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  1. I'm getting a pretty decent buzz through the bars at around 4k RPM. It's enough (or just the right frequency) to make my hand go numb after a while. I had a FZ-09 prior to the Tracer and didn't have the issue. I could remove the handguards and install regular bar-end weights, but I'd prefer to keep the handguards. Anyone have ideas on other solutions?
  2. It was actually 24,000 miles, but the front was in pretty bad shape at that point and I should have replaced both well before that (not fully bald, but definitely past the wear bars). Michelin PR4s, on a FZ09 (a fairly light bike). I put 20k miles per year on my bike, literally nothing but freeway commuting year round. I got about 14,000 on the stock tires on that bike. The GT is heavier, so I doubt I'll get anywhere near those numbers.
  3. They're not bad, not great. I'll be swapping to some PR5s once they wear out. I had PR4s on my FZ09, and they're a phenomenal street tire. Excellent grip in the cold rain, and more than enough dry grip. Longevity was insane too - I got over 20,000 miles on a set.
  4. It's based on the duty cycles of the injectors. It's a fairly precise measurement, but over time some variance is introduced. My gallons-used gauge reads 3.8, and I end up putting in 4.0 (reading from the gas pump). So a bit over 5% optimistic. This affects the Avg MPG reading in the same way. So while there is a margin of error to be expected w/ the bike, there's also a margin of error to be expected from the gas pump itself. I'd bet my lunch money that most pumps are calibrated to read ever so slightly on the high side (in favor of the gas station, but within tolerance).
  5. Granted I'm just commuting, but over 200mi is no problem. I do almost exactly 100 miles per day commuting, and I fill up every other day with 199 on the clock. One bar on the gas gauge remaining.
  6. I've been getting better than 50mpg, or 200mi (322km) on about 3.8gal of fuel (14.4l). Gauge usually shows one bar remaining at that point - should be another gallon in the tank still.
  7. This myth keeps getting repeated... The difference between 6" and 5.5" is 1/2". Take a 190/55 and squeeze the bead 1/4" in on each side. The profile of the tire barely changes in any way. Go to any roadrace track in the country - everyone from novices to pros are using the bigger tires on their 600s. Do you need that extra performance on the street? Nope, not at all. Might as well stick to the cheaper 180/55 size. But it absolutely won't hurt anything to try it. Oh and FYI - the Pirelli 180/60 measures out at 190mm - It's just a renamed 190/55.
  8. I ran 190/55, 195/65, 200/60 exclusively on my race bikes with 5.5" rims. They're fine. What you have to account for is the increased height - the 190/55 is a taller tire than a 180/55. The bike will steer a little quicker (not a bad thing - many people drop the front end to get the same/similar effect). The change could also make the bike slightly less stable.
  9. lol We tell noobs to start on 600 supersports all the time instead of 1000s, and those 600s have more power than the Tracer does. It's no fire-breathing monster, c'mon. It won't bite. Bikes don't magically sense that their riders are inexperienced and launch them to the moon. It's all about control. A hamfisted rider will get into trouble on a 300, but a careful rider can be fine on an H2R. Like I said, if we were talking about 200+hp superbikes, then sure. But in the grand scheme of motorcycling, the Tracer is easy to ride and very user friendly.
  10. The Tracer is downright tame. It's not like it's a 200hp Ducati superbike. I wouldn't even hesitate. Yes, it has enough power to get you into trouble, but it's never the power that's the problem - it's how you ride it.
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