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  1. I use it. Switched from Yamalube Semi Synthetic. Seems okay. The price is right.
  2. fr8dog

    Handlebar vibration

    My bars were rolled forward from the dealer. When I started tinkering I aligned the dot on the bars with the risers per the manual. When I got on the bike my mirrors were way off. So the dealer had the bars rolled forward. Same vibration either way. The risers can be turned 180 degrees depending if you want the bars forward or back. I thought about installing sorbothane somewhere between the risers and triple tree. By the time you torque it down I think the rubber wouldn't be effective. Not sure. On my son's multistrada you can push the bars up and they give a little. Some type of rubber in there somewhere. The shop manager at the dealer showed me that. He came from a harley dealer so he knew where to look. I think the vibration is normal for this bike. Still bugs me.
  3. fr8dog

    Dashboard leak?

    Dash is being replaced under warranty next week. Dealer said it shouldn't take too long to install. Should be able to wait there while they work on it. Good for Yamaha!
  4. fr8dog

    Handlebar vibration

    Drives me bonkers too. My hands are asleep in 15 minutes. Wouldn't have thought too much about it had I not rode my son's bike. Zero vibration through the bars. Although after 20 minutes on his my hands started to numb. Not sure what's going on. Obviously a circulation issue. The buzzing still bothers me. I'll start with grip puppies and bar ends. Waiting for warmer weather to remove the handguards. Replacing chain and sprockets. That might help too.
  5. High 60's today. 200 mile ride here in norcal with fj and my son and his multi 950. Life is good.
  6. fr8dog

    Handlebar vibration

    I'm due for a chain so I'll give this a try. Probably order grip puppies too. Also gonna ditch the handguards then I can get a nice set of bar ends.
  7. fr8dog

    Handlebar vibration

    Just tried using a couple of different things on the upper bracket and the bars. No difference. Looks like I'll order a small sheet of sorbothane so I can cut to size. Gonna try on the top and bottom of the triple tree, or whatever that is that the bracket is bolted to.
  8. What do you all think of using sorbothane washers or a sheet of sorbothane somewhere on the handlebar brackets? On the Multistrada 950 the bars have some sort of rubber grommet or something to absorb the vibration. Our bikes are metal to metal. "isolate it" has a lot of different products.
  9. fr8dog

    Dashboard leak?

    When the rain stops I'll head to the dealer. I think it's condensation. The streaks are horizontal. The screen is dry now. I'll leave it outside for a while before I go and try to recreate it. It's still under warranty. Seems like there would be some sort of rubber gasket in there.
  10. Looks like I have some moisture inside the dash. Can't be good. Anybody experience this? Is there a gasket or seal of some type? Warranty item?
  11. fr8dog

    New bike

    Side by side the multi is taller. Fuel tank holds a 1/2 gallon more. The heavy feeling on top is a lot compared to the fj. Not a deal breaker for me. Might be an issue off road. Yesterday I spent an hour on a "wagon trail". Top heavy and all I wished for a more forgiving suspension like the multi. The Africa Twin that passed me going the other way was probably shaking his head.
  12. fr8dog

    New bike

    What a day. Sunshine, high 50's and spending the day with my son. Doesn't get much better than that. The first half of the day we rode our own bikes, stopped for lunch and then made the swap. I've lusted after a Ducati since the air cooled days. Actually since 1980. Started researching bikes back in 08 after not riding for years and came upon the Multistrada. Anyways, I rode it about 20 miles. It's all that. Very comfortable, good power and just seems refined. Feels like your sitting in the bike. No vibration through the bars, but can feel it in the seat. Kind of a massaging effect. Ha. Weird. Wind screen does it's job. Handles good and all day type comfort. The suspension is awesome. I'm 220 lbs. and stock settings from dealer felt fine. The small bumps are soaked up and the harsh ones are smoothed out. The stock exhaust sounds good. Real good! So the multi comes stock ready to roll. The only change right now is a tinted screen. The bad - top heavy and not as flickable as the FJ. I think the multi handles as good as the fj, just takes some getting used to. Just moving both bikes off of the side stand there is a noticeable weight difference. Top heavy. Not sure why. Where does handlebar vibration come from? How does one bike have none and the other have a lot? So out the door it's probably 5-6k more than my fj. Is it worth it. I think so.
  13. My son bought a Multistrada 950 today. Exciting!! His last bike was an R6. He sold it a couple of years ago. He's been busy with school and work. He graduated last month from San Francisco State and has had a couple of job interviews. We were at the dealer this morning. We looked at everything even though he had made his decision. The dealer carries Ducati, Triumph and BMW. He took it for a test ride. He came back from the test ride and went in to took care of business. I left and headed up to ride the Berryessa GP. We played phone tag this afternoon. I'm sure he'll stop by in the morning and we'll go for a ride. No pics yet.
  14. fr8dog

    Disapointed...

    I test rode the bike he's talking about. The BMW 850gs. Beautiful bike.
  15. fr8dog

    Disapointed...

    No experience with the Triumph, but it's a triple. I've ridden the BMW. Beautiful bike. Loved everything about the bike except the engine. The engine accelerates like a moped compared to the FJ. Oh, and the cost. The power delivery seems more suited for off road. I still like the BMW though. Maybe down the road. Having too much fun on the FJ for now.
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