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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. I use the Bluetooth version of the Shure SE215. They are sound-isolating earphones with good audio quality. If you like good audio, then this is better than using earplugs and speakers. They attenuate wind and road noise up to 37 dB which is better than most earplugs. That is enough that you can play the audio at normal levels (not loud) and avoid hearing damage. You can still hear things like sirens because 37 dB is not enough attenuation to eliminate loud high-pitched sounds like that. They run 6 hours on a charge. The Bluetooth module contains control buttons but they are not meant for use with gloves.
  2. An Aussie turbocharged a Niken. 148 hp at the wheel, a full 50 hp over their stock dyno run. The turbo is mounted where the muffler is located on the FJ09/Tracer. The turbo has an oil line that is plumbed to the crankcase for lubrication, although not shown in this photo. The intake hose is rather long and has a few bends in it. I expect that they installed higher-flow fuel injectors, and of course re-tuned the ECU.
  3. I have thought about getting this tool tube for storage of tools or extra fuel.
  4. My experience seems to be in conflict with the statements in this thread. I still have my original 2015 battery and I do not connect it to a battery tender. Instead, I start the bike and warm it up at about 4 week intervals so it doesn't sit all winter. Regarding charging, I recently left the ignition on for 40 minutes and discharged the battery such that it wouldn't crank over at all. I jump-started it and rode for 20 minutes. That fully re-charged the battery.
  5. Welcome to the group, and welcome back to motorcycling.
  6. I saw other color combinations on the Brosh site. All of their "Optimal" jackets contain black but are not all black. They have red & black, gray and black, yellow and black. I am wondering if the red & black is a decent match to my red & black FJ-09. Regarding the evaporative cooling vest, I found that they don't work well with a non-vented jacket. Without air flow, mine heated up in 30 minutes and then it felt like a hot water bottle. I expect that it works better with a mesh jacket.
  7. I chose long sleeves because that is what I like to wear under my riding jacket.
  8. My average has been 48 MPG for the last 24000 miles. That is according to the FJ meter. I have not kept track of gallons used to verify it myself. My MPG varies a lot with speed and a little with temperature. I get 44 if I my speed is 75 mph, and I get 54 MPG if my speed is 55 while stuck behind SUVs on a rural road. I also get a few less MPG during the colder months. I think that is because the coolant temperature stays low enough that the ECU commands a rich fuel mixture.
  9. I'll second that. I chose to pay a professional to check my valves because I don't know how to do it and I didn't want to figure it out during the summer riding season. However, I'd like to do the next valve check myself and a how-to would be great to have for a reference.
  10. Are you looking specifically for noise-canceling earbuds, or are you interested in listening to music while riding without having to turn up the volume to drown out road noise? I prefer sound-isolating earphones to noise-canceling earphones. The Shure SE215 blocks up to 37 dB of outside noise, and they have very good audio quality. They block road noise so well that you don't need to turn up the volume very high. They come with either wires or a Bluetooth receiver. The wires loop over your ears to keep them in place, and they fit inside a helmet.
  11. Those are famous towers or a statue in Europe and the USA. Tracer900 is now the worldwide name for the latest model of our motorcycle, is it not?
  12. I used to use a wideband O2 sensor to do my own tuning in a turbocharged car that I owned. The wideband O2 sensor measures air-fuel ratio (AFR) in a range of about 9.0 to 20.0 like you said. The tuning software uses that measurement to adjust the fuel injector pulse periods in the ECU, which then adjusts the AFR. A narrowband O2 sensor has a much smaller range of measurement. It basically senses either a rich or lean condition. A rich condition is an AFR value less than 14.7 and a lean condition is an AFR value greater than 14.7. That is inadequate information for tuning which is the reason for the wideband O2 sensor.
  13. I didn't know about the snipping tool. That is going to save some time for me. Now I have more time to ride. 😊
  14. The cost is $98.69 plus shipping from Babbits. link Part number 1RC-21511-00-PD. Fender, Front UR FOR DRMK