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  1. pineappleunderthesea

    How to: Installing R6 Throttle Tube

    They are basically the same, but the rubber at the end of the R6 grip seems to be more...rubbery. It was just enough to cause slight interference. Frankly this is something Rhinomoto could have avoided by shaving a bit of metal off the radius of their bar end, but OK, wasn't a big deal shaving some rubber off. Just be ready to have fine rubber powder on your hands and bike !
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    Any recommendations for mods

    Comment of the day!!
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    Observations in going from FZ-07 to Triumph Street Triple

    The Triumph sounds good when you get on the throttle and accelerate up the revs, sounds like a muted growl, definitely more pleasing than the stock FZ exhaust. Otherwise the exhaust is on the quieter side, just a little more aggressive than the FZ. I am not contemplating an exhaust, but on he FZ I got my Akra Carbon rather quickly, and that was almost too loud even with baffle in. The owner manual does have a suspension setting for "comfort", and while I may try it out, I'm getting used to the standard setting, which does offer more stable cornering than the FZ. I'm slowly building confidence going into corners a bit harder than the FZ since the Triumph doesn't seem to "rebound" like the FZ did, but I still need to learn more, hence my thought on track days. You're right about the FZ, something about its size and weight and "comfort" suspension gives you immediate confidence that this is a bike you think you can handle. The Triple is a little more serious, seems like you need to give it some respect before feeling as comfortable as I did in the FZ.
  4. After a couple years of fun with the FZ, I recently sold it and got a 2018 Triumph Street Triple R (765 cc). Just wanted to post some observations between the 2 bikes (and yes, two very different bikes with two very different price points): 1. Torque: FZ-07 seems to have more torque at lower RPM, almost feels like a turbo kicking in when you get going. This is what made the FZ so fun around town and twisties. The Street Triple has theoretically more torque, but you feel it needs to get to 6k RPM to really feel it pull. It might all be how the power is delivered, but the FZ just felt more wild to me. As well, if you're in the wrong gear (too high a gear) with the FZ, it doesn't seem to mind and will still pull nicely. With the Triple, it bogs down initially, then pulls. 2. Horsepower: well, this is where the Triple shines, once you get into that 6k RPM, the thing just pulls and pulls. I typically like to say that the FZ is a 0-80 mph bike, while the Triple is just getting started at 80 mph. 3. Suspension: I know some people aren't enamored with the FZ suspension, but I actually liked it for the kind of riding I do, which is commuting and some weekend fun on back roads. The FZ soaked up bumps very well, while the Triple rattles you more. With that said, the Triple is more solid cornering, but again, I'm not one to push it hard. 4. Conclusions: The FZ is a great street bike, easier to throw around than the Triple, and I'm 100% glad I bought it before buying a larger displacement bike. The Triple is in a different class, and I am enjoying how it pulls hard at higher RPM. Maybe it's in my head, but that extra pulling power seems to change the way you ride, I now have more power at 80 mph and 100 mph comes up very fast, I find myself using that to easily get around cars on the highway. Dare I say, it seems to beg you to ride a little more aggressively, and I have to be conscious of not overdoing it (I've been riding a little over 6 years, and I still consider myself a beginner, so I might need to go to a track day to learn how to use more power correctly).
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    $1600.00 warranty question. Need advise

    These bikes have proven themselves to be reliable since they've hit the market. Tear that warranty apart, then burn it.
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    Wife wants an 07

    You'd be surprised how dealers can hang on to prices until late August, makes me wonder if there's a small spike of sales for the Fall riding season. Bought mine in August 2 years ago and they had reduced the price a little bit, but took a lot of haggling to bring them down a bit more and not get screwed on the trade in. Prep fees are typically around $500 where I live. If a dealer announces no prep fees, then they've already added it to the price of the bike.
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    Advanced Sport bike Rider Class

