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  1. 13 points
    I was able to take the bike out for a post Memorial Day ride - 443 miles today! I went down to the Columbia River Gorge and Klickitat Canyon. AWESOME day for a ride, right around 70 degrees. 👍 Cape Horn, overlooking the Columbia River Bridge of the Gods, on the Columbia River Riding up toward Klickitat Canyon Klickitat Canyon Mt. Adams, obscured by clouds Glenwood Highway Glenwood Overlook
  2. 10 points
    Oil and Filter change this morning then I had to say to My wife that I needed a short 50 mile ride to break in the new oil to make sure all the air bubbles had blead out of the system. Her reply was "Aye right" in a very unbelieving tone and I got a very skeptical look. Then had a lovely run out towards Dumfries and Galloway and both the Mennock and Dalveen pass. Lovely short run in beautiful sunshine.
  3. 9 points
    Did a spirited 230 mile toot through some of our beautiful NH north country wearing new mesh riding pants. Scrubbed more side wall off the Michelins and stopped long enuff for a few pictures and a dunk in Lake Winnipesaukee. The mesh pants worked well in 90 deg heat, but the lake was really heaven on this hot day. Albany covered bridge along Kancamagus Highway Mount Washington - the mountain Mount Washington - the boat
  4. 8 points
    I heard it described best on the Motorcycles and Misfits podcast. The formula for the proper number of motorcycles is N+1 where N=the number of motorcycles you currently own.
  5. 6 points
    Wow, What fun looking at all these bikes. This is great! Well hell, This July I'll be 76 years old and I have beeen riding since my first machine which was a converted bicycle thing with something called a Whizzer motor, when I was about 14. I don't have any pictures unfortunately. I have never been particularly good of keeping a record of all the scooters and bikes I have owned, but I enjoyed them all. So here is a random bunch of my favorites, or at least those I actually have pictures of. Being a life long rider, racer, daily rider, and most of the time in the business it is a fairly random bunch. There are a couple of electric there from a couple of my start up involvements, and a few of my race machines.
  6. 6 points
    Here are the last 2 bikes since 2004, a ZRX1100 Eddie Lawson Kawi, a 1996 ZX11 Ninja, notice the handle bars, old man crotch rocket and a 1999 VMax carbon fiber. All from a long list. The list gets pretty long when your in your 60s!
  7. 6 points
  8. 5 points
    Oooh, this thread is an awesome read! I wish I had pics of my older bikes - this has prompted me to reach out to others to see if I can get any old photos scanned and sent my way. I'd love to get some. But, the bikes I've owned: 1982 KZ440LTD (I actually have a photo of this somewhere, but can't find it unfortunately) I loved this machine, and while I know there's a lot of Rose Colored Glasses going on, it was an excellent starter bike. I mean, it struggled to get past 140kph, but it was very light, comfortable, got great mileage and handled really well. 1982 Honda CB900C (Pretty sure no photos of mine exist, so I reach for the internet again sadly) As a second bike, this thing was crazy. Incredibly heavy, handled like wrestling a bear in comparison to the 440, but the power! Put a huge number of miles on it, got a couple thousand dollars in speeding tickets. Beast of a machine, and the 10 speed transmission was unique and awesome. 1982 Harley Ironhead Sportster XLH1000 (Photos start here: This was the advent of digital cameras, though sadly a very low resolution one) I bought this in boxes of parts, and spent two years building it in my (highrise!) apartment kitchen. Best wife ever, BTW, who supported me through the process, with nary a complaint. Painstakingly cleaning up and polishing every single part before assembly, and a HUGE amount of learning in getting the old ironhead engine working. Pro tip: Starting up your Ironhead Sportster inside a 6th floor apartment with 2" open drag pipes is NOT something that makes your neighbors happy. Loved the bike to bits, but only got to ride it for two months before it was stolen. 1982 Yamaha XJ750J Maxim My introduction to Yamaha, and my last 80's machine - just a handful of years ago, now, too. Bought cheap, and functionally restored as it was an utter disaster (rear wheel/swingarm had a full inch of side to side play when I bought it, crazy internal engine damage where someone had tried and failed to weld a helicoil into an aluminum cam cap, etc) - sold it in 2018 to a guy who at least bought a functionally solid if somewhat rough looking machine. This bike marked the end of 80's machines for me. I loved working on bikes, but I realized at this point that I was getting too old for it on a primary means of transportation. I just wasn't interested in being up all night in the winter, kneeling on pavement, wrenching on a bike to ensure it would run for the trip to work in the morning. I needed reliability, and it'd be nice to check out some of these new fangled modern motorcycle features. 2018 Yamaha MT07 Easily the most fun bike I've ever ridden. Really fantastic machine, and I can't gush enough about it. Just a blast to ride. And, of course: 2019 Tracer 900 GT
  9. 5 points
    Here’s me with my 1953 R25/2. Since sold the bike, wore out the Bristol gloves , lost the classy leather coat but still have the beard although it changed colour somehow. 😀
  10. 5 points
    Got cought on my way down Mt Glorious, a local run that sees more police than riders. pic not by the police though.
