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Wintersdark

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  1. I thought the older FJ had a stock quickshifter? As to speed, my 2019 is perfectly happy at well over 200kph; no wobble anywhere along the line. However, the Tracer's (2018+) have a longer swingarm which results in increased stability at the cost of a bit of tip in speed. If you DO have some issue, try removing the handguards just to see if that corrects the problem. The '19's have wider handlebars and the handguards can grab the wind a bit. And as others have mentioned, if there's a non-stock windshield, you can try removing that (if that corrects the problem, then a different aftermarket windscreen will probably be ok too). The stock windshield won't make it wobble, but it's also kind of garbage.
  2. I'm strongly a Yamaha guy, but yeah. If there's something Yamaha is particularly bad for, it's terrible colour schemes, and weirdly coloured rims in particular. I mean, the Night Fluo colour scheme, with those flourescent yellowish greenish rims? Good lord. In what world is that a good colour for rims?! They're gonna be dull and pea-soupy within 10 miles riding. And all the blurple rims, etc... No. Just no. Rims are black, steel, or brass/bronze. Those are your options.
  3. Sure, but you'll find that what I said above is basically industry standard now - particularly over the last few years. Much like how prices are basically fixed at MSRP too and haggling is basically a thing of the past, because dealerships struggle to get bikes in stock at all. Supply is so short and demand so high, it's tough to even be able to get a particular bike. I mean, even if you want to buy a new Grom, it's a non-trivial task to get one. My Tenere was a unicorn; there's people waiting over a year for one they've already put a deposit on.
  4. This right here. Leaving your battery on a charger (even one with an automatic shutoff) is very bad, as per @bwringer, but at least as a Canadian (sub-zero temps are very normal at least overnight most of the year) battery *tenders* (not talking about brands, but actual functionality) that actually load the battery intermittently are basically mandatory. I've kept bikes and spare batteries on battery tenders for years without problem, but leaving a battery on the shelf in my garage for two weeks and it's a coin toss if it'll still start a bike. I have 3 batteries for my two bikes, and during the summer I just keep one battery on the tender all the time Just In Case, but during the winter both bikes and the third battery on are the tender all the time while parked. @knyte The problem with lithium batteries here is while they'll survive winter, they may not be able to start your bike if it's very cold. Not a problem for Normal Folks, but definitely a problem for me. Sometimes, leaving your headlights on for a minute or so will do the job to heat the battery up, but not always. Sauce: Had one for my XJ750, had to sell it because it was too unreliable in stupid-cold weather.
  5. Most dealers don't allow test rides on random bikes at all. They're left at 0 miles. They'll have a couple demo bikes which they allow test rides on, then after a model refresh they'll sell those. All those new bikes on the showroom floor are almost never fueled up and ready to ride, and in fact when you buy new bikes you almost never buy *that specific bike* but a newly assembled one unless the showroom floor bike is the last they have. At least that's been my experience over the last decade or so in a variety of (new bike, remember) dealerships.
  6. The OEM batteries are quality Yuasa batteries, and should last at least 5 years with care. A common thing that can cause this is keying on the bike with the run switch in STOP, typically because you shut the bike off with the run switch. When you do this, the fuel pump will not prime. Flick the switch to RUN before keying the bike on, and see if that helps.
  7. Yup; snow expected this weekend/early next week, too. Won't be much, though, just a light snowfall that should [damn well better] be gone by the next afternoon. And yeah, the OBRAdv mitts will fit over any handguards no problem, and are weirdly stable - I really expected them to move around a lot in the wind on the Tracer as it's handguards are pretty small, but nope - they just stay where you put them. No movement, no flapping around. They fit well on the T7 as well, which has MUCH larger handguards.
