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  1. Just got a call from my suspension doctor - the Ohlins forks and shock are ready to go! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 In order to save on significant shipping costs, I am just going to go across the Cascades and retrieve them one week from tomorrow. I am not is a terribly big hurry to re-assemble the Tracer for now - got waaaaay too much going on with prepping the S1000XR for some major league LD runs in the desert at the end of the month. Finished the Aux Driving lights on the BMW last week; finished installing the 1-gallon Hydration System this week, though I still need to install the actual drinking tube that will run from the jug lid to a janitor's key lanyard on the tank bag: I'm using some RAM ball trickery to keep the gallon jug in place and prevent it from striking the bodywork: This upcoming Sunday, I am allegedly picking up the finished 4.2-gallon aux fuel cell to install on the rear rack. Got my fuel feed line installed and complete, and ran it back to the rear rack (with plenty of spare length to it; it will be cut-to-fit when the cell is installed), I am doing the vent line tomorrow:
  2. I would be concerned about grinding down the pin on the pinch bolt side, for reasons you've mentioned. It would be tragic if the bike fell due to a slight bump, etc. If you only use the stand for tire-changing/maintenance purposes, then I would just remove the pinch bolt altogether before lifting. But if you intend to use the stand frequently for non-maintenance reasons, then it would be a pain to remove the pinch bolt all the time. There may not be a good answer here, in that regard.
  3. Final Results of the Driving Lamps install. All photos taken with the bike parked in the same location. A slightly blurry Low Beam: A slightly blurry High Beam: Low Beam with Aux Lamps lit up.
  4. I think the Morello, Italy graphics are just gaudy as hell... way overkill. I have these for the rear of the bag, mostly a safety item, truth be told. Still look pretty cool: They also make an option without the "FJR1300" - just the Tuning fork logo: Yamaha FJR1300 Rear Bag Decals These Reflective Rear Bag Decals fit all FJR's through the...
  5. Rust-Oleum Professional Truck Bed Coating! 🔥 🔥 🔥
  6. Decided on an unusual finish for these brackets - can you guess what paint this is? 😁
  7. If I were in your shoes, I would go for it. One of the more irritating aspects of buying a new generation of an established bike is that undoubtedly, many of the aftermarket goodies are not likely to fit on the new bike. That's not always true, but generally is true. So if things light auxiliary bight brackets and similar precision-fit goodies are important to you, you'll need to accept the fact that the aftermarket is frequently a year (or more) behind the release of the bike, before you start to see them available. As far as bug concerns - those are a possibility, so it's a bit of the roll of the dice. You do have quite a few new systems on the bike that not trivial; some are pretty complex, such as the electronic suspension. Yamaha has significant experience with electronic suspension from the FJR-ES models that have been in existence for a good few years now, Me, I would expect the Electronic Suspension for be pretty good. But again, who knows... it's all part of the procurement adventure!
  8. Obviously tires make a huge difference - my factory D222's were replaced within the first two weeks for a set of proper Dunlop RoadSmarts IVs. But the factory suspension is another matter altogether. If one is a scrawny little 140-lb solo rider, you can make the factory suspension work for you once sag is properly set, etc. But if you are a 225-lb linebacker, have a 125-lb pillion and 40lbs of gear between side cases and top box, the factory suspension ain't cutting the mustard whatsoever. Even with pre-load set to the max, that factory rear shock, in particular, is not up to task, and neither are the factory fork springs. Not if you are going to tackle the mountain passes and hairpin turns with gusto. Fortunately, this can be readily corrected with enough determination and $$$.
  9. Nevada has many sides to it. And riding extreme mileages isn't for everyone, no question. These are Tour of Honor rides for Nevada and Utah. 1150 miles each day. 2021 Tour of Honor Motorcycle Ride
  10. The 2nd generation BMW S1000XR is not a huge player in the Iron Butt community yet - only a handful of us use it for Long Distance work. So... if you need specialty items like Aux Driving Lamps brackets... you are on your own. No aftermarket shop makes them - you have to do this yourself. Driving Lights are actually an important safety item while blazing through the Nevada desert at night, if you're going to have a prayer of avoiding animal strikes. 😲 I am taking this XR for some heavy duty night runs this Memorial Day weekend - so I finally got around to fabricating brackets for my LX-3 LED Driving Lamps today, just under the nose of the bike: Using the machine shop at my local BMW dealership (that I have good fortune to use whenever I want), I hand-fabricated the initial set of brackets. All this work was Old School... no CAD workstation or plasma cutter. these were all by hand and eyeball. A drill press, grinding wheel, a vise and a 5lb hammer. That's it. They actually came out fairly decent (for not having a CAD machine and plasma cutter). I started with 14-gauge mild steel, 2 strips that are ~ 16mm wide, and 140mm long. Before any bending, I drilled the 8mm holes that the shoulders of the Torx bolts need to pass through: Now for the tedious dremeling/bending to form the the large 'U', with many, many stops to test-fit, see where mods were needed, then re-grinding and filing. The first bracket sorta looks like ass, the second bracket turned out a lot better as I got better at my bending techniques: I was quite surprised and delighted to note the rigid strength of these brackets during their initial fit. I had plans to use a cross-member to provide more stability to the structure, but it was such a solid mount, I am going to forgo it for now. The end result sees the brackets splayed outboard as expected, and this is fine as the lamps are circular in their beamcast, so it's not important that these mounts be perfectly horizontal to the ground: Tomorrow I connect them up to the relay that will power them... then some night testing:
  11. Your sacrifice is duly noted... what a guy! 😃 😃 😃 😃 That entire area consists of motorcycle roads laid down by the Motorcycle Gods!
  12. Well if you're going to ask the question, then be prepared for all the detractors and social media 'engineers' to answer with a bunch of snarky answers and general crap. Sorry, petshark, that's the way keyboard commandos work, sadly enough. To answer your question... I would simply stick to traditional recommendations that are based on real-world experience. It is indeed short-sighted to replace a chain, but not the sprockets (even though you have relatively low mileage on this set). Generally speaking, if you install a new chain without changing the sprockets also, you may expect a shorter chain life. It appears that Yamaha bean-counters won the argument to use a modest-quality chain-sprocket set - that alone is reason enough to swap them out with a quality set. I am approaching 4000 miles on my 2020 Tracer that I bought about six weeks ago. I have ridden chain bikes for many decades, I know when a drivetrain is showing wear. Mine is already... a bit surprising for a modest-horsepower machine. I am replacing mine before a heavy-duty trip (with the wife onboard) in mid June. This link may not be of use to you there in Belgium, but it makes this shopping task easier: Yamaha Tracer 900 / 900GT | Sprockets & Chain Kits | Sprocket Center Sprocket Center is dedicated to being the world's premium...
  13. Hmmmm... that doesn't sound very positive. Was it a long-term girlfriend departure, or the big 'D'... divorce? Either can weigh on a man and give him pause about a lot of things. Good luck with your decision process. Nothing wrong with the SV650 or similar. The 2021 SV650 seems damn inexpensive at $7700, brand new:
  14. What year is your Tracer? How many miles on it? When was the last wheel balance? Have you ever had head bearings adjusted? There are potentially a lot of reasons, depending on your answers.