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  1. That was my experience with the Metzeler Roadtec 01's. Sounded good, but wore out way faster than the Michelin, while providing no better grip. It's a magic sauce when you can get grip and longevity. Michelin seems to have figured that out with these tires.
  2. Your bad experience is a great benefit to the rest of us! Sorry to say. As someone who rides a lot, far away, I'm quite interested in this. Your idea of adding a SS plate and EDM is clever and effective. I'm a sailor and use a lot of expoxies and glues. I could see adding a plate on the top/inside of the SW Motech, sandwiching rubber between, or even good closed cell foam. Love this forum!
  3. I'll add that I formerly lived on Bainbridge Island, an island just a ferry ride over from Seattle. There are a massive number of folks, men and women, who ride bicycles and motorcycles onto the ferry to commute because it saves you tremendous money and time. It's what prompts many people to start riding here. On that ferry during commute hours there are commonly 30-60 motorcycles. Of all types, but not much of the Harley crowd. Most folks on sport, ADV, and varieties of cruiser style. It's a beautiful sight really. So many bikes! By far the most common tires you see on bikes are the Michelin PR3-4-5. It's lived experience for folks who ride on wet steel, wet roads, and mysterious surfaces every day all winter.
  4. Awesome geopraphy and video work. Thanks for sharing. Once upon a time I traveled those roads, but in a cage. I can't wait to get some time in Southern Utah on two wheels, on Hwy 12 and the like. Your oil pan experience confirms my own fear of the way it is exposed so nakedly. I also worry about a rock piercing the oil filter, which is not apparently protected by the SW Motech. But spending $300 on a bigger sump guard is just, well, hard to do.
  5. Just the stock model. Really don't quite understand why it fits me so well, like I explain above, but it does. Worst seat I've ever had was a Corbin the previous owner put on my Connie. Damn seat was hard as a rock. I did a long trip up into Canada (back when those good people allowed us rednecks and science bashers into their country) and had to purchase a little inflatable seat to put under my arse so I could not wince with pain after 30 minutes. But my stock Aprilia Capo seat was pretty good, and yet this Yamaha seat/foot peg position just fits me the best, now that the seat is raised and flattened.
  6. Good thread to find. Hey @Dodgy Knees, are those the Pyramid brand? In other news, let's all remember to put links of any products we've used and recommend.
  7. Went to bed thinking about it, did a bunch of reading and comparing of all the brands here, read endless reviews on Revzilla, and no surprise, people tend to like what they buy, especially if they spend a lot. Notable exception is the Angel GT, which people seem to love or hate. What did I end up getting? The Michelin Road 5's. I just decided there is not a single tire out there that does better in the wet, and most do worse, and I ride the wet an enormous amount of the time. The extra money ultimately cost me less than the stress of not believing my tires were going to hold the wet corner the way I'm used to. I've had the Metzeler RoadTec 01 and though they rode fine, they wore out far more quickly than the Michelin. My wallet liked the idea of the Roadsmart 3's, but my desire to not test my aging bones in a battle with asphalt made the difference for me. And oh, by the way, I'm an MSF rider coach, so I've already ticked that "extra training" box! 😜
  8. So I'm back from my 4 hour ride, about 240 miles, and all I can say is that I've never ever had a seat be more comfortable on any bike I've ever owned. In order, a Versys 650, an FJR, a Connie with a Corbin, and an Aprilia Capo 1200. None of them left me without sore buns after 2-3 hours. Today I rode and never even got the tingles. I realize the seat is basic, but something about the breadth and new angle, and my leg position, relieves pressure on my pelvis and buns in a way that works for me. And I found I stayed where I wanted to stay on the seat, and was neutral in my body position. I'm done fiddling with this seat and now know I can ride it on my longer 12 hour trips with no problem.
