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Hi all, 

Just a quick intro post... Have had my 17 plate Tracer 900 for a few weeks now, after a history of BMWs and KTMs. The last Yam I had was in 1997, a beautiful (late, lamented) RZ250 lc, Japanese grey import. Absolutely love the Tracer, pending it needing the usual tweeks ie decent seat, decent screen and a louder pipe. 

 

All in good time!! In the meantime, here's a  pics of the new addition!! Look forward to catching up with you guys soon 😀

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Welcome aboard mate!

Enjoy the revs!  That's where the C3 comes alive and can mesh with and really utilize the slip-assist clutch.

I'd tweak the suspension and brakes, and get an ECU flash before an exhaust but that's just maybe me.

Nicest weather in merry ole England?

West Sussex is the sunniest county in the United Kingdom, according to Met Office records. Over the last 29 years it has averaged 1902 hours of sunshine per year.[17] Sunshine totals are highest near the coast with Bognor Regis often having the highest in mainland England, including a total of 2237 hours in 1990. Mean annual temperature for southern coastal counties is around 11 °C. The coldest month, January, has mean daily minimum temperatures of around 3 °C near the coast and lower inland. July tends to be the warmest month when mean daily maxima tend to be around 20 °C. A maximum temperature of 35.4 °C occurred at North Heath, Pulborough on 26 June 1976. Coastal high temperatures are often moderated by cooler sea breezes.[18]

Monthly rainfall tends to be highest in autumn and early winter and lowest in the summer months, with July often being the driest month. There is less rainfall from summer convective showers and thunderstorms than in inland areas. The county can suffer both from localised flooding caused by heavy rainfall and from water shortages caused by prolonged periods of below average rainfall. Winter rainfall is needed to recharge the chalk aquifers from which much of the water supply is drawn.[18]

Snow is forecast here this weekend. 😞

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5 hours ago, 2and3cylinders said:

Welcome aboard mate!

Enjoy the revs!  That's where the C3 comes alive and can mesh with and really utilize the slip-assist clutch.

I'd tweak the suspension and brakes, and get an ECU flash before an exhaust but that's just maybe me.

Nicest weather in merry ole England?

 

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Hi mate, nice to hear from you 😊 I'm amazed at the Met office stat - seems like it's always raining here!! But hey, I'm sure they know what they're talking about..... 😝

At the moment, I'm happy with the brakes and even the fueling! It's 'different' for sure, but I've been able to ride around any glitchiness so far. I may end up getting a Hilltop or something eventually, will see how it goes. 

The suspension is better than I expected. Coming from a 17 plate 1200GS Rallye with semi active thingumydoodars and hydro-dynamic, nuclear fission flux capacitors, I was expecting a massive drop in quality and yes, it's massively uncontrolled by comparison. However, I was bored with the umber-competence of the GS and actually, being bounced, shimmied and generally scared sh1tless is exciting and exhilarating by comparison. But yes, there may come a time when the Ohlins have to be introduced and fortunately I've got a fab suspension specialist http://www.stevejordanmotorcycles.co.uk/ a few miles away so I may pay them a visit. Actually, they could flash the ECU at the same time. 

I can see the pound signs adding up already 🤣🤣🤣

 

 

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4 hours ago, bowlin01 said:

Welcome @Max7 great to have another Brit on the forum, hope you get the bike farckled soon, enjoy!

Cheers

Steve

Thanks Steve, it's good to make your acquaintance 🍺👍

 

Re farkling, as you're no doubt aware, there's a correlation between the speed of farkle and the patience / willingness to acquiesce of ones poor, long suffering wife / partner / significant other.

Much depends on the quantity of wine consumed prior to them agreeing to the release of further funds 🤣🍷

It's great to have a bike again which is fab, but in need of "improvement". Makes it more of a personal journey 😊

Cheers mate, Max 

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15 hours ago, Max7 said:

Thanks Steve, it's good to make your acquaintance 🍺👍

 

Re farkling, as you're no doubt aware, there's a correlation between the speed of farkle and the patience / willingness to acquiesce of ones poor, long suffering wife / partner / significant other.

