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  1. @fddriver2 thank you for the references. @keithu i dont think we will be doing dawson. We plan to hit TOWH on our way back but only up till the US-Canada border from Alaska side. It will be like a day trip from Fairbanks where will keep our luggage so we don't want to spend time with immigration. @nsmiller super helpful note on the tires. I think i will switch my metzlers with a fresh PR4 or PR5. @chitown good note about the fuel. I am going to carry two gallons with the bike. I hope it will be enough. With the load and gradient of the Dalton, i think i will barely, but, make it. @gv550 yeah we were looking at changing tires in Whitehorse. But they would be squared off by the time we reach Dalton. For doing Dempster, like you suggest, Whitehorse is a better place for sure. Saving Dempster for some other time Current plan, reading all comments here is to ride up to Fairbanks, change tires there to TKC70s, ride Dalton up and down back to Fairbanks, ride the TOWH up to the border and get back to Fairbanks. We will switch to road tires and continue our way back home. We will be hitting Valdez-Glennallen-McCarthy though. Any idea about those roads?
  2. Hello! I am going to attempt CA (Bay Area) -> Prudhoe Bay, AK -> CA this summer (June-July). Due to the road conditions on Dalton Highway, I will have to change tires midway somewhere. I had a few questions around that: 1. Where to change tires? There are two options i have - Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada OR Fairbanks, AK right before Dalton starts. The tires (options discussed below) don't last as long so i was wondering which is a better option? Are there unpaved sections before Dalton as well? How bad are they? Will I need knobbies before Dalton? 2. Tire choices: emailed the dealership in Whitehorse, Yukon and he swore by TKC 80s. But these tires are super bad on pavement (redirect to Question 1). Especially under load, it is known to wear out quick and wobble/is loud. The other option is TKC 70. Suggestions? Either those or something else like Shinkos maybe? 3. What street tire to run? I am currently running Metzler roadtec 01. While the grip is exceptional for touring tires, under load, the tire has started squaring off in about 4k miles. I am thinking to try PR5s for the trip. Suggestions? Any other suggestion is also welcome for the trip. Thanks!
  3. @octane25 how was the trip? i have a lotta questions haha. me and a buddy on his tiger 800 are gonna attempt CA-> prudhoe bay this summer. Needed some insights on what to hope for, how to prepare etc.
  4. ah! really helpful information. Thanks a lot guys. I went ahead and ordered ACF-50. I was planning to use WD40 for this but this seems like a purpose built thing for the use case
  5. Planning a SF - Prudhoe Bay - SF trip in June 2019. Divided on hard panniers or soft luggage. I already have a 47L top case with a medium sized Wolfman.
  6. I currently do my motocamping trips in the Olympia Odessey textile riding suit. I have been very satisfied with it and it has held up pretty well over the last 3 years. No complaints so far apart from slight leakage from the main zip near the crotch under heavy downpour - does not make a good conversation topic at work hehe Anyways, I am willing to upgrade/move on preferably to another textile riding suit. Any suggestions? Looks like the only option i have left is Aerostitch. If you guys have any other suggestions, preferably cheaper, that'd be great. Ventilation is pretty important for me and that is something i love about the Odessey.
  7. @wordsmithwhat PVC product do you use to coat the forks?
  8. Ah! good to know that rust is a non issue *phew* Rotating the tube is a great hack haha I think i will try to find a clear nail polish or something of that sort and patch-fix it. ACF is a great idea - I did not know something like that existed. I might not use it for this specific purpose, but do you guys think it will be helpful to coat few parts of the bike with it before a long dirt trip?
  9. 2017 model bought exactly a year and a month ago. ODO: 14,000 miles. I commute on it (28miles a day) and do a bunch of weekend rides, motocamping trips etc. I have successfully completed the SaddleSore 1000 on it. Planning to hit Alaska next year summer. Routine maintenance, nothing special. No issues so far. Nothing needed replacement yet except tires. Moved from stock Dunlops to Roadtec 01 - never going back. Mods: 1. LED tail/brake lights to Givi V47 top case 2. LED driving lights on the suspension 3. Higdonion urban crash guard and belly pan 4. Extra USB ports - super helpful on long trips (two on the front dash in cigarette adapter, two near the front seat / crotch with a direct SAE connector which i use for battery tender, two relay'd ports inside the top case for those bad weather days) Overall pretty satisfied with the bike. I do most maintenance myself/self-help garage.
  10. As the title suggests, there is a small chip on the gold part of the right fork. I am wondering if it will get rusted if i don't treat it? What should i treat it with? Previously i have applied touch up paint on such small chips but i am not able to find the right color touch up paint for the gold forks :/ Looked online to find clear coat touch up pens - i am pretty sure that will not provide rust protection like paint would. Any ideas?
  11. The current one already has adjustable rebound and damping settings on both front and rear shocks i believe. How big of a difference will that make?
  12. Right. Funny thing is a few dealerships are telling me that they have white, matte silver and red for 2017, while the Yamaha website says 2017 is available only in white and blue. I guess i will have to check the differences mentioned in this post to determine which model it actually is.
  13. I wouldn’t be buying a fj09 now, 2018 models are to be revealed any time now, that way you will get the improved 2018 or a discounted 2017,2016 or 2015. Who knows what the 2018 model will bring (best to wait and see) it could be a new design with better windscreen better seat better suspension, even maybe a SP version as with the upcoming FZ-09 SP version that suppose to have Ohlin's suspension like the FZ10 SP. All will be shown soon I hope. Worse case you will save $$ as all other models will drop in price soon as new ones are shown I guess. That sounds like a lucrative option. The only problem is the resale value on the Ninja. The more i wait, the more milage it will gather and i will get even lesser price for it. All FJ-09's regardless of year are ride-by-wire. If Yamaha introduces cruise control on the 2018's, us guys with 2015's-17's hope we'll be able to easily add it to our current bikes. ^ Helpful fact. Thanks for that. I would still buy a 2015 leftover... nothing wrong with any the years... as for cruise control you may still be able to get one from MCCRUISE... oil pan bolt location can easily be solved by using an oil pan from a later year model or Higdonion Cage... all model years will surely benefit from an ECU reflash to remove that cancer called EPA, yea the 2017 have been reported to have tad better throttle response but pointless once the ECU gets reflashed. ^ True. I do want to save some money for decking out the FJ with proper touring accessories. I think i will just get a 2017 model and see how it goes: CC is not really that big of a deal i believe.
  14. Hello I am willing to upgrade to a proper sport tourer from my 2017 Ninja 650. I really love the FJ-09 for everything it has. A few things confuse me though: 1. What are the key differences between the 2016 and the 2017? From other threads in this forum, looks like oil bolt placement was a 2015 to 2016 change. Anything else? 2. Current 2017 model has fly-by-wire technology (so does 2016 afaik). But it does not have cruise control yet. Is there any speculation/news if that will be present in the 2018 model? 3. Any tentative date on launch of the 2018 model? I understand that they changed the suspension in 2017 model to a better one from 2016. Wondering if i should invest in 2017 model now or wait a few months for 2018 model (if at all it will be launched in 2018). Thanks!
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