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  1. dedsxy47


    Local Highschool motorcycle parking, too cool. Unfortunately, snowmobiles are not allowed on school grounds. Give them kids a break!
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    Motorcycle parking in Minnesota in February

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    Shoei Gt Air vs Scorpion exo t1200

    I've been running the Shoei GT air for the last 2 seasons and as a whole, it is a decent helmet. I would like better airflow as I run most of the time with the visor cracked in the first detent. The fighter pilot style recessed tinted shield is great since I usually go into work when it is sunny and leave around midnight, plus I wear Rx glasses so this way I do not need to carry extra sunglasses; I already carry enough crap.
  4. Thought I might try a ride Tuesday or Wednesday this week, just looked at the weather and I think I'll l pass
  5. dedsxy47

    Florida Summer Helmet Mods

    Went from a Kiwi S21 to an Arai James Adomo replica (got a super deal), then to the Shoei series. I have owned 2 RF1200's and felt they were probably the best helmets I have owned. At the time I was putting 12k miles a year on various sportbikes and they always did great rain or shine. My last Shoei had 56K miles on it and with the new FJ and a new job working days, nights, and afternoons, I opted for the GT Air. Love the integrated tinted fighter-pilot style tinted shield, but the ventilation stinks compared to other Shoei's I have owned. Funny thing, it performs better when riding a sportbike compared to the upright riding position of the FJ. Money no object, I would love the Hayden addition Arai. The visor-crack is a very important feature many people overlook. I basically ride with the thing cracked all the time unless it is raining or below 60 degrees F. Once the GT Air wears out, I will probably look at an adventure style rig; Shoei and Arai both make some nice helmets in that category.
  6. I commute almost every day about 25 miles one way, although I'm in the Dallas area and currently ride an ST1100. I too wear full gear, but I just wear my work clothes underneath and pull my gear off when I get into my office (cube). I keep a pair of work shoes in my cube. When leaving, I put all my gear on in my cube and walk out fully geared, sans helmet and gloves. My colleagues have gotten used to it. Back when I was an aircraft mechanic, I put 24K on a 2005 Yamaha FJR years back commuting to work; 60 miles round trip 5-6 days a week. My low-temperature limit for riding was 37 degrees due mainly to the excellent protection the bike offered. I walked in and out fully geared, minus the helmet. Now as a nurse, I still commute to work, the same routine except no freeway, just backroad highways, farms, lakes, and horses. Very enjoyable for the body and the mind.
  7. dedsxy47

    Cheated on my FJ

    You definitely have some "tinkering" ahead of you of you're planning on using the FJ/Tracer regularly off road and in situations where dropping it is likely. No off-roading for the FJ, but the KTM 1090 adventure will surely see some action. For a while I owned a KLR 650 which I commuted on; it always felt like a big wobbly dirtbike. The KTM has surprisingly above average road manners, most likely due to the fully adjustable WP suspension.
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    Cheated on my FJ

    So far, only a few hundred miles before the weather ruined riding season here in the upper midwest, but the FJ feels like a "tinker toy" compared to the big beast. It is tall and heavy by comparison for sure and I do not look forward to dropping it on the trail (better hit the gym, haha). I am a fit 49 yo so hopefully with practice, things will be fun and enjoyable on and off-road.
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    Cheated on my FJ

    Did the same, picked up a 2018 1090 adventure R. What a world of difference between the suspensions. Going to try my hand at adventure riding next year.
  10. Central Minnesota a few days ago Thank goodness I found a bike that will get me through the white stuff without difficulty. 40,50,60's here for at least a few days more though. I need 400 miles to get in 10,000 for the riding season. May have to put that on the potential new addition. Hey, my birthday is in a few days, would make a great 49th Birthday present.
  11. dedsxy47

    Rubber footpegs

    Try changing the side that you are trying to put it on? I almost thought there was a problem while putting mine on, and then changed sides and that angle lined up correctly because they are directional and the side it goes on matters.I completed this mod and yes, they do seem to be goofy at first, but the angle of your feet while riding is not exactly flat, unless your ride adventure style all the time. Believe it or not, they will work out well. I actually stand on mine all the time, even with the slight angle they are not a problem. Pic for reference only to illustrate riding position relative to foot angle.
  12. dedsxy47


    75mph on loose dry and wet gravel roads, stock Dunlops with over 7500 miles on them, full, to the lever braking front and rear. Stops like you would not imagine, especially for a street bike. Front bumps a little here and there, but otherwise, predictable enough for the girls we go with. Would like to see how something like a 1290 Adventure or a GSA 1200 compare, although they carry about 200 more lbs helping to drive those tires in ground better. Who knows, maybe in the future I will find out........
  13. dedsxy47

    600 Mile Service Cost?

    My first bike was a 1991 Yamaha FZR600. I took it to the dealer for the first service and asked price and what it all entailed. The shop manager rambled on a list of things at the time I definitely would not have wanted to tackle. So I brought a lunch and sat at the mechanic's picnic table outside the maintenance bay watching them change oil after the bike sat for over an hour. Then it was pushed in the corner for the next 2 hours. I eventually wandered in and asked if my bike was done, he said he would check. "Yup, all done, $350.00." So with a counter full of customers, my 20-year-old self-proceeded to tell the manager how I had witnessed the entire maintenance process from their lunch table and at no time did the mechanic perform anything other than a basic oil change and all work was completed in less than 20 minutes. The manager was irate and initially said I would have to pay for the whole thing or not get my bike back. I said, "no problem, I will let base legal (USAF judicial unit) know and they would most likely blacklist them for fraudulent practices against military personnel. I walked out paying for an oil change and a half hour labor, something like 70 bucks. The manager even had the mechanic come up and try to lie to my face saying he did everything. I am like "dude, you never even took the fairings off, and how could you do the entire checklist in 20 minutes?" Since then, I have not trusted ANY mechanic ANYWHERE for bike or car service. Consequently, that is how my Ducati 1098 was ruined, 3rd valve service at 33k miles. "Here is your $1400.00 bill and oh, by the way, your bike does not run very well anymore." phuckers.
  14. I honestly haven’t tried any variations yet to see if it makes a difference. I found that same ‘cone of silence’ with the stock screen, but I had to be standing way up on the pegs to get into the clean airflow. My initial feeling is that this new screen is going to be just about the perfect compromise for me. I’m 6’1”, have the screen at the lowest setting, the seat in the tall position, and wear earplugs 100% of the time (on any bike, not just the FJ). This screen clearly doesn’t have the wind protection of a larger touring screen, but for me the air seems clean and reasonably quiet. I’ll give additional feedback after I’ve logged some more miles. I have the V-STream tall touring windscreen and stand on a regular basis. This came in handy on my trip from MN-ID and back. Obviously, much more air hitting your chest with such a small screen compared to the tall one. At one point I stood for 10 miles doing 80+ in South Dakota to get some air through the body (very hot out) and the speed limit is 80mph (or 129 km for our friends across the pond) so no worries concerning Jonny Law.
  15. Put on a set of GIVI crash bars. Almost needed them prior to installation the other day hot rodding around in the rain. Will not make that mistake again. Bike remains intact.