Much depends on the quantity of wine consumed prior to them agreeing to the release of further funds 🤣🍷

It's great to have a bike again which is fab, but in need of "improvement". Makes it more of a personal journey 😊

Cheers mate, Max 

I hear you Max, luckily SWMBO spends on her pastimes too, so completley understands. This leads to some great 'Farckle Trading' along the lines of "... If I get X you could go and buy Y..." 

Please give me a shout when you're up and running and we could perhaps meet up and compare. (Bikes & Farckles that is, not long suffering wife / partner / significant others) 😂🤣😂

Cheers Steve

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1 hour ago, bowlin01 said:

I hear you Max, luckily SWMBO spends on her pastimes too, so completley understands. This leads to some great 'Farckle Trading' along the lines of "... If I get X you could go and buy Y..." 

Please give me a shout when you're up and running and we could perhaps meet up and compare. (Bikes & Farckles that is, not long suffering wife / partner / significant others) 😂🤣😂

Cheers Steve

Nice one Steve, will do!!! 

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On 11/9/2021 at 2:38 PM, Max7 said:

Absolutely love the Tracer, pending it needing the usual tweeks ie decent seat, decent screen

Hi Max and welcome. The screen was the first thing i changed on mine, I went for a PUIG touring screen but I might try a shorter but slightly wider sports screen next year. The first owner had opted for the Yamaha comfort seat for the bike and I have found that works well for me. Enjoy your bike.

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@Max7, Plenty of advice on screens on the forum, (I myself have 4 now), in the Winter/ bad weather I use the Puig touring screen with vario lip which gives excellent wind protection and eliminates buffeting, but looks AWFUL in my opinion.

So in dry/ better/normal weather I went 'short' and use a MRA sports screen which is excellent (unless riding in heavy rain).

As many say, your results may differ depending on height/ leg length/ torso length etc.

I have a 20 plate gt900 but don't know if the screens I have will fit the model/year of bike you have, but if so and you fancy a day trip to Bedfordshire and want to try out some different screens before you buy then give me a shout. I have the Yamaha Touring Screen, Puig touring screen with vario lip, the MRA sports screen and of course the oem screen.

Cheers

Steve

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Welcome,i had a 17 plate tracer and i am missing it even though i have the brand new model,i had to have it because of the increased weight capability otherwise i would have kept your model as i miss the better clocks and above all the bigger lights so if you do not want to load up your bike you have the better model in my opinion,i hate going out at night on mine.

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Thanks a million for the screen advice, @bowlin01 and @HGP61 . I got on famously with an MRA screen (plus spoiler) on my GS so would have deffo leaned towards them but annoyingly, their website only shows screens for 2018-> 😭 Might be worth a phone call, during which I may discover the answer to the question of screen compatibility between the different model years!! Cheers again fellas 😁

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1 hour ago, yamtracergaz said:

Welcome,i had a 17 plate tracer and i am missing it even though i have the brand new model,i had to have it because of the increased weight capability otherwise i would have kept your model as i miss the better clocks and above all the bigger lights so if you do not want to load up your bike you have the better model in my opinion,i hate going out at night on mine.

Cheers @yamtracergaz, must confess that my choice was very much restricted by budget....but considering I'd promised my dear lady that I was giving up on bigger bikes after flogging the beemer, I consider myself very fortunate to have flown the Tracer under the "bigger bike" radar. I sold it to her as a middleweight which, in this day and age of 1200cc+, 150bhp+ monsters, it kind of is!!! 😝🎊

 

Edit: apologies, my comments make it sound like my bike was a compromise. Truth is, I absolutely love it and it's absolutely restored my joy of riding for riding's sake!!!

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