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  1. Yamaha has side bags that fit a helmet. They have been making them since 2002, and haven't changed them at all. They are often referred to as FJR bags, but have been fitted to many different bikes, like the TDM and FZ-1, which aren't sold in the US. Same mounting system as the City Bags, which is what the FJ bags used to be referred to as. Many here have fit the FJR bags to their FJ's in the past. You could have or tried to negotiate with the dealer on this at time of purchase???
  2. If you go to Schuberth helmets, they will fit. They are smaller in diameter.
  3. I also come off a FJR and miss the 280-300 mile range, especially in the higher elevations. I love your idea of using the Rotopax in the pelican case. I have thought of doing this, but have always come to the conclusion that if I had to stop and unpack the fuel cell to add gas to the tank, that I might as well stop at a gas station some where along the way as it would probably take less time. Since I rarely do the 500-700 miles anymore, usually 320-400 as these will get me to my daily destination by 4pm. Time to have a couple beers, shower, go to dinner and in bed by 9pm. If I keep the miles under 320-400, I can plan on 160-200 mile fuel stops. One at half day and one at that days destination. Another thing is that I have been riding with others that have different bikes and may require more stops, and if I'm the one with the small tank, they don't mind stopping at 200 miles anyway. If you run it to the max multiple times, please let us know how far you got on a full tank of gas.
  4. Not much different than last years but to new and exciting places all over. Last year I got 20K miles out of the planned 24K. These are planned rides with my usual riding buddies. So here it is: - March RCMC OR 250 ride: 3/15: Club test ride, maybe two of these. RCMC is Rose City Motorcycle Club. - March-April Vancouver-Austin TX Moto GP, 5,400 mile ride: 3/26-4/14 - May RCMC OR 500 ride: 5/9, Club Ride open to public - May California Ride, 1,600 miles, Wed, 5/13/20 - Fri, 5/22 : Round-about ride including Hwy 1 going South, maybe some easterly route through Cedarville, CA coming home: Including the Hangtown Motocross races on Sat, 5/16 near Rancho Cordoba, CA - June Bundok 1000 Ride: 6/6-6/7, Come join us at John Day Oregon Sat. evening. Make it a RTE as that is what it really is. - June Washington Ride, 1,600 miles: Wed, 6/24 - Thurs, 7/2: Including the Moto America motorcycle races in Shelton, WA on Sat, 6/27 Then some mountains to cross. - July California Canyons/Laguna Ride: 1,800 miles. Wed, 7/8 - Mon, 7/20 (?): Including Laguna Seca Moto America races Stay in Marina, CA for two days. I will scoot after Laguna and head home. - August Montana Ride, 3,600-4,000 miles: Wed, 8/5 – Tues, 8/18. Including Red Lodge, Bear Tooth Pass. - August Utah Ride, 2,000 miles: Wed, 8/26 - Thurs, 9/3: Including the Salt Flats AMA Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials in Wendover, UT. - September Oregon Ride, 2,000 miles: Wed, 9/23 - Tues, 9/29, final pick up of Grand Tour checkpoints in Oregon not covered by other rides. - October Baja Mexico/Southwest Ride, 2,800 or 4,800 miles: Wed, 10/7 - Fri, 10/24
  5. I like the idea of rides to Gathers. While on the FJR Forum, I met a lot of folks all over the US going to events. One such fellow in Auburn WA holds a tech session in his 4 car garage once a year, use to be twice a year. 20-35 people would show up. All these events make for much discussion on the forum prior to the event. Most of those have dropped off in the last few 3-6 years. I used to go to the gather in SW US, like CO, UT, AZ, NM but it pretty much stopped after they did a National Event. Took the wind out of them. Any event that takes too much time and work is a killer unless you love to do that. I have an event that anyone in the West can come to and enjoy the ride. We call it the Bundok 1000 and it is going to be in John Day, Oregon. The idea is simple: Ride 500 or so miles to John Day and then ride 500 or so miles home. It is held the first week end in June (6-7). It is open to anyone and if 20-30 FJ/Tracer riders show up they won't be alone. If interested you need to get a room asap. We are going to be centered at the Dreamers Inn. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bundok1000/?ref=bookmarks, or can be found on Google Sites: Google Drive: Sign-in Access Google Drive with a free Google account (for personal...
