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  1. farble

    Show me how you go to the track

    I load my FZ-07 with camping gear and ride it to the track.
  2. farble

    Lets Talk Handlebars

    I also bent the handle bar when the bike fell off a trailer onto a soft lawn. A Renthal bar was suggested, as it would be stronger. The renthal website has a good tool for comparing its bars to stock size, but it is hard for me to determine what bar would feel better. This bike gets use for long trips AND track days. So I suppose any bar would be a compromise. On the highway my head could be maybe an inch lower and two inches more forward, and slightly more grip angle for comfort. Not sure what would be better on the track, probably lower and straighter. I don't have rearsets. I like the leverage of the wide bars, but I feel I am using the bars too much to pull myself up from hanging off, and destabilizing the bike. In any case I don't see how I could choose a different bar shape without actually trying it on the bike. On this forum the Renthal ultralow gets a lot of mentions. Why?
  3. farble

    Best windscreen?

    I have the VStream. It's ugly but it works. Compromise for comfort over style. Its clear. I try to keep it clean so it doesn't show up as much. I guess it is more aerodynamically efficient than no windshield.
  4. I got an R77 exhaust and a flash from 2wdw a couple of weeks ago and am delighted with the result. With that, suspension work, and modifications for actual use as transportation, I am completely satisfied. One good thing about bikes is you can make them into what you want. Since the flash & exhaust I put-put around in high gears (it sounds great) most of the time. It feels like it has torque to spare. My bike is set up to ride to the track carrying camping gear, then be good on the track. And ride home after. (knock on wood) I miss a proper analog tachometer on the bike, but on the speedometer display is a black truncated pyramid above the tach bars that starts at 4k RPM and ends at 8, shaped like the bike's dyno torque curve. It is useful on track days. Looking at the black shape is good guidance for shift points, Keep the bars under the pyramid. No point in going above 8k rpm. Shift down if it goes below 4. It will be interesting to see how that changes with the flash. I'm sure, given road experience, that there will be better acceleration out of the turns, and that maybe, in that one long straight, I won't be so bored, sitting with the throttle pinned, waiting to find top speed. BTW, they told me to remove the snorkel from the airbox, and that seemed to make for a quicker throttle response.
  5. Consider the two-piece Roadcrafter suit. Hot summer days I wear the top only, or, commuting, wear the suit chilly mornings and just the top home hot afternoons or out for lunch. I also wear the bottom only with hip pads for skiing. Whole suit for track days with back protector and hip pads.
  6. The service manual says to "check the wiring harness" before testing the sensor. I hope the dealer gets paid by Yamaha for warranty service, but maybe less than what they would charge me.
  7. I had surging at idle, and fault code 13, which is the air intake pressure sensor. Fortunately got it to the dealer just before warranty expired. They eventually tested that sensor and found it was bad. I was wondering if there was any mention of the problem on this forum, and found this posting. It took the mechanic a long time to diagnose the problem. He was distracted by all the accessory wiring I added, for usb charger, heated grips, plug for heated vest, relay. He felt he had to check all that first. Service manager called to tell me they had put $200 labor into it already and only found a problem with the connector to the accessory circuit. I immediately went to the shop to see what they were talking about. I figure the mechanic pulled the wire out of the connector when disconnecting it for testing. I remember having a problem building that connector with the pins not clicking into place. The mechanic had a kit for making those connectors, so he remade it. After they put it all back together, and found the engine still didn't run right, they discovered the sensor problem and said there would be no charge for the service. If I was the mechanic, I probably would have checked my wiring first, too. I did that when the accessories stopped working. Pulled it all apart and then discovered that a short in the USB charger itself was blowing the fuse. My wiring was ok.
  8. Thanks for the trip description. That trip is in my plans. Meanwhile I pack up camping gear and go overnight to track days at race tracks. I fixed up something to use saddlebags, which are dry bags I've used for canoeing. Most others arrive with RVs pulling trailers containing motorcycles, but I just arrive on the motorcycle and set up a tent with a cot, and a folding chair, and a flask of whiskey. I learned a two oz. flask is not big enough, and I need another drybag to sit on the passenger seat (Got caught in a thunderstorm, sleeping bag got wet). Cranked up the preload. I needed to use channel lock pliers. Then I didn't bring them and couldn't adjust for the track, not that it would have improved things. I have a Yamaha tail bag and rack. It has a ridiculous 6 lb. limit. To keep bags from hitting tires, I added braces, which I am sure increase the tail rack limit. Here is a picture of the supports. [/a]
  9. farble

    Trackday Thompson Speedway Jun 9

    In Rhode, Island. New York Safety Track looks good for next year. Any advice on who offers good track days there?
  10. I probably weigh 185 with gear. Never weighed myself. The suspension guy is Peter Kates. http://www.computrackboston.com He is often at the track days I do. I know the NIX-22 is for the forks. I wrote the message in a confusing way. I was surprised by his comment about them. Maybe he just wants to sell me something more expensive, but it seems like a good idea to work with someone local personally to upgrade the suspension and set it up for me. I may do the shock myself and send him the fork tubes, or just leave the bike with him for the whole job. I saw that shock on a KTM 390. No external can. Certainly looked solid compared to what's on my bike. In any case, I now know from experience that the work needs to be done, and why.
  11. I intend to upgrade, but not till the end of this riding season. Still, I have done a couple of track days this year on my new bike. After one particularly scary corner bouncing up and down beyond all reason or control, one of the instructors said I should speak to the suspension tech guy in case there was something wrong. I will be having him install whatever he suggests. It is a JRi 35 PRO Inline Single Adjustable shock, and not Ohlins NIX which he said was not as high quality as his recommendation (which I don't remember.) But in the meanwhile, he had this helpful advice. Don't move on the bike when braking and/or turning. Get your body into position before you start to brake or lean the bike. I did this the rest of the day and felt more confident and comfortable in the turns, even while scraping the pegs. I also get my weight off the seat and on the pegs before the bumpy sections. I have to do this on the road I live on or it is way too painful. The few times I did any hard braking I was careful to slowly ease off on the brakes. That was a pretty good introduction to trail braking. In all, it was a good learning experience. By the way, this is in Massachusetts, USA.
  12. Made bars to keep saddlebags from hitting wheels, and to support tail bag. That Yamaha tail trunk and rack has a ridiculously low weight limit. Basically, it can hold an empty 50L trunk.
  13. Speaking of rider training, in the US there is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Take a course from them and get a discount on your mandatory insurance. Teaching useful tips like watch the wheels of cars that might pull out in front of you from side streets. You can see motion of the car by the rotating wheels quicker than by looking for the car moving forward. The idea that level of alertness should be required of car drivers was suppressed in the US. The car will take car of you. We are lucky as motorcycle riders. We enjoy that our transportation requires a high level of awareness. It would be good to promote more driver/rider skill, which means more awareness. Everyone could have more fun on the road. On the other hand, we have driver-less cars coming.
  14. I remember reading a long time ago that the US government made a decision to not support driver skill training but to mandate safety features like seat belts. It scares me to be riding on a busy multi-lane urban highway with concrete walls and think how much skill it really takes for all these drivers to not crash, and how most of them are probably not paying much attention to driving at all. I think I would feel safer surrounded by self-driving cars.
  15. I've also got the VStream Sport Touring. I am 5' 4" and my helmet is just above the turbulence zone so it is fairly quiet. It is clear and doesn't much change the look of the bike.
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