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  1. Thanks all for the suggestions. This trip finally happened at the end of September, with a route modified by Eaglerider availability. The location in Atlanta that rents Yamahas suddenly went from "everything available" to "nothing available" right as I was ready to book the bike. I knew I might not get my first choice (FJR) as I waited, but I didn't expect every choice to evaporate. I called them up, the guy said it wasn't lack of bikes, it was the inability to process all the bikes out the door in the high season ... so once they reach their processing limit they shut everything down. Sounds like a bad business model to me ... sit on idle inventory for lack of hiring another person ... but c'est la vie. So I changed the start to New Orleans where I could get a BMW. Basically, I was set on avoiding HD. This trip was triggered by a conference in Orlando. Objectives along the way were to hit the Tail of the Dragon and also to get in quick visits to cousins in Huntsville AL, Atlanta GA, Gulfport FL. Plus whatever would make it interesting. Since the Smokeys are not actually aligned well for efficiently getting from New Orleans to Orlando, and also Atlanta is not really on the way from Huntsville to Gatlinburg, there were many miles and I was not able to do all of the cool things on the way (e.g. I completely skipped the motorcycle museums and any hiking). Summary: Day 1 - 495 miles - New Orleans to Huntsville, via a ~220 miles of Natchez Trace Day 2 - 401 miles - Huntsville to Gatlinburg, via Atlanta Day 3 - 443 miles - Gatlinburg to Savannah, via Tail of the Dragon Day 4 - 312 miles - Savannah to Orlando Day 5-7 - Orlando Day 7 - 107 miles - Orlando to Gulfport Day 8 - 325 miles - Gulfport to Key Largo, via Everglades Day 9 - 262 miles - Key Largo to Miami, via Key West. 2345 miles total. BMW R 1200 RT. 8 states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, N Carolina, Tennessee, S Carolina, Florida), none of which I'd been to before. It started on a Friday night in New Orleans, with a quick evening visit to Bourbon St. Le Bayou restaurant on the balcony ... excellent! Day 1. New Orleans to Huntsville. Saturday morning pick up. BMW R 1200 RT. Saturday was New Orleans to Huntsville. Notable were the first of many state lines into Mississippi, and the Natchez Trace from Jackson way into Alabama to US 72. Day 2. Huntsville to Gatlinburg. Sunday morning I roused my cousin and his Harley, and dragged him as far as the Georgia stateline. He wouldn't go any further! This was a long day with a social stop in Atlanta, and a few hours wasted unsuccessfully searching for a charging cable for Suunto watch (with which I track the routes ridden), since I had forgotten to pack mine. Ended in Gatlinburg after dark. I was disappointed in Gatlinburg. Naively, I expected a small town nestled in the mountains, not the hill billy themed bright lights "Las Vegas of the Smokeys" plastic tourist destination (Ripley's and all) that I found. Day 3. Gatlinburg to Savannah. Finally got started on daylit Smokeys. I did the Tail of the Dragon only once, north to south. Here at the border. Only once, because I wanted to make it to Savannah for the night. I ended up on Wayah Rd which honestly I enjoyed more because there were fewer vehicles and instead of being on a "destination road" I was just exploring some country road I'd never seen or heard of before. And I found the Appalachian Trail (gotta do that end to end some day as well). Day 4. Savannah to Orlando. Savannah was fun. I actually had some time in the morning to hang out in town and check out some of the nearby sites. Bonaventure Cemetery, Wormsloe Estate were cool stops. Somewhere in S Carolina ... That night, the folks at the Hard Rock Hotel had me park the bike in this little alcove. I thought that was pretty cool. Let's skip over the conference that triggered this whole trip ... Day 7. Orlando to Gulfport. Uneventful. Day 8. Gulfport to Key Largo. Went through the Everglades and had a few gator sightings. Day 9. Key Largo to Miami via Key West. It is unfortunate it was so rushed, I got to Key West and spent about 30 minutes for some pictures and the fastest brunch ever. I made it back to the drop-off in Miami at 3:30pm with plenty of margin to 5pm, but I was a bit paranoid something would go wrong with traffic or a flat or something that would make me late. Key West to Miami is nominally 3.5 hours, I could easily see an accident on a bridge or something making it 4-5 hours. I finally dropped it off at Eaglerider in Miami. While there, I met some Brazilians who had just completed 7000 miles in two weeks, from Miami to Chicago to Santa Monica (along Rt 66) to Miami. All on Harleys. And that's it! 2345 miles. I'd love to have more time to go through the area more slowly and savor it more. Except Florida. Honestly, I wouldn't particularly mind if I never go to Florida again. The highest elevation in the state is something like 330'. That's about all you need to know about it.
