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  1. 4 points
    I haven't been on this forum for awhile since my project had many delays. We still aren't done but done enough to test the bike and me out last Friday. Video and pics from my practice day at Road Atlanta yesterday. We missed the morning sessions due to some issues but rode the 3 afternoon sessions. The video starts with me being pushed to pit out and the first time ever back on a motorcycle one day prior to my 6 year crash anniversary. I'm pretty sketchy the first session out. At 6:41 the video flips to the third session and I'm already much more comfortable. I took about 30 seconds off my lap times from just the first to third sessions. Got down to a 2:11 in the third session which is slow but I was still being conservative since it's all still new to me. Before my crash I think I turned 1:44's at Road Atlanta on my Aprilia/RZ 396cc 2T hybrid. Huge props to Doug McCracken. I wouldn't have been out there if it weren't for him. More mods to the bike are coming. Also have to thank Sue, Dustin Ducote, Pops, Richie, Edwin, Stick, all of WERA and many more who helped me along the way to get me where I am today. I decided to not race Saturday because I would have to start from pit lane and I know I'd get lapped. Some racers have traveled far and are spending hard earned money to race and I don't want to get in their way if fighting for a win or position. We had a great day and much to build upon. https://youtu.be/vteXo1czNWE https://youtu.be/ZHIXCDr1cN4
  2. 3 points
    this is the least expensive and least powerful bike I have bought in a long time but it keeps putting smiles on my face!! Took advantage of the cooler mornings before our heat rolls in, nothing like wearing protective gear inside an oven
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  4. 1 point
    I recently set about doing a throttle body sync today, and needed to fully remove the fairings around the tank on my 2018, and realized there's basically no videos or guides showing this with the newer model, and it differs pretty substantially from the earlier models for which videos and guides abound. So, without further ado: Removing the tank fairings on the 2018+ MT07! First, remove the seats. Screws 1 and 2 are at the base of the seat - release the passenger seat, then remove these two screws, and remove the seat. Next, remove the screws on the sides of the scoops: Then the screws at the front of the scoops. Note, only the marked screws (one on each side) not the silver screws. Then you can pop the scoops off. Pull out at the bottom first to release the big pins in the rubber grommets (see photos) then pop out the clips along the top of the scoop. Because you've taken the pins on the bottom out first, you can tilt the bottom of the scoop away from the bike just a little bit to help pop the top clips out (note their shape) - only tilt the scoop a little, you don't want to snap the clips off! Be gentle. With the clips, I find it helps to start at the rearmost one, and pop them out one at a time working forward. Now you've got the scoops off, there's just 4 more screws to go and you're done. First, pop the two screws off the top of the tank, just forward of the filler: Then the two screws at the front of the fairing: And it's free! There are no more screws or clips, you can pull the centerpiece and both side colored panels off as a single unit. You may need to pull the seat-side bottom edges out a bit (it sits on rubber bumpers attached to the chrome bracket that holds the back of the tank down, so you have to lift the edges of the fairing out over those bumpers) and the front edges by the forks need to be worked around cables. Just gently work the cover off, and voila! I hope this helps someone. The first time I did this, I took out WAY WAY too many screws, silly pushpins, and other such stuff. In fact, the only reason you need to pop the scoops off is to get at the screws at the front of the fairing (11 and 12 above). If not for those two screws, you could take the whole fairing off - scoops and all - in a single piece.
  5. 1 point
    What's up people! Just picked up a new 2018 07 on Monday and I'm head over heels for this machine! Coming from a 2004 Suzuki GS500, this thing is a monster! It's so nimbly bimbly and the torque is thrilling. Out the door for $7100, which was better than I thought I'd do. I love doing my own maintenance and modifications, so I'm here to learn as much as possible, get recommendations, and meet some like minded people. I've already picked up some Shogun sliders (better safe than sorry). Planning on a full exhaust and fender elimination kit sooner than later. I'm located in SE Michigan.
  6. 1 point
    I did my first track day with my winter modifications at NJMP on Monday 06/03/19 The new suspension, Ohlin’s cartridges, KTech Razor RR stock and AP dog bone linkage have transformed my FZ. I also have a more aggressive riding position with the woodcraft clip ons and rearsets. i started with the manufacturers settings which were pretty close. After a warm up session I had the local suspension tuner dial it in for me. I really couldn’t be happier with the feel and performance. I had a good day and rode well, also got to use my GoPro that my boys got me for Christmas. Here are a couple of clips. On the rear camera video, you can here my modified stock exhaust, I think it sounds good. Second clip will only imbed link https://youtu.be/xPZuBmj5v5w Ed
  7. 1 point
    No joke you weren't kidN. I really appreciate it. Ill probably end up going with the link u have posted.