  11. 5 points
    Today I practiced social distancing with a 300 mile ride to Astoria, Oregon and up 101 on the Southern coast of Washington. Social Distancing 😎
  12. 5 points
    I had a hippie Norton Commando Roadster back in the day: Purple metal flake 750! An irreverent classic only a Yank could love. But it would do the ton and the girls seemed to find it appealing.
  13. 5 points
    Not the right thread but seeing the precedent has been set.... after reading about the time of the day that people get up and out for a ride, I realised that it was nearly lunch time here and I was one of those people that thought more about planning a trip than actually going! What the hell! So, I called on the inspiration of that well-known sneaker brand NIKE and well, just did it! Glad I did. Nice but shortish 200km ride in the country. Got to test out my recently installed braided brake lines along with the newish Michy Road 5s in some twisty back roads. Got to say that I'm very happy with the Michelins. They do feel very planted and inspire confidence. A bit too much confidence - I was pushing the envelope (sensibly) in a zone that has been classified as a 'high crash zone' for motorcyclists when I spot what looks like an oil slick on the line that I'm taking. Pushed a little wider to avoid it and rode onto the double white centre line only to look into the eyes of the local constabulary coming the other way towards me! Woops! Must have given him some cause for concern because he went to the road shoulder while giving me the 'you're a very naughty boy' finger wag as I went by. Thankfully he wasn't able to turn around and I made a sedate/spirited exit through those twisties and was on my way. Murphy's law strikes again. As they say - pictures or it didn't happen. Other than that, a great day out... Almost forgot - the crash bobbins worked a treat as highway pegs. Thanks @betoney for the tip.
  14. 5 points
    There's a simple fix here somewhere... take it all apart and wheel off and reassemble taking your time. Pay close attention to spacers, caliper movement, disc alignment. Piston/pad movement. Grease where necessary. Check if it all goes tits up when axle bolt tightened. Don't rush the job.
  15. 4 points
    The day started off badly, and got worse – tho’ not disastrously so I’m pleased to say! I have to wear prescription specs when driving or riding, and have not long had new ones. I put them onto the bike’s seat prior to donning my helmet while the engine was warming up – my usual procedure – and they fell off. I stood still and looked around the bike and couldn’t see them, then took a fatal step towards walking around – and felt and heard a distinct ‘crunch’ as I flattened them. After a few choice words, quietly muttered so as not to offend my doggie and wife, I briefly thought about abandoning the day, but instead donned my prescription sunnies, not that they were needed on this rather overcast day. They sufficed to keep me both legal and able to see. Any spe-ling errours here can be put down to my old specs now being in use! I badly needed a coffee to calm my nerves as I considered the likely $500 or so cost of new specs, so rode off 85 km or so to my fave bakery/ coffee shop at Fernvale, where hordes of bikers congregate at weekends. I half-thought I may have caught up with jdavis (John), who lives nearby, but the cursed coffee-cancelling covid social-distancing rules at the shop had created a very long queue outside. It’s always busy and congested in there, but I’ve never seen a queue that long outside. So I gave it a miss, and after twenty minutes or so off the bike and a bit of socializing headed for home, where the coffee is cheaper and better… but even so, I’m glad I went out.
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    With covid time on my hands I have been exploring various ways to lower the seat on a Tracer 900 GT - I sold mine last December and have been missing it, but the increasing problem of getting on and off comfortably has been - well - increasing. So yesterday I drove to a Yamaha dealership where a demo 2019 GT was for sale, and with the help of the obliging business owner played around with things and discussed what stock solutions there may be. Long story short - there are none that will overcome my ageing and inflexible knee/ hip/ ankle issues, so I have finally decided that there will be no GT in my riding future. Not that my lovely BMW R9T is any let-down, with its perfect flat stock 804mm seat-height (without the rear cowl) making for very easy access. Pic below... It also panders to my love affair with BMW boxer twins going back to 1997. While at the dealership we discussed the new 'red' 2020 model. The dealer showed me a large-scale pic of the bike, and it seems the colour could best be described as pizza-topping-tomato-red/pink/orange - deff not red - but I have to say that I quite like it on the otherwise gloss black machine. It seems that no actual bikes with this colour are yet on the Oz market, but they are in Yamaha's warehouse. l also saw a NIKEN in the flesh - not for me. And a new Tenere 700 - now that looks one mean machine! So my Yamaha days are now sadly over, after having owned several machines of the brand over the years, from the learner SV250 to the mighty 1670cc MT-01 - which started-off this whole MT business. Tracers/ GTs represent outstanding value here, and are a great bike on the road, altho' as said often here, in Oz they are as rare as unicorns in my experience. So I will graciously fade into the sunset, and wish all you Traceristas well into the post-corona future, but I hope to continue my occasional association with this most excellent Forum if I have anything of value to contribute.
