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  1. reading thru the last several posts had to wonder about the ABS unit. I think @petshark and @fjray are correct about the ABS pump having air trapped and different riding styles contributing. Obviously @betony knows what he is doing so that is puzzling but also make me think there has to be something that is being missed. Over the years of fooling with cars and bikes I've heard some horror stories about the difficulty of getting all the air out. @dazzler24 how did you activate the ABS system?
  2. Welcome and congrats on the new bike. You are a little heavier than me (175 wo gear), I find the suspension OK after tweaking the settings. Ohlins would be better but I haven't gotten the urge to go there - yet. I never had confidence in the OEM tires. Probably due to reading too much and riding too little. Around the time I got serious about tweeting the suspension settings I put a Michelin Road 5 on the rear and a Michelin Pilot Power 5 on the front. I was looking for a bit more front end bite and figured if it lasted as long as the rear I'd be happy. The rear was one I took off my old bike after 3,800 miles. I had put it on for a trip and thought I'd take the old old tire and swap and keep the new one for the next trip. LOL I never put it on and since it was only 2 years old I put it on the Tracer GT. I like the combination and they work well together. Typically I do 5,500 to 6,000 mile trips and usually start with a new set of tires. LOL I did that for the start of my last trip, bike broke down I repaired and traded bikes mid trip. Only had 1,400 miles on a new rear tire. LOL I didn't care I had a new Tracer 900 GT :-) I traded bikes in Sioux Falls SD which is 1,400 miles from home. Rode in made the transaction, moved my gear from old bike to new 2020 Tracer 900 GT. A wonderful moment when I rode away listening to the sweet sound of the triple! IMO with me and 75 to 80 pounds of stuff on the bike it handled OK. Rode 110 miles then stopped for the night. After riding 700 miles in the area and getting the first service done I headed home. It wasn't until the second day I thought to add preload to the rear. For me for touring on a new bike it did well but I wasn't doing much cornering and pretty much causing along on secondary roads and some interstates. After getting home started to ride more aggressively and thru corners. With OEM tires and stock settings it wasn't great but after changing tires and tweaking the settings I like it. A very maneuverable bike that responds quickly to steering inputs, more like my CBR600RR. I found the front brake to be OK on total stopping power but not very good on initial bite. Have some HH pads but haven't put them on yet. Rear brake was almost grabby with strong initial bite. I think during the showroom time something got on the front pads as the first time I used them they didn't work well at all. Have improved particularly with some aggressive braking. As to parts to check IMO depends on the dealer. I have found nothing out of adjustment or loose. I do not like the OEM windscreen - too much buffeting and wind noise. Put an MRA touring on and then added a cheap Amazon copy X Wing. I'm happy with it now.
  3. I bought a 2020 in September and got a great deal on it. Having read all the comments I knew it was a great bike but was surprised by the suspension. It's not perfect but not that bad either. I traded bikes in Sioux Falls SD in the middle of a road trip. It was a bit scary putting all my stuff on the new bike and riding off particularly riding around in the city looking for gas. However the Tracer GT was easy to balance - easier than the BMW F800GT I traded on it! Low speed takeoff again was good and though I was watching out for stalling taking off it was easy to do. I didn't notice any bad throttle jerkiness (nothing like my 2004 Yamaha FZ6). I had 2000 miles on it before I got home. Most of the early riding was done where the landscape is relatively flat and easy to ride but no corners to speak of. After I got home started playing a bit, I was super nervous the first few times out and didn't care for the OEM tires. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 175 wo gear. The stock settings are pretty good for me although I did tweet them a bit. Changed the OEM tires for a Michelin Pilot Power 5 front and a Road 5 rear (already had the Road 5 rear). Tweeking the suspension plus the tires has given me great confidence and the bike does what I want it to with no issues. Could it be better? Yes and I may get a ew rear shock after a while but it is not a burning need. Now for the windscreen - it is horrible! Sorry but it is bad, noise and buffeting particularly at interstate speeds. I put a MRA touring windscreen on and it solved the buffeting problem but still had some wind noise so added a cheap Amazon X-Screen spoiler. It has done a great job of curing the noise. I can now ride on the interstate without earplugs and not be deafened. Maybe the best of any bike I've had. On the way home did 500 miles one day and the next day stopped at 275 because was tired from heat and buffeting the day before. Now the seat, everyone is different but the stock seat is not too bad. My BMW had a comfort seat with an AirHawk cushion and was comfortable for long rides (but not perfect). The Yamaha standard seat is almost as good as the Comfort BMW seat and much better than any standard seat I've had. IMO for most riders who are in the suspension weight range the suspension is adequate but if you are a high performance rider who rides vey aggressively or does track days the suspension would be lacking. I only ride on the streets and don't do track days and it is good enough for me - would I like a complete Ohlins setup, YES! Know it would be better and I would enjoy it but have other items on my list of priorities at the moment.