  8. 1 point
    Emergency braking is one accident avoidance option but that often fails. What I propose are these tips for any rider, not just newbs: 1. Don't just practice emergency stops once in awhile, also practice emergency maneuvering so that it also comes to mind or maybe becomes a reflex when/if the need for it arises. We hear about target fixation causing accidents and many people do not realize that that can play a big part in emergency braking and emergency maneuvers. That is explained @ 1:37 in the video. 2. When you ride behind a car ride to one side so you can see around it to spot brake lights, obstacles and other road hazards and have ample time to react and brake to give warning to others behind you that you're slowing down vs, emergency braking and catching them off guard as well. When you emergency brake others behind you do also and that put's you in even more danger from getting rear ended. 3. Ride to one side of a car so that you also have an escape route instead of being dead center of a car in front of you and eliminating any chance of getting around the vehicle before you hit it. Being centered not only decreases your time to get around a car it increases the angle at which you go around it which could be detrimental by putting you too far into the next lane over and colliding with another vehicle instead. Stay frosty, be safe! Last thing, I hate seeing this. It's fun and cool I know to ride next to and be close to the ones you love and care about but don't ride side by side. You effectively block one another's escaper routes when you do.
  9. 1 point
    I am a private pilot and practicing emergency engine failure/ off field landings is a regular exercise. obviously we don't kill the engine and actually land off field. While this training does make a difference in a lot of emergency landing, there are still way too many that end in a fatal stall spin. It is baffling to me when I see these happen in the same model plane I fly. It is so hard to get the plane in a stall spin yet they somehow do it and die. I do believe we retain skills. So practicing hard braking is a good thing to do for sure. I think these skills help you sure, however human error is the biggest factor. ABS takes some of that out of the equation.
  10. 1 point
    Finally got my Corbin seat! So much more comfortable! I do sit up a bit higher, but for me (right at 6' tall) it isn't a bad thing. I feel like I have a bit longer reach for the bars, but it's still a natural position.
  11. 1 point
    My argument with that is how do you practice true panic braking? When practicing you are anticipating it and thinking about it. When we are caught off guard reflexes take over. We tend to tense up when frighted and or freeze up. A lot of times we freeze up and do nothing even though we know what to do.
  12. 1 point
    This is a twin and all the major brands already include a cross-over tube for proper tuning that also effects the sound, essentially the same function as a power bomb on a single. Do what you want but you'd be wasting your time.
  13. 1 point
    It is kind of orange but with a bit more red in it. Lovely, especially with the white tank.
  14. 1 point
    Here we go: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Upstands-Centre-stand-for-Yamaha-MT-07-13-19-MT-07-Tracer-16-19/362617972961 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PDMM8W1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Let me see about a couple of pictures. Sarah
  15. 1 point
    As I said in my reply "and I learned from it". What I learned was to trust my mirrors, which had convex spots on them at the time, but had done the shoulder check since that's what I had been taught to do prior to a lane change. I was fairly new to motorcycling at the time. I was not a fan of bar-end mirrors until recently because I'd never ridden a bike with them and didn't see how they could possibly be as good as the larger stalk mirrors. Then I tried @Beemer's bike with CRG Lane Splitter bar-ends. With the slightly convex nature of the CRGs they showed more at a glance than my factory mirrors which required lots of head movement to see the same area behind/beside me. My view was not blocked by my elbow/arm/shoulder as they were with the stalked OEM mirrors. I ended up installing the CRG Arrow mirrors on my FZ-07, which are also slightly convex, since they were a bit wider than the lane splitters and gave me an excellent view of the lane next to me as well as the full lane behind me at a single glance. I'm not saying bar-end mirrors are superior to stalk mirrors for everyone, but for me they are.
  16. 1 point
    Bout damn time... Dibs on next ride!