  8. Yeah my oil drain plug doesn't hang down like the FJ plugs do, so that's a good bonus. The skid plate on my Tenere is the first I've ever had, and it's got a huge dent in it now (mind you, I was doing really rough stuff with it). I dunno if I'll ever get one for the Tracer. It never goes offroad, and big rocks on roads are extremely rare in my experience (at least, where I'm likely to ride it)... If I did, I'd just get the cheapest one I could find, like the AliExpress job. I'm sure it's much more fragile than a name brand one, but I feel the likely hood of an object puncturing it AND the oil pan is insanely remote. I mean, I've ridden half a million kilometers in my life, and have never had a bike damaged that way riding on road. Not to say it can't happen of course, but there's a limit to how much protection weight I want to bolt onto my bike. If I had an FJ for sure I would, and I'm going to get a stronger plate for my Tenere... If it can cobble together a Mount to use the stock Tenere player on the tracer, though, I may do that. Seriously though, if just doing for the tracer? Unless I ride really rough roads with it, if just go cheap Chinese bag plate 100%
  9. Just the stock hand guards, but these mitts work with everything. Went for a ride with them on my Tenere tonight, and will take them out on the Tracer tomorrow. They're totally no problem to ride with, and obviously keep 100% of the wind off your hands. Don't interfere with controls at all, and it's easy to take your hands off the bars and back. Lots of room. They're AliExpress extenders, cost me $5 in anodized semi-gloss black back when I first bought the Tracer. They've faded to that metallic.... I don't even know what color that would be. Used to match well. They work great though. Between the risers is the remote for my heated gear - fully wireless, and much preferred to the wired controllers some heated gear uses. Gear has its own buttons too, but the remote is easier to see and operate while riding. It steps between off, high (red light), medium (yellow light), and low (green light) - which is exactly how the buttons on my jacket liner and gloves work too. And nah, I actually wasn't aware of a helmet that matched my bike, but I was all about the heated visor and I don't think Arai sells those Also, that Defiant-X is $969cdn.. oof.
  10. Picked her up from the shop, after having my low-throttle vibration issue fixed. Turned out it was a failing rear wheel bearing. Got the winters mounted as well as they also suspected the Bridgestone T32's, which had been wearing weirdly, so to rule out tires I figured I'd just have them get the winter change over with. Conveniently, while I was picking the bike up, my OBR 3/4 Enduro Mitts arrived, so installed them too. Good for winter! I'm hoping the mitts+grips will be enough, so I don't have to faff around with my bulkier heated gloves.
  11. Errr, I must be missing something obvious? Why not wave at another rider? You're not plugging them into leads on or handlebars are you? but yeah, heated gloves beat grips "hands down", because in very cold temps grips alone will warm the inside of your hands while the outside freezes. Both work together well however, particularly as most heated gloves focus heat on the outside surfaces to allow good tactile feedback through the gloves.
  12. Man, if this works, I'll ABSOLUTELY do it. A momentary switch by the left grip and the wheel on the right as normal for forwards/back would be brilliant for me. It's really just pushing the wheel that's so problematic, and this wouldn't interfere with the stock switchgear at all, just tapping into the blue/white and a ground.
