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  1. If you use no oil, the engine will get louder, but only for a short time. After that, it'll be very quiet. Chris
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    Headsets of 2020

    Bluetooth headsets are a great accessory if you're going with another person. There are some considerations to make. First, who will you be pairing with? If just one other person and you're buying for both...get whatever you like. You can go inexpensive with an eBay model, or spend lots of $$$ on a Cardo or Sena. It makes little difference. The eBay units will work fine. The leader of a motorcycle "Meetup" group north of me bought two and uses them all the time when he's leading a group ride. He has one, and he gives the other to the end or "sweep" rider. Range is fine. If you're thinking that you might potentially someday possibly ride with someone else also...find out what brand they have and stick with that brand. BT headsets pair in one of two ways. Group intercom. Or universal intercom. Group intercom is within the same brand. The advantage here is you get more "features". Universal intercom is using one of the two cell phone pairing channels you have available. That can be an issue if you use a GPS, your smartphone, a radar detector...and are pairing with a BT headset from any other manufacturer. You have two channels available in the above scenario and four devices. Mesh could be useful...but not with just two headsets. On one ride, we had three of us with Sena BT headsets. Rider 1 paired with Rider 2. As Rider 3, I paired with Rider 2. I thought all was great...till Rider 2 decided she wanted to listen to her music and cut us both off. With "mesh", Rider 1 and I would've connected. But here's the limitation I see. All three of us would've had to have "mesh" BT headsets. I have a Sena 10C Pro. It's fairly recent...but doesn't have mesh. And even though several manufacturers have their own "mesh" products...you still can only use it with the same brand. So if your only use on a BT headset is with the other bike...go cheap and buy from eBay. It'll work fine and you'll get a chance to explore the ins and outs of BT headsets without spending a lot of $$$. As far as reconnecting goes, they generally will do so. I took a ride to Mt. Baker yesterday with a friend. We both have Senas. When we parted ways, my Sena kept trying to find his again. There's a memory built into these that remembers past pairings. So when you turn the BT headset on, it will search for a device it has paired with before, whether that is a GPS or another BT headset. Chris
  3. The FJR was my dream bike for years and years. I loved the looks, and eagerly read the reviews where it set the standard for a sport-touring bike. But I have to say that one will never be in my stable. I've discovered that lighter weight bikes, will serve me very well for my sport-touring desires. My BMW F800GT weighs only 470lbs wet supposedly, and I don't miss the extra couple hundred pounds to move around in a parking lot, or on a twisty road. My 470 lb bike has taken me across every state west of the Continental Divide except New Mexico, as well as Alberta and British Columbia. After finding that you can tour with a 470 lb bike, as much as I loved the FJR and it was my dream bike...nah. I can do without it. Chris
  4. I've never quite figured out why a motorcycle manufacturer would make the engine heads be the "frame sliders". 🙄 If you want to compare bikes in that price range, why not consider the Ducati Multistrada 1260? As for the valves, my F800GT has shims for the valves. At 50,000 miles, mine are still in spec and don't need "adjusting". I'm not sure it is really an issue for any bike nowadays. And the seat height...it is a very top heavy bike, especially with any gas in it. Chris
  5. One for me, is just right. I know...that is boring. Several years ago, I was commuting to work on a Suzuki Burgman 400 scooter. The commute was 37 miles, one-way. So it isn't surprising that I had 77,000 miles on it. But the Burgman scooters were generally purchased by riders in the twilight of their riding career when they were having a problem swinging their leg over the seat and squeezing the clutch lever. So I purchased a Honda NT700V to give a "real" motorcycle a try before I had no choice but to ride a scooter. My intention was too split the riding evenly between the two bikes. At the end of a year, I went to start the Suzuki and found the battery was dead. When I got it recharged, I found the clock was set for Daylight Savings Time...which wasn't due to changeover to DST for another week. It had sat since the summer before. When I looked at my gas mileage record, the bike had been gassed up only three times in the year. That was the normal number of fillups for a week and a half. Bottom line, I wasn't riding both bikes. I always chose one bike to ride and didn't even think of the other. So for me, one bike is enough. Chris
  6. I haven't read the thread before, but just looked at the title. And laughed. This is the bike that created a niche that all the other manufacturers are trying to catch up to. This is the bike that will be in every comparison review. It's the standard by which all others will be judged. And you have to ask why such a great bike is unpopular? Chris