    I took the PA advanced course last year or so, it focused more on cornering techniques and leaning into turns. The bonus was that only two of us showed up, so the riding sessions were nice and long. It's one thing to read a book or watch a video on how to improve your riding, but it is really nice to have an instructor watching you and telling you what you're doing wrong. You learn faster.
  8. When I had my Shadow I had bought the OEM Honda filter removal tool (basically it's a big socket that fits over the filter housing), worked beautifully. As it happens, it also works perfectly for the Yamaha filter. I was also going to go with aftermarket because of the "nut", but ends up I don't have too. I'm sure Yamaha makes one too. I had tried an off-brand of these sockets, but they're not all one piece like OEM and would snap at the weld.
  9. Not true for the ones I sourced, they would sustain a crash in an R/C plane and not rupture, very important to prevent fire. basically crash proof. free upload no registration I would be careful saying Nalgene bottles are fuel proof: it depends on the plastic they are made of. Some can be HDPE, for example, while others which are clear are made of Tritan material (which is a modified polyester) which will eventually craze, crack, and fail. The pic you show seems to be the ones made from HDPE or something similar (the Tritan is typically clear).
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    Observations on week-long trip with FZ-07

    Thanks, just updated my firmware. Then I realized that I have the SHM10, which I believe cannot do simultaneous intercom and music (user manual seems to say that it's either music or conversation but not both). I think my buddy has the 20S. Guess we'll just try it out and see if it works.
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    Observations on week-long trip with FZ-07

    The first pic below shows the route we took to get to the Dragon, which is Route 129 between Tail of the Dragon / Deal's Gap and Chilhowee. We returned via the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway which started in Cherokee and ended near Charlottesville VA (I would put that route, but Google Maps only allows 10 destinations and I need more than that to follow the Parkway without Google wanting to redirect me all the time). Some notes: 1. The Snake, which goes between Bristol VA and Mountain City TN (Route 421) is also quite fun. It is has 489 curves in about 22 miles total, I believe. The Dragon has 318 curves in 11 miles. Although we didn't ride it, the Cherohala Skyway, which is West of the Dragon, is 40 miles long with long winding curves. You apparently can go fast on that one if you're into taking curves at 50 mph! 2. Cherokee, which was going to be an overnight stay, is a dry town, so no alcohol except in the casino. You'll want to stay at Maggie Valley (Mag Valley if you're local) if you need a cold one after a long day of riding. 3. Fontana Dam is on the way to the Dragon. If you've ever seen the Fugitive with Harrison Ford, this is the dam where he jumps off (see pic). 4. There was one cop on the Dragon, but I think he was only there as a warning. I ran the Dragon twice and didn't see anyone pulled over. 5. The "Tree of Shame" at the Tail of the Dragon has motorcycle parts hanging from it, you can guess where they came from...! 6. Once you get into the thick of the forest, you will find that many people still own Chevy Cavaliers and Ford Escorts. For hours at a time I never saw a grocery store, I don't know where people do their shopping. But Dollar General was all over the place! And never, ever miss a chance to get gasoline if you only have a couple bars left over...Could be a while before you find the next station. 7. There are plenty of curvy, winding roads throughout the Forest. We never had a strict plan where to stop or where to go, we just took roads that looked curvy on the map, and tried to stop in towns that had hotels (if not, we would have camped). 7. Scenic pics: the first was on the road between Cherokee and the Dragon. A notable quote from some Harley Riders nearby: "Nice country up here. Pretty as f**k". The quote was surprisingly fitting. The others are from the Blue Ridge Parkway, at various overlooks.
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    Observations on week-long trip with FZ-07