  4. Great photo and he knows you are going to get it fixed.
  5. I'm not a BMW fanboy for sure. My F800GT was reliable for the 26,000 miles I had it and performed well. Parts are expensive and hard to get sometimes - maybe easier for the boxers since there are more around. I had a service contract. For services from 4,000 to 32,000 miles the total cost was almost $5,000 - I paid $1,500. My biggest beef was the inconsistent quality of service which can vary tremendously depending on the dealer. Fit and finish on mine was close to the Honda CBR600RR I had but the service on that bike was much cheaper and better done because I did it myself. Over the last 10 year I've looked more than once at the R1200RS but it was too big and heavy and could not compare with a CBR600RR or the Kawasaki ZX6R 636. They do handle well but are no sport bikes unless Nate Kern is riding it :-) I really enjoy long solo trips on my motorcycle and a Japanese bike is easier to get repaired in more remote areas of the US than a BMW. The FJR is a great bike, Ive thought about it a couple of times but like a smaller bike. However if you are going to be riding 2 up the 2020 Tracer does have limitations and the FJR is a great bike. However the 2021 Tracer looks to be improved and could be a nice middleweight suited for 2 up touring. IMO the FJR is the smallest of the big sport touring machines and the best handling. However when on the road touring the difference between the bikes is not that much as we never (or shouldn't) ride near the limit but rather a good sporting pace. There are some bikes that just couldn't keep up at that pace - I'm looking at you HD :-) A couple of years ago I came up on a couple of HD baggers coming out the east entrance of Yellowstone. A great twisty road and although I could go a bit faster comfortably on an unknown road I chose to stay behind them as they obviously knew the road and were good riders - took too many chances passing IMO but I could always be patient and reel them in. I was fully loaded with a duffle bag on the rear seat and were not carrying much if anything.
  6. Good question, left the top open overnight when it rained and got water in it. Think I pulled it out and shook out the water, it worked fine but would recommend consistently doing that. It as a good reminder to keep the top closed - rode all day in the rain with it no problems. That was on my F800GT - my Tracer GT is a garage queen so far and hasn't ben out in the rain - yet! I looked at the bottom of the one I have to put on the Tracer GT and it is sealed but think with the cap closed it will be reasonably water resistant.
  7. Thats some really cool older bikes. I've seen a lot of great example of the Kawasaki H2s as well as the RD400s over the years at the Barber Vintage Festival. Some incredible bikes and still put a smile on my face when I see and hear them. Last couple of months have really enjoyed my Tracer GT.
  8. My last sport bike was a ZX6R 636 which was nice but had a great high RPM rush! In 1st or 2nd if the throttle was slammed open at 8,000 wahoo hang on! I'm sure nothing like a big 2 smoke dirt bike :-) I also appreciate what @Skidood is saying, if you are not used to the power of the modern bikes the Tracer GT can be surprising. It is a very quick bike in the sport touring group. Other bikes have more speed but it's a rare bike that is faster than the Tracer GT thru the first couple of gears. It's not a beginner bike and needs practice and respect. However I'm sure they will be up to speed in no time. I found the Tracer GT to be a really nice bike just poking around on with smaller throttle openings and lower RPMs. Other than a 2 mile test ride my first ride on my Tracer GT was with full side cases and a full 58 liter duffle on the rear seat. I was nervous as I didn't want to drop my new bike. It was so easy to balance and ride! I wandered around Sioux Falls a bit looking for gas before winding up across the street from the dealership! The rode 100 miles to where I was staying! However! But! I made it home and the 1st time riding out of my driveway was almost a disaster! South Dakota was pretty flat, no so my driveway. My house is 4 or 5 feet below street level with a garage basement. I came out of the garage and turned to ride up the driveway. Not enough revs and almost stalling so pull in clutch and a=give some gas - top way too many revs, careful with the clutch! It was ugly but I made it just barely. LOL now not so hard just give it some gas and carefully slip the clutch and i go right up! I do understand how it can be tough but in my case a little practice made it very easy to ride up the driveway and stop at the street.
  9. Interesting, I'm like @betoney as in B mode my throttle is pretty tame IMO. I generally don't have any problem with having to "hang on" but if I'm not paying attention and give it a pretty good bit of throttle it will jerk me backwards - not saying you are not paying attention but more I adjust and compensate for the acceleration and don't notice it so much. I tend to grip the bike with my knees and try and keep a light feel on the bars. When I first got my bike was surprised at how smooth it was - low throttle openings and low RPM but well above stalling territory.
  10. Similar, Moab was 99 the day before, hit rain on I70 then turned off on 191 and temperature kept dropping. Think it was south of Vernal where I went thru the pass where it dropped to 34F. North of Vernal 191 was closed 17 miles north of the intersection with 44. I had to turn around and go 44 which went on the west side of Flaming Gorge. A cold wet ride! Next day took I 80 over to Fort Collins CO. I took 13N off of I80 and went over to 287 north of Laramie and then 287 down to Fort Collins. A longer way but a beautiful ride. 2 days later the D..... storm that traveled 700 miles and caused a lot of damage put snow on I80! This was in June! One off my Christmas presents was a Warm and Safe heated liner that makes a nice light jacket when not riding. I am currently working on installing a Neutrino Element to control my lights and heated gear.
