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  1. Nice set up but does the Givi mount lock or you just insert a sleeveless Cleco type pin from the inside like with the SW-Mototech mounts? Also, do you just use one padlock in one of the 2 reinforced holes, and does the lock bounce around? Lastly, does your rack slide or can it be bolted farther back so the top case does not interfere with a pillion co-pilot?
  2. LaCrosse is on the long side of a day but for a weekend maybe I checked MSTA out not long ago. Was in the predecessor org, HSTA LOL
  3. 20 minutes to Indiana from south of Lincoln, maybe but I don't think so on roads...
  4. I may do that too but the lower, or is it the upper, whatever, the other fairing support is the one I thought cracked and which cannot be through-bolted. If you note, I have had the bigger rubber covered pegs for a couple of years. Try some highway pegs on your case guards. And the suspension and brakes should be at the top of everyone's To Do list. I've checked them off mine thankfully, so for me it's a more open can, electronic cruise control and maybe a quick shifter but money is waaay tight. Sigh...
  5. +1, did that after I last rode on Christmas day. Took me at least that long plus going to fill up a gas can treated with the Techron stuff rather than Stabil Marine to top of all tanks. Has sucked pretty much since then. Doing some maintenance and a few mods this winter. Really need to change the oil on my two 4-strokes. Don't have a sled anymore since you have to trailer it anymore to decent trails. Would ride when there's no ice if it weren't for the salt. Can't wait for the IMS here in Chicago on the 7th to torture myself... Don't want to drink alone. Maybe now that pot is legal here...
  6. Other than the Starved Rock and Galena locales (the latter of which is a bit far for a day ride but I've done so many times) and Route 2 south of Rockford along the Rock River to Dixon, all of which is a PITA to get to, and maybe Grass Lakes Road through the Chain Of lakes and a few back roads out toward Woodstock, for me northern Illinois is pretty much a flat wasteland. I normally head up to SE and SW Wisconsin; where within an hour or so some half decent riding can be had... Sad but true. I'm always up for a ride from April through November on either my VTR, RD or FJ09, just LMK. I also plan on hitting the MO and AK Ozarks this coming season a couple times, and head out to CO.
  7. Still available and if so, how much to 60077 Thx
  8. Maybe it's the E10 gas here, lousy local traffic until I get up into rural Cheesehead Land (I do not commute, for the last 15 years I only ride for "pleasure"), the elevated speeds on our freeways and tollways, in conjunction with my aggressive right wrist usually in A Mode. I usually get an actual average MPG of maybe 41, often less, when the bike's readout says 43.5 or more. If I ride like I'm catatonic, I maybe get get an actual of 43.5 but who can ride an FJ-09 like that? Dave of Vcyclenut flashed my ECU (usual tweaks) which I've read minimally effects mileage (maybe 1 or 2 MPG less but most here have had their ECUs flashed). I do run the HUGE Givi tour screen WITH a top spoiler, Givi case guards WITH driving lights and highway pegs mounted on them, a Shad SH46 top case fairly loaded up with "What If" stuff and spare gloves, a sweater, balaclava, food, pills, etc (but my above stated mileage is WITHOUT running my SH36 panniers), and I am a BIG ATGATT boy (probably 250 with gear), all of which creates a LOT of added wind resistance (drag) and load to roll down the road. Could all of the above explain my relatively poor mileage? I'm still of the opinion my tank holds no more than 4.8 US gallons...
  9. 95% of time I fill up on the centerstand. Now I've got to believe the stated capacity but have never had it bone dry and filled up. I always try to get the gas to just pop up through the holes at the bottom of the filler neck but not overflow. Why be wasteful and risk overflowing with premium? I did once have it overflow when the darn pump filler gun stuck open, and gas ran up and over everything. I was so pissed I ran into the station and grabbed 2 gallon bottles of drinking water without paying, and ran back out and rinsed off the bike. I then went back in and yelled at and warned the attendant about the defective pump! Consequently, I fumed the whole way home, which was not far enough to need to fill up again, and dont recall subsequent total mileage. The next day I stripped off all the bodywork, washed the bike and plastic, and protective spray treated everything before reassembly. The gas station owner said they checked the pump and found nothing wrong. BS! On tour I carry a couple of 1.3L camping fuel bottles. Being somewhat elderly, I cant remember for sure the farthest I've gone on a full tank but I know it was under 200 and that was taking it VERY easy (for me anyway) just to see how far it'd go. If I recall I maybe had 2/10ths of a gallon left out of the 4.78 gallon capacity. It's not supposed to be a true 4.8...
