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  1. About 3 years ago I decided I only wanted shaft drives on my motorcycles. But the bikes I wanted were chain driven, so I decided to go ahead and get a bike with a chain drive but maintain it like a shaft - meaning minimum maintenance. I put 8000 miles on a Triumph Bonneville and I adjusted that chain once and it was good when I traded it in on my Tracer. I have a KTM Super Duke that now has 5000 miles on it and I have not adjusted that chain, not once. I use PJ1 Blue Label clear wax spray can at about 500 mile intervals. I use Simple Green to wipe off the rear wheel with paper towels at about 500 mile intervals. I am pretty happy with this procedure. It's simple. It's easy. The chain lasts. Modern o-ring chains are indeed low maintenance.
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    Fog lights from SUV to mount on motorcycle

    I have a 90 watt heated liner that I use in the winter, it is not a problem for the charging system on my GT. That would be like 1-1/2 of your lights, my guess is that you are ok if you don't also have other high wattage pieces like a heated liner. Edit add: I could not find the watt spec for the charging system, but I found that the plug for the optional heated seat is 7.5 amps or 90 watts, so you should be fine with a 120 watt light system.
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    fJ09 bang for the buck

    I also have a '17 Super Duke R, parked next to my Tracer 900 GT. It's a great bike, enjoy your SD GT! Check out this forum: https://www.ktmforums.com/forums/
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    GT Corbin Seat are coming!

    And I have confirmed that the '15 Tracer seat does not fit the GT.
  5. From what I can tell, Michelin has the best reputation on motorcycle tires and they are able to charge a premium price. And I have had some PR's and they are very good. But I usually get Dunlop RoadSmart 3 because they work just as well for me and are about 20% cheaper.
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    Locations with names

    That's what I do
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    Oh no! What happened here?
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    Which scanner ?????????

    Is a scanner the same as a diagnostic tool? To read faults recorded by the ECU? Just curious, I have no info to add here.
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    replacing grips on 900 gt

    Ditto my experience with Grip Puppies. However, on my Tracer GT I am thinking of going with Grip Buddies Smartskin Lite because they'll be easier to install and they are not as thick as the Grip Puppies, which on this bike I would prefer thinner puppies. originalgripbuddies.com
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    GT niggles?

    I forgot one important plus for the RS - electronically adjusted suspension. I can vary the preload and dampening with the press of a button.
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    GT niggles?

    I am 5'-10" with a 32" inseam and standard length sleeves on shirts and jackets. The RS handlebar grips are further forward and lower than the GT, I put 1.5" risers on the RS (and 1" closer to me) and the GT grips are still closer to me for a more straight up riding position. The pegs on the RS are a little more forward than the GT. I consider these ergonomics differences minor, basically, in the RS the torso leans forward a few degrees and in the GT it seems the torso is straight up. The RS is more bike, for the situation you mentioned, I would choose the RS.
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    GT niggles?

    RS is better at: engine power and torque, wind protection, stability at highway speeds, has a shaft drive, larger panniers, TPMS, self cancelling turn signals, 3 year warranty, GPS control at handlebar wheel works very well, quick shifter is up & down, the control buttons layout on the handlebar cluster is excellent (no desire for any design changes). The GT is better at: $7,000 less although it doesn't have all the features the RS has, I like the TFT instrument better, smoother shifting transmission, it's 95% as good as the RS in anything the RS is better. Not a pro or a con, but the character of the engines are really different. I like revving the GT engine better than revving the RS when I am riding fast. And believe it or not, I like running low RPM's on the GT better when I am just plodding along. And the power of the GT seems about 90% as good as the RS even though it's 105 HP vs 125 HP. Let me know if there is something specific you'd like for me to say more about.
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    The FJ and MT are listed at cycle-ergo but the Tracer GT is not listed yet.
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    GT Corbin Seat are coming!

    I am thinking the same way. I am not getting a seat until I have strong evidence that it does not tilt forward.
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    High Speed Wobble

    Perplexing indeed. Get the normal Road Attack 3 now and keep the current RA3GT as a spare.