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About estell

  • Birthday 10/19/1965

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    Issaquah, WA
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    2015 red FJ-09

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  1. What is the advantage of developing good low-speed control? I am impressed with the motorcycle cops in the parade who can coordinate complex group formations at low speed, but I don't ride in groups like that. The only low-speed maneuvers that I need to do are creeping along in heavy traffic at 3 mph. That requires feathering the clutch. However, I have the full width of the lane so precise positioning is not necessary. I can weave a little and it doesn't matter.
  2. I agree that the screen is the largest influence on your problem. My large CalSci screen does not allow water to blow up onto my visor like you reported. Regarding dripping from the mirrors: you can rotate the stalks forward.
  3. My pinlock does not stay in contact with the visor all the way around the perimeter. Instead it lifts off the surface of the visor and then I get fog between the visor and the pinlock. How do you keep the pinlock in contact with the visor so that it maintains a seal?
  4. The road from Antelope, OR to Fossil, OR is fantastic. It seems that is on your route but don't miss it if it isn't. It has almost 300 turns in about 25 miles or so. It is a fun ride. I have ridden it just once, a year ago. I received a token of appreciation from the state police after I passed through Fossil, so I probably won't be back soon.
  5. 303 Aerospace Protectant is the premier UV protecting spray-on. They have several products that are intended for different materials. The 303 Outdoor Fabric guard may be the most appropriate for jackets. I have been using the 303 Outdoor Protectant on vinyl boat seats. You can buy it at lots of places.
  6. I have been researching high-end lithium-iron batteries like the Pulse IPT from Full Spectrum Power. I was almost convinced to go with the P.4 when my original 2015 battery wears out. The smaller P.4 will free up space in the battery area for more storage and it is nearly idiot-proof. But for $26, the battery in your link is hard to argue against unless I really want a little more storage (or I want to treat the battery like an idiot).
  7. Purchased new in June 2015. My FJ has over 32K miles, which is more than I have put on any other bike. I still get a thrill when I ride it.
  8. The power is what you are interested in. Keep it under 24 Watts or you will blow the fuse. Power = Volts X Amps. Your phone charger probably charges at 5 Volts. If so then it can supply up to 24/5 = 4.8 Amps from a 24 Watt source. The actual charging current is probably less because the efficiency of the charger will be less than 100%.
  9. Since you are new to the Tracer, I'll state what is obvious to the rest of us. Those lights are not original equipment. Yamaha did not install them. A previous owner installed them. The dealer may not know anything about them. Therefore, you will have to do some debugging to find out where the power failure is. Use a voltmeter and measure as many points as you can access between the lights and the battery (fuse, switch, connectors, etc). Enjoy your new bike.
  10. Beware of the GPS for distance measurements because they sample the position periodically rather than continuously. That may not matter on a straight road, but if you are on a twisty road then the measured distance is less than that actually traveled. In other words, the GPS can "cut corners". GPS speed measurements should be reliable when going straight. My speedometer matches the GPS speed pretty closely, or at least close enough that I don't look at the GPS speed.
  11. I see some valuable farkles in those photos. I see factory luggage and other add-ons like crash bars and extra lights and radiator guard and larger windscreen. I would expect to see such things from someone who takes care of their bike. The only thing that you may want to check is the sound of the cam chain tensioner. Sometimes they rattle and need to be replaced. I would expect the owner of this bike to know about it and whether it has been replaced already. Your FZ09 buddy may know about it too. Mileage too high? No, 17K is not high. You think the price is low and yet you talked him down from that? I'd be more concerned about someone beating me to it with a full price offer. It is riding season after all.
  12. An angle grinder and a cutoff wheel. A Dremel works. A thin cutoff wheel cuts right through the aluminum fin. It doesn't matter if you cut into the plug since you are replacing it too.
  13. You want to make the bottom of the pan thicker? thus reducing ground clearance? That would likely increase the chance of cracking the pan. It seems to me that the better fix is to increase ground clearance by cutting off the fin and use a low-profile drain plug.
  14. There is a review of the Halocam on this forum. It is a dashcam rather than an action cam and it is designed specifically for motorcycle use. It has both front and rear cameras. The number of hours of recording scales with the size of the SD card that you install. It will record much more than 3 hours and then it loops back and writes over the oldest video. I installed one on my FJ-09. I haven't fiddled with it much but I have verified that it works. I was able to upload some video to my phone after some idiot nearly ran over me. I had to pull off the road and brake hard to avoid a collision when he turned left in front of me and he kept going like he never saw me. The Halocam recorded the event. It has a wide field of view so you have to get close to be able to read a license plate even with HD recording.
  15. I installed the Rizoma MA009. They are narrower and have more sweep than stock. You have to tap threads into the ends of it to mount your bar ends or hand guards. Narrower bars have been discussed here before. A search should turn up more details.