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  1. A friend of mine has a farm in Weaverville NC and I have stayed there on many riding trips over the years, the biggest problem we have riding out of that location is deciding witch way to go every day because the riding is great in every direction.
  2. Nice riding weather here in Florida now that the weather has finally cooled down, that's the road in front of my place.
  3. I would just tell people that if you're going to run your bike at speeds in excess of 100 mph you better be prepared for weird chit to happen because if you're not you could end up having a bad day, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm just saying.
  4. This to my mind highlights the pluses and minuses of the wonderful world of the web. On the plus side we all have access to an enormous wealth of information. The down side is much of this information is, to put it politely, not what you'd call reliable or well informed. If we take a couple of examples specific to the Tracer. I am of the firm opinion that the head shake at speed is caused by people holding the bars too tightly, even though they don't think they are. This is not a problem of the bike but all it takes is a few people on the forums and suddenly the bike is one wobble away from killing us all. I did a quick Google search on steering wobble for other bikes and within seconds was presented with loads of hits and pages of forum posts from Triumph Tiger 800 owners also claiming that their bikes are faulty because at speed they get a steering wobble. In amongst these posts I found one very enlightening one which I quote: There are a lot of references to steering/bar wobble on this forum, generally at higher speeds though. I did my first Tiger Ton last week and did indeed get the wobble around 95 (mph (unless the authorities are watching in which case I mean kph :007:)). Just relaxed my grip and it sorted itself out - setup is a Roadie, original tyres, AMC topbox with only a laptop and my butties in... Another example is the hoards of FJ-09/Tracer owners demanding that their perfectly functioning CCTs be changed out. Now I'm not saying that CCTs haven't been prone to failure, some have. But many, including mine, are still functioning perfectly. However suddenly there's some info on a forum and everyone is rushing to their dealer demanding action on a recall that isn't a recall at all but a TSB. To my mind the Tracer is brilliant. It's a well screwed together fun all-rounder at an amazing price point. Some of the components are obviously cheap but what do you expect for the price?? I think you are bang on jovrider when you say that KTMs and BMWs costing almost twice the money are not twice as good because they simply aren't. A visit to any one of the numerous KTM or BMW forums reveals people complaining about seats, screens, suspension etc. and spending money on changing these items. The only difference between them and us is that their starting point was considerably more expensive. All IMHO. CS Seems to me that this should be all the more reason for manufacturers to make sure their quality control and customer service departments are up to snuff. These little problems turn into big problems when a manufacturer just goes into denial mode or takes their sweet time dealing with an issue. I think BMW invented that business model and unfortunately, it looks like Yamaha may be following in their footsteps.
  5. Could it be that after seeing all the trouble you had trying to find a proper seat Wordsmith that the Australian buyers just decided to spend their money elsewhere?
  6. If they have a portable model with bluetooth thats what I would get, I used XM radios with a wired headset for years but stopped when I got my first Sena because they didn't have any units with bluetooth.
  7. David, I would let the Shad people in Barcelona know about those screw-ups that are running the Miami office, those guys must be cooking crack or something down there because they don't seem very interested in the luggage business. http://www.shad.es/en/shad-world/contact/c8/
  8. The Tracer is really just a jacked up naked bike and naked bikes can do all kind of weird things at high speeds, especially when they have wide handlebars and weirdly shaped body parts sticking out in the wind. If you want good stability at high speeds you need to get a sportbike or a BMW.
  9. That's one of the jackets I had on my "short list"...when I was riding the SV. It's great if you're rushing a sport bike, in a tucked positron. However, I don't think the jacket's shape is conducive to a fully upright riding position.It's pretty much the same style as what I've been using but I guess it depends on how you're built, anyway Revzilla has a free return policy so you can just send it back if it doesn't work out.
  10. I have a couple of older mesh jackets with leather on the elbows and shoulders that are much better protection than just mesh and textile. I know Joe Rocket still makes one but there may be others, I just don't see them as much probably because their too cheap to use a bit of leather anymore. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/joe-rocket-reactor-30-jacket
  11. This is not the first time that I've heard about people getting jerked around by the Shad guys in Miami, I don't think they stock much there so that's probably why they take so long. Revzilla has about the best customer service and returns policy that I've ever experienced so if they have something that I need I just get it from them.
  12. I have no idea if these things work and as noisy as the fj is I doubt anyone could tell the difference, but with all the nickel and dime cost cutting going on in the global powersports industry you have to wonder why would they put something on a bike if it did nothing. Anyway here's what these guys say: Home › JT Front Sprockets JT Sprockets is the world's leading manufacturer of aftermarket sprockets, constantly raising the industry's standards for quality and service. Committed to supplying the most durable, best quality sprockets available in the marketplace worldwide. JT produce and sell more sprockets than all the other aftermarket brands combined. Out now the new RB series: Rubber cushioned sprockets have been standard fitment on Japanese motorcycle manufacturers on larger capacity motorcycles since the early 1990’s to dampen the chain impact on the teeth of the front sprocket. JT sprockets now offer selected replacement front sprockets with the same OEM proven technology. Benefits include Tough rubber damper which significantly reduces transmission noise. Improved wear resistance and reduced vibration that will help extend both sprocket and chain life. The JT Sprockets Rubber cushioned front sprocket range meet or exceed all OEM quality standards. With over 18 million produced each year, JT sells more sprockets than all other aftermarket brands combined. The main player in the market place for over twenty-five years, their popularity is a true testament to the quality and unbeatable value that's standard with each JT sprocket.
  13. How wide did the adjustable wrench have to open to fit the sensor? Should have just gotten an adjustable metric wrench.