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  1. Upgraded the stock screen. Went with a Powerbroze touring screen. From the looks of it, it should give much better wind protection. No chance to road test it yet so the jury will be out a little longer. I like the mild tint... not really in love with the plain Jane looks.. but as long as it works well all will be good.
  2. I went with a Leo Vince system. liking it so far.. but yeah.. plenty expensive
  3. I am with you here runnerhiker - my last bike I had over 43k miles on it when sold. the chain and sprockets were still plenty good. I was a little obsessive about keeping the chain lubed well at all times.. and I did a fair amount of touring in the rain where the bike got completely soaked. The chain had no kinked links and any specs of rust were always removed quickly. Will it eventually need replacing? I think so but that's a ton of miles without an issue
  4. Thanks! this is a great find. costs only $3.73 for 11 oz can and free ship as an add on item at Amazon prime.
  5. Is this a product meant for chains or simple old liquid wrench? are you able to post a link for it? Thanks
  6. Gear lube really does fling off all over the place. it got on the swingarm, left sidewall of the tire, center stand and even the engine case. I didn't think I applied a heavy coat of it. if any consolation there is no buildup left on the chain that waxes do and after the first ride and wipedown no more fling off. it's now weighing the inconvenience of cleaning waxes off the chain once per season or alternatively with gear oil having to deal with cleanup once per application time.
  7. I applied gear lube to the chain today. It does seem to cling pretty well, I will say. I haven't road tested it yet, hopefully it doesn't fling off all over the place.
  8. You're actually solving a problem I didn't know I had. I have always used the passenger grab bar to get the bike up onto the center stand.
  9. I've run 2 sets of Pilot Road 2's on my prior bike. The performance and mileage from them was outstanding for what they are a sport touring tire. I guess Michelin is trying to wring more profit out of the PR2 brand getting a little more expensive with each new release. I also think the Angel GT are also a really great tire, I would get them again.
  10. I've been a long time user of Maxima. This is certainly a compelling reason to try gear lube
  11. "Should have happened" as in not written down anywhere? 😉
  12. Thanks Wessie.. I am kind of hell bent on using a mineral oil for my first oil change because I feel that the engine needs time to break in. Synthetic oil is too slippery as I have heard being said. it might just be superstitious and not make any difference whatsoever.. kind of like taking vitamins hahaaa.. My local auto parts suppliers are really terrible.. had to look around for awhile to find one that even stocks specific non-synthetic motorcycle oil. I ended up getting Valvoline 10w40 made for motorcycles. The 4k oil change I will go with full synthetic.
  13. What to do for the first 600 mile oil change? Conventional wisdom has always led me to believe the motor needs time to break in properly and synthetic oil too early could be undesirable. Giving a look around I don't see many choices of non synthetic oil. what did you all use for the first oil change?
  14. I agree with @betoney in that 6th gear is for higher speeds. Much of my highway riding feels much better in 5th. I can't imagine reducing the rpm's in 6th.. it already feels like an overdrive gas saving gear. I would use it more on long trips with extended highway time.
  15. Helmet Lock and Nautilus mini air horn (Ebay for only $20) The bolts fastening the left side passenger peg have to get removed and you put the helmet lock behind it to get bolted down. The trouble is that Yamaha put those bolts on super tight and used loctite. One head stripped so I had to drill and use a bolt extractor. Thankfully it worked out. and to top it off no parts houses have replacement bolts so I ended up using stainless cap bolts. The air horn was more fun to do. After separating the horn compressor from the horn I found it fit nicely under the seat bracket bridge (you have to remove the 4 bolts holding it down). I ran 5/16 clear tubing under the left side facscia alongside the tank . After some plastic trimming was able to easily mount the horn to the left side frame with some zip ties. I put a cut piece of bike inner tube behind it to make it tight and not leave marks on the frame. The front bracket is a hassle to mess with. I started out with intentions of mounting it up front but gave up after about an hour of trying. The sound from this thing is so loud I would be discretionary on when I use it. I have heard the stebel full size which I think sounds a little more musical albeit loud as well. this one however resembles a truck horn!