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  1. efs..I have the same set up and ride in Malaysia. NOTHING offers protection and comfort above 90.
  2. I have the Motoport custom air mesh jacket as well. I live and ride in Malaysia where it is hot muggy and can rain at any time. I wouldn't call the Motorport mesh jacket "cool and comfortable" (nothing is cool and comfortable in tropical heat and humidity).....but it is pretty comfy when you are on the move. It is mostly waterproof (only bricks and fish are totally waterproof) and when it does rain the jacket dries out really fast. Build and material quality......You could probably build a tank out of the kevlar mesh and have no problems. The Motoport gear is custom made to your measurements and you can add lots of options and give it the look you want. I hope I never have to test it in a crash....but if I do go down, I can't imagine being in any other piece of clothing that would protect better. Motoport's primary business is making protective pants and jackets for motorcycle police forces around the USA. That is a pretty strong endorsement. The one thing you may not like....the initial price. But if you factor in this is literally the last jacket you will ever need to buy, the quality and strength of material, craftsmanship, and custom fit...it was an easy check to write....for my wife and me.
  3. Thanks Winterdark....I was thinking maybe my Tracer had a 7th gear!!!!
  4. Love the idea for the horn on the crash bars. I just bought an aftermarket horn and it is a beast. It was too big to fit where the stock horn is and I was about to return it. I'm looking forward to giving a few careless drivers heart attacks when they think they are about to get hit by a Mack truck😁
  5. A guy I ride with here in Malaysia just sent me a link for the Yamaha My Ride app. On the surface it looks pretty cool. But I wanted to see if anyone here has used it. MyRide – Motorcycle Routes - Apps on Google Play MyRide has been created with you in mind, the rider. The app allows you to...
  6. I hear you brother!!! The fast BMW guy who rode my Tracer said it was the first time he had ever ridden a Yamaha. He was pretty impressed. I liked many things about the BMW. My two concerns in owning that bike 1) WA (Wife Approval) 2) Service - In southeast Asia if you break down in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam not much of a chance to get the BMW fixed. 3) Price - The BMW is a great machine but it cost $4,500 more than my Tracer. See #1 to compound this reason. That being said....if i was going to do more adventure biking on dirt roads and trails, it would be tough to stay away from the BMW 850 at any price. Good luck to you...and I'll keep an eye out for the unicorn BMW:)
  7. At 127 kph in 6th gear I am running about 5,500 RPM or so (maybe a little more). It seems funny that a shift indicator would come on in 6th gear.....unless there is a 7th gear I have not found yet? I also have not noticed the light coming on any other time but at spirited freeway speeds. Pretty weird, I know.
  8. Nope...Just put them on the stock rubber ones. Several guys I know ride with the TPMS and they ride FAST!!!! No one has ever mentioned putting the metal valve stems in. But I will ask around.
  9. We just finished a 3 day ride around the Malaysian Peninsula. 1,700km in 3 days. The roads were mainly rural and a combination of serious mountain twisties and long sweeping turn roads. We only did about 250km on the highway. A little geography lesson on Malaysia. It is long (750km north to south ) fairly wide (350km east to west) A tall mountain range runs down the middle with the highest peak standing 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). Day 1 We started on the north west west coast at the island of Penang. First day was north and east into the mountain roads. The final destination was the resort town of Kajail. We literally started at 20 feet above sea level, climbed to over 7,000 feet and then back down again to end at sea level. It was about 650 km on day 1. 9 riders total. The scenery in Malaysia is just awesome. You have jagged mountains, deep dense green jungles, and beautiful beaches all in the same day. The group opted for the rural and mountain roads instead of the free way. See the first picture for the Day 1 route. Day 2 Starting at the resort town of Kajail and finishing at Frasier Hill. The ride took us through more mountain roads with great scenery with an awesome variety of road conditions. Some of the mountain roads were wide and sweeping. Some of the mountain roads were narrow and twisty as heck. Overtaking on the twisty roads is an act of bravery/stupidity and some serious divine intervention. See the second picture. Total distance was about 575km Day 3 We left Frasier Hill bound for home. The trip up and down Frasier hill is truly a heart acing experience. Very steep, narrow, and tight twisting road. Uphill and downhill are done on separate roads. One way baby!!! You can really see what you and your bike can do on this section. We took the scenic and challenging road home. We toured up and down the Cameron Highland roads which are tight, twisty, crowded as heck, and two way up and down. No need to go to the doctor for a check up. If your heart didn't give out passing cars and tourist buses on this road, you are going to live at least 10 more years!! More sweeping mountain roads that took us to the last stretch of highway from Ipoh back to Penang. 500km on the last day. Thoughts It was my first long trip on Belle. The Tracer did just awesome. I was very confident on the handling and acceleration for passing cars in tight quarters. Malaysia is just a great place to ride. We went as fast as we wanted to and in 1,700km did not see a single law enforcement car or officer. You are free to be as brave/stupid as you want to be. The roads come in two forms: Terrific and Terrible....not much in between. The major roads were a dream to ride on: smooth and well maintained. Some of the rural roads are just plain dangerous. Mainly due to the heavy agriculture based trucks that roll on these roads. The scenery is just beautiful. You can see beautiful beaches, awesome mountain lakes and rivers, jagged 7,000 foot peaks, and deep green jungle all in the same day. You can also see wild elephants there...no kidding!!! Check out the picture of the "warning" sign! Put Malaysia on your "bucket list" to ride...it is that good. Sorry Guys...I could not get Day 3 map to load. Thanks for reading
  10. I installed a TPMS on my Tracer. I can confirm that up to 160km/hr there is no wobble or notice that the sensors on the tires are even there. Past 160?????? I didn't do any thing special. Just screwed them on the tires and off I went.
  11. wordsmith....That is my super power. I make easy things difficult😁
  12. Zig...you might have read my post wrong. The BMW is a monster in the 4,000-8,000 RPM range. It doesn't seem to have the same "pull" in the lower and upper RPM range as the Tracer. But in the middle it is crazy strong!!!
  13. daboo...that is an excellent point. The BMW had more aggressive "adventure" tires. I didn't get a look at the size but the front and rear tires were much more skinny than the stock tires on my Tracer.
  14. Sorry guys!!! I must have had 1200 shaft drive on the brain. Yes, the 850 is chain driven. Which makes the transmission that much more amazing. Thanks for the correction.
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