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  1. I test rode both the FJ-09 and F800GT. One of the reasons I ended up with the F800GT was the belt drive. In reality, a belt drive doesn't add any more weight or complexity. It's a geared pulley in front and a geared pulley in the rear. Just like a chain and sprockets. With 41K on my F800GT, I'm still on the original belt. There's advantages and disadvantages to a belt. First, you don't have to think about it. There's no lubing or adjustment once installed. As a commuter, you park the bike in the garage dripping wet from the ride home. Go out the next morning and ride away. A belt drive though isn't a good idea for a bike that gets taken off-road a lot. I'll bet most FJ09/Tracers never go off road though. But the design allows for it. And Yamaha I'm sure, thought of that. If you go off road with a belt drive, you can get a rock stuck under the belt that will punch a hole in the belt. Usually that isn't disastrous, but it will shorten the life of the belt. Chris
  2. As I mentioned on your thread over on ADVRider, I have the Clearwater Darla lights on my bike. If the previous owner had not purchased and installed them, I would not have gone this route. As you said, they are expensive. I also found the black paint flaking off on one of the brackets and the light on the opposite side. Clearwater eventually replaced them, but I had to twist their arm to do so. If I'd been the original purchaser, I think there wouldn't have been the hassle. But still...when you pay this much, you don't expect the paint to flake off. And you'd think getting it rectified wouldn't be an issue. I've used ADVMonster Model 30 lights on two previous bikes. I like them in that they put out a 10 degree spot beam that you can keep focused in your lane...letting you use them in traffic. And to give you an idea of the profit margin on the Clearwater lights...the Model 30 sells for $30, the last time I looked. After @60,000 miles of use in Seattle's weather, they still looked like new. If I was to replace the Clearwater lights on my bike now, I'd probably look at the ADVMonster Model 55. It puts out 7 degree primary spot beam with the spill creating a bit of a flood light effect. 3000 lumens for these. And the cost is $75 per light. FWIW, I don't have any interest in ADVMonster other than being a satisfied customer. You can check them out on their vendor thread over on ADVRider. When I purchased my lights, I got a 10 percent discount by using the code "INMATE". Chris
  3. Unless you live in California or the rest of the Southwest USA, what's the point? Or, unless you have a toy that you ride only when it is dry outside. Living in Seattle, this just doesn't seem wise. Without a fender...all that gunk goes everywhere. Of course, if you have a pillion passenger, you won't have any problems...till she gets off the bike and finds out how much she's covered in road grime. Chris
  4. Give it about 10-15 years. Just because I don't need or want it today, doesn't mean I can't appreciate the opportunity it gives others who don't have the physical abilities I have at 66. I had a total knee replacement three years ago, and feel as fit (or better) now, than when I did in my 40's. At the same time, I'm looking around and seeing people who are ten years younger than me and who look far older, and act like it. Age catches up to each of us in our own time. The Nikken may have three wheels, but from the reviews it is the closest thing to being a full on motorcycle of any of them. And Yamaha is extremely smart about this. They know that those who are riding FJ's will eventually get older and will yearn for a way to extend their riding life just a few more years. The Nikken will be their best selling bike some day...and you may own one. Chris
  5. Umm...how old are you??? When your age gets into the 60s and 70s, you'll be looking at a three-wheeled bike with a different viewpoint, unless you gave up riding earlier. Around here in the Seattle area, Can-Ams are great for commuters on the ferry. They can ride in any kind of weather, and even in snow. For a ferry commuter, they get discounted tickets and board/unboard first. Chris
  6. I've been using it almost daily on my bike. Most of the time, the warnings are not LEOs. But recently, there have been a few. Would I have gotten a ticket? Hard to say. I generally stay within 5-10 mph of the speed limit, but if there's no other traffic to pace, then it is easy to find your speed has crept up to the performance award level. I was riding east of the mountains on Monday and as I'm coming into Twisp, I heard the detector go off. This time, the detector kept at it...till the local sheriff came around the turn. Sunday night, I was coming back from the prison and the Washington State Patrol had a speed trap set up. Sneaky the way they did it too. Right around a bend and in a break in the concrete middle barrier for emergency vehicles to turn around in...and just on the other side of a drop in the speed limit. And last night as I was heading to the prison, I was getting a constant warning as I pulled into Monroe. I'm looking all over for the LEO and presently see him coming toward me on a motorcycle. Monroe is famous for pulling speeders over. The speed limit is 25 mph. Again, would I have gotten a ticket in any of those situations? Not sure. But I also like the gadgets. Chris
