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faffi

I know Cycle World said that it handled pretty nice when they tested it cirka year 2000, give or take, but I cannot recall them having Roberts there. 

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Grip it & Rip it

Well, it’s settled. Time for all of us to get VMAXs. The older ones (mid 90s or earlier) go for pretty cheap. Those are cooler anyway.

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Beemer
On 12/29/2017 at 6:58 PM, faffi said:

I know Cycle World said that it handled pretty nice when they tested it cirka year 2000, give or take, but I cannot recall them having Roberts there. 

You're probably right about him not being there then. The video I saw showed him at his home, pulling out of his driveway and hauling ass down the road on his VMAX and him commenting about the bike.

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faffi

Either one of us can have the memory off, and I am sure you are correct about Roberts commenting positively. Heck, the old man, long before he grew old, took a journalist on the back of the then new XS1100 for a lap around the old Nurburgring. Wearing nothing but street clothes and a helmet, Roberts still circulating at a record pace for street bikes, carrying the very frightened motorcycle journalist. With Roberts seemingly happy to go at speed on the XS, I have no doubt he felt good with the handling of the V-Max.

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DewMan
6 minutes ago, faffi said:

Either one of us can have the memory off, and I am sure you are correct about Roberts commenting positively. Heck, the old man, long before he grew old, took a journalist on the back of the then new XS1100 for a lap around the old Nurburgring. Wearing nothing but street clothes and a helmet, Roberts still circulating at a record pace for street bikes, carrying the very frightened motorcycle journalist. With Roberts seemingly happy to go at speed on the XS, I have no doubt he felt good with the handling of the V-Max.

My foggy memory also remembers that journalist's ride but can't even remember if it was a print article or elsewhere. I'm sure at age 66 today he'd still make a lot of todays pro riders look like amateurs.

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faffi

The article was in MOTORRAD, a German magazine, but could of course also have been sold to the press in other countries.

 

Roberts back in 2010, still having a go

 

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Beemer
On 1/4/2018 at 3:13 PM, faffi said:

The article was in MOTORRAD, a German magazine, but could of course also have been sold to the press in other countries.

 

Roberts back in 2010, still having a go

 

I had a dream last night that I passed Kenny on my FZ-07 and a unicorn handed me a trophy! Hey, it's my only good dream, don't ruin it! 😏

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markstertt

johnakay, I was just looking at your pictures and noticed that you have a chain oiler on your bike, if you're still around, would you mind telling me about it and how it's working out for you...thanks, Mark

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Beemer

The next chain/sprocket change I do on my bike I'm switching over to a 17T sprocket up front. I'm assuming the people that have trouble with refueling on long trips due to the lack of gas stations would want to or already have done this. Thanks for the review on it!

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johnakay

this sprocket will fit ok..https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/JT-17-tooth-525-pitch-front-sprocket-for-Yamaha-TDM-850-99-01-H-91-96-N-91-93/282515313867?fits=UKM_Make%3AYamaha&hash=item41c73994cb:g:h7cAAOSw-29ZOR7H

 

when I bought this chain oiler it was only about 50 uk pounds but now its  100 uk pounds.

I would pay that now. heres a cheaper alternative http://www.loobman.co.uk/

or you could make your own its easy enough.

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johnakay

next year I'm considering moving up to a tracer 900.

went touring over 6 days and did 1400 miles to Scottish highlands,

and found that I could do with a bit more power.

granted most other riders were on a thou bikes.

going again next year with just my wife and we'll see how it goes.

we'll see how I feel if I need to go up or stay with what I've got.

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vroomvroom
2 hours ago, johnakay said:

next year I'm considering moving up to a tracer 900.

went touring over 6 days and did 1400 miles to Scottish highlands,

and found that I could do with a bit more power.

granted most other riders were on a thou bikes.

going again next year with just my wife and we'll see how it goes.

we'll see how I feel if I need to go up or stay with what I've got.

I plan on test riding a tracer 900 gt once they are available here. There's a good likelihood I will upgrade 

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Beemer
On ‎7‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 1:33 PM, johnakay said:

next year I'm considering moving up to a tracer 900.

went touring over 6 days and did 1400 miles to Scottish highlands,

and found that I could do with a bit more power.

granted most other riders were on a thou bikes.

going again next year with just my wife and we'll see how it goes.

we'll see how I feel if I need to go up or stay with what I've got.

Highlander, there can be only one!

Sorry, couldn't stop myself. 🙄

Hey, if you need more power for such places you need more. I would bet a 900 Tracer would do the job nicely but then there's the FJR1300. 😮  For two up riding plus gear it would be even nicer.

 

I know, that price but man, that bike!

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