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  1. Tried the Grip Buddies. I really loved the material, but I HATED HATED HATED the velcro and seam. YMMV; somehow this doesn't bug a lot of people. I really wish they would find a way to make a tubular version. The material is indeed superior to the Grip Puppies, but... Anyway, my bikes are usually wearing Grip Puppies. And yes, they are an expendable item. I usually remove my Grip Puppies in winter for maximum grip heat transmission, and because I don't ride nearly as far in winter so the comfort functions aren't as essential. Plus I'm always wearing heavier gloves when its cold.
  2. Wellll, that sucks. FWIW, I'm showing $351.05 for a new wheel from my preferred purveyor of Yamaha bits. This is the online parts sales arm of a dealer near me: 2015 Yamaha FJ09 (FJ09FR) Rear Wheel | Online Cycle Parts Shop online for OEM Rear Wheel parts that fit your 2015 Yamaha FJ09... It will come without bearings or valve stem, and you'll need to transplant your rotor of course, but your worst case is $400-ish all-in for a fresh wheel in perfect condition, likely in your hands in under a week. Could be worse. That appears to be the sort of bend I've seen repaired successfully, but you'll need to do without the bike for at least a few weeks and deal with shipping both ways. Plus, the process damages the paint or powder coat when they heat up the aluminum, so the wheel will need to be refinished. Our few short weeks of Midwest riding season are here, so honestly I'd just do the fastest sure thing, buying a new wheel.
  3. bwringer

    Helmet stink

    It was touched on briefly above, but rotating between two or more helmets is a huge help. I ride pretty much daily most of the year, so giving each helmet a day or so extra to air out really helps. And yeah, helmets are indeed short-term consumables. I consider myself lucky to get three years out of a helmet.
  4. It is possible to use something called "ion sensing" to detect detonation by monitoring the conductivity of the gasses in the combustion chamber via the spark plug electrodes. AFAIK, it's only seen production in a few high-end cars, but it is a proven concept. Pretty good article on the concept: What is ion-sensing knock detection? PH Explains | PistonHeads UK ... I'm not sure how Yamaha gets by without knock sensors, but maybe it's rare enough that they're not really needed, or the engine has other ways of detecting problems.
  5. Just an update on this: I have a Seat Concepts kit on the way whenever they get around to producing it. My bike's Previous Owner did some weird stuff to the seat pan, so I decided to just buy a new seat from Yamaha in order to at least get a good pan. It was only $76. Turns out the PO did... something, I don't know what, to the original seat. The foam has been monkeyed with, although with what goal I cannot fathom, and the seat cover was changed. You have to look close, but it's covered with a different, stretchier, and stickier vinyl than the new front seat and the original rear seat, with a different texture. He also carved up the front mounting lug for some reason, so the seat never really fit very well. Plus, on closer examination, there are several sets of staple holes in the original seat pan. Overall, it seemed best to start over with a new seat.
  6. Mmmkay, did some more digging, and it appears Computrac in Boston can indeed service JRI shocks. I'm guessing they inherited the parts and information from JRI. The folks at JRI weren't sure Computrac would still work on their shocks, but I got a prompt and friendly reply from the owner when I asked. My shock is on the way east and I'll report back on the outcome!
  7. My 2015 FJ-09 came to me with a very pretty JRI shock installed in 2016. It's not leaking, but I think it needs service, and the damping adjustment seems to be stuck on "log truck". The adjuster moves fine, but the damping never changes. The bike is nearly un-ridable with the rear end skipping and chattering around. Fortunately, it also came with the stock shock, so I can ride it. The stock shock definitely could be better, but it's safe and works well enough for the moment. Anyway, I finally got through to JRI and it turns out they haven't sold or serviced these shocks since 2018. So poop and other words. Anyone know of a US shop that might be able to take a crack at it, at least cheaper than buying a new shock? I'll contact Computrac in Boston and Sasquatch in Idaho. New options in the US seem to range from $650 to $1,400... that's a bit of a yikes, so I'm not in a hurry to give up on this JRI shock just yet. I'm rather disappointed; the upgraded shock was an important factor in deciding to buy this particular bike. I'm not exactly pleased with the previous owner; he surely knew that something was wrong with the shock. Caveat emptor and all that.