  2. Yes. Barber, Wheels through Time, Huntsville rockets. All super cool, and perhaps too much time. At least too much time if justice is done to them. I certainly can't do them all, will have to prioritize. But I am also learning what I could do on a longer future trip, so keep up the ideas if you have them!
  3. Birmingham AL is only a little out of the way, and a friend mentioned the Barber Motorsports Museum.
  4. Palomar Mountain via Mesa Grande. Up the South Grade, down the East Grade. The top of the mountain has Mother's Kitchen for a vegetarian snack. The East Grade has a great view point deck overlooking Lake Henshaw, a place to stop and maybe take a nap listening to the wind and the birds before the ride home.
  5. The first week of October (well after hurricane Dorian) I could have about 3 days to get from Atlanta to Orlando. Atlanta has a relative to visit and equally important an EagleRider outpost that rents something other than HD/Indian. I've got another relative to visit in Huntsville along the way. Chilhowee adds the Dragon for the hell of it. Savannah just seemed like it might be nice to visit. I've never been in the old South beyond Virginia/DC. So this is a rough first cut at a route. Let me know if you have any suggestions based on (a) riding roads, (b) natural wonder or hiking, (c) historical interest.
  6. The side cases might not be important to you, but my solution for more heel room while maintaining the side case stays was the old FJ-09 side case stay https://www.tracer900.net/topic/5954-tracer-900-gt-foot-pegs/ I don't have any rear foot pegs installed, but I figure the old FJ-09 foot peg bracket is better than the new T900 (for the rider, that is), or I could even install FZ-09 foot peg brackets. Unfortunately, all this gives the rider more room, the passenger less. Fortunately, I don't need a passenger.
  7. I've had this happen to me once, about a month ago. The bike was about 5000 miles. After about 3 or 4 goes at starting it, I turned the key off. Waited a second, then turned it on and it started right up. So that matches other's observations. Hopefully that will always work, but it does leave one a bit anxious.
  8. I've been using Maxpedition duffels, a smaller one for day to day and a larger one as needed for trips. The Soloduffel (pictured on bike) is 22L, converts to a shoulder bag (it is 2 point or 3 point, one strap over the shoulder and another that can attach to that strap at the waist for more stability - easy on/off). The Unterduffel is 38L, converts to a backpack. I also got the raincover for it and it has successfully withstood some downpours. With the carabiner bungees looped under the seat and another set over the protruding pillion handles, it is a very quick and easy on/off. Undo the front carabiners and it slides right off the back.
  9. Is a pair required? One for the left, one for the right?
  10. These LEDs have the hyper flashing problem. While I understand how a resistor would fix that problem, and it seems the simplest to install, it is also undesirable IMO. I'd rather not have the energy go straight to heat in a resistor if I don't have to. For example it'll just chew through the battery faster if the hazards are on while the engine is off. How does one install a relay to fix this problem? any good instructions, and any preferred relays?
  11. I installed the Proton 500 Flushmounts. The website lists them as a fit for the FJ-09, the Tracer 900 (GT) is not listed. Indeed they are flush, small and *bright*. I do have the concern that because of new signal position on the T900, below the "fold" of the side panel (compared to the FJ-09 which placed them above the fold, as was discussed some here), these are now nearly invisible from dead on in front of the bike. They hide behind the front of the side panel. The GIFs are not to time scale (they flash faster). Also, the off state is misleading because the running lights are dimmer by having a fast strobe, not visible to the eye but the camera catches the true off state. Not sure what to do with this. Aesthetically OK, and I can now sneak the bike around the back end of the car into the garage without scratching the car with the bulbous signal. But it is not 100% satisfactory from a safety perspective. I'd rather have the signal in the old FJ-09 location. Does an FJ-09 side panel fit on a T900?
  12. There is a little computer in there. It is trivial for the program to have a small calibration table adjust for the odd fuel container shape. I consider this about the most annoying thing about the motorcycle (after fixing the foot peg crowding problem), because it asserts itself with every ride. It's also impossible to upgrade. Yes, one can work around it. Not bad for a "most annoying thing".
  13. It's not that hard to find on the Yamaha website. 2PP-F84G0-V0-00 https://www.shopyamaha.com/product/details/hard-saddlebag-mounts?b=Search&ls=yamaha-motor-company
  14. Ride on over to San Diego with the wind screen, I'll hand you the cash, and we can head up to Mt Palomar.
  15. Sorry, I don't know the part number. I went to Fun Bike Center (dealer in San Diego) and talked to someone in the parts department, who ordered them for me.