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  • Birthday 10/19/1965

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    Issaquah, WA
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    2015 red FJ-09

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  1. You can order replacement discs but you may not need them. It depends on how hard you use the clutch. My clutch had 36000 miles and it still measured the full thickness when I swapped in the discs from the Partshark kit. I bought the 2.3 mm clutch plate just in case I needed it to make up for wear in the re-used friction discs. I didn't use it.
  2. The thrill of the FJ/Tracer doesn't wear out. I have 38K miles on my 2015 and I still get a grin every time I twist the throttle!
  3. My drivers license specifically states that it is restricted to two-wheel motorcycles only. If your license does not have a similar restriction on it, then I expect that you will be okay. However, I can't say that with certainty.
  4. I don't see any language referencing displacement in the current regulations. They may have repealed the two-sized license in recent years. It was stupid anyway, but the policeman was glad to give me the ticket for it.
  5. Washington has that too. I moved here with a license for all motorcycles. They would only give me a license for under-500cc because I rode a 400 at the time. Of course, right after I bought a larger motorcycle they ticketed me for the wrong license. Anyway, it seems that I cannot legally ride a Niken for a demo with my 2-wheel endorsement.
  6. Washington state has a separate endorsement for 2-wheel motorcycles versus 3-wheel motorcycles. I searched a little and did not discover how the state would define the Niken. Do you know? I suppose a dealer should know. How about those who have done demo rides in states with 2-wheel endorsements. Was your license an issue?
  7. I guess I'll be the contrarian in this thread. I have a $26 battery in my FJ-09. I have used it since January 2020. It cranks just like the original battery. I was trying to justify the purchase of a lithium battery when I found this one. I decided to try it because of the low price. If it lasts at least two years then I'll probably get another when this one needs to be replaced. I don't connect it to a battery tender. I did not connect the original battery to a tender either and it lasted 5 years. The replacement Yamaha 850CC FJ-09, 2015-2017 Motorcycle Battery (12V 8.6Ah) The replacement Yamaha 850CC FJ-09, 2015-2017 Motorcycle...
  8. 1982 Yamaha Maxim 400 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 I owned the Shadow from 1997 to 2015 and put about 30K miles on it. It took less than four years to put 30K on the FJ. It is way more fun!
  9. This has been an occasional topic. If you search for MPG you will find that your results are much higher than what most riders report. I find that the fuel mileage I get is highly dependent on my average speed, and whether or not I maintain a constant speed. If I am on a rural road stuck behind a long line of SUVs going a steady 55 mph then I can get 60 mpg. If I vary my speed to include speeds well over 70 then my mileage drops into the 40s. I get about 44 mpg if I ride a steady 75 mph. Many riders who prefer to ride the FJ09/Tracer like the sport bike it is report mileage in the low 40s.
  10. I have used the Motion Pro levers too. What is the clamp that holds the bead? Like a C clamp?
  11. You recently asked about new seats. I didn't realize you were going to get a whole new bike attached to the new seat. Enjoy the new ride!
  12. I have been on those roads more recently. I did not experience all the ominous conditions stated previously (like deep gravel), but I agree that it is not a sport ride. I rode to Windy Ridge from Randle last summer on NFD25 and NF99. Two years ago I rode from Randle to Carson. I took NFD25 and the Wind River Rd and Curly Creek Rd. I could not resist also taking the side-trip to Windy Ridge on NF99. I recall that the worst part of road was the 11 miles immediately north of the junction of NFD25 and NF99. It has been two years since I was south of that junction. I recall that it was not as bad as the northern part, but still not a sport ride. I recall that all other roads were much better than NFD25. Specifically, the Curly Creek Rd was in good condition and a lot of fun. NF99 is gradually deteriorating, but it is still better than NFD25. I found that it was best to keep my speed down to 35 mph on NFD25. Then I had time to dodge potholes and frost heaves, or drop my speed to 15 mph within a second or so. That makes it more of an ADV ride. I rode faster on NF99 where my speed was more limited by the corners and the scenery than the road conditions, but the occasional hole or heave is there too. Look ahead and be ready to brake. If your FJ-09 can't go slow then you may consider another destination. But if you go ADV speeds on NFD25 and cruiser speeds (not too fast) on NF99 then it is still possible to enjoy a ride to Windy Ridge. Don't miss McClellan Overlook on Curly Creek Rd. You may be having so much fun that you don't want to stop, but there is a good viewpoint there.
  13. I have tried the Seat Concepts and the Sargent and the Terry Adcox seats, in addition to the original Yamaha seat. The Terry Adcox is definitely the most comfortable, followed by the Sargent and then Seat Concepts. The original seat is least comfortable to my bum. If I try to quantitatively rate a subjective comfort level, it looks approximately like this: Terry Adcox (100%), Sargent (75%), Seat Concepts (70%), Yamaha (50%). Don't read too much into these numbers. It is just an attempt so estimate the relative comfort between the seats. I could not ride the Yamaha seat all day. I can ride the Seat Concepts and Sargent seats all day if I wear padded shorts under my riding pants. I can ride the Terry Adcox seat all day without the padded shorts. I keep the Sargent seat on the bike most of the year for commuting and rides that don't last all day. For full-day rides I will install the Terry Adcox seat. I don't mind the appearance of Terry's seat. Like the cargo box on the rear rack, I can't even see it while riding. One problem with the Sargent seat is the seat pan. It is not as strong as the Yamaha pan. Both mounting points in the rear of my rider seat have cracked. I have had to reinforce them with some construction adhesive. Terry's seat is built on the Yamaha seat pan, which has not cracked. Have you looked for a custom seat builder in your area, someone like Terry?
  14. The replacement Yamaha 850CC FJ-09, 2015-2017 Motorcycle Battery (12V 8.6Ah) The replacement Yamaha 850CC FJ-09, 2015-2017 Motorcycle battery is... I tried to justify the cost of a Lithium battery. But when someone posted this link for a $26 replacement battery (STZ10S), I could no longer justify the cost of lithium. I am using one of these today.
  15. Replacing sprockets is best if they show wear. A worn sprocket will wear the chain more quickly. Many riders replace both sprockets every time they replace the chain. I have replaced the front sprocket with each chain (3 so far). The rear sprocket was a little worn when I replaced the chain for the third time, so I replaced it then.
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