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  1. 10 points
    This 2017 Fz-07 was built by Greg Hageman of HagemanMC. It’s the fourth bike Greg has done for Mike, and it is the youngest by 35 years. Greg and Mike are both in Their early 50s, and though they never met, they both grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. Greg makes his home in Davenport, IA. Mike live's in Leawood, KS. In 2010 Greg was featured in season one of Café Racer TV. Greg reworked a Yamaha Bolt and won a Yamaha-sponsored worldwide competition. Later, Yamaha approached Greg to attend to the xsr700 in advance of its U.S. debut, and soon Greg had an Fz-07 in his garage upon which he could familiarize himself with the bike ahead of taking delivery of an xsr. Yamaha liked Greg’s early work on the Fz and quickly asked that he turn his attention to the xsr. Greg completed a gorgeous xsr, complete with a matching 70’s xs650 restomod. The pair were used in an xsr700 Yamaha Faster Sons TV commercial in which Greg makes a cameo appearance. Meanwhile the Fz-07 sat. It rested as a work in process, a styling exercise on pause. Greg offered to let Mike break the bike in, and he just fell in love with it for all the reasons well known to the Fz07.org contingent. Mike bought the bike, rode it all he could, and waited for a gap within Greg’s stream of commissioned builds. Jake Green of MantraMoto fashioned a full stainless exhaust featuring twin slash-cut cans. Why the slash-cuts? Cannot say for sure, but Greg and Mike had been working off a potential Fz design brief where the bike would be made to look a bit older and racier. The curves in the header pipes did not fit that ethos, so Jake made the pipes straight, simple, and tucked-in under the bike. It was about that time when Mike joined the Fz07.org group and posted a pick of the bike. In early 2018 Greg had some time, so the bike went back to Iowa and the transformation began. The design brief continued to get refined. We were after a bike that was cleaned up, worked with the stock tank panels, and something that looked like an early streetfighter with TZ race bike cues. That meant no wavy brake rotors, no twisty-spoke wheels, and a redo of the tail section/subframe. With respect to the latter, Greg hand-formed the cowl in steel and matched it to an xsr700 solo seat. The rear of the cowl has black mesh which conceal some trick round taillights that mimic those from the Ferrari 488 GTO. The tail treatment gives the bike a sexier hourglass shape when viewed from above. Racy side panels offer a conventional and vintage look. The stock tank scoops and tank trim panels were replaced with matte carbon fiber, and remaining body parts were treated to a candy gold with Yamaha speedblocks. From there, it was all about executing on several details. A Hordpower airbox eliminator and 2WD ECU reflash aligned everything with the free-flowing exhaust. Fat bars and ProTapper added some drama. A traditional headlight bucket holds a round headlight with integrated turn signal LEDs. A round xsr700 gauge replaces the stock gauge. A Rizoma hugger front fender blends nicely, while the rear has a Puig hugger. Ohlins cartridges and rear shock transformed the ride and handling. Pirelli Phantoms offer a vintage tread pattern on a modern radial. All this resulted one sexed-up Fz-07. One of Greg’s enduring talents is that his bikes have an exotic presence that distances his products from the donor bike beginnings, and yet the cohesiveness and realism of the final product provides the illusion, just maybe, the factory could have produced the bike. Pity the riding season is pretty much over in the Midwest.
  2. 4 points
    Are you a member of a busy Facebook Group? Do you find it overwhelming trying to sort through all the posts to find something posted the day before? Are you now missing new posts and only seeing them a few days later? Facebook Groups are tempting to use as they are free to set up but are they getting kind of generic for you? At the beginning with just a handful of members, things may fun fine. But fast forward to where your group becomes busy with thousands of members posting and reading. Your group becomes overwhelming. You find it hard to locate helpful tech posts made on previous days and Facebook search is of no use. The Facebook Group format is great for sharing that "first wheelie" pic to a bunch of people right now. But, it's long gone and buried at the bottom by end of the day. Even worse, the helpful tech posts all get lost as well and it is all due to the fact that Facebook groups are just one generic page full of everyones posts. Facebook sells all of it's users info to Data companies. They sell who you are, where you are, where you go on your phone and the things that you post. Your privacy settings do nothing to stop what they sell about you . They sell who your friends are, the things they post. And then these Data companies resell that info to advertising companies. And then, there are privately owned motorcycle forums, like this one. Here, every single subject has it's own place on the forum. The most helpful posts get pinned so they can always be found, easily. Searching? As far as searching goes, we use the very best search engine in the world, Google Search, all set up for this website. Want to find out how to install that round XSR headlight on your MT-07? No probs! Just search "round headlight" in our search bar and then numerous posts will pop up from years ago thru the most recent. Try that with Facebook Groups. Mobile Ready This forum works great on your mobile device. It resizes the page perfectly to match whichever device you are using. You don't need to install special apps or mess with themes. It just works out of the box. Make use of embeds You can easily share content, tweets, facebook posts and videos on this forum. Copy the URL or share link and post it here on the forum and it will "Auto Embed" and if it doesn't, something will pop up asking if you want to switch to rich text and by clicking on it, the embed will occur instantly. No buttons to push, either. Find your content-Activity Streams Unlike a Facebook Group, this forum makes it easy to find older content. A powerful feature is activity streams. These are customizable "feeds" much like the Facebook News Feed but completely editable to your needs. Just hover over "Browse" at the top of the website, and then click on "Activity Streams". All Activity Did Facebook use drain your mind and you can only handle one page of content now? No problem, we thought of that too! Located at the top right of every page on this forum is an Icon titled "All Activity" . Click on that and it transforms all of the forum activity/topics/posts into a one page news feed. And we could honestly go on and on about all the features and tricks that this forum has, that Facebook doesn't. (check out your profile and account settings, update your status once in a while) for starters. But that may be in future articles to come out at a later date. Perhaps the biggest differences between a Facebook Group and this forum are the fact that the Police, the Feds, and Data and advertising companies have no access to your data, personal messages, location, friends, or activity on this forum. You see, we take privacy pretty darned serious here. Have an idea for a forum tip article? Sound off in comment below and we will do our best on writing it up!
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