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johnmark101 last won the day on September 9 2019

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About johnmark101

  • Birthday 09/27/1961

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    Central Kentucky
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    2019 Tracer 900 GT

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  1. Many riders have gone with a shorter screen to get their head into clean air. I am 6'1" and that is what worked for me.
  2. Another vote for getting the GT. You will likely end up replacing the stock screen and possibly the seat. Otherwise it is brilliant right out of the box.
  3. Yes.....if the check engine light is on you will not have access to the menu. Also look at the top of the display and see if the quickshifter indicator is off. I had a check engine light due to a blown fuse and after replacing the fuse the light stayed on, I could not access the menu and the quickshifter was turned off. Had to get the dealer to clear the code and after that all is well.
  4. I am 58 years old, 6'1" in height with a 34 inch inseam and I find the bike to be very comfortable for the long haul. Only issue is with the stock seat. It's not horrible but I am in the que for a Terry Adcox seat this spring. In the meantime I can live with the stock seat. This is my first bike with heated grips and cruise control and I don't see myself ever having another bike without them.
  5. Not a bad price for a quality full exhaust. It appears there is a small cannister of some sort in the pipe just ahead of the exhaust can. Not sure what the purpose of that would be??
  6. I had another conversation with Sargent about building a seat on my own OEM pan. I asked about the Tracer GT seat fiasco and they confirmed with me that they tried to modify their own manufactured FJ-09 seat pan to work on the GT. In retrospect they told me this turned out to be a bad idea but they already had too much R&D time and cost into the project to start from scratch and build one exclusively for the Tracer.....so this is what we have. He admitted it was their worst new product launch in their history. Have my order in with Terry Adcox.
  7. Stock screen is pretty horrible. At any height setting the noise and buffeting was bad. Tried the Puig sport screen and it was a huge improvement, but I did not like the look of the screen on the bike. Switched to the MRA sport screen. Looks nice on the bike and eliminated the buffeting and awful noise.
  8. Another vote for the Pitbull triple tree stand. Not cheap but it works perfectly and is solidly built. Have owned mine through five bikes and it still works like day one, just had to order the correct pin for the Tracer.
  9. Same here.....the recommended plug change intervals seem ridiculous. I change them along with the valve inspection and the old plugs always look to be in good condition. NGK laser iridium plugs are designed to last a very long time.
  10. I despise winter with every cell in my body. Owning a bike makes it that much worse. I can't wait to ride again.
  11. That is some expensive oil for sure. Not trying to turn this into an oil thread, but there are good quality synthetics available for $10 a quart. That would make changing the oil cost about $40 bucks with an OEM filter. At that price I don't mind changing it every 5000 miles.
  12. This guy is not the least expensive, but his ECU reflash is one of the most thorough available and gets excellent results. Ivan's Performance Products
  13. Oil is cheap compared to any lubrication related issues. I would change it. Even with a good quality synthetic, changing the oil and filter every 6 months or 6000 miles is a good idea.
  14. Welcome and congrats on the new bike. Mine seemed to get smoother after a few thousand miles. Then I sent the ECU off to Ivan for a reflash and now I rarely ever notice any vibration. Jealous of your location. I get down that way a few times each year. Going up Blood Mountain is so much fun!!
  15. You sound a lot like me, having gracefully surrendered to the fact that your youth has long left but you still enjoy a bit of adrenaline inducing riding as long as it does not get too crazy. The stock tires on this bike are not too bad but the Road 5's, or any other sport touring tire from one of the major brands, will perform better and inspire a bit more confidence in the corners. Cheers mate. ☺️