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  1. I'm 240 pounds so I needed to do more than the stock suspension would allow but I'm guessing for lighter riders, a properly set up suspension probably works well. I did a Blaster X integrated tail light and added LED turn signals front and rear. For me these were important mods as the tail light is substantially brighter and has a strobe and with the rear led signals it's super visible. They also looks pretty cool. I got hit in a parking lot last year by someone that didn't see me and I decided that I going to do everything I can to keep getting hit for lack of being seen.
  2. I was in the same boat last year. Got hit in a parking lot and totaled a brand new XSR900 and myself. I ended up buying a brand new 2017 leftover FJ09 for 8900 plus sales tax out the door. A new tracer was almost 2K more. The Tracer GT was just more money than I wanted to spend and I didn't want the bike as a touring bike. I actually chose the FJ09 over the FZ09 because of the larger gas tank and pillion seat for my GF to ride with me once in a rare while. (so far I've put on 6500 miles in 10 months and she's ridden with me for about 15 miles) I ended up spending quite a bit on mods but I have the bike I want. I did heated grips, K-Tech front and rear, exhaust, flash, wind screen and LED turn signals and a Blaster X tail light. In stock trim, the 2019 are probably a better bike but for me I still have to do most of the same mods. Which ever way you go, you're going to have a cool motorcycle.
  3. My experience with tube tires on my Ducati Scrambler which had spoke wheels and required them is that they suck. You get a flat and you can't repair it on the road. Call someone to haul bike home or even worse call a tow truck. I wouldn't want to be in that position in Mexico. It happened to me twice in Massachusetts and it was an ordeal. It was one of the reasons I got rid of the Scrambler, that and the mediocre performance and Ducati doesn't really like to honor their warranty.
  4. I just had my ECU flashed by Vcyclenut and now find myself using A exclusively. I do switch to B when I'm in the city or 4 lane bumper to bumper traffic. I think it's safer and it's less fatiguing. Fortunately that's not too often.
  5. The wheelbase is pretty short on the pre 2019 FJ 09s and coupled with a crappy rear shock, you have a light front end. Normally raising the forks will give you quicker steering at a loss of straight line stability. I guess raising the forks on the FJ 09 puts more weight on the front end and helps with stability but there's only so much to be gained as you're shortening the wheel base even further. With the correct shock and spring for the rider and the sag set correctly, that shifts more weight to the front end resolves shake but at above 115, it comes back. Raising the forks with a correctly sprung and set up bike is not going to give more high speed stability. Even having correctly set up my bike, I'm apparently at the limit of the design. I'm now wondering if a steering stabilizer is the only remaining solution.
  6. I had my ECU done by Vcyclenut. I pulled it out on Thursday morning and sent next day. I paid for express shipping return and to my surprise, it was in my mailbox late Saturday afternoon. I got up today (Sunday) and went out and installed it. I'm actually getting quick at pulling the tank and side panels off. Interesting side note, last month I damaged the ABS sensor and had a check engine light on which I hadn't had a chance to get it to the dealer to turn off. After I installed the flashed ECU, the light is off. Anyway, I immediately had to test it out so I took it out on the highway and let it rip. I had done a Delkovic full exhaust and the bike has felt flat ever since. Flatness is gone. (Is flatness a word?) Nice and crisp like the FZ 09 I rented last month that had a Graves system with a flash. Wouldn't it be my luck that coming out of traffic I ended up behind a Harley with clear highway ahead. Wouldn't you know it, he wanted to get racey and of course as I was testing my reflashed ECU, I was happy to oblige. In the end, flash or no flash it was no contest but I'll give him credit, he didn't back off. This went on for about 5 miles and finally got to my exit which was probably for the best. A mode is now so predictable that I was thinking that there's no need to use Standard mode. I have and still will continue to use B mode in bumper to bumper and city traffic and wet weather. I read somewhere that Yamaha has the limiter set at 119 mph because it gets wobbly at about 115. Sure enough, between 115 - 120 it got real shaky. I loosened up my grip on the bars and it got better but not gone. I was hitting 125 to 130 and it easily pulls above 100. I had a 2016 XSR900 and that got wobbly at around 75 to 80 with stock suspension. I have K-Tech on front and rear on this bike (2017) and never had a hint of head shake, but I never had it over 110. I'm wondering if I can adjust the suspension to get rid of the wobble. It's unlikely that I'll even ride that fast but I'd still like to know that I can pound it out if I wanted without worrying. All in all I'm happy with the reflash. I feel like the difference is subtle but it's better. After I did the exhaust I felt like this bike was not pulling as hard as with the stock exhaust and Dave from Vcyclenut said the same thing. I've also read a few other post saying that you loose HP with an aftermarket exhaust without flashing. This seems to be true. The flash fixes that. I think that an exhaust without a flash is just an expensive noisemaker. Isn't that what Harley's are for? The other thing is that I have a problem with authority and having the limiter gone makes me feel whole. I think Flash by Vcyclenut is a good value. Any high speed wobble suggestions are welcome.