  13. Yeah, for me personally I'm all for extra safety features. I'll never buy another bike without ABS, for example, because it's an ENORMOUS safety upgrade - one that outpaces nearly all gear at reducing motorcycle fatalities. Which is funny, because you'll find militant ATGATT people who don't care about ABS, which is patently stupid. I mean, I'd rate helmets higher, but that's literally it. ABS both prevents accidents, and of motorcycle accidents that do happen there's a 22% lower fatality rate. That's HUGE. And no, nobody brakes better than modern ABS on a street in emergency braking situations. Nobody.[/endABSpreaching] But what comes stock on a bike? ABS is a must for me (but is also mandated by law on new bikes, so it's a given). CC is strongly appreciated due to age and gimpy body issues, however I'm perfectly ok making due with a $5 Aliexpress throttle lock, so it's not something I'd turn down a bike for lacking. I do definitely value it though, and would pay more for it. TC is nice but in no way a dealbreaker, unless it's a very, very high power bike. Anything up to around 120HP really doesn't need it at all, and even beyond... If I'm buying a really high power bike, I'd prefer to have it for safety but I'd not buy one as an only bike, and not be interested in riding it in inclement weather, so... Eh. Other electronics, riding modes, electronically adjustable suspensions, etc, I do not care even a little bit about. I don't dislike them (I'm definitely no "Tech is bad!" guy) but I'm totally indifferent to them. Take the Tracer's dash and config menus - I don't think I've opened mine in over a year. I'm gonna set the bike up the way I want and just leave it alone after that. My Tracer sits in A mode unless it's literally in snow. Heated Grips: These are 100% mandatory for me on all bikes, but I give literally zero $%#&'s whether they come stock or not - A set of Oxford Heaterz works on any bike, and costs around $100. Lots of other features fall in here too: If they're not stock, I'll just mentally add them to the purchase price when buying a bike, and literally get them the same day. Basically, with stock features, for me to care about it it has to be something that's not readily addable aftermarket, particularly for things that are reasonably inexpensive. I mean, sure, the Tracer's built in heated grips are cool and all and it's nice to not have to have the additional controller mounted somewhere, but the flipside is the Oxford controller mounted on my Tenere 700 is actually easier to use than the god awful wheel on the Tracer, so.... yeah. Aftermarket cruise is definitely a thing, but it's much spendier, so I'd prefer it to be built in.
  14. Big, much more technical ride today, well outside of my skill level. Started down TransAlta Rd, then down a cliff into a dried riverbed. Crashed once in here, as the riverbed was filled with deep gravel - all sizes, but mostly 2-3" rocks and some big rocks - just got overconfident and failed: Ironically, I crashed it in the flat portion, but had no trouble with 2' deep crosscuts from more recent rivers and more broken and uneven parts. Overconfidence. Anyways, then followed the riverbed for half an hour or so and stopped on what was an island: Then back, up the cliff again. Herein was crash #2, and let me tell you: there is no technique that makes picking up a bike that is tank down, wheels up in a deep rut half way up a steep, long incline easy. Even with two of us, it was damn hard. No pics here, it was dark and super difficult, just wanted to get up the hill. The rest of the ride back was uneventful. No injuries to me, and the crash protection did its job well, but the worries about the stock exhaust on right side crashes are well founded: both times, I had to bend the muffler back out to clear the swingarm. Ordering a Huzar high mount exhaust today. However, going back to the purpose of the thread: Even at this point, with two crashes, the bike performed admirably and really helped me ride well outside my skill level. It can only do so much of course, but really it's MUCH more like a dirt bike than a big adventure bike. So easy to ride, even in crazy stuff. Also, it took the abuse like a champ. It went down *hard*, particularly the second time, and nothing broke - not even the cheap looking plastic handguards. Turns out they can deform quite a lot and spring back into shape. Forks are horribly out of alignment though, gonna have a wonderful time straightening the front end tomorrow. Rode home with wildly canted handlebars. I can see the advantage of something like a drz400, but I wouldn't want to give up my asphalt performance to get it. I did *not* envy my buddy on his Super Tenere (pictured) or the third guy on a older BMW (also had to pick his bike up twice, and holy hell was it heavy). Watching him struggle to maneuver his 600+ lb beast around even with several years more offroad experience than me really helped me appreciate how number the T7 is. Also: tail bag has to go, gotta get a tank bag instead. Need to be able to get back over the rear seat for more rear wheel traction at times, and the bag really got in the way.
  15. This is something that's been an endless frustration for me. So many cops do not know the laws they are enforcing, but people ask their opinions on what is/isn't legal, then feel that's the absolute hard truth. But then maybe you're doing something a cop said was legal but wasn't, or are doing something that's perfectly legal but a cop feels isn't, and the next thing you know you've got an expensive citation, or the need to take a bunch of time off work to defend yourself in court (and maybe get it dropped, maybe not).
