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  1. I'm not the OP, but the Iron Butt Association Archive of Wisdom is a wealth of excellent information: IBA - World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders The Iron Butt Association is dedicated to safe, long-distance... One of my personal favorites is #16: "After getting gasoline (a mini rest-stop in itself), it takes just as long to suit-up to ride across the street to eat as it does to ride twenty miles down the road and then eat. The result is two mini rest-stops for the price of one." I follow this practice whether the total ride is 200 miles or 2000. It works wonders at managing fatigue.
  2. Congratulations! It looks like you did a loop of the North Island, I imagine it was a beautiful ride.
  3. I renewed my registration today, $78 for two years, which means I'm coming up on six years of FJ-09 ownership. I know this may seem cheap to some of you, but it wasn't all that long ago it was just $12 for two years! If only my salary had increased at that pace during the last 20 years.
  4. Yep, anti-seize should do it. The copper becomes the cathode and protects the steel axle from galvanic corrosion. Anyone who gets the titanium axle nut will want to be equally diligent with the anti-seize compound.
  5. No sign of corrosion on the axle? Titanium is more anodic than any of the alloys typically used in an axle, so galvanic corrosion of the axle might occur.
  6. The Gilles adjuster isn't terribly expensive, $101 here: Gilles AXB Chain Adjuster for the Yamaha FZ-09/MT-09, FJ-09 Tracer 900, XSR900, FJ-07 Tracer 700, and Tenere 700 Gilles AXB Chain Adjuster for the Yamaha FZ-09/MT-09, FJ-09... This is way cheaper than the Lightech adjusters, and it can't fail in the way that Lightech and the various Chinesium knockoffs are prone to do. The Gilles adjuster is quality kit, and easy to adjust. All I'm lacking now is that fancy titanium axle nut. 😁
  7. I doubt there would be any measurable improvement to air quality achieved by emissions testing for motorcycles. Motorcycles account for about 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled in the USA. I heard Pennsylvania was actually considered dropping emissions testing for cars because the failure rate on modern cars is so low that the expense and inconvenience to car owners wasn't justified. Unfortunately, once a state has emissions or safety inspection laws in place it's nearly impossible to get rid of them. Inspection stations are usually private repair shops, and they lobby hard to keep these cash cow laws in place. Furthermore, if the auto industry shifts to electric as anticipated, the whole concept of emissions testing will be obsolete in ~20 years.
  8. I was going to say I always dismount as soon as I pull over. I keep my registration and insurance card under the seat so I'd need to get off the bike anyway. But then it occurred to me I haven't been pulled over on a motorcycle in almost 20 years now. Clean livin', I guess. 🤔 I shouldn't have said anything, now I'm sure to get pulled over the next time I ride.
  9. I plugged it into the TB sync test port on the left side throttle body. There's a little rubber cap that you should remove and save in case you ever decide to de-install the V System. This spot was recommended for the FJ-09 on ScottOiler's website, and I expect the Tracer should be exactly the same.
  10. A custom seat was one of the first mods I made to my FJ-09. I had Mr. Ed's build me a seat, mainly because the shop is less than a mile from my house. It's still by far the best mod I've done. If you find the Comfort seat isn't good enough, I'd re-sell it and have custom seats made using the stock pans.
  11. keithu

    H-D Pan America

    The more important question is why would I want to? 😆 In any case, I think I've come back from the edge of the cliff and will probably keep the FJ-09 for a couple more years. It's dialed in and does what I want.
  12. I'm about to pull the trigger on an Öhlins STX46 shock. With gear I weigh 250-260lbs, so it would seem logical to order one for 250-270lbs. But I always have my saddlebags mounted on the bike, and my aux fuel system adds 30lbs to the rear of the bike when full. So I'm wondering if I should order a shock for 270-290lbs. Thoughts? I'm somewhat ignorant when it comes to suspension setup, I just know when it feels right and when it doesn't. gh
  13. I used to scrape the OEM pegs pretty regularly, until I switched to FJR pegs with shorter feelers. I haven't touched those down yet and probably never will.
  14. Not a bad thought, but I'm already one click from max at both ends. My fat ass was already grinding the centerstand with anything less. Maybe this is the final motivation I need to invest in some Swedish evening accessories.
  15. Has anyone else scraped their SW Motech skid plate while cornering? I've touched mine down a couple of times now, as you can see in the attached photo. It happens during spirited but not what I'd call extreme cornering. As you can see here I still have a good 1/2" or more of chicken strip, and I'm not scraping the center stand. It's disconcerting when it happens because it's pretty loud.