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  1. One of my reasons for buying the Tracer in place of my current XR1200 was that it at least makes it possible to do the "getting to the fun stuff" miles on the bike, thereby giving a lot more flexibility in terms of planning routes and stops once I get to the mountains, etc. My good friend Don, the legendary "Lakota" on the XR forum notwithstanding (he does cross-continent trips on his every year), most people would do everything possible to avoid long trips on the XR with its lack of creature comforts and small tank. So my solution has been a 5 x 10 enclosed trailer with a wheel chock and tiedown rings mounted in it. That combo has worked for three major trips requiring 1000 miles transit each way with no drama at all. When I bought the Tracer last week from a dealer 110 miles away, I was trading a ski boat, so needed to pull it down there making it impossible to bring my trailer. Brought the bike back in the bed of my pickup, and although fuel economy is better than pulling the trailer, I would trade that in a heartbeat for the ease of loading/unloading and the security of the trailer. Planning another trip to the beautiful Okanagan Valley next April, Covid permitting, and the trailer will be making the trip with the Tracer and two bicycles in there, and probably a lot of wine on the way home!
  2. I always figured if I went down on the Norton, it would be because gas had filled up the primary case, causing the oil and gas mixture to leak out around the sprocket shaft and coat the rear wheel. This was NOT a theoretical concern, although it would never have happened if I hadn't forgotten to shut the fuel petcock off once with the bike on the side stand. One of those little life lessons! Either that or a loss of control caused by reaching down to (for the 100th time) push the coil wire for the number 2 cylinder back on to the coil when the engine would, without warning, suddenly start running on one cylinder. I got so I could do that in 5 seconds without ever looking down, and I think I could do it mid-corner. But all was forgiven when you pitched that super light bike into a corner or whacked the throttle open and had that twin kick you in the backside. Best of times, worst of times sums it up perfectly! Oh, I am well acquainted with the charms of the Wet Coast! I spent a lot of time in Seattle during my childhood, as my dad's sister and her family lived on a mountaintop above Bellevue. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Olympic Peninsula a couple of times. Oh, and my sister lives on Vancouver Island. Road my Yam 850 down to Seattle the summer of Mt. St. Helen's. Bags of ash were still sitting beside the highways waiting to be picked up and hauled away. Different zone, but I was actually in Cle Elum a year ago today for my cousin's wedding. Couldn't do that this year... Sigh. Thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to getting to know the bike. It is about 100 lb lighter than even my "sporty" XR1200 (H-D's are made with "Harluminum" doncha know; a material that looks like aluminum but is mysteriously 5 times heavier), with 20 more hp, so it should be fun. The XR's Buell based engine, however, gives you everything it has pretty much off idle. Runs out of breath about 6 grand, but it is a hoot in the lower and mid-range. This linear throttle response you speak of should be cool!
  3. Hi from the heart of the Canadian prairie; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I am so new here I don't even have my Tracer...yet. I am trading my ski boat for a new 2019 Tracer 900 GT on Friday, so I have been busy researching the bike in advance. I guess I shouldn't be in a rush; in this part of the world it will be months before I actually ride it. Between now and then it will stay warm and comfy in my airplane hangar. I am 61, and have been riding since I was 14. I have owned a Suzuki 90 dual purpose as a teenager, then bought a CB750 at age 16, which I toured all over northwestern North America on. Followed that with a Norton Commando 750. Never owned a machine that was so awesome and so awful at the same time. After that, I was emotionally fragile and vulnerable for a bit, so I bought a machine that was the exact opposite of the Snortin' Norton in terms of maintenance; a Yamaha 850 shaft drive triple. Toured and commuted with that bike for 8 years, with absolutely zero problems. The guy who bought it from me lost the bottom end of the engine within a couple of years, which turned out to be a common problem with that engine. Still, I loved the triple.... Got out of motorcycles for a few years after that machine, then re-entered with an FJ1200, which still has my favourite motorcycle engine to date. What a locomotive. That one met an untimely end under the minivan driven by our family veterinarian. Long story. Bought a true bad-boy bike after that; a Suzuki TL1000S. A true juvenile delinquent machine. Got out of bikes again after 5 years with that bike, but took a Harley softail on partial trade for a Corvette Z06, and boom! I was a motorcyclist again. Thought I would give the whole cruiser thing a try, but I absolutely despised the forward foot control riding position on that brute, although it was a gorgeous bike. Put it up for sale a few weeks later, and was offered a Harley XR1200 on trade (look it up; it is actually a really cool machine). I took that trade, and have been enjoying that machine for 6 years now. It is a bike with real personality, and with the right mods is a very capable sporting mount, which draws more looks and comments than any bike I have ever had. However, I want something lighter and less sonically obnoxious for riding in town (my XR has a Vance & Hines Black Widow exhaust on it that guarantees social distancing at all times), and a better option for sport touring, so here I am rejoining the Yamaha Triple club. Can't wait to get involved with this forum. Already learning a lot. I do know how to use the Search function lol. Will try to keep unnecessary questions to a minimum!