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  1. 2016 Yamaha FJ-09 Triple One owner, all service records documented, from original crate to current 17XXX miles. Dealer-serviced handlebar recall. All Yamalube oils, providing 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. ABS brakes, three rider modes. Always garaged: outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition. Super clean and ready to ride. Clear Maryland title in hand. 16,000-mile service performed in December 2019. Fresh brake fluid front & rear, new coolant. Michelin Road 5 tires, 30%. • OEM center stand • OEM engine guards • OEM luggage rack • OEM tool kit and owner’s manual • OEM shop manual (pdf) • Madstad windshield (original OEM shield included) • Hella Supertone horns (OEM included) • Front Fenda Extenda • Grab On foam grips • Stomp Grip knee grips • Mirror stalk extensions KBB: $7,768. Asking $7,000 OBO, cash only—no trades. Contact Dr. Johnston [cyberslabbin at yahoo dot com]
  2. 2016 Yamaha FJ-09 Triple One owner, all service records documented, from original crate to current 17XXX miles. Dealer-serviced handlebar recall. All Yamalube oils, providing 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. ABS brakes, three rider modes. Always garaged: outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition. Super clean and ready to ride. Clear Maryland title in hand. 16,000-mile service performed in December 2019. Fresh brake fluid front & rear, new coolant. Michelin Road 5 tires, 30%. • OEM center stand • OEM engine guards • OEM luggage rack • OEM tool kit and owner’s manual • OEM shop manual (pdf) • Madstad windshield (original OEM shield included) • Hella Supertone horns (OEM included) • Front Fenda Extenda • Grab On foam grips • Stomp Grip knee grips • Mirror stalk extensions KBB: $7,768. Asking $7,300, cash only—no trades. Contact Dr. Johnston [cyberslabbin at yahoo dot com]
  3. These Hella horns are great--year-round. I have no negatives comments whatsoever and recommend them highly. Stay safe on 95!!
  4. Does anyone have any experience with motorcycle carriers for a trailer hitch? Occasionally, I’d like to take my 454-lb FJ-09 to different places behind my Mazda CX-5, and I don’t want to bother with a trailer and its expense, maintenance, tagging, wiring, parking, backing up, storage, etc. I see that there are several different bike carrier brands, like the 500-lb Black Widow carrier seen here on Amazon, and wonder if they’re safe, easy to use and efficient? https://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-MCC-500-Motorcycle-Carrier/dp/B00OZ1IM3C/ref=sr_1_7?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1524239049&sr=1-7&keywords=motorcycle+carriers+for+trailer+hitch - customerReviews Any insights appreciated—TIA!
  5. Just be aware that lithium-ion batteries are light, but not good for cold weather cranking. As a year-round commuter in the Mid-Atlantic area, I just use the standard old sealed OEM type.
  6. BikeBandit had a branded version of this particular holder at a lower cost a couple of years ago; I bought two of them. Now they're a bit more expensive, but super compact, flexible, convenient and strong: https://www.bikebandit.com/riding-gear-and-accessories/communication-cameras/communication-bluetooth-systems/techmount-techgripper-cradle-universal-device-holder/p/49604?rrec=true
  7. This worked out really well- I went to--and can recommend-- this shop. Turns out Scott used to work for my dealer in Rockville before they closed. Also, his step-father has an FJ-09 on which Scott has worked, so he was familiar with the model. He did a great job at a good price. So Tusk, thanks for the recommendation. How did you hear about this new shop? Hey wait--Scott said his step-dad is named Tusk! Haha-
  8. My Yamaha dealer in Rockville, MD just closed their doors for good in November; their main shop in Crofton doesn't sell/service Yamahas any longer. My 2016 FJ-09 is due for its 8,000-mile service soon, and I'm looking for recommendations for a good shop. TIA!