  9. Hey @Shizzle, I honestly went to my local Ace and got their only thickness of stainless washers. I did happen to notice that the stack of 4 washers I placed UNDER the plastic thing, taped with Gorilla tape onto the bike, was a bit less than 5mm thick. I also placed two washers of that same thickness, so a smidge more than 2mm, under the rear of the tank bolts. When you do this, it is a bit more tricky to get your seat in, as you have to more carefully hook that front seat prong into the notch where it goes, and then without much force press down on the back of the seat to click it in. I'm going on a 4 hour ride this morning and when I get back I'll surely know more. But I rode for 30 minutes last night after posting here and it really makes a huge difference in making the WHOLE seat available for use, and no sliding forward. I've added bar risers and am 6'2", so my natural riding position is for my butt to be back on the widest part of the seat, which I can now do easily and stay there. And seat is not wobbly left to right. I could post pictures but they are more or less the same as @Wintersdark Good luck and let me now if you have any other questions. Riding up to Marrowstone Island today, one of my favorite local trips here in lovely WA.
  10. I've not yet put 500 miles on my bike but today was the first time I've ridden in really wet conditions. My Buddha! Those OEM Dunlop Sportmax tires had my bike going all sideways and squirrelly over every single tar snake and irregularity. It freaked me out. I'm used to Michelin's and Metzelers and never had a bike act this way. I've already ordered stiffer front springs and need them as I'm 195lbs but this wasn't that. It was straight up lack of grip. I was going to ride these out but now I'm thinking I can't go into winter with this crap on my bike. Shame to waste new rubber but I need to feel way more trusting of my tires. I dropped 25% or more off my normal wet weather speed because I was paranoid those OEM tires were going to put me on the ground in a slight corner.
  11. Today I installed my new National Cycle polycarbonate Touring windscreen and did the seat mod to raise and level the seat as discussed in that thread, specifically using the technique outlined by Wintersdark. Got my Shad SH36 cases today, which look sweet, and am waiting for the mounting rack to come. Farkleville around here.
  12. I just did this the way Wintersdark did, thanks, and from being in the garage it is already a huge difference. I'm one of these who find the stock seat pretty darn comfortable. I'll give it a few years and see how the foam wears. But getting the seat more level will really help a ton. Thanks to all for the ideas here.
  13. Yes, great bike. I test rode one before buying my Tracer. The price difference was the only reason I didn't pull the trigger. The engine is typical inline 4 in being butter smooth and strong. Less character than the 900 but great. More bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at. Mama Kawi is trying to play with Ducati and BMW but that's tough sledding. Have you all seen that Ducati is coming out with a brand new V4 engine for their Multistrada that gives 170HP and uses spring valves with 36,000 mile valve adjustment intervals?
  14. Hey there. Yeah, my 2008 C14 was awfully fun and when I hit the throttle doing 70 would quickly hit illegal speeds to pass trucks on lonely British Columbia two lanes. But it was a pig at low speed, and damn heavy. The power to weight ratio can't be far off. The Connie is smoother at high revs with that big 4, but not more fun. And once above about 6K rpm on the Tracer, it's like a jet engine. Crazy thing is that I've got a 34" inseam and with my seat in the high position, I can barely flat foot. That's a tall bike! I've added bar risers but I don't think I need peg lowering. On two hour rides, I'm not even butt sore, which I've never had on any bike I've ever owned. That "little" triple is just a brilliant design.
  15. The appeal of Aprilia is hard to resist, but as I recently parted with my Capo Rally 1200 I can say I will never again spend my money on a machine so likely to have trouble and without nearby dealer support or parts support. Spend time reading about their customer service before you buy one! If you live in Los Angeles and have lots of cash, go for it! They are so beautiful, and when working well, like a Ferrari, they are a dream. But I had the AF1 racing shop in Austin, Texas, who is the main parts supplier for Aprilia in the US, explain to me their bikes are so rare here it is easier to get parts for a Ferrari, well, that says a lot. I like working on my own bikes too much, and like my money staying a bit more in my wallet. But when I see one on the road I sure turn my head!
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