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  1. Betony, All great roads and places, that I ride often. Except for directly on the coast during "Normal" times when tourism can be very heavy, these roads have very little traffic and are great fun to ride, and very scenic. One thing though, all of that country is elk and deer habitat. Those roads can stimulate some pretty enthusiastic tire adhesion testing, and a bit of caution regarding the fact that both dear and their much larger cousins the elk believe they have unrestricted right of way. Here is a local resident that I visited out near Jewell last September.
  2. There are differing levels of vibration from bike to bike even of the same model. and yes, all of the issues of tuning and proper adjustment play significant role. And even if one is not particularly effected by vibration, all of those things should be done for the long term health and reliability of the bike. The older I get the more sensitive I have become. I have always done the tuning and adjusting suggested in the previous posts, but even so, I now find bar vibration uncomfortable and distracting. So even after all the tuning and adjusting, I have found two things that seriously help. The first has been mentioned several times, and that is a set of Grip Puppies. Although they look like sponge, they do not absorb water, they do not cancel grip heaters. they last a long time, and actually help a lot. Because they are very grippy and increase the diameter of the grips, they allow one to relax the hands n the grips and hold the throttle open with only the weight of the palm and heel of the hand, and they do indeed quell some of the vibration. However, the most important and helpful thing I have found are good GEL PALM gloves. Take a look under Gel Palm on the Olympia website, as they have several models. Sadly, I have no affiliation with, and enjoy no remuneration from the Olympia Glove company.
  3. Over the years (60 on bikes) I have also done most of my riding alone. For one thing, being alone allows one to be very selfish about everything, choice of routes, choice of stops, speed, duration, sudden inspirations causing instant route change, and of course destination. Since the kind of work I do requires a great deal of cooperative activity, and having a family that loves getting together (Me too), solo riding offers a kind of physical and mental respite. Also, I still believe that everyone deserves to have spontaneous adventure in one's life, so no matter how long I have been riding, I still look forward to my next ride with the expectation that it will indeed be an adventure. Being completely alone while riding allows me, and requires me, to concentrate completely on the road ahead and my surroundings, and kind of blots out everything else which is a sort of mental cleansing. This unfortunate situation precludes any LD excursions, but rides such as texcottyd suggests serve the same purpose. I have a few very good friend riding buddies that have mostly shared LD rides to MC events, and races, and some of these shorter day rides of course... I suppose if there is any silver lining to this difficult time it is that there is very little traffic, at least where I am in the Portland, OR area. It is very pleasant to finish a ride without a single difficult confrontation with an aggressively unconscious driver.
  4. Exactly. Non riders are always surprised, and often non believing. Once a guy offered to bet me money I could not get everything in my basket on to my bike. When in National Parks, or at restaurants or Motels on the road I am often approached and asked where I am coming from and where am I going... I remember being asked this in a motel in Wendover, NV where I was staying while working a pit crew for a speed trial at Bonniville. I answered that I had come from Portland, OR and was promptly called a lier. It is usually not that bad, but often one is met with what you might call disbelief or a sort of befuddled confusion. If the weather is bad the response can be a bit more judgmental. At such times one can imagine that one's sanity is being considered.
  5. Like many of you I am a life long daily rider, and LD tourest. That includes commuting. In recent years, since I'm involved in the still nascent electric Powersports industry, that commute was a once or twice a month commute between my home in Portland, OR, and my office at Lightning Motorcycles in San Jose CA. It is about 750 miles door to door, but by using "short cuts" I can easily expand the milage. Some of those route changes have included Death Valley, Yosemite NP, Joshua Tree NP, Crater Lake, NP (I love National Parks and am privileged to have a lifetime pass), and many other wonderful places that allow me to add to my t-shirt collection. It took me a life time to get to a place where I can get away with this, and that is another story. Needless to say, the current pandemic situation has put a full stop on my commute. So I am having to content myself with short local rides like the recent lunch ride to the Jewell, OR Wildlife Sanctuary... In the rain (this is Oregon after all) where Keithu and I met for lunch--at appropriate distance, standing around under a tree out of the rain in the deserted parking lot. But a ride is a ride and in the NW if you don't ride in the rain you are not likely riding much! It was fun, but both keithu and I agreed that we look forward to longer rides, for him that includes some Iron Butt events which he is preparing his bike for with appropriate aux. gas tank, lightning and other necessary LD mods. Meanwhile, I try to do some solo riding to places that will not put me into crowds, or other risky situations. The other thing I do is use my bike for my forays into the world to do necessary shopping for household supplies. Here ia picture of my bike in the garage at the end of such a trip. I use all of my touring gear. Top box, expanded soft Panniers, tank bag, and back seat bag (except when I use bunnies to secure large bags of dog food), to carry supplies home. Much more fun than using the car, and there is always the challenge of figuring out how to deal with the limited space. That's how I cope, what about you guys?
