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  1. One of the things I'm doing when I swap tires is to swap out the stock tire valve stems with these 90 degree valve stems to make it easier to inflate and check tire pressures with my compressor tire gauge. This will really help with the rear tire. Puig 90 Degree Valve Stems | 5% ($1.29) Off! - RevZilla
  2. Section 8-167 shows location of 3 fuse boxes #17, 18, 19 (cruise control fuse). Turns out one can access the right hand side fuse boxes without taking off the right fairing. Checked the fuses for the turn signals and no broken fuses. 8-168 shows Fuse box 1 under the rider seat.
  3. Installing the foam washers into the left turn signal instrument was a little challenging: If you have the GT, the cables that go to the heated grip warmers prevent you from easily taking off the instrumentation housing from the bracket. You have to loosen the 8mm bolt that secures the clutch Lever to the handlebars in order to have enough clearance to get the top part of the instrumentation housing out of the way in order to get access to the internals of the turn signal switch. Once you've finally gotten access to turn signal internals, the foam washers provided by STS are two sizes. One is 8 mm thick, the other is 15mm. The size of the spaces to be filled are 10mm (of course they are 😠). Hence i had to bust out a crafting mat for cutting paper projects at a high degree of accuracy and utilize a ceramic paring knife in order to cut the washers down to size as cleanly as possible. Scissors struggled with the foam washers deforming under shearing action of the scissor blades and a rotary cutter was too light duty to cut the foam effectively. Blinker wire coloring on the backside is white/yellow,white/brown, white/black (pin 7) After wiring everything up, turned on the ignition and did not get the turn signals to light up when activating the turn signals. Turns out instead of cutting the dark green i had cut the light green wire. Corrected that and still no startup sequence detected. Checked voltages in power and that registered above 12v, now I'm stuck because I'm not sure what I missed. Reverted back to stock and now turn signals won't blink normally. Going to look at fuse box to see if I blew a fuse in the process. Checked fuses and no blown fuses there. Took out the foam washers to see if that was causing the issue with the turn signals not activating, still no blinking turn signals upon removal of foam washers. Will need to check my male/female bullet connectors to see if there was a problem with my wire stripping and connector crimping. [5/7/21 update] disconnected the multi-wire plug that goes to the handlebar switch and reconnected it and it actually ended up allowing the turn signals to activate when double push and hold of turn signal. I then tried reconnecting the STS and then the turn signals wouldn't activate. I suspect a bad wiring strip/crimp of the signal wire to be the culprit - will have to try and redo the signal wire to see if that's the key. Couldn't isolate the problem to the actual multi-wire plug.
  4. Very impressed with your powers of deduction using multiple disparate sources during your purchase research. My hats off to you sir in that this is some of the best supporting info I've heard in awhile in addition to your household having two Nikens. If Florida only has 6 Nikens, then you own 2 of the six in the entire state! I find it very interesting that you actually also found 3 salvage as well. I hadn't even considered how many in the production runs may have already met their demise. Numbers could potentially be lower worldwide due to attrition. Hadn't seen that US recall notice that showed the actual ranges. Super helpful in at least isolating how many are potentially in the US. Anecdotally, a fellow Niken owner in the Facebook forums indicated that there were ~120 Nikens in Italy as told to them by a source in their local Yamaha dealer. I thought for sure that if assuming proportionality holds per country then according ratio of Nikens to local population numbers then there must be close to 1k Nikens in the US. Happy that we're a rare bunch, but sad in that it means costs to repair a special model could be much higher.
  5. Greetings FourSwords. Welcome to the group. That jives with the serial numbers and model years I've heard from US owners so far. So far I haven't been told by fellow owners of anyone with a 2018 or 2020 Niken in the US. [CORRECTION] Double checked owner posts in the Niken Facebook owners page and that there was an owner in Colorado #383 for a 8/18 manufacture date. Am checking with him separately to see if his was considered a 2019 model year. If these numbers are remotely in the right ballpark then these numbers are even lower than what I would have minimally guessed for sales totals in the US. I would have expected at least 1000 of these to be on the road. But if it comes down to only 169 GTs and 109 Nikens for a total of only 280 Nikens in the entire US, all of which happen to be 2019s, then that is dramatically lower than my lowest estimate. This averages out to almost 6 Nikens per US State. May I inquire as to how you got those US numbers?