  8. Very interested in the stock FJ-09 seat. PM sent -- let me know if you didn't get it.
  9. Thanks for asking! I plan to install a manual tensioner at some point, and I have some of the same questions. I'll follow this thread with interest. I also think removing the valve cover would be safest; the camshafts want to skip time when the tensioner is removed. That looks like the APE tensioner -- is that correct? One item I'd add is to replace those stupid socket head retaining bolts with standard hex head flange bolts. When I did my valve clearance adjustments, it was much easier to reach these bolts with a ratcheting wrench, rather than wearing my fingers out 1/6 turn at a time with a shortened hex key...
  10. - I've seen K&N filters fail a few times at the little spot welds used to tack on that stupid thin metal nut-shaped decorative object. - I've seen several outright failures of Fram filters on cars; the thin metal can, the crimps, and the o-ring are all failure points, plus they often use cheap cardboard inside. I've removed a Fram cartridge oil filter from a motorcycle where the crappy filter element was starting to fall apart. I found the material in the pickup screen. To be clear, these are the cheapest orange box Frams; their higher tier stuff is generally OK. I haven't seen any issues with the black canister Fram filters for motorcycles, but they are noticeably lighter than others, and overall the brand is extremely suspect in my mind and best avoided. - Wix/Napa and HiFloFiltro are consistently excellent quality. - Poke around: my Yammie parts source charges $9.16 for the OEM filter if you order online (but a LOT more if you walk in and wake up the parts monkey...). I usually grab a few when ordering other bits. HiFloFiltro seem to go for about the same money online, more if you're standing in a shop. Wix/Napa filters actually tend to cost a buck or three more than that, but they are easy to find on the shelf if you haven't planned ahead. - In the end, the reality is that oil filters in a reasonably healthy engine don't really have much to do, so anything that doesn't leak will be perfectly fine for several hundred thousand miles in any modern engine. Do whatever makes you happy.
  11. Good to know weird rubbery seat skin isn't endemic to the FJ-09. As I mentioned, a measly $13 or so will fetch a new seat cover from Yamaha, so that might be a good route until my Seat Concepts kit shows up. Heck, a whole new OEM seat is less than $80. On an unrelated note. Yamaha's parts prices are pretty dang great compared to Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki. I had no idea until I owned one... a KLR650 valve cover gasket is over $45, and Yamaha wants $12 for an FJ-09 valve cover gasket.
  12. LOL, I just did this too! Took me an embarrasing amount of time to find the nut on the other end... The Givi directions are absolutely maddening; in this case, they use a little pictogram of a fairly normal short bolt, with no mention that it's a really, really long bolt and there's a nut on the other end. I also slightly damaged the long bolt tapping it out and had to clean up the threads a bit. A new bolt was less than $6 from my Yammie parts peddler.
  13. I actually got so frustrated on a long ride this weekend that I stopped, bought some actual old-school greasy-ass Armor All, and applied it to my bike's seat. I can say that it's the only thing that's helped somewhat. It hasn't made the seat too slippery at all; it's still too sticky, but it is a lot better. The rear seat doesn't seem to have this issue; I'm sort of wondering if the first owner put something on the seat that damaged the vinyl. I first tried this "matte" finish interior wipe stuff from Meguiar's and it really didn't do anything. It's all weird, very very weird... in any case, it sure doesn't sound like some sort of common FJ-09 issue.
  14. The windscreen I got is just the hunk of plastic. No hardware. It appears to just mount up to the stock stuff like a stock windscreen. I'll see if I can get it mounted up and get some pics in the next day or two. I haven't removed the handguards entirely yet, but I probably will. They sure don't do anything much for wind, and I doubt the flimsy plastic would do much at all in a drop. And they look weird.