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About bttrthnwrk

  • Birthday 12/10/1947
  1. Not counting a couple of rides with my 2 sons (when they both had bikes), I've only been on 1 group ride - a Yamaha demo ride in Chandler, AZ last year, when I was checking out a Super Tenere. The time on the S10 was well spent, but I'm afraid it'll be a long time before I try another group ride. It seems I either want to go too fast, or too slow compared to the folks around me. Oops.
  2. I replaced mine at 29,388 miles, some 26 months after I bought the bike. I replaced the original stocker with a Scorpion Stinger LiFepo4 High Output (kinda expensive!) one. The original stock one was beginning to need overnight charging to start. I didn't want to wind up stuck somewhere after a stop with a bike that wouldn't start...
  3. I was riding a Honda NC700X as a temporary replacement for a 2009 Buell Ulysses. The little Honda seemed like a good bike to get back into the swing of things after parting ways with my Buell 6 months before. Turns out I wanted more power than the Honda supplied, however. I was mostly looking at either a BMW F800GS or a Triumph Tiger 800 XC. I got the FJ instead. It had a triple, which was the thing I most liked about the Tiger, and it seemed to put the BMW to shame for pick up. Besides, I'm getting too smart (okay, too old) to be out ripping around the Southern Arizona desert by myself anymore - after awhile, ANY bike gets real heavy when picking it up. It turned out to be the right decision for more than one reason - the local Triumph dealership in Tucson closed last year.
  4. When I first got my bike, it wouldn't start in gear, either, even with the clutch pulled in. After getting annoyed enough with it, I finally checked the clutch lever switch plug. It was loose and pulled right out after gently tugging on the cable. I pushed it in pretty hard using the tip of a needle nose plier and tried tugging the cable again. It pulled out again. The next time, I pushed it it what felt like WAY too hard, and the plug caught and stayed in afterward when I tugged on it.
  5. That's the electronic control for my Scottoiler chain oiler. I install it on each bike when I buy it, and take it off for reuse just before I trade the old one in on a new one. By using it, I didn't have to replace the FJ's original chain until 22,770 miles. I maybe could have kept it on a little longer, but I was getting ready for a 2000+ mile trip last summer that took me from Tucson to Steamboat Springs, CO, and back. I didn't want to wind up somewhere with a busted chain while I was on my ride.
  6. Hernia (damn those 10 ream cases of printer paper from Costco!). Promptly followed by a DVT behind my right knee. Still taking the blood thinner for that one, but riding now, anyway. Skroom!
  7. Went out on my bike today for the first time since a Nov 20 surgery visit left me with a 2 month lifting restriction of 10 pounds. Blech! Anyway, I was anxious to try out the new GoPro Session 5 camera I got for Christmas. I'm using a chin mount for the camera. In the pictures, you can see my old GoPro 3 Silver mounted behind my windscreen. I've got enough power outlets up front to keep both cameras and my iPhone plugged in and charging at the same time. I must have been too anxious for this ride, though, since I managed to screw up the camera's settings somehow. Instead of a movie, I got almost 8000 pictures from an hour or so of riding with the camera in perpetual burst mode (up to 30 snapshots per second). The default setting for burst pictures is apparently something called "linear" mode. This is a midrange field of view setting that removes the "fish-eye" effect often associated with GoPro cameras. I may play with this setting some more - I think I like it, but it's NOT one of the wider fields of view. Oops. I guess I'll just have to take more rides to make sure I get it right. Anyway, here's a few pics from my ride though the Tucson Mountains. Hard left hand curve through a dry wash going west to Picture Rocks pass. Just past the crest of Picture Rocks pass. Picture Rocks road bridle trail crossing. The run up to Gates Pass. Avra Valley view from Gates Pass ascent. Gates Pass crest, with Tucson visible in the distance.
