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  • Birthday 05/05/1955

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  1. SMH-10 with off the shelf foam earplugs in a simple HJC IS helmet and I can hear music just fine, sometimes at less than 100% volume. It's also clear enough to hear podcasts, audiobooks, etc. Speaker positioning is critical. Even 1/2 inch off makes a drastic difference. On my last helmet (Scorpion) I had to shave the foam to allow the speakers to drop a little more to fit centered on my ears. I also had to stuff a little bit of cloth between the speaker and the shell to move it closer to my ears. Once I found the sweet spot it was perfectly functional. The HJC fit spot on first time.
  2. My FJ is rather new to me, I've had it for just a couple of years. Historically bikes in my stable last 3-5 years. The notable exception is my 1st Gen SV650. I've had it going on 20 years, and still makes me smile. The only bike I sold that I still miss is my '75 CB360T, and it's for nostalgic reasons. It was my first "real" bike, the first bike I was able to take weekend trips, or do full day touring. This was in the 70's, so our perspective of adequate was much different than today's. Still, whenever I see an old 360T, particularly in the blue livery, I look on it with the same fondness that I hold for the first girl I kissed. All other bikes served their purpose, then I moved on.
  3. I have the HVMP bar ends on my '15. They came with them on, so I got to know the bike with them as part of the experience. Several months later, in an attempt to shorten the width of the handlebars for better lane splitting, I took them off. The difference was substantial. I felt buzziness throughout the rev range that I didn't feel before. After putting them back on the handlebars became smooth again. The HVMP are massive, weighing over a pound each. But they are impressive in how much vibration they quell.
  4. I’m going to be the lone voice of meh. I bought a ’15 model a couple of years ago, and while I like it, I don’t yet love it. It’s strange, because on paper it’s everything I wanted, farkled as I like. I rode it exclusively for about 6 months after getting it, and slowly little things started to bug me. Pretty soon I went back to commuting on my SV650, and for multi day rides I went back to my K1200GT. So my FJ has been relegated to day rides of 200+ miles. Shorter trips my SV makes me happier, and anything longer my K bike lets me relax into the ride. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fine machine, and does everything that people says it does, and then some. But for me, for my own personal preferences, it turns out that I get more joy from riding a slow bike fast, commuting/lane splitting is way easier on the SV, and I value comfort for multi day rides more than I value performance. Part of me would swap it instantly for a well farkled Wee Strom, but a bigger part of me still hopes that I’ll fall in love with it some day. Interestingly, back in the 80's I sold my daily driver, an XS 650 to buy the shiny new FJ 1200, and after a couple of years I sold it because I didn’t fall in love with it. Maybe the moral of the story is that I don’t get along with the FJ designation! Personal tastes are weird.
  5. Oh man, now I know how to win every fitbit competition I enter!!
  6. I rode in to Seth's workshop and had him build me one while I waited. I put it right up there with my old Russell for comfort. I'd keep trying.
  7. I commute on my bike as well and this is how I do it. Over the years my office has turned into a little Men's Warehouse store, where I keep 3 pairs of shoes, 8 suit jackets, two belts, and 6 ties. The only thing left on my bike is an old, ratty Cycle Gear bike cover.
  8. Not sure which direction you'll be, but if you're in the Quincy area, you could do this stretch out and back. Typically dead ends are not fun, but this is one of those times where it might actually be worth it. The map below shows the open stretch. Google Maps
  9. Yeah, it's almost embarrassing how many great roads there are in NorCal. I've been riding these roads for 30+ years, and the old standards still make me grin, and I find a new road every year. For me, the hidden gem is Highway 162 between Oroville and Quincy. 60 miles of beautiful twisty roads with virtually no traffic and even less LEO presence. Definitely put it on your map for a future trip. But you'll need to give it a year - a section of it is under repair, so it' closed about a third of the way up. Alternatively, you can start from Quincy and ride to the closure and back. Guaranteed to have the road to yourself. Google Maps
  10. I've found 3 bikes to be the right number. I had a big cruiser, but ironically my wife asked me to sell it and buy a comfier bike for her. Her riding position, slightly reclined, with her knees propped up high by the tall footpegs, and the wide bike splaying her apart, she often commented that I should replace the pegs with stirrups, because every ride left her feeling like she was getting an exam.
  11. 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.
  12. Welcome! I don't have much of substance to respond to, it's just that the French version of my name caught my eye!
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.