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  1. The TR-4 was quirky but not all that bad, really. Once I learned how to use a Unisyn to sync the SU carbs it was easy to tune. The only persistent failure I had was the generator, which burnt up twice in one year. Everything else I could usually fix with safety wire and string (not kidding). It helped that most of the time I owned it I was stationed at NAS Point Mugu. The #1 source for British car parts in the USA, Moss Motors, was a short 30 mile drive away in Santa Barbara. It really was the perfect car for a young single guy in SoCal. But then I discovered motorcycles...
  2. I'm also 250# and just run the factory numbers of 36/42.
  3. LOL, thanks for the reminder! The TT600 isn't the only Triumph I've ever owned. You want to hear the saddest thing ever? I sold this car to buy a Katana 600.
  4. That is true. I remember watching a friend remove the fairings from his '88 CBR600. I think he needed four or five different tools to complete the task. Most of the FJ fasteners might be 4mm, but there are so many different types: 1/4 turn quick release, short fine thread, long fine thread, short fine thread with a shoulder, course thread, etc. They come off easily, but then later you have to remember which ones go where. There seems to often be an inverse relationship between overall reliability and ease of service. Ever tried to work on a Honda? Car or motorcycle, they are all dreadful. My Toyota Tundra, which probably has the longest lasting motor I will ever own, has by far the most difficult oil change I've ever seen. Yes, even worse than a Nissan Maxima V-6!
  5. Well for starters, there is the fact that despite being a semi-naked motorcycle you have to remove SEVEN different panels using SIX different kinds of fasteners before you can remove the tank. That is just ridiculous and makes me angrier every time I do it. I've owned 12 different motorcycles over the last 30 years, and I don't think any of them required even one fairing panel to be removed before the tank, much less seven. This 10-minute job on the FJ was a 2-5 minute job on everything else I've owned. And of course, tearing it down is just the start. Re-fitting all those seven panels in the right order with their interlocking tabs, overlaps, and various fastener types is an exercise in extreme patience. I don't know what the design goals were for the FJ-09, but maintenance access certainly wasn't one of them. This is why I contrasted it with the TT600, which had some design features that were obviously intended for rapid service. Those included a fairing cutout for the oil drain plug, a single fastener type for all fairings, and a hinged radiator. I'm sure some of this was because Triumph engineers fantasized about racing TT600. Too bad there isn't a popular race series for 850cc triples with upright riding positions.
  6. This was my TT600. As you can see I had it set up with aux fuel, etc. Maybe I was lucky but I didn't have any trouble with it over 35k miles. I also found it was surprisingly easy to work on, despite the full fairings. The oil and filter could be changed without removing any panels, and all bodywork fasteners were the same. If needed both main fairings could come off in less than five minutes. The tank could be pivoted up or removed without removing any bodywork. The radiator was hinged so I could check valves or replace sparkplugs without draining the coolant. The valves never needed adjustment in 35k miles. From a service standpoint I found it to be very thoughtfully designed. So basically it was the exact opposite of the FJ-09!
  7. This seems to be a common problem. I've been fortunate, no condensation in my 2015, even though it sits out in the rain at work all the time. I frequently had condensation on my old BMW K100RS. One of many problems on that shitheap.
  8. I owned a Triumph, but not a triple. I had a 2000 TT600 for eight years. It was the best handling bike I've ever ridden, and the quality was jewel-like. I had a 1998 Thunderbird Sport as a loaner for ~2500 miles. Great style, handling, and brakes. This is about the closest thing to a cruiser I'd ever want. I rented a Tiger 800XRX for a weekend in SoCal a couple years ago. Underwhelming all around.
  9. I don't think that's true. My two previous fuel injected bikes (BMW K100RS and Triumph TT600) didn't have a screen, there was just a pickup tube drawing fuel through an in-tank canister filter before the pump. Hence I expected to find a similar filter in the FJ-09.
  10. If this all blows over and you decide to buy at Power Motorsports after all, let me know. I only live about 30 minutes away and it would be fun to ride up, say "hi," and maybe guide you on a couple local twisties. 🙂
  11. At least Harley has brought something to market, unlike most of the other major players. I am intrigued by the Zero SR/S. This is one of the best looking fully-faired bikes I've seen from *any* manufacturer in a while.
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    Did you just call me fat? Good point though. I'll enlist my lovely assistant to help with this.
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    I think I found the feed problem: When both wheels are on the ground, the fuel cell slopes rearward slightly. The back corner is about 3/8" (1 cm) low at the rear. Of course it was fine when the bike was on the centerstand during design, but under real conditions it traps some fuel in the bottom of the tank. 🤪 This should be easy to fix. I can either shim the rear mount up about 1/4", or remove some material from the front supports.
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    That's probably about right. It's not quite as much as I was hoping for though. I may try removing the foam to see if the slosh is noticable. In the twisties of OR-34 I could tell I had a little extra weight back there, but just barely. It is not a serious detriment to handling, it just feels like I have some camping gear bungied on the back.
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    Oh, and I also installed a cheapo volt meter from Amazon. It fits perfectly in the empty aux port slot on the right side. Even with the GPS, aux lights and high beams on, heated jacket on full blast, and heated grips on max I had 13.8 volts at highway speed. It's a little hard to read in sunlight, but I'm more likely to tax the charging system at night.