  8. Replaced my old chain and both sprockets. The chain had a single hellacious tight spot that was at about 1/2" play or less, and the rest of the chain was really loose at almost 1.5"+. The rear sprocket was starting to show some wear at the bottoms of the slots. Without looking specifically at it, I figured the front was the same. Replacement was done at 22700 miles and this replaced the original chain and sprockets. Replacements were stockers. With the new chain and sprockets, the bike rides like it was new!
  9. Kathy's Journey Design makes liners for the Yamaha FJR 1300 saddlebags. These are the same saddlebags used by the FJ-09 except the lids on the FJ-09 version are shallower. At the time, their SKU for the liners was: KJD.YF13P.gry (I got the grey ones, hence the "gry" at the end of the SKU). They fit my FJ-09 bags perfectly, and were about $100/pair when I got mine last year.
  10. No road advice, although I agree with all the ones you've listed for Arizona and Colorado. I tend to ride either real early in the morning or later at night during the summer to avoid the Arizona heat. I'm not sure that either of the Yamaha electrical outlets are sufficient to power an air pump. i added a direct-to-the-battery 12v socket when I first got the bike, and only use it when the bike's running, thus bypassing the stock fusing. Good luck!
  11. Since you come from Indiana, I assume you're not too uncomfortable in the cold. Even in May, this applies to crossing Colorado, since much if it is pretty high up there. One late June trip through Durango, CO a couple of years ago, there was still lots of snow at the higher elevations (mountain tops), and it seemed pretty chilly to me even down where I was, but I'm from Tucson, and until it gets up towards 85 or so, I'm usually looking for a jacket. If you do decide to dip south into Arizona, and even parts of southern Nevada, it can still get pretty warm the further south you go. Down towards Phoenix and Tucson, you'll be looking at temps around 100 (F) starting sometime in early-to-mid May. I usually ride at night during the summer. Still hot, but no sun beating down on me. Water (lots) is a good thing. If you steer a little north of Phoenix, through Prescott and Camp Verde, you'll start climbing the Mogollon Rim. Once you get up there, east of Camp Verde and all the way into New Mexico it's much cooler than the desert floors, since it's 5000 - 7000+ feet elevation the whole way. Out of Camp Verde and all the way to Show Low, AZ, AZ260 runs along the top of the rim. It's pretty country, lots of pine and fir trees, some typical twisty mountain roads, some faster and fairly straight stretches. Once in Show Low, switch to US 60 through Spingerville and then into New Mexico. If you've got an extra day, it's worth it to drop south from Springerville, AZ, along US180 and US191 all the way down to Clifton, AZ. Quite a ride, mostly at or above 7000 ft after Alpine. Alpine to Clifton is about 95 miles. Lots of curves. Some folks then cross into New Mexico on AZ78 from US191 (south of Clifton) and then back north in New Mexico on US 180 until they get back to US60. From there, you can continue east or head northeast and catch I40. Enjoy, and good luck!
  12. After my Buell Ulysses and I parted ways in 2012, I bought an NC700X in Sept, '12 and kept it until I bought my FJ-09 in Jan, '15. Both bikes have side and tail bags. The FJ-09 has a small tank bag, too. The only thing I missed about the NC was the frunk and that was only until I got the FJ up above 4000rpm in 3rd gear. Wow! I regularly pass in 6th without bothering to downshift. From 75 MPH on the freeway, it takes almost no time to run past a semi or two. If I have to pass 3 of them in a row, I'm usually into triple digits before I start slowing down. Oops. I replaced my stock screen with a Madstad one. Better shape than stock, and even more adjustable. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy. In fact, I'm happy enough that I probably won't bother looking at any adventure bike that EBR might maybe perhaps someday bring out (if ever), now that they're back in business again.
  13. As a lady of the evening once said, "Just lucky, I guess..."
  14. I can't tell you about replacements, but my original instrument cluster works fine in 100+ heat (typical Tucson summer temps). The only time it's hard to read is when the sun gets in just the right position behind me, and the glare is a killer.