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  1. Update: SO I have now put 1100 mile on the new to me bike. That brings the mileage of the bike to 80,100+. Everything is running perfectly. Mechanically the engine is flawless. The air filter and air filter chamber mod worked as expected. ENgine feels slightly more preppy. I still haven't installed my new turn signals I ended up taking the backyard muffler mod method. Honestly, I really like it.. and not only because it is free vs. $600. It sounds and feel pretty good. I started with the idea of drilling the 6 - 3/8 inch holes. I figured, I will approach it with a slightly more engineers method. I first drilled 4 - 1/4" holes, that sounded super crappy. Then I drilled 2 more, and still same high pitched droning with high pitched thumping. THen I drilled 4 of them through with a 3/8 " bit. Slightly better, still not happy. Drilled the other 2 as well, slightly better and still not my taste. At this point, I am at where everyone else on the forum is with the 6 - 3/8" holes. I decided that either I was going to find a good balance of noise/sound or I was going to ruin my muffler trying to do so. Next step, drill 4 of them out with a 1/2" bit. Done, test, sounded surprisingly good.. really good. I thought ok, I am almost there.. Drilled out the rest ... so now I have 6 - 1/2" holes in the 2nd chamber of the muffler. I have been sporting this setup proudly for 800 or so miles and am very happy with it. Other than the kind of un-interesting looks, the muffler is great. I have some sound bites I will share later. BUUUT, as we know videos don't do sound comparison justice. :)
  2. Here she is. All bare and junkyard find looking. lol It was annoying taking off the stock tail lights and all that crap. Took me a couple of attempts, but it came together. I did it in the wrong order, twice. lol. holly hell the stock blinkers look so bad! There it is. installed. fastened into pace. wired. all good. LED license plate light is super bright. New horn. sounds like a car. 10 db if i remember correctly/ easiest upgrade ever. All done finally!
  3. GEVO

    So I hit a deer.

    OH wow, that must be very unpleasant! Glad to hear you are good.
  4. On to better things. I took the bike apart yesterday. By the time I got my hands clean it was too dark for meaningful pictures. I Had received the maintenance items. I put in a K&N air filter and removed the snorkel. But, I think the opening is still limiting the potential air intake. Since I haven't put the bike back together yet I think I will cut the opening a bit to match at least the K&N filters opening. Then I went to clean and see where the little bit of oil is coming from. I had noticed this during the pre-purchase check but I figured it's most likely the left side cover seal. Turns out there was a bolt loose on the cover. I tightened it and added a 1/4 turn to all of the other bolts. Should take care of that. Then I started to dig into the bike further to access the spark plugs. Not a fun job. I ran out of time just as I removed the tank. Tiny little tank! So tonight I should be able to replace the plugs and install the tail eliminator kit. I will have pictures to share, promise
  5. Turning sharp isn't a problem for me. In this case I have to go up a very short ramp up to the curb level and then I have only about 2 ft of width. So if you hit that too sharp you are very likely to screw up What I should have done different is slow way down and come to a near stop and turn. Or, as I have done before in similar situations, pull far to the left, wait for car to pass then pull in. In this case, i thought the lady had enough information to know that I am pulling in there.
  6. She was trailing me for about a mile down that road, there is no way she didn't see me. I suppose she could have not seen the blinkers.
  7. So, today I almost got hit by a minivan. In the video you will see that I am approaching the driveway, it has a very narrow path that I can use with the bike due to rumble strips so I have to make a wide turn. The minivan behind me was right on my ass the whole way and I was well aware. I started to slow down early and turned my turn signal on early to signal that I am turning right. Especially because I know that I need to take wide turn and that may give the impression that I am moving to the left. So, I was aware of the potential for the minivan to ignore all of these and try to go straight anyway. I felt the minivan accelerating before it came into view and you could see I started turning back to the left. Our mirrors were no more than an inch apart. At such slow speeds,nearly 0, we all know motorcycles are not that maneuverable.. so I was barely able to keep from hitting the car. The video is 60 frames per second so everything looks faster than it is. You could see the minivan had to move way over to the curb to squeeze through, so I thought I was keeping a small enough space there that she wouldn't try to pass. If you go frame by frame you will see about 15 frames where the driver is in clear view and that she did not react ONE bit.
  8. Figured this may be the right place for this question... Anyone have these lights? I think they look pretty cool but am nervous about the brightness as there are no reviews. ANyone have any experience? tghankb https://www.amazon.com/BSK-Universal-Motorcycle-Signal-Kawasaki/dp/B0756Z8PLZ/ref=pd_sbs_263_45?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0756Z8PLZ&pd_rd_r=eb474492-7334-11e8-a5fb-5d5816128136&pd_rd_w=C6Vv8&pd_rd_wg=ukrt8&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=5825442648805390339&pf_rd_r=05YGEWTXQASGEM9RDCFT&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=05YGEWTXQASGEM9RDCFT
  9. That would have been a better price than on amazon.. lame for me not having caught that. I'm usually pretty good finding the 'best' deal on the internet before I make a purchase.
  10. GEVO

