy, and Bruce Hwy, by-passing Cairns – 585km · to Airlie Beach on the Bruce Hwy – 478km · to Rockhampton on the Bruce Hwy – 459km · to Bargara Beach on the Bruce Hwy - 304km · finally – home to Redland Bay on the Bruce Hwy – 419km. Heading south and homewards from Cooktown after my very pleasant break there, and mighty glad that I’d made the effort, I rode downhill on the Gillies Range Hwy from the lush Atherton Tablelands to the coast at Innisfail, on one of those 99-hairpin-bends-in-10km-of-road challenges. Technique – point, squirt, brake, turn, repeat many times! An internet note tells that it actually has 263 bends, and rises to an 800m elevation in spectacular scenery. Gillies Range Road After a one-night stay at Cardwell, right on the ocean, another day’s easy ride took me to Airlie Beach. There, I had another two nights and a full day off the bike at this small, relaxed laid-back Whitsundays township, Airlie being another much-visited spot that we always enjoy. Again, this was full of young, mainly European, backpackers soaking up the sun and taking boat-trips out to the islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Many years ago I skippered a bare-boat yacht charter around some of the Whitsunday islands with my wife and some friends – we had a great time and still talk about it, with many laughs, whenever we meet up. Sights along the way were many and varied. Travelling north a small fleet-footed deer kept pace with me for many metres along the roadside, and I later had the privilege of seeing up close a cassowary near Mission Beach on the way home, these large reclusive flightless birds being both rarely seen and sadly endangered. Less happily, around Cooktown a few large dead black pigs littered the roadside, and sadly all along the journey there were as usual many dead kangaroos and wallabies. I know that we have kangaroos in plague proportions, but they are pretty animals and do no harm. I always feel saddened that they meet their end in this way, even though I know that for every dead one there are thousands more hopping around ‘out there’. After some overnight rain ‘roos collect at the roadside verges to lap-up precious moisture, and this is where many meet their end. One unwanted sight affected me as, riding quite slowly, I saw a small cow – clearly quite young – standing guard over her dead calf that was lying at her feet bedside the road, doubtless having been hit by a passing vehicle. I’m not unduly soft, but I must say I felt a very strong and visceral pang of sadness at this unhappy sight. Equally sad were the many ‘memorials’ of flowers and crosses placed alongside the road where traffic accidents clearly caused one or more deaths at the spot. Along the Mulligan Hwy, not far from Cooktown, are the so-called Black Mountains, actually large once-volcanic hills made up of jumbled-up black rocks, some the size of a shoe-box, others the size of houses. Legend has it that horses, mobs of cattle and occasionally humans have entered some of the many caves there, never to be seen again. The Black Mountains are also home to several species of lizards and other small animals found nowhere else on earth. It’s a strange and slightly eerie place, and one of special cultural significance to local Indigenous people. The smell of the open road was ever-present in one form or another. Passing roadkill along the way always brought with it the immediate foul and unforgettable stench of rotting flesh, and even if the carcass was hidden in the grass verge its presence was unmistakable. I don’t know if car drivers detect this, but it’s unavoidable to a biker on the road. Far, far more pleasant was the sweetish aroma in the air when passing near a sugar-mill, sugar being a huge industry in rural Queensland and the cane-harvest being in full swing as I rode through. The heady mix of tobacco, syrup, molasses and vanilla perfumes was – again – unmistakable, and as I have remarked before, it should be bottled. Part 6 - of luggage and ATGATT… I had agonised over what to wear, conscious of the fact that away from the coast early mornings in the tropics can be pretty chilly, while the days warm-up quite quickly. I didn’t want to be too hot when that happened if wearing a heavy, bulky jacket, but I hate being cold, whether riding the bike or walking my dog, The wisdom of Solomon eventually prevailed, albeit with fingers crossed. I chose to wear my summer-weight mesh jacket, but I also carried along a very thin but warm ‘folds-up-into-nothing’ silk jacket that could be quickly donned if needed. Happily, at no time did I need the extra layer, but it was nice having it handy, along with a two-piece wet-weather suit in case of need. As far as luggage is concerned, I learned how to pack very, very light a long