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  1. Basically the FJR and the FJ are about equal in acceleration. Basic difference is that the FJR keeps going after 112mph. 0-60 is about the same. My 05 FJR was clocked at 2.8 sec to 60, same as the FJ. Acceleration feels different on the FJR, as it feels so much more solid and seams faster, even though it isn't. I have 220,000 miles on the FJR's (two, both 05s) and I'm up to 74,000 on the FJ. The FJ and the FJR weight to hp and torque is almost the same. At least that is my experience.
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    I was not hurt. Deer hit me on the left side. Deer hit the handle bars and the bike went down so fast I thought the crash was the sound of the deer hitting me. We slide for about 100 feet, at which time the deer slide off of me. I continued for another 150 feet at which time the bike hit the shoulder and flipped me off. Heals over head and looking at my landing, I saw my two feet, one on each side of the reflector pole. I was lucky and the pole caught my right thigh and kind of spun me slightly. Then the bike came tumbling and hit me on the right side. The front wheel was actually on top of my chest, which made it hard to even raise my head. One of the guys started to pull it off before I could stop him. So this is the picture with that slight alteration. It would have been better if the bike hadn't been moved. The guy with the phone to his ear is the only person to see this all happen. I did end up with a hole in the back of my jacket, and the leather outer skin was scrapped off of my right boot. Read about it here and see pics.
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  4. 2015 purchased new in January 2015. Red. 72,000 miles. Repairs and problems. Normal chain, tires, oil and filter changes for first 72,000 miles at 5k intervals. 22,500 had a minor tip over crash. Added Hogdonian engine cage at 25K 26K valve check (tight), bearings greased, front forks reconditioned. 37K deer crashed in Montana, had to do a lot of repair. Ya for Hogdonian cages. 43K Traxion front forks, Ohlin rear shock installed. 60,500 replaced clutch cable, it was frayed but would have broke shortly. 64.5K valve check and adjust. Shock arm relay and swing arm greased. Original cam chain tensioner still in operation, and no adjustments. Chain replaced at 14,000m, 17,550m, 17,620m, and current is at 22,330m. Front tires: between 10k and 15k Rear tires: 6,900-10,500 (got 10,512 on a PR-3 and 10,445 on a PR-2) Currents are PR-5s. For me, the FJ-09 has been a low maintenance bike, easy to ride and lots of fun. Low weight.
  5. 2018 Early Winter 4 Day Ride S. OR & N. CA For a number of years I have hoped for 4 days of sunshine in the winter time to take a ride to Northern California. November to end of February that is. Doesn't happen that often, but I just logged a 4 Day Ride Nov 7-11, 2018. I live in Vancouver, WA and the ride can go any where from K Falls to Crescent City East West, to get to the great roads between Sierra Mountains and the Coast in California. It really doesn't matter which of these roads are taken, they are all fun. The ride through Oregon is okay and can be sparked up if you get off I-5, but I-5 isn't that bad South of Eugene as it is mountainous all the way to Redding. Down the Oregon coast is great. Day 1, Vanc. WA to Mt. Shasta, CA: This ride started out taking I-5 to Mt. Shasta, with side diversions to Lorain and Elkton, but after passing through Wilsonville I ran into stopped traffic. It took 1:45 hour to travel 6 miles to Ehler Rd exit. I exited and took side roads through the valley and got back on I-5 off Portland Rd. in Salem. That loss of time would put me in Mt. Shasta after sunset. When the sun goes down, so does the temperatures. Temperature ranged between 42-52 the whole day. This was okay as I didn't need to remove any clothing because I was too hot. Pretty much just turned up the heat or lowered the heat on my liner and the grips. I had installed mitts the night before. Did 396 miles. Day 2, Mt. Shasta to Nevada City, CA: This day was a little more interesting riding through high country. I got off I-5 and headed for Greenville on CA 89. It was 30 degrees in Mt. Shasta that morning, got cooler climbing up in elevation on CA 89 and then got down to 24 degrees when dropping elevation into mountain valleys, or along rivers. The passes tended to be a couple degrees warmer. This is a very pleasant ride, through forested and high grassing lands. Twisties here and there, but nothing to write home about. I stopped in Greenville to gas up and they did not have power so they couldn't pump gas. I was informed that PGE turned the power off in the area due to a major fire near Paradise that started that same day and was growing exponentially as I waited for them to get up and running with the emergency generator and reloading the computer. It took an hour and half before I could get gas. Again, I wouldn't be getting to my destination, Nevada City until dark. I went on to Quincy and took Bucks Lake Mtn. Rd., which had a 6 mile gravel detour because the road was washed out. Had this detour in June too. On the detour I could see the fire over by Paradise. At that time it wasn't nearly as big as it got later that day. Bucks Lake-Orville Rd. is one of my favorites, but today there was lots of debris on the road from the 50mph winds earlier and the detour. When you can't power through the corners because there might be a large branch around the bend, you're not focused on the line-lean-power-brake etc. but on not hitting something. As I got nearer the bottom, closer to Lake Oroville Res. The debris was missing and I could wick it up. Normally that is a 56 mile ride with some of the best twisty road you can find. I got a good 30 miles out of it. I experienced 73 degrees around Smartville but it was down to 54 degrees just 20 miles up the road in Nevada City. I got dinner at the grocery store across the street from the Nevada City Inn and turned in early. 