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  1. Mine is almost always (not literally always) 10% optimistic. And it is annoying, because it would be so easy to calibrate it out. I'd love a user configurable calibration factor.
  2. I have no problems, the cases slide right on and off. I took a bunch of before after measurement pictures I can share. It looks like the end points of the stays are about 16.5 inches apart with the newly installed FJ-09 stays, versus 17 inches apart with the original T900GT stays. That is only ~0.25inches per side (~.5cm). So it is pretty close. I also measured from the end point of the stay to the two slots that the side cases slide into on the frame ... those measurements look the same from old install to new install. The minor change doesn't give me any issues, the side cases slide right in and out, and they have been perfectly stable at speed in the wind. Good luck!
  3. Has anyone tried Rev'It Trail H2O or Gravel OutDry? Thinking forward (if I buy these), do you know how to get these resoled? From my emailing of Rev'It and Vibram, it seems like you have to work through Rev'It directly and the process and price is unclear. The soles at any rate don't seem to be for sale on their own.
  4. I've got both bikes in my garage ... CB500X was my first bike, and I just got the T900GT in December. IMO both great bikes. CB500X is light, simple and economical. Great gas mileage (I'd regularly get 65MPG if I kept the speed below about 65MPH, but 40MPG at 85MPH). I've taken it on 2000 mile multi-day trips. At high speeds the engine is more rev'd out and not much acceleration is available; eventually it left me wanting more passing power. The T900 is a bit heavier, stable, powerful. It is more comfortable at speed and always has something in reserve for passing. I get about 40-45MPG (premium). If you get the GT you've got all the extra amenities. Personally I really like the sleek narrow side cases I can fit through traffic in California. Either bike is fine for commuting. CB500X is more practical and sips regular fuel. I like it for the surface street commuting. If you have some open road to get more speed, T900GT will ultimately be more satisfying. For some reason, when I penciled out the insurance (assuming I kept one bike) it came out less for the T900GT. My best guess was the safety features like TC and ABS (neither are on my CB500X). With Mode B and traction control and you should be fine with the T900, although I must admit the throttle has surprised me a couple of times!
  5. Thanks for all the ideas guys. I've got some thinking to do. You know, I had never realized this specifically was a change. But I've always thought the FJ-09 looked better than than the new T900, without really comparing side by side to figure out why. Now that you point it out I realize this is part of why. The fairing and signals of the FJ-09 look better to me. I also wonder what the motivation was, although a comment here: "new fairing panels that are more aerodynamic" Still, I wonder if an FJ-09 fairing would fit on a T900 ...
  6. So one persistent niggle I have about this bike is the front turn signals. I don't mind the non-LED pumpkins as much as others, but I don't like how low they are and how far they stick out. They are almost as wide (30") as the handlebars (33") but significantly lower, giving another thing to worry about when passing through tight spots. I dislike it aesthetically, it's been pointed out they'd break right off in an over, and I find them awkward sneaking my bike around the rear end of my car in the garage. Unfortunately I scratched the car with these a few times before I really got the hang of it; it is still a slow awkward creep into the garage. Never an issue with my prior (smaller) bike. Too illustrate, I did a quick and dirty photoshop job sourced from here. I prefer the modified look. I am not likely try something like that, but I was wondering if anyone tried a flush mount signals like these at Revzilla (but maybe DOT compliant?) and had it work out well, aesthetically and visibly. Something that sticks out less.
  7. How many horsepower does that two-wheeler have?
  8. you say tomottow, i say tomorrow ... 🎶
  9. Anti-fog would be good. I have pinlock, and the face shield never fogs but my glasses do. I've used Cat Crap on my glasses with limited success. If I leave the filmy mess on the lenses it helps a little bit, but not 100%. The glasses sales-lady said anti-fog coatings also require some kind of periodic application and don't work much better than Cat Crap. I'd definitely be interested if people have other more successful experiences with anti-fog for glasses.
  10. Not sure if you are referring to Yamaha parts for the side cases, or after market. I have installed the side case supports for the 2018 FJ-09 on the 2019 T900GT successfully. It works out perfectly for the 2019 T900GT side cases, and it improves the horrendous foot crowding problem of the stock T900GT given the pilot foot peg to passenger foot peg distance. It changes the pilot's foot clearance from ~7.5" to ~9". IMO that is still a little crowded, but I expect I'll get used to it with my US 9 size feet. I can get on the balls of my feet now. I may leave it with no passenger foot pegs, or add 2018 FJ-09 passenger pegs, or even try FZ-09 pegs.
  11. This might well fix the issue for me. I went for a brief 15 minute ride (before the rains we expect in San Diego today), and while there could be a little more room I think this is at a level where I would just get used to it. 2018 FJ-09 passenger foot pegs could be installed over these, but would still result in some reduction of pilot foot room since they'd fill up the outside of those brackets. I don't carry a passenger, I don't give a hoot about passenger comfort, but it does seem like a useful thing for emergencies. So I was thinking of seeing if the FZ-09 passenger foot pegs could be installed over these side case brackets. We'll see.
  12. The stays end up in the same place and support the side cases. Looks like no problems to me. Here are some pix with the side cases on. 2019 T900GT side cases with the 2018 FJ-09 side case brackets.
  13. Of course this is a riding style thing, some won't mind at all, but it really bothers me that I am not able to move my feet around. I find it a rather nutty design by Yamaha. So, two major things have happened since my last post. 1. I bought the bike! Eyes wide open, with full knowledge that I had to do something about the foot situation. 2. I tried out the previous mentioned idea ... 2018 FJ-09 side case bracket (with or without the actual FJ-09 passenger foot pegs, at the moment I don't have them) It works! and it buys about 1.5 inches.
  14. I am looking for the older FJ-09 set up. But you are making legit connections ... I am really wondering if I could use the FJ-09 side case bracket mounted directly to the Tracer 900 GT frame and remove the T900GT passenger foot pegs altogether. I have posts on the T900GT subforum about how the passenger foot pegs crowd the rider pegs and make the bike a no-go for me. Trying to figure out a solution giving my feet enough room and keeping the side-cases. I never do two-up riding.
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