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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. dedsxy47

    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.
  5. dedsxy47

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. dedsxy47

    ABS

    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........
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. dedsxy47

    MODERATED: Weak joke post.

    Oh, this is a sore subject everywhere with cocky bikers or people who are sensitive about their skill level. People believe their riding abilities far exceed what they are able to do in real life. Of course, there are always excuses why they could not pull off the miracle save like in the Youtube videos. I will be 49 in a month and have ridden on the road for the last 29 years, also spending 15 of those as a Motorcycle Safety Instructor. You could imagine the stories people brought to the class how they had to ditch a bike to save their life. As instructors, we know better and instead of criticizing, offer solutions which the students evolve into over the weekend, like how to use the front brake properly. Unfortunately, I have heard so many stories like this where the rider believed they did nothing wrong, only to discover it was all rider error that caused damage to their bike and or themselves. Another young man in the military totaled a brand new ZX-7R only a week old in a tighter corner. Told everyone he was maxed out in lean angle and no one could have made it through. I and two others took the same corner 20 mph faster than he said he was going and there was a bit of room to spare. Again, even a stock RF600r with an advanced rider can ride safer and faster than someone with far superior machinery and sub-standard skills, oh and a big ego. Of course, he was pissed, but it again proved a point, ride smarter, not faster. I myself had the opportunity to be humbled quite significantly when participating in the ZARS advanced riding school when I owned my Ducati 1098. Some 240lb guy on a SV 650 track bike which needed serious attention, lapped me like I was on a moped. Absolutely the biggest reality check I have experienced in a long time, but a good one though. You may be fast on the street, but that track is a great equalizer when it actually comes down to your mental awareness and riding ability. It is ok to ride and enjoy and not be Ricky racer everywhere you go. I think the FJ is a decent bike for experienced riders in that you can hustle fairly well through the corners, but are limited in straight line speeds, just in case you cannot control that right wrist. Honestly, if I go down, under the right circumstances such as a low side, I am holding on as long as I can so I do not end up flipping or cartwheeling like the guys in MotoGp. I did appreciate the commentary with a bit a joking around in the thread. Perhaps it has struck a nerve in some and a bit of self-reflection is good now and again. -Chris
  13. dedsxy47

    MODERATED: Weak joke post.

    The battle cry of the inexperienced "I had to lay er down" A group of us all swapped bikes one day back in the military, I ended up on someones poorly kept ZX6. At the first major intersection, I out-braked the owner of the POS I was on, him on someone's Katana. He asked me if I had adjusted anything because it never stopped that good for him. "Used the front brake," I said. Met Lee Parks at the IMS (International Motorcycle Show) having already read his book many times over. Check out the other Guru Mr. Kieth Code. Both will really make you analyze and improve your riding.
  14. You have a very good point about worn tire sizes... this could be a good test, a few ppl who have 7k miles on OEM tires go out and hold a steady 25mph in 3rd gear and then go get new tires and repeat test? I did now think to notice over time the "pulses" slowly got more noticeable over time... reminds me of a headache last winter helping a good buddy getting a new 'vette set up for drag racing- had a helleva time getting the computer to stop going into "limp mode" only to find the rear tires/rim that got upgraded was the problem... the size of the wheel/tire was 1" to big outside of OEM "window" which played havoc on the stability, traction control, etc... thanks to some OEM programmer in Puerto Rico telling us the computer only has a "window" of 5/8th of an inch or so of tire loss from OEM rim/tire package before it triggers more stuff due to differences between front/rear wheel speeds... so going back to upgraded stock sized rim/tire size solved the problem... I have 12K on the front, and over 6K on the back of a set of OEM tires, bike at 19K miles. On one particular road, I noticed the rhythmic vibration at the front end you talk about. There is only one other place this happens, a short stretch of interstate. My variables are road material asphalt vs concrete and speed 60's vs 80's. Everywhere else, the front end is smooth and vibration free. Now for the monkey wrench, on cooler days, the front end feels very different, a feedback I wish I could have all the time; solid, planted, predictable. Obviously, colder temperatures cause oil viscosity to increase thereby restricting flow through the fork until the oil warms up. So does one change the fork oil weight? re-valve the forks? I did do this to my 2005 FJR and it made a world of difference (stiffer springs and upped the weight by one viscosity). If only it was easier to change out fork oil, I would try this post haste. I will be due for a new set of rubber after the season is over here up in Minnesota and have decided to change up the tire selection. I have always run sport tires so fashioning a set of light dual-sport or 90/10's should be an interesting adventure. One thing is for sure, it will be interesting to see how those picky sections of road feel with new rubber installed where front end vibration is concerned. Continue the post until we figure it out
  15. dedsxy47

    My impressions at 1,500 miles of use

    So, several of my previous sportbikes developed this phenomenon and as soon as I put new tires on, the problem went away. Then I started messing with the suspension and realized if the back end squats too much under acceleration, the front end becomes very light and the wobble kicked in although not to the degree of the FJ. So with a worn back tire and extra weight on the back, the front end becomes very light, causing less contact between the front tire and the ground. I believe the bikes geometry is a major contributor to this phenomenon as well. I did drop my front end down 10mm through the triple clamp which helped reduce the head shake under acceleration, even full throttle. At triple digits, it still can be touchy, but I am nowhere near as nervous as before. Right now my front tire is cupped from my over aggressive braking habits but I do not get the wobble. I did stiffen up my rear suspension as well when I dropped the front end and for the most part, higher mph is no problem, other than that big sail of a windscreen I put on. I just looked at my mileage and right now I have 11,000 on the front tire and it still does not wobble even when significantly cupped. See my youtube posting for proof skip to time index 1:25 for the shorter version
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