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About 2linby

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  1. After I picked up a nail in my stocker rear tire and after 6000 miles I replaced both with the Michelin PR5's. I ride everyday, rain or shine. I've had no issues whatsoever with the tires. After almost 4000 miles they still look great and ride the same. I've had Michelin PR4's and PR3's on other bikes and love the series. I still remember the old Macadam 100X and the 89X. All great tires. Michelin makes a superior product.
  2. Added a 8" LED strip light for added running and brake lights. Changed the oil with Rotella T6. Cleaned and lubed the chain with DuPont wax based "Chain Saver". The LED strip is mounted on my Shad top case mount and is viewed with the running light on. The Brake light is about three times as intense. And added a Madstad 20" Light tinted shield about a week ago.
  3. Just buy the Tracer. ABS and traction control will be a huge benefit for a new(er) rider, The weight difference is nil. I owned a 650 Versys and now a FJ09. Both about 460 lbs. But the main reason is what you already said in your opening comments. If the Tracer is more comfortable, buy the Tracer. Regrets suck. GO FOR IT! My versys had ABS, but with 74 hp and the FJ with 114 hp it was a no brainer. Be Safe and Have Fun!
  4. Three weeks ago my GIVI shield took a major hit in the bottom left and broke off. A large rock or something in traffic on I-5. It would have sucked if it was right in the middle as the shield was no match for the flying object. Anyway. I bought a used Madstad from the for sale section here. A 20" I think (how to measure these things anyway?) The Madstad is stable at higher speeds and having the adjustments is novel, but I figure once I find the position I like it'll never move. The GIVI definitely had better wind and rain coverage, however the Madstad seems, so far, to be more stable at higher speeds (not that I move fast or anything ). And I did remove the fronts from my hand guards. Easy, but you have to use SS washers instead of the lincoln hat style spacers from the factory. Easy enough though.
  5. Bi Mart doesn't sell the T6 synthetic at any of its Eugene stores, Walmart does in the 4 gallon size. Just bought some as I am close to my oil change.
  6. Where is this deal? I'll take it if it is close.
  7. Yeah its a great road. I used to live in Snohomish County and it was a regular yearly ride past Diablo then over through Winthrop down to Chelan, through Wenatchee and back on Route 2 through Leavenworth. Great roads. Thanks for the memories!
  8. I placed a piece of double sided foam between the flat parts of the bracket to stop any rattling, but no nothin comes loose. However those knobs are really tough to turn by hand in the awkward position they are in. I'd love it if someone made a mated tool to fit the knob so you could put some leverage on them.
  9. Keep this up! Maybe a production run in the near future? Yes?
  10. First of all I love the Fort Nine Guy. Funny yet...funny. Secondly I live in Oregon. Yes the great Northwet! Yes I spelled "NORTHWET" I also lived in the Seattle area (even wetter). All toll I've been the the Northwest.... for over 36 years, of which almost all of them have been riding a motorcycle, almost everyday. Commuting in the Seattle area and now in Oregon. So yes I ride in the rain, a lot. That being said, the question asked is "How to stay dry". In short, you don't, entirely that is. Face, hands, wet. Feet, sometimes wet, but good boots make all the difference. Body, yes you can stay mostly dry, but at a cost. Cheap crap is, well, cheap. Years ago I had an older saged experienced hard core rider tell me, (I've been riding for 43 years), I assume he's no longer with us because he was old when I started riding. Anyway his saying was "It's easier to stay warm and dry, than to get warm and dry". OMG the truth soaks through and drips off this if you have crap to wear. All this being said. I wear a Roadcrafter Aerostich one piece suit almost all the time. I have an old pair of SIDI wellington style boots that are extrememly dry, but most of the time I wear my favorite work boots (Whites) which happen to not be waterproof in any way, shape or form. But I know this and accept it as I usually am commuting, so I know I'll be home in a half hour so it doesn't matter so much. But if I am taking a long trip I bring the SIDI's The Stich does pool water in the seat when it the rains for three, four hours hard and steady. Yes the vaulted Areostich Roadcrafter will leak through and of course in the crotch, but nobody notices as it is a onesy. This being said. I'm not about to replace it. I just try not to ride in four hours of steady hard rain. Now when it comes to the hands. If anyone says there are waterproof motorcycle glove, they are lying to you. Sure you can wear the over gloves that aerostich sells and they will keep you dry, but they aren't the easiest things to use. Or you can wear rubber surgical gloves underneath your spongelike gloves. But in anything other that a very light mist there are no waterproof gloves. They are like Honest Lawyers and Artesian wells. You know they exist, but no one has ever seen one. Some bikes are better than others in the rain. Full fairings work well. the Goldwing the larger Beemers and the Kawasaki Concours all have great rain protection, but not entirely. The FJ-09 with a larger windshield is ok, not great, but that's my current choice of machine and my take on staying dry.
  11. Move to Oregon they said, never any snow west of the Cascades they said......
  12. I came off a 2001 Concours C-10 machine. I put over 168,000 miles on that beast. I was a great machine for everything other than local street riding. That being said I did major modifications to be to get there. 17" wheel conversions, 4 pot front wheel brake conversion, custom Russell seat, bar risers, cruise, etc. The best things about the old connies are the fairing weather protection, the solid planted feeling to the ground and the in line four power of the de-tuned ninja 1000 engine. Oh yeah I rebuilt the carbs and air box as well. Also the simplicity of operations and the ridiculously low cost of the bike with hard bags! Coupled with the immense support of the COG forum it was an incredible 16 years of ownership. I sold the bike to a friend and he still rides and loves the bike. The downside was the weight and old school brakes (no ABS). The replacement C-14 Concours is a modern rocketship of a bike with all the bells and whistle and unfortunately just like the FJR, another fantastic machine, the weight. Have no time with a new job and other pressing needs I found a 2014 Versys 650 with ABS for a song and dance. Larger windshield and hard bags added it was a great commuter and could handle longer trips, but wasn't the Connie on long hauls. I've done plenty of LD rides and several IBA rides with the Connie. The versys was terrific, but lacked power. I lusting for a FJ being about the same weight as the Versys 650 but with 40 more ponies, I figured it would fit the bill. In 2018 I found a steal of a deal in a NOS 2016 FJ09. Larger windshield, hard bags and top case, Aux lights, heated grips, case guards and several other mods I am happy with the bike so far. PR5's on the wheels and it grips well, rides good over long distances and handles all of my local commute with easy. The seat sucks but that's a mod I'll take on this year. I've only done 8200 miles so far on it, but expect more this year. While it is not the perfect bike, it is a easy bike to master, light yet heavy enough to not get beat to shit on long rides, has all the modern bells and whistle with ABS and TCS and has a large aftermarket of farkles available for the forking idiots like me. Its not a long distance two up bike, but my wife rides her own Vstar so I don't care. Someone recently asked me why I didn't get a new GS 1200 BMW? I said I needed the additional $10,000 to buy gas....... Oh and I'm 62, 195 and 5'9" and been riding since 1973.
  13. Good idea on using the GIVI bars for support. Thanks