  7. Amazon.com : Motorcycle Recording Camera System by HaloCam, 1080P Dual Lens Dash Cam Dvr, Rear View Sports Action Camera, Waterproof Lens, Video Driving Recorder with WiFi&GPS, 2.7" LCD, 155 Degree Angle, 256G Max : Gateway WWW.AMAZON.COM Amazon.com : Motorcycle Recording Camera System by HaloCam, 1080P Dual Lens Dash Cam Dvr, Rear View Sports Action Camera, Waterproof Lens, Video Driving Recorder with WiFi&GPS, 2.7"... Amos in their customer service said they were making some minor modifications and would be up again. Just checked and they are again for sale. Chris
  8. I've been using the Halocam M1 for awhile. I like it. It's not action camera quality, but does a decent job. I've also had the Sena 10C and now the Sena 10C Pro. They are excellent. Costly though. There is no other combination action camera and bluetooth headset made. And the Sena 10C (Pro too) can be used while charging...in the rain. I just saw a thread on ADVRider where someone is selling three Sena 10C cameras. Good price. For sale - Sena 10c | Adventure Rider ADVRIDER.COM I am getting rid of some spares. I have one Sena 10c left for sale in great shape. Includes instructions, Mount, and unit. It needs the speaker and... Chris
  9. To answer your questions, Joe... 1. My phone is paired to the GPS. 2. I listen to music on my GPS. 3. When I connect the BT transmitter though, all that drops off. 4. Moot point. Here's some pics of what the BT connections look like. Without the TaoTronics BT transmitter on: Shared album - C. Rypkema - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL With the TaoTronics BT transmitter on: Shared album - C. Rypkema - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL I think the "limitation" is in the Sena BT headset. My understanding is that BT headsets connect with the GPS through the same way that they connect to phones. In fact, when my Sena BT headset connects to the GPS, I think it says something like "Phone connected". So the Sena is making one cell phone connection to the GPS and another to your smartphone. Now when you add the TaoTronics BT transmitter to the connections, something has to drop off. There are two "cell phone" connections available and three devices trying to connect. That's just my theory, Joe. Bottom line is that when I have the TaoTronics transmitter running, I don't have music from either the smartphone or the GPS. The FM radio in the Sena doesn't play any sound either. I get just GPS instructions and warnings (schools, speed limit changes, etc.) To me, it is worth it. I can't see the radar detector in my line of sight, so probably wouldn't notice any warning quick enough to react. I'd probably see the blue and red lights first. 😮 The other option besides a audible warning in the helmet speakers is a small LED that is fitted to the inside of the helmet. I may go that way eventually, but I like the audible warning for me at this time. Chris
  10. I think the picture links are fixed now. It's probably an excellent detector too. The rider I was referring to in one of my excuses for buying this has one. I've seen some reviews (somewhere) that made it sound like it was mediocre. But...it has served my friend well. The Uniden DFR9 that I got at Costco has worked well...sort of. It hasn't prevented me from getting any tickets...but then I haven't been in a situation to need the warning. I like it though, and for the cost, it is worth keeping. A zip lock bag works great for keeping it dry. And if I was in a lot of rain, I'd be going slow enough to not need it anyway. If I decide in a week or so that it isn't what I want, Costco has a no questions asked return policy. I couldn't get that from Radar Roy, I'm sure. I chuckled when I read the part you quoted of "one of the best motorcycle detectors for weekend warriors". It's really the only one that is designed for a motorcycle. So that was an easy statement to make.
  11. I decided to go ahead and purchase a radar detector. My reasons: Driving patterns around here have changed a lot in the past couple years. Drivers often exceed the speed limits on some of the local roads and freeways. I've never been close to being pulled over on those roads — yet. I've seen others though in that unenviable position on the side of the road. And who sticks out in a crowd? The one motorcyclist who must be driving fast in comparison to the soccer mom in her SUV. Freeways. The Washington State Patrol used to have such a reputation that when drivers crossed the border from Oregon, they slowed down. Not any more. They still pull over a lot of people when rush hour is over, but there are so many going by over the speed limit, it reminds me of Kodiak bears snagging salmon out of the rapids. A lot get by, but some get caught. It is safer IMHO to go with the flow of traffic than to stick to the speed limit and have cars going around you. Back country roads. One of my favorite rides is up to Artist Point. It's 3 hours each way and about an hour of the ride is on a two-lane country road that is only 50 mph...and invites 60 mph. On a couple trips, I've seen outside one little community, the local sheriff lying in wait. I have no doubt that if I was exceeding the speed limit as I rounded that bend, that I'd get a performance award. If I'm leading a group ride, I keep to within 5 mph of the speed limit. I also go with some other riders where I'm not leading, and when they get outside of traffic, they'll "make progress" as the LEOs in England would say. The speeds aren't above what I'm very comfortable with on those roads, but I don't want to rely on the lead guy with the detector being the one who keeps me from getting a performance award. So when my wife surprisingly :shock: said she was surprised I didn't have one already...who am I to say no? Besides, I like gadgets. I wouldn't ordinarily say that, but I started looking at my bike and I have a voltage indicator, GPS, front and rear dash