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  1. Still though, coming from a 135cc, 10hp scooter? Come on now. The Tracer is not the next logical step. The Versys 650 is still my recommendation. Ride the Versys for a year or two to get some experience. The Versys is a bike with plenty of power to learn on. Top speed is about 120 mph. 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds. I love my Tracer, but would not recommend it for a rider graduating from a small scooter. And that's my 2 cents worth.
  2. I own a Tracer GT, an FJR1300, and a Ninja 650. The Ninja has the same motor as the Versys 650. I'd have to say if money is no object, the extras on the GT are really nice. If you want a bike to run around on for a couple of years to get more acquainted with a larger bike, get the Versys. The Versys is no slouch. 0-60 mph in about 3.6 seconds compared to the crazy 2.7 seconds for the GT. The 650 engine is smooth and the gearbox is equally smooth. You could save yourself some money and buy the Versys and get a little more riding experience. You'll certainly have no trouble selling it when you're ready to upgrade. Both great bikes. It's really up to you. GT folks are going to tell you to buy the GT and likewise for the Versys 650 owners. Personally, I think I'd recommend the Versys for someone in your position. However, I absolutely love my Tracer GT. The Versys will have more power than you'll need and is a good next step in your bike ownership.
  3. Heel marks prove you're a rider. Embrace them.
  4. I like what @thepmhsaid. In addition to that, I stand on the centerstand with my left hand on the left grip and my right hand under the back grab rail. While standing on the centerstand, lift up on the rear grab rail. Very easily done. I also have an FJR and it's twice as hard to get up on the centerstand.
  5. I use a large Nelson Rigg tank back installed on the rear seat. Works well there and doesn't block the fuel cap. Kind of a tail bag sort of thing.
  6. Similar to my setup with a Zumo 665. The center of the handlebar works well with the ram mount.
  7. Welcome aboard Joe! I don't have an answer about protective film. In my case, I wouldn't even be concerned about it. Congrats on pulling the trigger on a GT. You're going to love it!
  8. I've read the same thing about the front brakes. Evidently you can replace the existing pads with better ones. I've not experienced the front brakes being all that bad. They're more than adequate for making high speed stops, but I'm sure they could be improved. I'll probably continue to use the bike as is for now.
  9. Turning the front wheel all the way to the right makes the Tracer GT easier to mount.
  10. I always wear earplugs to protect my hearing from wind noise. What rattle? 😉
  11. Function over form. I think riders who end up with a bunch of wet stuff are the ones who look goofy. Dry storage on your bike is so useful. If you are a fair weather rider, you can get away without a top case. Touring riders add accessories to their bikes to make the trip more comfortable. When on a long trip, where do you intend to store your extra layers and other gear? When commuting to work, it's nice to have a place to store your gear and laptop, etc. When making a run to the store, dry storage for the ride home for your groceries is so useful. If anyone asks you why you installed a top case since it takes away from the "look" of the bike, you instantly know they don't ride much. Another great reason to add a top case is to add extra lighting up higher on the rear of the bike to make you more visible to motorists from the rear. Again, function over form. After owning a bike with a top case, you'll never have a bike without one. I tend to leave my top case empty on trips so I have a place to store my helmet and jacket when stopping to eat, etc. On a rainy day, it's so nice to have. On dry days, it's nice to have a secure place to store things. I use the FJR side case zippered bags. I use part of one of one of my side cases to store a tire repair kit, some useful tools, a tire pump, rain gloves and boot covers. In that same bag I can add some microfiber towels, chain lube, etc. The bag in the other side case is reserved for clothes i pack for the trip. The trunk is a place I try to keep empty to use while stopped for helmet, gps, jacket, etc. If you don't have a top case, where are you going to put the beer you buy on the final stop before the hotel or campground? Or if you want to pick up some food, again, thank you top case. In closing, once you have a bike with a top case, you'll never have a bike without one. Function over form. I bought a used FJR one time and noticed the previous owner cut the bottom half of the rear fender off to expose more of the rear tire to make it look "cool". It wasn't so "cool" after riding in the rain and getting water and dirt all over the back of the bike. The same with fender eliminator kits. A really dumb thing to do if you intend to do any long days on the bike. The rear fender is there and designed the way it is for a reason. I tend to add useful additions to the bike whether or not it looks "cool". To real riders who put thousands of miles on their bikes, top cases are the real "cool". The same goes for loud, obnoxious exhausts. Changing out your exhaust to one with a richer sounding note is one thing, and to me, that's perfectly fine. An overly loud exhaust is plain rude and I hope you don't live in my neighborhood. The same goes for installing loud waterproof speakers to play your music. Use your bluetooth and keep your music to yourself. LOL
  12. I've not seen the 50 liter Yamaha top case in person. It may be just fine. It looks like it's made by Givi. My advice would be a 56 liter top case holds more than a 50 liter top case. Really up to you. The 50 liter Yamaha top case in your picture doesn't look like it's designed to add turn signals very well. You can find excellent top case lighting at https://admorelighting.com/ https://admorelighting.com/product/ledv56-t-ts/
  13. I have the stock FJR top case on my current FJR. I had a Givi topcase on my last FJR. I would chose the Givi over the OEM FJR top case every time. The stock FJR case is heavy and also gives you little to no option of adding additional lighting. The FJR trunk looks fairly roomy from the outside. Once opened you realize there is so much wasted space inside. The case is oval on the outside and rather rectangular on the inside with a thick wall around the actual storage area. The Givi case is probably half the weight of the OEM trunk. It is much more useful and adding additional lighting is easy. The Givi cases provide lots more storage. I installed the 56 liter Givi Maxia 4 on my GT. I can put 2 extra large modular helmets side by side in it. Stay away from the Maxia 3. The outer shell is not reinforced like the Maxia 4. This is probably the best accessory I've added to the GT to date.
  14. From your dealer or at any place that sells Yamaha OEM parts.
  15. I learned on the ergo site that there's 5% more knee bend on the FJR than on the GT. Makes sense.