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    Yessir. My commute is about 50 miles a day.
  11. GEVO

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    I havent had the slightest problem with the valves. When i checked them.last I didnt have to make any adjustment. But, I am not very confident at valve work..
  12. Hello all. I start a thread like this to keep track of my work and use of such machines, in this case, the new to me FZ-07. I recently purchased this bike, seemingly from another member, fastfreddy. Bike ahs 79k miles and fastfreddy has taken pretty good care of it. The main use will be as a commuter. As always with any new machine I redo all basic maintenance items to start the clock fresh. The rear tire was in bad shape, it had thread left but had waves on the sides. This is reminiscent of mostly straight line riding. So far I have installed a new rear tire. I have ordered a bunch of maintenance items, I'll copy that list from the 'what did you buy for your fz07 today' thread. New air filter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XAEBZAW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Oil filter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JJ3VNK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Oil, decided for first time ever to go with manufacturer oil just to see how it is... I usually like Motul https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QS9NEW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 New plugs.. these things are ridiculous https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005L0Y3HK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Oh yah, tail eliminator.. didn't see a reason to pay anymore than this.. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G85IEZS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I guess next are turn/running lights... and the only other thing I have on my mind is an exhaust. I think it is disgusting how expensive they are, even if it isn't a rip-off... so much money! With that said. I'll be back to this thread soon and keep it updated as there is something to report. cheers.
  13. GEVO

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    Hi all, yes it seems I did purchase fastfreddy's bike. I read his thread about the mileage and, well, I purchased a bike with 79k miles from a guy named Fred. lol. seems to fit. Yah, I plan on starting a thread where I keep track of mods, changes, maintenance etc, like I do with any other hobby or the like. The bike is running very well, ofcourse I was concerned when I first saw the mileage but I have owned high mileage machines and I know with proper maintenance and mostly fwy riding it could last a while. I set myself a low budget and this one was the only one that came close. I currently own a CRF450X that I purchased new in 2008. I have put thousands of hours on that thing, hard hours too. But well maintained and it has zero problems. I most recently sold a Kawasaki VN750, not my style, had it for a few short months. Before that I had a CBR600RR, I had that for several years, loved it. Put about 25k miles on it. Nowhere near Fred's 79k. lol Look 'gevos fz 07 thread' to continue any conversation about this high mileage machine. thanks for the warm welcome! I will post pics soon. Always do.
  14. GEVO

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    Gevork. Surely it is the same.
  15. Practice will make it a non issue eventually. You shouldn't have to mod the bike to be able to properly shift. WHen you can properly shift, then you should mod the bike so you know what has changed and adjust your driving style accordingly. If you are really accelerating you need to be in perfect sequence with your clutch, gear shift and throttle. Otherwise you can buy yourself time by pulling in the clutch, shifting and then rolling back onto the throttle as you release the clutch. It becomes second nature for how you need to shift for what style of riding.

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