294 miles. Day 3, Nev. City to Yreka, CA: Day started out reasonably warm at 46 degrees and got a little cooler and warmer but not 24. I headed out of town on CA 49, passed a couple cars and three motorcycles and pretty much had the road to my self. This road is really enjoyable when there isn't any traffic in front of you. A mix of corners from 15-35mph suggested, almost continuous for 20 miles or so. Got gas in Downieville and continued to enjoy the road to myself all the way to my turn off onto Gold Lake Hwy. Around 60 miles total of excellent road with lots of twisties. It doesn't stop being fantastic and is another favorite for me. The highlight of this whole ride was this jaunt up 49. I lunched in Chester and had reasonably smooth sailing on excellent pavement all the way to when I turned off on a bumpy ride cutting across back country from CA 36 to CA 44, riding on Lanes Valley Rd and Wildcat Rd. There are a few nice twisty sections with okay pavement, so it worth riding this short cut to CA 44. Turned off CA 44 onto Old Oregon Trail, which took me to I-5 North of Redding. Stopped for the night in Yreka, Motel 6 and dinner at Black Bear Diner. 341 miles. Day 4, Yreka to Vancouver: This was the coldest day of all. 28 degrees in Yreka, and going North got down to 23 degrees. Never got over 51 degrees and that was in Vancouver. Highlight today was the alternative routes to I-5: First was OR 227 from Trail to Canyonville, by way of Tiller. Fun road around 50 miles long with some really good twisties and only adds 3 miles to the trip. Second was the Territory Hwy from Drain to Halsey adding 7 miles and some more good twisty sections. 391 miles. The new Pilot Roads PR-5's were excellent. The speedometer read almost exactly the same speed as my GPS. ½ the time it was same, so it must be about only ½ mph off. The odometer turn ove to 72,000 on this trip. Total miles was 1422. My chain is just starting to have a couple stiff links, at 22,750. That's the best performance of three before. Time to put on the new EK Gold chain.
  6. Yamaha should just meld that front fork system to a FJR. Give it a little more upright seating position, with lower pegs, etc. With the shaft drive, you have a really good touring machine. Better yet, Yamaha should develop a shaft drive Tracer 900 GT-SD. In my opinion, that would be the best of all worlds. Their shaft drive units have appeared in as small as a 400cc bikes and worked just fine. The 850cc CP unit I have been experiencing is quite capable of handling a shaft drive and also perform very well for Sport Touring. My dream bike.
  7. I have a bent one from a deer strike that you can have. Although it is bent in so many ways, it would almost be impossible to get right, but it's yours if you want it. Okay, I have had my fun today. Going out to the garage and install new PR-5's
  8. Nice ride and write up. I have done 242 twice this year and it is in great shape. Always a must ride if you are in the area.
  9. I have no idea, but grip puppies are like a cellular neoprene soft cushion between the rubber grip and your glove. Sounds like an insulating layer. Less heat to you glove most likely. I have heated grips because they are the most useful and always there and ready to heat your hands at anytime or change the level of heat even while you are riding. I have heated liners that I will use in addition to the heated grips when it is raining and when the temps are below 40 F. I wear them under a pair of Olympia Gore tex over gloves with no insulation but three layers of different fabrics. What I like is a pair of puffy leather gloves with very little insulation at the palm so I get great feel of the grips while the back of my hands are well insulated, letting the heated grips heat my palms. I have to have a way to carry three pairs of gloves on some days. 36 F in the morning with the well insulated gloves, 55 F late morning with a few showers I wear a pair of Alpinestars with Gore Tex and late afternoon at 70 F a pair of light weight and vented gloves. I may be using the heated grips all day or until it is 68 F.
  10. I have so many gloves. I often carry 3-4 pairs in the winter. One very old Roadgear insulated thin leather gloves that work really well in the cold. The good aspect of these gloves is that the palm is thin, with the back side of the fingers insulated puffy. I can use these with the heated grips into the 30's. When it gets into the 30's I like my FJR as it provides heat at the bottom edge of the tank. The Roadgear gloves are not gortex or waterproof. I use a pair of Olympia over gloves with no insulation. They are three layers: outer nylon layer, middle gortex, and inner polyester lining. I often use these with heated glove liners, even though I have heated grips. When it rains and is in the 40's the wind chill can make any glove cold. The extra heat on the back of my hands helps. Some days I will wear all that I have with me.
  11. Honestly, Lava Red is the only color I have ever heard it called. Maybe its just what Aftermarket Paint Color is called. To make it even more confusing, Color Rite lists it as Deep Red Metallic for both FJ and FJR. And if you dig way down on Yamaha's color codes they also have a "918 DRMK Deep Red Metallic K", just like Color Rite's. Confusing!
  12. That looks really good. Is this the same Lava Red as the '15 FJ model? A little more red on the front of the bike adds a bit more balance. If its the same color red, I might give it a try on my bike. Where did you find the 2015 Red as "Lava Red". I have always thought it to be "Candy Red" same as the 2014 FJR's. Watch this: Yamaha Color Chart
  13. I have not seen them side-by-side, but Yamaha calls both of them "Candy Red" on their respective web pages. See the specifications section on 2017 FZ-09 and 2015 FJ-09. I would expect that they would use different names if they were different shades of red, but I don't know that to be true.Yamaha uses the same name for the same color. Candy red on any bike, weather a cruiser or sport bike is the same color. Look up the number and they will be the same.