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About 2linby

  • Birthday 10/11/1957

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    2016 FJ09


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    West Coast - Oregon

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  1. Michelins all the way! I've put over 400K on bikes since the early 80's and every single Michelin I've ever had met or exceeded my expectations. I've used Dunlops, Pirelli's, Avons, Shinko's, Continentals, Kendra, IRC, Yokohama's (yes I'm that old) and some odd korean brand I can't even remember its name. Michelins never ever let me down. and I always seemed to come back to them. And yes I commented from Everett to Seattle, then Bonney Lake to Kent everyday, rain or shine (mostly rain!) and the michelins are sure footed and long lasting.
  2. Cool, Just ride through the perimeter cones slow tight to the southside of the parking lot. I should be at the bike sheds about 11:30 am at the latest. Black FJ09
  3. Yes. It starts at 12:15 pm Ends about 5pm. There is a morning class there until 11:45 am I'll be on site about 11:30 am. Do you know where the training range is?
  4. Its a nice loop. I should have gone for a ride today. Sorry to see the destruction. We’ll have to talk about your aux tank someday. I’m just down in Eugene. Ill be teaching a PM MC class at LBCC with Team Oregon next weekend. Maybe you could show it off then?
  5. That's a great dealership to support! I too have (overtime) learned to love Michelins way over Dunlops and I too cannot wait till the dunlop's wear out. In fact I just talked myself into getting a new Michelins PR front because I truly hate the way the Dunlop feels.
  6. Check the cheap things first! 1) Pull the Schrader valve, (Not the stem) clean the inside of the valve stem with a Schrader valve tool and replace with a brand new Schrader valve (easily purchased at a auto parts store). 2) Over inflate the tire (50 psi) and do the partial submerge test. You can do this with the tie mounted, bike on the center stand. 3) Pull the tire and use a very high intensity light to examine both the inside and outside including the bead. Make sure there are zero foreign objects and check the nature of the build of the tie. If there are any irregularities its manufacture. Replace the entire valve stem with a new metal one with rubber gaskets-fittings. 4) Clean the inside of the rim bead seat with a scrubbing pad and hand check for any abnormalities including any out of round condition. IF you have perform a run out test, both radially and axial. Tolerance shouldn't be out more the a couple thousands at worst. The manual may have specs on this. 5) With that same light check the rim for any abnormalities. There could be a hair line crack that potentially is causing this 6) Purchase a can of Ride-on tire sealant if everything else fails. 7) AND! if the Ride-on fails. it's time for a a new tire. IF it fails again, its time for a new rim If it fails again Buy a brass bell, you have gremlins due.
  7. Hang a brass bell on the bike. You have gremlins dude! :)!
  8. I've done that with other bikes. I'm happy with the set up at the moment. Spieglers will be the next step But for my casual "old man riding style " R1 320's and matching master aren't really necessary. But then again, I've say that before and did the changes anyway. I converted My old 2001 Concous to 17" wheels front and rear added 300mm rotors with six pot tokico's and Spengler SS lines. The big bike stopped sooo much better and was transformed into the machine Kawasaki should have made. Then the C14 came along.... As I got older it become just too heavy for my short commute and in town traffic, so the FJ09 came along. So far love the bike. I little under powered but I'm not going exotic or R1 so it'll do for now.
  9. Yeah I knew they where the GG pads. and yes I just got back from about 50 miles of quick stops to bed them in. No surprises. Thanks!
  10. New EBC HH brake pads front and rear. Easiest bike to change pads on that I've ever owned! With only 17,000 miles on the bike I still had stock pads and probably another 3-5,000 left on them. But they felt just a little off on a very hard stop today, so off to Cycle Gear and she stops on a very thin dime now!
  11. SO I decided to abandon my much beloved Michelin PR5's for another brand based on a great price only to find I made a mistake. While I've had success with Dunlops in the past but my "new to me" Dunlops Roadsmart III tires ride like I'm on a washboard road. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but they are hard. They ride hard. The front at times feels like I'm riding on iron, not comfortable at all like the Michelins. I tried 36-34-32 psi to see if this changes the "feel" and at 32 they are not very firm and sure footed in corners. At 36 they are hard as rocks. 34 seems to be a compromise, but not as compliance and confident as the PR5 and PR4''s were. Sad to say I'll be running these down until I either can't stand it or have the money for another set of PR4 or 5's. Lesson learned I guess. Saving a buck for confidence wasn't what anyone wants in a motorcycle tire. Glad I've got a few miles under my belt as these tires aren't for a beginning rider. They kind of remind me of the very old K591 "murdercycle tires". Hard as hell and would ride 15, 20 thousand miles and still have tread. Hard as rocks and shitty as hell in any wet conditions. Just one mans opinion.