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  • Birthday 05/26/1959

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    Canonsburg, PA
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    2019 Tracer 900 GT

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  1. That isn't the nut you mess with to add an extension. That nut on both mirrors is righty tighty. Clockwise tightens it. You remove the mirrors at the base to add a mirror extender. Hope this helps.
  2. If you think the GT seat is uncomfortable on long trips, you should sit on the FZ-07 seat. I bought an FZ-07 to add to the fleet 2 weeks ago. The FZ-07 seat is only good for about 100 miles before it gets hard and uncomfortable. I just ordered the Seat Concepts kit for it and will give that a shot. It has to be better. I added Givi V37 side cases and a V46 trunk with Admore lighting on all cases. I haven't finished the installation of the side case lights yet, but will accomplish that task soon. I can live with the stock GT seat. It's just fine for now.
  3. I was showing a friend how the side cases come off and on the bike. I noticed the key in the lock mechanism was rather loose. After unlocking and unlatching the side case, I noticed that the 2 little screws in the back of the lock were both backed out almost all the way. I finger tightened them until I got home. The screws were backed out and I applied red Loctite to each of the screws threads and tightened them back up. The screw heads are the security torx type. You can buy a little handy dandy folding tool with multiple sizes of security torx screw drivers really cheap at Harbor Freight. Since I'm also an FJR guy, this issue has been going on for years on FJRs with the same side case setup. Multiple people have had their bags pop off the bike at speed which totally destroyed them. Once those screws come out on their own, you can lose the bags quite easily. When I checked the screws in the back of the lock on my other side case on the GT, they were still tight. I backed both of those screws out as well. Each of those screws had a little bit of blue Loctite on them, but not near enough to keep the screws secure over time. They backed out too easily. Please check your side cases lock screws ASAP. Even if they're tight, I would definitely remove them one at a time an Loctite them. Some folks use blue Loctite, but I'd recommend red since there is no reason to ever take those screws out in the future. Based on my experience with the FJR bag locks, those things will last for hundreds of thousands of miles.
  4. Recommended front tire pressure is 36 psi. The experienced FJR crowd runs 42 to eliminate premature tire scalloping and longer life. I run 42 psi in the front tires of all my bikes and am pleased with the results. At 36 psi we found that we were supporting tire manufacturers way too much. I had my doubts on higher tire pressure also. I was wrong. 42 psi is just better. This pressure is measured on a cold tire.
  5. Thanks for the honesty @chitown. 42 psi in the front tire works incredibly well for me and has for many years. Everyone I know on the FJR Forum which includes literally thousands of riders from all over the world do the same since it's a proven tire pressure. To each their own. I ride more than many. Definitely a rider and not a poser. I also own an FZ-07 and a Honda CTX 700 DCT. Same tire pressure among all bikes. It just works. With an FJR, a GT, and an FZ-07 in the stable, we ride a lot of hard, fast miles.
  6. I always have my tires front and rear balanced on a professional spin balance machine. So Important. Good point @nhchris
  7. With my Yamaha stock side cases and a Givi top case high up on the back, I don't even notice that they're there. Then again, the Givi top case is much more aerodynamic than a cooler. I have side cases and a top case on all 4 of my bikes. 3 of us in the family ride and we do a lot of long distance touring. I can't say that I ever take my hand off of the bars as there's no reason to. Some of that Givi stuff is pricey, but worth every penny of it.
  8. I have no idea how long you've been riding, but all 4 of my bikes for the last 20 years have been at 42 psi for the front tire. I used to run mid 30's psi like the manual says years ago. I learned from experienced riders long ago that those lower pressures will cause your front tire to scallop more quickly. You can certainly run whatever tire pressure you like on your bike and that's fine. It's your money. Your claim that 42 psi is way too high is fake news. 😀 Your manual says 36 and you run 33? LOL
  9. Yeah, I've seen a few bikes wobble with no hands on decel. Sometimes it's the bags or windshield, but's it's almost always a worn front tire. Keeping 42 psi in the front tire does help considerably.
  10. You'll get used to the fuel gauge. You have about 25 miles remaining once the last bar starts flashing. No biggie.
  11. The directions for turning off the QS are in the manual. You really don't have to figure it out. 😋
  12. @wordsmithMuch, much better on the location of the lights. I really like that setup and am quite jealous. Really nice work! Congrats!
  13. It's when she's home that you really have to be concerned.
  14. I'd say if you want more storage, invest in a trunk and side cases. Not any storage to speak of in the battery compartment. I think you'll be pleased with the BatterySharks replacement batteries. Good luck!
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