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  1. I'm not going to be the person to help you here. I joined the forum because the Yamaha FJ-09 was on my short list, and the Tracer GT still is on that short list if I replace my current bike. Plus, there's a lot to share and enjoy from one motorcycle forum to another. There, I said it...I'm a forum junkie. I hardwired mine directly to the battery. I'd suggest getting something like a "fuse box" where you connect it to the battery and have everything else connect to it, whether switched power or not. As for keeping it out of rain, I've invested in a stock of zip-lock bags. If you think about it, during the wet weather, you probably dial back the throttle a bunch anyway. (If not, you'll probably not be riding for long anyway.) In town, I ride with the traffic and really the radar detector is an expensive toy at those times. It's when I'm out riding country roads that I'm more likely to exceed the speed limit...and I'll be doing less of that in the next several months anyway. Chris
  2. I have a Uniden DFR9 I bought from Costco a year ago. I've been using the RAM magnetic mount. I put the detector where it had a nice clear view of the road ahead. Uniden doesn't offer a "concealed display", so I figure that if I get pulled over, not only will I deserve it, but I'll get the performance award. The problem you'll get is trying to keep it out of rain. The Valentine One is like my Uniden in that they are designed for use in a car. I found the double-sided tape for the metal piece that sticks to the underside of the detector, needed some help. The paint on the metal plate needed some sandpaper applied to it to scuff it up and help the tape stick. Before I did that, it was actually coming loose on a hot summer day with the vibration. Since then, it hasn't budged. If I understand it correctly, the Valentine One has a nice feature in that you can get a verbal warning in your headset. My assumption is that it is using the smartphone app to do this. For those who don't have that capability, Marc Parnes will add LED lights to your detector that will get your attention if you're picking up an LEO. I've been using it for most of the riding season and it works great. Motorcycle Radar Detector Visual Alert Ultra-Bright Visual Alert flashes in concert with your Radar... Chris
  3. Both James (jtvisions) and I were feeling a bit stir-crazy from being locked down because of the fire smoke in the area being so unhealthy. Plus, we're watching as the days went by as the weather is getting cooler and wetter...knowing that the change means the riding season is slipping away. So we both wanted to go to Artist Point to see the change in colours and see it before the first snows come. So we headed north up Hwy 9. This valley is just so pretty. I love the view and never get tired of it each time I pass this way. I think one of the cool things about it, is it gives you a glimpse of where you're headed. Obligatory motorcycle pic. :) James with Mt. Baker in the background. As James pointed out, the cloud to the right of Mt. Baker's peak is being formed by the peak itself. The wind is coming from the south (left) and going over the glaciers, cooling and forming the cloud. As luck would have it, the girl who left the painted rock came back. :) The natural beauty is one reason to ride to Artist Point. The other is the road. I see so many motorcyclists and bicyclists come up here, circle the parking lot ...and ride off thinking they saw all there was in less than five minutes. Social distancing doesn't prevent socializing. A memento I found when I parked the bike. I wonder how many miles that leaf stayed on. The fall colours were starting, but not that bright quite yet. So this means James and I will have to go see it all again. :) Chris
  4. Battery technology is not rocket science. Chris
  5. A $30 battery will probably be okay. Batteries are commodity items. In other words, the difference from one to the other is minimal. Spending more money doesn't guarantee you'll get any more performance out of the more expensive battery than you'll get out of the far less expensive battery. I recently replaced the battery in my bike. I looked to see what the OEM battery was and the specs in CCA. Then I did a search on that model of battery and the equivalent CCA. Once I had some sources narrowed down, I looked to see what the customer ratings were. That will give you a good idea of their quality. I ended up buying a replacement battery for $50. Same specs as OEM. Great quality. Starts up better than before. I'm happy. Chris
  6. My bike has the gas tank under the seat. The "tank" is plastic and covers the battery and air box. I ordered some rare earth magnets and used double-sided tape to hold them on the underside of the plastic "tank" panels. Chris
  7. All the roads were paved. It's a shame about the fires. We went through at about the last possible time, not realizing how much it would change in a matter of days and even hours. Detroit Lake was beautiful. I hope it isn't totally destroyed. In many areas, I saw old dead trees piled up like someone was planning on having a huge bonfire. Hundreds of them. I'm sure that contributed to the fires getting out of hand. Chris
  8. Took the long way home from the in-laws place. Headed over to Duvall and then back to home on the High Bridge Road. Normally, the sights are soothing on the eyes with lots of green and some water. Today...not so much...at all. On the other hand, no one else was on the road ahead of me, once I got to the end of the road above. Free and clear. Dry pavement. Speed limit...there was one, but it was beautiful just dropping into one corner after another without limit. Sweet. Chris