  6. I just went out to the shop to check how mine is adjusted. I am about 5'8" with a 30 inch inseam and have the Yamaha "comfort seat which is a tiny bit higher than the unfortunate stock gen one seat. I use the shortest (22") Madstad windshield set at the lowest height in both the stock and Madstad hight positions. I stood in front of the bike a flexed the windshield a bit from side to side. I seems that the flex comes from the whole assemble moving, as if mounted in something flexible. I have no idea what the final mounting base is but perhaps the mounting bolts are in grommets or something? Has anyone been in there to see? I detect no movement in the screen when riding so I have never paid it any attention. I suspect this slight flexibility in the bracket may be intentional. When I get a chance I'll look in the service manual. I have owned two FJR1300's, and consider them to be the most well sorted out machines I have ever owned in over 55 years of daily riding. I have, as have so many others, hundreds of thousands of trouble free miles on FJRs. They are amazingly trouble free, dependable, very fast, have great weather protection, handle very well for a +625 pound machine, and can't be beat for ease of use in LD situations. The drive shaft negates bothersome chain maintenance, regular gas is cheaper, the gas tank gets you 250 miles, and the electric windshield is brilliant. Oh, and no bar vibration! Currently there are many really low milage used machines in the market, and I am often tempted to buy one of them as they have such a wonderful high milage history as to make a used unit purchase pretty safe. However, the older I get the lighter I want and need my motorcycles to be. I do not think the FJ-09 is in the same league as the FJR in terms of fit and finish, dependability, or any other category. However, with a few strategic mods and up dates (tires, brake pads... and well, suspension) it can become a damn good machine that is light weight, is very nimble, and has enough leg room to help deal with geriatric knees. I kept my last FJR for the first year of FJ-09 ownership, but once I had the thing sorted out, I found the FJR to be too tight in seat to peg space, and way too heavy. I really love the FJRs but fear I can't go back to something so heavy and so like sport bike ergos. I note that the new GT model Tracer is heading into FJR territory in terms of up grades, and perhaps it will continue to do so. I assume, at least for now, that the Tracer GT is my next bike. Meanwhile, my much modded '15 FJ-09 works for me for all the above reasons.
  7. Hi Keith, I am glad to hear you are happy with your Madstad screen. I agree with your conclusions. I use the shortest version, so likely there is less barn door effect. I have not reinforced my brackets and have had no problem. Yes, because of the way the Madstad brackets fit on the stock brackets you get an amazing amount of angle and height choices, but it does seem a bit wiggly. However, I have been using it for over 45 thousand miles and have had no problem in that regard. The material Madstad uses is significantly thicker then any other windshield I have ever had, and much more nick and scratch resistant as well After over 45 k miles, most of which is at hwy speeds, I have no seriously noticeable surface damage. I use it in a position that is lower than my my eye level, but still look through it often and find it to have no appreciable distortion. The shape of the windshield is specific to the bike and carefully fills in the areas the unfortunate (Gen one version) stock shield did not. Madstad states that the gap behind the windshield is the specific reason for the calm cockpit, and has illustrations on their web site to explain how that works. And, it does work including in the rain. the noise reduction is also significant, and might take a little bit of experimenting to get the right angel. I wear pretty quiet helmets, and never ride without ear plugs, but still suffered from noise and buffeting with all the other windshield I tried before finding this one. This one is a clear winner. I was introduced to this brand by a guy I met during a ride. I saw it a Madstad on his Versys and asked about it. I was regained about how good it was through breakfast (Blue Bird Cafe, Hopland, CA). I had never met a guy who was actually happy with his windshield! I also use after market hand guards (KTM) and they do not interfere with the windshield, while doing a much better job than the ('15) stock items. As usual, YEMV, and alas, I have no relationship with the Madstad company.
