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  1. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    Good call. Didn't even cross my mind... jpb was defined in an Urban Dictionary as "just playing bitch" -- meaning the preceding remark was made in a playful way. And that's how I took it. So now someone has to explain to me what a hard reset of the ECU entails?
  2. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    Anything is possible, but I didn't even know what a jpb is (looked it up), so I may hold both the Electronically Illiterate and Online Chatting Lingo Ignoramus championship belts. 😀
  3. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    I admit to being electronically illiterate, so if a "bad running" engine doesn't have carburetors, points & coil ignition (or magneto) then my first response is to blame the f'n computer. I don't know if it makes sense to take the ECU to a dealer or even to one of the vendors here who re-map computers, for testing and diagnosis, but that might be a possibility. Even better, if there is a forum member living near Nicksta43 in Texas willing to lend him an ECU to swap in for a test, that could be helpful. Or a longer distance good Samaritan, with a bike apart for some other purpose, or snowed in for the next month... Current asking prices for used ECU's on eBay are between $160-250. Actual selling price for a stock one (from eBay completed auctions) was $92 in Nov.2018. Obviously these are NOT high demand items, so a best offer might work out. It might not be worth the gamble to buy one outright...but maybe a seller would be willing to "sell" one and charge a re-stocking fee ($25 to $50?) if that isn't the problem and his ECU is returned in same condition as sent.
  4. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    Perfect! I didn't know you had checked for codes. Taking it to a shop with no fault codes just puts the burden on them to look for the problem and that generally involves replacing parts until the problem goes away. Save your money.
  5. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    It's probably been mentioned before, but for accurate compression test results, the engine should be hot and the throttle valves (butterflies) should be wide open while spinning the engine to get the compression readings. I don't know if failing those conditions would account for a 100 psi difference between spec reading and your readings, but thought I'd throw it out "in case". And frankly, your engine sounds so crisp and tight both idling and being run up, I don't see low compression as a problem. The "stink " and wildly varying engine speeds are almost certainly a fuel and maybe vacuum problem - and that is almost certainly an electronic issue. IMO, before taking the head off, take it to a motorcycle shop having the tools to read the fault codes and know what they mean and how to fix them.
  6. justplainbill

    Anyone has the OEM handguards for sale?

    Nothing OEM new or used on eBay, but a new set of Powerbronze hand guards is $140. Figure 50% of that for used OEM hand guards, plus shipping (which could be high). So, since your inquiry is for planning purposes; maybe $100 shipped?
  7. justplainbill

    Red FJ-09 in Reno

    Bump to the top from Carson City -- it's getting too cold to ride here.
  8. justplainbill

    Niken sightings?

    MSRP (RRP) for the Tracer GT is $13000. About $2000 between the standard Tracer and GT version. (There's only $1300 difference between the Niken and Niken GT.) What I find interesting is that Kawasaki will be fielding a 2019 1000 EX LT plus model of the Versys 1000 LT, and it will cost $5000 more than the LT (MSRP of the EX LT + is $18,000). For the extra money Kawasaki has loaded every known electronic rider aid known to man on the bike; cruise control, electric adjustable suspension (F&R), IMU for cornering ABS, wheelie control, stability control, traction control, an up and down quick shifter, cornering lights, Bluetooth connection to a cell phone with the ability to make tuning changes through that connection. Kawasaki is treading on Euro territory (BMW, KTM, Ducati) but not their prices.
  9. justplainbill

    Niken sightings?

