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  • Birthday 09/15/1988

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  1. cyow5

    Wrapped FZ07

    It's no different than repainting a car from that perspective. My VIN on my car says yellow, but the car is now orange. It can be annoying at times (especially since shops cannot look up the factory color), but it has never been more than an annoyance. That being said, there could be rules that I've just never bothered to read, haha.
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    Where to start w/gear?

    This is a huge detail. A well-reviewed winter jacket in North Carolina is different from one in West Virginia even. Same for summer jackets and pants. And then there's personal preference - do you call people decked out in full gear "power rangers" or "cautious"? Personally, I want full gear but I don't like the power rangers look, so I have kevlar jeans with removable knee pads. I can wear these jeans all day at work, so that's a big plus, but the big detractor is that they are hotter than hell itself. I didn't know the top of your knee can sweat, but it turns out it can. Same for boots, I use TCX boots since they have a lot of casual styles but still have some protective features.
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    Tuners in Maryland

    As long as they have a tune for your given hardware, you just mail out the ECU to them
  4. Shortly after I joined on here a guy posted about wiping out after hitting a fast food bag, so that was a very well-timed reminder for me
  5. The other day I was going 85mph in a 65 (traffic is a steady 75 there) and saw a trooper coming up from a distance behind me. I decided to slow to a respectable 73 and he sat beside me for an alarmingly long time before passing, so I really think he appreciated my courtesy. I turn 30 this Saturday, hahaha.
  6. cyow5

    Motor blew up

    An oddly powerful motor can also be a sign of loose tolerances on the guts. It will make less friction at higher rpm when the hydrostatic forces of the oil get to work, but it can increase wear at lower rpm when the oil cannot support the parts as well. Did you keep any of the oil from previous oil changes? On the off chance you did, a lab like Blackstone may be able to find something in it, too.
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    Oil level problems

    I 90% agree. The 10% disagreement only comes from the fact the manual has a thicker oil recommendation for hotter climates. This tells me that, even if the water temp is constant, there is an environmental influence in the oil temperature or at higher temps it will struggle to reject enough heat out the radiator. Doubt it is enough to be a make-or-break difference, but it is worth noting that the difference is there.
  8. cyow5

    Oil level problems

    Can you confirm what viscosity you are running? With the higher temps lately, running an already-too-thin oil could definitely lead to increased consumption. The manual suggests a 40 to 50 weight for the summer
  9. I'm 5'10", so tend to sit up close to the tank in stop-and-go since I can reach the ground more comfortably. On the interstate, I have found that sitting further back (plus my windscreen) cuts the wind way down. Either way, I have found the stock seat to wear in quite nicely now at 3,000 miles even though I have zero natural padding.
  10. Gotcha, so there's two aspects to this then and I was thinking he was referring only to the first. There's the disconnect. That being said, I am oftentimes of the type "let's remove the warning labels and let the idiots take themselves out". I knew going in that the bike could wheelie, so I demonstrated self control and never had a problem. Shocker. I also waited until I had matured a bit in my cars before getting the bike for the same reason. Yes, if you are an idiot with the throttle then scary things happen, so tip #1 for a newbie is then "Don't be an idiot". That same idiot could get a smaller bike and just have a different problem. Spitfire's post is an excellent summary of what "Don't be an idiot" means in more words.
  11. I fully get what you're saying, and I think that's what makes it appropriate as a beginner's bike. It has just enough teeth to let you know you screwed up, but not so much that it tries to kill you every time like, say, a liter bike. It teaches you that you have to be careful. Something like a Duke 390 or Ninja 300 may let you get away with really stupid aggressive inputs and you'd never know that you are building bad habits. The snappiness gregjet and others are referring to though is how abruptly it goes from no throttle to just barely on-throttle because of the fuel cut on decel. Popping the clutch, whiskey throttle, etc, are dangers that will in no way go away with a tune, so that's why I say the tune isn't safety critical to a new rider. Heck, a tune often bumps up the midrange torque and will make the bike get away from you that much easier.
  12. I'm only 155lbs and the only time I've wheelied was when getting on the gas hard, so I find it extremely hard to believe the bike is the bucking bronco you are describing. It really sounds like it is mostly a problem when ridden like a carb'd bike which - and this is my point - is a bias a newbie won't have. Regarding the mirrors, there was no way I could change anything about my posture or physical shape to make them work. This is just a fit issue but it added tremendously to my personal safety.
  13. Wow, the strength of emotions with regard to the fueling is pretty funny. I am coming up on the one year anniversary of not only my FZ but my first time on a motorcycle or dirtbike in any real capacity. Coming from sports cars, the power isn't too special outright, but the delivery is definitely unique. Because of that, I just knew I'd have to adapt to the bike anyways. It seems the strongest emotions are held by people who want the bike to adapt to them, and new riders just won't have that bias, or, rather, they shouldn't. Yes, the choppiness is terribly annoying, but dangerous? Not at all. As with any bike or car or whatever, give it the throttle it needs. How much is needed varies on every single motorized thing, so adapt. Back to the gear topic, better mirrors should be included in that category. I felt completely blind to what was going on around me with the stock mirrors - no matter how I adjusted them I could only see my own arms. Turning my head 110* on the interstate produced a decent change in the wind, and it meant I was not looking ahead, so changing to CRGs made me soooo much more aware of my environment. In rush hour DC traffic, this has been huge for my comfort level.
  14. cyow5

    Reminder to new riders

    Thanks for not thinking I was just arguing for arguments' sake! I've learned a lot of these lessons over the years but in a car. The actual physics are way different of course, but the concept of slowly building and learning how to judge if you are pushing it or not has been helpful. There's a couple steel expansion joints on my commute that always get me nervous. In the rain, I can feel my car skip sideways when I hit them, so I know I don't want to experience that on the bike. I just take it easy on those and save the lesson for later. I try to also make sure there's enough reserve in case I hit a slick spot or have to maneuver, but something's bound to go awry one day.
  15. cyow5

    Reminder to new riders

    As a newbie myself coming up on one year of riding, how else should he have handled the actual wreck? It sounds like he hit gravel and the bike bucked him highside, and this is personally the biggest situation I worry about - losing grip on a bad surface and then suddenly regaining it. Are you not just a passenger at that point?

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