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  1. I picked up a 2019 Tracer900 last January for an unbelievable price. Throttle response is really not that bad. I also have a 2006 FZ1 and the throttle response on that thing was horrible until I got the ECU reflashed, so I know what bad throttle response is. In fact, I'm not sure I want to get the ECU reflashed on the Tracer. Mode A for me works quite well. My biggest complaint is vibration. I suspect my throttle bodies need syncing but I haven't had a chance to do that to see if it helps. I'll try and get to the sync soon, but I'm not going to pay $450 for a 600 mile service. I really like the bike but I'm perplexed about the vibration. I don't know whether to try and fix it or sell the thing.
  2. Nope. It's bone stock other than a side-stand pad, radiator grill/protector and pannier mounts. It was vibrating really bad before and after these mods.
  3. Thanks, that will be good info to have. I'm tempted to get a carbtune myself see what's up. I've already put a radiator grill on, so I'm familiar with removing the body work. Shouldn't be that hard to do the sync. Either way, I'll ping the Yamaha guys for their opinion.
  4. I have an FJR-1300 and GenII FZ1. The FJR is reasonably smooth and my FZ1 is like butter. The FZ1 has a slip-on with Ivan's ECU reflash.
  5. With the weather being so nice lately, I finally got to put more miles on my brand new 2019 Tracer goo. Dang I want to like this bike, but I am totally disappointed. For the most part I like the bike but, the engine vibration is really bad. I can't believe all Tracers vibrate this much, something must be wrong or out of sync. The engine is relatively smooth until power is applied. Between 4k and 5k rpm it feels as if the engine is going to rattle out of the frame whether accelerating or just maintaining speed. The vibration intensity correlates to the power output. It's almost like the instant fuel consumption indicator is an inverse vibration indicator. That is, the lower the MPG reading, the worse the vibration. Hopefully it's something that can be "fixed". Perhaps the throttle bodies are way out of sync. I plan to speak to a Yamaha tech for advice, but if this is normal, it's a deal killer for me and I'm selling this baby. Stay tuned if you're interested in a good deal on a new Tracer. Currently less than 500 miles on the clock.
  6. Just picked up a brand new -- one mile on the odometer -- 2019 Tracer 900 on Jan 3, 2019 from Big St Charles Motorsports in St Charles, Mo for OTD $7,157. That of course does not include Georgia State tax. The deal sounded almost too good, so I decided to rent a van and go get the bike instead of wiring money and having it shipped. I also was concerned because I had read some unflattering reviews about Big St Charles. As it turned out, they were great with a 100% accurate representation of the deal. I wasn't totally serious about buying a new Tracer; I usually buy low mileage used and was hoping to find one this winter for $5K or less. However, CycleTrader changed my mind when I saw the quoted price of $5999 for this deal, which was $1K less than the next best deal on CT, so I immediately called the dealer and made a deposit which was a good thing as a "special" rebate expired the next day. Or at least that's what I think they told me when I picked up the bike. Whatever 🙂 What made the deal even sweeter was Enterprise had a special cargo van rental rate with unlimited mileage for $59 per day. As a bonus, the van I got was brand new; it had 26 miles on the odometer. Long story short, I left Atlanta Friday morning at 8:00AM EST and got back Saturday morning at 6:00AM EST. I returned to the van to Enterprise with 1238 miles on the clock. My biggest expense was gasoline for the trip. Another successful adventure buying toys, but if I deal with Big St Charles again, I'll definitely wire the money and have it shipped.