    Very interesting, and I’m really glad to hear that. Apparently there is appetite & demand for the concept, and it’s not through that ‘traditional’ buyer channel. I applaud the effort by Yamaha, as anything that expands the power sports market is good for all of us. Any clue on how many Nikens are being produced? I have to assume the numbers are low, and would love to know where they’re actually going. In addition to the demo Niken fleet (four) they had a Niken GT on display. Bill D. said it was surrounded by geezers (himself included) and he overheard some talk about how much better it was than the Spyder or other trikes because it leaned. He took a pretty good photo of the GT with an unknown geezer aboard: Considering that the only way to buy a Niken is to order it through the Yamaha NA website (not from a dealer) so all they need to do is wait until they have enough orders to justify making and shipping Nikens, which does make it easy to say they have them all sold before delivery and a line waiting. The Yamaha rep. did not provide any production numbers or destinations, so that remains a mystery that interests me too.
  10. justplainbill

    Niken sightings?

    Put me in for just don't get it. I used to get it... but not any more. I love riding twisties, but I'm old and losing skills by the day, so any technology that increases my chances of safely continuing riding sounded great. Two things came together that for me, put Niken on the curb: First, Yamaha waited three? years between teasing the Niken and releasing it. Second, Bosch and Continental worked with KTM, BMW, Kawasaki and other bike manufacturers to develop the IMU (inertial measurement unit) so it provides very effective cornering ABS -- making Niken's improved traction on corners relatively moot since C-ABS permits safe braking when leaned over, and achieves the same result as improved traction. And there was a third item - I decided to slow down and not stress[span] [/span] test my aged synapses. :'(
  11. justplainbill

    Niken sightings?

    CORRECTION!!! Just got a call from a friend attending the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, as he was standing by four demonstrator Nikens, talking with the Yamaha rep. All rides today are signed up for, but if I flew into Long Beach early Sunday, I might get to ride one. (Fat chance of me doing that.) Yamaha rep told Bill D. (my pal) that every Niken they get is sold before it arrives and there are people in line waiting to buy them. Seems FJ-09/Tracer owners are not the intended market segment for Yamaha Nikens. Or we just don't get it.
  12. justplainbill

    Cam chain tensioner or something worse?

    We've all been focused on the cam timing chain, tensioner and related parts, but it's possible the original noise came from the clutch. In fact, since the engine manually turns over easily and the cam timing is correctly set, I'm wondering if the valve train is involved at all. The dealer tech did not start the engine (whether he tried and it didn't start or not is uncertain) and Nicksta43 said there was no reason for it not to start (noisy or not). So there is no definite diagnosis right now, except maybe tight valves. (I'm not buying carbon build up on an engine with 10K miles. Maybe 110K.) So, as long as we're encouraging Nicksta43 to take one step at a time, I'd like to suggest removing the engine clutch cover to check a loose clutch basket and to see if there are marks from the clutch plate or screws rubbing inside the cover. If parts have been rubbing for even a few seconds, the signs on both surfaces will be plain. Whether or not rubbing has occurred, try to push/pull the clutch housing in and out (toward and away from the engine) to see if there is any movement. There should be none. It wont take long and if the gasket comes away intact, it might not even require a new gasket.
  13. justplainbill

    NIKEN GT?

    Niken GT MSRP is $17,299 - $1300 more than the standard Niken. For that, you get a wider, taller windshield, plusher saddles, heated grips, a grab rail that evidently also serves as a trunk mount, semi-hard locking saddlebags, two 12Vdc power outlets and a centerstand (I guess the standard Niken didn't get one). Availability is March 2019.
  14. justplainbill

    NIKEN GT?

    Maybe hindsight, but if Yamaha had focused on the existing reverse trike market and told those guys that a leaning trike is more fun than a snowmobile with wheels or go cart missing a wheel they might have had a chance of selling some Nikens.
  15. justplainbill

    NIKEN GT?

    Apparently, Yamaha filed a notice with the California smog board that they will be introducing a variation on the Niken with "GT" embedded in it's model descriptor. https://www.rideapart.com/articles/274303/yamaha-niken-gt-carb-filing/ Considering that for $16K, the Niken should have come with saddle bags and other touring amenities (not just cruise control) I'm not overly excited by the news. Especially if it pushes the price up around $18K.
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