  9. I've used the Roadtec 01, the Roadtec 01 HWM and the previous generation Interact Z8. Granted this is on a different bike, but I think the experience I had might be worthwhile for your question. My BMW F800GT (same weight as the FJ) came with the Interact Z8 as OEM tires. I changed them at 11,000 miles prior to going on my post-retirement ride to Utah. They probably would've made about 12,500 miles. I expected great things from the Roadtec 01. If the Z8 lasted 11-12K, then the Roadtec 01 should last at least 13,000 miles (10% better per their website). The wet weather performance seemed great in some torrential rain I encountered for hours on end. Handling in the dry seemed great...but so does every tire. I loved them. I had about nine days from that trip till I left for the next trip to South Dakota. I stopped about 5 days before leaving at Cycle Gear and just happened to look at the rear tire. I was shocked! The tread to the sides looked great. The tire was clean except for the center inch where the tire showed a strip of dust one inch wide where the tire was actually wearing. I couldn't get a tire before leaving, so made arrangements to swap out my tires in Rapid City, SD. At 6000 miles, they were worn out. I would not have made it home. The dealership put on Dunlop Roadsmart III tires and they performed well, giving me around 11K of wear. I followed those up with Continental Roadattack III tires, and loved them. Now the initial tire fitment charts showed the F800GT to get the HWM version for the rear tire. I'm guessing it was for the torque on starting/stopping you'd get on a sport-touring bike. It definitely wasn't the weight. The bike is 470lbs wet. So I decided to give them another try and this time I ordered the regular front tire and the rear tire in the HWM version, even though Metzeler doesn't make that the recommended fitment anymore. The Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires with a HWM rear tire was changed at 7500 miles. I could've made another 1500-2000 miles at most, but had a trip that long and didn't want to take a chance. So with the HWM rear tire, they would've lasted around 9000 miles...still less than the OEM Interact Z8 and all the other tires I've used. The "SE" version might be the greatest thing since slice bread, but I won't be buying it in the foreseeable future. The other two Roadtec 01 tires didn't meet the marketing hype and the tires weren't any better performance-wise than the Dunlop or Continental tires, which were far cheaper last summer with rebates. The SE version is $60 more expensive than the plain-jane Roadtec 01 --- for just the rear tire. Will the tire give you $60 better mileage? Or $60 better performance? And we haven't counted in the additional premium cost for the SE front tire. FWIW, I think I'm sticking with the Continental Roadattack III tires. I'm on my second set now. I've found them to be quick to warm up, a perfect feel for dropping into a turn...not too fast, nor too slow. Traction is incredible and confidence inspiring. And I'm at 8000 miles on this latest set and still have probably 40% tread left. The only thing they've failed to do, is to restore my hair loss. Continental didn't do a rebate this year, but I'll still buy them at the full price. Anyway, I hope that my experiences helped you. Chris
  10. Oregon's roads seem much nicer than Washington's roads. I've been tempted to buy an "Adventure" bike, not because I want to go off road, but because the pot holes are so big here it is like riding off road. As for the "legal speed limit" in that section...I'm not sure. Probably between 55 and 65 mph. I attached some screen captures of where we went each day. I have GPX files, but can't seem to upload them. PM me, if you want those. Chris
  11. Remind me in a couple days. I can even supply tracks. Chris
  12. I went to this ride with the Concours Owners Group last year for the first time. The "ribbon" is one of several rivers in the area. The roads follow the course of the river and twist and wind their way through the mountains and hills. With excellent pavement and twisty roads, this place is totally awesome to ride. And then in the evening after riding hard, the group parties hard. All good friends, and each year and each event builds the relationships with people who live even several states away. Left on Friday with Andy and Nancy. We headed over Chinook Pass and down to Yakima. It's kinda cool to realize that mountain in the background will be in my rearview mirror in a couple hours. At Chinook Pass Heading toward Yakima Look on the hillside, and you'll see it is on fire. Temps were pretty high on the way in. My bike read 112F several times. Luckily, the cooling vest worked well. Charlie led a good sized group along the Middle Fork of the John Day River. Every turn had a beautiful view of the river as you followed it for miles and miles. I love the rock formations. Monday was the day to get back home. Andy and I left at a few minutes after 6am. I should've taken a picture of the quiet and still parking lot. As the poem says, "Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse". The sun was coming up behind us and made for some incredible lighting effects on the landscape. Everywhere you look, you see different colours and textures in the landscape. We hit some high side winds and a dust storm on the way back. One thing that sticks in my mind as I travel, is when I see old abandoned buildings. Not just barns, but houses that used to be homes. What stories would they tell if they could reveal the hopes and dreams of the people who lived there? The children that grew up there? Later, Mt. Adams on the horizon. I think this is near Yakima. Note the rock just sticking out of the middle of that hillside where the road disappears. Heading up towards Chinook Pass on the final stretch home. Andy. Great rider, with a great personality. Mt. Rainier Chris
  13. This is one of the places I want to visit. Chris
  14. Heading to John Day, OR on Friday. Chris
  15. Thanks for putting this together. Like you wrote, the No-Mar changer is basically a tire stand so you can use your tire irons. I'm still experimenting, but for the foreseeable future, I'll keep changing my own tires now. I bought a cheap 2x4 at the hardware store and cut it into a rectangle to hold the front wheel. It keeps the disk from getting damaged. I use the same BeadPro tire irons Ari uses. I found they work well. I thought about buying the HF bead breaker, but with patience, the irons work well. The "trick" I'm finding is to use lube when breaking the bead too so the bead will slip down farther. Once part of it goes free, the rest can be pushed off by hand. As for protecting the rim, I tried those same Stockton Rim Protectors. They were so-so. The plastic milk jugs and left over thick plastic from things like my wife's old Tupperware containers work very well. I think part of this, is just what you get used to. I tried the zip ties. Didn't work with my HF zip ties. The sidewall was too stiff and it just pushed past the catch that holds the zip tie tight. It also sucks at times living in Washington State on the west side of the mountains. It doesn't often get hot enough to do much good by putting the tires in the "sun" to soften them. But still, I'm sold on doing this myself. Plus, I can get a close-up look at my brake pads to see how they are doing without taking the word of a mechanic. Chris