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Hi from the heart of the Canadian prairie; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  I am so new here I don't even have my Tracer...yet.  I am trading my ski boat for a new 2019 Tracer 900 GT on Friday, so I have been busy researching the bike in advance.  I guess I shouldn't be in a rush; in this part of the world it will be months before I actually ride it.  Between now and then it will stay warm and comfy in my airplane hangar.

I am 61, and have been riding since I was 14.  I have owned a Suzuki 90 dual purpose as a teenager, then bought a CB750 at age 16, which I toured all over northwestern North America on.  Followed that with a Norton Commando 750.  Never owned a machine that was so awesome and so awful at the same time. After that, I was emotionally fragile and vulnerable for a bit, so I bought a machine that was the exact opposite of the Snortin' Norton in terms of maintenance; a Yamaha 850 shaft drive triple.  Toured and commuted with that bike for 8 years, with absolutely zero problems.  The guy who bought it from me lost the bottom end of the engine within a couple of years, which turned out to be a common problem with that engine.  Still, I loved the triple....

Got out of motorcycles for a few years after that machine, then re-entered with an FJ1200, which still has my favourite motorcycle engine to date.  What a locomotive.  That one met an untimely end under the minivan driven by our family veterinarian.  Long story.  Bought a true bad-boy bike after that; a Suzuki TL1000S.  A true juvenile delinquent machine.  Got out of bikes again after 5 years with that bike, but took a Harley softail on partial trade for a Corvette Z06, and boom! I was a motorcyclist again.  Thought I would give the whole cruiser thing a try, but I absolutely despised the forward foot control riding position on that brute, although it was a gorgeous bike.  Put it up for sale a few weeks later, and was offered a Harley XR1200 on trade (look it up; it is actually a really cool machine).  I took that trade, and have been enjoying that machine for 6 years now.  It is a bike with real personality, and with the right mods is a very capable sporting mount, which draws more looks and comments than any bike I have ever had.

However, I want something lighter and less sonically obnoxious for riding in town (my XR has a Vance & Hines Black Widow exhaust on it that guarantees social distancing at all times), and a better option for sport touring, so here I am rejoining the Yamaha Triple club.

Can't wait to get involved with this forum. Already learning a lot.  I do know how to use the Search function lol.  Will try to keep unnecessary questions to a minimum!

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Wow, you got a motorcycle scene going on out there on the prairie! As a recovering Norton Commando 750 Roadster owner I can empathize and sympathize with you.  "It was the best of times... It was the worst of times."  I kept dropping mine and put many a clutch / brake lever on it and a few foot pegs too.  Musta been those damn narrow tires.

This is a great forum for all things TRACER and there are enough real gear heads here to get you through lots of maintenance chores.

Fasten your seat belt and hope for that record warm day in Dec or Jan.

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1968 Triumph Bonneville 650
1971 Norton Commando Roadster
2002 Harley 1200 Sportster
2003 Honda ST 1300
2016 FJ 09

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Hey @gerrychuck, welcome to the forum. I'm new here too. A great community and unlike many forums, stays polite and friendly. I've driven across your great province, in the summer, and can only imagine how the wind and cold tears across in the winter. I like living near the Pacific Ocean for many reasons, including having a saltwater heater nearby in winter and a cooler nearby in summer. Oh, and yes, we can ride year round even here at 48 degrees north, so long as you don't mind getting wet. Been pouring here this week. Congrats on your almost new wheels and happy farkling. 

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Sweet!  Welcome!  Great crowd here, very knowledgeable.  I think you're going to love that Tracer - the throttle is just so linear all the way up the RPM gauge.


2015 red FJ-09 / touring bags / oil plug mod

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3 hours ago, nhchris said:

Wow, you got a motorcycle scene going on out there on the prairie! As a recovering Norton Commando 750 Roadster owner I can empathize and sympathize with you.  "It was the best of times... It was the worst of times."  I kept dropping mine and put many a clutch / brake lever on it and a few foot pegs too.  Musta been those damn narrow tires.

This is a great forum for all things TRACER and there are enough real gear heads here to get you through lots of maintenance chores.

Fasten your seat belt and hope for that record warm day in Dec or Jan.

I always figured if I went down on the Norton, it would be because gas had filled up the primary case, causing the oil and gas mixture to leak out around the sprocket shaft and coat the rear wheel.  This was NOT a theoretical concern, although it would never have happened if I hadn't forgotten to shut the fuel petcock off once with the bike on the side stand.  One of those little life lessons!  Either that or a loss of control caused by reaching down to (for the 100th time) push the coil wire for the number 2 cylinder back on to the coil when the engine would, without warning, suddenly start running on one cylinder.  I got so I could do that in 5 seconds without ever looking down, and I think I could do it mid-corner.  But all was forgiven when you pitched that super light bike into a corner or whacked the throttle open and had that twin kick you in the backside.  Best of times, worst of times sums it up perfectly!

3 hours ago, Salish900 said:

Hey @gerrychuck, welcome to the forum. I'm new here too. A great community and unlike many forums, stays polite and friendly. I've driven across your great province, in the summer, and can only imagine how the wind and cold tears across in the winter. I like living near the Pacific Ocean for many reasons, including having a saltwater heater nearby in winter and a cooler nearby in summer. Oh, and yes, we can ride year round even here at 48 degrees north, so long as you don't mind getting wet. Been pouring here this week. Congrats on your almost new wheels and happy farkling. 

Oh, I am well acquainted with the charms of the Wet Coast!  I spent a lot of time in Seattle during my childhood, as my dad's sister and her family lived on a mountaintop above Bellevue.  I have had the pleasure of visiting the Olympic Peninsula a couple of times.  Oh, and my sister lives on Vancouver Island.  Road my Yam 850 down to Seattle the summer of Mt. St. Helen's.  Bags of ash were still sitting beside the highways waiting to be picked up and hauled away. Different zone, but I was actually in Cle Elum a year ago today for my cousin's wedding.  Couldn't do that this year...  Sigh.  Thanks for the welcome!

3 hours ago, knyte said:

Sweet!  Welcome!  Great crowd here, very knowledgeable.  I think you're going to love that Tracer - the throttle is just so linear all the way up the RPM gauge.

I'm looking forward to getting to know the bike.  It is about 100 lb lighter than even my "sporty" XR1200 (H-D's are made with "Harluminum" doncha know; a material that looks like aluminum but is mysteriously 5 times heavier), with 20 more hp, so it should be fun.  The XR's Buell based engine, however, gives you everything it has pretty much off idle.  Runs out of breath about 6 grand, but it is a hoot in the lower and mid-range.  This linear throttle response you speak of should be cool!

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