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About justplainbill

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  1. I live in Carson City; dying to do Monitor and Ebbetts again. Regrettably, due to the storm last night (4/14/21) , Cal-Trans says that Monitor is closed again. It should re-open soon. This is a video I posted on YouTube on May 14, 2019 - not as dramatic as your photos (I was a week late for that) but it was a good day:
  2. Have owned a couple of FJR's - always wanted a maroon one; yours is gorgeous and your price is amazing considering the extras and condition! These things will run forever - or something like that. Only quit FJR's because I quit touring - FJ09 is better for day rides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If I went back to distance riding - FJR would be my first and only choice. Good luck with the sale (you don't know how tempted I am to just have it...but that would be wrong.)
  3. I was going to recommend checking out uShip, because I used them twice in the past and had good results. Reading reviews of the company now, I would be very careful to find out what they will charge you for their service, what the trucker will charge and whether the trucker has a lot of very positive feedback from customers. There are a lot of highly pissed off reviewers here: uShip Reviews - 59 Reviews of Uship.com | Sitejabber 59 reviews for uShip, 1.9 stars: 'I signed up on UShip to...
  4. I agree that the one on the left gives the best "traditional" tan color, the others on the lean side. But modern motorcycles are not traditional - and your lean plugs look more like mine ;' I was happy with these when I changed them this month (11,000 miles) - performance was normal, economy very good (50+ mpg, but I ride conservatively). Incidentally, I changed them because I was dealing with a different problem and since I'd gone to the trouble of removing tank and all the tupperware, it just made sense to do it now and not go through that again.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.😀 )
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 😁
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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. 😀
  14. 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.