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  • Birthday 01/01/1962

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  1. Had the low profile Mazda plug on my 2015, it had an 8 or 8.5mm socket. Soft metal. Replaced it with one of these, "814-M14BLK", several brands available. I prefer the 6mm socket. Used a Yamaha crush washer, cheaper and better quality than the auto parts store version. M14x1.5 thread.
  2. Thanks Lawrence. I've got one on the way, on your glowing recommendations. Would it be worth still using an airhawk and a sheepskin I wonder ? I'll have to give them a trial.
  3. Hi Lawrence We've just completed half a lap, that was 19,000 km in 4 months around half of Australia, in a 4wd. Hunter Valley, Bylong Valley, Hill End, Crookwell, Tumut to Jingellic, King Valley, Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa, Clare Valley, Flinder's Ranges, (rain on Oodnadatta track so) Port Augusta , then up the centre via Uluru, turned right at Tennant Creek, left at Camooweal to Lawn Hill. Then Karumba (best Barramundi ever !) across to Cooktown (missed you). Then Atherton, Charters Towers, Ravenswood, Hughenden, Richmond, Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Charleville, Chinchilla, The Bunyas and home. And a few places in between. Planning to ride to Phillip Island in February for the superbikes, (that's the excuse anyway), so about 3,500-4000km over a couple of weeks on the Tracer. Want to come along ? Very interested in your Bagster seat, I've an Airhawk and a sheepskin, and a bit of foam at the front of the stock seat to re angle it, and it's still not very comfortable. Also sometimes use padded shorts which make the most difference to my sit bones comfort. Have you had a chance to try it out ? Is it worth the $ (I reckon about $40 per day on that trip) ?
  4. Great list of reviews. I've used 2 sets of Alpine MotoSafe so far, and found the noise reduction was good; however, on rides over about 4 hours I developed a headache. I think it was from the modulated air pressure that did get through. I currently use Howard Leights, and am considering trying some Plugfones for the integrated bluetooth, even though I have Sena speakers adequate for GPS and phone. Curious about the new Sony wf-1000xm3 noise cancelling earbuds, but not quite enough to conduct a $300 experiment..
  5. Hi guys. Gee, haven't touched my mod for a while. I have changed screens a couple of times. Currently have a cut down stock screen and a beak, which I think helps with the buffeting. My only gripe now is head shake when accelerating over 140kph, for example when overtaking. Here's an old post about the bicycle clips. https://www.tracer900.net/topic/3440-windshield-flutter/?do=findComment&comment=39553
  6. I bought one - it came from the Baltic states, and is fibreglass rather than plastic. After a few coats of paint and re-drilling a hole or two it's on. If it cracks or breaks it's going in the bin. One side effect: it seems to have smoothed the frontal airflow a little. Before you put yours on try and guage this to see if there's any difference, it may just be my perception.
  7. Hi Wordsmith ! It seems to me that the whole motorcycle industry here is struggling. One local dealer just had a "dealer cost +$100" sale in an attempt to move stock, not just on the Tracer, but on any bike. Market saturation ? My 2016 with cruise control etc, etc is just about a GT...
  8. Install it yourself. It was easy, following the comprehensive instructions, and it took a lot of time. Quite happy with mine, if it was in the Tenere switch, I may forget to use it !
  9. Here's the Ogio, branded Dainese. note it has an expansion zip too. It has straps which I've looped under the rear seat to a carabiner, so the seat can come off with the bag attached, or the bag comes off via the plastic buckles. Each side pocket will hold a plastic water bottle.
  10. 70 litres - I was referring to bag in the OP, sorry I was not clear.
  11. 70 litres ? Huge. The Ogio Duffle Stealth / Dainese D-Tail is not big enough to carry all your gear but fits almost perfectly: https://www.webbikeworld.com/ogio-tail-bag-review/ https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-d-tail-motorcycle-tail-bag [video src=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9cAUQzpGVc]
  12. (Manufactured Year) is used over here in 2nd hand listings to denote the actual year - eg my 2016 model is MY15.
  13. Sad to hear that Lawrence, but good on you for making the right decision before it's too late. Hope to see you around sometime. If you're up this way give us a call. It makes me anxious to get some more tours in before I too reach that point, at which time (assuming that dementia hasn't affected my rationality) I hope to have a similar level of fortitude to that which you have demonstrated. I'll be taking the new dementia blood test when it's available (~5 years) and setting an end date if the test is positive.
  14. Looks interesting. Even my favorite youtube lock guy, , could not bump it. Last trip I took a cover and 2 disc locks, a really good one and a cheap motion activated one with an ear splitting siren. Using both I was able to sleep soundly in dodgy motels.