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  • Birthday 05/05/1955

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  1. There's no question that it's a blast to ride a slow bike fast. I get more giggles and grins riding my SV650 in the mountains and on the track than any other bike I've owned.
  2. Welcome! I don't have much of substance to respond to, it's just that the French version of my name caught my eye!
  3. I am the second owner of my bike, and it came with HVMP bar ends (and the hand guard discarded). The stock bars are already too wide, and the bar end weights made the bars unacceptably wide for commuting (lane sharing). After cracking a couple of SUV mirrors, I took off the HVMP weights. For my hour long commute even tho the bars seem a little buzzier, my hands feel no different. If I'll do some backroad riding or touring I thread them back on, but day to day I don't use them.
  4. Thanks for the pictures. I zoomed in to get a better sense, and it seems like the bars have less of a vertical rise, and an increased horizontal bend. I wouldn't call them Tiller Style, but compared to stock, they seem to orient to that direction. Am I seeing it right? You mention the vibrations at 90+. How is it at 70? Any different than stock?
  5. A bike that's been sitting for 4 years would give me pause. I'd be leery of the seals starting to deteriorate due to inactivity, the hoses as well. And like Nick said, the fluids are probably bad and possibly causing damage. Compare a new '15 with a farkled '15 with a few miles on the odo, and I'd take the latter. In fact I did. My '15 came with cruise control, panniers, 3 windshields, rear rack, weighted bars, various mounts and doo dahs. That it had 9k miles is of no consequence, as it was properly maintained.
  6. There's pros and cons to both, but I'll say this much. More power is not inherently better. It's better in some situations, and it's more cumbersome in others. Both have plenty of power for freeway slogs, so it's a push there. For slow riding - in town, or in technical terrain the old saying is true: it's more fun to go fast on a slow bike than slow on a fast bike. So I'd definitely throw that consideration into the mix. For me personally, I have 3 bikes right now. The FJ-09, a 150 HP hypertouring bike, and a 65 HP utilitarian naked bike. Guess which one gets out for non-commuting more frequently? Yup, the little one. Tootling around town, going to the store, etc, the little bike is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. When I got the FJ I figured I would sell the SV, but as it turns out, they each excel at their own thing, and do ok on things that aren't in their forte, so I keep both and use each for their strengths. Long winded way of saying you can't really go wrong with your choices. But one is going to be more right for you, and all the advice you're getting here will help you decide which way to go. Good luck!
  7. Plus if I crash, I'm already in the Superman position so that I can slide on the only protected part of the body. It's brilliant, really.
  8. Thanks. My bike already has the handguards removed. It came that way, so I never had a chance to experience the big blobs at the end. All my other bikes with bags have had wider bags than handlebars, so it's not an issue for me. I gauge to clear the side mirrors, which automatically gives me a big cushion down lower where the bags are. I'll be really interested in the Rizoma bars to see how they fit and work.
  9. For the first time in 35 years of lane splitting, I hit a car mirror with my handlebar. I commute on the bike daily, and have logged thousands of hours lane sharing without a single incident. The FJ-09 is still somewhat new to me, and the handlebars are the widest of any bike I’ve ever owned. Muscle memory told me I had the clearance, but obviously I didn’t. Has anyone cut down the width of their handlebars? I think I’d be happy taking 4-6 inches off each side.
  10. Just now seeing this ride report (I worked the Camp Fire incident and was on duty 30+ days in a row). I live at the lower end of this ride, and take these roads with some frequency. There's a lot of good riding to be had. We're hoping to have Bucks Lake Rd patched up this year or next. Crossing fingers, that side route is kind of challenging on a bike.
  11. And just to make sure everyone knows the trick to putting on rain pants during a ride… if you go on a ride carrying your waterproof gear in your saddlebags instead of wearing it, and you need to put it on because it starts to rain, carry a couple of plastic grocery bags and rubber bands (this isn’t critical, but helpful). Slide the plastic bag over your boots, secure w/rubber band, then put on your rain pants. The plastic cover will help your boots glide through the pants without getting stuck. This is especially useful if you’re doing a roadside suit up as it starts to rain.
  12. I commute in the Northern Sacramento Valley, so I regularly ride triple digits. I've ditched the cooling vests for a variety of reasons. I now wear very tight compression long sleeve shirt and pants under my vented gear. I drink drink drink lots of water, hit the road, warm up, and start sweating. The tight fitting clothes immediately wicks away the sweat and you get transpiration cooling. Even the cheap stuff works well, no need to spend a fortune (though the good stuff does last longer). Something like this and the accompanying pants will do the job just fine. BTW, I've ridden like this from NorCal to Yellowstone, in a single day through the Great Basin, where I had 10+ hours of 110-115 degrees and I did just fine. Just need to find the right amount of air going through your jacket/pants so that you don't overdry your body. Oh, and drink, drink, drink. Lots of water and gatorade. You need to sweat like Ted Striker landing a plane. Sedici Close Long Sleeve Compression Shirt WWW.CYCLEGEAR.COM Base layers designed to elevate your ride. Not just close, Sedici Close.
  13. I have the CyclePump unit which is a highly rated pump and I carry it mostly for ballast and the ability to say “at least I tried!”. I have no confidence that it would do anything other than give me something to throw in anger. I’ve tried it at home and after blowing a number of fuses I finally got it to turn on. First, the thing is as loud as a jackhammer. Holy crap, keep your earplugs in. Second, it is finicky. The hoses had to be Just So in order to get air coming out the right place, but; Third the thing bounces around like a bull in a rodeo just after the chute opens. This thing just jumps and bucks and wants to go everywhere, when you recall point 2, you try to get it under control and run into: Fifth, the thing gets hot enough to cook naan on it. I even ruined a pair of riding gloves while holding it down in my garage, only to have the leather seared and crackled. Buy Now: Cycle Pump Motorcycle Air Compressor, EZ Air Tire Gauge, Tire Repair Kit | Pashnit Moto WWW.PASHNITMOTO.COM Compact Travel Air Compressor for Motorcycles and Sport-Touring Travel Motorcyclists So I still carry it in my saddlebag (even though it’s not very light or practical), and also carry a bicycle pump (which I’ve used a lot, actually).
  14. I don’t go looking for rain, but I won’t let it keep me from riding. I’ve tried a whole lotta methods, gear, etc, and my preference is the full barrier method. I have dedicated raingear, with full coverage. Two piece Olympia rain suit, Aerostich triple digit glove cover, Aerostich boot rain cover, silk balaklava with enough fabric to tuck into my jacket to prevent rain coming in under my helmet. Also, I wear a smartwool layer on my skin, just in case I do have some water seep in it’ll still keep me warm. I ride mostly in California, so hot weather rain is a rarity. The couple of times it’s happened I just kept riding, got wet, and dried off. I have no idea what it’d be like to ride in Florida, or any of the hot muggy rainy states.
  15. 49 for freeway slogs, low 40's for fun riding (higher RPM, lower tire PSI, sporadic WFO.