  10. Seems to be, I presume to keep amperage draw low when alternator rpm is below max output speed to be sure ecu, fuel pump and ignition get all the juice they need.
  11. I had pinched the left heated grip cable in the KTM hand guards handlebar clamp (doh!) when installing the Renthal Street Naked bars (my 2nd try at an alternative set when going low with the Outlaw Racing TH-08 Low bars pissed off my sciatica so I went high this time), so this week I ran continuity and resistance tests on the OEM heated grips. Both side had "closed" circuits with 2 ohms of resistance. I just don't know why they didn't seem to warm up when I checked them in the time it took the coolant to get up to 205F+. Oh, well, we'll find out in the spring. Now on to checking the throttle bodies (a 5 minute job because I plumbed remote vacuum lines to the TB ports) and changing the engine oil and oil filter. Not sure if I'll bother with the spark plugs, as I replaced them with iridium sparkies at 24,000 miles (now at 35k and the OEM regular plugs had looked great) when I adjusted the valves (all were very tight), sealed off the air injection ports and flipped the check valve stops (just to be safe even though Vcyclenuts ECU flash had turned it off), installed an APE CCT (after the recall CCT got me nervous), adjusted the APS, replaced the coolant, air filter, brake fluid when I installed Spiegler lines front and rear along with Matt's spacers and bolts for the R1 320 mm front rotors plus a new R1 Brembo master cylinder and RJL (then EBC) front pads. I DO Want to lube the swing arm and shock linkage (the K-Tech Razor R will thank me), and check the steering head bearings. The chain if not the sprockets at only just over 16k are for some reason reaching critical mass despite being a quality unit and reasonably well cared for (though it has seen a fair amount of rain riding) but isn't gone yet. The forks were completely rebuilt for the second time (don't ask) less than 5k ago, not long after I had replaced the bushings, seals and wipers when I installed Matt's excellent fork cartridges Sonic .95 springs along with a rebound cap and rod in the left stick. I flushed the brake fluid again not too long ago due to a lot of rain riding (50 inches last year!). What else should I consider doing maintenance wise at 35k?
  12. How in the heck could you squeeze in 5.1 gallons into a sub 4.8 gallon tank, let alone get 260 miles on it?! I start sweating at 175 miles, and squirming at 185 miles...
  13. Well, all should be well to close this chapter anyway. I ran continuity and resistance tests. Both right and left heated grips ad closed circuits with 2 ohms of resistance. Just don't know why they didn't seem to warm up in the time it took the coolant to get up to 205F+. Oh, well, we'll find out in the spring. Now on to checking the throttle bodies and changing the engine oil and filter. Not sure if I'll bother with the spark plugs, as I replaced them with iridium sparkies at 24,000 miles (now at 35k) when I adjusted the valves ( all were very tight) and installed an APE CCT (after the recall CCT got me nervous) adjusted the APS, replaced the coolant, air filter, brake fluid (and installed Spiegler lines front and rear, R1 320 mm front rotors and R1 Brembo master cylinder, RJL pads, etc), along with a dozen other checks. Want to lube the swing arm and shock linkage (the K-Tech Razor R will thank me), and check the steering head bearings. The chain if not the sprockets at only just over 16k are for some reason reaching critical mass despite being a quality unit and reasonably well cared for (though have seen a fair amount of rain riding) but aren't gone yet. The forks were rebuilt for the second time (don't ask) less than 5k ago, and the brake fluid flushed again with as well (again due to rain riding, 50 inches last year!) Thanks for the input.
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