  18. 4 points
    Did not start riding until 2003. My first bike was a 2003 VFR 800, followed by a 2007 CBR 600 RR which eventually became my track bike after a couple years of street duty. Bought a 2011 Ninja 1000 and totaled it, but promptly picked up a 2013. Missed my 600 after I gave up track days and got a 2015 ZX6R. Finally realized super sports were no longer my thing and traded the ZX6R for my Tracer GT.
  19. 4 points
    -07 FJR -08 R1 in track getup -14 R1 in tour mode Guess I'm a Yamaha guy..
  20. 4 points
    In Agreement, sometimes we take too long thinking about stuff and should "just do it". I sat a few weeks ago and planned a 500 mile longest day ride hopefully for next month around the 20th. plan is to start around 4.00am and have breakfast in Fort William after 190 miles. We will probably aim for 15 hours to complete the ride this should make plenty of time for stops.
  21. 4 points
    I grew up in Minnesota and Missouri. Trust me, compared to those places PNW winters are sublime.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    Finally. I've had this Nitron shock for a year, and to me, it didn't feel a whole lot better than stock. I could feel a difference on good pavement and twisties, but In town it was almost unridable. Harsh. I also had the stock shock rebuilt and it felt about the same. Frustrating. Last week I went to a local suspension guy. He didn't make any adjustments, we just talked shocks. He showed me the innards of a shock and explained how it works. Got me to thinking. I've been turning the rebound knob the wrong way. Stupid. My wife helped me set the sag. She was very patient. Ha. Rode it to work the next day and what a difference. I can actually feel the shock working. Kind of weird. I'm at good starting point to where I can start to fine tune it. Kind of. When I had the forks done, the shop didn't assemble it back together properly. I have only 5 clicks of rebound. They will fix their mistake, but I'm 500 miles away. I had the forks done a week before we moved to Idaho. I can probably do it myself. I think I need a spring compressor and a vice. Not sure of any other special tools. Oh, and a proper stand. I'm going to the dealer today to see what they would charge. So anyway, things are moving in the right direction. I was about ready to give up on this shock.
  24. 3 points
    Cool! I could not find a picture of mine, actually I don't think I ever had one, so I used this one. Did not know who it was (Sorry!) Also, I did not get EBC money. But, I did then and still do use Shoei helmets. and well, I really wasn't all that fast then or now... But I loved it. That is one of the bikes I wish I could have kept. But I trashed mine too badly... I feel the same way regarding that time in US racing and miss it. If I have learned anything from this thread it is that I need to take more pictures.
  25. 3 points
    Cool... that’s me! There were a ton of us racing GSXRs back in the 1990s, chasing Suzuki contingency money (along with Michelin ‘BibBucks’, EBC brake money, etc). This would have been my 1992 GSXR 750, the last of the oil-air cooled bikes, just before the big pig 1993 water-cooled GSXR appeared. Fond memories of this motorcycle, and the overall era for the sport. It really was the golden age of road racing in the US.
  26. 3 points
    I've got the full Akro, it's better than stock, but not as light as I would have liked. I did not need an ECU flash, but I did eventually get one. In hindsight, I wish I would have spent the money on suspension.
  27. 3 points
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  28. 3 points
    Sorry... didn't catch that. You're right, it will be affected... but you never know by how much until you try it. Going slightly heavier with the oil might buy you another click or two in the rebound circuit, and not affect the compression damping to a point where you're unhappy with it. I guess the whole point is... if I were in your shoes, I'd explore how I could inexpensively fix what I have before spending big money... but I know... the force... it is strong. 🙂 Something else to consider... your rebound circuit might come back to its former glory with just new/fresh oil (same viscosity). Two years of hard riding will affect its properties.
  29. 3 points
    Update. In the end I decided to go with Pazzo Racing. Their levers are top quality, saved me a total of $75.00 CAD vs the CRG RC2. I went with black levers with gold tab and its an awesome bike match. If anyone ever considers aftermarket adjustable levers I highly recommend Pazzo Racing.
