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  1. trainspottingbaby

    Current consensus on best windscreen

    It's been a while since I last posted and in the meantime I finally bought and installed a windscreen. I settled on the MRA Double Bubble, clear. It had a majority of positive reviews, was well priced in Canada (especially the clear, which was $30 cheaper), and to my eyes its form factor suits the naked FZ-07 better than any other aftermarket windscreen I've seen. WRT appearance, I was happily surprised to find that "clear" comes in a really nice 2-tone colour scheme. The bottom half is black which looks sexy and hides my stuff, and that dissolves into the clear upper-half which is invisible enough to retain some of the bike's nakedness. I also love the shape -- it's a bit taller than some sport windscreens and it has a nice centre contour that wraps nicely around my iPhone 6+ Ram X-mount. The shape isn't understated and yet there's nothing overly "funky" about it either -- it just looks right. I was also surprised to find that it comes with a clear rubber tube to give it a nice finished edging. I never noticed that detail in any images. There's not much to say about the install--It installs in minutes, and feels solid with just the right amount of flex. About the ride. I've only used it a couple times, but the first thing I realized is that wind resistance was minimized enough that I got up to 110 km/h without really even noticing! Whereas in the past, I'd have had to really "push" against the wind to get above 90. So there is a definite improvement. I've read enough to not have unrealistic expectations, and sure enough, the wind pressure and noise are not eliminated. But the difference now is that it tends to be focused on my shoulders instead of my entire torso (I'm 5'9", 30" inseam). And everywhere else, the wind that does still hit me seems to be thinned out. There's minimal turbulence, and head-bobble has been improved (no windscreen felt far worse). I'm still very curious about the Dart Manta, and some day I'd like to give it a try. Unfortunately it was not as accessible in Canada, and far more expensive. And TBH the Manta looks kinda funky -- which may not be a bad thing, I'd have to see it in person -- but on a naked bike, I think I might prefer the MRA's more neutral look anyway.
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    First service

    Thanks for the helpful responses! And thanks for talking sense into me re. handing a bag of money to the sketchy dealership, just for them to do what I can learn from YouTube in a few mins. Just to be safe though, I might purchase the oil and filter now -- just to have a receipt with a date that confirms it was purchased in the first mo of ownership, in case the elapsed time interval really does end up being a point of contention with Yamaha for some reason. But I'll drive it another few-hundred Kms before actually changing it. *Edit* - And thanks for the idea @norcal616 of taking a pic of the receipt next to the odometer.
  3. trainspottingbaby

    First service

    I have read it, and that's partially why I'm baffled. Even if I do it myself, I don't want to waste oil and a new oil filter at only 160Kms just because 1 month has elapsed. It seems completely arbitrary. And yet at the same time for the sake of my warranty, I want to remain in good standing with Yamaha if that's what they really do expect. So I'm hoping to understand the requirements so I can be good and sure.
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    First service

    But the 1 month or 1000km first service is written right in the manual's maintenance schedule, so the dealership didn't just pull it out of thin air. And if you don't stick to the schedule, Yamaha's well within their rights to refuse coverage for service under warranty. So I want to do right by Yamaha. I think you're right, the dealership's rates are insulting, and I've always gotten a dodgy vibe from them. I'll do the service myself, but first I would like to know what Yamaha really wants -- when they say 1000km OR 1mo, do they really mean whichever comes first even if I've only ridden 160km?? That makes no sense to me at all. How does time sitting in my garage factor into wear and tear? I can understand if it were sitting there for a few years, but... I'm hoping someone can explain.
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    First service

    My dealership wants to charge me $400 (Cdn) for my first 1000km or 1 month service. That first month is up today, and my bike has only 160kms on it (the weather hasn't been suitable for riding yet). So I guess the first question is, shouldn't I get a few more kms on it before spending that much for service? Seems weird to change the oil just because some time has passed, but what do I know. Secondly, is $400 even reasonable just to replace oil/filter, and verify/lube a few things? I think I can perform all that maintenance by myself, but I also wouldn't want to void my warranty so I was willing to bite the bullet on the first maintenance only. Your guidance would be much appreciated.
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    Current consensus on best windscreen

    Yeah, maybe I've jumped the gun riding this early (also in Canada, Alberta to be more specific). It really was unpleasant, but every once in a while I'd ride through a warm air patch and it would be like a cruel tease. I think I've settled on the Dart Manta, although now I can't seem to find the FZ-07 one available anywhere in Canada.
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    MADSTAD? REALLY?

    Yeah it didn't seem as tall as the pics on the Madstad website. It's definitely a toss up between the Dart Manta and MRA. The former seems like it does a better job, but the latter is the less expensive of the two, in North America at least.
  8. Why don't you have it anymore? It looks remarkably like the 2017 SV650.
  9. I was going to argue that 40lb isn't that much heavier, but yeah... it is. They really messed up with the Gladius, and by the time they finally started listening to the Suzuki loyalists and going back to the formula that initially made the SV a big seller, it was too late.
  10. I feel so validated! ? When I went to the dealership thinking I'd be buying an SV650, the 07 had to have been something special to sway my decision for such a major purchase, since I hadn't even considered the 07 prior to that day. In the 1.5 hours that I took to make my decision, surfing reviews on my phone in the dealership's lounge, every publication *seemed* to indicate that the fz-07 was more fun, while still toeing the line and not coming right out and saying it. But this article states the verdict more plainly than any others. And as somebody who's owned an SV650 in the distant past and who now owns an FZ-07, I can now completely vouch for it. Even after so many years, the difference was obvious in the first ride. More obvious than the article indicates even.
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    MADSTAD? REALLY?

    Oh wow... this video sort of indicates that the Madstad is not necessarily as perfect a solution as you'd hope for that price. It sure does seem to help, but if it's not going to be $250 better than a Dart Manta or MRA then that helps with my decision.
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    Current consensus on best windscreen

    Thanks! The Dart looks really unique and I think it complements the naked aesthetic more than any of the others. I prefer the Conquistador helmet look to the Pope hat look of some of the other options. Also the idea of a good looking smaller windscreen which might actually eliminate wind blasts to the helmet at high speeds makes me hopeful. Aside from the Madstad (which I can't afford) this looks like the best option so far.
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    Solid vs Graphic Helmets

    I have a cheap HJC IS-17. I wanted it in matte black but the first one I tried on was in black semi-gloss (almost matte) with a subtle grey graphic that looks carbon fiber-like in person. I didn't even look at any others. http://www.hjchelmets.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/HJC-IS17-Spark-MC5-Side.jpg
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    MADSTAD? REALLY?

    I'm with you on this one. I want to know as well. As I mentioned in another thread, I had the worst experience today with wind and would be willing to pay almost any price to avoid that again. *Almost* any price.
  15. trainspottingbaby

    Current consensus on best windscreen

    I just visited the link. This is a brilliant idea and it's certainly a contender, but I see what you mean about the price. You have to buy the base bracket, the windshield bracket, and the windshield(s) all separately, which amounts to more than twice the price of most windshields (and is extra painful for us Canadians after the conversion). On one hand it actually does seem worth more than twice the price of other fly-screen wind screens, no question. I can't criticize their pricing. But OTOH, ouchy.
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