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  1. I've been interested in watching or reading about a comparison of the Niken and any bike with cornering ABS, so I searched YouTube for "Niken VS" and came up with this video - in Italian (which I do not understand - but I think I do understand video of motorcycles flying through corners): My impression of the video is that there is little to choose in handling corners between the Niken and KTM 790 Duke (the Scalpel ) with C-ABS). If anyone able to understand Italian can provide a confirmation or correction to my impression, I would be grateful. A second video, by Cycle World misses my mark (Niken vs C-ABS equipped bike) by comparing the Niken to the Tracer (no C-ABS) and not only on handling differences, but on all aspects of the two models. They do confirm isthatahemi's conclusion that the Niken is pretty much "magical' so far as ride quality and handling are concerned...although those qualities were not enough to persuade them that the Niken was worth the added cost over the Tracer. Good news for Tracer owners.
  2. The idea that C-ABS compensates for rider error sounds right on its face, but is probably not accurate. C-ABS is found on most professional road racing motorcycles today and those guys ride more aggressively and make fewer errors than most of us. So it's probably more accurate to say that C-ABS allows aggressive riders better use of traction available in a corner and works to prevent both the tire sliding out from under the bike, or the bike standing up and "changing lanes" under braking. That may sound like hair splitting, but the net effect is that a C-ABS bike ends up with more usable traction in a corner than the same bike in the same corner, without C-ABS. That seems like something you would find useful. The fact that C-ABS also corrects rider error is something that I would find useful. The Niken starts out with more traction because of having two contact patches in front and one in the rear. You're quite right that it takes someone ham fisted (or intentionally trying) to crash a Niken. Search YouTube for videos on crashing a Niken for the motorcycling equivalent of "hold my beer and watch this". For me, either scenario sounds great, and the fact you find the Niken so entertaining is a very positive thing. I like my FJ-09 and I'm sure I'd like a Niken too. Thanks. Bill
  3. I'm rather curious isthatahemi, do you have any experience riding a motorcycle with cornering ABS? My own interest in the Niken (and leaners before it) has been focused on retaining the essence of motorcycle riding (leaning to turn) with the added safety of a third wheel. Since the advent of Bosch and Continental inertial measurement units (IMU's) and their use on motorcycles (C-ABS, wheelie control, launch and traction control etc.) I've lost much of my interest in leaning three wheel motorcycles. It seems like C-ABS provides most of the benefits of leaning technology (safety, confidence) without the added cost, weight or bulk of an MP3 or Niken. I have some experience riding a Ducati Scrambler with C-ABS and find it confidence inspiring (don't suppose it ever kicked in), but none on a Niken and would be interested in hearing from someone who has ridden both types. I'm still open to a Niken, especially at year end close out prices. 😊 Bill
  4. Using chitown's calculation of an 11.2% reduction with 17/43 sprockets in final drive ratio, you can multiply your observed engine speed (RPM) at a given road speed by 88.2 to determine engine speed with the higher (lower numerically) ratio at the same road speed. So if your engine speed is 5000 RPM at 75 MPH with stock gears, it will be 4410 RPM at 75 MPH with 17/43 gears. (I don't happen to know the RPM at 60 MPH and it's too damn hot here to ride down the road to find out.😀 )
  5. Depending on your height, inseam, flexibility and how you mount the bike, saddlebags that extend as far outward (away from the bike) as the H&B's above can make getting on and off difficult. Using factory Yamaha soft bag mounts (part number 2PP-F84G0-T0-00 about $125 US) and Yamaha saddlebags (1RC-F84HD-V0-OO A around $250) makes for a more compact package. For an even more compact and cheaper set up, use the Yamaha mount (to keep the bags from rubbing the tire) and any brand aftermarket "throw over" style saddlebags you like with a normal width 6" or under. Many, if not most, can be expanded for more capacity when needed.
  6. Do I have this right?: Yamaha is giving Nikens away and paying for the opportunity of having them ridden in a public venue. We have a Nevada Day Parade here every year in Carson City and from the rag-tag participants (a lot of politicians), it's obviously easy to get a spot...I wonder how much Yammie would pay me to ride one in it. 😁
  7. One slight difference with Tripletrouble's procedure, is that I set my forks the same distance (9mm) above the top triple tree as the dog bones dropped the rear of the bike; just to keep the geometry the same at both ends.
  8. 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?
  9. 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. 😀
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.