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huck last won the day on August 15 2020

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  1. This could indeed be a tire issue. In fact the Orig equipment tires are not that great and may be worn badly at this milage... Maybe, but ing that were the case the tech should have noticed. but it also may not be. This is really dangerous and can result in a tank slapper which can be very hard top control.. Did you have the dealership guy ride i and actually feel it first hand? It could be a bad tire, but also several other issues are possible, but it is a problem the dealership should experience and deal with. I can't believe they actually rode the thing experienced this and then sent you out on the road. Please make sure the dealership, a Yamaha Dealership since your bike is nearly new, experiences this themselves, and don't ride the bike until it is fixed. This is not OK.
  2. In thinking back to the Last Day of the Year Ride I am struck by a comment made by @keithu who, standing in the drizzle and puddles of the SEE SEE Cafe parking lot, comment that he could not believe how clean my bike was. So, I thought I would comment. I suppose I am a bit obsessive, but simply being on this and other forums makes us all sort of de facto obsessives… Like many or likely most of us, I really like to ride, to ride long distances is even better. And, I like my bike(s). And indeed, the bike is a part of the experience, so I take care of it. My routine is simple after a long day’s ride I unload the thing and wipe it down with a wet terry shop towel. That puts me up close to it and lets me both clean it off and check for anything that might be amiss. Then at the end of long day, say over 400/500 miles, I reapply chain lube. Easy, quick and simple. Doesn’t take much time and is an opportunity to re hydrate, and to safely bring up my blood alcohol level. My FJ is one of the black and gray matt finish units. We are admonished not to use regular wax stuff on such finishes, so in my quest for a way to shine it up I found that there are now many protective finishes that will work. The one I tried is called F11, but there are lots of them and I’m sure they all work. Basically I washed the bike well, and applied the stuff per instructions to every surface including the pipes and windshield. The on line ads showed Harley guys pouring it on like it was just a pail of soapy water… that is not at all necessary. Once your bike is clean the first time, a very light application, rubbed in well, and then wiped off works just fine. Well, it really works. Cleaning, even when covered in mud, dead bugs, and even road tar… it cleans up with just plain water. I reapply it very lightly and buff it out with micro fiber towels after wiping the bike down with wet terry shop towels… that’s it. I admit to being lazy so places like shocks and other parts hard to reach are neglected, so a regular very complete wash is necessary once or twice a year. I use so little of this stuff that one bottle lasts over a year and a half. I know there are others such finishes as @salish900 mentioned the one he prefers. this is just the one I found first. Another thing I use is something called MOTUL CHAIN PASTE, which comes in a tube much like toothpaste. it simply does not fling off onto the rear of the bike and back wheel like many other lubes. I also use it at the end of day event when the chain is still hot. It does not drip, and goes on with the little brush attached to the squeeze tube. It does not seem to attract dirt and does not seem to build up, so generally there is no wiping-off or cleaning necessary. From time to time, usually at oIl change time, I clean the chain and sprockets with Kerosine. I do clean off my windshield and mirrors often, and reapply the F11 then as well as I like to have a clean shield, and the stuff also stops the deal bugs from sticking. That’s it. I do not wax it, polish the shiny bits, or “Detail” it with tooth brushes. My yearly wash is a soap bucket and hose kind of job. But I do like a clean bike and chain and this routine does the job. I know this sort of thing is like motor oil, everyone has there own special stuff. One of the things I like best about forums is hearing about how other obsessives deal with these things. I am entertained and educated by it. Sorry for using up the band-with, raining hard outside and stuck at my desk—-Working.
  3. 🏍️ 🧠 💭 Why we ride.
  4. A good time was had by all! As always, thanks. Keith for starting this custom. And good for you Salish900, for risking life and limb riding to far Newberg from Olympia in dead of winter, and joining Keith and I in what has been a pretty exclusive, last day of the year tradition, that was all our own for the last few years. As it turned out, the weather was fine, with only a few drops of rain here and there along each of our routes. See See Motor Cafe was a fine destination with good coffee and outside table that allowed for proper physical distancing, and socializing. I hope you all had a good day as well and can find the time to join us on the last day of next year... And while I'm at it. Here's hoping for better new year for all of you and your families!
  5. Sister lives in France, Daughter in Scotland... Love to visit them and have them here whenever possible. Sadly not possible right now. Will settle for a visit with moto friends in Newberg for now! Raining like stink where I am right now, but the weather gurus claim Thursday will only have occasional showers and "Possible rain". But as any North-westerner knows that is always a safe thing to say any day of the year! I look forward to seeing you hardy all weather riders for a socially distanced lunch Tomorrow. We can all discuss GoreTex and heated gear, and why we wear glove gauntlets inside of the jacket cuffs in the rain---Hey, you learn stuff like that when you have to ride in the rain often.
  6. OK, see you there... Come on you hearty Northwestern riders, around here if you don't ride in the rain you don't ride! That will be the very last chance you have to ride in 2020, don't miss the chance.