  9. Saw this on the way to work yesterday on MacArthur Blvd. in Washington, DC. Couldn't resist posting!
  10. Here's an update: I called Yamaha Customer Relations in CA last week. They said they'd never heard of the situation I described, and put me on hold to talk to my dealer in MD. Came back to say they backed up my local dealer. So on Saturday, I took my bike in for the 4,000-mile check. They inspected the bike, ordered the recall part, & said they expected it in around a week. I'll have to take the bike back in for that. My dealer also said that they complained to Yamaha about requiring two visits from customers, and that Yamaha agreed that it was ridiculous but didn't change anything. They also said that the Yamaha customer service rep had to talk to his supervisor as well to clarify the situation. I still think there's some back story they're not telling...
  11. Well, I called Yamaha Customer Relations in CA about my recall issue, wherein the dealer I bought my FJ-09 from said he had to see the bike before he could order the recall part, and that therefore it would take two trips to the dealer to get the 4,000-mile service and safety recall work. Having the official Yamaha safety recall letter in hand--with VIN--meant nothing to my dealer. The Yamaha chap put me on hold for some time, checked in with my dealer, and then returned to say that he backed him up! He said that Yamaha only provided one set of handlebar recall items/bike, and that the dealer didn't want to hold me up by having to order the part and hold the bike for some days until the recall part came. This way, he said, I could ride the bike away after the 4,000-mile service and not get held up waiting for the recall part. I told him I'd posted my situation on the FJ09 forum and no one else (at that point in time) had heard this from his/her dealer. No joy. Now another poster in VA has had the same experience. So tomorrow, I go in to the dealer for the 4,000 mile service, they inspect the bike's VIN and order the recall part for another visit down the line. The CA Yamaha guy said they'd expedite the part insofar as possible. Bizarre--I still don't understand the situation. Maybe I will after tomorrow's service?! Stay tooned...
  12. Surely there's something going on here--but what? What could the dealer's motive be for directly denying a recall notice? To get me to come in twice?!?! Confused, PFJohns
  13. So I got the recall letter a few weeks ago in Bethesda, MD, USA. Called my dealer (who sold me the FJ-09 last August) to schedule it, together with my 4,000-mile service. He said he couldn't order any recall part(s) without checking the VIN personally first! Said it has to fall within certain VIN range to qualify. I told him exactly what the Yamaha safety recall letter said: this was not optional--but he insisted that he couldn't order the part without seeing the VIN. and removing the bar to see if the work was needed. I offered to read the VIN to him off the registration. No go. Finally, I asked him if there was any way I could schedule the service and safety recall in one trip, and he said no. "This was how Yamaha is doing it." Anyone else run across this sort of response to a safety recall notice from your dealer?
  14. This weekend, a friend and I finally installed the Hella dual Super Tone horns up under the front fairing, using the bracket that the original horn hangs on. My friend milled a couple of little hollow aluminum stalks/couplings for the Hellas to perch on, and we got slightly longer bolts to hang them on the horn bracket bolt holes. Murph's Kits sells a dual horn wiring kit called a "Stebel HF80 wiring harness" that works perfectly for the dual Hellas as well. The wiring kit cost $33 ppd and has outstanding brief instructions. I kinda like how they look, at least for now; I call them my Commuter Hooters! If I change my mind about the looks, I'll spray them black and they'll disappear up under there. OMG they're Hella LOUD! CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW??? My son thinks they're so loud that startled cagers may sue me for unleashing the din. I think they likely will save my life in daily year-round DC commuter traffic. Here are a couple of images of my hooters. I couldn't upload the horn and wiring instruction pdf's but if anyone wants them, send me a PM.
  15. I use the Freedom Air, which won a butt pad competition in a 2011 comparison review in Motorcycle Consumer News. My first one lasted about nine years, and I purchased my second one when I bought my 2016 FJ last August. Not cheap, but the XL is very comfortable. You let out as much air as possible to give you a low cushion; works like a charm. I have no connection to the manufacturer, but am a satisfied customer. You can see it here on Amazon <https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Air-X-Large-Cruiser-Cushion/dp/B00DBFNZ9E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1489434585&sr=8-4&keywords=freedom+air+motorcycle+seat+cushion>
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