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  1. As I noted elsewhere, I'm luckily alive and walking after hitting a deer here in Maine 3 weeks ago. I had no chance, it came out of the woods diagonally and hit my front end. I never even had a chance with the ABS. I have deer fur wedged between my front rim and tire as well as in the brake rotors. Bodywork cooked on 1 side as well as forks. I won't list my bodily damage but my gear saved me. The ambulance guys said I was the 2nd guy that day! At least squirrels kind of look around before they dash across the road. Of course, some friends asked how bambi was... sigh. PS it was at 11 AM, not dusk as we're always told. Please be careful, folks...
  2. FYI, I'd use some loctite as one day, voila! She was gone! Just saying...
  3. A friend with a Tracer 900 just went to Wales, said it's great for biking...
  4. I rode a couple miles once with oil on the rear tire from a blown shock... lucky I didn't go down, good luck!
  5. Looking forward to more reports on Maritime trips!! Newfoundland, anyone?
  6. Yup, bought it used 2 months ago, alas.
  7. Just an update as this is a bit rare. The Yamaha tech and service manager said that they hadn't seen this before. It appears that the speedo unit failed, although the surrounding readouts ( high/low beam, directionals, etc.) on the periphery of the unit all work fine and the bike works fine. The screen is as dead as my parents old 1962 motorola TeeVee. Unlike the motorola, I didn't even get to hear the National Anthem and see a test pattern. The part is north of $500. :(. I'll try a few things (as tktplz mentioned) but I may be out the bux. And I finally just got the seat sorted ! (2 layers of 1/4 " yoga mat memory foam over the original foam and then the original cover... ) Thanks to all for the advice. Jon
  8. Thanks for the feedback, I did put new footpegs on but even with my limited knowledge I don't think that affected it :)... I do think it is running OK... Jon
  9. Hi all, a couple of days ago my tach/speedo/etc. readout went completely blank. The peripheral turn indicators, neutral and ABS lights still work. All the lights, etc. work. 1st, can I still drive it? It seems to run fine and my dealer is about 10 miles away. Also, whats up with this? Seems pretty rare. It's a 2016 with 10K.
  10. Hi fddriver2, I'm wondering what seat you have on your bike (in photos pertaining to soft luggage)... it looks comfortable.  Jonmue

    1. fddriver2



      It's a Seat Concepts cover. You put it over the existing foam and seat pan and use a heavy duty stapler with stainless steel staples. I had a Sargent and it didn't work for me and traded it away. 

      This has worked pretty well for me so far. 


      I'm a mileage lightweight. I generally get fuel every 150ish miles and use that time to walk around and stretch drink some water figure 15 - 20 minutes or so.

      The longest day in the saddle was around 425 mile and it was on this seat. It wasn't bad but I was ready to get off.



  11. Nice trip, a friend and I did the Gaspe a couple of years ago... but in the opposite direction. We cut across it to Maine and down the Haynesville woods road, made famous in the old country song 'Tombstone every mile'! The Maritimes are great for touring...
  12. Hi... I just came back from a week in Nova Scotia, with another friend on a Tracer 900 GT, so there's a few of us around. Vermont is pretty unknown to me re: biking, just a beautiful state in general. NH is all about the White Mountains and the best ride there is the Kancamagus Trail. about 100 miles of curves and switchbacks through the foothills. I'm from Maine and there is over 2K of coastline. The secret is that US 1 looks great on a map, but is in reality a busy commuting/truck /business route so you have to pick peninsulas to go down ( for example, Boothbay, Friendship, Stonington (wow), Acadia, etc.) . BTW, what seat do you use, I'm dying here!
  13. Thats really helpful and just what I was looking for, thanks!
  14. Hello to all, been riding my '16 FJ-09 for a few months. Just back from 1300 miles through the maritimes... many pluses, but looking into a new seat and some suspension tweaks. Surprisingly good on the highway and very fun on swoopy Nova Scotia peninsulas! I was getting a solid 50 indicated mpg for the trip. Riding friend was on a new Tracer GT. Anyway, it's a really fun bike.