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  1. I checked MachineArt Moto. Doesn't look like they make one for the Tracer.
  2. A fender extender for the front might be nice to keep anything from spitting off the front wheel and onto the engine or pipes. The existing fender looks adequate enough to protect the radiator guard, but not sure if it throws anything before that point?
  3. Has anyone tried the Tracer Frame sliders? Are they made out of that dense nylon?
  4. As for other accessories, I ordered several pieces from a UK company (no names here), as well as some from a Californian company for an older R3 that I had, and I ended up removing them all. Things that seem well thought-out don't always end up that way... I think my new mantra will be to stay bone stock unless there is a really compelling reason to change something.
  5. Yes, I had an EvoTech on my Speed Triple. It was a good unit.
  6. Okay, so I suspect the EvoTech one slips under the bolts that hold the rad? Sounds like a better fix.
  7. There is no OEM Yamaha radiator guard on the Yamaha Canada website, but I know they make it for other markets. I see there are some older FJ-09 ones, not sure they'd fit or not.
  8. I haven't done anything to mine yet, but I have ordered the bag liners. I think they also fit the FJR, and might actually say FJR on them, but that's fine with me. I don't mind sharing components with that platform! Did you have to take the side fairing off to install the rad cover? Did you install frame sliders too? I think I am going to stay pretty much bone stock, other than the rad cover. As for the tail tidy, I had one on another bike and also removed it....there's nothing wrong with the stock pieces, and, in my opinion, they actually make the back of the bike look complete, and not abnormally truncated. I think the aftermarket guys want to convince everyone that they are unsightly, but it just doesn't have to be my opinion. On top of that, their tail "solutions" offer nothing for protection from water, mud, or other debris.
  9. Yes...a friend pointed that out to me. Who in their right mind lowers the 9 below the level of the other numbers anyway?? The seat is unbelievably comfy. The GS had a good seat but the Tracer's is as good or better, easily. Oh, one thing I don't particularly like is the small thumbwheel on the right side of the handlebar. It's just a little too far for me to easily reach while trying to maintain constant throttle, so it looks like I will be pulling over to turn on the heated grips. The cruise control...will have to reach.
  10. I had the Tracer Goo GT 😄 out for about six hours, mainly on secondary highways north of London yesterday, clocking 400km. 7 As for suspension, it's still working extremely well in the curves. I may increase the compression damping one small turn (to decrease the compression) after some more testing, because I noticed a small amount of compression in the forks with fairly aggressive upshifting when starting from low speeds or a stop. I also noticed that it doesn't happen when you quickshift, so it seems like it's actually from the engine braking between manual shifts. It's very slight, and I don't really need to adjust it but will try it, just for the sake of experience. I .ay also add a small increment of rebound damping in the rear - the bike soaked up everything really well but thought I would see if some rebound damping would take care of the one big hit that crosses my path on the way to work, without throwing off the ride quality.
  11. Went for a really good two-hour familiarization ride today. I really like the Tracer, better than any other bike I've had. It's light, flickable, smooth, sporty, and comfortable. I went on a usual route for me down secondary highways in the countryside. My route is just a series of curved sections on various roads that I've pieced together over the last ten years. The Tracer really inspires confidence in the riding, and I found myself on my normal spirited pace, and even faster, despite the heavy wind. On my first section, I was hit with a heavy windblast just as I turned into my first curve, blowing on the low side. Despite being blown off line a bit (it was a heavy gust), I was able to lean in a little more and get back online. I think the easy lean-in on the Tracer helped, despite the fact that I rolled back the throttle a bit as well. On another section of road, I was going into a fast left hand sweeper. Once through the apex, there was a combine not far ahead that I couldn't see before the apex. Needless to say, this was a brake test opportunity, and I thought the brakes were spot on - really good lever feel, and really good balance between the front and the rear. I didn't notice significant fork dive, but hey, I was surprised by the combine a little too much to notice. My right hand mirror came loose halfway through the trip. I stopped and tried to tighten down the locknut, but I couldn't finger tighten it enough to make it hold, so I drove with it pointing inward for the rest of the trip. I was going to take it off, but the handguard is also mounted through the same bolt. I retightened it at home. I can't imagine it will be an issue. As for wind protection, the torso and legs are well protected, and I don't want to comment on the wind around my head until I've had a normal day of riding. Needless to say, things are fine at 60-65 mph.
  12. Well, I meant that people often change out their suspension for something more rigid, then they find that their front end starts getting skitterish, so they soften it up, just to find that they are getting more fork dive. After two changes, they end up reverting back to the stock setup.
  13. Hey Rob, I haven't ridden one but I had that 1050 triple in my Speed Triple. Mine was a 2013 so it was a 5-speed but that 1050 GT is a 6-speed. Geared as a six speech, I'm sure it's a great ride. The seating position is pretty relaxed but it won't be nearly as relaxed as the Tracer. I didn't realize they brought the GT to Canada. I thought they only brought the St which is similar but not quite as punchy in the engine.
  14. BBB, appreciate the new knowledge on upper limits to the suspension, but I disagree with your comments about higher speeds requiring more fork travel when braking. This does not apply when cornering at speed on a motorcycle, as your speed into the corner, with proper trail braking, is not going to drop so low that you need all of that fork travel. Applying the brakes properly means that you've applied them enough to get compression and a contact patch on the road with the tire before you make the turn, and there's no way you would ever be bottoming out if you're doing it correctly. The scenario you describe is one where you are going from high speed to full force braking to make a rapid stop. I would expect significant compression in that case but I fail to see how it would be an issue. As for insufficient damping because the rider weight is too high for the initial suspension, I guess I would expect some customization. I don't know what size range of riders was considered, but I'm sure it can be adjusted for a range of 120lbs to 250lbs. I don't see this ad a measure of inadequacy though; rather I see it as working effectively for a reasonable range of people sizes.
  15. From what I have observed with others, riders will often feel that they can improve the handling of their bike by changing the suspension, so i am talking about using the suspension as a tool for helping you corner your bike. If they feel there is too much compression in the forks when turning in, they opt for stiffer springs. The more appropriate modification is to modulate brake pressure better, so that there is less of a surge pressure when applying, so that the brake pressure comes on enough to turn the bike, but not on so strong that the forks completely dive. Think of braking pressure as being comprised of 100 points. You should only be going into a turn with 5 out of those 100 points of braking. If you start the braking within those first five points, you are less apt to over-compress the forks. So my point is, many riders will think they need to change their suspension to stop fork dive, when what they really need to do is work on modulating brake pressure. As for suspension modifications for soaking up bumps, or just having too much compression in the rear, I haven't experienced any issues at all so far, but I need to cover some more ground.