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  1. 3 points
    Hello everyone! New owner of a '18 MT-07. Looking forward to a new chapter of my motorcycle experience.
  2. 3 points
    One tool I keep in my shed is a quality ramp. After much research and deliberation I chose this one. 9' Long Black Widow 4-Beam Aluminum Folding Arched Motorcycle Ramp | Discount Ramps 9' Long Black Widow Aluminum 4-Beam Folding Arched 3-Piece Motorcycle Ramp Yes, It's over kill for an FZ-07 with it's center ramp which supports up to 1500lbs and each of the two side ramps will support up to 600lbs each. But I bought the ramp as a once in a lifetime purchase that I will use for more than just loading my FZ-07 into the bed of my pickup truck. With this ramp there won't be much I can't roll up into my vehicle. I won't cover what's already covered on the website's listing but I will cover some things not mentioned in the listing. Ordering/shipping: The ordering process was simple enough. Discountramps is always having some sort of sale/discount going on and I waited until I could order one with a decent discount as well as free shipping. It was ordered over a weekend and shipped the following Monday via Fed-Ex. It arrived in good condition in less than a week. It was nicely packed in heavy-duty cardboard and each of the six ramp sections individually wrapped to protect the finish. Also in the box was the required hardware and as a nice touch it included three cambuckle tiedowns to be used to anchor your ramp(s) to the vehicle. Assembly: Assembly was straightforward with no surprises. The only choice to make is whether you want to build it as a single large ramp, using longer bolts on the pivot, or as three separate ramps. I initially built it as a single ramp thinking it would be easier to wrangle and deploy. I've since decided that the 90lb ramp is easier to deal with as three individual ramps and have changed to the included shorter bolts accordingly. Quality: After multiple uses I'm still impressed with the quality of the ramp. There was no flex in the ramp in use and the paint finish is holding up nicely. The included U shaped couplers (used to keep the ends of the ramps from sliding apart) are basic but stout. The cambuckle straps are generic but are adequate for the task intended. I find no fault with the quality of this ramp so far. Design: Overall I like the design but there are a few minor things I would like changed. The lower section of ramps are straight and have a beveled base and the upper section is nicely arched to help prevent bottoming out. Even at high deployment angles I didn't come close to scraping anything. The serrated rungs are spaced close enough, 3.75"/9.5cm on center, to make walking on the ramp easy. When folded the ramps are just over 6.5"/17cm tall. The center ramp is just over 17"/44cm wide and the two outer ramps are just over 11"/28cm wide. Combined the ramps are close to 40"/101cm wide. The deployed width never feels narrow and inspires confidence in it's use. It allows loading and unloading via ramp to be a confident solo affair. There are no rods to worry about getting bent or lost as the pivot points of the ramp is via proper large bolts through the main spars of the ramp sections. Each individual ramp is solid. When built as a one piece ramp however the sections feel a bit wobbly while handling since they're not bolted together on the ends and rely on the couplers to connect them. If I was going to keep it as a one piece ramp I'd replace the couplers with proper bolts to make them a more solid unit. Though while deployed, either as a single or multiple ramps, they are very stable. The 3"/7.6cm lip that fits over the end of your tailgate is plenty strong but I'd be like it to be maybe half an inch or so longer just to give it a bit more purchase incase of deployment on more rounded edges. I load my truck by riding my bike up the ramp and unload by straddling the bike and using the front brake to control the decent. The rungs of the ramp are serrated for traction but at steeper deployment angles (flat ground with 3'/100cm high tailgate) the serrations aren't enough to keep the light front wheel from slipping when unloading the bike. I noticed no slippage when loading even when I stopped while fully on the ramp and then continuing up the ramp. I put grip tape on the serrated rungs of the center ramp to better control the slippage but I need better tape since the first time I used the ramp after wrapping the rungs the tape started to tear. I will be looking for better grip tape to correct this. I don't blame the ramp for this issue. I blame the high deployment angle I use and the light front end of the bike. It's nice to know that it can be utilized successfully at high angles but I'll be looking to use curbs etc to lessen the angle when possible going forward. The included couplers rattle more than I'd like when the ramp is stowed for travel. but That's just me being nit-picky. I may look for some thin closed cell foam to line the inside of the couples to solve that issue. Bottom Line: Would I buy it again? Yes I would. I fully expect this ramp to last a lifetime.
  3. 3 points
    A louder exhaust won't make EVERY car driver hear you, but the one time it does might be the time it saves your life. Obviously you shouldn't rely on the sound of your exhaust, and you should still ride defensively.
