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About jojosz

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  1. I'll be back at the Dragon - hopefully soon. The planned June trip didn't work out 😞
  2. Maybe we should move the dragon meet into a separate post - I'll probably be down there 23-25 May - current plan.
  3. Good you got home Olddawg, but that doesn’t sound good . I experienced a sudden loss of power with my last bike. It turned out to be a burned exhaust valve... ‘Hope it’s fixable. Please keep us posted.
  4. I run a bazzaz quickshifter on a GSXR750 (upshift only) and a translogic with autoblip on an R1 - both are pure track bikes. I tried to get a translogic on the FJ, but it was not available last summer (my FJ now got 96k miles, thus I may skip the upgrade). While I am not a fan of all the new electronics on competition race bikes as it really disadvantages non-factory teams which can't pay for electronic engineers, the quickshifter is a simple but great upgrade and really fun, especially the systems with autoblip for downshift. The translogic system is on many race bikes, including in WSBK, and works really nice...
  5. 2016 FJ purchased in December 2015. 97100 miles. I am riding year round - commuting in NY city, weekend and cross country touring. 10% two-up. New York potholed roads and traffic certainly puts some extra strain on the bike... Maintenance Oil changes 4-6000 miles - zero oil consumption Chains: 6 - replaced between 16-23k miles (one chain changed after only 5k miles - maybe faulty or due to worn rear shock) Major service every 25-30k miles: valve adjustments (exhaust valves always tight), spark plugs, throttle bodies, KN air filter cleaning - no issues. Tires: 22 rear / 14 front tires - best mileage (10200) and favorite tire: Dunlop Roadsmart 3, lowest milage (1500): Dunlop Q3; best for winter riding: Metzeler Tourance Next Brake pads: 6 sets front; 3 rear Cam chain tensioner: noise on/off, not replaced Repairs/Upgrades Suspension - 41k miles: stock rear shock worn out; NY city potholes & two-up touring certainly shortened the life of the shock - replaced with Öhlins shock; - 45k miles: replaced front forks with Öhlins cartridges (great upgrade) -96k miles: Ohlins rear shock leaked oil; replaced with K-tech shock - 97k miles: left front fork seal broke - seals on both forks replaced Foot pegs: broke off several times in parking tip-overs (NY city driving standards...); replaced with adjustable set. (I carry a spare set on the bike). Crash protection: sw-motech crash bars (perfect design); good protection of the bike in combination with the factory hard bags, except for the foot pegs. Radiator: leaking at 60k miles (due to winter riding & gravel); replaced the water pump with the radiator and added a fender extender Skid plate - oil pan protection: the oil pan and exhaust are quite exposed due to low clearance (and undersprung stock suspension). I added a no-brand skid plate at about 20k miles. At 68k miles the oil pan cracked when I rode over a piece of wood - the skid plate bent and cracked, but saved the headers and probably prevented a hole in the pan; replaced with a sw-motech skid plate (solid) Aux lights: added PIAA LED aux lights (great upgrade) Wind protection: the stock windshield is not sufficient for colder temperatures; the hand guards deflect air, but are more designed for optics than protection. I added a v-stream tall windshield + an MRA deflector - perfect for long-distance riding. Replaced the stock hand guards with off-road hand-guards. Clutch cable: required lots of lubing - every 1500-2500 miles - 27k miles: cable snapped, replaced - 50k miles: cable replaced with the updated 2017 design (still lots of lubing, but held up fine); - 91k miles: installed Magura hydraulic clutch (great upgrade) Instrument cluster stand: broke at 65k miles (unit is too flimsy for tall windshield & NYC potholed roads) Steering and wheel bearings: - 91k miles: steering and wheel bearings replaces with Allballs sets; steering bearing worn out. - 97k miles: bearings front wheel replaced Observations and overall assessment When it comes to bikes and riding, tastes and perceptions vary, thus this is just my 5cents, nothing more. Also, the road conditions in and around New York City are not Yamaha’s responsibility. The FJ09 has been a very solid touring bike. It's light and nimble, with a good power band. Two-up riding is doable on the FJ, but there are better bikes if you ride with a pillion - the rear shock just copes with the weight and the pillion seat is a little too far back (this should be improved with the 60mm longer swing arm on the 2019 Tracer900) - brakes: solid Yamaha / Brembo standard ware. The ABS is simple but works fine in my view. - traction control: the TCS regulates early which is fine for touring and city riding - saved my skin quite a few times on oil, gravel etc. - electric system - no problems whatsoever. The FJ always starts on first click; excellent LED lights and good alternator output (heated grips + jackets and gloves for two no problem) Yamaha should have recalled and replaced the clutch cable on the 15/16 models with a hydraulic option - the clutch pull is too heavy. The 2017+ models with the assisted/slipper clutch solve the issue. The suspension is sub-standard in my view - Ohlins was an expensive but great upgrade - still, the 130mm travel of the rear shock is too short for US north east “quality” roads. Clearance is low for a touring bike and the oil pan is vulnerable - a skid plate is a good investment. Dirt roads are not the FJ’s playground... Would I buy another FJ09? Short answer: no. I will change to a bike with more suspension travel and clearance. If I’d buy another sport touring bike, I would forego some of the cost and maintenance advantage of the Yamaha and chose between the KTM1290 Adv S, BMW S1000XR, Ducati Multistrada 1260S - and probably regret it 😉
  6. Just had the third valve check done at @91000 miles. Each time the mechanic sounded quite concerned about several exhaust valves being too tight. Engine runs fine with no issues thus far - maybe just lucky...
  7. As the Yamaha quick shifter is up-shift only, its probably worth considering an aftermarket option with auto blipper. I run the translogic intellishift on my track bike and it’s really great: https://www.translogicusa.com/quickshifters.php
  8. My 2016 FJ-09 is @ 92000 miles. The bike has been absolutely stellar in terms of reliability, especially the engine seems a gem and most parts are solid and well designed. The bike has a number of issues and weak points, but no serious flaw which can’t be improved or fixed. Two things may cause a breakdown: the clutch cable will snap (replace with the revised design asap ), and low ground clearance + exposed oil pan (add a skid plate).
  9. Not sure magura still makes it. I purchased mine a while ago on eBay.
  10. ‘Had the Magura clutch installed last week @91000 miles (first cable snapped @27k miles, the second replaced with new revised design @52k miles). After 600 miles, including some city commuting, I must say that the magura clutch is a great improvement - lighter pull and much better modulation.
  11. Sorry we missed. I am from NY - trying to ride down twice a year. Would be nice to organize an FJ dragon meet...