  6. Ok - attempted first part of getting all the STS installed tonight. 1. Remove left hand side fairing, left side upper cowling, and protective boxes covering electricals. 2. I ended up cutting the protective sheathing off the wiring harnesses so I could get as much room to work with when stripping the wires and adding male and female butt connectors (provided by STS). 3. I now know why Duarte Silvestre's Youtube video recommended splicing the wires where the connector goes to the motorcycle's computer vs the wires between the connector and the handlebar switches. Two key reasons: a. This is because the area from the connector to the handlebar switches is under the upper cowling and handlebars, hence less room to easily use your tools to strip/crimp wires. NOTE: I used a very good metal wire cutting tool that I use to cut my road bicycle brake and shifting cables. That way, my wiring didn't have any frayed edges or uneven cuts, which helps when trying to add connectors and establishing strong electrical connections. b. the visible wiring section from the connector to the handlebar switches area is actually shorter than the visible wiring section from the connector to the motorcycle's computer. The additional wire (about 1.5-2 inches) is super helpful when crimping on the male and female butt ends. If you screw up crimping your connectors, and you ruin the wire ends, then the additional cable will be a blessing in disguise since you have a little more leeway to trim and start off with a fresh cut connection. You'll be much happier you spliced this section. 4. The butt connectors supplied by STS is not a typical connector I keep in my electrical toolkit (usually spades, tube crimpers, or positaps). I ended up messing up one of the female butt connectors while crimping and unfortunately STS doesn't supply any extras if you mess up. So Amazon to the rescue by getting a few extra butt connectors. The butt connectors make sense vs. using positaps because if you ever had to revert the bike to stock, it's easy to disconnect the STS and plug the turn signal connections back into each other. 5. Finding an appropriate place to mount the STS accelerometer/motion sensor box proved a bit challenging. There's not a horizontally flat area that doesn't interfere with the suspension or steering mechanism in some way. I attempted to see if it were possible to mount the STS box: a. Beside the windscreen directly on top of the shock tower plastic. This didn't work ideally because at maximum lock the wiring could interfere, and it meant the underside had less wiring to work with e.g. I would have needed to add additional extension wiring to hook everything up. b. Under the cowling but above the section where the brake lines for the Niken run past the horn. This didn't work because the STS wiring was too thick and trying to run the 8 connectors through the brake line bracket proved very difficult. Also because the STS box itself is plastic, I wasn't that keen on having plastic directly above the brake lines separated by a metal bracket (potential melting concerns due to high heat conditions from the brake lines). c. I ended up finding a small vertically flat space directly behind the wiring I was going to splice into. It didn't appear as though the STS should fit but it actually does quite nicely with the logo pointing upwards and the arrow on the STS pointing to the front. I used velcro to affix the STS sensor to the vertically flat space. At this point, I'm awaiting the replacement female butt connector to arrive before I can run a full test to see if the STS works as described. Will post video and pictures soon. Will tackle adding the foam bushings/washers to the turn signal handlebar switch in the meantime.
  7. Need some help identifying which wire is for the high beams please. Am trying to connect the high beam as a trigger wire for my power distribution unit to link my auxiliary lights. My Niken service manual indicates it's number 82 but cannot tell which color. Anyone know how to interpret these wiring diagrams?
  8. The bike was and is still new to me. I switched out the modes when I initially first got it but really couldn't tell the difference because I was still in engine break in mode and didn't want to gun it until the engine was well broken in.
  9. Decided to test the riding modes after riding the majority of the last 2k miles in riding mode 2 (medium response) Traction Control System 2 (more traction control). Kept TCS at 2 and went to riding mode 3. Response was much more sedate at launch from dead stop in mode 3, am assuming this mode is primarily for rain/city duty. Kept TCS at 2 and went into riding mode 1, response sharpened from mode 2 and a big jump from mode 3. Felt "angrier" and definitely ready for some wide open throttle duty. Moved TCS into 1 and didn't notice a significant difference from TCS 2, but then again, I wasn't exceeding 7k RPMs in any given gear that would cause the rear to break loose. Will have to test again with a higher RPM level. Mode 1 - most aggressive setting - sharpest throttle response Mode 2 - medium setting - throttle response is still immediate but not as sharp as mode 1 Mode 3 - rain/city setting - noticeably took more throttle in comparison to mode 1/2 to launch without feeling like the engine was going to bog down. Am curious if by leaving it in mode 2 or 3 whether the Niken high tire wear issue would decrease somewhat. Not sure what other riders are keeping their stock riding settings at.
  10. Wanted to create a thread on windscreen options for the Niken. Folks appear to fall into 3 camps: Owners ok with stock Niken and stock GT (taller) sunscreens Owners wanting a more streamlined wind flow: 2a. Streamlined flow of wind onto the rider (e.g. Smaller/lowered angle of windscreen), ex. custom lowered angle of wind screen 2b. Streamlined flow of wind over / around the rider (e.g, more protective bubble surrounding the rider, taller / wider screen). Ex. Puig, Givi, California Scientific and screens (see links below respectively). Puig windscreen link: Touring Windshield with Visor for motorcycle Yamaha NIKEN 2019 - Motoplastic PUIG Discover more about our product: Touring Windshield with Visor for... Givi windscreen link: GIVI D2143KIT Windscreen Fitting Kit | Yamaha Niken 900 Enhance riding comfort, airflow, and coverage with this D2144ST... California Scientific windscreen (tallest one available): Yamaha Niken Windshields 2a. Homegrown solution
  11. For a 65 in a 55 I had to go to driving school. I was in there with folks who were in there for All kinds of motor violations: a car salesman who was demonstrating the top speed of sports car for a potential buyer (supposedly clocked at 130mph in a new Toyota Supra), truck drivers, but the guy that took the cake was the one who showed up to driving school intoxicated smelling of alcohol. He had lost his license because of driving under the influence (DUI), and actually volunteered to demonstrate the drop in performance of visual cognitive skills after drinking alcohol in comparison to a sober skill test (which was his long it took someone to point out numbers in numerical sequence (1-12) scrambled on a grid. Needless to say it took him considerably longer than a sober person to do the same test. So when you mentioned aerial pursuit helicopter involvement I thought the same..😳
  12. That is ridiculous how short tire life is. Either you're doing burnouts at every opportunity or the Niken is like the first generation '91 Acura NSXs that had the double whammy of extreme rear toe in and super grippy high performance rear tires where it was not unusual to be swapping rear tires every 5-6k miles.
  13. This is the company where the custom graphics were sourced from: Graphic Kit Street Bike Yamaha NIKEN - Kutvek Kit Graphik (kutvek-amerika.com)
  14. Saw this posted by a Japanese Niken owner who had a local tuning shop tune the ECU on their Niken. NIKEN(GT) 2018-2020 (main.jp) The shop apparently specializes in Niken ECU tuning seeking comfort rather than power. The ECU tuning makes the following modifications: Quick shifter can use from 2500rpm (instead of 5000rpm) Cruise control can use from 2nd gear & 20km Reduce the temperature at which the cooling fan starts operating changes fan start from 105 degrees celsius to 100 degrees Celsius Full power and limiter release are secondary