  30. 3 points
    Hi All I’m new to the forum. I have a 2018 900 GT bought new which had the front brake problem. To cut a long story short; Yamaha replaced both front disks under warranty because they were warped. Seems to be a manufacturing fault and I’m sure some choice words were used by Yamaha when they addressed it with their rotor supplier. Loving the forum and have learned so much from everyone’s experiences. Especially the seat debacle.
  31. 3 points
    That's almost the History of Sportbikes right there. What didn't you like about the '93? Obviously we've all read that they were overweight, but this sort of thing is always more important in magazine comparos than in the real world. A friend of mine racked up serious miles on a Katana 1100, well over 100k I think. Here is Tom being arrested on his Katana in 1997. The officer kindly allowed Tom to ride his bike to the jail so it wouldn't be impounded.
  32. 3 points
    In order 1985 Ninja 900, 1987 Gsxr 750, 1990 Katana 1100, 1993 Gsxr 750..worst of them all, 1999 Cbr 900, 2000 929, 2002 R1, 2006 750, 2009 Aprilia 550. I hate to say this but the Katana was probably the best handling bike in the turns. The R1 had many track days and at that time was a beast and I had a great time with it. The Aprilia was awesome but finicky, now I’m on an old man Tracer GT
  33. 3 points
    Here's a pic from fifteen years ago - and where did they all go to? - of me and the mighty Yamaha MT-01. The fuel can fastened on the back of the bike is my response to a claim from a fellow Club member that at warp speed the MT-01 could just about make it between fuel stations! 15L tank an' all, IIRC!
  34. 3 points
    1. 1982 Suzuki GS400T (stock photo) - it was already 20 years old when I bought it to learn on and it was perfect for that 2. 2002 Honda VF750c Magna - probably my favourite bike. The V4 made all sorts of power and surprised everyone I rode with 3. 2003 Honda RR600 - too much fun but I could only take the riding position for a few hours 4. 2008 Honda GL1800 Goldwing - an absolutely incredible machine that was a dream to ride on long trips yet handled well in slow-speed maneuvers 5. 2019 Yamaha Tracer GT - it's a great bike and the support from this forum has helped me tweak it to make it more enjoyable but the jury is still out on whether it's going to be a keeper
  35. 3 points
    Helmet lock from Amazon ($20) looks like stock.
  36. 3 points
    On the bike by 10am beats not being on a bike at all. Cherish being able to even have a late start.👍
  37. 3 points
    2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R. I had her for 10 years. Did about 25k miles before trading in.
  38. 3 points
    Exactly. One of the best rides I ever had was down PCH from Carmel to San Luis Obispo. This route is famously beautiful, but everyone always complains about the traffic. I left Carmel at about 5:00am, and by the time I got to the south end in Morro Bay it was about 8:30 or 9:00am. In that whole time I think I saw two cars. The photo below is somewhere along PCH just after sunrise. I had a similar ride through Yosemite NP once. I left Lee Vining at about 5:30am and crossed Tioga Pass with the sun rising at my back and virtually zero traffic through the whole park. Bonus: I rode through the park entrance before the guard shack opened, so I didn't even have to pay the entry fee!
  39. 3 points
    100% this. And as I’ve gotten older, I’m much more of a lone wolf rider. I have a very small group of trusted friends that I’m comfortable riding with on occasion, but 90%+ of my miles are solo by choice. The simple key is to high mileage days is to actually start riding. I love to be on the road before dawn, and watch the sun rise from behind the bars. I always chuckle at folks who start their day’s ride at 10:00 am... You could have had 200 miles in before breakfast, and experienced that magical transition from dark to light in the saddle.
  40. 3 points
    Its funny, when riding with buddies, I get MUCH lower mileage in a day, BS'ing, longer breaks and lunch etc. When riding solo, I am out to RIDE. When I stop for gas, I use the restroom and then get back on the road, when I stop for lunch, its a quick bite and then back on the road. I find that I get much more stiff and sore from highway riding because I am not moving as much, winding mountain roads keep me moving around on the bike as well as more mentally focused. Yes, I like to keep the scenery and road type varied and interesting.
  41. 3 points
    That seems a bit extreme, but I get the general point of the comment. I rarely used A-mode with the stock fueling, since the throttle transitions could be very abrupt. Since the 2WDW reflash, it’s A-mode all the time, and the throttle is smooth and predictable.
  42. 3 points
    That's a good idea, but in my experience it takes at least 100-150 miles to properly bleed the oil.