  7. Thanks for the welcome. I may wait a bit on the cruise control, but I'll for sure get the mount brackets and a radiator guard ASAP. I learned about radiator guards the hard way when a rock off the interstate drained my FZ1 radiator. Handy tip for radiator repair BTW: "Blue Magic 16402 QuikSteel Aluminum Repair Aluminum Reinforced Epoxy Putty" plugged the rather sizable hole on the FZ1 radiator and it's still holding since 2016. Amazing stuff. Cheers
  8. Thanks! That's encouraging to hear about the miles and Ivan's ECU reflash. My FZ1 was a different machine after the Ivan ECU reflash including less vibration, so I was hoping that might be the same for the Tracer. I don't know how long I will ride the bike stock, but I was surprised the fueling on the Tracer is not that bad. I can probably live with it while under warranty. Yes, the north Georgia mountains are pretty awesome. I currently split time in the Atlanta suburbs and the mountains. I prefer the mountains. 🙂
  9. Hello everyone, I've been very curious about the FJ/Tracer 900 since its introduction in 2015. My current rides are a 2006 FZ1 with Ivan ECU reflash and a 2006 FJR1300 which I have taken to the west coast three times. Part of my curiosity was a desire to replace the FJR1300 with a lighter machine capable of touring with the possibility of an occasional dirt road for remote camping sites. After convincing myself that I was serious, I started monitoring CycleTrader for pricing. I was pleasantly surprised to see very good deals for new standard Tracer900 and was thinking seriously of pulling the trigger when an add appeared that was $1000 less than the lowest I had found. I called the dealer and he confirmed the price was real. I immediately paid a $500 deposit to secure the deal and started looking for a shipper to transport the bike from St Charles, Mo to my north Atlanta suburb. After thinking about it, I became suspicious that the deal might be too good to be true and was concerned about wiring the money to the dealer and having it shipped by a third party. That's two unknown entities where the deal could go south. That being the case, I decided to take some cash and go and get it myself. I got lucky as Enterprise had a special for their cargo vans with unlimited mileage and only $59 per day. That pretty much finalized my decision, so I departed early Friday morning on a brand new Dodge ProMaster van with 26 miles on the odometer and headed to St Charles, Mo. My concerns about the dealer were unfounded and they turned out to be awesome. So after 24 hours and lots of driving through rain and wind -- the Dodge ProMaster is a beast to drive in those conditions --, I pulled into my driveway Saturday morning at 6:00AM with a brand new 2019 Tracer 900 strapped into the back of a Dodge van with no idea how I was going to get it out before I had to return the van before noon. I was worn out, so I decided to take a rest and worry about unloading after a nap. When I woke up about four hours later, I got my wife to help unload the bike. Fortunately, I had been doing some work on my porch stairs and had a 2x12x8 sawed in half which made for a perfect ramp with a walkway. It took about ten minutes to unload the bike, even though it started raining while we unloaded and I was concerned about my footing on the wet 2x12. After storing the bike in the garage, I took the van back and relaxed for the rest of the day. The next day, the weather was unbelievable and I took advantage for a good long ride on the new Tracer. I took the bike up to the Georgia mountains north on GA129/blood mountain and back through highway 384 and Helen, Ga. I didn't push it too hard given the new tires and the roads were a little dirty due to random debris from the recent hard rains. Overall, I was pleased after my ride on the Tracer. It performed well on the mountain roads and was stable on the Interstate riding up to the mountains. I had never ridden a tracer before, so I was a little surprised about some things since I had read/watched every review on the bike that I could find. I was particularly surprised and relieved regarding highway stability. That was the major area of concern for me given reports of instability and the spindly looking longer forks. I did notice the bike seems to be a bit more susceptible to wind regarding the front end stability, but not to the point of major concern. The biggest surprise was the vibration, particularly under hard acceleration. I don't know if I glossed over that when reading reviews or maybe I'm just comparing it to my well-sorted FZ1, but it's not insignificant. For touring I don't think it will be a major issue, but I was a little disappointed. From reading all the reviews, I definitely wanted the GT version. With the discount I got on my Tracer, that made no sense. The GTs weren't discounted very much, so the difference in price would have been almost $5k considering the deal I got. That being said, the GT only had two things I really desired and those are the cruise control and suspension upgrade. I can add cruise control for about $500 and I was pleasantly surprised with the competence of the standard suspension on my ride though the mountains. For my purposes, I think the standard setup will do just fine. Anyway, I hope my introduction wasn't too long. I appreciate this forum for all the timely information and advice and hope to contribute in the future. Here's a picture of my new steed with 175 miles -- my ride yesterday - on the odometer.