  4. 2 points
    MT-15 - 140km/h - 87mph MT-25 - 185km/h - 115mph MT-03 - 192km/h - 119mph MT-07 - 222km/h - 138mph MT-09 - 259km/h - 161mph MT-10 - 299km/h - 186mph
  5. 1 point
    Looks like I'll have to get a pick-up truck then, eehh. I just installed a tow hitch on my corolla! Damn it. I did (really)
  6. 1 point
    Now that's a proper review. I've used these and love them.
  7. 1 point
    You need to call an insurance agent to find out what it will cost YOU. Too many variables are involved on how much it would cost you. Obviously your location, age, claim/ticket history, bike size/model, experience level, if you own other vehicles, whether you've taken MSF course etc all play a role in how much it will cost annually. I pay $300 a year for full coverage through Allstate. It helps that it's classified as a "recreation vehicle" since I also own two other 4 wheeled vehicles so my bike is not considered my primary conveyance. If you've got a clean driving history it shouldn't be that difficult to find a policy that won't break the bank. Good Luck.
  8. 1 point
    very solid points, i will take whatever i can to help keep me safe, that and maintaining your machine and developing my skills. ride safe.
  9. 1 point
    I missed that 3 am part so yeah, doesn't work there. I think you'll be safe if off the throttle. You can do a test and park at the edge of the street with it running and go inside to your own bedroom, door closed, and listen to better gauge how loud it actually is to someone else. I would bet that if you can hear it, it will be low and muffled. Give it a try so you know for sure and put your worries to rest.
  10. 1 point
    I'll be honest With all the tech in today's cars, doesn't matter if you had loudspeakers telling people you were there They will still merge over Hell, there was a fire truck that tboned a truck the other day here in Phoenix because it pulled out in front of em If people don't merge/stop for a siren with flashing lights, what makes you think the extra 10-20 db from a silenced aftermarket exhaust will make the last bit of difference
  11. 1 point
    Yup, that's my approach now. My first couple blocks are done at zero/virtually zero throttle, then very gentle throttle till I'm off side streets. It's probably best for me to hooligan less on the local streets anyways I'm a 300lb guy, and even there it'll pull me along with practically no throttle. This is a surprisingly great bike for a big guy, despite being pretty small. My XJ would have stalled/struggled to pull me along at idle. Like I said elsewhere though, the lawnmower argument doesn't work as well when you come and go around 2-4am.
  12. 1 point
    Base fuel tables are the same per gear, however there is a per-gear acceleration enrichment table, and also the ECO mode varies per gear. Ignition tables are different per gear including N. It seems to be driven by the gear sensor and not the clutch switch, but I don't know exactly. This is why you make the N tables the same as 6th gear or whatever, "just in case" the clutch switch does something.
  13. 1 point
    It takes a humble person to expose your mistakes to so many people. Thanks for sharing and glad you're OK. It sure seems to me that in addition to braking technique, another problem was target fixation. There appears to be room to swerve around the right side of the car and then hit the brakes. Of course I wasn't there so there might not have been time or space. Target fixation is one of the things that worries me the most if I'm in an emergency situation. I need to really focus on it. I had a situation a couple months ago when I was leaned way over and got a little wide in a blind corner and encountered an opposing car slightly in my lane. I barely missed him. After thinking about it, I still had some lean angle left and should have looked further up the curve to change my path. It's really hard not to target fixate. I have not found any foolproof was to train yourself to avoid it but am constantly searching.
  14. 1 point
    If you haven't already, you may want to check the legality of blue (and other colors) lights on a vehicle in your municipality. Many areas have laws against it. Blue & Red are especially prone to such laws.
  15. 1 point
    I haven't seen this configuration on here yet. I thought I'd share. Tail light is CustomLED Side lights are HighTechSpeed X-arc I know it seems silly to have an integrated tail light and turn signals, but it's about safety for me. Side lights are markers, brake lights, and turn signals. The effect is amazing. Can't miss this bike from behind.
  16. 1 point
    Rant thread! The hand controls on this bike are kinda horrible. Buttons are small, have poor tactile feedback and are on weird locations. The worst by far is the horn button. Why is not at the thumb, below the controls, like on most other bikes? It's in the worst possible spot and I can't even hit it without taking my palm off the handlebars. It's completely worthless in an emergency situation if you actually want to hit it quickly because you'll never find it. I have half a mind to remove that entire control block and replace it with one off another bike... </rant>
  17. 1 point
    I think that the only time I have hit the horn button was while trying for the turn signal switch. It's nearly impossible to locate by feel.
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