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motorazr

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  1. I'm skeptical of any talk about "relief valves" in a hydraulic clutch where the pressure is inherently very limited by the clutch springs. Of course there are closed hydraulic systems where max pressure can grow to the highest limit of the weakest component. With a hydraulic clutch though, you're just moving a piston back and forth against a set of springs (unless the stroke of the slave piston exceeds the range of motion in the clutch - that could be bad).
  2. I have the Yamaha-branded pillion seat cover (came with the bike) which looks nice but I never use it. I nearly always have a tail pack strapped to the pillion seat instead. Paradoxically, I used to own a '97 TL1000S, a bike which I liked a lot, but which came stock with the most heinously ugly pillion seat cover ever known to mankind. Still, I used that cover all the time (the flat, wide tank was ideal for the magnetic tank bags I owned in three sizes back then). My bike had the first-gen Power Commander, retuned front-suspension (stock compression dampening was outrageously stiff), and 6-pot calipers/master from a GSXR-750. It also had the horrible rotary rear dampener which sucked spectacularly. As much as I liked that bike, I like my FZ07 even better.
  3. Everyone's physics teacher used a similar phrase; "all other things being equal". That's not the real world though. In the real world, "longer and lower bike" likely weighs 700lbs (chrome-plated steel everywhere), wears narrower and harder compound bias-ply tires, and perhaps has a front brake intentionally de-tuned to avoid lawsuits from middle-aged attorneys who discover they're not such bad-asses after all and need someone to blame. Meanwhile, "short and tall bike" weighs 450lbs, wears wide and sticky radial tires, and the front brakes consist of four or six piston dual-calipers on big rotors. Throw-in ABS on both bikes and say weight doesn't necessarily impact stopping distance to keep things simple - still there is no getting around the difference in contact patches and tire compounds. Or am I missing something?
  4. I bought my bike used with the Akrapovic Ti exhaust (top choice). The previous owner had mangled the then new baffle trying to pull it out with pliers (after removing the hold-down screw of course). Finally, he looked it up online and saw that the baffle has to be knocked out from the front inlet hole. The pipe is loud as f*** without a baffle so I sawed off the angled and mangled pipe stubs (looked fine shortened like that) and re-installed the baffle. I thought it was too quiet like that so I removed the pipe, knocked out the baffle and put it on my drill-press. I drilled 1/4-inch holes all the way through each interior baffle pipe. That sounded great but it was also my first time working with titanium - the freaking drill bit turned red hot and sort of melted through the thin-wall baffle tubes. Gah, 3al-2.5v titanium is HARD (or maybe this is 6al-4v alloy which is even harder). Anyway, eventually I got tired of the extra noise and decided to go stealth mode (with the crap I pull in traffic, the last thing I need is for a cop to hear me doing illegal things). Last week, I once again removed the pipe (2 springs and 2 bolts), knocked out the baffle (I used a blunt piece of 1/2-inch rebar) and I installed a new replacement baffle (part# V-TUV149, $45) which required considerable effort to knock into place. (A tip: the tiny fastener hole was slightly out of line so I put two pieces of 1/2-inch rebar into my bench vise side-by-side and slipped the pipe and baffle over them. It was then easy to twist the whole pipe by hand and thus tweak the baffle into perfect alignment so I could put in the screw.) Much better noise level now which goes well with my quiet, new Shoei GT Air helmet. If I want more noise again, I can always change back.
  5. From my own experience; I tried Ferodo pads years ago and 5,000 miles later I had a brake rotor that was hour-glass shaped in cross-section. I mailed the rotor and pads to the UK and Ferodo sent me a check for a new rotor. Any brake pad that tears up rotors isn't very helpful for street-riding in my opinion. The phrase "hard on rotors" is a huge red flag to me. I've tried braided stainless-steel brake lines on past bikes and the lines greatly diminished brake feel. Instead of having room for modulation, the brakes became much more "light-switch" in operation which I regretted. I've stayed with rubber brake hoses ever since. More brake modulation than necessary is easier to deal with than not having enough modulation. I'm sad to say that I've had tons of hard-won experience bleeding brake lines on cars, motorcycles and bicycles. In my experience, even a tiny amount of air will render a brake system soft and spongy. I'm frankly skeptical that any OEM vehicle comes with air in the brakes and requires a "proper bleed". What CAN happen though is that a semi-rigid hose lining can be pinched or crushed. Once deformed internally, every time the system gets pressure, the hose lining expands to the limit of the outer casing and feels spongy even though there is no air in the line at all. Obviously this only applies to brake hoses with inner and outer layers and the only fix is a new brake hose. I'm not saying the quoted poster is wrong - I'm just adding my own experience from 40-years of wrenching.
  6. $150 was too high for my needs. $99 sounded much more interesting. The site didn’t work correctly in iOS or IE11 but when I used Firefox, I was able to enter my bike mfr/model/year which, along with my email, provided a 10% discount code “MINUS10”. For $89.10 shipped, ordering was a no-brainer. My credit card wouldn’t approve a charge billed from Slovenia so I had to use PayPal. Amazon has it for $99 with the benefit of two-day shipping.
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    Solid vs Graphic Helmets

    Dood - Elmo is Red. Cookie Monster is Blue. I mean, cough, that's what I 've heard.
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    Solid vs Graphic Helmets