    Let's hit comfort first: since I had 8-hour days of riding, I sent a stock seat to Astech so they could put in their gel and foam, and it does help to spread out the pain point. So I would suggest something like that, or a gel cover or air cover, or wear padded bicycle shorts under your pants. My butt was still sore because it's bony, but the Astech helped quite a bit. I am thinking of selling it, though, and using my spare stock seat to stuff it full of gel, even if it increases ride height a bit. My wrist was sore holding the throttle open all day. On interstates I might consider a throttle lock, but on winding roads I think not. HANDLING: no real issues even with that weight on the back. I set the rear suspension to 5 (I weigh about 155 lbs), and it was compliant enough to absorb bumps on the road while not being jarring. In terms of twisties, the dragon is free of grit and relatively smooth, so no bumps to upset the bike, and it was easy to throw the bike around corners. I think it all depends on how close to the limit of traction you ride, I don't ride at the limit so I didn't have issues with the softer suspension on the FZ. HEADSETS: Since I was travelling with a friend, the Sena headsets were indispensable. I couldn't figure out how to talk and listen to music at the same time, but just talking to each other was great. The headset batteries never died during the day. GOOGLE MAPS: I wired a USB connector to the 12V DC, that way I could mount the phone and charge it while using the maps. But there were hours without cell phone coverage, so a lesson learned is to download offline directions. We took a wrong turn and Google Maps could not recalculate since we had no cell service to pull in route data. It was able to give GPS location along the original route, but without data service it can't recalculate. STORAGE: if I was taking multiple trips a year, I'd look into getting saddle bags or something. It gets old having to constantly take all the bags off and put them on.
  13. Took a 2000-mile round trip from Pittsburgh to the Tail of the Dragon (yes, I know it's technically called the Dragon, but no one seems to use that name). Since I was gone for one week with the possibility of camping out, I had to figure out how to pack clothes, tent, sleeping bag, rain gear, etc on the FZ, and have them stay in place since I'd be taking all winding back roads (avoiding interstates). I used three Kriega drypacks: one US-20 and two US-10, the latter attached to the US-20. The US-20 was used for clothes; one US-10 was used for dry gear; the other US-10 was used for miscellaneous crap (suntan lotion, flashlight, etc etc). The US-20 was attached to the straps located under the passenger seat. The tent, sleeping bag, and a third dry sack containing toiletries and a small camp chair were strapped together, and then placed on top of the Kriegas. The whole thing was then netted together, and I used a ratchet system to further restrain everything, attaching the ratchet hooks underneath near the license plate (see pics). The result is shown in the pics below. Everything held fine doing The Snake and then doing The Dragon, with minimal shifting. Got hit with rain on the last 2 days, and everything stayed dry, except for the last day where I got lazy on folding up one of US-10 Kriegas (only did 1 fold), and had a bit of leakage but nothing major. LESSONS LEARNED: 1. The ratchet hook was truly necessary to keep everything steady. It is likely not necessary if you only have the Kriega bags, but once you put stuff on top of them, you need something to keep the entire assembly from shifting. 2. While it's a breeze to take everything off the bike at night, it takes a little while to assemble everything back up, mainly because of the tent, etc, on top of the Kriegas. My buddy has a V-Strom with side cases, and those are truly more convenient since he could lock them and only take what he needed out. 3. The Dragon, the Snake, the Blue Ridge Parkway are all great! Love the sign I saw on the Parkway, see last pic...
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    NEW MWR Filtercover breaks "cover"

    I have the Akra Carbon with 2WDW tune, and installed the filter and lid over a month ago. The butt dyno felt like I had a little more top end power as I went from mid rpm to high rpm. I recently installed the stock filter back on and while it seems the low end power is similar, it does seem like the stock filter Is a little more tame at the higher rpm. The issue for me is that I don't really push the bike into high rpm, I mostly stay into the mid sections going to work and back, although I go a little more spirited on weekend rides. I'll probably end up selling the MWR and lid cause I'm too lazy to get the thing back in, and frankly it would benefit a rider who likes to push it harder than I do.
  15. Everyone basically charged similar prices, so I'd rather shop at Revzilla for customer service, gear videos, etc. They really make shopping online easy. I was a bit bummed when they started charging tax in PA (I think they had some sort of deal with the state that expired), but it hasn't stopped me from giving them my money!

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