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DavidS last won the day on December 7 2019

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  1. +1 on the Corbin, I had one on my original FJ09, and it was the first upgrade I made to my Tracer 900 GT
  2. I have the Madstad Windscreen, so this may not work for everyone. I bolted a standard ball mount directly to the Madstad plate (on the inside of the screen), and connected the GPS bracket to the ball mount. It is a very clean installation, and gets the GPS up high, so I don't have to look down when navigating.
  3. What do you mean we can't argue? What kind of Forum is this anyway....... just kidding!
  4. That is in fact the road I'm referring too, SE Middle Fork Road, just past Snoqualmie Middle School
  5. I have always found that replacing the chain and both sprockets (or at least the rear sprocket) at the same time is a good idea. It does run the cost up a bit, but these are consumables. The bike always runs much better when they are new. I have replaced the chain and left the sprockets alone, but the life of the new chain always seems to be much less then when I change them along with new sprockets too. As always, YMMV! I'm about to do the same service to my bike and I'll be replacing all three.
  6. Watch this, it explains the issue far better than I can....... And from my personal experience of riding since the 80's, new motorcycle tires always last a fraction of the mileage than the aftermarket replacements of the same Manufacturer / Tire model.
  7. +1 on the Corbin, I have had one on my FJ09, and again on my Tracer 900 They aren't cheap, but they are very good.....
  8. You might consider Oxford heated grips. Before the Tracer, and the stock heated grips, lots of folks installed Oxford on their FJ09 for heated grips. Lots of information on the forum if you do a Wayback search......
  9. I was able to go to my local Ace Hardware store and have them make duplicates of the Yamaha key, using a metal blank key. It is much sturdier than the Yamaha provided key, and I use that for my daily riding.
  10. Just make the weather warmer and sunnier......
  11. Unless things have drastically changed, bikes do **NOT** come to the dealer with fluids installed. They are dry, and most of the parts (steering wheel, center stand, wheels, etc.) are crated with the bits and pieces stuffed all around the core engine/frame of the bike. The dealers have mechanics to open the crate and follow their detailed instructions to setup and add fluids to the bike. Setup can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a day or more depending upon the bike. If you look at your invoice on your bike, you should see a line item for "Set-Up" This is what they are talking about. As for servicing, we were mandated to go through the dealership checklist to check various components, before finishing each bike. This was revenue generation, as many bikes could have been returned as ok, but the sales folks would "Recommend" they have some (or most) of these identified items fixed before returning the bike.
  12. Wow, sorry you had such a bad experience! I've been going there since 2015 when I got my first FJ-09, and all of my experiences have been very positive. I have referred them many times to friends, and they have all been very happy. Alan, the owner is usually in the shop. He is very active in track days and the rider communities. Obviously your experience was very different, and I'm sorry you had such a bad experience.
  13. Yep, Optimum Motorsports, I have been using them since 2015.
  14. As a former dealer employee, I don't bring my bike in for service at the dealer. At least in Seattle, there are plenty of good independent mechanics and I have found one I really like. Not the cheapest, but less money than the dealers, and I can trust what they tell me. Even get old parts to inspect when they are done. I only use them for things I don't want to do myself, normal maintenance and replacement parts I do myself.
  15. I know folks will have a cow, but I use kerosene, and once the grit is gone and it is clean, I wash the rim with water to remove the kerosene residue. Honestly, it only takes about 5 minutes and you are done....