  16. Reno barely gets below freezing. Some basic heated gear and some rain tires like Road 5's and you'd be set for good traction and warmth.
  17. Man, if I where in the states, I'd be all over that. Really hate how much shipping costs screw us Mostly just to get away from having separate washers that always fall into the bike when I remove the tank and have to be fished out. Great product, there, @Clegg78, and a really reasonable price.
  18. I've never heard anyone complain about a Seat Concepts seat. They're incredibly well reviewed on basically everything, *and* very reasonably priced. Definitely a good option.
  19. Dunno, I've never had studded tires on a bike. They (the SS11's in particular) stick out 3mm in total 1.5mm of carbide bit, 1.5 of stainless nut. I'd expect a similar result to studded tires on a car, really - worse traction normally, better traction in ice and snow. Some vibration, and clattery noise, lots of noise. The plan is to start out fairly mild, studding every few sets of blocks, alternating middle blocks and side blocks (as per the Pirelli's). Too many studs and bare pavement traction will suffer a lot, and even when it's snowy there's a bunch of roads that get aggressively plowed here. I can always add more if needed.
  20. Good lord, it's huge! But it looks incredibly comfortable, and great for just eating up miles. And while they may not be Yamaha's for reliability, they make up for it with *incredible* fit and finish. Excellent electronics and creature comforts, and none of the rough edges to cut costs you find on the FJ/Tracer. I'm sure you'll love it!
  21. https://www.igripstore.com/ Ordered a set of 200 SS11's. Then, yeah, it's time to pre-drill a bunch of small holes, use the included tool to drill the studs into the tires. Gotta be sure you've got sufficient depth for the screws, obviously, but it's a tubed bike so as long as you don't fully penetrate the carcass and screw into the tube, there's some flex room there. I'm undecided if I'm going to use the stock Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR's or buy a set of Shinko's (705's? More street biased, but I'm not going to be doing hard offroad stuff during the winter) to stud, though. But the "which tires to use" rabbit hole goes deeeeeeeep, and it's way easier to just pop studs into the tires on the bike and worry about that rabbit hole in the spring.
  22. So, the Tracer is getting it's winters put on right now as it's also being checked for that vibration issue, which is a bit of a frustrating irritant, but whatever - they insist it's the tires (T32's with still around 50% tread to the wear bars), or the chain (which is new as of June, as is the front sprocket, both bought from them, and which runs perfectly smoothly when the tire is spun and has been kept constantly lubricated with the autooiler), or the rear wheel bearing. I agreed to replace the rear wheel bearing, and swap the bridgestones for my winters (and those bridgestones will go right back on in spring), and I'm just waiting for them to say it's the chain when it still happens. Anyways, I digress! I've ordered a box of 200 iGrip tire studs, which I'm going to screw into the stock Pirelli's on the T7. This will give me the Tracer for clear and cold days where the winter's really shine, and the T7 for ice and snow. But yeah... Ontario winters are a LOT wetter than ours. I dunno how much I'd push things there. Here in Calgary, it snows only rarely and almost never much, and roads that don't get immediately plowed end up packed down and sanded right away. That packed down snow stays forever, but it's not bad to ride on with the winters and I think studs will be hilarious fun. I've seen enough pictures and video of Ontario ice storms, blizzards, crazy icy roads and general winter misery. I don't think I'd want to go outside at all.
  23. Right? So nice to see Suzuki come out with something really appealing. They've been treading water for a long time, just releasing basically the same bike over and over, year after year. Good to see more competition in this space.
  24. Heated grips+heated gloves = warm hands without handguards down to -25C easily. I use heated glove liners, which I wear under a thinner pair of +1 size leather gloves. But a good set of handguards and heated grips go a long way before that's necessary. I'm actually ordering a set of those Enduro 3/4 Grip Mitts myself right now; they'll move quickly between the Tenere and the Tracer, and will hopefully keep me in normal gloves much longer.
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