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About phpaul

  • Birthday 10/21/1950

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    Downeast Maine
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    2016 FJ-09


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  1. Oddly enough, I had a dream about a big touring bike just before I work up this morning. Remember thinking "Ooooooo, big ol' comfy heated seat, heated grips, full fairing!" Then I woke up thinking "Big, heavy sumbitch, and stupid expensive." I haven't put as many miles on the FJ this year as I usually do, but I'm still in love. I don't see any 1000 mile days or even 500 mile days. I think my record is just over 200 miles. Probably due more to my wore out old bod than anything about the bike. I do LOVE that engine tho. Makes the whole bike. Close second is handling. The word "flickable" was coined to describe this bike. I'm sure people wonder what the hell is wrong with me when they see me cutting esses in my lane just because I can. There's seldom traveled road here where I can slalom between the gaps in the centerline. I've glanced at the speedo and seen numbers in the neighborhood of 45mph while doing it. Try that on a Goldwing...
  2. Timely question. I rode mostly in STD until I got the ECU flashed, then I used B for rough roads (most of them around here unfortunately) and A for the highway and tending to my inner hooligan. I've noticed this year that I've been leaving it in B mode a lot. I suspect that's for a couple of reasons: 1. The roads I used to play on have gotten so rough they're darn near unrideable at all, much less with "enthusiasm". Even in B mode I have to pay attention to keep inputs smooth as the bike bounces around over the frost heaves, pot holes and broken pavement. 2. I ain't getting any younger and most days I just don't feel I have the chops for spirited riding. I will snick it into A mode when I come up behind a ($#*%ing tourist and know that opportunities to pass will be few and far between. I like to be prepared to take off like a big-@$$ed bird when the opportunity arises. 😁
  3. Made it to the Vintage Motorcycle show at Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Owl's Head, Maine (Just outside Rockland). Perfect day for it, 215 miles round trip. Couple hundred bikes, took some pictures of the ones that stood out for one reason or another. Kawasaki GPz550. Not terribly unusual, but immaculate. Nice old Beemer with a sidehack. Honda Hawk Jawa 2-smoker. Morini (Moto Morini?) I'm thinking the 3-1/2 means a 350? 850 Commando...slobber...drool... RD350. Had a '73 back in the day. Quick little thang. Appears to be an inline 2 cylinder 2 stroke. Guy had loaded up and was leaving before I could ask. Tank badge says "Sunbeam"
  4. Hi, Frank Nope, never felt the need to put it back on. Like it fine just as it is.
  5. Got a note that roadrash83 liked this post which brought it back to my attention. Oddly enough I made a portion of that ride again today, 3 years and a few days from the original post. Unfortunately, in that time the roads have deteriorated to the point that it's actually painful to ride them. Route 9 is still good, but 179, 180 and 181 are falling apart. Just the facts of life for secondary roads in Maine. Winter frost raises hell with them. They'll repave them again in a year or two and all will be well for a couple years, but right now they've been crossed off my list.
  6. Yup, me too. Kid giving me the "new owner orientation" looked at me like I was from Mars or something.
  7. I know exactly what you mean! I went from a 1979 Yamaha XS650 to the FJ. Amazing! More power, better brakes, better suspension (especially with a little tweaking) no ignition or carburetion issues to deal with ever, instant starts, better instrumentation. About the only down-side is the "Transformers" styling. If they could package this level of performance and convenience in a traditionally styled machine, that would be motorcycling perfection IMHO. On the other hand, it's pretty much ruined me for anything less...
  8. Thanks, I paid a little extra for the blurple from Higdonian just for that reason! I get a lot of complements on them.
  9. The Cortech bag came in today. Mounting it over the Corbin seat took a little head-scratching and there's about 2 feet of extra strap to deal with, but it fits well and looks good. It's roomy enough that I think I'm gonna lose the tank bag which was getting pretty worn anyway.
  10. In older engines with rubber (or other non-metal) components not designed for ethanol, yes, it's a problem. Mine sat from September of last year until April of this year and started right up, no issues. Do I wish I could go back to straight gasoline at normal prices? Absolutely. Do I worry about E10 in modern machinery? Nope, not a bit. BTW, the 91 octane non-ethanol fuel I burned a couple of tanks of made absolutely no discernable difference in performance or mileage. The only difference I saw was the dent it put in my wallet. YMMV of course (arrrrrr.....humor!)
  11. There is only one place in the county (that I'm aware of) that you can even GET non-ethanol fuel. Plus the owner's manual specifically says E10 is acceptable fuel for the bike.
  12. I've been running 87 in mine since the day I bought it, with ZERO issues. I tried some 91 non-ethanol once and could not detect any difference at all.
  13. And perhaps the odd six pack of dinner rolls!
  14. Perfect. Thanks very much for the detailed pictures and explanation. I'll be ordering one of those.
  15. With traction control on (which it always is unless you intentionally turn it off) the very worst you will get is "bunny hops" and you'd have to work at it to manage even that in "B" mode. Wide Open Throttle in 1st gear will do it in Standard Mode, never tried it in "B" mode. I think you'd be happier with the Tracer, but I might be just a bit biased... The CP3 engine is just as happy pulling from 2000 RPM as it is screaming down the road at redline. One of the reasons I love this bike so much. Perfectly adequate commuter, pretty decent tourer with a few farkles, and all you have to do to get your crotch-rocket jollies is bump it into "A" mode and grab a big handful of that throttle. Never ridden or even looked seriously at a CB500X, so can't compare riding position, but I will say that the ergonomics of the Tracer are perfect for this crippled up old fart that absolutely can NOT ride a full-on sport bike OR a cruiser.