  7. Here are two configurations I use. Generally, either of my top cases live on the bike all the time along with the tank bag. I really like my old GIVI lockable top case because it is... Well, lockable. So around town I can stash my helmet, gloves and sometimes a riding jacket when off the bike, and it can carry two shopping bags of groceries. I like the RKA 60 Ltr expandable panniers (And RKA tank bag) for their light weight, expandable options, and well engineered secure fitment. They are pretty water tight, but I use waterproof stuff bags for the stuff I carry in them on trips anyway . They come off the bike easily to be carried into motels, etc. I have never had any problem due to having a top box. I have heard of damaged sub frames, but I have never experienced it with any bike. Nor have I had serious instability at speed. When traveling for biz I sometimes use my GIVI Roller Bag which contains my computer and other office necessaries. (I note they do not make this anymore (Too bad, it is really nice), but do make a roller bag attachement gadget to mount on lockable top cases that also snaps on the GIVI rack-very cool) I have used top cases on all my bikes for as long as I can remember. I agree that they make a bike look like one of those jumbo flying radar planes, but I use my bike every day, and the top box adds the practicality I need without interfering with the fun and pleasure of riding. In fact, I think it adds to it.
  8. I depend on my bikes, and want them available and reliable all the time. I am also a frugal as the next guy. I normally stick to fully warrantied batteries and indeed, plug into a battery tender whenever parked at home in the garage. My batteries last at least 5 years, and as long as 7. A couple of my Battery Tenders are over 20 years old. Given the longevity of batteries and Battery Tenders, I think that I am using an inexpensive option, likely the most inexpensive option. As well, battery changes at longer intervals and proven reliability. It takes exactly 2 seconds to plug in the tender and only one second to unplug. Very little effort for such reliability and longevity. It is comforting to see the little green Battery Tender lights in the garage announcing the eagerness of the bikes to unhook and hit the road. I will note that if you buy at Batteries Plus store (batteries and Battery Tenders), you get a good price, a warranty, and a 10% discount on your next purchase. [I am not affiliated in any way with Batteries Plus-except as a satisfied customer]
  9. Ahh, Newberg, and a funeral for the outgoing year... Not a bad idea to see the old year out and celebrate the new one coming along. As I get older I try to ignore anniversaries of any kind that remind of my advancing years--- but they seem to happen anyway, so why not enjoy them with like minded nut cases that ignore terrible weather in aid of some motorcycle seat time, and the possibility of some bench racing, gawking at other bikes, and likely this year, a gourmet bag lunch. I'm in.
  10. Yo Keithu, Sorry for the late response. I am a definite definite and all three sound good to me. Given what is going on we likely will be bag lunching it, so maybe a place with some sort of shelter --- See See in Newberg at least has tables with umbrellas, and who knows, they may be open by then? Or, if the umbrellas will be open if they are closed? Ocean side has historical significance, but I can't remember any shelter except the public rest rooms. Given the likelihood of sketchy weather, either Oceanside or Newberg are easiest for me, but I am game for whatever becomes consensus. Thanks for continuing the tradition.
  11. I lived up there, In Truckee, in the 70's and 80's. Riding and climbing in the summer, skiing in the winter, and trying to fit in work. I certainly enjoy living in the PNW now, but miss living in the mountains. Can't say I really miss digging out of the ten foot snow dumps, but I was much younger then...
  12. Yep, waiting on notification regarding a possible Tracer SP with all the new spec. (With an enclosed rectifier of course), Oh hell, someone will make an after market unit... I bought a hugger, I guess I could suck up a rectifier cover if I had to.
  13. The Passenger Heated Gloves ... These come from Warm N Safe. Very high quality maker.
  14. Yep, I have done this little mod to every bike I have owned since the advent of the modern filler tube "Limiter". I can't even remember who showed it to me. A few common sense things to consider though. Use a punch not a drill so as to avoid filings. I do three medium holes, and that works fine. YMMV. I also use a gadget that holds back the rubber cuff on the pump handle if there is one, so as to be able to control the flow at the top. Even with the relief holes, you must fill slowly. Of course, do not fill to the limit on the center stand and then park on the side stand. You will loose what you have gained quickly. Do not fill to the top on very hot days if you are not "In transit" - I only fill to the top if I am going to get back on and ride a distance. Parking, even on the center stand on a hot day, the gas will expand and exit through the overflow tube, that is why the limiter is there of course. I have never had a problem related to this little mod except a sore butt from staying in the saddle too long. * I have no financial relationship to any hole punch or nail set manufacturer.
  15. Thanks, found them on Ebay, apparently LighTech knockoffs, for under $45 dollars USD. The LighTec units are $260.00 USD. Wow, that is such a significant difference I wonder about QC. How are yours working our and holding up? Rear Chain Adjusters Tensioners For YAMAHA FZ-09 MT-09 Tracer FJ-09 XSR900 RN29 For YAMAHA FJ-09,MT-09 Tracer,XSR900 2014-2019...