  17. 1 point
    Here's a couple of set up notes that will make your head spin. I set the gearing to run only the first 5 gears. Actually after the launch we never used 1st again either. This motor has such a strong torque curve and responds to throttle so well the only time we needed 6th was one time going over the hill on the front straight into T1 while in a draft. Tony had to pick up 6th gear for a 150 feet or so. With redline at around 10,700 revs (actual) we had enough room to use 5 gears. This saved us several shifts per lap. When we dyno'd it I found that the stock tachometer is optimistic and reads a couple hundred revs higher than actual so we pushed the rev limit up some more. With the intake work it will now breath deep all the way up there too. In the following chart you can see that with stock gearing we could spin approx 140 mph at 10,700 rpm in 5th gear. Good enough and our trap speeds were very competitive to boot. (Trap was on top of hill before braking zone into T1) This gearing helped us all over the track, used 2nd for instance coming out of T5 up the hill, right in the meat of the power band, STONK! I have 1, 2, and 3 teeth larger rears I normally run. Thanks be to Zoran at TWF for the solid machine work. Here's a couple more pics taken by Brian Nelson, he does really nice work; Bike looked great a garnered a ton of compliments. Tony is still learning and conservative yet still set his PR during the race and did a hell of a job. The race pace was incredible with the 13 year old class record falling by a half second.
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  19. 1 point
    Welcome! I really wanted an xsr700 when i bought my fz07, but they werent available yet at the time. I love the silver. Sorry about the boo boo on the bike. It looks like youve taken advantage of that situation tho lol. Is that the Zard exhaust? Ive heard em in videos and really like the raspy sound. Looks great on your bike bud!
  20. 1 point
    Nightmare hope pics ok .
  21. 1 point
    Just recently made this group to try and gather my fellow Texas Yamabros and wanted to extend it out to any 07 riders that may be here also. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TexasFazers/
  22. 0 points
    Well........ It finally happened. DISCLAIMER: I am OK! Been riding for 11 years and over 70,000 miles. I have just over 30k on the FZ since I got it in Fall 2015. I was a daily commuter here in Seattle even through rain. I never stopped for anything except ice and snow. This happened last Tuesday. I had literally JUST moved into my first house the day before and it was the first ever commute home after the move. This section of highway has always had lots of intermittent slowdowns for no reason. I will never understand it. Nearly full-speed traffic comes to full stops randomly (and not always in the same spots either). I was keeping a good following distance for most of my commute but looked away for just over a second (was admiring the sun over the lake view ) and that was enough for this crash to sneak up on me. By the time I looked back, I hit the brakes but there just wasn't enough time for me to react. I probably realized what was happening by the time my motorcycle passed the van in the lane next to me in the video. I was going about 30mph when I hit. I got SUPER lucky that I didn't pancake against the car. Looks like I flew about 15 feet in the air to the right of it and didn't slide. Strained back, wrists, cuts on shin, bruised tibia on left leg, crushed my balls (the worst part) and might have a broken toe but otherwise NO major injuries. I even hit my head! I was wearing armored gauntlets, 1-piece thermosuit, over the calf motorcycle boots, synthetic padded jacket under the suit, and a Shoei GT-Air helmet. Really thankful it is was not worse. It's not often you get to say "I hit a stopped car at 30mph on my motorcycle and I was just sore for a couple weeks afterwards". I have had LOTS of close calls in my years of riding. A few things I have noticed in all of them and especially this one - I always focus wayy too much on the rear brake and not enough on the front. I locked up the rear in this crash and all I could think of was "wow, my rear is locked up" instead of "I'm actually only applying about 70% of the front brake that I could be applying". I've practiced quick stops many times, but when it comes a panic situation with 1 second to react, the rear is too easy to lock up IMO and it is distracting. I'm not talking about the FZ-07 - I'm talking about motos in general. Anyway, the FZ didn't get too destroyed. The front tire basically went under the rear of the car and wedged itself and then the tipped the headlight into the trunk. The The front forks are toast. Wheel might be bent - need to do more inspection. The brakes/rotors are rubbing something fierce, but IDK if it is because the forks are all out of alignment. Front headlight got smacked. Shaved off some of my Akra carbon exhaust and handlebars. Probably the front wheel bearings need to be at least inspected. Oh, and the tow truck driver lost my rear seat -.- But the engine still starts and runs no problem. Didn't lose any fluid. I'm not sure what I want to do yet with riding after this one. Do I fix this and keep commuting? Do I only ride on weekends? Do I never ride again? Either way, I know I'm never riding without ABS again. It would have totally helped here! How easy is it to swap whatever is needed for ABS from the new FZ? That's research I'll be doing at least. Thanks for reading!
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