  7. I have K-Tech front cartridges and rear shock on my bike. What I did before buying it was to call K-Tech USA. I think the guy's name is Lenny and he was great. He's got the answers for all of your questions. I installed the rear and had a local performance shop install my front cartridges and they sell K-tech which made it even easier. https://www.ktechsuspensionusa.com/
  8. I 've been using these for about 6 months and I love them You can barely hear anything. A slight pain in the ass pushing them all the way but then no noise. Cheap and they hold up well. They're really designed for shooting. i don't use the string but the case is cool to carry a few advil a few prilosec,.and cheap. https://www.amazon.com/SmartFit-Howard-Leight-Earplugs-Reusable/dp/B00LH0UI54
  9. I bought some at West Marine after reading this. Washed jacket and hung it out to dry and it's all sparkly now. It's white but was starting to look kind of beige. Got a road trip next weekend to Middletown NY next weekend to see $100,000 to win dirt track modified stock car race and didn't want to check into hotel looking like a dirtball.
  10. I have this type on mine and am very happy with them. Yamaha Mirror Extenders - AdventureTech, LLC. Our mirror extenders leave a clean stock look while extending the mirrors...
  11. I have a Bilt summer mesh jacket that needs cleaning. The instructions say surface clean only. Has anyone ever washed one of these?
  12. I posted this in the how to section but I thought it was important enough to post here too. 🙄 OK....so, I saw somewhere on a forum that filling the handlebars with BB's will help eliminate vibration. I really don't feel like vibration is an issue except on the highway when it becomes difficult to see things clearly in the mirrors...mostly police but other stuff too. So I went over to Tractor Supply and the immediate questions was to buy the 2400 count or the 6000 count. I was thinking this should be a contest to guess but I don't have any prizes and I'm not going to count em. I do have a pretty good idea how many but I let you all guess. Ultimately after doing the BB install, they didn't really help much. I'm gonna leave them in though in the hope that someday when I sell the bike, the new owner will need to take the bar end off and get a big surprise. Finally, I had my GF help "install" the BB's and she spilled a bunch and damn if they aren't hard as hell to pick up in your driveway. Fortunately I have one of those harbor freight magnet on wheels things. I was scared shitless of walking out the back door and sliding around on BB's. I just turned 63 and now I gotta worry about all the old people issues.
  13. OK....so, I saw somewhere on a forum that filling the handlebars with BB's will help eliminate vibration. I really don't feel like vibration is an issue except on the highway when it becomes difficult to see things clearly in the mirrors...mostly police but other stuff too. So I went over to Tractor Supply and the immediate questions was to buy the 2400 count or the 6000 count. I was thinking this should be a contest to guess but I don't have any prizes and I'm not going to count em. I do have a pretty good idea how many but I let you all guess. Ultimately after doing the BB install, they didn't really help much. I'm gonna leave them in though in the hope that someday when I sell the bike, the new owner will need to take the bar end off and get a big surprise. Finally, I had my GF help "install" the BB's and she spilled a bunch and damn if they aren't hard as hell to pick up in your driveway. Fortunately I have one of those harbor freight magnet on wheels things. I was scared shitless of walking out the back door and sliding around on BB's.
  14. My Airedale Honey at my office. She's a keeper but so is my girlfriend. she bought me a Ducati Scrambler for Christmas in 2016.
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