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  1. Inspect chain regularly. Wipe it down with wd40 occasionally. Never lube. Life best as can tell from the interwebz falls close to mean. Lubing or oilers vs marginal additional life equation works out just fine for me. If you're paying somebody else to do a replacement YMMV.
  2. +1 I'm a ring lock guy now on all my bikes. Think I first saw the dryver ring set mentioned on advrider and I had an old strap bag that was perfect for the FJ-09. I used some scrap abs for stiffness/shape as it's a small bag but the cutting boards they sell at Target and Wally are options for something larger.
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    Chilly

    It's been a couple years but also enjoy MRR. Usually did a loop with French Meadows, Wentworth Springs etc.
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    Source for Wheel Weights

    I use motion pro stick on weights, balance a new-to-me rim once, tape with gaffers tape, and it's done. Doesn't get balanced again unless I go to a tire that still ships with heavy spots (my usual tires don't). Never an issue with balance or losing weights street or track.
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    Working the Isle of Man

    Went with a buddy in 2013. He's retired now and is going to be a TT Marshal this year. Wish I had the time to go with him so we could test his temporary "constable" powers and see the TT return of McPint
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    Yoshimura Y- Series Exhaust for the FJ-09

    So far it's standing up fine and hasn't been difficult to keep clean.
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    Yoshimura Y- Series Exhaust for the FJ-09

    Mine has been on for several thousand miles and I don't appear to be contacting it. YMMV. For reference: I ride in US size 10 boots, usually peg is at midpoint of boot and the heel doesn't reach the muffler, if tilting the horizon a bit peg is under toes/ball and boot is higher than the muffler.
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    Seat

    Have had custom seats made, done some DIYs, have tried gel seats, padded shorts, airhawks, sheepskin... you name it. Have also owned several bikes with "comfort" (usually gel) available. My experience, YMMV: Unless you're light and stick to shorter rides gel isn't usually a great solution. It tends to sink until it can't any more then become a source of heat. For every bike that had a gel seat available could always pick one up in the classifieds of a forum because folks were constantly trying them and giving up. Custom made seats are the bomb. I've had two made by Bill Mayer Saddles for other bikes. And, they'll often work better than oem even if not made specifically for you -- because they're usually using a firmer grade/better foam. While some think softer sounds better there's nothing worse than feeling a pressure point and realizing you've reached the limits of the foam. Like suspension, the oems are making seats that are tolerable for the "international" customer and that aren't costly to mfg. For DIY my best results have been replacing oem foam with aftermarket. An electric knife and a staple gun are helpful. For foam have found aircraft seat foam the best. Pilots spend a lot of time on their butts There are likely online aircraft supply stores supporting experimental builders anywhere there's private aviation. In the US Aircraft Spruce is one of the better known supply outfits.
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    Tyre Pressure poll

    36f/42r on nearly all my street bikes for many years now. Have run those same pressures riding quite a bit in the UK. Ambient temps, big range as I like to go places, high 20s - 115F. Oh, and usually mixed, sport touring rear with a sport front. A few psi cold doesn't impact most street tires to the extent some here suggest with regard to heating, wear, and contact patch. Tires are not balloons. If it's street rubber it's got constraints across all mfg with regard to heating time and designing to the lowest common denominator for the market it targets (rider skill level, road conditions, weather conditions, etc). If one really wants to find the "best" or "correct" pressure for a given tire and conditions it's about finding the optimal operating temp. Monitor your pressure change between hot/cold, learn to read hot and cold tear indications on the tire, etc. With regard to track opinions above please seek out the opinion of tire techs at the venue. Many novices (we have all been there) are surprised to find that a street front sport tire often needs more pressure than suggested on the internet because at high temps the sidewalls may become quite soft and need additional pressure to maintain shape.
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    Tire Pressure

    36-42 ? In which case you've not had the best out of the Fj09. Also, why would you ever use a tyre on a heavy bike (fjr) without stiffer bias side walls ? Over inflating to compensate makes the tyre harder, which equals less grip, longer warm up times with a shorter lifespan. Same for your fj09. But heh, we all have our own way of doing things I guess. Try the lower pressures 36-33 and see what you think. Firstly, I'm over 198 lbs with gear. But I don't blindly follow the manuals in any regard. Shift points, chain slack, etc Other than dangerously low or high pressures would encourage everybody to read the tires, track hot vs cold temps, ride, adjust, repeat -- and find what works for them. That's how I arrived at my opinion. Started with the recommended then experimented. And, yes, I've gone lower with the FJ-09 but not since the first week or two of ownership. Those pressures have worked well for me on many different bikes and varied conditions. Whether on the way to Prudhoe Bay, heading to the Cat & Fiddle on minor roads, riding the NC500 around Scotland, or just riding local twisties and commuting. For a frame of reference I'm at the tail end of the fast group at most trackdays and on the street like to tilt the horizon but don't ride faster than I can see. A lot of experience. Lucky enough to know local riders who are better than me mechanically and as riders which has steered me in the right direction far more than online sources. Have to disagree with you on added pressure reducing lifespan (which could refer to tread depth, being gassed out, etc). That's not my experience with DOT tires. In fact the opposite. But lifespan isn't really a goal for me with pressures. Re the FJR, many of the tires I prefer aren't available in a GT. The Yamaha recommended tires aren't to my liking. Any differences in warm up, grip, hardness are all still well within the category of my likes. Tire grip and profile comfort/familiarity offset the benefit to running the GT at a few pounds less cold. Ends up being a wash in terms of feel and feedback imo. A few pounds plus or minus doesn't impact DOT tire heating to the point most riders would notice IME. If what you're suggesting works for you by all means use it. The only disagreement you'll get from me is when we get to labeling something best or proper. Only a Sith deals in absolutes (ok that was a joke, I just like the platitude). Rock on.
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    Stabilizing Your Fuel

    Seafoam has worked well for me but since it's worked I haven't used others.
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    Tire Pressure

    Have run 36f/42r cold on the FJ-09 its whole life. Including PR4. The FJR usually needs a few more in the front to maintain sidewall stiffness if not using a GT model. You can always google some fun weekend reading and youtubing on checking and targeting differences in warm and cold tire temps, reading tire wear indications of over or under heating, etc.
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    FJ09 Reliability

    Ride more, worry less. Or sell it and get something else. Reading online forums will give you pause about nearly every model of motorcycle.
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    The best helmet (information) sound system.

    Was never happy with helmet speakers. Buds were problematic at one time but have been using Etymotic MC-5s for a few years now. They have a variety of rubber and foam tips and once I found the size that worked for me they're now my goto. Even when I'm not plugged into anything they're so comfy that I prefer them to other hearing protection.
  15. +1 to what others said re fit. If Snell is important to you (it isn't to me, consider it marketing bs) that's going to be a factor. Last time I checked they still weren't certifying anything with an internal visor. Personally, will never own another helmet without an internal visor for street riding. Like the value for money with Scorpions and have been using them for several years now.
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