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johnmark101 last won the day on September 9 2019

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  • Birthday 09/27/1961

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    2019 Tracer 900 GT

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  1. Yes, I agree. Even just getting the rebuild on my Ninja was enough for me to know this as it was a big improvement. I expect what I am doing with the Tracer will be even better, which is why I am willing to pay the price.
  2. Wow.....no need to be rude and insulting to others just because they think differently than you. I have owned many bikes over the years. Even with my first bike I added a fuel controller to improve throttle response and an aftermarket seat because the stock one was not comfortable for me. The changes I have made to the Tracer, ( windscreen, seat, ECU reflash etc.) are all to make a good bike better for me. Professional motorcycle racers will request their engineers make changes to the bike to fit their riding style and make them more comfortable on the bike. This includes things such as fueling, throttle response, suspension, seat placement and even things like how the traction control engages...…….and I am sure they are far better riders than you or I. Seems like most of the guys on this forum disagree with your point of view regarding modifications to the bike. But if you prefer to leave yours exactly as it was from the manufacturer then that is perfectly fine as well.
  3. I don't think Yamaha intended to put a "track only" mode on a sport tourer. Smooth throttle response is even more important on the track where you are pushing the limits of traction and need to be as smooth as possible with your inputs while leaned over and near the limits of available grip. I ride in A mode on the street and find it just fine after the reflash. Before, it was quite abrupt at the point where you crack open the throttle mid corner. It's still not as smooth as I would like, but it is noticeably better. Manufacturers program in a fuel cut off at closed throttle in order to perform better under emissions testing. Getting rid of this improves throttle response. Some bikes will respond better to eliminating this than others. Also, some tuners get better results than others with different bikes...….something to consider. I agree that if you ride the bike only in standard mode, throttle response is decent, but could still be better. Once you have ridden a bike with perfectly smooth fueling anything less is annoying.
  4. For me it was the abrupt fueling that I did not like with the Tracer, mainly in A mode. I have a Ninja 1000 as well as the Tracer and the Ninja had been reflashed by Ivan for the same problem. There was no comparison between the two as the Ninja with the reflash has perfectly smooth fueling that afforded far better throttle control. So, sent the Tracer ECU off to Ivan. I was not after more power for the Tracer and kept the stock exhaust. The main issue was eliminating the fuel cut programmed in at closed throttle. Throttle response is smoother after the reflash. Not quite the results I got on the Ninja, but definitely an improvement. Ivan's Performance Products
  5. Had mine flashed just a few months after purchasing it from the dealer. Yes, I would do it again. I knew I probably would do it before I had even bought the bike.
  6. I did a basic revalve and spring replacement of the OEM forks and shock on my Ninja 1000 and it actually made quite a difference. Drastic improvement in stability and feel with a small but noticeable improvement in bump absorption. The front forks of the Tracer GT feel harsh over less than smooth pavement and are lacking in the ability to absorb sharp bumps. I managed to get everything fairly well sorted on the stock suspension with the exception of the high speed compression, which I could not dial out, even when reducing the overall compression damping up to the point where it was too soft. This is exactly the reason I started contemplating suspension upgrades for the GT. I am pretty certain I would have been happy with just doing the revalve and spring replacement for the forks and shock as I did with my Ninja, but this bike will see more touring duty and I want a smooth ride but not at the expense of excellent handling......so for that reason I bit the bullet and ordered the new rear shock and AK-20's. The cost sucks but I am pretty sure that will be long forgotten after the first ride on the new suspenders.
  7. No, just wanting to upgrade the suspension as I plan on keeping this bike for a long time.
  8. Yes, the AK-20's are going to provide more compliance and a smoother ride while still giving you better handling, feel and feedback than just doing new springs and valves......but it's quite a bit more money. However, even doing the Axxion valves and new springs will be a significant upgrade from the stock bits. I did that on my Ninja 1000 and was pleased with the results.
  9. After a second discussion with Dan at Traxxion, I decided to go with the AK-20's and a Penske 8983 rear shock. It should give me all the handling performance and more of the rebuild option, as well as better bump absorption and more complaint ride for touring. They had to order the shock and it will take about three weeks before it is built and shipped.
  10. One thing I did not mention is that I have a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 which I had Traxxion do a rebuild of the stock bits front and rear three years ago. Huge improvement in handling and cornering. The stock rear shock on that bike was pretty bad. My only disappointment is although general ride quality was improved overall, it is still a bit firm, even after some fine tuning, and I would like a little more bump absorption for a smoother ride when touring. I am guessing that the more expensive route would give me that plus all that the rebuild offers. They quoted me $1200 for the rebuild and $2700 for the AK-20 / Penske.....but that is with them doing the work. When I took them my Ninja it was $1200 / $2400.
  11. Looking for opinions from those who may have gone the cheaper route of doing a revalve / respring of both the forks and shock. Spent some time on the phone with Dan at Traxxion. We discussed three options. Rebuilding the stock suspension bits with new springs and valves, or going the AK-20 / Penske shock route. The latter is much more expensive and I am a bit of a tight wad when it comes to spending money. The third option would be AK-20's for the front and a rebuild at the rear, which would strike a cost between options one and two. My concern with this would be that the performance of the forks might overshadow a rebuilt rear shock. I know the more expensive route will be brilliant performance wise and would add compression adjustment to the rear. I would like to hear from those who have gone the more affordable route and how happy are you with the results? My biggest gripe with the stock suspension is the harshness of the front fork and how it chatters over less than smooth pavement. Thanks in advance for any replies. Cheers.....John.
  12. I agree. Modern motorcycle tires are so good that any of them from a major brand will work very well and provide all the grip anyone will ever need for the street. For most of us a good sport touring tire is ideal. I shop for price among the trusted brands. Right now Metzeler has introduced the M9RR which replaces the M7RR. So now you can get the M7RR at close out prices while supplies last. They perform like a sport tire but last a bit longer and are very good in the wet. Plenty of grip for cornering at deep lean angles. After I tried them on my bike I ordered a second set to have when the first one wears out.
  13. Beautiful country!!! Many years ago my father and I drove through the Canadian Rockies and the views there are absolutely breathtaking. I have owned three sport tourers. Honda VFR 800, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and currently the Tracer GT...…..just as shown in the first picture. Pretty cool to see them all together. I still have the Ninja 1000 but the VFR is long gone.
  14. First, it appears you are in NC. No better place for riding and the Tracer would be right at home in the NC mountains. Comfortable enough to tour all day and light enough to toss around on some of the best mountain roads in the country. It is a fantastic bike for those of us who want touring capability but prefer something light and agile. It is, however, not without it's warts. For most the stock seat is not too comfortable for long rides, the stock windscreen creates a lot of buffeting, and the fueling is a bit abrupt in "A" mode. These are all easily remedied. Ivan has a good reflash for the fueling. Windscreen options are many as are seats. (Love my Terry Adcox seat!!) The riding position is just about perfect. Nice that it has adjustable bars and seat height so it can be fine tuned a bit if needed. Bike is a load of fun when hunting apexes, and the GT model stock suspension is pretty decent unless you are a big guy. The heated grips and cruise control work beautifully and are two things I did not know I needed until I had them. The engine is absolutely brilliant, very torquey but still screams all the way to redline like an inline four and it really never feels strained. The engine is one of the main reasons I bought the bike. More than enough power to put a grin on your face, and it just seem eager to do whatever you ask of it. I look forward to each and every ride, knowing that I can go as far as I want in comfort, and still keep up with the sport bikes when the road gets twisty.
  15. Welcome. Lots of good guys and gals here and a wealth of information regarding the your bike. Cheers...…..John.