camera, helmet mounted camera...and now a radar detector. If you have ideas on what I "need" on my F800GT for another gadget, please let me know. So I got the Uniden DFR9 from Costco. Why Costco? If I decided this wasn't for me, it is extremely easy to make a return. Their prices are generally good. And on electronics, they often have something that is top of the line. Turns out, the DFR9 is just that. Reviews are generally good when you can find them. Most of the reviews are really only a means to get you to buy from that particular website with about as many facts and data as you'll find in a magazine review on the F800GT. Often just a restatement of the manufacturer's press release. One review did say that in this price category, the Uniden DFR9 was the best in that class. That was at the suggested MSRP of about $350. Costco is selling this at $260. Features: GPS. The advantage here is you can mark locations to ignore, like in front of your local grocery store with the automatic doors. Filtering. I feel like it is filtering out a lot of the automatic doors on its own. Automatic muting. The first two beeps are loud enough to catch your attention...but then it drops in volume considerably so that if you're stuck at a traffic light, it is very tolerable. And if you want, just press the "Mute" button and all is silent. Configuration. In addition to a Highway and City mode, you can adjust about 30 individual settings. After I get used to this detector, I may turn off all the K band alerts. Those are almost always automatic doors and collision avoidance systems on the cars around you. Red Light Camera alerts. I know where most of these are, but it helps to have the reminder. Speed cameras. There was one ahead at a local school that I was warned about. Nice. The only disadvantage I can find on this unit is that it isn't waterproof. A plastic sandwich sized zip lock bag works perfectly for it. Now...how to be notified of an alert? This is critical if the radar detector is to do you any good. Most radar detector websites are pushing only a light system. Either one on a dashboard, or one attached to the inside of your helmet. I didn't like either idea. Enter the TaoTronics BA-12 Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver. It's a small unit that plugs into the earphone socket on the Uniden DFR9. I attached it with velcro. It works like a charm. The BT connection is easily paired with the Sena 10C Pro headset I have. If an alert comes up, the DFR9 tells me of the alert and what band it is in. Cost is $30. There's a cheaper version for $20, but I liked the TX/RX capability of this one. The size is smaller than one of those small matchstick boxes. Now how to mount it? I'm partial to RAM mounts. They simply work. So I got these parts from GPS City. RAM Mount Aluminum Motorcycle Mount Base Kit with Reservoir and U-Bolt Hardware RAM Mount Plastic Double 1 inch dia Socket Arm with 360 deg Center Rotation RAM Mount Rubber Power Plate III Magnetic Holder Here's what it looks like: Shared album - C. Rypkema - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL On this picture, you can see the BT transmitter on the side. It's small. Shared album - C. Rypkema - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL Is this for everyone? Probably not. But I think it'll work for me. Chris
  12. I wouldn't look at how many liters a top case will give you, but just the dimensions. Most advertisements will give you the dimensions (LxWxH). Sometimes they'll give you both the exterior and interior dimensions. Just compare that to the dimensions of your laptop bag and you'll know it'll fit. I've only carried a backpack a couple times. I like the freedom of not having the additional weight on my back and the extra cooling you get when not having something on your back in the summer. So for me, I prefer both a top case and side cases. My right side case has all my spare clothes and some extras like a spare light bulb. The left case is open then for when I stop at the store on the way home. Same with the top case. I don't like the idea of commuting on my bike, and then stopping home to pick up the car to buy some milk and eggs. I'm using a Givi 460E Monokey. It's big enough to be useful, and not so big it dwarfs my bike. Chris
  13. I'm looking at new tires for my own bike. I've been running Dunlop Roadsmart IIIs twice now. I like them. Grip is good. Dry grip is a given. But wet traction is not. They've done well in all-year commuting in Seattle. One thing I really like is how there is some tread crossing the middle of the tire. With most of the wear in the center, it gives a good indication of the amount of tread left. Dunlop has a rebate going on till the end of April. Another tire I'm looking closely at is the Continental Road Attack 3. Also highly rated for traction in the wet. And it has a rebate currently too. Both tires should be good for longevity. On my current bike, I'll probably get 12-13K out of the rear. I'm at 11K now with about 4/32 left in the center tread area. When I look at the prices and the benefits of all the tires in this category, I can't see the benefit of the Road 5. The difference between them and others is not much, but there's a good sized difference in price. Chris
  14. daboo

    Let's talk GLOVES!

    I've never been in a crash at speed, but I can learn from those who have. There's some things in life that you don't have to learn the hard way...like buying good gloves. Chris
  15. I can't change their policy, but if you do qualify for their military discount, then it's a way to save some additional money. Chris
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