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About rlambke19

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  1. I thought the FJR has been retired from the Yamaha lineup? Was that only temporarily until they can make it Euro5 compliant? I got the sense that it was permanent. Rob
  2. Fair enough. The engine is torquey for sure, but it's where it makes that torque in the rev range that I didn't enjoy. Rob
  3. It is one of the best looking sport-touring machines out there. I absolutely love it and it's super comfy. However, in my opinion it has three major downfalls: 1. It's a BMW - cost of ownership and once that warranty is done, I'd be very afraid. I've never owned a BMW - so I could just be talking out of my arse - but I have heard horror stories - which you can hear about any marque if you look hard enough. 2. The price tag once you get it nicely kitted out. 3. The boxer engine. I test rode an RS and wanted to love it so badly - I just couldn't. Now that was the previous iteration of the big boxer engine - apparently they've done something to improve it. But even if so, there are still points 1 & 2 above. Rob
  4. 2021 Tracer 9 GT in "Liquid Metal" ordered for April delivery. Can't wait!
  5. Hey all I have a set of the grey OEM City bags off of my 2019 GT that I no longer own (it was written off in an accident last fall). The bags are in mint shape and were only used for a couple of trips. One key included. If you are interested, send me a message and I will send you pictures if you want. Prefer to avoid the hassle of shipping, so hoping for local pickup/meetup etc. Looking for $500 for the pair. Cheers, Rob Cambridge, ON
  6. @Waldo Jeffers - are you a big Velvet Underground fan? Waldo Jeffers was the name of a character from their song "The Gift". Sorry - random, I know...it's how my brain works. 🙂 Rob
  7. Agreed - that is what would normally happen. They'd invite the press to ride it in Spain or something and we'd be inundated with videos/reviews. Depends on whether or not Covid changes things this time around or not. We can at least console each other on here in the meantime! Lol Rob
  8. It's growing on me too. So much so that I might put a deposit down on one soon. The one thing I need to find out, is what the gearing on the new bike is. I read in one of the many articles something about the gearing being tweaked. The gearing on my 2019 GT was perfect for me. I hope they didn't shorten the gearing to make it more "sport-oriented" as that's one of the big reasons I didn't buy another Ninja 1000SX - always searching for 7th gear was a real drag. I'm going to do some digging on this, but if anyone else finds anything - please drop it in this thread! Edit: found this - "Also, the ratios for 1st and 2nd gears are incrementally higher than in the older inline-3’s transmission" and this " first and second gear ratios have been revised to match the increase in torque at lower engine RPM with smoother gear changes courtesy of a redesigned shift fork." Sounds positive, right? Rob
  9. I think he meant that the 3-4 year old bikes are new, old stock - meaning they haven't been able to sell them. Might have something to do with why they are going out of business. I haven't heard great things about Ready Powersports - I tried calling them once about a bike and they weren't very helpful. Didn't they start out as a Honda car dealership? Rob
  10. Hi @Skidood Welcome to the forum and great choice on your first bike back. I'm in Cambridge, ON. Which dealership did you get your new GT at and what model year did you get? Cheers, Rob
  11. Isn't it more to do with the rear subframe not being rated for the additional weight of all 3 bags loaded up? To the point where on the new 2021 Tracer 9, they actually mention that the new frame is designed to handle the extra load now? I'm sure it was mostly a CYA thing on the previous models as most people seem to be running 3 bags with no issue, but I'm sure I have seen some posts where people have had rear subframe cracks/failure. Rob
  12. This is a sound strategy and is what I would have done as well. Rob
  13. Hey @betoney - have you ever read "132 Days: A Journey, A Journal and Some Whiskey"? It's about a guy who rides across America (well, parts of it) on a silver 2003 FZ1 - dubbed the Grey Goose. It's a pretty entertaining read - very thorough and detailed. I picked it up on Amazon for less than $20. Rob
  14. Sorry to drag us back on topic! So, the more and more that I look at the new GT - the more I like it. To the point where I can't see myself purchasing a 2019 or 2020 model. I know that's an unpopular opinion for sure, but I just happen to find myself in the situation where I am in the market for a bike. If I still had my 2019, I'm not so sure I'd be as tempted away, but alas that is not the case. I love the silver and black version, but just need to get my head around those blue wheels. Rob