time ago, this time carrying the two OE panniers and a small 30L top-box as well. The top-box wasn’t strictly necessary as I could have crammed everything into the panniers, for when travelling by motorcycle less is very definitely more, but it worked out well enough. Space on Tracers is very sparse when it comes to carrying a few tools. I utilised the awkwardly-shaped but useful space inside the two ‘nacelles’, one each side, carrying my puncture repair kit in one and a few basic tools in the other. These items were contained in zip-up plastic sleeves – actually olde-worlde pencil-cases – to keep them secure and minimise rattling-around damage. I also carried in the top-box a small electric tyre-pump to supplement the puncture kit, happily not required. My packed panniers weighed-in at 8.8kg and 9.0kg respectively: empty, each weighs about 5kg. The top-box and contents weighed-in at 6.2kg. Average temps at this time of the year in coastal Far North Queensland are about 21°C/ 70°F overnight and 29°C/ 84°F during the day, but on the inland part of the journey overnight and early morning temps can drop to well below 10°C/ 50°F, so the gear I took seemed a good choice, and it worked well for me. And as it turned out the full-on two-piece wet-weather gear was not needed, although I did stop roadside twice to don the jacket as heavy showers moved in temporarily. Part 7 – about the Tracer 900 GT. It’s my firm view that this is one of the very best sports-touring bikes on the market, at any price. I also still consider it to be very much oriented towards the sport end of the spectrum, although some important changes when the GT was introduced have moved the model a little more towards the touring function. The superb CP3 engine is the cherry on top of the icing on the cake: it just seems to want to go and go and keep on going, purring away under the rider like a smooth-as-a-turbine sewing machine, although rather more powerful. I have a feeling, and I've said this before, that if on-the-road refuelling could be achieved it would carry rider and luggage around the globe at least a few times. On the journey oil level, coolant level, and tyre-pressures were routinely checked - no oil, fluid, or air had to be added. Remarkable! Here in Australia, very few Tracers of any vintage are seen – I did see one, maybe two GTs on this ride, but never more than a handful of Gen1 Tracers in all the five or so years they have been around. It baffles me, for at about AUD$18,000 with functional hard panniers included the GT represents outstanding value-for-money, IMHO. Some enhancements made in the GT include a longer swing-arm for increased stability, or so I read, a TFT display screen with enough functions, but not too many, and cruise-control. This latter function alone is worth the increased cost over earlier Tracer models – I used it a great deal on this long trip, and it saved me a lot of arm and shoulder ache. Easy, almost intuitive to use, readily accessible by thumb when needed, and perfectly reliable, and I now would not be without it. I could suggest some improvements to make the GT even more touring-focussed – an overdrive top gear would be useful, as would a slightly larger fuel tank (say 20L), and belt-drive, but I quibble - and it’s not going to happen anyway! So I return to my main thought that this GT is easily one of the very best sports-touring bikes around. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Finally, I’ll post this trip tale now with a couple of past archive pix of mine, while I await the return of my left-behind camera, at which time I’ll post some more pix from this particular trip. Enjoy… heading north wind-farm made it! roadside memorial Cooktown motel Palm Cove morning Airlie Beach heading south
  48. 8 points
    Got the new Delkevic exhaust installed. Opted for the 14" can because I didn't want it to be obnoxiously loud. Even spent another $30 for the longer silencer tube because I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be a screamer. However I put it on with the shorter tube that it comes with and to me it doesn't sound a whole lot louder than the stock exhaust. It has a bit deeper rumble, a little bit less raspy than stock and you can hear the engine a bit more at speed. I'm not going to use the longer tube unless I feel like modifying it to play with the sound some.
  49. 8 points
    Today we did UT 12. Bryce Canyon, Escalante, Dixie NF, and Zion. We zig zagged across Southern Utah. It doesn’t disappoint.
  50. 8 points
    Name: clutch cable swap Category: DIY Tech Tip Videos Date Added: 01/31/2019 Submitter: BBB Might be useful for those pre-empting a cable swap before the original version snaps on you. clutch cable swap

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