  11. RevIt mesh jacket for summer and an AlpinStars textile for the winter. The AlpinStars just has a couple of vents and by the mid 70's it is too warm. I generally switch jackets in the spring and late fall. The RevIt has held up very well. It has white sleeves with black mesh. The white parts are really dirty particularly on the front and the cuffs. I wear gauntlet gloves which go over the cuffs so they tend to pick up dirt. It has seen lots of miles and temperatures from 34F and rain to 103F and humid! Living in the south have to get used to riding in temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. For rain I have used a cheap Frog Toggs rain suit from WalMart or Amazon. On my long trips have to plan for hot and cold weather. The Mesh jacket is essential for the hot and humid weather, for cooler temps add layers under the jacket. I have a Freeze Out jacket from Cycle Gear that works perfectly as an insulating layer and a wind barrier. When cold weather or rain hits I'll add the FrogTogg on top of my riding gear. A bit cumbersome but don't use it very often and it works well and had a hood that goes under the helmet - no rain trickling down my back! Last June I got caught out in a daylong rain ride and the temperature dropped to 34F and rain (mountain pass). My FrogTogg jacket kept my upper body dry while the pants were in the bottom of my duffle and too much trouble to get out. My riding pants did OK but still was wet around my waist and my legs were damp. Coldest ride I've done! Biggest drawback of FrogToggs is the jackets tend to shred after a couple of days riding - I always take 2. A big lesson I learned it check the weather before you leave. I thought it was going to be mid 60sF with an occasional rain shower and maybe dip into upper 50s briefly. No!!!! 350 mile ride from Moab Utah, 40 miles and then the rain hit, high winds, torrential rain and the temperature dropped into the mid 50s. The as I rode north the temperature slowly dropped going thru a mountain pass dropped to 34F and still raining - watching carefully for frozen precipitation! After the pass it too a long time for the temperature to get warmer. 20 or 30 miles before it got to 40! Ran out of the rain about 50 miles before I got to Rock Spring Wyoming. A very memorable ride and the day before it was sunny and 99F. LOL my heated liner was safely at home! I did buy a better rain jacket and still prefer a rain jacket over a mesh jacket. If it's warm or hot and just a quick summer shower, I keep going and ride thru and dry out in the breeze as long as there is no lightning.
  12. currently wearing a pair of Held Phantom gloves. They have held up extremely well over the last 4 years, been thru several day long rides in the rain. Hot and cool but not cold weather. Got them at a raffle for $140. They have wear on them but are not worn out the leather is still in very good shape and they probably have 40,000 miles on them. I may get a pair of Phantom IIs this spring or summer. My boots Sedi are starting to show their age with some stitching around the zipper starting to come loose. That could probably be fixed by a shoe repair shop - a nice one close by. Last fall decided my summer jacket needed replacing so this may be the year I replace my boots, gloves and jacket.
  13. 99.9% of the time use the key to turn the bike off but occasionally do stop it with the kill switch. I'll have to agree with @texscottyd that it is an ingrained habit. He used to race and would be surprised if he did not turn it off that way. On the Tracer GT I wait until the display has cycled which on my bike is longer than the fuel pump prime. @petshark really like your point and I'm going to change my shutdown procedure so that it will be a practiced move in case of a crash.
  14. Road earlier this week with my AGV K6. It was 37F which isn't super cold but I've always had problems with helmet visor fogging on other helmets. This was perfect, I could completely close it and it didn't fog! Over the years have had several helmets and all fogged, some worse than others. Had a couple of PinLock inserts in a Shoei RF1100 which generally tamed it fierce tendency to fog. As they aged and the seal became less perfect so did the anti-fogging abilities. My Shark Race R Pro had a mask that went over the nose, it helped but wasn't perfect. I've also used something called Breathy which went over the bridge of my nose. All were less than perfect and some were fiddly and difficult to get positioned properly. The AGV without the pillock is the best helmet I've had without a PinLock. The AGV with a PinLock is fantastic. Last June when I left on my long trip could not locate my PinLock inset so left without it. Had one bad day of riding in cold rain had to crack the visor but not too bad. In my Shark I would have to squeegee the inside of my visor when riding long distances in the rain. I think the AGV K6 will be very good in the rain with the PinLock in. When leaving for a long trip in the summer it's sometimes hard to remember to take the winter helmet gear. When its 95F when you are leaving its hard to imagine 55F and raining but almost every trip I've encountered a day of riding in 55F and rain and wind.
  15. Since my first bike have always used a bare key in the ignition. a keyring or another key will mar the area. When I travel always take a spare key on a keyring just to have a way to differentiate them. Have been down to leave a key in the slot to unlock the seat. This helps me keep up with the key and not leave it in a case or seat release and ride off with it. When I took delivery of my Tracer GT they had a key fob with their name on it. I didn't take the time to pull the key off and have ridden some 3500 miles with it like that with no issues. Reminds me I need to take it off the key fob.
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