  7. I'll answer the comment, but I don't really want to get into a discussion of a different bike. This is a Yamaha forum, and I totally respect that. My test ride on the F800GT was enough to convince me to sell my current ride...which I had no intention of selling prior to then. On the demo ride, I kept looking for the horrible vibration that magazine reviewers mentioned. Eventually, I ended up taking it on the freeway...where it was still very very smooth. It wasn't till I started downshifting that I found the vibration. I was either in first or second gear when I hit the vibration bad enough to be what they described. But who rides their bike at 60 mph in first gear all the time? That's what the other gears are for. I think the "professional" reviewers just came off bikes like the S1000RR, and were trying to make the 90 hp F800GT perform like that...by revving it to the redline over and over. And of course it complained. And while my GT had been smooth all along on my ownership, it wasn't till I reached the 40,000 mile mark that the narrow band of vibration just under 4000 rpms went away. It is an incredibly smooth bike now. (Or maybe I'm just used to it. ) Going back to the OP's post, that demo ride and my subsequent experience with my bike taught me that you can't always trust professional reviewers. I'll go back to my earlier comment. The only thing I've heard about the engine in the FJ09 and Tracer GT is about how great it is. I think I'd stick with the opinions of the owners, not some reviewer who just got off some liter sport bike that could easily have cost twice as much. They are jaded. FWIW, one of the things I've learned over the past couple years, is that if you want to find out about a bike, just look at the mods the owners make and what they are looking for help on fixing. The last thing you want to do, is to ask, "Should I buy this bike?" And how many threads are there on engine vibration? Chris
  8. I got a chuckle out of reading this thread. Seriously. I ride a BMW F800GT. It is known for vibration so bad it'll put your hands to sleep. My first impression on a demo ride was, "Wow...this is smooth! 😲 I think it depends on what you are looking for, and that differs for each of us. If the bike had no vibration and was as smooth as a sewing machine, the complaint would then be that the bike had no character. There's a lot of really satisfied happy owners of these bikes. Chris
  9. For the paint, I have two ideas. Get some car wax that has coloring in it. I think it might be Turtle Wax. They sell it in Green, Red, Blue and probably even Black. The idea is that you wax the area and don't rub hard there. The colored wax will fill in the scratches and last for awhile before you need to do it again. There's a product called "Black Again" that might help. It's primarily for grayed out plastics. It activates with UV light in the sun. I think it would do okay there too. Just put a little on and then wipe it off.
  10. Earlier this week, I met up with another rider from Arlington, WA and headed up north to Chuckanut Drive. We were obviously separated while riding. When we stopped for a break and snack, we kept away from each other. I went to Fred Meyer the other night to buy groceries for our family and my 92 yr old in-laws. As I started down one aisle, there was one guy without a mask. By the time I got to the other end of the aisle, there were seven people I ended up passing without masks. I suspect that outing was far riskier for me than the ride was. Chris
  11. Agreed. I'm familiar with changing those info fields. But the size of them is far larger than it needs to be. I wish there was a way to make them smaller and in the proportions of what you see on the 396 and 595. Chris
  12. I have used the TomTom Go app in the past. Unless I'm mistaken though, you can't import a route from another program like MyRoute. The other reason I'm not going in that direction is that unless you buy a ruggedized phone like a Kyocera, you're taking a good chance on ruining your smartphone. I've seen several threads where someone ruined several phones. It isn't the phone or GPS portion that dies, but the optical image stabilization. But it is a good suggestion and I'll take another look at the TomTom Go app. Chris
  13. Great topic, and timely for me. FWIW, the Halocam M1 dash camera works well enough to watch your Garmin 595LM depart the bike, bounce at least 4 feet in the air on the first hit on the pavement, and then disappear forever. So now I'm looking for a new GPS. The 595 is out of the question. Prices are about $150 more than the Zumo XT. At first glance, it seemed great. Then I got to noticing the HUGE speed info and the other info area on the right bottom. And then there's a lot of features, I really don't need. So I'm pretty much looking at either the TomTom 550 or Garmin Zumo 396. Not sure which to chose. For those of you with a TomTom...how do you listen to music? I've heard you can do something with Siri or Google Now, but I'm not sure how well that works. I don't listen to music often, mainly on those long straight stretches of freeway that you sometimes can't avoid. Chris
  14. BMW owners can be a little "wierd" at times. That's a non-scientific word, and probably someone can come up with a better word for it. I was on my first summer after retirement and going to a rally in Spearfish, SD. It was mid-afternoon and I thought a vanilla shake at the McDonalds ahead of me sounded great in the 95F temps. As I was pulling in, a rider on a R1200GS pulled in ahead of me. Inside, we talked for a few minutes. He was just absolutely frantic about finding a BMW dealership that would change the oil on his GS. This is the bike that supposedly can go anywhere. But the owners baby them like they will fall apart. I'm looking forward to the reviews of all these adventure-touring bikes. Walking up to them in a parking lot, they all look similar, but there will be subtle (and maybe not-so-subtle) differences in the way they ride and handle.
  15. I like some of what they say...and I also noticed they had a caveat that will be interesting. I find it interesting that the model you see in the dealerships is the stripped down version. To anyone familiar with BMW, that's different. Normally, if you want that model, you have to order it from the factory. And that's where the caveat will be interesting. The reviewers have commented on the suspension being harsher than they liked. Hmm...you wouldn't believe how bad our roads are here in the Seattle area. Potholes are multiplying faster than the rabbits in my back yard. What I would want, is something that would soak up those potholes, not let me feel every bit of them. Chris