  43. 3 points
    The master of the understatement. My '15 tried its darnedest to kill me with the lurching, over and over again.
  44. 2 points
    Coming back to post an update. Two months and 2500km in; lots of riding in snow, ice, salty slush, rain, dirt, and even, yes, a little sun. Multiple washes, without targeting the chain for cleaning or re-lubing it. Haven't touched the chain at all. It's still clean and well lubricated, and sits constantly at "the day after you clean it" state (wherein it's not spotless, but it's lubricated and has just a bit of grime on the outside links). I'm able to keep it fully clean and shiny by turning up the oil, but then I trade shinier links for oil thrown off and onto my left side hard case. Consumption is moderate - a bit more than I expected, but not prohibitively so. It uses roughly an ounce(that's a shot glass, right?) per 500kms - though much of that was done with the flow turned up higher to combat snow/water/salt. Pro's: It's simple, isolated, isn't tied into the bikes electrical or vacuum system, and is basically idiot proof. Pretty inexpensive as these things go, and very easy to install. It completely removes the need to clean and lube the chain. Cons: My chain guard is always really oily, and the rear rim ends up pretty mucky too. When flow is turned up (riding in unusually ooky circumstances), it can throw off a bunch of oil, and make a mess of the underside of the tail/licence plate/bags. It tends to drip a tiny bit at the end of a ride, a nickle to quarter sized drop, usually off the front sprocket. All in all, it's definitely going to extend chain life because your chain never gets to the point where you think, "Oh, hey, that looks dry - I should clean and lube it!" It's always clean and freshly lubed. Always. That said, chains last pretty damn long if you treat them well normally, so that's probably not a significant thing unless finances are REALLY tight. Should You Have One: Definitely worthwhile if you take long trips, ride in inclement weather frequently, or if you just ride a lot. If you're purely a summer rider, particularly if you're just a hobby rider (going on occassional trips, not riding regularly) then you're probably better off just cleaning and lubing the chain as normal. It's pretty easy to just clean and lube the chain before/after a trip, or every few weeks, if that's the frequency you need. Of course, if you're the sort to forget about your chain and NOT clean/lube it enough, then absolutely it's the thing for you
  45. 2 points
    Me in November 2015. Yamaha FZ1.
  46. 2 points
    I have three. The FJ is my primary; commuter, weekend mountain roads and sport tourer. I also have a GSXR for track days and a KLR 650 for screwing around off road. It's a pretty good mix. I'm considering swapping the KLR and GSXR for a DRZ400SM with a dirt wheel and tire to make more room in the garage. The track here is pretty short and I'm not close enough to any others to warrant keeping the GSXR (not to mention, there's only one track day a month).
  47. 2 points
    1979 YZ80 •|• 1986 BW80 •|• 1989 IT200 •|• 1985 XL600 •|• 1983 Vision 550 •|• 2005 Vulcan Classic 800 •|• 2009 FZ6R •|• 2011 CRF45R •|• 2015 FJ09
  48. 2 points
    Sweet cheeses!!What design school flunkie thought that would be a good idea??? You're right, there's no way to fill up that thing with our gas nozzles unless you're skilled in Moroccan mint tea pouring.
  49. 2 points
    Not sure how old you are but building up a "tolerance", I'd call it distance resistance training, requires repeated, frequent "practice". Now age slows you down and lessens your resistance, accelerating the weariness and fatigue that brings with it the aches and pains. What counteracts these negatives are comfort mods like a saddle, screen, taller bars or risers, cruise control or throttle lock, grip puppies, ear plugs, suspension, lighting, etc. However, besides age, injuries that become dibilitating, disabling maladies cut significantly into your range. I know riders older than me who are not only faster but have more endurance because they've stayed / gotten in/into better shape and have not been injured; which is the Catch 22. As it's very hard to stay/get in/into shape when you are hurting and in significant protracted, disabling pain. Now road conditions, traffic, weather and above all, attitude can effect your stamina, sharpness, focus, concentration and pain level. And it's hard to maintain a positive outlook and long haul aptitude when it's hot and worse, humid, or cold and windy, and you have to slog through heavy traffic over coarse, bumpy, pot hole strewn roads through seemingly endless miles of straight or convuluted, taxing/boring slab just to get to and from the twisty, scenic, fun, enjoyable stuff for less than half of the total miles traveled. I speak from almost 50 years of experience.
  50. 2 points
    You likely had air trapped in the system that quickly worked its way out. Standard practice for a lot of old riders was to leave the rad cap off while starting the bike after the coolant change, topping up as the air bubbles burped and belched out the filler neck.

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