  8. It was a bit damp, but it turned out to be a good ride. Once off the Main Hwy, no traffic at all. Rain was off and on, and by and large the scenery was beautiful. Keith and I had the Elk Sanctuary to our selves except for one noisy diesel pickup that stopped in to use the indoor restrooms. I spotted a big bull elk patrolling the edge of the woods way off on the other side of the meadow, along with what I thought was a bunch of other elk reclining, also at the edge of the trees. Keith (Gently) pointed out that those might have been large bales of hay... On the way out I stopped at the road-side viewing area that was closer to them. I did spot the big bull patrolling again, but the rest of the herd were indeed, giant bales of hay. Geriatric eyes vs younger eyes. Oh well. One elk is better than none and it was an attractive herd of hay. We had a good time, chatting, and eating our bag lunches, while maintaining the appropriate physical distancing and wondering why a little rain stops so many motorcyclists from riding 🤣 GoreTex riding suit, gloves and boots, heated gear, and really good tires, considerably tame the wet. We had a good time.
  9. Oh, I just saw your post saying you will be there... Me too. See you there.
  10. Now 8:15am. I just went outside and found the streets to completely wet. It is not raining, but it is that uniquely NW condition, we call: Wet Weather. So While not actually actively raining, the roads, at least here in Beaverton, are wet and likely will be so up in the mountains on the roads to Jewell. Keith, Since you have a bit further to ride than I do, I just wanted to see if you are still in. I'm game if you are. And of course anyone else that cares to join us.
  11. 5:00am Saturday 4/18. Threat of rain seems to have diminished. Cooler then we might have wished, maybe a bit cloudy, but likely pretty dry. See you there. Although we will maintain the appropriate safe distance when we meet, if we are lucky we will see a crowd of elk.
  12. Jewell meadow is actually on Hwy 202. For a long way, 202 is also 47. It is in the mountains between Vernonia and Astoria! You can access 202 from a couple of places on Hwy 26, also from Scappoose and Clatskanie, both on HWy 30. Take a look at map to find the best way for where you are coming from, all great fun, and lightly traveled roads. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Visitors' Guide | Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area is located in the Oregon Coast Range... Dean creek Elk Preserve (Also a yearly stop for Canada Geese) is way way south of there just outside of Reedsport! and yes, I think we did stop at Dean Creek on a 250 ride a few years ago. This place is much more isolated as 202 is not in any way a heavily traveled road like Hwy 38. I look forward to seeing you guys there. And dude, your bike looks like a fuel tanker! How many miles can you get in total?
  13. The larger main paved Lot. It is complete with picnic tables, a large informational kiosk, indoor rest rooms, and large grassy public areas, even a small apple orchard planted for the benefit of the elk to nibble on... There is a large sign on the road. There is good open space for us to use and allow for physical separation, and ample paved parking to separate the bikes as well. Also very good viewing of the large main meadows if elk are present.
  14. One more quick note. One of the pleasures of living in and touring around in Oregon, and the NW in general, is the wonderful opportunities for observing our abundant wildlife. The Jewell Wildlife Sanctuary boasts one of the largest herds of Roosevelt Elk in the US, and April is optimum viewing season. While we must maintain physical distance during this difficult time, the elk don't. In fact, if we are lucky, we will see some very large herds on the open meadows of the preserve. Something not to be missed.
  15. Agreed. I like to stop in at Garabaldi for fish and chips, then take the Miami road to where it hits 53, then 53 over the mountain to 26, and back to Beaverton from there. Likely I will come at Jewell by way of the scappoose Vernonia road to 47, and 47 to Jewell. If time permits, after our meet-up and lunch, Maybe continue out 47 all the way to Astoria. Lots of ways back to Beaverton from there... I haven't decided. Sadly all my favorite coffee spots will be closed, but a full thermos and a few of the amazing and beautiful scenery spots along the way will have to suffice. Wish you could come along.