    From Chromeburner.com? $436 is a good price and that colorway looks awesome with your bike, man. I just bought a new Shoei GT Air this week myself ($429, mfg'd in Jan 2018). I like what Yamaha did with the MT07 for 2018. I wish for the love of god they could have changed the turn-signal design but that's easy enough to take care of with an updated turn-signal relay and any generic (smaller) turn-signals. For instance: Speedmetal Short Stalk Turn Signals ($11.99/pr, 3-wire fronts/2-wire rears) https://www.cyclegear.com/parts/speedmetal-short-stalk-turn-signals LUYED 2-Pin LED Electronic Flasher Relay ($9.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KZI7UAO Yosoo 2 Pin 12V Auto motorcycle LED Turn Indicator Light Flasher Relay ($9.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CJ5SVXQ iJDMTOY (1) 2-Pin Electronic LED Flasher Relay ($10.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RM26LXO Also, you can replace generic bullet connector wire ends with these OEM-style connectors so there is no hacking up your new bike's wiring: 3-pin Nippon Tanshi .040 Female Turn Signal Connector (4x $2.25 plus $3.98 shipping) - 2x Item# NT040-3 Blk Female - 2x Item# NT040-3 Gray Female http://www.cycleterminal.com/nt040-yamaha.html Note that you could use 4x gray connectors (color for left side) or 4x black ones (color for right side) or 2x of each color for left/right like stock. They call it a "female" connector because the three INTERIOR connectors are female even though they combine together into what looks like a "male" connector. These connectors fit into the female sockets on your bike where there are male pins INSIDE. That's a little confusing.
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    Solid vs Graphic Helmets

    One can buy the simple and less expensive solid-color version of a helmet (to me screams “cheap”) OR spend extra for the additional artistry and craftsmanship of a more expensive graphic version (choosing colors and graphics to suit ones taste). I never bought a solid helmet and didn’t quickly regret owning “the cheap version”.
  10. SpieglerUSA.com is the North-American distributor for LSL Motorradtechnik in Germany. LSL makes a fatbar conversion kit which includes a wonderfully made instrument relocation bracket. Having the instruments where I can see them WITHOUT having to tilt my head away from the road is terrific.
  11. Hard to believe they didn’t test Scorpion’s ‘Covert’ and ‘Covert Pro’ jeans. I’ve been very pleased and impressed by the fit, comfort, look, and apparent protection of my Covert jeans (the Covert Pro is a heavier version). I wear them at the office and people have no idea that I’m wearing motorcycle pants with hip and knee armor. No binding in the knees or crotch, not too baggy anywhere either. In my opinion, as perfect as they could be. Okay, the add-on hip armor could maybe be a little larger.
  12. I received my Shoei GT Air today. All this talk about date codes had me worried - how old would this clearance-priced helmet be? Answer: January 2018
  13. Cruisers; all your weight dead on your tailbone. Hands high and forward with compromised handling and a parachute sensation on the highway. Lots of weight carried low on a long chassis; under hard braking there is very little weight transfer. In a panic stop, the front-end pushes and slides while a skid at the rear can’t be managed because you’ve got no leverage on the bike with hands or legs/feet. It’s a relaxed position but it quickly becomes uncomfortable as you literally “sail” down the road being an accident waiting to happen. All motorcycles are dangerous but some are more dangerous than others (fingerless gloves and chrome nazi helmets don’t help things). Personally, I’m more interested in fully enjoying my ride than I am in looking cool at stop-lights to people ignorant of what they’re actually looking at. To my mind, what looks seriously cool is a capable and mature rider dressed head to toe in quality gear and on a bike without cheap or tacky mods. Such riders are a rarity in most parts of the United States.
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    TST LED flasher relay?

    You can get a turn signal relay for a lot less than $18.50 plus shipping. For instance: LUYED 2-Pin LED Electronic Flasher Relay ($9.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KZI7UAO Yosoo 2 Pin 12V Auto motorcycle LED Turn Indicator Light Flasher Relay ($9.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CJ5SVXQ iJDMTOY (1) 2-Pin Electronic LED Flasher Relay ($10.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RM26LXO Also, you can replace generic bullet connector wire ends with these OEM-style connectors: 3-pin Nippon Tanshi .040 Female Turn Signal Connector (4x $2.25 plus $3.98 shipping) - 2x Item# NT040-3 Blk Female - 2x Item# NT040-3 Gray Female http://www.cycleterminal.com/nt040-yamaha.html Note: You can use 4x gray connectors (color for left side) or 4x black ones (color for right side) or 2x of each color for left/right as OEM. They call it a "female" connector because the three INTERIOR connectors are female even though they combine together into what looks like a "male" connector. These connectors fit into the female sockets on your bike where there are male pins INSIDE. That's a little confusing.
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    What's your hot weather jacket?

    My requirement for a hot-weather jacket is that it 1) not be black! and 2) that it have a reasonable level of armor (neither too little nor too much). For me, the Joe Rocket UFO 2.0 jacket in white/red/black suited my needs perfectly. Good-looking, good visibility, C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows, included back pad, volumetric adjusters on upper AND lower arms, and a removable full-sleeve waterproof liner. I've yet to find a summer jacket that I like better. The large "ROCKET" logos front and back were a bit much so I nixed the sewn-on back logo with a razor blade.
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