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New FJ09 Owner - West Texas

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Hello ya'll,
 Just picked up a 2015 FJ-09 today for my wife as a kinda late birthday present. I have a 2017 FZ09 that she really liked the power of but wanted something a bit more comfortable. I'm really stoked for her as this means we can start taking some 1000+ mile trips together. I rode the bike a little bit today and noticed a couple of issues I'll be addressing (or attempting to address). 
I got the speed wobble above 100. Did some youtube research and bigger screen was listed as a cause which this does have a Vstream sport touring screen. The bike has brand new Q3+ so I'd hesitate to say tire issue. Everything else is bone stock. I'll of course be searching the site for solutions but if anyone feels like throwing in their 2 cents about it I'd appreciate it. (hope this isn't the "beating a dead horse" topic. haha)
The dealership had to replace the clutch cable. Thing snapped like 4 inches from the lever. Not something I'd expect on a 3-4 year old bike with only 9000 miles. New cable on now so no concern but will definitely be checking all other hoses/wires for unusual wear. 
I think I'd like to put an ohlins shock on the back. The front seemed really solid both hwy and some of the 3 Sisters road I was on today but back seemed a hair unsettled. Anywho looking forward to wrenching on the bike a little and getting it dialed in for my wife. 
TL:DR - Bought my wife a used FJ09, HUZZAH! 

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the general consensus for pre-2019 bikes is to raise the fork tube in the triple clamp... start at 10mm then jump to 15-17mm if still wobbly...
suspension upgrade is a very worthy mod... for some reason the Yamaha engineers use a 140# suited rider to set suspension for alot of bikes ???
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As mentioned above, remove the hand guards, raise the forks in the clamps and install springs for her weight.
I agree with you, the forks feel decent (until you really start pushing them) but the shock is pretty weak, Ohlins is a good choice (as long as it is set up correctly!!) but there are many high quality shocks to chose from.
Since it is a '15, check the oil drain bolt and replace it with a low profile bolt, it is the lowest point on the engine and can catch on a speed bump.
Adjust the chain to 25-30mm slack, the manual recommends adjusting it too tight.
Get a radiator guard to prevent damage from stones or road debris.
Get the ECU flashed to remove restrictions and fix throttle snatchiness.
She already has quality tires, get out and put some miles on them.

***2015 Candy Red FJ-09***

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