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I picked up my new to me 2020 Tracer 900 GT on Saturday and it hasn’t stopped raining since! Mine is a dealer demo bike with 280 miles on it as literally as new but I got £1500 off list which pleased me immensely . The dealer had installed the factory chain guard and GPS mount . Compared to my old Kawasaki Versys, the owners manual is encyclopaedic so I can spend some time studying and adjusting things I have never used before such as traction control settings, cruise control and heated grips.

This will be my long term ‘sensible do everything’ bike as I have a collection of 2 strokes when I need to use a bike for maximum fun. The ‘ new world’ means I now work from home rather than an office so no more commuting, which used to be the majority of my bike miles so I am hoping the Tracer will remain in better condition than my previous commuter bikes.

I look forward to learning through the forum and contributing where I can.

David

 

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Welcome.  The bike is so much fun, surely you'll put a lot of miles on it just going nowhere and everywhere.  What part of the world are you now? Maybe someone living in your area will meet up with you and go for a ride.  I would if you live in northern IN.

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Welcome David.  I feel your frustration from not being able to ride!!  I have the same problem as I am mostly a fair weather rider and it is too cold here until March.

You are going to love the Tracer.  It truly is an excellent "do it all" bike.


There is nothing like spending a day riding with friends in the grip of a shared obsession.

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Welcome to U.K. lockdown. 😡😡😡  Things can only get better. 👍

Edited by Kenny A.

2019 900 GT, 1969 Honda S90

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Thanks for the welcome Guys and for whetting my appetite. Picking up on Kennys last post looks like in the U.K. we are all about to go into a period of tighter lockdown so I may be looking at it in the garage rather than riding it for at least another month.🤯

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Welcome and enjoy your ride when your finally able to. Yeah mine in the garage because of the winter, but mainly because of the salt brine mix they put on the roads here in OHIO. It eats up anything you drive on it .I wait till the roads are washed off by the spring rains.

MIKE

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Welcome to the forum David. Winter must be the very worst time to buy a new bike, I can appreciate your frustration. I bought mine from a dealer in Batley in early July and bonded on the 200 mile run home. At least you can sit with it in the garage and bask in the knowledge of a good deal and the anticipation of a fantastic bike when the weather improves.

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You have all winter to buy parts!!!

Let us know if you need any help spending your money.

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15 hours ago, GTO MIKE said:

Welcome and enjoy your ride when your finally able to. Yeah mine in the garage because of the winter, but mainly because of the salt brine mix they put on the roads here in OHIO. It eats up anything you drive on it .I wait till the roads are washed off by the spring rains.

MIKE

We have the same issue with salt where I live.  At the slightest hint of inclement winter weather they heavily coat the roads and it makes a real mess of your car.  The local car washes probably love it. 


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20 hours ago, HGP61 said:

Welcome to the forum David. Winter must be the very worst time to buy a new bike, I can appreciate your frustration. I bought mine from a dealer in Batley in early July and bonded on the 200 mile run home. At least you can sit with it in the garage and bask in the knowledge of a good deal and the anticipation of a fantastic bike when the weather improves.

I think that is what I missed, the chance to bond on the ride home. Due to lockdown I had to do click and collect so bought it with a video walk round/ start up, a bit of a weird experience. I had to collect it in my van as my wife wasn’t free so there was just me and the amount of salt on the van when I got home convinced me I did the right thing not riding it back.

At this rate I won’t be challenging any of the iron butt high mileage members of this forum!

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15 minutes ago, Hogie said:

I had to do click and collect so bought it with a video walk round

Similar experience, I test rode a GT model locally and bought mine on the strength of the e-bay pictures and a half hour phone call to the selling dealer. Did at one point think I had made a big mistake when I did a section on the M6 the noise and buffeting from the original screen was terrible. First bit of personalisation  was a touring screen. Try to think about the anticipation of that first trip out when lockdown and weather improves I know I am thinking about mine. (although that will be a ride to the MOT garage)

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Welcome to the forum @Hogie. It’s probably worth getting something like a CTEK charger for maintaining your battery during the lockdown. Mine has a permanent, fused connector to the battery, that stays under the rear seat. That makes it easy to connect up when you need it.


Red 2015 Tracer, UK spec (well, it was until I started messing with it...

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Welcome to the forum...... our last lockdown here, number 1 entertainment was online shopping, highly addicted and of course credit card used went up the roof.... stay safe. 

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On 1/4/2021 at 12:14 PM, Hogie said:

I picked up my new to me 2020 Tracer 900 GT on Saturday and it hasn’t stopped raining since! Mine is a dealer demo bike with 280 miles on it as literally as new but I got £1500 off list which pleased me immensely . The dealer had installed the factory chain guard and GPS mount . Compared to my old Kawasaki Versys, the owners manual is encyclopaedic so I can spend some time studying and adjusting things I have never used before such as traction control settings, cruise control and heated grips.

This will be my long term ‘sensible do everything’ bike as I have a collection of 2 strokes when I need to use a bike for maximum fun. The ‘ new world’ means I now work from home rather than an office so no more commuting, which used to be the majority of my bike miles so I am hoping the Tracer will remain in better condition than my previous commuter bikes.

I look forward to learning through the forum and contributing where I can.

David

 

What is interesting today is the first 38 pages of any owners manual taken up by safety instruction.  My first Yamaha manual wasn't that long and it was written in two languages.  Not one then the other either.  It would stop in mid sentence and go into Japanese for awhile before going back into English.  LOL!!  1966 was a long time ago.

Congratulations on your new bike and welcome to the forum.

Edited by Coop
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