  6. Welcome Snowdog, I too, and many others, have moved from the FJR to the FJ/MT900GT. Although I'm not a IBA member, but think I'm a CALDR (Candy Ass Long Distance Rider) sleeps 8 hours. I have two 05 FJR's in the garage, one a parts bike with 143, 331 miles on it and a rider with 80-90K that I still ride. Hard to not like that inline 4 spinning up to 10 grand from a stop. The FJ will pretty much match the FJR in acceleration, unless you weight over 230# or two up, then the extra torque makes a difference. At the end of the day, you will feel less tired on the FJ. I have got 90+K on my FJ-09, installed electronic cruise control, shocks front and back, Russell seat, heated grips, VStream, usually run Michelins, change oil at 5K, easy to remember, use FJR saddle bags. I live in Vancouver WA and my first major ride, 5,400 miles, usually starts with a ride to Austin TX for the Moto GP. The first year I had the FJ, I put 26,600 miles on it and only 2,000 on the FJR. Each years since has been similar. Welcome.
  7. The wobble: Old study showns it can be settled down and bike made stable again by leaning forward and lowering the body to the tank. Watch this:
  8. Nice write up. All roads I am familiar with except I-15 😉. For some reason all your pictures look funny, as though the Tracer was photo shopped into the background. Are you playing with the colors? Maybe it is because the Tracer doesn't have any badges and doesn't know where it stands? 😎 Sorry about the drop, maybe a bigger foot would help. Liked the Story.
  9. Ride Vancouver to Tahoe 2019 I was looking at 100 degree days and two days of riding in those temps to get to Smartsville, CA. I had an interesting route planned but rerouted to reduce time in the sun. Vanc. 2 Medford, 2 K Falls 2 Weed 2 Red Bluff, US 99 to 149 to 70 to 20 and ended in Smartsville and an nice cool swimming pool. Two days laying around a horse ranch in 90+ temps, then on to Incline Village, NV, on Lake Tahoe. I rode around to the South side to get a checkpoint in Pioneer. All fun roads. 49 wasn't too busy and I was able to carve some corners out of Auburn, and pretty much got to pass at will all the way to Placerville. Took some back roads out of Placerville; Tiger Lily, Burks Bar, Mt. Aukum, Fairplay, Omo Ranch to 88 and went west to Pioneer. Back on 88 going East to Woodford, where I picked up the Hillside roads to Carson. Up US 50 to 28, and around the NE corner of Lake Tahoe to Incline Village. Developed a stomach flu while there so didn't ride any of the local roads for the next five days. On the day I started home, a day earlier than planned, I took a ride to the coast by way of CA89 and CA 36. Have done this road a number of times before and it has always provided me with FUN ride. The road changes all the time and gives tons of variety. That ride was 378 miles to Arcata. I then did 417mile to get home the next day. Temps going home were great. Although I missed the rides around Tahoe; 108, 4, 88, 50, Bucks Lake, Ice House, etc, etc. I have done them all before. The ride home totally made up for the stomach issue for 5 days. I got home with 87K, almost exactly 2,000 miles. Didn't take many pictures, tummy issue: Me with a month old colt, FJ at Caples Lake Dam, Caples Lake from top of dam, Patrick Creek Lodge on US 199 between Crescent City and Grants Pass.
  10. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you jimster. I go to a local automotive paint shop and explain to them what I want to do and get them to color match a sample and fill three rattle cans. I get extra nozzles, round and flat spray. I have set up a corner with a 2400 cfm old furnace fan to exhaust to the exterior. Method used is as per the paint shop directions: Sand, seal, apply three coats approximately 10-15 minutes apart and you are done. I have them put the pain in the clear coat so I don't have to do 6 or 7 coats. Works very well as you cover lightly, there by not to worry about runs. Do a little practice with some cheap paint and you will figure it out. The paint that is mixed is for a flexible material and is automotive paint, most likely a Urethane.
  11. I'm going to try the Avon Trail Riders AV53,54's.
  12. Plan your trip to not go on dirt or gravel roads. In your planning use Google Earth to investigate questionable roads. Note, that you will have to do some gravel roads, as they are always repairing them. If you are planning on doing the Haul Road, I can't imagine why, but if you do, you will have to do lots of gravel.
  13. To be honest it is with in .5mph or my GPS. 1/2 the time they match and the other half they are 1 mph off. Going down the road on cruise control they switch back and forth quite often. Before these tires, I ran Dunlops, Bridgestones, PR-2, PR-3, PR-4s and now these Road 5s. All the other would show a 2-3 mph difference in speed.
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