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What did you do to your FJ-tracer-gt today?


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5 hours ago, texscottyd said:

Today, I tucked the FJ (and all the other bikes) carefully away in the shop to ride out the wind and rain from Hurricane Nicholas.  

Talk about JUST skirting the edge of the storm… 

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It looks like a case of .."Houston, we have (narrowly averted) a problem"

Good to see you missed the worst of it.

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1 hour ago, dazzler24 said:

It looks like a case of .."Houston, we have (narrowly averted) a problem"

Good to see you missed the worst of it.

We're just going to have rain here in Mississippi starting this afternoon.  Then it will follow me out to the Smokies.  I have a class in Bryson City this weekend.  2 years ago I rode the moto out, had great weather, and got to ride Wayah Road and the Dragon, etc. after class.  This time I'm driving the truck and, best case, expect to get some wet hikes in.

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4 hours ago, Wintersdark said:

Mine: 20210306_101527.thumb.jpg.3cd709ce6d8e1f14380e858cd796a9b6.jpg

Good to know, thanks.  Did it also bend the pivot bracket and spread the stand clevis, and do you think internal corrosion contributed?

When my body permits, I'm going to take a close up and personal look at my side stand below the clevis!

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35 minutes ago, 2and3cylinders said:

Good to know, thanks.  Did it also bend the pivot bracket and spread the stand clevis, and do you think internal corrosion contributed?

When my body permits, I'm going to take a close up and personal look at my side stand below the clevis!

No, no other damage.  I feel it's breaking was inevitable, rust or no rust inside, as there was a jeep pressing the bike backwards and directly into the kickstand.  Something had to give.  

Honestly, breaking where it did was probably the best way to go because nothing else was damaged (like the mounts!) 

I will say, unequivocally, that even with the internal rust there, (were it not broken obviously) I'd absolutely trust it with my 300+lb mass hopping onto the bike via the footpeg.  It's still very strong, just that physics where not in its favour when pushed by a reversing jeep.

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22 hours ago, 2and3cylinders said:

Where did the side stand "snap"?  At the frame bracket, pivot / clevis or below in the shaft.  I mount and dismount due to back issues by stepping on the left peg with my left boot and swinging my right leg over.  The stand has developed more side play and I worry it will fail each time I'm mounting up.  So I'm curious what the weak points are; not that getting knocked over by a car would impart the same stress / strain, impact forces.

BTW, did you then accidentally back over your MIL?

I loved my MIL (may she RIP), and often fantasize about running over the b-tch who bore me...and she's 94!  The good do die young...

 

7 hours ago, Wintersdark said:

Mine: 20210306_101527.thumb.jpg.3cd709ce6d8e1f14380e858cd796a9b6.jpg

That's exactly where mine broke. I assume it may be an intentional breaking point to protect the frame from damage. I was amazed at how clean the break was. Almost looked like someone took a saw to it.

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On 9/14/2021 at 9:09 AM, 2and3cylinders said:

Good to know, thanks.  Did it also bend the pivot bracket and spread the stand clevis, and do you think internal corrosion contributed?

When my body permits, I'm going to take a close up and personal look at my side stand below the clevis!

Damned I'll check soon as I get home

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Mounted my new MRA Vario Touring windscreen and went for a ride in some very windy conditions.  Had the spoiler in it's highest position (I'm 6'3", although the 36" inseam means much of that height is in my legs) with the screen in its highest position as well.   No comparison to the stock screen on its own; the only way I could ride with that setup was with the screen in its lowest position and take the full wind blast on the helmet; higher resulted in painful buffeting.  Comparison to the stock screen with a cheap Amazon spoiler on it is more interesting.  That combination tamed the wind noise considerably, as well as the buffeting.  Using the MRA set up as described above was certainly the best I've experienced yet on the bike.  Still a fair amount of air hitting the helmet, but it was very clean with no buffeting to speak of.  My ride allowed me to experience pretty stiff winds from every quadrant, from a virtually silent ride away from the wind (could hear the engine, which I don't ever remember at highway speeds before) to quartering crosswinds and straight into the gale.  All were very tolerable, with the reduced buffeting very noticeable.  Although the stocker with spoiler was close, it absolutely did not eliminate the buffeting the way the MRA does, and the superior rigidity of the MRA/spoiler assembly meant way less flex and wobbling, which inspired confidence.  My only, very minor, complaint is that the mirror stems now hit the side of the screen at full lock, so wiggling out of my garage and driveway saw me bumping the edge of the screen a few times.  Might mount the PITA edge protector just for that reason.  Anyway, very happy with the choice to go with the MRA.

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